SBI PO is one of the most coveted jobs in banking industry and a dream job for millions of aspirants across India. SBI PO exam is a national level banking exam which is conducted by Sate Bank of India in online mode for the recruitment of candidates to the post of Probationary Officers in different branches of the bank. SBI PO exam is conducted almost every year with a huge number of vacancies. But around 2000 posts are filled through SBI PO exam. SBI PO recruitment process starts after the release of official notification and it is conducted for selection of candidates to the post of PO in State Bank of India and its Associate banks.
SBI PO selection process comprises preliminary and mains examination followed by Interview. Aspirants are selected based on their performance in mains and interview. The selected candidates will be exposed to basic banking knowledge, before joining, through an online course and will have to mandatorily complete this course before joining.
If you wish to attempt SBI PO exam, you must know about SBI PO latest updates, selection process, eligibility, exam pattern, syllabus, previous year cut off etc before starting SBI PO preparation. You are requested to go through this article to get all the relevant information for the SBI PO Exam.
|Conducting Body||State Bank of India|
|Mode of Exam||Online|
|Phases||3 (Preliminary, Main, Group Discussion (GD) & Personal Interview (PI))|
|Negative Marking||0.25 marks|
|Time Duration||1 hour for Prelims, 3 hours for Mains, 30 minutes for Descriptive Test|
|Maximum Marks||100 for Prelims and 200 for Mains|
|Activity||SBI PO Dates (tentative)|
|Online registration Date||14th Nov 2020 to 4th Dec 2020|
|Download of e-Admit Card for Preliminary Exam||3rd week of Dec 2020 onwards|
|SBI PO 2020 Pre Exam Date||31st Dec 2020 & 2nd, 4th, 5th Jan 2021|
|Preliminary Exam Result||3rd week of January 2021|
|Download of Admit Card for Main Exam||3rd week of January 2021 onwards|
|SBI PO 2020 Main Exam Date||29th January 2021|
|SBI PO Main Exam Result||3rd/ 4th week of February 2021
|Download of SBI PO Admit Card for Interview||3rd/ 4th week of February 2021 onwards|
|Conduct of Group Exercises & Interview||February/ March 2021
|Declaration of Final Result||Last week of March 2021|
|SBI PO 2020 Official Notification||Click here to View / download|
|SBI PO 2020 Online Application Link||Application date over|
All candidates who have cleared their graduation in any discipline from a recognized university could apply. Candidates who are appearing for their final year/ semester exams were also eligible to apply. Kindly note those candidates having a qualification of Chartered Accountant (CA) are also eligible to apply.
Candidates who are at least 21 years and maximum 30 years in age as fulfill SBI PO age criteria. It may be noted that age relaxation of some years is also given to reserved category candidates as mentioned below:
|SC/ ST||5 Years|
|OBC (Non-Creamy Layer)||3 Years|
|PwD (SC/ST)||15 Years|
|PwD (OBC)||13 Years|
|PwD (Gen)||10 Years|
Note: The official website informs, “Vacancies reserved for OBC category are available to OBC candidates belonging to non-creamy layer. Creamy layer OBC candidates should indicate their category as General."
The maximum number of chances that candidates who appear for SBI PO exam are as mentioned below:
|Category||Number of Chances|
|OBC/ OBC (PwD)||7|
|SC/ SC (PwD)||No Restriction|
|ST/ ST (PwD)||No Restriction|
It may be noted that
SBI PO exam is conducted in three phases – Preliminary, Main as well as Group Exercises and Interview.
SB PO Preliminary exam pattern contains objective questions of 100 marks that candidates need to complete in 1 hour duration. The test will be conducted in online mode & in English/ Hindi Language.
|Subject||Number of Questions||Marks||Duration|
|English Language||30||100||20 Minutes|
|Quantitative Aptitude||35||20 Minutes|
|Reasoning Ability||35||20 Minutes|
SBI PO Prelims Marking scheme: One-fourth marks is deducted for each incorrect answer in the exam.
SB PO Main exam pattern contains both objective and subjective questions of total 250 marks. The test will is conducted in online mode and candidates need to complete the paper in a total of 3.5 hours duration.
|Subject||Number of Questions||Marks||Duration|
|Reasoning & Computer Aptitude||45||60||60 Minutes|
|Data Analysis & Interpretation||35||60||45 Minutes|
|General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness||40||40||35 Minutes|
|English Language||35||40||40 Minutes|
|Subjective/ Descriptive Test|
|English Language (Letter Writing & Essay)||2||50||30 Minutes|
Note: The official website informs that descriptive paper of only those candidates will be evaluated who have scored minimum marks required to qualify the objective test and are placed adequately high as per total marks in objective test.
SBI PO Mains Marking scheme: There is a negative marking of one-fourth of the marks assigned to a particular question in objective test. There is no negative marking in subjective part of Main paper.
Stage III of SBI PO exam is conducted in two parts as mentioned below:
|Phase II (Main)||75|
|Phase III (Group Exercises and Interview)||25|
There are three major sections that a candidate needs to prepare to ace the preliminary exam. These are Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language.
|Reasoning||Quantitative Aptitude||English Language|
|Logical Reasoning||Simplification||Reading Comprehension|
|Alphanumeric Series||Profit & Loss||Cloze Test|
|Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test||Mixtures &Alligations||Para jumbles|
|Data Sufficiency||Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices||Miscellaneous|
|Coded Inequalities||Work & Time||Fill in the blanks|
|Seating Arrangement||Time & Distance||Multiple Meaning /Error Spotting|
|Puzzle||Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere||Paragraph Completion|
|Syllogism||Ratio & Proportion, Percentage|
|Blood Relations||Number Systems|
|Input Output||Sequence & Series|
|Coding Decoding||Permutation, Combination &Probability|
The Mains Examination of SBI PO exam 2019 constitute of 4 sections: Reasoning + Computer Aptitude, English Language, Data Analysis & Interpretation and General/Economy/Banking Awareness. The complete syllabus is discussed below:
|Data Analysis & Interpretation||Reasoning||English Language||General/Economy/ Banking Awareness||Computer Aptitude|
|Tabular Graph||Verbal Reasoning||Reading Comprehension||Financial Awareness||Internet|
|Line Graph||Syllogism||Grammar||Current Affairs||Memory|
|Pie Chart||Circular Seating Arrangement||Vocabulary||General Knowledge||Keyboard Shortcuts|
|Bar Graph||Linear Seating Arrangement||Verbal Ability||Static Awareness||Computer Abbreviation|
|Radar Graph Caselet||Double Lineup||Word Association||Banking and Financial Awareness||Microsoft Office|
|Missing Case DI||Scheduling||Sentence Improvement||Computer Hardware|
|Let it Case DI||Input Output||Para Jumbles||Computer Software|
|Data Sufficiency||Blood Relations||Cloze Test||Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies|
|Probability||Directions and Distances||Error Spotting||Networking|
|Permutation and Combination||Ordering and Ranking||Fill in the blanks||Number System|
|Data Sufficiency||Operating System|
|Coding and Decoding||Basic of Logic Gates|
|Course of Action|
|Analytical and Decision Making|
Basic Pay of SBI PO is higher among other public sector banks. The entry level of basic pay is higher in SBI when contrasted with other nationalized banks. The basic pay is Rs 35,150 per month. The scale applicable for Grade B is Rs 35150-1750 (9)-50900-EB-1750 (2)-54400-2000 (4)-62400. Candidates are also eligible for dearness allowance, local allowance, house rent allowance, family allowance and grade allowance. At present, initial monthly gross emoluments are approximately Rs 75,83.
Candidates can download their admit card by following the steps mentioned below:
Step 1: Visit the official website of SBI.
Step 2: Click on the Download SBI PO Call Letter link.
Step 3: Enter registration number/ roll number and password/date of birth in the space provided. Also enter the captcha code.
Step 4: Click on the Submit button.
You first need to fill as well as submit the application form in online mode on the official website of the bank. Thereafter, candidates also need to pay SBI PO application fee in online mode via debit card/ credit card/ internet banking.
|Category||SBI PO Application Fee|
|General/ OBC||Rs 750 (application fee including intimation charges)|
|SC/ ST/ PwD||Rs 125 (intimation charges only)|
|State/UT||SBI PO Preliminary Exam Centres||SBI PO Main Exam Centres|
|Andaman & Nicobar||Port Blair||Port Blair|
|Andhra Pradesh||Ananthapur, Chirala, Chittoor, Guntur, Kadapa, Kakinada, Kurnool, Nellore, Ongole, Puttur, Rajahmundhry, Srikakulam, Tirupati, Vijaywada, Vishakhapatnam, Vizianagaram||Guntur, Kurnool, Vijaywada, Vishakhapatnam|
|Arunachal Pradesh||Itanagar, Naharlagun||Itanagar|
|Assam||Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Kokrajhar, Silchar Tezpur||Guwahati,|
|Bihar||Arrah, Aurangabad, Bihar Sharif, Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea, Samastipur, Siwan||Arrah, Patna|
|Chhattisgarh||Bhilai, Bilaspur, Raipur||Raipur|
|Gujarat||Ahmedabad, Anand, Bhavnagar, Gandhinagar, Jamnagar, Mehsana, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara||Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar|
|Haryana||Ambala, Bahadurgarh, Hissar, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Palwal, Yamunanagar||Bahadurgarh, Hissar|
|Himachal Pradesh||Baddi, Bilaspur, Dharamshala, Hamirpur, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Sirmaur, Solan, Una||Shimla, Solan|
|Jammu & Kashmir||Baramulla, Jammu, Kathua, Samba, Srinagar||Jammu, Srinagar|
|Jharkhand||Bokaro, Dhanbad, Hazaribag, Jamshedpur, Ranchi||Jamshedpur, Ranchi|
|Karnataka||Belgaum, Bellary, Bengaluru, Bidar, Davangere, Dharwad, Gulbarga Hubli, Mandya, Mangalore, Mysore, Shimoga, Udipi||Bengaluru|
|Kerala||Alappuzha, Kannur, Kochi, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad, Thrichur, Thiruvananthapuram||Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram|
|Madhya Pradesh||Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Satna, Sagar, Ujjain||Bhopal, Indore|
|Maharashtra||Amaravati, Aurangabad, Chandrapur, Dhule Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Latur, Mumbai/ Thane/Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nasik, Pune, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Satara||Aurangabad, Nagpur, Pune, Mumbai/ Thane/Navi Mumbai|
|Delhi-NCR||Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurgaon||Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurgaon|
|Odisha||Angul, Balasore, Bargarh, Baripada, Berhampur (Ganjam), Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Sambalpur||Bhubaneswar|
|Punjab||Amritsar, Bhatinda, Fatehgarh Sahib, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala, Phagwara, Sangrur||Bhatinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Patiala|
|Rajasthan||Ajmer, Alwar, Bhilwara, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur||Jaipur|
|Tamilnadu||Chennai, Coimbatore, Dindigul, Kanchipuram, Krishnagiri, Madurai, Nagercoil, Namakkal, Perambalur, Salem, Thanjavur, Thiruchirapalli, Tirunelvelli, Thoothukodi, Vellore, Virudhunagar||Chennai, Madurai, Tirunelvelli|
|Telangana||Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, Warangal||Hyderabad|
|Uttar Pradesh||Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bulandshaher, Faizabad, Gonda, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Mathura, Meerut, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Varanasi||Agra, Allahabad, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Varanasi|
|Uttarakhand||Dehradun, Haldwani, Haridwar, Roorkee||Dehradun|
|West Bengal||Asansol, Berhampur (West Bengal), Bardhaman, Durgapur, Hooghly, Howrah, Kalyani, Kolkata, Siliguri||Hoogly, Kalyani, Kolkata|
A bank probationary officer post is the entry level position at which a bank officer starts work after posting. SBI PO is considered as a premium job opportunity in banking sector because of following reasons: