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What is SBI PO?

bank online coaching 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.

SBI PO Exam Highlights

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

SBI PO Important Dates - 2020 Exam

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

SBI PO Eligibility Criteria

SBI PO Qualification

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.

SBI PO Age Criteria

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:

Category Age Relaxation
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."

SBI PO Number of Attempt

The maximum number of chances that candidates who appear for SBI PO exam are as mentioned below:

Category Number of Chances
General 4
General (PwD) 7
OBC/ OBC (PwD) 7
SC/ SC (PwD) No Restriction
ST/ ST (PwD) No Restriction

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SBI PO Exam Pattern & Selection Process

SBI PO exam is conducted in three phases – Preliminary, Main as well as Group Exercises and Interview.

Stage I - SBI PO Prelims Exam Pattern

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
Total 100 1 Hour

SBI PO Prelims Marking scheme: One-fourth marks is deducted for each incorrect answer in the exam.

Stage II – SBI PO Main Exam Pattern

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
Objective Test
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
Total 157 250 3.5 Hours

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 – SBI PO Group Exercises & Interview

Stage III of SBI PO exam is conducted in two parts as mentioned below:       

Section Marks
Group Exercises 20
Interview 30
Total 50

Weightage of marks given to Phase II and III exams is as mentioned below:

Exam Marks Weightage
Phase II (Main) 75
Phase III (Group Exercises and Interview) 25
Total 100

SBI PO Syllabus

There are three major sections that a candidate needs to prepare to ace the preliminary exam. These are Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language.

SBI PO Prelims Syllabus

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
Tabulation Data Interpretation
Syllogism Ratio & Proportion, Percentage
Blood Relations Number Systems
Input Output Sequence & Series
Coding Decoding Permutation, Combination &Probability

SBI PO Mains Syllabus

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
Code Inequalities
Course of Action
Critical Reasoning
Analytical and Decision Making

SBI PO Salary Structure

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.

SBI PO Admit Card

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.

SBI PO Application Process & Fee

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)

SBI PO Pre & Mains Exam Centres

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
Chandigarh Chandigarh Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh Bhilai, Bilaspur, Raipur Raipur
Goa Panaji, Verna Panaji
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
Lakshwadeep Kavarrati Kavarrati
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
Manipur Imphal Imphal
Meghalaya Ri-Bhoi, Shillong Shillong
Mizoram Aizawal Aizawal
Nagaland Kohima Kohima
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
Puducherry Puducherry Puducherry
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
Sikkim Gangtok Gangtok
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
Tripura Agartala Agartala
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

Why Choose SBI PO?

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:

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