SBI PO is considered as a premium job opportunity in Banking sector because of following reasons:-

Brand value of SBI and reputation associated with SBI-PO post.

Lucrative pay scale which is highest among PSU Banks.

Growth opportunities where even a PO can progress to the level of Chairperson.

Job satisfaction and social prestige.

Every year more than 20 lakhs of aspirants appear for SBI bank PO examination . Before Beginning with your preparation, you should get an idea about the latest updates, selection procedure, eligibility, exam pattern, syllabus, previous year cut off etc. Please go through this article to get all the important information for the SBI PO Exam.

The SBI PO recruitment exam is the most premier among the public-sector bank exams in India. It is considered a little difficult compared to the bank entrance exams conducted by IBPS. The recruitment process for Probationary Officers at SBI consists of 3 stages:

  • Preliminary Examination
  • Main Examination
  • GD/Interview


Age:- The age of candidate must be 21-30 years.

Age relaxation: OBC-3 Years, SC/ST – 5 Years, PH- 10 Years, Ex-Servicemen-5 Years.

Qualification: Graduation in any Discipline / Appearing in the final year of Graduation Exam.

Note:- The date of passing eligibility examination will be the date appearing on the mark sheet or provisional certificate issued by the University / Institute. In case the result of a particular examination is posted on the website of the University / Institute then a certificate issued by the appropriate authority of the University / Institute indicating the date on which the result was posted on the website will be taken as the date of passing.

How To Apply :- candidates can Apply online from the official website.

Application Fee

Category Fee
GEN./OBC Rs.750/-
SC/ST/PWD Rs. 125/-

Number of attempts

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

SBI PO Selection Procedure

The Objective Test will be online. Immediately after online Objective Test, Descriptive Test will be administered. Candidates will have to answer Descriptive test on paper/Pen mode.

Phase-I: Preliminary Examination

Preliminary examination consisting Objective Tests for 100 marks and Descriptive Test for 30 and 35 marks. The Objective Test with 1 hour duration consists of 3 Sections with 30 and 35 marks each.

Pattern for SBI PO Preliminary Examination:

Preliminary Examination consisting of Objective Test for 100 marks will be conducted online. The test will have of 3 Sections (with separate timings for each section) as follows:

Sr. No Subjects Total Questions Total Marks Time
1 English Language 30 30 20 min
2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20 min
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 min
Total 100 100 (1 hour)

Selection criteria for Main Examination: Category wise merit list will be drawn on the basis of the aggregate marks scored in the Preliminary Exam. There will be no sectional cut-off. Candidates numbering 10 times the numbers of vacancies (approx.) in each category will
be short listed for Main Examination from the top of above merit list.

Phase-II: Main Examination

Main Examination will consist of Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 50 marks. Both the Objective and Descriptive Tests will be online. Candidates will have to answer the Descriptive Test by typing on the computer. The Descriptive Test will be administered immediately after completion of the Objective Test.

(i) Objective Test: The objective test of 3 hours duration consists of 4 Sections for total 200 marks. The objective test will have separate timing for every section

SL Name of Test No. of Questions Marks Duration
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
2 Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
3 General/Economy/Banking Awareness’s 40 40 35 minutes
4 English Language 35 40 40 minutes
Total 155 200 3 hours

(ii) Descriptive Test: The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with two questions for 50 marks will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay).

Selection criteria for Group Exercise and Interview: Category wise merit list will be drawn on the basis of the aggregate marks scored in the Main Examination. There will be no sectional cut-off. Candidates numbering up to 3 times (approx.) of the category wise vacancies will be shortlisted for the Group Exercise & Interview from the top of the category wise merit list subject to a candidate scoring the minimum aggregate qualifying score.

Penalty for Wrong Answers (Applicable to both – Preliminary and Main Exam):

There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, 1/4th of marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. if no answer is marked by candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

Phase-III: Group Exercises (20 marks) & Interview (30 marks)

Candidates qualifying for GE & Interview under ‘OBC’ category would be required to submit OBC certificate containing the ‘Non Creamy layer’ clause. Candidates who have registered themselves as OBC but do not submit OBC ‘Non Creamy layer’ certificate and request to be interviewed under General category will not be entertained.

Final Selection

The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added for preparing the final merit list for selection. Only the marks obtained in Main Examination (Phase-II), both in the Objective Test and the Descriptive Test, will be added to the marks obtained in GE & Interview (Phase-III) for preparing the final merit list. The candidates will have to qualify both in Phase-II and Phase-III separately.
Marks secured by the candidates in the Main Examination (out of 250 marks) are converted to out of 75 marks and Group Exercises & Interview scores of candidate (out of 50 marks) are converted to out of 25 marks. The final merit list is arrived at after aggregating (out of 100) converted marks of Main Examination and Group Exercises & Interview. Selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category.

Results of the candidates who qualify for Main Examination and Group Exercise & Interview as well as the final select list will be made available on the Bank’s website.


Preliminary Exam

  • Reasoning Ability

Logical Reasoning

Alphanumeric Series

Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test

Data Sufficiency

Coded Inequalities

Seating Arrangement




Blood Relations

Input Output

Coding Decoding

  • Quantitative Aptitude


Profit & Loss

Mixtures & Alligations

Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices

Work & Time

Time & Distance

Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere

Data Interpretation

Ratio & Proportion, Percentage

Number Systems

Sequence & Series

Permutation, Combination & Probability

  • English Language

Reading Comprehension

Cloze Test

Para jumbles

Multiple Meaning / Error Spotting

Fill in the blanks

Paragraph Completion


Main Examination

  • Reasoning

Verbal Reasoning


Circular Seating Arrangement

Linear Seating Arrangement

Coding and Decoding

Code Inequalities

Course of Action

Critical Reasoning

Analytical and Decision Making

Double Lineup

Blood Relations

Input Output

Data Sufficiency

Ordering and Ranking

Directions and Distances


  • English Language

Reading Comprehension



Verbal Ability

Word Association

Sentence Improvement

Para Jumbles

Cloze Test

Error Spotting

Fill in the blanks

  • General/Economy/Banking Awareness

Financial Awareness

Static Awareness

Current Affairs

Banking and Financial Awareness

General Knowledge

  • Data Analysis & interpretation

Tabular Graph

Line Graph

Pie Chart

Bar Graph

Radar Graph Caselet

Missing Case DI

Let it Case DI


Permutation and Combination

Data Sufficiency

  • Computer Awareness



Keyboard Shortcuts

Computer Abbreviation

Microsoft Office

Computer Hardware

Computer Software

Operating System


Computer -Fundamentals /Terminologies



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