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SBI PO Exam 2021

SBI PO Exam is an online exam that is conducted by the State Bank of India to select the eligible candidates for the post of Probationary Officers (PO). The Recruitment process is done in three stages namely Preliminary Examination, Mains Examination and Personal Interview. Candidates who qualify in all these three stages will be hired as Probationary Officer. Every year Lakhs of candidates wait for SBI PO notification to begin their career in the banking sector SBI. SBI is a India’s largest and most prestigious bank providing lucrative salary and job security to its employees. With a large number of candidates applying for this exam, there is likely a cut-throat competition for being appointed as an SBI PO. Till the time exam notification is out, candidates can check more information about the SBI PO 2021 including exam pattern, syllabus, selection process.

SBI PO Exam 2021

SBI PO exam will be conducted by State Bank of India (SBI) to select eligible candidates to the post of Probationary Officer. SBI PO is one of the most coveted jobs in Banking industry and a dream job for millions of aspirants across India. 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

The SBI PO Notification has not been released yet. As per the previous years trend, the official notification for SBI PO exam are yet to be released .

Click here for official Notification(Previous year)

Salary of SBI PO

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 beginning basic pay is Rs 27620 with four advance increments in the compensation size of

23700-980 (7) – 30560 – 1145 (2) – 32850 – 1310 (7) – 42020.

Educational Qualification

Graduation Degree: The eligibility criteria for the SBI exam is a graduation degree in any of the streams such as BA, B. Com, BSc, B. Tech, etc., from a University recognized by the Government of India. A candidate who possesses the same qualification from the university recognized by the Central Government is also eligible to apply for this exam.

Candidates should have a valid Mark-sheet / Degree: 

The certificate which supports that they are graduates on the day they were registered for the exam. 
The percentage of marks obtained in Graduation should be mentioned at the time of registration for the SBI-PO examination.

Computer Literacy: Knowledge of computer operation is a must as SBI PO exam is conducted online.

Language Proficiency: Candidates should have verbal and written proficiency in the official language of the State/UT. The candidate should be able to read, write and speak the language.

Nationality / Citizenship of Applicants:

Candidates applying for SBI PO Examination should be one of the following:
1. Citizen of India
2. Subject of  Nepal or  Bhutan
3. Tibetan Refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanent settlement
4. Person of Indian Origin (PIO) who has migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam or East African countries of Zaire, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Ethiopia, Malawi, with the intention of permanent settlement in India
Candidates belonging to the category 2, 3, 4 must have a certificate of eligibility issued by the Govt of India in their favour.

Age Eligibility of candidates applying for SBI PO Examination:

Candidates applying for the SBI examination should be 21 years old but not more than 30 years old at the time of registration. Besides this, there is age relaxation relevant to category wise candidates as per the government rules:

Category

Age Relaxation

Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST)

5 years

Other Backward Classes (OBC Non-Creamy Layer)

3 years

Persons with Disabilities (PWD)

10 years

Ex-Servicemen (Army personnel)

5 years

Persons with Domicile of Jammu &Kashmir during the period of 1-1-1980 to 31-12-1989

5 years

SBI PO Exam Pattern

The selection process of SBI PO consists of 3 phases (Preliminary, Mains and Group Exercise/Interview). The candidates must qualify each of them to go on to the next phase.

Prelims Exam Pattern

The SBI PO preliminary examination is of one-hour duration and is conducted online. It has 3 sections with having 100 questions in total with a maximum score of 100 marks. There is negative marking in SBI PO pre-exam as 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer. Candidates must clear the sectional cut-off to qualify for the SBI PO Main exam. The section-wise details are given below:

S. No.

Name of Tests(Objective)

No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Duration

1

English Language

30

30

Composite time of 1 Hour

2

Numerical Ability

35

35

3

Reasoning Ability

35

35

Total

100

100

 
Mains Exam Pattern

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. Immediately after completion of the Objective Test, Descriptive Test will be administered.

I. Objective Test: The objective test of 3 hours duration consists of 4 Sections for a total of 200 marks. The objective test will have separate timing for every section. The candidates are required to qualify in each of the Tests by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.

S.No.

Name of Tests
(Objective)

No. of
Questions

Maximum
Marks

Duration

1

Reasoning and  
Computer Aptitude

45

60

60
minutes

2

Data Analysis
& Interpretation

35

60

45
minutes

3

General/Economy/
Banking
Awareness

40

40

35
minutes

4

English Language

35

40

40
minutes

 

Total

155

200

180
minutes

II. Descriptive Test: The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with 50 marks will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay). The candidates are required to qualify in the Descriptive Test by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.

SBI PO Interview

The aggregate marks of candidates qualifying in both the Objective Tests and Descriptive Test will be arranged in descending order in each category. An adequate number of candidates in each category, as decided by the Bank will be called for Group Exercises and Interview. The qualifying marks in Group Exercises &Interview will be as decided by the Bank.

Candidates qualifying for Group Exercises & Interview under the ‘OBC’ category would be required to submit an OBC certificate containing the ‘Non-Creamy layer’ clause. Candidates  not submitting the OBC certificate containing the ‘Non Creamy layer’ clause and requesting to be interviewed under the General category will not be entertained.

Penalty for Wrong Answers:

A penalty for every incorrect answer will be marked in the Objective Tests of both Preliminary and Mains exams. Every wrong answer will be penalized by deducting 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question. There will be no penalty for leaving a question blank, i.e. in case, no answer is marked by the candidate.

Final Score Calculation for SBI PO Exam:

There are certain important points on the basis of which the final score for the SBIPO exam is calculated:
• Marks scored in the Preliminary Exam (Tier-1) will not be considered in the final score. These are only taken into account to qualify Mains Exam (Tier-2).
• Candidates need to qualify Phase-2 and GE/Interview individually to be eligible for the final worth.
• The ratio of marks between the Main exam and interview for the final merit list will be 80:20 respectively.
• The candidates will have to qualify both in Phase-II and Phase-III separately. Marks secured by the candidates in the Written Test (out of 250 marks) are converted to out of 75 and marks secured in Group Exercises & Interview (out of 50 marks) are converted to out of 25

• The final merit list is arrived at after aggregating converted marks of Written Test and Group Exercises &Interview out of 100 for each category. The selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category.

• Results of the candidates who have qualified for Group Exercises & Interview and the list of candidates finally selected will be made available on the Bank’s website. The final select list will be published in Employment News/Rozgar Samachar and also on Bank’s website.

Syllabus

SBI PO syllabus is much similar to that of any other bank exam. There are three major sections that a candidate needs to prepare to ace the preliminary exam. These are Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Language. The sections have a wide range of topics on which questions are based

Prelims Exam Syllabus

This comprises of Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language.

Reasoning Ability

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

Multiple Meaning / Error Spotting

Coded Inequalities

Work & Time

Fill in the blanks

Seating Arrangement

Time & Distance

Miscellaneous

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

 

Mains Exam Syllabus

The Mains Examination  of  SBI PO consists of  5 sections: Reasoning & Computer, English Language, Data Analysis & Interpretation, General Awareness, and Descriptive Test (Letter Writing &Essay)

Reasoning

Data Analysis & interpretation

English
Language

General
Economy
Banking Awareness

Computer
Awareness

Verbal Reasoning

Tabular Graph

Reading
Comprehension

Financial
Awareness

Internet

Syllogism

Line Graph

Grammar

Current Affairs

Memory

Circular Seating
Arrangement

Pie Chart

Vocabulary

General
Knowledge

Keyboard
Shortcuts

Linear Seating
Arrangement

Bar Graph

Verbal Ability

Static Awareness

Computer
Abbreviation

Double Lineup

Radar Graph Caselet

Word Association

Banking and
Financial
Awareness

Microsoft Office

Scheduling

Missing DI

Sentence
Improvement

Computer Hardware

Input Output

Caselet DI

Para Jumbles

Computer Software

Blood Relations

Data Sufficiency

Cloze Test

Operating System

Directions and
Distances

Probability

Error Spotting

Networking

Ordering and
Ranking

Permutation and
Combination

Fill in the blanks

Computer  –
Fundamentals /
Terminologies

Data Sufficiency

Coding and
Decoding

Code Inequalities

Course of Action

Critical
Reasoning

Analytical and
Decision Making

 
SBI PO Pre Exam Training

Bank may arrange pre-examination training at certain centres for SC/ST/Religious Minority Community candidates in consonance with the guidelines issued by the Government of India. Candidates belonging to the above categories who desire to avail themselves of such training at their own cost may indicate to that effect against relevant column while applying on-line. An indicative list of training centres is given below :

The Bank may add additional centres or may delete some of the centres indicated for training. Candidates opting for pre-examination training should download their call letter for training by entering their registration number and password/ date of birth from (Tentative in April) onwards from Bank’s website. No hard copy of the call letter will be sent by post.

Candidates belonging to above-mentioned categories can undergo training by signifying the same against a relevant column, at the time of applying on-line. 
The pre-exam training is free of cost with other expenses like travel, food and lodging expenses are incurred by the candidate. Generally, it is conducted five days before the exam and the dates are announced on the official website. Please find below an indicative list of training centres:

North India

South India

East India

West India

Agra

Bengaluru

Agartala

Ahmedabad

Allahabad

Chennai

Balasore

Aurangabad

Amritsar

Coimbatore

Behrampur (Ganjam)

Bhopal

Bareilly

Gulbarga

Bhubaneshwar

Indore

Chandigarh

Hyderabad

Dhanbad

Jabalpur

Dehradun

Kavaratti

Guwahati

Jaipur

Gorakhpur

Kochi

Hubli

Jodhpur

Jammu

Madurai

Kolkata

Mumbai

Kanpur

Mangalore

Muzaffarpur

Nagpur

Karnal

Mysore

Patna

Panaji (Goa)

Lucknow

Port Blair

Ranchi

Pune

Ludhiana

Puducherry

Sambalpur

Raipur

New Delhi

Thiruchirapalli

Shillong

Rajkot

Patiala

Thiruvananthapuram

Siliguri

Vadodara

Rohtak

Vijaywada

Tirupati

Shimla

Vishakhapatnam

   

Varanasi

   

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