SBI Bank PO Exams Preparation Details

State Bank of India is most popular and big bank in India. Every job seeker wants job in State Bank of India (SBI). State Bank of India conducts following exams for recruitment of:

  • Probationary Officer
  • Clerks and
  • Specialist Officers

SBI Probationary Officer (SBI Bank PO Exams)

State Bank of India conducts online exam for recruitment of Probationary Officer (PO) in the bank. A Bank P.O. in a bank is the entry level appointment to start career as bank officer. In this career growth prospects both in terms of salary package as well as post is high. The work of a Bank P.O. involves General Banking, Administrative Task, and any other task bestowed by the bank time to time.

Eligibility for Recruitment for SBI Bank PO
The minimum required age for this post is 21 (Applicable for all).
Maximum age should not exceed 30 years (For general)

Relaxation of Upper age limit
Sr. NoCategoryAge of Relaxation
1Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe5 years
2Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer)3 years
3Persons with Disabilities10 years
4Ex-Servicemen5 years
5Persons affected by 1984 riots5 years

Educational Qualification Required for SBI Bank PO
The candidate should be a graduate or equivalent. The same should be in any stream from a recognized university with a minimum requisite of 65% average mark for general category 60% for other classes is a must. The candidate selected for the post of Probationary Officer (PO) must also have knowledge about basic computer handling.

Pattern of Examination for SBI Bank PO
SBI P.O. recruitments comprise two stages of exams, viz.

  • Phase 1 Written test: A
  • Phase 2 Common Interviews:

Phase 1 Written test for SBI Bank PO:
The written test normally comprises an objective type test and a descriptive test. Descriptive test (comprehension, small outline, article and letter writing) 50 Marks
Candidates will be selected after giving impressive performance in the common competitive written exam, divided into two parts, i.e. Objective test & Descriptive test followed by personal interview and group discussion. The final selection of candidates will be by total weight age of marks obtained in both tests.

Objective Paper: Maximum Marks: 200
Objective Test of English Language, General Awareness, Data analysis and interpretation, Reasoning (200 Marks) The following table gives the test area breakup of the Objective paper.

Sr. NoName of the TestNo. of QuestionsMaximum Marks
2English Language4025
3Quantitative Aptitude4040
4General Awareness4040
5Computer Knowledge4040

The above tests except the Test of English Language and Descriptive Paper on English Composition is printed bilingually, i.e. English and Hindi.

Syllabus for SBI Bank PO Exams
English: This will testify the ability of a candidate to deal with English. Grammar, Comprehension, Vocabulary, etc., will form a core of the paper.
General Awareness; Computers and Marketing: This section will deal with a candidate's general knowledge which shall compromise of knowledge in marketing, computers and other general affairs.
Data Analysis and interpretation: This section includes the ability of the candidates to read visual tables and derive channelized information out of it. This section can be very scoring if data and tables can be simplified into scattered information.
Reasoning ability: Reasoning abilities for probationary officers resemble a higher degree of complexities that requires better solution techniques and approach.
The Descriptive Writing Test: Maximum Marks: 50
Descriptive test of English Language consists following topics:
  • Comprehension
  • Small Outline
  • Article and
  • Letter Writing
In Descriptive Paper the candidate have to be answered all questions in 60 Minutes.

Cut-off and Negative Marking for SBI Bank PO: 
The candidates shall be required to qualify in each objective test as per the cut-off marks determined by bank. There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in the objective tests which will result in negative marks for every wrong answer i.e., one fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted.
The Descriptive Papers of only those candidates who secure minimum qualifying marks in each of the objective tests will be evaluated. The marks obtained in the Descriptive writing will be reckoned for merit ranking.
Phase 2 Common Interviews for SBI Bank PO: 
Candidates who clear the written test are called for interview. Interview consists:

Group Discussion20 Marks
Group Discussion (Rural)10 Marks
Interview30 Marks
Experience10 Marks

The exam will be conducted in various centres in almost all parts of India

Final Selection Procedure for SBI Bank PO
The marks of Group Discussion and SBI Bank PO Interview will be put together and the candidates who secure minimum 40% marks (minimum 35% in case of SC / ST / OBC / PWD) in group discussion and interview will be considered for final selection. The candidate has to pass both in Phase I & II separately.
Phase I & Phase II marks will be aggregated and arranged in descending order (category wise) for candidates who have qualified in both the phases separately and depending on the Latest PO Vacancies, selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category