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About SBI PO

SBI PO is a national level exam is conducting by State Bank of India to select eligible candidates to the post of Probationary Officer. SBI PO is one of the most popular 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
  • Beneficial 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

SBI PO Job Profile Description

  1. The probation period of the SBI Probationary Officer is 2 years. You can be asked to perform any kind of bank related activity. It can be either clerical or an assistant type of job. The reason for such diversity in work is to get you acquainted with various working procedures of the bank.
  1. You will also be trained in various disciplines like finance, accounting, marketing, billing as well as investment. This is done by entrusting you with jobs of various categories. The aim is to instil practical knowledge.
  1. One responsibility of the PO is to work as public relations officer. The PO needs to handle customer complaints and address various customer related issues. Matters such as discrepancies in accounts, rectification of undue charges and looking into complaints regarding services provided by the bank.
  1. The work of an SBI PO also includes managerial tasks, such as supervision of clerical work, making decisions for the benefit of the bank, and managing cash balance.
  1. The SBI PO Job Profile includes verification of all the work done by bank clerks. SBI follows the maker & checker system. In cash transactions, the clerk is the maker and PO is the checker and the responsibility of losses resides with the checker.
  1. A PO should be aware of all the latest developments of the bank. They are required to read all the circulars and should know about all the decisions taken by the bank management.
  1. The SBI PO job profile includes the issue of ATM cards, chequebooks, and demand drafts.
  1. Once you, the Probationary Officer, get acclimatized to the bank environment and gain enough experience on bank’s working procedures, based on your personal skills and aptitude, you can be assigned more responsible work. Tasks like planning, budgeting, marketing, loan processing & approval, and investment management.

SBI PO Job Profile after Probation Period

After successful completion of the probation period, you will be posted in any bank branch as an Assistant Bank Manager to handle works on daily customer transactions like passing a cheque, draft issuance, and cash management.

Promotion and Career Growth

The career growth of an SBI PO is mentioned below-

  • Probationary Officer (Assistant Manager, JMGS – I)
  • Deputy Manager (MMGS)
  • Manager (MMGS)
  • Chief Manager (MMGS)
  • Assistant General Manager (SMGS)
  • Deputy General Manager (TEGS)
  • Chief General Manager (TEGS)
  • General Manager (TEGS)


SBI PO Exam Pattern

The selection process of SBI PO consists of 3 phases (preliminary, mains and interview).  The candidates must qualify each of them to go on to the next phase.
The important steps of the SBI PO Recruitment Procedure are as follows:

  • Online Preliminary Examination:

Sufficient number of candidates in each category is shortlisted by SBI depending upon the requirements for Online Main Examination

  • Online Mains Examination:

Candidates need to qualify each section as well as the overall cut-off in the main exam to be eligible for interview but in the year 2017 there is no Sectional cut off in SBI PO mains exam.

  • Interview:

The Participating Organizations will hold an Interview. The qualifying marks in Group Exercises & Interview will be as decided by the Bank. Group exercises account for 20 marks while Interview accounts for 30 marks.

Phase-1: SBI PO Preliminary Examination

This is an online examination where the candidates must solve the question paper in one 1 hour for 100 marks. The test consists of 3 sections. Candidates must know that the sectional cut-off in the Preliminary Exam has been removed and the overall score of all the sections will be considered for selection to the next round. The cut-off or minimum passing marks for each section is decided by the Bank each year depending on the difficult of the test. The section-wise division of the marks is given below:

S.No. Name of Tests(Objective) No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 20 Minutes
2 Numerical Ability 35 35 20 Minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 Minutes
Total 100 100 1 Hour


Phase-2: SBI PO Mains 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 Descriptive test by typing on the computer. Immediately after completion of Objective Test, Descriptive Test will be administered.

I.Objective Test: The objective test of 3 hours duration consist of 4 Sections for total 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
  1. 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.

Phase-3:  Interview

The aggregate marks of candidates qualifying in both the Objective Tests and Descriptive Test will be arranged indescending order in each category. 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 ‘OBC’ category would be required to submit 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 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.

Selection Process

The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added for the selection and only the marks obtained in Main Examination (Phase-II), both in Objective Test and Descriptive Test, will be added to themarks obtained inGD&Interview(Phase-III)forpreparationof thefinalmeritlist.

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 Discussion & 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 Discussion &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 GD & Interview and the list of candidates finally selected will be made available on the Bank’s website. Final select list will be published in Employment News/Rozgar Samachar and also on Bank’s website.


SBI PO Syllabus

SBI PO 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  

SBI PO Mains Exam Syllabus

The Mains Examination of  SBI PO   consists of  5 sections: Reasoning & Computer, English Language, Data Analysis & Interpretation, General Awareness, and Descrptive Test(LetterWriting &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 Case DI Sentence Improvement   Computer Hardware
Input Output Let it Case 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        


To know the details about SBI PO exam please visit official website of SBI