SBI conduct this test to recruit eligible candidates for the post of Probationary Officers in their various branches who must be intelligent and smart enough to deal with the tough job of banking. The exam is taken in three phases.
The Preliminary Test, which is conducted to filter fewer eligible candidates from a large number of applicants. Candidates who pass this phase permitted to sit for the Main exam. Selected candidates from Main are called for Group Discussion and Interview. The candidates who clear this phase get the job.
Graduation in any discipline from a recognised University or any equivalent qualification recognised as such by the Central Government.
Important points regarding the pattern of the examination
The paper will check a candidates command over English
The paper will check a candidates numeric ability
The paper will check the candidate’s reasoning ability
*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.
The paper will check the candidate’s reasoning ability and command over computer
The paper will check a candidates data interpretation ability.
The paper will check a candidates command over general and current affairs
The paper aims at checking the candidate’s writing skills
The candidates who have qualified the mains exam are called for a face to face interview. The minimum qualifying marks in the interview is 40% for general candidates (35% for other caste candidates).
There is no specific syllabus for interviews. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only a candidate’s intellectual qualities but also social traits and interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, the balance of judgment, variety, and depth of interest, the ability for social cohesion, leadership, and intellectual and moral integrity.