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SBI PO Examination


SBI PO Examination

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.

 

SBI PO Examination Eligibity Criteria 2021

  • Nationality
      • Citizens of India
      • An Indian origin who has migrated from countries like Pakistan, Burma, Vietnam, Sri Lanka or East African, Ethiopia, Zambia, Zaire, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and intended to settle in India
  • Educational Qualification

Graduation in any discipline from a recognised University or any equivalent qualification recognised as such by the Central Government.

  • Age Limit
      The age of the candidate to appear in the SBI PO examination should be minimum of 21 years and maximum of 30 years.

      However, there are age relaxations for candidates belonging to the reserved categories. They are given below in the table:
Category Upper Age Limit
SC & ST 35 years
OBC( non-creamy layer) 33 years
PWD (SC/ ST) 45 years
PWD (OBC) 43 years
PWD (GEN/EWS) 40 years
Ex-Military Service man who has completed his rendered 5 years of service 35 years
  • Restrictions on Attempts
The number of times candidates are permitted to take the SBI Probationary Officer Exam is given below:
Category Number of Attempts
General 4
OBC and (OBC PWD) 7
PWD(Gen) 7
SC/ST and (SC/ST PWD) No restriction

 

SBI PO Examination Pattern 2021

Important points regarding the pattern of the examination

  • The Preliminary exam round is for one hour and is conducted online.
  • The Main exam is conducted among the qualified candidates from the preliminary test. This phase of the exam consists of both objective and descriptive type questions.
  • The shortlisted candidates from this phases are called for the final phase of the exam which comprises of group discussion and interview.

Pattern for Preliminary Exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 English Language

The paper will check a candidates command over English

Merit Ranking Nature 30 Objective (Multiple Choice) 20 mins 0.25 30
2 Quantitative Aptitude

The paper will check a candidates numeric ability

Merit Ranking Nature 35 Objective (Multiple Choice) 20 mins 0.25 35
3 Reasoning Ability

The paper will check the candidate’s reasoning ability

Merit Ranking Nature 35 Objective (Multiple Choice) 20 mins 0.25 35
  Total Marks*           100

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Mains Exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Reasoning And Computer Aptitude

The paper will check the candidate’s reasoning ability and command over computer

Merit Ranking Nature 45 Objective (Multiple Choice) 60 mins 0.25 60
2 Data Interpretation & Analysis

The paper will check a candidates data interpretation ability.

Merit Ranking Nature 35 Objective (Multiple Choice) 45 mins 0.25 60
3 General/Economy/Banking awareness

The paper will check a candidates command over general and current affairs

Merit Ranking Nature 40 Objective (Multiple Choice) 35 mins 0.25 40
4 English Language

The paper will check a candidates command over English

Merit Ranking Nature 35 Objective (Multiple Choice) 40 mins 0.25 40
5 Essay Writing

The paper aims at checking the candidate’s writing skills

Merit Ranking Nature 02 Descriptive 30 mins   50
  Total Marks*           250

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for GD and Interview

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).

 

SBI PO Examination Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Preliminary Exam

1 English Language

  • Cloze tests
  • Para-jumbles
  • fill in the blanks
  • spelling and error spotting
  • miscellaneous

2 Quantitative Aptitude

  • Simplification
  • Profit Loss
  • Simple and compound interest
  • Alligations and mixture
  • Work and time
  • Distance and time
  • Data interpretation
  • Ratio and percentage
  • Sequence and series
  • Number system
  • Combination
  • Permutation and
  • probability

3 Reasoning Ability

  • Coding
  • Decoding
  • Blood relations syllogism
  • Tablulation
  • Puzzle
  • Seating arrangement
  • Coded inequalities
  • data sufficiency
  • Ranking
  • Alphanumeric series
  • Logical reasoning

Syllabus for Mains Exam

1 Reasoning And Computer Aptitude

  • Verbal reasoning
  • Syllogism
  • Circular seating arrangement
  • Linear Seating arrangement
  • Double Line up
  • Scheduling
  • Input Output
  • Blood relations
  • Ordering and ranking
  • Data sufficiency
  • Coding and decoding
  • Code inequalities
  • Course of action
  • Critical reasoning
  • Analytical and decision making

2 Data Interpretation & Analysis

  • Tabular Graph
  • Line Graph
  • Pie Chart
  • Radar graph
  • Missing case
  • Let it case
  • Bar Graph
  • Data sufficiency
  • Probability
  • Permutation and combination

3 General/Economy/Banking awareness

  • Financial awareness
  • current affairs
  • general knowledge
  • static awareness
  • banking awareness
  • financial awareness.

4 English Language

  • Grammar
  • Reading comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Verbal ability
  • Word association
  • Sentence improvement
  • Para jumbles
  • Cloze test
  • Error spotting
  • Fill in the blanks

5 Essay Writing

  • Letter writing
  • Essay Writing

Syllabus for GD and Interview

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.