Recruitment of SBI Probationary Officer (PO)

The State Bank of India (SBI) conducts selection test for the appointment of Probationary Officers (POs) across different SBI Branches. Test comprises of 3 stages; Preliminary Examination, Main Examination and Interview. SBI PO is is one of the most coveted jobs in the banking industry and a dream job for millions of aspirants it offers
  1. Job security, satisfaction and social prestige
  2. Highest pay scale among all other PSU Banks
  3. Growth opportunities where a person can progress to the level of Chairperson

SBI PO Pay Scale

The basic pay for SBI Probationary Officer is Rs. 27,620/- (with 4 advance increments) in the scale of 23700-980/7-30560-1145/2-32850-1310/7-42020 applicable to Junior Management Grade Scale-I. The officials are also eligible for Daily Allowances, House Rent Allowances/ Lease rental, C.C.A, Medical and other allowances & perquisites as per time to time rules. The total compensation per annum on CTC basis be a minimum of 8.20 lacs and maximum of 13.08 lacs depending on place of posting and other factors.

SBI PO Recruitment Process

The recruitment process for Probationary Officers at SBI consists of 3 stages:
  • Preliminary Examination
  • Main Examination
  • GD/Interview

SBI PO Exam Pattern

The SBI PO selection process consists of 3 stages. The written examinations are conducted online, followed by the group discussions and personal interview round.

Phase-1: SBI PO Preliminary Examination

The Preliminary Examination is conducted online where the candidates are required to solve the question paper in 1 hour. The test consists of 3 sections for 100 marks.

P.S.: The sectional cut-off in the Preliminary Exam has been removed and hence the overall score of the candidate will be considered for the selection to the next round. The minimum passing marks or cut-off is decided by the Bank and depends on the difficulty level of the test.

The section-wise division of the marks in the Preliminary Examination are given below:

English Language
No. of Questions: 30
Total Marks: 30
Time Allowed: 20 Minutes

Quantitative Aptitude
No. of Questions: 35
Total Marks: 35
Time Allowed: 20 Minutes

Reasoning Ability
No. of Questions: 35
Total Marks: 35
Time Allowed: 20 Minutes

Phase-2: SBI PO Main Examination

The main exam comprises of both objective online test and subjective test for a total of 250 marks.

i) Objective Test: It consists of 4 sections which is to be completed in 3 hours. The marks allotted for objective test is 200.

Reasoning & Computer Aptitude

No. of Questions: 45
Total Marks: 60
Time Allowed: 60 Minutes

Data Analysis & Interpretation
No. of Questions: 35
Total Marks: 60
Time Allowed: 45 Minutes

General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness
No. of Questions: 40
Total Marks: 40
Time Allowed: 35 Minutes

English Language
No. of Questions: 35
Total Marks: 30
Time Allowed: 40 Minutes

ii) Descriptive Test: It comprises of two questions (letter writing and essay) which is to be completed in 30 mins. The marks allotted for descriptive test is 50.

Negative Marking: One fourth of the marks assigned to that question is deducted for each incorrect answers ((applicable for both preliminary and mains examination). However, no marks will be deducted for unattempt answers.

Phase-3: Group Exercise and Personal Interview

Candidate who clears both the Prelims & Main Exam of SBI PO will be further called for Group Exercise & Interview. They are required to face a panel of selectors discussing challenges of banking, economy and general interests. Also candidates would be required to answer questions and solve problems asked given by Board of Interview.

Marks Allotted:
Group Discussion - 20 marks
Personal Interview - 30 marks

Final Selection

The final merit list is prepared by SBI wherein the candidate's score of Mains Exam and Interview Round will be taken into account. The final cut-off marks will be declared on the basis of the score obtained by candidates and the available vacancies. Candidates who clear the cut-off range will be granted the Appointment Letter by State Bank of India for the post of Probationary Officer.

SBI PO Eligibility Criteria

The candidate are required to fulfill the following two criteria to be eligible for the SBI PO Exam:

Age Limit:

The age of the candidate must be between 21 to 30 years.

Relaxation of Upper age limit:
  • SC/ST: 5 Years

  • OBC (Non-Creamy Layer): 3 Years

  • Persons With Disabilities (PWD) PWD (SC/ST): 15 Years

  • PWD (OBC): 13 Years

  • PWD (Gen): 10 Years

  • Ex Servicemen, Commissioned officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) who have rendered 5 years military service and have been released on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from the last date of receipt of application) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency or physical disability attributable to military service or invalidment: 5 Years

  • Persons Ordinarily domiciled of the state of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989: 5 Years

Educational Qualification:

  1. Candidates should have successfully completed their graduation in any discipline or other equivalent examination from a recognized University/institutions.
  2. Candidates in their final year/semester of their Graduation are also eligible to apply.
  3. Candidates with Chartered Accountant certification are also eligible to apply.

Seat Reservations for Persons with Disability (PWD)

As per section 34 of “Rights of Persons With Disabilities Act, 2016” 4% horizontal reservation has been provided to Persons with Benchmark Disabilities. The post is identified suitable for the Persons with undernoted categories of disabilities as specified in the Schedule of RPWD Act 2016-:

A. Visual Impairment (VI):

Only those Visually Impaired (VI) candidates who suffer from any one of the following conditions, are eligible to apply.

a. Blindness:
i. Total absence of sight;
ii. Visual acuity less than 3/60 or less than 10/200 (Snellen) in the better eye with best possible correction
iii. Limitation of the field of vision subtending an angle of less than 10 degree.

b. Low Vision:
i. Visual acuity not exceeding 6/18 or less than 20/60 upto 3/60 or upto 10/200 (Snellen) in the better eye with best possible corrections;
ii. Limitation of the field of vision subtending an angle of less than 40 degree up to 10 degree.

B. Hearing Impaired (HI):

a. Deaf: Person having 70 DB hearing loss in speech frequencies in both ears.
b. Hard of Hearing: Person having 60 DB to 70 DB hearing loss in speech frequencies in both ears.

C. Locomotor Disabilities (LD):

Locomotor Disability* including cerebral Palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy. Orthopedically challenged persons are covered under locomotor disability with following bench mark:

a. OA - One arm affected (Right or Left)
b. OL - One leg affected (Right or Left)
c. OAL - One arm & One Leg affected
d. BL - Both legs affected but not arms

Persons with OA and OAL category should have normal bilateral hand functions.

SBI PO Number of Attempts

The maximum number of attempts are fixed for each category. Candidates who have used all the attempts are not eligible to apply. Appearing in the Preliminary Exam is not counted as an attempt but appearing in Mains Exam is counted.

  1. General: 4 no. of attempts
  2. General (PWD): 7 no. of attempts
  3. OBC/ OBC(PWD): 7 no. of attempts
  4. SC/SC(PWD)/ST/ST(PWD): No restriction

How To Apply for SBI PO?

Candidates are required to only apply online by visiting the SBI official website or No other mode of application will be accepted.

SBI PO Exam Centers

State: Andaman & Nicobar
Preliminary Exam Center: Port Blair
Mains Exam Center: Port Blair

State: Andhra Pradesh
Preliminary Exam Center: Ananthapur, Chirala, Chittoor, Guntur, Kadapa, Kakinada, Kurnool, Nellore, Ongole, Puttur, Rajahmundhry, Srikakulam, Tirupati, Vijaywada, Vishakhapatnam, Vizianagaram
Mains Exam Center: Guntur, Kurnool, Vijaywada, Vishakhapatnam

State: Arunachal Pradesh
Preliminary Exam Center: Itanagar, Naharlagun
Mains Exam Center: Itanagar

State: Assam
Preliminary Exam Center: Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Kokrajhar, Silchar Tezpur
Mains Exam Center: Guwahati

State: Bihar
Preliminary Exam Center: Arrah, Aurangabad, Bihar Sharif, Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea, Samastipur, Siwan
Mains Exam Center: Arrah, Patna

State: Chandigarh
Preliminary Exam Center: Chandigarh
Mains Exam Center: Chandigarh

State: Chhattisgarh
Preliminary Exam Center: Bhilai, Bilaspur, Raipur
Mains Exam Center: Raipur

State: Goa
Preliminary Exam Center: Panaji, Verna
Mains Exam Center: Panaji

State: Gujarat
Preliminary Exam Center: Ahmedabad, Anand, Bhavnagar, Gandhinagar, Jamnagar, Mehsana, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara
Mains Exam Center: Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar

State: Haryana
Preliminary Exam Center: Ambala, Bahadurgarh, Hissar, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Palwal, Yamunanagar
Mains Exam Center: Bahadurgarh, Hissar

State: Himachal Pradesh
Preliminary Exam Center: Baddi, Bilaspur, Dharamshala, Hamirpur, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Sirmaur, Solan, Una
Mains Exam Center: Shimla, Solan

State: Jammu & Kashmir
Preliminary Exam Center: Baramulla, Jammu, Kathua, Samba, Srinagar
Mains Exam Center: Jammu, Srinagar

State: Jharkhand
Preliminary Exam Center: Bokaro, Dhanbad, Hazaribag, Jamshedpur, Ranchi
Mains Exam Center: Jamshedpur, Ranchi

State: Karnataka
Preliminary Exam Center: Belgaum, Bellary, Bengaluru, Bidar, Davangere, Dharwad, Gulbarga, Hubli, Mandya, Mangalore, Mysore, Shimoga, Udipi
Mains Exam Center: Bengaluru

State: Kerala
Preliminary Exam Center: Alappuzha, Kannur, Kochi, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad, Thrichur, Thiruvananthapuram
Mains Exam Center: Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram

State: Lakshwadeep
Preliminary Exam Center: Kavarrati
Mains Exam Center: Kavarrati

State: Madhya Pradesh
Preliminary Exam Center: Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Satna, Sagar, Ujjain
Mains Exam Center: Bhopal, Indore

State: Maharashtra
Preliminary Exam Center: Amaravati, Aurangabad, Chandrapur, Dhule Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Latur, Mumbai/ Thane/Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nasik, Pune, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Satara
Mains Exam Center: Aurangabad, Nagpur, Pune, Mumbai/ Thane/Navi Mumbai

State: Manipur
Preliminary Exam Center: Imphal
Mains Exam Center: Imphal

State: Meghalaya
Preliminary Exam Center: Ri-Bhoi, Shillong
Mains Exam Center: Shillong

State: Mizoram
Preliminary Exam Center: Aizawl
Mains Exam Center: Aizawl

State: Nagaland
Preliminary Exam Center: Kohima
Mains Exam Center: Kohima

State: Delhi-NCR
Preliminary Exam Center: Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurgaon
Mains Exam Center: Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurgaon

State: Odisha
Preliminary Exam Center: Angul, Balasore, Bargarh, Baripada, Berhampur (Ganjam), Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Sambalpur
Mains Exam Center: Bhubaneswar

State: Puducherry
Preliminary Exam Center: Puducherry
Mains Exam Center: Puducherry

State: Punjab
Preliminary Exam Center: Amritsar, Bhatinda, Fatehgarh Sahib, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala, Phagwara, Sangrur
Mains Exam Center: Bhatinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Patiala

State: Rajasthan
Preliminary Exam Center: Ajmer, Alwar, Bhilwara, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur
Mains Exam Center: Jaipur

State: Sikkim
Preliminary Exam Center: Gangtok
Mains Exam Center: Gangtok

State: Tamilnadu
Preliminary Exam Center: Chennai, Coimbatore, Dindigul, Kanchipuram, Krishnagiri, Madurai, Nagercoil, Namakkal, Perambalur, Salem, Thanjavur, Thiruchirapalli, Tirunelvelli, Thoothukodi, Vellore, Virudhunagar
Mains Exam Center: Chennai, Madurai, Tirunelvelli

State: Telangana
Preliminary Exam Center: Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, Warangal
Mains Exam Center: Hyderabad

State: Tripura
Preliminary Exam Center: Agartala
Mains Exam Center: Agartala

State: Uttar Pradesh
Preliminary Exam Center: Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bulandshaher, Faizabad, Gonda, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Mathura, Meerut, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Varanasi
Mains Exam Center: Agra, Allahabad, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Varanasi

State: Uttarakhand
Preliminary Exam Center: Dehradun, Haldwani, Haridwar, Roorkee
Mains Exam Center: Dehradun

State: West Bengal
Preliminary Exam Center: Asansol, Berhampur (West Bengal), Bardhaman, Durgapur, Hooghly, Howrah, Kalyani, Kolkata, Siliguri
Mains Exam Center: Hooghly, Kalyani, Kolkata

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