Every year State Bank of India conducts a recruitment process for the selection of candidates for various posts of PO. The notification of the recruitment process 2021 is yet to be released but tentatively will be released around  September month. You can check for this on the official website of the SBI i.e. @sbi.co.in.

The candidates have to clear three phases to become Probationary Officers. But this is worth owing to its handsome salary and security. This is the prime reason why several candidates applied for this examination. Read this article to know more about this examination such as eligibility for SBI PO, exam pattern, vacancy, etc.

State of Bank and SBI PO Exam

The SBI is India’s largest public sector bank and was established on 1 July 1955.  This exam is conducted in three phases including Preliminary, Mains and Interview. It is one of the most coveted jobs of the Banking industry owing to its salary and security along with additional benefits SBI provides to its employees.

Every year it provides notification for the recruitment in the following year. Any person fulfilling the competing for the bank PO exam eligibility can apply for this exam.

SBI PO 2020-21 Highlights

Exam name SBI PO
Exam Full form State Bank Of India Probationary Officer
Conducted by State Bank of India
Post Probationary Officer (Junior Management Grade Scale-I)
Exam level National
Exam category Graduation
Frequency of exam Once a year
Exam stages Phase I – Preliminary exam

Phase II – Mains exam

Phase III – Interview

Exam mode Online
Exam duration Preliminary exam: 1 hour

Mains: 3 hours

Exam pattern # Prelims: 100 questions

# Mains: 155 questions

Language English and Hindi
Exam helpdesk 022-22820427
Official website sbi.co.in/careers

SBI PO 2021: Notification

SBI is yet to release the notification about SBI PO 2021. It would appear on the official website of SBI.

Important Dates of SBI PO 2021

Activities Tentative Dates
Commencement of online registration Sep/October 2021
Last date to register online Sep/October 2021
Admit card release for pre-exam training To Be Notified Soon
Pre-exam training date To Be Notified Soon
Admit card release for preliminary exam To Be Notified Soon
Preliminary exam date To Be Notified Soon
Declaration of preliminary exam result To Be Notified Soon
Admit card release for the Stephandwrittenmain exam To Be Notified Soon
Main exam date To Be Notified Soon
Declaration of main exam result To Be Notified Soon
Call letter release for the interview To Be Notified Soon
Group exercises and interview To Be Notified Soon
Declaration of the final result To Be Notified Soon

SBI PO Exam Eligibility Criteria 2021

The SBI prescribes the following eligibility for SBI PO for its candidates appearing for the bank PO examination:


Here is the nationality eligibility for the bank PO.

# A candidate must be an Indian citizen.

# A subject of Nepal/Bhutan

# A Tibetan Refugees and came to India before 1 January 1962

# A Person migrated from Pakistan/Burma/Sri Lanka/Kenya/Uganda/the United Republic of Tanzania/Zambia/Malawi/Zaire/Vietnam/Ethiopia

Education Qualification

A candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized or affiliated university or hold an equivalent educational qualification as recognized by the central government of India.


A candidate must be between 21 to 30 years. Relaxation is given to various candidates based on category.

Category Age Relaxation (in Years)
SC/ ST 5
OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) 3
PwD (SC/ST) 15
PwD (OBC) 13
PwD (Gen) 10
Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/ Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) 5

Number of Attempts

The maximum number of attempts is restricted for each category.

Categories Number of Attempts
General/ EWS 4
General/ EWS (PWD) 7
SC/ SC (PWD)/ ST/ ST (PWD) No Restriction

SBI PO Application Procedure

Candidates can apply for this exam online.

Step 1: Visit the official registration website. The link will be disclosed when the SBI releases the notification.

Step 2: Reister yourself from the new registration application window.

Step 3: Finish your registration and then log in through the given credentials.

Step 4: Carefully fill the whole application form.

Step 5: Upload required documents such as Photo, Signature, Left thumb impression and handwritten declaration.

Step 6: Pay the fees and you have completed the process.

Application Fees of SBI PO

Category Application Fee
General and others Rs 750/- (application fees including initiation charges)

SBI PO Vacancy 2020

Categories Vacancies
SC 300
ST 150
OBC 540
EWS 200
General 810
Total 2000

SBI PO Exam Pattern

The SBI PO would be held in two phases: Preliminary and Mains examination.

Preliminary Examination

Exam mode Online
Time Allotted 1 hour
Number of Questions 100
Types of Question Objective
Total Marks 100
Negative Marking 1/4th mark on every wrong answer
Topics No. of questions Duration
English Language 30 20 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 35 20 minutes
Reasoning Ability 35 20 minutes
Total 100 1 hour

Mains Examination

The Mains exam consists of a written test, group discussion and interview.

Exam mode Online
Time Allotted 3 hour
Number of Questions 155
Types of Question Objective
Total Marks 200
Negative Marking 1/4th mark on every wrong answer
Topics No. of questions Duration
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 minutes
Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 45 minutes
General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 35 minutes
English Language 35 40 minutes
Total 155 3 hours

There will also be a descriptive paper. This descriptive paper consists of Letter writing and essay. It would carry 50 marks for 2 questions in 30 minutes.

Group Discussion and Interview

Sl. Name of the test Max. Marks
1. Group Discussion 20
2. Interview 30
Total 50

The SBI PO is a lucrative career option for the candidates out there looking for a job in the banking industry. The selected candidates will be offered handsome salaries and other benefits.

To boost your preparation you can take the help of a UPSC Pathshala single course. This course is designed for such examinations. Also for other such relevant information visit this website.

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