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The SBI PO Exam or State Bank of India Probationary Officer Exam is a national-level examination held once a year. The SBI conducted an SBI PO Exam to select eligible candidates for the positions of Probationary Officer. Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria can apply for the SBI PO exam online using the official website. For the SBI PO 2021 exam, candidate’s applicants should be from 21 years to 30 years. The exam of SBI PO is divided into the three phases -  preliminary exam, mains exam, and Interview or Interview & Group Exercises. Applicants who pass these exams will be posted as PO or Probationary Officers in various branches of the SBI bank. SBI PO exam syllabus for preliminary examination contains the English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning Ability, while the mains examination divided into two sections, first is Objective Type and the second one is descriptive type. For mains objective syllabus includes English, Reasoning and Computer Aptitude, General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness and Data Analysis & Interpretation and for mains descriptive type syllabus includes Letter writing and essay. Applicants must pay Rs. 750 for General/OBC/ EWS candidates and exempted for SC/ST/PWD candidates to fill out the application form for the SBI PO 2021 exam. On the below page you will find more data on the SBI PO exam pattern, vacancies, eligibility criteria, syllabus, important dates, the application process, how to apply, and other details.

Exam Pattern

Total Marks : 100
Total Time : 60 Min
-ve marking : 0.25 (For each wrong answer)
Subject Qns. Marks
English Language 30 30
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

Eligibility Criteria

Essential Educational Qualifications (as on 31-12-2021): 

A bachelor's degree in any subject or an equivalent qualification from a recognised university or the Central government.

Those in their final year/semester of study may also apply provisionally, subject to the requirement that, if invited for an interview, they present proof of passing their graduation exams on or before December 31, 2021.

Applicants with an Integrated Dual Degree (IDD) certificate must guarantee that their IDD was completed on or before December 31, 2021.

Candidates having Chartered Accountant or Cost Accountant degrees also are invited to apply.


Age limit (as on 01-04-2021):

The age limit of the applicants should be from 21 years to 30 years.

* Candidates must have been born between the dates of 02 April 1999 and 02 April 1991 (both days inclusive).*


The following are the permissible upper age limit relaxations and category-codes for claiming age relaxation:

Code No Category Age-relaxation permissible beyond the upper age limit
01 SC/ ST 5 years
02 OBC (NCL) 3 years
03 PWD (GEN/ EWS) 10 years
04 PWD (OBC) 13 years
05 PWD (SC/ ST) 15 years
06 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 6 months 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 invalided. 5 years


Number of Chances:

Category Max. Permissible Number of Chances
General/ EWS 4
General/ EWS (PWD) 7
SC/ SC (PWD)/ ST/ ST (PWD) No Restriction

Exam Pattern

Scheme of SBI PO Selection Procedure:

The procedure of recruitment will be divided into three phases:

• Phase-I: Preliminary Exam

• Phase-II: Mains Exam

• Phase-III: Group Exercise & Interview.


SBI PO Phase-I: Preliminary Examinations

Part Name of Tests Number of Questions Maximum Marks Time allotted for each test (Separately timed)
I English Language 30 100 20 minutes
II Quantitative Aptitude 35 20 minutes
III Reasoning Ability 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 60 minutes/ 1 hour

Important Note:

I. The questions on the papers will be of the objective type.

II. The questions will be written in both Hindi and English.

III. There will be a 1/4 marks deduction for each incorrect answer.

IV. The examination will be divided into three sections (with separate timings for each section).

V. There shall be no sectional cut-off marks.


SBI PO Phase-II: Mains Examinations

The main examination will be held online and will consist of 200 marks Objective Tests and a 50 marks Descriptive Test.


Part Name of Tests Number of Questions Maximum Marks Time allotted for each test (Separately timed)
I Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude  45 60 60 minutes
II Data Analysis & Interpretation  35 60 45 minutes
III General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
IV English Language 35 40 40 minutes
Total 155 200 3 hours

Important Note:

I. The questions on the papers will be of the objective type.

II. The questions will be written in both Hindi and English.

III. There will be a 1/4 marks deduction for each incorrect answer.

IV. There shall be no sectional cut-off marks.



The English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) Test will consist of a 30-minute descriptive test with two questions for 50 marks.

**Candidates will be required to type their answers to the Descriptive Test on a computer. The Descriptive Test will be given immediately following the completion of the Objective Test**.


SBI PO Phase-III: Interview or Group Excercise

Phase-III may consist of 

(i) Interview will be 50 marks OR

(ii) Interview & Group Exercises will be 30 marks & 20 marks respectively.

Candidates must achieve minimum qualifying marks in Phase-III to be considered for final selection. The minimum qualifying marks will be determined by the Bank.


Final Selections:

Candidates must qualify in both Phases II and III to be considered for the final round. To create the final merit list, the marks scored in the Mains Exam (Phase-II), both in the Objective and the Descriptive Tests, will be added to the marks scored in Phase-III. When creating the final merit list for selection, the marks received in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added.

Vacancy Details

Details of the Posts:

Followings are the likely posts that will be filled up through this Examination:

Post Name Type of Vacancy GEN EWS OBC SC ST TOTAL
SBI PO (Probationary Officer) Regular 810 200 540 300 150 2000
Backlog -- -- 20 24 12 56


Syllabus for SBI PO Phase-I: Preliminary Examinations

(A) English

Reading Comprehension

Cloze Test

Fill in the Blanks

Para Jumbles

Spotting Errors



Paragraph Completion


Sentence Improvement

Tenses Rules


(B) Quantitative Aptitude

Number System

Number Series



Profit & Loss


Ratio and Proportion


Problem Based on Ages

Mixed Proportion and Unitary Method

Problem Based on Distribution

Simple and Compound Interest

Work and Time

Speed Time and Distance

Permutation and Combination



Data Interpretation


(C) Reasoning Ability

Logical Reasoning

Alphanumeric Series

Alphabet Test

Data Sufficiency

Coded Inequalities

Seating Arrangement




Blood Relations

Input Output

Ranking & Order



Syllabus for SBI PO Phase-II: Mains Examination

(A) Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude

(A-I) Reasoning



Word formation

Statement and conclusions

Statement and assumptions


Passage and conclusions

Coding Decoding

Blood Relations

Input/output, Assertion and reasoning

Series Test

Alphabet test

Number, Ranking and time sequence

Direction sense Test

Decision making test

Figure series

Sitting Arrangement

Series test


Odd figure out


(A-II) Computer Knowledge

Windows operating system basics

Basics of Hardware and software

Internet terms and services

Basic Functionalities of MS-Office

Networking and communication

Database basics

Basics of Hacking, Security Tools and Viruses

History of computers


(B) General/Economic/Banking Awareness

Current Affairs

Important Places

Books and Authors


National & International Events

Financial Awareness

Banking Awareness


Important Days

Static Awareness

Prime Minister Schemes

Banking Terminologies Knowledge

Principles of Insurance


(C) General English

Reading Comprehension




Jumbled Sentences

Spotting Errors

Phrases and idioms

Direct and Indirect speech

Active/ Passive voice

Close Passages

Passage completion


(D) Data Analysis & Interpretation

Tabular Graph


Pie Chart

 Line Graph

Bar Graph

Radar Graph Case-let

Missing Case Data Interpretation

Data Sufficiency


 Let it Case Data Interpretation

Permutation and Combination

Data Interpretation

Number Series

Percentages, etc

Application Fee

Fee Payable by Candidates for SBI PO Exam:

GEN/ EWS/ OBC candidates: Rs. 750/-

SC/ST/PWBD/ candidates: Nil

**Once the application fee is paid, the fee cannot be refunded or retained in reserve for any future examination or selection.**


Mode of Payment:

Payment can be done using a debit card, a credit card, or Internet Banking by entering the information requested on the page. Any transaction fee associated with online payment will be borne by the candidates.


How to Apply

For further information on how to fill out the online application form, see the instructions below.

Step 1: Go to the official website of SBI "" for the SBI PO exam.

Step 2: Click to the top right corner of the page and select 'CAREERS.'

Step 3: Choose 'Latest Announcements.'

Step 4: Just go to the official notification and then click on 'Apply Online' for the SBI PO Application Form.

Step 5: Choose 'Click Here for New Registration.'

Step 6: Carefully read the instructions before clicking 'Continue.'

Step 7: Enter your basic information, such as your name, your phone number, and your email address.

Step 8: Enter the security code and press the 'Save & Next' button. At this point, you will be given a Provisional Registration Number and Password, which will be provided to you through SMS and email. Make a note of them.

Step 9: Upload scanned images of your signature and photograph in the specified dimensions, then click 'Next' button.

Step 10: Fill out the form with the post you apply for, your category, and other personal information. Enter your postal address as well as your PIN code. Validate the information and then click 'Save & Next' button.

Step 11: Fill out your educational and experience information, etc. Validate them and then click 'Save & Next' button.

Step 12: Double-check all of the information you've entered. Check the box next to the declaration statement if everything is accurate. Also, double-check your signature. Click the 'Final Submit' button.

Step 13: Upload a scanned image of a handwritten declaration in the format specified.

Step 14: Pay the SBI PO application fee and print out the application form and confirmation page for future reference.


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