SBI PO 2021 is conducted to recruit Probationary Officers for branches of State Bank of India across the nation. SBI PO 2020 Exam was conducted from December 28-January 6, 2021. The recruitment exam consists of 3 phases – Preliminary exam, Main Exam, and GD/ Interview round. SBI PO Mains will be conducted tentatively from January 29, 2021.
|SBI PO 2020 Prelims Exam Date||December 28, 2020 - January 2, 4, 5, 6 2021 |
|SBI PO 2020 Main Exam Date||January 29, 2021|
|Dates for SBI PO 2020 GD and Interview||February/March 2021|
|Declaration of SBI PO 2020 Final Result||last week of March 2021|
The key points about SBI PO 2020 are highlighted below:
|Name of Exam||State Bank of India Probationary Officers Exam (SBI PO 2020)|
|Conducting Body||State Bank of India|
|Mode of Exam||Online|
|SBI PO 2020 Selection Stages||Prelims, Main Exam, Group Discussion/ Interview|
|Candidates Expected to Register for SBI PO 2020||Nearly 10 lakh|
|SBI PO Helpline||022 – 2282 0427|
Below are the category – wise tentative vacancies for Probationary Officers in SBI Bank across India, which can be modified by the bank without any prior notice:
Candidates must fulfil certain eligibility conditions as laid down by SBI before applying for the PO post. Here are the basic SBI PO 2020 Eligibility Criteria.
SBI PO 2021 Application Form will be available on the official website – sbi.co.in once the SBI PO 2021 notification is released. Follow the given below steps to fill the application form:
SBI provides pre-exam training as a part of the government’s initiative to candidates belonging to the SC/ ST category or minority groups. The initiative has been taken to assist such aspirants in preparations if they cannot afford to enroll themselves at coaching centers.
Check the details about SBI PO 2021 Exam centers to learn more about the venues and location across India.
Read below the complete SBI PO 2020 Exam Pattern:
|Mode of Examination||Online|
|Number of Questions||100|
|Duration of Exam||60 minutes|
|Sections in Paper||3 (English language, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability)|
|Marks/Questions in each section||English language: 30, Quantitative aptitude: 35, Reasoning Ability: 35|
|Question Type||Objective and Descriptive|
|Questions in each section||Objective : 155, Descriptive: 2|
|Time duration||Objective: 3 hours, Descriptive: 30 minutes|
|Sections in Objective Paper||4|
|Marks of Objective Type||Reasoning & Computer Aptitude: 60, Data Analysis & Interpretation: 60, General Awareness about Economy/ Banking: 40, English language: 40|
|Time Allotted to Each Section||Reasoning & Computer Aptitude: 45 min, Data Analysis & Interpretation: 45 min, General Awareness about Economy/ Banking: 40 min, English language: 40 min|
|Sections in Main Descriptive||Letter writing and Essay|
Check Sectional Tests for Prelims before appearing the SBI PO 2020 Exam
|Final stage of SBI PO||Group Discussion and Interview|
|Marks in each section||GD: 20, Personal Interview: 30|
Here are all the important topics that you need to study to score well in SBI PO. They are given stage-wise:
|Quantitative Aptitude||Simplification, Number System, Average, Percentage, Ratio and Proportion, Interest, Number series, Data Interpretation, Profit and Loss, Mensuration, Permutation and Combination|
|Reasoning Ability||Inequalities, Ordering, and Ranking, Directions, and Distances, Coding and Decoding, Blood Relations, Syllogisms, Circular Seating Arrangement, Linear Seating Arrangement, Double Line Up, Grouping, and Selection|
|English Language||Fill in the blanks, Reading, and Comprehension, Para Jumbles, Cloze test, Error spotting, Spellings, Phrase Idiom meaning,|
|Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude||Puzzles, Seating Arrangement, Inequality, Syllogism, Input-Output, Coding-Decoding, Verbal Reasoning, Data Sufficiency, Miscellaneous topics, Computer Aptitude|
|Data Analysis and Interpretation||Bar graph, Line graph, Pie chart (single or double), Tabular graph, Radar chart, Mixed graphs (a combination of any 2 of the above), Caselet/ Paragraph DI, Missing graphs|
|English Language||Reading Comprehension, Cloze test, Para jumbles, Odd one out/ Theme based questions, Statement and Paragraph Completion, Sentence Connectors|
|General Awareness||Current Affairs, Banking / Financial Awareness, Static Affairs|
|Topics for GD/PI|
|Is right to freedom being misused?||Cleanliness should be the fundamental duty of every citizen.|
|What are the merits and demerits of One Rank One Pension scheme?||What measures should be adopted for avoiding NPA?|
|SBI Merger: Pros and cons?||What do you think about reservations in education and jobs?|
|How is Swaach Bharat Abhiyan currently important for India?||
NSG is the need of the hour for India.
|Rail budget should have merged into the general budget much earlier.||Women employment is possible through mass awareness rather than launching programs.|
|Is the government just renaming the old schemes?||Wind power Vs Solar Energy?|
The most recommended books for SBI PO 2020 are:
|SBI PO Solved Papers||Kiran Prakashan|
|Banking Awareness for SBI/IBPS Bank||DishaPublications|
|Banking Awareness (Banking Aptitude Test) (BANK PO/OFFICERS EXAM)||Ramesh Publishing House|
The sequence of sections in the paper was - Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis & Interpretation, General Awareness, and English Language.
Check the following details paper analysis for SBI PO 2020 exam:
|SBI PO 2020 exam analysis for January 4, 2021||Click here|
|SBI PO 2020 Exam analysis for January 5, 2021||Click here|
Check- SBI PO 2021 result and how to download here
Candidates in SBI PO recruitment are shortlisted upon their performances in the 3 stages mentioned below:
Ques. What is the eligibility criterion to appear for examination?
Ans. Candidates having obtained Bachelors in any discipline from a recognized institute are eligible to apply for SBI PO Recruitment examination. Candidates having Integrated Dual Degree certificate must ensure that the date of passing IDD is on or before July 01 of the year of appearing for the test. Candidates possessing the qualification of Chartered Accountant can also apply.
Ques. Are the candidates appearing for final year examinations of graduation eligible to apply?
Ans. Yes, candidates appearing for final year exam are eligible to apply subject to the condition that they submit the proof of qualification at the time of document verification.
Ques. Is there any age criteria?
Ans. Candidates must have attained at least 21 years of age and should not be more than 30 years as on April 01 of the year of appearing for the test.
Ques. Is there any age relaxation for reserved categories?
Ans. Yes, applicants are provided age relaxation in upper age limit as per the following basis:
|Category||Relaxation in Upper Age limit|
|SC/ ST||5 years|
|OBC- NCL||3 years|
|Persons with domicile of J & K during January 01, 1980 to December 31, 1989||5 years|
Ques. What will the selection procedure for the post?
Ans. The selection procedure will be conducted in three stages:
Ques. What will be the pattern of preliminary CBT?
Ans. The online prelims test will be based on the following pattern:
|Subject||Number of Questions||Maximum Marks|
|English Language & Reading Comprehension||30||30|
Ques. What will be the duration of prelims test?
Ans. The preliminary test will be conducted for a composite duration of 60 minutes (1 hour).
Ques. What will be the pattern of Main examination?
Ans. The Mains examination will be divided into two parts:
|Part||Subject||Number of Questions||Maximum Marks|
|Part A||General & Banking Awareness||40||40|
|Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude||45||60|
|Data Analysis Interpretation||35||60|
|English Language & Reading Comprehension||35||40|
|Part B||Descriptive Writing||2||50|
Ques. What will be the duration of Main test?
Ans. The composite duration of the test will be 3.5 hours.
Ques. Is the duration for Mains exams composite?
Ans. No, fixed time will be allotted for each section of the test as mentioned below:
|General & Banking Awareness||60 minutes|
|Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude||40 minutes|
|Data Analysis Interpretation||45 minutes|
|English Language & Reading Comprehension||35 minutes|
|Descriptive Writing||30 minutes|
Ques. Will the descriptive test taken on the day of the objective test?
Ans. Yes, the descriptive test will be conducted immediately after the objective Mains examination.
Ques. Will the descriptive test be conducted offline?
Ans. No, the test will be conducted online only. Candidates are therefore advised to practice typing before they appear for the test.
Ques. What is the pattern of a descriptive test?
Ans. The descriptive test will consist of two questions which include letter and essay. The test is of maximum 50 marks and must be attempted within 30 minutes duration.
Ques. What will be the maximum marks for GD & PI?
Ans. The maximum marks for Group Discussions and Personal Interview are 50 marks.
Ques. Is there any separate marks allotment for PI?
Ans. Yes, GD will be for 20 marks whereas PI is for maximum 30 marks.
Ques. What all will be included in Banking & General Awareness section?
Ans. The following topics will be included in the Banking & General Awareness:
Ques. What is the application fee for SBI PO Examination?
Ans. Application fee for SBI PO varies according to the categories as given below:
|General/ OBC||INR 750|
|SC/ ST||INR 125|
Ques. How should the application fee be paid?
Ans. Application fee can be paid only online through Debit Card, Credit Card or Net Banking.
Ques. When are admit cards expected to be released?
Ans. Admit cards are expected to be released at least 15 days before the examination.
Ques. Is there any sectional cut off in the test?
Ans. Yes, the exam conducting authority will release sectional as well as overall cut off. Only the candidates qualifying both cut-offs will be eligible to appear for further process.
Ques. What is the expected date for result declaration for prelims?
Ans. The result is expected to be declared within 20-30 days after successful conduction of exam.
Ques. What is the marking scheme in the test?
Ans. For each correct question, the candidate will be awarded 1 mark.
Ques. Is there negative marking for the wrong answers?
Ans. Yes, as a penalty for wrong answers, 0.25 marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer.
Ques. Can foreign national candidates apply for the test?
Ans. The exam conducting authority lays down certain nationality criteria for applicants, which includes the following:
Ques. What is the salary for SBI PO?
Ans. The basic grade pay is INR 27,620. Apart from this, the salary will include dearness allowance, city compensatory allowance, leased house accommodation, furniture allowance, medical allowance, travel allowance, etc.
Ques. Is the SBI PO exam bilingual?
Ans. Yes, the exam will be available in English and Hindi. Candidates may opt for language at the time of the test.
Ques. What all documents do I need to fill the application form?
Ans. Candidates will require following documents at the time of filling application form:
Ques. Is there any limit to the maximum attempts for SBI PO Recruitment examination?
Ans. The maximum attempt limits vary according to the categories, as discussed below:
Ques. In case I have a problem in filling the application form, what should I do?
Ans. Candidates can consult the helpdesk in case of any queries. The helpdesk number is 022-22820427 between 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM on working days.
Ques. Do I need to carry any documents at the time of the exam?
Ans. Yes, candidates must carry the original and a copy of Photo ID Card along with the admit card. Candidates must submit card and copy of ID Proof to the invigilator at the examination centre.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.