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SBI PO 2021 Application Process, Notification, Exam Date, Application, Pattern, & Selection

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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.

Get FREE SBI PO 2021 Mock Tests, Sectional Quiz, Previous Years Papers. Click Here

Latest updates;

  • Check the exam analysis and expected cut-off based on the SBI PO Prelims 2020 exam conducted on January 4 and 5, 2021. Read more
  • SBI PO 2020 application process has started for 2000 vacancies. Check details here
  • Get all the latest bank recruitment updates and news here, including about SBI jobs. Check details here

SBI PO 2020 Exam Dates

Events Dates 
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 

SBI PO 2020 Highlights

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
Official Website
Periodicity Annually
Exam Level National
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
Available Seats 2000
SBI PO Helpline 022 – 2282 0427

Check SBI PO Cutoff

SBI PO 2021 Vacancies 

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:

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

Download SBI PO 2020 Sample Papers

SBI PO Exam Dates

SBI PO Eligibility

SBI PO 2021 Eligibility

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.


  • Candidate must be an Indian National.

SBI PO Educational Qualification Requirements

  • The applicants must be a graduate in any stream from a recognized university.
  • The final year graduates can also apply.

SBI PO Age Limit

  • Candidates must be between 21 to 30 years as on April 1, 2020.
  • SC/ST/ExS/J&K Migrants get a relaxation of 5 years in the upper age limit
  • OBC candidates with upper age limit 33 years can apply for the exam
  • PwD category candidates reserve a relaxation of 10- 15 years depending on the category.

SBI PO Number of Attempts

  • For General category- 4 attempts
  • For General (PwD) category- 7 attempts
  • OBC category- 7 attempts
  • OBC (PwD)- 7 attempts
  • SC/ST (PwD)- No restriction

Other Requirements

  • Defaulters in repayment of Loans/ Credit Card dues or those with adverse CIBIL reports or other external agencies will not be considered eligible for appointments.
  • Candidates against whom there is an adverse report regarding character & antecedents, moral turpitude is not eligible to apply for the post.

SBI PO Registration

SBI PO 2021 Application Form

SBI PO 2021 Application Form will be available on the official website – once the SBI PO 2021 notification is released. Follow the given below steps to fill the application form:

Step 1 – SBI PO 2021 Registration

  1. Visit the website –
  2. Click on link “Career with us” on the home page
  3. Select ‘SBI PO 2020 Application Form’
  4. Fill the application form with complete details like name, educational qualifications, address, mobile number, email, and other information.

Step 2 – Upload Photo and Signature

  1. Upload scanned image of passport size photo (size-20 to 50 Kb) and signature (10 to 20 Kb) in JPEG format.
  2. The photo must be of 200 x 230 pixels while the signature must be of 140 x 60 pixels.
  3. Choose the correct file and click on open to upload.
  4. After that, click ‘Submit’ to move to a fee payment window.

Step 3 – Pay SBI PO 2021 Application Fee

  1. Application fee for General, EWS, and OBC categories is INR 750 and INR 125 for reserved categories.
  2. Pay the fee through debit/ credit card and net banking.
  3. Take a printout of the application form before submission for future reference.
  4. You will receive a registration id. Note it down.

SBI PO 2021 Pre-Exam Training

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.

  • Pre-exam training for SBI PO 2020 is a kind of an orientation program for reserved and minority category candidates.
  • In the training sessions, candidates are taught of some important questions and topics.
  • The pre-exam training is conducted across India at different centers. 

SBI PO 2021 Admit Card/ Call Letter

  • For SBI PO exam, the admit card is released separately for all three stages viz.  prelims, main exam, and interview.
  • All notifications related to the admit card will be out on the official website i.e.
  • All candidates need to carry their admit cards on the day of the exam, failing which they won’t be allowed to sit for the exam.

How to Download SBI PO 2021 Admit Card?

  1. Visit the official website i.e.
  2. Click on the link SBI PO 2020 Admit card
  3. Enter your registration number and DOB/Password
  4. Your admit card will appear on the screen
  5. Download it and take a print-out of the same

SBI PO 2021 Exam Centers

  • Candidates will be allotted one of the SBI PO 2020 Exam Centers from their choices opted during the application process.
  • The final exam center will be mentioned on the admit card.
  • Candidates need to check the details and in case of any discrepancies, they need to contact the exam authorities immediately.

Check the details about SBI PO 2021 Exam centers to learn more about the venues and location across India.

SBI PO Exam Pattern

SBI PO 2021 Exam Pattern

  • Each stage in SBI PO 2020 exam has a different paper pattern.
  • Stage 1 and 2 (Prelims and Main) will be conducted in online mode.
  • Phase 3, Group Exercise and Personal Interview, will be held face to face
  • The final selection is based on the overall performance of each stage.

Read below the complete SBI PO 2020 Exam Pattern:

SBI PO 2021 Exam Pattern for Prelims

Mode of Examination Online
Question Type Objective 
Number of Questions 100
Maximum Marks 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

SBI PO 2021 Paper Pattern for Main Exam

Question Type Objective and Descriptive
Sections 2
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

SBI PO 2021 Exam Pattern for Final Stage

Final stage of SBI PO Group Discussion and Interview
Marks in each section GD: 20, Personal Interview: 30

SBI PO Syllabus

SBI PO 2021 Syllabus

Here are all the important topics that you need to study to score well in SBI PO. They are given stage-wise:

Section-wise SBI PO 2021 Syllabus for Prelims

Sections Syllabus
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,

Section-wise SBI PO 2021 Syllabus for Main Exam

Sections Syllabus
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

SBI PO 2021 Syllabus for GD/ PI

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?

SBI PO 2021 Preparation Books

The most recommended books for SBI PO 2020 are:

Books Author
Banking Awareness Arihant
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

Read Updated SBI PO 2020 Syllabus

SBI PO Paper Analysis

The sequence of sections in the paper was - Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis & Interpretation, General Awareness, and English Language.

  • There were many new questions in the Reasoning & Computer Aptitude section, many new questions were asked.
  • New type of Data Interpretation question dominated the Data Analysis & Interpretation section.
  • Most of the questions in the English Language section were from Reading Comprehension.
  • In the General Awareness section, 35 questions were asked from current affairs related to economy and finance world while only 5 questions were asked from static GK.
  • Reasoning & Computer Aptitude was the toughest section while English was the easiest section.

Check the following details paper analysis for SBI PO 2020 exam:

Exam Paper Link
SBI PO 2020 exam analysis for January 4, 2021 Click here
SBI PO 2020 Exam analysis for January 5, 2021 Click here

Check Sectional Tests- Mains during the preparation time of SBI PO 2020

SBI PO 2021 Result

  • In order to check the result, candidates need to visit the official website, enter their roll number/ registration number and DOB.
  • The corrected scores obtained by each of the candidates in all the sections of SBI PO 2020 will be normalized by the equi-percentile method.
  • Only up to 2 decimal points, scores would be taken for the calculation. 

How to Check SBI PO 2021 Result?

  1. Visit
  2. Click on the “Careers” section
  3. Click on “Results” section
  4. Enter your roll number and DOB or enter your registration number and DOB
  5. You result card will appear on the screen

Check- SBI PO 2021 result and how to download here

SBI PO Cut-offs

SBI PO 2021 Cutoff

  • SBI will release the category-wise final cutoff for SBI PO 2020 exam.
  • This is based on the number of candidates who appear for the exam, a number of vacancies, previous year cut off, the difficulty level of the exam etc.
  • On the basis of SBI PO 2020 cut-offs, candidates are chosen for the subsequent stage.
  • Get a detailed SBI PO 2021 cut-off and previous year  trends for a better idea about expected cut-off this year.
SBI PO Selection Process

SBI PO 2021 Selection Process 

Candidates in SBI PO recruitment are shortlisted upon their performances in the 3 stages mentioned below:

SBI PO 2021 Preliminary Examination

  • It is the very first stage of SBI PO 2020 Selection process.
  • SBI PO Prelims is an online objective test of 1-hour duration.
  • SBI PO Pre comprises of 3 sections- English Language, Reasoning Ability and Quantitative Aptitude.
  • Candidates must score minimum qualifying marks in all the sections to qualify for the next round.

SBI PO 2021 Main Examination

  • The main examination is the second stage of the SBI PO 2020 recruitment process. 
  • It is a 200 marks examination, comprising of 4 sections (English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning & Computers, and General/Economy/Banking Awareness).
  • Descriptive test of 50 marks would be conducted immediately after the objective test.
  • The corrected scores obtained by each of the candidates in different sessions (if held) are normalized using the equi-percentile method.
  • Scores up to 2 decimal points are taken for the purpose of calculations.
  • Candidates are shortlisted for interview by considering the scores obtained in the main examination.

SBI PO 2021 Group Discussion and Interview

  • Candidates who qualify the mains exam are eligible to appear for group discussion and interview. 
  • Post conduction of the interview, a combined score is generated which includes the sum of marks obtained in main examination and interview.
  • The final list of the selected candidates is made upon the performance in mains and GD/ PI round only.
  • It is published on the official website of the bank’s website and also in Employment Newspaper.

Download SBI PO Previous Years’ Question Papers


SBI PO 2020 FAQ's

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
PWD 10 years
Ex-Servicemen 5 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:

  • Online preliminary examination
  • Online Mains Examination
  • Group Discussions & Personal Interview

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
Reasoning Ability 35 35
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
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:

Section Duration
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:

  • Banking & Insurance Awareness
  • Financial Awareness
  • Government Schemes & Policies
  • Current Affairs
  • Static 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:

Category Application Fee
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:

  • Citizens of India
  • Subjects of Nepal or Bhutan
  • Tibetan refugee who came to India before January 01, 1962 with an intention to settle permanently in India
  • Persons of Indian Origin who have migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Zaire, Kenya, Tanzania Uganda, Zambia, Ethiopia, Malawi with an intention to settle permanently in India

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:

  • Scanned signature
  • Scanned colored photograph

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:

Category Maximum Attempts
General 4
General (PWD) 7
SC No Restriction

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.


sunny pandey
how normalization is done in sbi po?
kavita rani

Hi Sunny. For a fair evaluation and balance the marks obtained by candidates appearing in different shifts, SBI follows the Normalization process. As the difficulty level of each shift differs, SBI Normalization is done to adjust the scores.. More details are presented here.

fauzia shahid
how to prepare for sbi po gd and interview?
kavita rani

Hi Fauzia. Candidates must do more mock tests to do well in the exam. Go through the SBI PO Practice Tests for free during the preparation time before the exam. Refer here to get more details.

fauzia shahid
how to prepare general awareness for sbi po?
kavita rani

Hi Fauzia. Read Newspaper, do more last year papers, do daily practice, do current affairs on priority to improve your general awareness skills. Other tips are mentioned here.

how to prepare english for sbi po?
kavita rani

Hi Sameer. Make it a habit to read the newspaper daily, as it helps develop vocabulary. Note down all the new words you have read. Also, practice more sample papers. Read here to get more details.

which test series is best for sbi po?
kavita rani

Hi Sameer. Prepare for SBI PO with India's Best Online Test Series based on latest pattern. You can get Free Mock Tests, Sample Papers and Study Materials to boost your skills. Get more details here.

puja sao
What details will be there in SBI PO notification?
kavita rani

Hi Puja. SBI PO 2021 notification will be published soon for appointing the experts in Probationary officers Posts. SBI is one of the largest Government banks in India and it has multiple branches across the nation and abroad. SBI PO notification include all details related to exam dates, eligibility, exam pattern, etc. Get more details related to SBI PO here.

divakar sharma
Why is the notification delayed?
kavita rani

Hi Divakar. SBI PO notification are normally released in April; however, this year it has been delayed due to COVID-19 pandemic. You can refer to the official webiste for the latest updates.

puja sao
When will SBI PO 2021 notification release?
kavita rani

Hi Puja. Online registration process and application modification/correction process for SBI PO is expected to start in April 2021. Check other details here.

vinson marandi
I have mistake in pincode . Does form will reject ??

Dear Vinson Marandi

Greetings from Collegedunia. Yes, your Application Form can be rejected after filling the incorrect information for SBI PO Examinations 2020. For more details, kindly go through this link – SBI PO 2020

vinson marandi
I can fillup new form ??

Hi Vinson

Yes you can apply for the application on the official website of SBI OP. You need to fill all your informations correctly as a wrong details may lead to rejection of your application form. You can visit on SBI PO Application to know how you can apply for application form go through the whole procedure.

fauzia shahid
How many vacancies have been announced?
kavita rani

Hi Fauzia. A total of 2000 vacancies are announced for the post of probationary officer in State Bank of India.

When will the SBI PO exam be conducted?
kavita rani

Hi Rashmi. Online Preliminary SBI PO exam date is June 2021. Check out other important dates here.

hi, i have a doubt regarding the negative marks! Do we have negative marks for SBI PO? If yes, what will be the negative mark and we do have negative mark also for the unattended question.

Dear Abarna

Greetings from Collegedunia. Yes, there is a ¼ mark deduction for each incorrect answer and there is no negative marking for unattempted questions in Preliminary and Main Examinations. For more details, kindly go through this link – SBI PO Exam Pattern 2021

sayan baidya
What are the best books to prepare for SBI PO? What is the pattern of the question paper? How much marks is required in the exam to get the job?

Dear Sayan Baidya

Greetings from Collegedunia. You can prepare for the SBI PO 2021 Examination with our practice papers. You can also check out the pattern of the question paper with us. There are 3 rounds of Test i.e. Preliminary, Mains, Interview. The questions will be from English, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning Ability. The cut-off for General is 47.5, OBC – 44.5, SC – 38.75, and ST – 29.25 total marks. For more details, kindly go through this link – SBI PO 2021 and Practice Papers

aanchal patel
do i need to carry any document at the time of exam?
anima bhuyan
hi, i have a confusion about the numbers of is it calculated?suppose i appeared for the prelims but didnot clear it.does it make a count of 1 or 0.Means do i have appear for the mains to count the attempt to 1 or only appearing in prelims will make a count??
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Anima, attempts are counted only for the chances in which you cleared prelims and appeared in mains exam. If one has not cleared prelims, then, that will not be considered in your number of attempts.
karthik john
Hi I have applied for CHENNAI circle (Tamil Nadu)...But I have choosed nearest location (PUDUCHERRY) as centre of examination...IS it okay?Am asking because will it cause any problems to STATE I HAVE APPLIED FOR will changed to Examination centre Circle..Plz reply
bhawna vedwal
Hello Karthik, Candidates can choose nearby exam center. It do not cause any issue
tom smith
can 3rd year student apply for exam
bhawna vedwal

Hello Sunil, 3rd year students are not eligible for Sbi-Po.

Final year students can apply for Sbi-Po

ayesha mathur

Hi, I have attempted 60 questions in the prelims exam with an accuracy of 80%. What are my chances to clear the cutoff? I am from general category.


Hi  Swapnil, it is very difficult for you to clear the cut off as per previous year’s cut off. You can read more about the exam from here: SBI PO Exam