SBI PO 2021: Final Selection list (released), Mains Result, Application Process, Pattern, & Selection

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May 1, 2021

SBI PO 2021 is conducted to recruit Probationary Officers for branches of the State Bank of India across the nation. SBI PO is one of the most coveted jobs in the Banking industry and a dream job for millions of aspirants. The recruitment process consists of 3 phases – Preliminary exam, Main Exam, and GD/ Interview round. The SBI PO Notification 2021 is yet to be released. However, it can be assumed that the notification will be released soon. It will be wise to start the solving of SBI PO Previous Years’ Questions Papers so that you can understand the pattern of questions and can start preparation accordingly. 

In India, the SBI PO exam is considered one of the toughest exams compared to the other PSU Banks. To join as a probationary officer in SBI, should clear all the levels and should be progressed through every stage successfully. Also, check Upcoming Banking Exams 2021, click here

Latest Updates:

  • March 17, 2021: SBI PO 2020 final result and selection list has been released. Click here
PO Highlights

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 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 (20 minutes for each section)
Mains: 3 hours (With sectional timings)
Exam pattern Prelims: 100 questions Mains: 155 questions
Language English and Hindi
Exam helpdesk 022-22820427
Official website
PO Dates

SBI PO Exam Date 2020-21

SBI PO 2020-21 interview call letter has been released on February 20, 2021 and from the same day, the aspirants can download their admit card from the official website of SBI. The candidates can download the admit card till March 7, 2021. To know more about the important events of the SBI PO exam date 2020-21, check the following table:

SBI PO 2020-21 events Important dates
Online registration November 14, 2020, to December 04, 2020
Fee payment date November 14, 2020, to December 04, 2020
Prelims admit card December 31, 2020, to January 06,  2021
Online preliminary examination January 04, 2021
January 05, 2021
January 06, 2021
Prelims result January 18, 2021
Mains admit card January 19, 2021
SBI PO Mains exam January 29, 2021
Mains result February 16, 2021
Call Letter for Interview February 20, 2021
Interview March 2021
Declaration of final result March 17, 2021
SBI PO Notification 2021-22 April/ May 2021 (Tentatively)
PO Vacancy

Get SBI exam dates here.

SBI PO 2021 Vacancies

SBI PO vacancy 2021 is not yet released, which will be announced with the SBI PO Notification for 2021. Last year, the SBI PO Vacancy was 2000. 

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 2021 Sample Papers

PO Eligibility

SBI PO Eligibility 2021

Candidates must fulfil certain eligibility conditions as laid down by SBI before applying for the PO post. Here are the basic SBI PO Eligibility Criteria 2021.


  • 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 of April 1, 2021.
  • SC/ST/ExS/J&K Migrants get a relaxation of 5 years in the upper age limit
  • OBC candidates with an upper age limit of 33 years can apply for the exam
  • PwD category candidates reserve a relaxation of 10- 15 years depending on the category.
PO Applications

SBI PO Apply Online 

SBI PO Application Form 2021 will be available on the official website – once the SBI PO 2021 notification is released. The aspirants have to apply online and submit the application form in online mode. The SBI PO application form fill up process will not be completed until the aspirants pay the application fee. To complete the SBI PO application fee payment process, the candidates have to rely in online mode via credit card/ debit card/ internet banking.

Category SBI PO Application Fee
General/ OBC Rs 750 (application fee including intimation charges)
SC/ ST/ PwD Nil
PO Admit Card

SBI PO Admit Card/ Call Letter 2021

  • For SBI PO exam, the admit card is released separately for all three stages viz. prelims, main, and interview.
  • All notifications related to the admit card or call letter for the interview 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.

SBI PO 2021 Exam Centres

  • Candidates will be allotted one of the SBI PO Exam Centers 2021. 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.
PO Exam Pattern

SBI PO Exam Pattern 2021

  • Before SBI PO Exam 2021, Pre Exam Training( PET OR PRT ) is conducted for SC/SC/ ST/ XS / Religious Minority Community candidates.
  • Each stage in the SBI PO exam 2021 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
  • In Prelims, the aspirants have to answer 100 questions, and in the Mains exam, the candidates have to answer 155 questions
  • The final selection is based on the overall performance of each stage.

SBI PO Syllabus 2021

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

Preliminary Exam: Quantitative Aptitude, English Language, Reasoning Ability. Check prelims syllabus

Mains Exam: Data Analysis & Interpretation, Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, Banking Awareness, Economy, English Language. Also, check the Bank Exam syllabus 2021, click here

SBI PO Preparation Books 2021

The most recommended books for SBI PO 2021 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

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.
  • The 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 the 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.
PO Result

SBI PO Result 2021

  • In order to check the SBI PO 2021 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 2021 will be normalized by the equi-percentile method.
  • Only up to 2 decimal points, scores would be taken for the calculation.

SBI PO Cutoff 2021

  • SBI will release the category-wise final SBI PO Cutoff 2020-21 exam.
  • This is based on the number of candidates who appear for the exam, the number of vacancies, previous year cut off, the difficulty level of the exam etc.
  • On the basis of SBI PO cutoff 2020-21, candidates are chosen for the subsequent stage.
  • Get a detailed SBI PO cutoff and previous year trends for a better idea about expected cut-off this year.

SBI PO Selection Process 2021

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 2021 Selection process.
  • SBI PO Prelims is an online objective test of 1-hour duration.
  • SBI PO Pre comprises 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 recruitment process.
  • It is a 200 marks examination, comprising 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 the 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.

Go through previous year papers and preparation strategies before starting preparation for the SBI PO 2021 exam.It is also equally important to check paper analysis of 2020 SBI PO Prelims and SBI PO Mains which will help you to understand the if any change in pattern.


SBI PO 2021 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.

3 Months Crash Course

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


deep jyoti das
Is English included in SBI PO Syllabus 2021?
jaya garg

Hi. The syllabus of Preliminary Exam include Quantitative Aptitude, English Language, Reasoning Ability. Check SBI PO prelims syllabus here.

ammar zaheer ahmed
Does SBI PO exam release separate admit card for the exam?
jaya garg

Hi. For SBI PO exam, the admit card is released separately for all three stages including prelims, main , and interview. All notifications related to the admit card or call letter for interview are made available on the official portal only.

sourajit mukherjee
What is SBI PO Age Limit and age relaxation?
jaya garg

Hi. Candidates must be aged between 21 to 30 years as on April 1, 2021 are eligible to give the exam. SC/ST/ExS/J&K Migrants get a relaxation of 5 years in the upper age limit.

Can you tell me about the SBI PO Exam Date 2020-21?
jaya garg

Hi. SBI PO 2020-21 interview call letter was made available on 20 February and from the same day, the aspirants can download their admit card from the official website of SBI. The candidates can download the admit card till 7 March 2021.

Will there be any face to face interview as well as I plan to apply for the SBI PO exam?
jaya garg

Yes, Stage 1 and 2 will have prelims and main and both the stages will be taken online mode while Phase 3 round will have Group Exercise and Personal Interview. Interview will be taken face to face and the candidates will be shortlisted based on the overall performance in all the stages.

Can I decide SBI PO 2021 Exam Centres of my own choice?
jaya garg

Hi. Candidates will be allotted one of the SBI PO Exam Centers 2021; the center will be allocated considering the choices filled by the candidates while applying. The name of the exam center will be written on the admit card.

bhagyashri kene
I have not received the admit card till now and will it be delivered by post?
jaya garg

Hi. For SBI PO exam, the admit card will be released separately for all three stages including prelims, main , and interview. You need to download the same by referring to the official portal only.

sunny pandey
how normalization is done in sbi po?
jaya garg

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?
jaya garg

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?
jaya garg

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?
jaya garg

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?
jaya garg

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?
jaya garg

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?
jaya garg

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?
jaya garg

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 ??
devnath tiwary

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 ??
gurpreet singh

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?
jaya garg

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?
jaya garg

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.
devnath tiwary

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?
devnath tiwary

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