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.
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|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|
|Frequency of exam||Once a year|
|Exam stages||Phase I - Preliminary exam
Phase II - Mains exam
Phase III - Interview
|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|
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|
|Declaration of final result||March 17, 2021|
|SBI PO Notification 2021-22||April/ May 2021 (Tentatively)|
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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:
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.
SBI PO Application Form 2021 will be available on the official website – sbi.co.in 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|
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.
The most recommended books for SBI PO 2021 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.
Candidates in SBI PO recruitment are shortlisted upon their performances in the 3 stages mentioned below:
|SBI PO Syllabus||SBI PO Cut off||SBI PO Selection Process|
|SBI PO Exam Centre||SBI PO Exam Pattern||SBI PO Salary|
|SBI PO Result||SBI PO Preparation Tips||SBI PO Books|
|SBI PO Previous Year Paper||SBI PO 2020 Prelims (04th jan) analysis||SBI PO 2020 Prelims (05th jan) analysis|
|SBI PO 2020 Mains Analysis||How to download Admit card||Check other banking exams|
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.
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.