SBI PO 2020 Cutoff: Check Previous Years' Category-wise Cutoffs

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Aug 29, 2020

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SBI PO 2020 is conducted for the recruitment of probationary officers in several branches of State Bank of India. Nearly 9.5 lakhs candidates apply for SBI PO each year, out of which only 10 times the number of vacanices, candidates will be selected to appear for the main exam. 

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The cutoff is the minimum score decided by the exam conducting authorities that the candidates must achieve in order to qualify the exam. The cutoff marks tend to vary for candidates belonging to different categories. State Bank of India will release cutoff for prelims and main exam along with the declaration of SBI PO 2020 Result. Meanwhile, candidates can check the previous years SBI PO Cutoffs:

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SBI PO Previous Years’ Cutoff

The previous years’ cutoffs will help the students to understand the pattern that exists in the SBI PO cut-off trend. Knowing cut-off trends of SBI PO can enable the candidates to understand the level of preparation required. Cut-off marks indicate a lot of important information about the exam, including the difficulty level of the question paper. Serious candidates who wish to do well in the exam must go through the previous year cut-off figures.

SBI PO Cutoff 2019 – Prelims Exam

The official cutoff for Preliminary exam of SBI PO 2019 is given below:

Category SBI PO Preliminary Cutoff (Out of 100 Marks)
General 71
Economically Weaker Section (EWS) 68.25
Other Backward Caste (OBC) 68.25
Scheduled Caste (SC) 61.75
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 54.75
LD 59.50
VI 64.75
HI 16.25
D&E 0.25

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SBI PO Cutoff 2019 – Main Exam

SBI PO Main Exam Cutoff for 2019 year is tabulated below:

Category Main Cutoff Marks (Out of 250)
General 104.42
SC 82.50
ST 77.63
EWS 100.89
OBC 94.28
LD 86.51
VI 101.75
HI 75.36
D&E 75.14

SBI PO Cutoff 2018

In the following section, SBI PO 2018 cutoffs are represented. In the following table, category-wise SBI PO 2018 final and prelims cutoffs are mentioned:

Category Final Cut-Off (Out of 250 marks) Prelims Cut-off (Out of 100 marks)
General 93.10 56.75
Other Backward Caste (OBC) 86.42 54.25
Scheduled Caste (SC) 77.13 49
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 75.01 43
Hearing Impaired (HI) 75.16 14.75
Orthopedically Handicapped (OH) 75.03 45.25
Visually Handicapped (VH) 88.91 49

SBI PO 2020 Overall and Sectional Cutoff

Till 2018, Candidates had to clear overall as well as sectional cutoffs in order to qualify the exam. There are various types of cutoff scores that the candidate needed to obtain to successfully crack the exam. Complete information about these parameters is given below. The test paper is divided into several sections such as Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, General Knowledge and English.

SBI sets sectional cut-offs and candidate needed to clear each cut off to qualify the competitive test. Also, clearing only the sectional cut-offs was not sufficient. Candidate had to secure the overall cut-off declared by SBI. The SBI PO 2020 Overall Cut-off is different from the sectional cut-offs. However, this year, there is no provision of sectional cutoffs.

Check Sectional Tests for Prelims before appearing the SBI PO 2020 Exam

Factors Affecting SBI PO 2020 Cutoff

There are various factors that affect the cutoffs of the exam. For instance, this year, there has been a significant rise in prelims cutoff from last year as the paper sets were comparatively easier than last year. Hence, we can say that the difficulty level of the exam affected cutoff. The other factors are given below: 

  • Candidates’ performance in the exam
  • Number of applicants
  • Number of vacancies
  • Previous years’ cutoff trend.

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SBI PO 2020 Cutoff Evaluation

In order to calculate the actual cut-off figure, the exam conducting authorities have to analyse several variables. Depending on the category of the candidate, the cut-off scores will be different. The factors influencing the cut-off marks are discussed below.

  • The number of candidates who appear for the exam will play a role in deciding the SBI PO 2020 Cut-Off marks. It will also depend on the number of available posts for recruitment purposes. The reservation applicable for different categories is also a relevant factor.
  • Question paper difficulty level must also be considered when calculating the cut-off score. It must be noted that the cut-off marks, once decided and announced by SBI, cannot be contested. The candidates will have no right to challenge the cut-off, in case they are dissatisfied with it.
  • The process of normalization has been adopted for calculating final cut off score of SBI PO 2020. The procedure for calculating cut off score is given below. The recruitment of candidates is done strictly on the basis of SBI PO result cum merit list.
  • The SBI PO 2020 cut-off marks are normalized as the following formula:
  • Total Marks secured by last ranked selected candidate (Out 0f 100) = Written Test (Normalized to 75) + GD & Interview (Normalized to 25)

SBI PO 2020 Stages of Cut off

SBI PO 2020 cutoff is declared separately for various stages of the exam. The first round of the selection process is the preliminary test. Cut-off marks are declared for this round which the candidates must obtain in order to move on to the next round.

The second round is the SBI PO Main Exam. Again, cut-offs are announced separately for this stage. To qualify the exam, the candidates must clear the cut-off score for mains as well. The final stage of the selection process is the personal interview round.

For PI round, cut-offs are announced independently. Based on who manages to secure the cut-off for this stage, candidates are finally recruited.

Check SBI PO 2020 Selection Process 

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


digvijay raut
About sbi po results and further procedure
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Digvijay, SBI has already released the final result for SBI PO exam. After declaration of mains result, qualified candidates have to appear in group discussion and personal interview conducted at allotted exam centers. And those who will qualify all the 4 stages will be allotted respective banks as per their performance and availability of position in the concerned branch.
shivani gaikwad
I am a BE last year student and I am interested in banking so what are all exams i can apply for while being a last year student because most of the exams I am not eligible regarding the age and qualification limitations can u help me out ?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Shivani, generally, for all banking exams and all posts be it Clerk or PO, graduation is held necessary. Thus, you can apply for banking exams after your graduation only.