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SBI PO 2021 Application, Exam Date, Eligibility, Exam Pattern & Result

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Oct 20, 2020

SBI PO 2021 notification will be published soon for recruiting 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. Consequently, the bank needs huge strength or manpower for running the organizational operations smoothly.

The SBI PO exam will be held in two stages and these are Preliminary and Main exam tests. Only the qualified aspirants from the preliminary tests will be able to appear for the mains exam. The selection process will be consisting of a written test, which will be followed by the Group Discussion and Personal Interview. It can be expected that the SBI PO Application 2021 will be released in April 2021 (tentatively).

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SBI PO 2021: Overview

Exam Name SBI PO (State Bank of India Probationary Officer)
Exam Conducting Authority State Bank of India
Post Name Probationary Officer
Level of the Exam All India Level
Number of Vacancies Will update later
Application Mode Online
Official Website
Registration process started from April 2021
Closing date of registration April 2021
Registration Fee Rs.600/-(UR) & Rs.100/-(R)
Qualification Graduation
Date of Preliminary Exam June 2021
Main Exam Date July 2021
Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions
Negative Marking Applicable
Selection Process Preliminary Exam, Main Exam & Interview/ Group Discussion

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Exam Dates of SBI PO 2021

Exam Event Dates (Tentative)
Online registration process and application modification/correction process April 2021
Last date for online registration April 2021
Last date of Application fees payment April 2021
Call letter of preliminary exam will be available from 3rd week of May 2021 onward
Online Preliminary exam date June 2021
Result of the preliminary exam 1st week of July 2021
Releasing of the admit card for online main exam 2nd week of July 2021
Exam date of SBI PO Mains 2021 July 2021
Result date of Mains exam 3rd week of August 2021
Group exercise and Interview September 2021
The final result will be published 2nd week of October 2021
Pre-Exam Training for SC/ST/Religious Minority Community candidates
Download the call letters for Pre-Exam Training 2nd week of May 2021 onwards
Organise the Pre-Exam Training 4th week of May 2021
SBI PO Eligibility 2021

SBI PO Eligibility Criteria 2021

Before submitting the SBI PO Application Form 2021, the aspirants should know about the eligibility criteria for appearing the exam. Hence, it is recommended to go through the SBI PO Recruitment 2021 process thoroughly.

Age group:

  • The aspirants should belong from the age group of 21 years to 30 years as on April 1, 2021.
  • Age relaxation will be applicable only for the reserved category aspirants.
Category of the Candidates Age relaxation
Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) 5 Years
Other Backward Classes (OBC Non-Creamy Layer) 3 years
Persons With Disabilities (PWD) PWD (OBC)- 13 Years, PWD (SC/ST)- 15 Years, PWD (Gen)- 10 Years
Ex-Servicemen (Army Personnel) 5 Years
Candidates from Jammu & Kashmir State from 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989 5 Years

Nationality: Only the Indian Citizen can apply for the exam.

Academic qualification:

  • Only the graduation completed students from any renowned university can appear for the exam.
  • In addition, the final year students are also eligible to apply for the SBI PO 2021 exam.

Number of Attempts for SBI PO 20201

To qualify the SBI PO exam, there are restrictions on attempts. However, attempt limitation is varied based on the category to category.

Category 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
SBI PO Application Form 2021

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SBI PO Application Form 2021

The interested candidates, who want to apply the SBI PO 2021 application form, should follow the below-mentioned steps:

  • Go to the official website of SBI PO 2021
  • Now, select the ‘Career option’ and read the notification by using navigation.
  • Next, you have to press the ‘Online Apply’ option.
  • The aspirants must have a valid email id and mobile number to complete the online registration procedure.
  • In the next step, you have to submit all the details, such as personal information, educational qualification, correspondence address etc. Once you submit all the detailed information, you can submit the SBI PO Application Form 2021.
  • After that, the aspirants have to upload the scanned image of passport size photograph and signature.
  • It is wise to check the application form thoroughly before submitting the application form.
  • Lastly, the candidates should take a print out copy of the fee challan, so that you can complete your application fee payment procedure.
  • Do not forget to take a print out copy of the application once you complete the application fee payment process.

Also Check How to Apply for SBI PO exam?

Specification of Scanned Photograph

Before uploading the scanned images, the candidates should check the specifications, which are mentioned for signature, left thumb impression and for photographs.

  • Photograph: The photograph of the candidates should be clicked in front of a clear background. The photograph should be uploaded in JPEG format. The dimension and the size of the image should be 200*300 and 20 to 50 KB respectively.
  • Left-hand thumb impression and signature: To do the signature, the candidates should use a blue/black point pen and on white paper. Follow the same rules for taking left thumb impressions. Once you complete it, you have to scan the signature and left thumb impression before uploading it. The scanned image should also be uploaded in JPEG format. The dimension and the size of the image should be 140*60 and 10 to 20 KB respectively.

Kindly note it down that any mismatch or discrepancy in thumb impression and signature will be penalized for you. Hence, be careful and follow all the guidelines before uploading the documents.

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Application Fee Payment Process of SBI PO 2021

To pay the amount for the application form fill-up process, the aspirants can use their debit card/credit card/net banking. The application fee of SBI PO is non-refundable, therefore, authority will not entertain anything regarding the money refund.

Category Fees
General Candidates Rs.750
SC/ST/PWD Rs. 125
SBI PO Exam Pattern 2021

SBI PO Exam Pattern 2021

Preliminary Exam Pattern

  • Mode of Examination: Online
  • Time Duration: One hour
  • Total number of questions: 100
  • There will be a total of three sections and these are Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Language.
  • For every correct answer, the aspirants will be rewarded 1 mark. Nevertheless, the candidates will get a deduction of ¼ marks for each incorrect answer.
Paper Section No. of Questions Max Marks
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
Reasoning Ability 35 35
English Language 30 30
Total 100 100

Main Examination Pattern

  • The candidates have to answer both the descriptive type and objective types questions.
  • SBI Mains PO exam will be held in online mode
  • Time duration: 3 hours for objective type test and 30 minutes for the descriptive test.
  • There are four sections in objective types test and these are Reasoning and Computer Aptitude, General knowledge, Data Analysis and Interpretation, Banking Awareness/Economy and English Language.
  • ¼ marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.
  • Descriptive Test will be 50 marks and the objective test will be 200 marks.

Objective Test:

Paper Sections No. of Questions Max Marks Duration
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
General/Economy/Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
English Language 35 40 40 minutes
Total 155 200 180 minutes

Descriptive Test:

It is the English Language test and the aspirants will have to answer two questions and these are Essay Writing and Letter Writing. The aspirants will not get any negative marks. However, to participate in the next round test, the aspirants will need to qualify the test.

Interview Process

It is the last stage of the SBI PO Examination. To appear in the GD-PI Exam, the aspirants will need to present to the SBI PO Prelims and Mains exam. The marks division of Group Discussion and Interview round will be 20 and 20 marks.

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SBI PO Syllabus 2021

SBI PO Syllabus 2021

It is necessary to know the SBI PO Syllabus 2021 in a detailed manner, so that you can take preparation accordingly and can get a good score in the test.

Current Affairs and Banking Knowledge

Banking & Financial Awareness, Popular Books and their authors, Economic/Financial News, Current Affairs (National and International), Budget and Five Year Plans, Awards and Honours, Inventions and Discoveries, International and National Events, Sports News, Abbreviations etc.

Data Analysis/ Interpretation & Quantitative Aptitude:

Time and Work, Permutation and Combination, Simplification, Simple Interest and Compound Interest, Average Ratio and Proportion, Profit and Loss, Time and distance, Boats and Streams, Problems on Trains, Line Graph, Mixture and Allegation, Pie Chart, Probability, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency, Volume and Area, Quadratic Equations, Speed, Pipes and Cisterns.

Computer Knowledge:

Internet terms and services, MS-Office (MS-Excel, MS-word, MS-PowerPoint), History of Computers, Input and Output Devices, Computer Abbreviations, Windows Operating System, Networking and communication, Modern Day Technology, Hardware and Software, Security and Viruses, Hacking, Computer Short Keys, Logic Gates, Database Management System.

English Language:

Sentence Rearrangement, Paragraph Completion, Vocabulary, Spotting Errors, Active Voice, Passive Voice, Reading Comprehension, Jumbled Sentences, Idioms & Phrases, Grammar Correction, Deriving Conclusions, Correcting Miss Spelt & Inappropriate Words, Antonyms, Synonyms, Preposition.

Reasoning Ability:

Order and Ranking, Syllogism, Coding-Decoding, Blood Relation, Sitting Arrangement, Input & Output, Diagram, Statements & Assumptions, Machine Input, Statement & Course of Action, Puzzle, Inequality.

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

SBI PO Descriptive Test

As said earlier, the descriptive test of SBI PO exam is categorised into two parts and these are essay writing and letter writing.

  • Essay writing: Indian Economy, Indian banking System, Financial Inclusion, Any consequences of social effect, Budget, Right to Education, Indian Constitution.
  • Letter writing: Letter to Bank Managers/ Head of the Institutions/ Government Official, Letter to Relatives and Friends etc.
SBI PO Admit Card 2021

SBI PO Admit Card 2021

The SBI PO 2021 admit card and hall ticket will be published online and hence, the aspirants should check the official website of SBI. Before two or three weeks, the SBI PO Admit Card 2021 will be released. To download the admit card, the registered aspirants should provide the registration number and the date of birth of the candidates.

The SBI PO exam conducting authority will not send the admit card to the aspirants to their postal address. Once the aspirants will download the admit card, they will need to take a print out of it. The aspirants will get to know the below mentioned important information available in the admit card:

  • Name of the aspirants
  • Venue of the Exam
  • Date of the exam
  • Other instructions.

If the aspirants will find any discrepancy in their admit card, then they will need to report to the competent authority, within a specific time period. The candidates will have to carry the admit card, photo id proof and other essential documents to the exam centre, otherwise, they will not get permission to appear in the exam.

SBI PO Selection Process 2021

SBI PO Selection Process 2021

SBI PO Selection Process 2021 will be accomplished in three stages and these are:

  • Stage I: Preliminary Exam (100 Marks MCQ types questions)
  • Stage II: Mains Exam (200 marks MCQ types and 50 marks Descriptive types questions)
  • Stage III: Group Discussion and Personal Interview (50 Marks)
SBI PO Result 2021

SBI PO Result 2021

After the announcement of each phase exams, the SBI PO Result 2021 will be out. To check the result, the aspirants should open the official website. Follow the below mentioned steps to know the steps of checking SBI PO Result 2021:

  • Once you open the official website of the State Bank of India, the aspirants should click the ‘Latest Announcement Section’
  • Now the aspirants will have to click the SBI PO 2021 final result
  • Put your roll number to check the merit list and result.

Based on the overall performance level, the final result of the SBI PO exam will be announced.

SBI PO Cut-Off 2021

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

SBI PO Cut-Off

To qualify the exam, the aspirants will have to meet the minimum cut off marks.

Subject General OBC SC ST
Total Score 47.5 44.5 38.75 29.25
English Language 8.75 6 06 6
Quantitative Aptitude 7.25 4.25 4.2 4.25
Reasoning Ability 7 4.25 4.2 4.25

The students, who will meet the cut off score of prelims and mains exam can participate in the mains and group discussion/Interview round accordingly.

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