SBI PO 2021 will be conducted in order to recruit probationary officers in various branches of State Bank of India across the nation. Candidates who desire to be appointed as the probationary officer will have to clear all the 3 stages of the SBI PO Exam – prelims, main exam and group discussion & personal interview.
Those who qualify all the stages will be called for document verification. It must be noted that the candidate can be appointed in any branch of the bank across India. However, preference of the candidates is asked and is also based on the SBI PO 2020 Merit List and rank of the candidate.
The 2021 SBI PO preliminary examination will be held tentatively on June 2021 and it consists of 3 sections (English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning Ability). After clearing the prelims according to the cut offset by the bank, the candidate can proceed to SBI PO Main exam. This Mains 2021 exam is likely to be August 2021. It carries 2 parts (Objective Test and Descriptive Test).
Candidates will have to qualify in the main test to proceed to the final stage of group discussion and personal interview to get through the final merit list. The final merit will be based on the marks of mains paper and GD+PI. Preliminary test marks are not counted for the final result. Interview carries 30 marks and Group Exercise carries 20 marks. The written tests have a weightage of 75% while GD and PI have a weightage of 25%.
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Preliminary examination of SBI PO comprises of 3 sections- English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability. The questions will be asked as multiple choice where the candidate will have to mark 1 correct answer out of 5 given options. Candidate will be awarded 1 mark for every correct answer but 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer, however, no marks will be deducted for an unattempted question. Time allotted to complete Preliminary examination will be 1 hour only.
Following table elaborates on the three sections of preliminary examination of SBI PO Examination 2020
|Sections||No. of Questions||Maximum marks||Sectional Duration|
|English language||30 Questions||30 marks||20 minutes|
|Quantitative aptitude||35 Questions||35 marks||20 minutes|
|Reasoning ability||35 Questions||35 marks||20 minutes|
|Total||100 Questions||100 marks||60 minutes|
SBI PO Main examination is divided into 2 sections- objective test and descriptive test. Both sections are conducted online. Objective test has a duration of 3 hours duration and the descriptive test has to be completed in 30 minutes.
The table below explains the structure that will be followed in the SBI PO Mains Examination- Objective Test
|Sections||No. of Questions||Maximum marks||Time duration|
|Reasoning and computer aptitude||45 Questions||60 marks||60 minutes|
|Data analysis and Interpretation||35 Questions||60 marks||45 minutes|
|General/economy/banking awareness||40 Questions||40 marks||35 minutes|
|English language||35 Questions||40 marks||40 minutes|
|Total||155 Questions||200 marks||3 hours (180 minutes)|
Candidates may note that the descriptive test would begin immediately after the conclusion of SBI PO Objective Test. Descriptive Test will consists of the questions based on English Language (Letter Writing and Essay Writing).
Candidates will be called for group discussion after they qualify through the cut offset by the bank with regards to the SBI PO Mains examination 2021. After going through the group discussion session, candidates will be called for personal interview which will test the personality of the candidate along with the qualifications and other qualities.
Final selection of the candidates will be based on the score obtained in the SBI PO Main Examination and Group Discussion/ Interview session. Final merit list is prepared on the basis of the marks secured in SBI Main and GD & PI. The weightage to written tests and GD/PI is 75% and 25% respectively.
Candidates will be selected only if they successfully pierce through the last 2 stages of SBI PO selection procedure i.e. SBI PO Main Examination and Group Discussion & Interview Session. Marks secured by the candidates in the Written Test (out of 250 marks) will be converted to out of 75 marks and marks secured in Group Discussion and Interview (out of 50 marks) will be converted to out of 25 marks.
Final merit list will be prepared after aggregating converted marks of Written Test and Group Discussion & Interview out of 100 marks for each category. Candidates from top merit rank in each category will be selected.
List of candidates who will qualify in group discussion and interview session will be uploaded on the official website by the Bank.
Candidate will be recruited only after he/she has cleared all the stages of SBI PO Examination and the documents as specified by the bank have been duly verified. Candidate is advised to carry original documents as well as photocopies of the documents (self-attested).
Here is a list of documents that a candidate must carry with him/her for verification:
Every year State Bank of India releases multiple numbers of vacancies available throughout the nation for the post of Probationary Officer in SBI branches. The following flow chart represents the total vacancies in SBI PO 2020 recruitment:
For the SBO PO 2020, the following table shows the expected number of vacancies for general category as well as reserved categories (SC/ST, OBC, and PwD)
However, the number of vacancies can be increased or decreased at any point in time during the recruitment process. The vacancies for 2021 SBI PO will be declared once the notification is released regarding registration for the exam.
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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.