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SBI PO EXAM: Exam Dates, Syllabus, Pattern, Result

STATE BANK OF INDIA(SBI) conducts this National-Level exam to recruit Probationary Officers( SBI PO). The exam has three stages- Prelims, Mains and Group Discussion/Interview. Candidates have to qualify the Prelims to appear for the Mains. After clearing the Mains candidates are shortlisted for Group Discussion/Interview.


Age limit of a candidate applying for SBI PO is 21-30years.

Graduates and those pursuing their final year graduation in any discipline from a recognized university are eligible to apply for the exam.


The examination is an online exam, held once a year.


This consists of 3 parts

English Language30 Q
Reasoning Ability35Q
Numerical Ability35 Q

The duration is 1hour and maximum marks are 100. There is negative marking for incorrect answers.


This is also an online exam, consisting of 4 parts.

Reasoning and Computer Aptitude45 Q
Data Analysis and Interpretation35 Q
General/ Awareness/Banking Awareness40Q
English Language35 Q

Total-155 Qs have to be attempted in 3hours and the maximum marks are 200 marks.

Along with this, a descriptive paper of 50 marks has to be attempted in 30 minutes. There is negative marking for incorrect answers.


Candidates who successfully clear both Prelims and Mains are called for GD-PI session where they have to answer questions related to General Knowledge and Banking Sector. The qualifying marks for the GD-PI round is decided by the banks, where GD consists of 20marks and Interview-30marks. Only those who qualify this are selected. After this selection, the merit list is prepared.

The bank then gives the candidates appointment letters for the post of Probationary Officers.



Quantitative Aptitude– Maths

Reasoning Abilities-Syllogisms, blood relations, coding, decoding etc

English Language– reading and comprehension and grammar


Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude– puzzles, syllogism, coding, decoding, Computer Aptitude

Data Analysis and Interpretation- graph interpretation

English Language-reading comprehension and grammar

General  Awareness- current affairs, banking and financial awareness

Topics for GD-PI-


What are the merits and de-merits of One Rank One Pension scheme?What measures should be adopted for avoiding NPA?
SBI Merger: Pros and cons?What do you think about reservations in education and jobs?
How is Swaach Bharat Abhiyan currently important for India?NSG is the need of the hour for India.
Rail budget should have merged into general budget much earlier.Women employment is possible through mass awareness rather than launching programs.
Is government just renaming the old schemes?Wind power Vs Solar Energy?


Practice-it is said ‘Practice makes a man perfect’, so regular practice and confidence in solving problems will be a big asset.


Working on one’s strengths is the best way to work for the exam to achieve success.

Speed and Accuracy- candidates should attempt those questions which they are sure about answers as there is negative marking for wrong answers. Not only speed, accuracy is a big tool to crack an exam

Time Management-

While preparing for the exam a candidate should focus on time management. Don’t try to solve all questions but carefully select questions which one is confident.

Online Practice Tests-

They are the best to test a candidate’s performance. These increase the speed and capability of a candidate. The candidate develops confidence and can crack the exam easily.

 Clear Doubts-

Doubts and concepts should be cleared before taking the exam.

Proper Planning-

Planning the preparation properly is the major step to get success in the exam.

These are the only mantras to attain success and crack the exam


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