What is SBI PO Exam?

Every year State Bank of India (SBI) invites applications to recruit candidates for the position of Probationary Officer (PO) and Clerk. The SBI PO and Clerk National Level Written Exam takes place in two phases: Prelims and Mains. All the candidates who qualify the preliminary examination get shortlisted and become eligible to appear for the Main examination. Post this round, the candidates who qualify are shortlisted for Group Discussion and Personal Interview.

Syllabus for SBI PO Exam

SBI exams analyses the skills of the aspirant in 3 sections. Some of the core concepts in this are –

  1. Verbal (English)
  • I. Paragraph Jumbles
  • II. Paragraph Completion
  • III. Reading Comprehension
  • IV. Odd Man out
  • V. Inferences
  • VI. Fill in the blanks
  • VII. Vocabulary
  • VIII. Tenses Rules
  1. Logical Reasoning
  • I. Venn Diagrams
  • II. Puzzles
  • III. Arrangements
  • IV. Game based sets
  • V. Data Structures
  • VI. Alphanumeric Series
  • VII. Directions
  • VIII. Data Sufficiency
  • IX. Syllogism
  • X. Blood Relations
  1. Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
  • I. Numbers and its applications
  • II. Percentages and its applications
  • III. Ratio and Its applications
  • IV. Algebra and its applications
  • V. Geometry and its applications
  • VI. Time and Work
  • VII. Time Speed and Distance
  • VIII. Tables and Bar, Pie & Line Graphs

SBI Exam 2023 Exam Notification and Overview

The notification for SBI Exam 2023 is yet to be released. Generally it contains the details of the number of vacancies in different offices in India along with the distribution for different categories.

SBI PO Exam 2023 Important Dates

The dates for this year’s exam haven’t been released yet but given below are the dates for last year’s examination.

SBI PO 2022 Exam Schedule
SBI PO ActivityDates
SBI PO Notification 202221st September 2022
Online Registration Starts From22nd September 2022
Last date for SBI PO Apply Online12th October 2022
Last Date to Pay Fee12th October 2022
Conduct of Pre- Examination TrainingNovember 2022 / December 2022
SBI PO Admit Card 2022 (Preliminary)5th December 2022
SBI PO Prelims Exam Date 202217th to 20th December 2022
SBI PO Prelims Result 202217th January 2023
SBI PO Prelims Score Card 202217th January 2023
SBI PO Mains Admit Card 202219th January 2023
SBI PO Mains Exam Date 202230th January 2023
Conduct of Group Exercises & InterviewsMarch 2023
Declaration of Final ResultMarch 2023

 SBI PO Paper Pattern

Phase-1: SBI PO Preliminary Examination

The first stage for SBI PO 2023 Recruitment is the Preliminary Exam, in which the aspirant has to qualify in order to get shortlisted for SBI PO Mains Exam.

  1. There will be 3 sections in SBI PO Prelims Exam like any other PO Exam: English, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability.
  2. A total of 100 Objective type questions will be asked in SBI PO Prelims Exam 2023.
  3. The duration of the exam is 01 hour (20 minutes for each section).
  4. SBI PO Prelims is qualifying nature and marks will not be counted while preparing the merit list.

Penalty for wrong answer: 0.25 marks will be deducted for every question attempted wrong by a candidate. No deduction will be there in marks if a question is left unattempted or blank by a candidate.

S.No.Name of Tests(Objective)No. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1English Language303020 Minutes
2Numerical Ability353520 Minutes
3Reasoning Ability353520 Minutes
Total1001001 Hour

Phase-2: SBI PO Mains Examination

The SBI PO Mains Exam will comprise of Objective & Descriptive Section, which is described below in detail:

  1. Objective paper to be completed in 3 hours and descriptive paper in 30 minutes.
  2. In the objective part, there will be 4 sections namely Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis & Interpretation & General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness, and English Language.
  3. A descriptive paper will be conducted along with the above-mentioned online test and there will be 2 questions in this paper.
  4. Penalty for wrong answer:0.25 marks will be deducted for every question attempted wrong by a candidate in SBI PO Mains Exam. No deduction will be made in marks if a question is left unattempted or blank by a candidate in the exam.
SBI PO Mains Exam Pattern
S.No.Name of Tests(Objective)No. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1Reasoning & Computer Aptitude405050 minutes
2Data Analysis & Interpretation305045 minutes
3General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness506045 minutes
4English Language354040 minutes
Total1552003 hours
Descriptive Test025030 minutes

(i) Objective Test: The objective test of 3 hours duration consists of 4 Sections for total 200 marks. The objective test will have separate timing for every section.

(ii) Descriptive Test: The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with two questions for 50 marks will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay).

Interview Process

A candidate who clears both the Prelims & Mains Exam of SBI PO 2023 will be further called for a GD-PI session wherein they will face a panel of selectors discussing their past experience and questions related to General Knowledge and of the Banking Sector. It is essential for a candidate to clear the Interview Process in order to ensure their final selection in the SBI PO 2023 Exam. The qualifying marks for this round will be decided by the Bank and the marks allotted to these rounds are: Group Discussion – 20 marks, Interview – 30 marks

Final Selection

After a candidate has gone through Personal Interviews, a merit list will be prepared by the State Bank of India wherein the candidate’s score of the Mains Exam and Interview Round will be taken into account. Based on the score obtained by candidates and the available vacancies, final cut-off marks will be declared. All candidates who clear the cut-off range will be granted the Appointment Letter by State Bank of India for the post of Probationary Officer.

SBI PO 2022 Eligibility Criteria

The candidate must fulfill the following two criteria to be eligible for the SBI PO 2022 Exam:

SBI PO Educational Qualification (as on 31/12/2022)

The candidate must be a graduate in any discipline from a recognized University or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government. Those who are in the Final year/Semester of their Graduation may also apply provisionally subject to the condition that, if called for an interview, they must produce proof of having passed the graduation examination. Candidates with an Integrated Dual Degree (IDD) certificate must ensure that the date of passing the IDD is on or before 31.08.2022. Candidates with Chartered Accountant certification may also apply.

SBI PO Age Limit (as on 01/04/2022)

The candidate must be 21 Years to 30 Years i.e. candidates must have been born between 02.04.1992 and 01.04.2001 (both dates inclusive)

CategoryAge relaxation
Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes5 years
Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer)3 years
Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD) (SC/ ST)15 years
Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD) (OBC)13 years
Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD) (Gen/EWS)10 years
Ex Servicemen, Commissioned officers including Emergency
Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/ Short Service Commissioned Officers
(SSCOs) who have rendered 5 years military service and have been
released on completion of assignment (including those whose
assignment is due to be completed within 6 months from the last date
of receipt of application) otherwise than by way of dismissal or
discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency or physical disability
attributable to military service or invalidment.
5 years