SBI PO Exams

When it comes to banking jobs, getting into State Bank of India, the country’s largest bank is a dream for many aspirants. Bank jobs are one of the most sought-after jobs in the country. Given this, aspirants looking for banking jobs keep a tab on the dates when banks conduct exams to fill the vacancies.

Here, we discuss about SBI PO exam to be conducted in 2021. Read on to know more about exam dates, application process, exam pattern, etc.

SBI PO Notification

State Bank of India releases a notification to announce the dates when it would conduct exams to hire new employees. The notification for the probationary officer's recruitment process for the year 2021 was announced on 4 October 2021 by SBI.

SBI PO Exam 2021 Highlights

The key points about SBI PO exam 2021 are highlighted in the table below:

Name of Exam State Bank of India Probationary Officers Exam
Conducted by State Bank of India
Official Website sbi.co.in
Periodicity Annual
Exam Level National
Mode of Exam Online
SBI PO 2021 Selection stages Prelims, Main Exam, and Group Discussion/ Interview
Expected Vacancies 2056

SBI PO Exam Dates

State Bank will conduct the SBI PO exam on the dates mentioned in the table below:

Events Dates
SBI PO 2021 Prelims Exam Date November/ December 2021
SBI PO 2021 Main Exam Date December 2021
SBI PO 2021 GD and Interview February 2022
Declaration of SBI PO 2021 Final Result February/ March 2022

Note: The dates are tentative. Please check with the bank’s official website.

SBI PO Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria which candidates need to fulfil in order to apply for the SBI PO exam are listed below:

  • Must be an Indian citizen.
  • Must be between 21 and 30 years of age as of 1 April 2021. (OBC candidates get relaxation of 3 years while SC/ST/ExS/J&K migrants get relaxation of 5 years on the upper age limit).
  • Should have a bachelor’s degree in any stream from a recognised university as of 31 December 2021.
  • Should not have an adverse report regarding character.
  • Should not be a defaulter when it comes to repayment of loans and credit card dues.
  • Should not have exceeded the maximum number of attempts permitted. (4 for general citizens and 7 for PWD/OBC/ST/SC candidates).

Application Fees

The fees which need to be paid in order to apply for the SBI PO exam 2021 is Rs.750 for candidates who fall in general category while candidates falling in reserved categories will need to pay Rs.750.

How to Apply

The process of applying for the SBI PO exam 2021 is listed below:

  • Visit the official website of SBI
  • Click on ‘Career with us’
  • Select ‘SBI PO Exam 2021 application form’
  • Fill in the form
  • Upload scanned image of passport size photo as well as the signature in JPEG format.
  • Next, click on ‘Submit’
  • On doing so, you will be redirected to a fee payment window
  • Pay the fees using debit/credit card or through net banking
  • Once the payment is successful, a registration ID will be generated which can be used for future reference
  • Get a printout of the application form with all the provided details.

Photo and Signature specifications

While uploading the photo and signature, you need to keep these things in mind -

  • The photo must be of 200 x 230 pixels with the size being 20 to 50 kb.
  • The signature must be of 140 x 60 pixels with the size being 10 to 20 kb.

Selection Process of SBI PO Exam

The selection process of candidates in the SBI PO exam 2021 is listed below:

  • First, you need to clear the preliminary exam by scoring the qualifying marks
  • On doing so, you will be called to appear in the SBI PO Main exam
  • In the main examination, you need to get qualifying marks in each section as well as get a good overall score to be shortlisted for group discussion and interview.
  • Following the group discussion and interview, the marks obtained in the main examination and GD/PI will be calculated.
  • Final list of candidates is prepared based on the combined marks of both the mains exam and GD/PI.

SBI PO Exam Pattern

Given that SBI PO Exam has different stages, the paper pattern is different for each stage. Read on to know more about it.

Pattern for SBI PO Prelims Exam 2021

Mode of Examination Online
Question Type Objective
Duration 60 minutes
Total Questions 100
Total Marks 100
Sections 3 (Three)
Name of the sections
  • English language
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Reasoning Ability
Questions in each section
  • English language – 30
  • Quantitative Aptitude – 35
  • Reasoning Ability – 35

Pattern for SBI PO Mains Exam 2021

Mode of Examination Online
Question Type Objective and Descriptive
Duration 3 hours for Objective 30 minutes for Descriptive
Sections 5
Name of the Sections
  • Reasoning and Computer Aptitude (Objective)
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation (Objective)
  • General awareness about Economy/ Banking (Objective)
  • English language (Objective)
  • Letter writing and Essay (Descriptive)
Questions in each section of the Objective test
  • Reasoning and Computer Aptitude – 60
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation – 60
  • General awareness about Economy/ Banking – 40
  • English language – 40
Time Allotted for each section
  • Reasoning and Computer Aptitude – 45 minutes
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation – 45 minutes
  • General awareness about Economy/ Banking – 45 minutes
  • English language – 45 minutes

Pattern for GD/PI in SBI PO Exam 2021

Sections Group Discussion and Interview
Marks in each section
  • Group Discussion: 20 marks
  • Personal Interview: 30 marks

How to download SBI PO 2021 Call letter/Admit Card

The admit card for the three stages of SBI PO Exam 2021 is released separately by the bank. The process of downloading the admit card or call letter is listed below:

  • First, visit the official website of the bank.
  • Next, click on ‘SBI PO Exam 2021 Admit Card’.
  • Enter the registration number along with your date of birth.
  • On inserting the correct details, the admit card will be displayed on the screen.
  • Download the same and get a printout of it.

How to get the result of SBI PO Exam 2021

The result for each stage of the SBI PO exam 2021 will be declared on the official website of the bank. In order to check the results, all you need to do is visit the official website, enter the roll or registration number along with the date of birth.

SBI PO Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Is the SBI PO Exam bilingual?
  2. A: Yes, the SBI PO Exam is bilingual. You can choose to read and write the answers to the questions in either Hindi or English. However, it should be kept in mind that the English Language section will be available in English only.

  3. Is there negative marking in SBI PO examination?
  4. A: Yes, there is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer. Hence, if you get wrong answers to 4 questions, you will lose 1 mark.

  5. Are there fixed timings for different sections?
  6. A: Yes, there is fixed timing for each section of the SBI PO exam. You will have to answer the questions in different sections of the exam, within the stipulated time. On the basis of the score distribution, the allotted time for each section will vary. This is applicable for both the preliminary and the mains exam.

  7. Is SBI PO a government job?
  8. A: Yes, SBI PO is a government job. State Bank of India or SBI is one of the biggest public sector banking entities.

  9. Is there a probation period for SBI PO?
  10. A: Yes, there is a probation period for SBI PO. Currently, the probation period for SBI PO is 2 years.

  11. Is there any bond that an employee has to sign during or before the probation period?
  12. A: No, there is no bond that an employee has to sign during or before the probation period. However, if an individual decides to resign, he or she will be required to serve a notice period of 3 months effective from the date of resignation.

  13. What is the salary of SBI PO?
  14. A: The salary structure for SBI PO consists of a number of factors. The basic salary is Rs.27,620. In addition to that there are host of other amenities and allowances. In general, the gross salary of an SBI PO ranges from Rs.53,000 to Rs.55,000.

  15. What is PO post in SBI?
  16. A: The PO post in SBI stands for Probationary Officer. A Probationary Officer is basically an assistant officer. During the probationary period of 2 years, a PO might be asked to do any kind of job in the branch office – both clerical and official.

  17. Is SBI PO a permanent job?
  18. A: SBI PO is a permanent job in the public sector. However, it should be noted that the candidate will be required to appear for an exam and clear the same after the end of the probation period of 2 years. The job will be permanent only after that.

News About SBI PO

  • Pre-exam training admit card for SBI PO recruitment exam 2022 released

    The pre-exam training call letter for State Bank of India's recruitment exam for Probationary Officer (PO) has been released for download on the bank's official website. The pre-exam training is applicable for candidates who opt for the training who belong to religious communities or to the SC/ST community. The pre-exam training could be held online or in a physical location.

    8 November 2021

  • Important updates for SBI SCO aspirants

    The recruitment process for the post of Specialist Cadre Officer (SCO) has commenced with State Bank of India (SBI) announcing that candidates who are waiting for the interview schedule can now check the information regarding the same on the Manager official website of SBI at sbi.co.in. The bank has released the interview schedule for the Deputy post on its official website. Candidates can visit the website to check the relevant details about the interview schedule at sbi.co.in.The interview date for the SBI SCO Deputy Manager (Agri Spl) position is to be held on 21 October, 2021. The process will begin at 09:30 a.m. and 01:00 p.m. on the announced date. The candidates will have to follow the Covid-19 norms at the interview venue.

    19 October 2021

  • Admit card for Specialist Cadre Officers exam released by State Bank of India (SBI)

    State Bank of India (SBI) has released the admit card for specialist cadre officers (SCO) exam. You can find it on the official website. All candidates can now download the call letters from the website of SBI: sbi.co.in. The letter is now available for download and you can download it till 25 September. The SBI SCO online written test has been scheduled to be conducted on 25 September. The SBI recruitment drive is set to fill 36 posts of the assistant manager- engineer (Civil). It will also fill 10 posts of the assistant manager- engineer (Electrical). The selection will be based on the Online Written Test and Interview. All candidates should download the call letter for online examination and the ‘Acquaint Yourself’ booklet. This can be done by entering the registration number and password/date of birth.

    01 October 2021

  • Admit card for Specialist Cadre Officers exam released by State Bank of India (SBI)

    State Bank of India (SBI) has released the admit card for specialist cadre officers (SCO) exam. You can find it on the official website. All candidates can now download the call letters from the website of SBI: sbi.co.in. The letter is now available for download and you can download it till 25 September. The SBI SCO online written test has been scheduled to be conducted on 25 September. The SBI recruitment drive is set to fill 36 posts of the assistant manager- engineer (Civil). It will also fill 10 posts of the assistant manager- engineer (Electrical). The selection will be based on the Online Written Test and Interview. All candidates should download the call letter for online examination and the ‘Acquaint Yourself’ booklet. This can be done by entering the registration number and password/date of birth.

    22 September 2021

  • Registration dates for OJEE 2021 extended till July 12

    The last date of registration for Odisha Joint Entrance Examination has been extended till 12 July. Given the extension, candidates who are yet to submit their OJEE application form 2021 can do so now. It needs to be mentioned here that the exam which was scheduled to be held between 17th and 24th June has also been postponed due to the prevailing Covid situation. The new dates for the exam shall be notified on the official website in the first week of July. Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) is a state-level common entrance exam for admission to various UG and PG courses including engineering, pharmacy, and management programs. The exam is an online Computer Based Test (CBT) where candidates have to answer multiple choice questions. The duration of the exam and number of questions vary depending on the course.

    18 June 2021

  • SBI PO Main exam results announced

    The results of the State Bank of India Probationary Officer Main Exam 2020 have been announced and the results will be available on the official website of the bank. The bank has added the list of selected candidates who have qualified for Phase III or the interview round. This will be held during February or March, according to sources.

    The bank will also release the call letter for the SBI PO interviews on the website. The SBI PO recruitment drive is being conducted to fill 2,000 job vacancies in the State Bank of India. Candidates will be able to check the results by visiting the ‘Current Openings’ page under the ‘Careers’ section on the official website.

    26 February 2021

  • SBI PO Preliminary Exam Admit Cards Released

    The State Bank of India (SBI) preliminary exams are set to be held from 31 December 2020 to 5 January 2021. The exams will be held for the hiring of probationary officers (PO). The admit cards for the exam have been released. Candidates who have registered themselves for the same will be able to download the admit cards online using their registration number and date of birth.

    The admit cards for the mains exam will be issued to the candidates who successfully pass the prelims. These admit cards will be available from 29 January 2021.

    28 December 2020

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