The SBI will be conducting the State Bank of India PO recruitment examination. It is a national level examination. State Bank will be conducting the PO examinations for various branches of the bank, all over the country. The bank puts up an official notification regarding the examination and other necessities related to the test on their official website.
How to fill SBI PO Application Form?
Candidates willing to appear for the SBI PO examination must first register themselves through the official website – www.sbi.co.in/careers.
Following the details provided on the information page, the candidate will have to register themselves. After registration, the candidate will receive login credentials such as login id and password in their registered mail id using which they will have to log in to the site and start filling out the form.
Candidates will have to provide the following details – salutation, name of the applicant, father’s name, mother’s name, date of birth, age, gender, valid email id, valid mobile number, blood group, nationality, language, marital status, fee remission claimed, educational qualification, address, selected test centers, details of fee payment and photograph and signature of the candidate.
After entering all the necessary details, candidates will have to pay a non-refundable application fee of Rs. 600 for general category and OBC candidates and Rs. 100 for reserved category candidates (SC/ST/PWD). Candidates can make the payment through debit card/credit card/ net banking.
SBI PO Rules and Regulations
Candidates willing to appear for the SBI PO examination must keep in mind certain rules and regulations as are given below
- SBI will be final deciding body regarding the question paper and other modalities such as eligibility criteria as are to be followed by the candidates.
- A number of seats available are expected to be around 2313. Reservation of seats will be available for reserved category candidates.
- A total number of attempts a candidate can make with reference to their category are – General Category candidates – unreserved – 4 attempts, General PWD candidates – 7 attempts, OBC and OBC (PWD) candidates – 7 attempts, SC/ST/SC (PWD) and ST (PWD) candidates – unlimited attempts.
- Proof of identity which is to be submitted during admissions are – Passport, PAN Card, Aadhaar, Driving License, Voter’s ID Card, Bank Passbook with a duly attested photograph, Identity Card as issued by school or college and an official letterhead from a Gazetted Officer.
SBI PO Eligibility Criteria
Candidates willing to appear for the SBI PO examination need to meet the following eligibility criteria
- Candidate must possess a graduation degree in any stream of study (B.A, B.Sc, B.Com, B.Tech, etc) from a university recognized by the Government of India.
- Candidate must be between the age of 21 years to 30 years. There is relaxation in age for reserved category candidates.
- Candidate should possess speaking, writing and understanding ability of the language spoken in the state or union territory they’re applying for.
- Candidate should be a citizen of India, subject of Nepal or Bhutan, Tibetian refugee who may have arrived in India before 1st January 1962 and Person’s of Indian Origin (PIO) who may have migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, East African Countries of Zaire, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Ethiopia and Malawi, with the intention of settling in India, permanently.
SBI PO Exam Dates
Candidates willing to appear for the SBI PO examination must keep in mind the following exam dates –
(P.S. – The dates and time frame given below are tentative and subject to change.)
- Notification regarding admission will be released in March 2019.
- The application form will be available online from March 2019.
- The release of Admit Card for the prelims examination will be released from 15th April 2019 – 7th May 2019.
- Prelims examination will be conducted on the dates of 29th and 30th April 2019 and 6th and 7th May 2019.
- Results for prelims will be released on 17th May 2019.
- The release of Admit Card for the main examination will be released on 22nd May 2019.
- Mains examination will be conducted on 4th June 2019.
- Results for mains will be released on 3rd July 2019.
- Call letter for interview will be released on 26th June 2019.
- Group exercises interview will be conducted on 10th July 2019.
- Declaration of final results will be on 5th August 2019.
SBI PO Exam Pattern
Candidates willing to appear for the SBI PO examination must keep in mind the exam pattern
- SBI PO examination will be conducted in three stages – Prelims, Mains and Group Discussion, and Personal Interview.
- Both the preliminary and main examinations will be conducted online.
- Prelims are consist of MCQs and Mains will be divided into two parts – part 1 will consist of MCQs and part 2 will consist of descriptive type questions (subjective questions).
- For every wrong answer -0.25 will be deducted.
- Prelims pattern – English Language (30 questions – 30 marks), Numerical Ability (35 questions – 35 marks) and Reasoning Ability (35 questions – 35 marks). The paper will be worth 100 marks and have 100 questions in total.
- The prelims paper will be for 1 hour.
- For the objective (MCQ) mains paper, the pattern will be – Reasoning and Computer Aptitude (45 questions – maximum marks – 60 – 60 minutes), Data Analysis and Interpretation (35 questions – maximum marks – 60 – 45 minutes), General Awareness About Economy and Banking (40 questions – maximum marks – 40 – 35 minutes) and English Language (35 questions – maximum marks – 40 – 40 minutes). The paper will have a total of 155 questions worth 200 marks.
- The mains subjective paper will be for 3 hours.
- The mains descriptive test will be for 30 minutes.
- The paper will be for 50 marks.
- It will be held to assess the candidate’s English knowledge.
- Candidate will be required to write an essay and a letter from the topics which will be provided.
SBI PO Exam Center
Candidates willing to appear for the SBI PO examination can choose any of the following exam centers –
(P.S. – Applicant will have to make two choices – one for the prelims and one for the main. Both choices need not be the same.)
- Ahmedabad – Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Rajkot, Surat, and Vadodara.
- Bangalore – Bangalore, Mangalore, Mysore, Hubli and Gulbara.
- Bhopal – Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur, and Raipur.
- Bhubaneshwar – Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack, Sambalpur and Berhampur.
- Chandigarh – Chandigarh, Ambala, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Palampur, Shimla and Srinagar.
- Chennai – Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Pondicherry and Tiruchirappali.
- Guwahati – Aizawl, Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Imphal, Kohima, Silchar, Shillong and Agartala.
- Hyderabad – Hyderabad, Tirupati, Vijayvada and Vishakatapnam.
- Kolkata – Asansol, Burdwan, Gangtok, Kolkata, Port Blair and Silliguri.
- Lucknow – Allahabad, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Kanpur, Lucknow and Varanasi.
- New Delhi – Agra, Ajmer, Dehradun, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Meerut, Haldwani, New Delhi and Jabalpur.
- Mumbai – Aurangabad, Pune, Panaji, Nagpur and Mumbai.
- Patna – Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur, Patna and Ranchi.
- Thiruvananthapuram – Kochi, Kottayam, Kozhikode, and Thiruvananthapuram.
SBI PO Admit Card
Candidates willing to download the SBI PO admit card will have to follow the below given steps
- Candidate will have to visit the official website and click on ‘career’.
- Then they will have to select ‘call letter’ for ongoing recruitment.
- After that, the candidate will have to enter SBI PO Registration Number and Password or Date of Birth.
- A verification code will be sent to the registered phone number. Candidate will have to enter the verification code and ‘login’.
- E-Admit card will be generated. Candidate will have to download a copy of it.
The admit card will have the following details – candidate’s name, roll number/user ID, registration number, date and time of examination, the address of designated examination center, a photograph of the applicant and exam and call letter related details.
SBI PO Syllabus
The SBI PO syllabus topic wise is given below
- Quantitative Aptitude – Simplification, Number System, Average, Percentage, Ratio and Proportion, Interest, Number Series, Profit and Loss, Speed, Time and Distance, Algebra, Mensuration, Data Interpretation, Time and Work.
- Reasoning Ability – Inequalities, Ordering, and Ranking, Directions & Distances, Coding & Decoding, Blood Relations, Syllogisms, Circular Seating Arrangement, Linear Seating Arrangement, Double Line-Up, Scheduling, Grouping, and Selection.
- English Language – Fill in the Blanks, Reading Comprehension, Para Jumbles, Clause Test, Error Spotting, Word Association Pair, Phrase Idiom Meaning, Spellings, Sentence/ Paragraph Completion, Phrase Replacement/ Sentence Correction.
SBI PO Preparation Tips
Candidates willing to appear for the SBI PO examination must follow the below-mentioned preparation tips –
- Try preparing from and following good guidebooks and NCERT books.
- Study each topic individually and invest enough time in all the subjects so that none of the topics are left behind.
- Time yourself so that you know where you stand with regards to completing the paper with or without time in hand.
- Practice mock tests. Mock tests are a way of analyzing the situation after you’ve prepared yourself. Solving mock tests will help you get used to the exam pattern and the types of questions you can expect in the examination.
- Eat healthily and stay hydrated. It is very easy to fall victim to panic and fear. In order to avoid that, try staying stress-free and tension free.
- Remember to read the rules and regulations of the exam clearly so that you don’t miss anything important.
- Take enough rest and sleep, as they are essential in keeping a healthy and fresh mind.
Important Books for SBI PO Preparation
Given below are names of a few books candidates can use to prepare for the SBI PO examination
- Competitive Guide for SBI PO 2018 – Kalinjar Publications
- SBI/IBPS PO Solved Question Papers – Disha Publications
- Objective Arithmetic – Rajesh Verma (Arihant Publication)
- Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations – R.S. Aggarwal (S. Chand Publication)
- Quantum CAT –Sarvesh K. Verma (Arihant Publication)
- A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning (Revised Edition) – R.S. Aggarwal (S.Chand Publication)
- Analytical Reasoning – M.K. Pandey (BSC Publication)
- Verbal Reasoning – M.K. Pandey (BSC Publication)
- High School English Grammar and Composition – Wren and Martin (S Chand Publication)
- Objective General English – S.P. Bakshi (Arihant Publication)
- Objective English for Competitive Examinations (Revised Edition) – Hari Mohan Prasad, Uma Rani Sinha (McGraw Hill Education)
- Objective Computer Awareness – R. Pillai (Arihant Publication)
How to Check SBI PO Result?
Candidates willing to check their SBI PO Results will have to follow the steps given below
- Visit the official website and go to ‘careers’.
- Select the option – results for recent examinations.
- Enter roll number and date of birth or enter registration number and date of birth and enter given captcha and press submit.
- On clicking submit, the result will be displayed. If the candidate happens to qualify for the main examination then he/she will have to download the admit card for PI and GD.
SBI PO Previous Year’s Cut-Off
The SBI PO cut-off of previous years – category and subject wise are given below –
(QA – Quantitative Aptitude, EL – English Language, RA – Reasoning Ability.)
- General – QA – 10.25, EL – 8.75, RA – 6.50
- OBC/SC/ST/PWD – QA – 7.00, EL – 5.75, RA – 4.00
The overall cut-off for prelims (based on previous year’s scores)
The overall cut-off for the main examination (as can be expected)
- Data Analysis and Interpretation – marks – 60, cut-off – 11.
- Reasoning and Computer Aptitude – marks – 60, cut-off – 10.
- General Awareness about Economy and Banking – marks – 40, cut-off – 14.
- English Language – marks – 40, cut-off – 8.
- Overall – marks – 200, cut-off – 74.