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SBI PO Selection Procedure

The selection for SBI Probationary Officers will be done through a three tiered process:

Phase-I : SBI PO Online Preliminary Examination consisting of Objective Tests for 100 marks will be conducted online. The SBI PO test will have 3 Sections (with separate timings for each section) as follows: 

Name of Test

No. of Questions



English Language


Total Maximum Marks 100

20 Minutes

Quantitative Aptitude


20 Minutes

Reasoning Ability


20 Minutes



1 Hour

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Candidates have to qualify in each of the SBI PO three tests by securing passing marks to be decided by the Bank. Category wise merit list will be drawn on the basis of the aggregate marks scored in the SBI PO Preliminary Exam. There will be no sectional cut-off.
Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by the Bank (approximately 10 times the numbers of vacancies subject to availability) will be short listed for the SBI PO Main Examination.

Phase – II : SBI PO Main Examination will consist of Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 50 marks. Both the SBI PO Objective and Descriptive Tests will be online. Candidates will have to answer Descriptive test by typing on the computer. Immediately after completion of Objective Test, Descriptive Test will be administered.

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(i) SBI PO MAIN Objective Test : The SBI PO Objective Test of 3 hour duration consists of 4 Sections with Total 200 marks. The SBI PO MAIN Exam objective test will have separate timing for every section.

Name of test

No. of Questions

Max Marks


Reasoning & Computer Aptitude



 60 m

Data Analysis & Interpretation



 45 m

General / Economy / Banking Awareness



 35 m

English Language



 40 m




3 hours

 a) Test of English Language (Grammar, Vocabulary, Comprehension etc.)
b) Test of General Awareness, Economy & Banking Awareness

c) Test of Data Analysis & Interpretation
d) Test of Reasoning & Computer Aptitude
The candidates are required to qualify in each of the Tests by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.

(ii) SBI PO MAIN 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).

The aggregate marks of candidates qualifying in both the SBI PO MAIN Exam Objective Tests and Descriptive Test will be arranged in descending order in each category. Adequate number of candidates in each category, as decided by the Bank will be called for Group Discussion and Interview. The qualifying marks in Group Discussion &Interview will be as
decided by the Bank.

Penalty for Wrong Answers (Applicable to both – SBI PO Preliminary and Main Exam) :

There will be negative marks for the wrong answers in the SBI PO Objective tests. 1/4th mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.

If a question is left blank, i.e.if no answer is marked by candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

SBI PO Phase – III : Group Exercises (20 marks) & Interview (30 marks)

Candidates qualifying for GE & Interview under OBC category would be required to submit OBC certificate containing the Non Creamy layer clause. Candidates not submitting the OBC certificate containing the Non Creamy layer clause and requesting to be interviewed under General category will not be entertained.

SBI POFinal Selection
The marks obtained in the SBI PO Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added for the selection and only the marks obtained in SBI PO Main Examination (Phase-II), both in the SBI PO Objective test and the Descriptive Test will be added to the marks obtained in GE & Interview (Phase-III) for preparation of the final merit list.
The candidates will have to qualify both in SBI PO Phase-II and Phase-III separately. Marks secured by the candidates in the SBI PO Main Examination (out of 250 marks) are converted to out of 75 marks and marks secured in Group Exercises & Interview (out of 50 marks) are converted to out of 25 marks.

The final merit list is arrived at after aggregating (out of 100) converted marks of SBI PO Main Examination and Group Exercises & Interview.
SBI PO Selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category.
SBI PO Results of the candidates who qualify for Main Examination and Group Exercise & Interview as well as the final select list will be made available on the Banks website. 



Exam Type Online Computer Based Test (CBT)
Question Type

Multiple Choice

Subjects  No. of Questions  Marks
English Language 30 30
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total Questions 100
Maximum Marks 100
Marks for each Correct Answer 1
Negative Marks for Incorrect Answer -0.25
Marks for questions not attempted Nil
Total Time for Exam (in minutes) 60

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