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Selection Procedure : 

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

Phase-I : Online Preliminary Examination consisting of Objective Tests for 100 marks will be conducted online. The 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 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 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 Main Examination.

Phase – II : Main Examination will consist of Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 50 marks. Both the 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) Objective Test : The Objective Test of 3 hour duration consists of 4 Sections with Total 200 marks. The 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, Marketing &Computers
c) Test of Data Analysis & Interpretation
d) Test of Reasoning (High Level)
The candidates are required to qualify in each of the Tests by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.
(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).

The aggregate marks of candidates qualifying in both the 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 -Preliminary and Main Exam) :

There will be negative marks for the wrong answers in the 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.

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.

Final Selection
The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added for the selection and only the marks obtained in Main Examination (Phase-II) , both in the 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 Phase-II and Phase-III separately. Marks secured by the candidates in the 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 Main Examination and Group Exercises & Interview.
Selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category.
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.