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SBI PO FAQs

Updated Sat, 11 Jul 2020 12:48 PM IST

Looking for a reliable job, then SBI PO is one your best option. State Bank of India is one of the oldest and largest commercial bank in terms of branches, number of customers, assets, deposits and employees. SBI PO Exam is organised every year to recruit employees for the post of Probationary Officer, and around 15 to 20 lakh people apply out of which approximately 2000 are selected. It is the most sought-after job which usually everyone is looking for, so why aren't you?

SBI PO is just a start of a bright future, after a period of 2 years in which the Probationary Officer is trained in customer service, marketing and business, report filling and other daily routine of a bank, he/she is transferred to a post of Assistant Manager. It is a well respected job in society and provides a handsome salary which allows it's employees to enjoy their life along with their jobs.

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Frequently asked questions (FAQs) for SBI PO Exam 2021

What is SBI PO Exam conducted for?

State Bank of India conducts SBI PO Exam every year to select candidates for the post of Probationary Officer. SBI PO is one of the most preferable post in banking sector. SBI PO is given diligent training, his/her task involves to look after billing, accounting, marketing, finance, investment and other such duties.

What are the eligibility requirements for applying in SBI PO Exam?

  • Candidates who wish to apply for SBI PO Exam should have completed their education in any field from a recognised institute.
  • The age of the candidate should be between 21 to 30 years for appearing in the exam.

Where can one apply/register for SBI PO Exam?

One can register himself/herself online, link is provided on the official website of the State Bank of India after the declaration of exam

How many times can a person appear for the SBI PO Exam?

There definitely is a limit to the number of attempts for candidates in SBI PO exam, they are mentioned below category wise:

  • General – 4
  • General (PWD) - 7
  • OBC – 7
  • OBC (PWD) – 7
  • SC/ST – No limitation

Is there a system of sectional cut-off in SBI PO Exam?

No, there is no clause about sectional cut-off in the provided guidelines as of now. The merit list is announced based on the overall cut-off.

Is there any age relaxation protocol?

Yes, there is some age relaxation and it is based on the categories of the candidates.

  • OBC (Non creamy layer) – 3 years relaxation
  • SC/ST – 5 years relaxation
  • General (PWD) – 10 years relaxation
  • OBC (PWD) – 13 years relaxation
  • SC/ST (PWD) – 15 years relaxation

Will it be possible to make changes in application form in case of some mistake?

You can refill and make changes in the form using different registration ID only if you have not submitted the previous application. Once submitted no requests for changes are entertained.

What is the paper pattern for SBI PO Exam?

SBI PO Exam happens in three stages, namely:

  • Prelims – English Language (30 marks), Quantitative Ability (35 marks) and Reasoning Ability (35 marks). Each section has a limited time of 20 minutes. The marking is done out of 100 marks.
  • Mains – English Language (40 marks and 40 minutes), General Banking Awareness (40 marks and 35 minutes), Data Analysis and Interpretation (60 marks and 45 minutes), Reasoning and computer Aptitude (60 marks and 60 minutes). Each section has a different time allotment. The marking is done out of 200 marks.
  • Personal Interview and Group activities – Interview (30 marks), Group Activity (20 marks). Time duration for this depends on the interview panel

Is there a provision for negative marking in SBI PO Exam?

Yes, SBI PO Exam have negative marking of 0.25 marks for wrong answer. There is no deduction for un-attempted questions.

What is included in the syllabus for SBI PO Exam?

  • Prelims
  1. English Language – Comprehension, Cloze test, Miscellaneous, Para Jumbles, Fill in the blanks, Error spotting and Paragraph completion.
  2. Quantitative Ability – Profit and Loss, Simple Interest, Compound Interest, Work and Time, Time and Distance, Mensuration, Data Interpretation, Ratio and Proportion, Percentage, Number System, Permutation and Combination, Probability, Sequence and series and Simplification.
  3. Reasoning Ability – Alphanumeric Series, Logical Reasoning, Ranking/Alphabet test, Data Sufficiency, Coded Inequalities, Seating Arrangement, Puzzle, Tabulation, Syllogism, Blood Relations, Input Output and coding decoding.
  • Mains
  1. English Language – Comprehension, Grammar, Vocabulary, Verbal Ability, Word Association, Sentence correction, Para Jumbles, Cloze test, Error spotting and Fill in the blanks.
  2. General Banking Awareness – Financial Awareness, Current Affairs, General Knowledge and Static Awareness.
  3. Data Analysis and Interpretation – Graph, Probability, Permutation Combination and Data Sufficiency.
  4. Reasoning and Computer Aptitude – Analytical and decision making, Critical Reasoning, Code inequalities, Data Sufficiency, Coding and Decoding, Ordering and Ranking, Direction and distance, Blood Relation s, Input and Output, Scheduling, Seating Arrangement, Syllogism and Verbal Reasoning.
  • Interview

Questions of this round depends on your profile and the panel.

In what language is the paper set for SBI PO Exam?

Paper is set both in English and Hindi language for the convenience of candidates.

What salary can one expect after clearing SBI PO Exam?

The salary of a SBI Bank PO ranges from ₹27,000 to ₹ 43,000 per month. This is just a rough estimation, depending on various circumstances it may vary.

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