Every year State Bank of India conducts a recruitment process for hiring eligible candidates for the post of Probationary Officers. The selection process will be conducted through 3 stages namely Prelims, Mains, and Interview. The candidates have to qualify for all three stages to be selected as a PO in SBI branches. SBI is a prestigious bank providing handsome salary and job security to its employees which is one of the reason lakhs of candidates rush for these recruitments.
SBI PO is one of the most coveted jobs in Banking industry and a dream job for millions of aspirants across India. SBI PO is considered as a premium job opportunity in Banking sector because of following reasons:
• Brand value of SBI and reputation associated with SBI PO post
• Lucrative pay scale which is highest among PSU Banks
• Growth opportunities where even a PO can progress to the level of Chairperson
• Job satisfaction and social prestige

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Every year SBI conducts a recruitment process for hiring eligible candidates for the post of Probationary Officers. The selection process is conducted in 3 stages: Prelims, Mains, and Interview. The candidates need to qualify for all the three stages in order to get selected as PO in SBI branches. SBI is a reputed and a very prestigious bank. It is known to provide a handsome salary along with job security to its employees which is one of the reasons that millions of candidates rush to apply for recruitment openings from the State Bank of India.

SBI PO is the most coveted job in the Banking industry and a dream job for millions of aspirants across India. SBI PO is a premium job opportunity in Banking sector because of following reasons:

  • The brand value and reputation it brings on being associated with SBI PO post.
  • Growth opportunities where a PO can progress to the level of Chairperson.
  • Job satisfaction and security.

All the candidates aiming for government employment have least dreamt of reserving a seat at SBI PO post once in his/her journey, but only a chosen few are able to achieve the target and realize their dream job.

The students who achieve their goals and meet their targets are no different from those who don’t. Yes that’s true, the only difference that made them achieve their seat at the bank was their perseverance and determination along with proper guidance. RICE is an institute that provides complete guidance on SBI Bank PO Exam preparation. We provide SBI PO exam coaching in Kolkata for your goal achievement. If you have that zeal to achieve your goals and want to be the best in your field, get guidance from the best coaching for SBI exams.

Latest Updates and Notification

SBI is expected to release SBI PO 2021-22 recruitment notification in the upcoming days. For now, the SBI PO 2020-21 mains exam has been conducted and SBI PO result has released on February 16. Every year, around 2000 vacancies are released for the post and a similar trend can be expected this time too.

Latest – To Check SBI PO Final Result 2020 – 2021 – (Declared)
The SBI PO 2021-22 Notification is out.
SBI PO 2021 Exam Date
The table below informs the important dates- exam dates, notification dates, application form date for SBI PO 2021. It will be updated shortly:

Events in SBI PO 2021 Dates for SBI PO 2021
SBI PO 2021 Notification Release Date 4th October 2021
SBI PO Apply Online Start Dates 5th October 2021
SBI PO Apply Online Last Date 25th October 2021
SBI PO Prelims Admit Card 1st and 2nd week of November 2021
SBI PO Prelims Exam Date November -December 2021
SBI PO Prelims Result December
SBI PO Mains Admit Card December
SBI PO Mains Exam Date December
Interview Date 2nd and 3rd week February
Declaration of Final Result January 2022


SBI PO 2021 Vacancy

The vacancy for SBI PO 2021 has been released. For the previous year, i.e. 2020 a total of 2056 vacancies were released, have a look at the category-wise vacancy of the year 2021.

Category SC ST OBC EWS GEN Total
Vacancy 300 150 540 200 810 2056



SBI PO exam details for 2021 aspirants

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Recruitment of Probationary Officers in State Bank of India:

Result of the Main Examination held on 2nd January, 2022 are out. 

Click to view the roll numbers of the shortlisted candidates for Phase III interview.

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Further details will be advised to the selected candidates by SMS/ email seperately.


Recruitment of Probationary Officers – FINAL RESULT:

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SBI PO 2022 – Notification:               

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Eligibility Criteria

The candidate must fulfill the following two criteria to be eligible for the SBI PO Exam 2021:

  • Age Limit (As on 01.09.2021): The candidate must be 21 Years to 30 Years as on 01.09.2021 i.e. candidates must have been born between 02.04.1990 and 01.04.1999 (both dates inclusive)
  • Educational Qualification (as on 31.12.2021): The candidate must be a graduate in any discipline from a recognized University or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government. Those who are in the Final year/Semester of their Graduation may also apply provisionally subject to the condition that, if called for interview, they must produce proof of having passed the graduation examination on or before 01.07.2021. Candidates with Integrated Dual Degree (IDD) certificate must ensure that the date of passing the IDD is on or before 31.08.2021. Candidates with Chartered Accountant certification may also appl

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Cut-offs & Marks

SBI has released prelims cutoff. Check below the category wise SBI PO prelims cutoff 2020-21:

Category Cutoff
UR (General) 58.5
OBC 56
EWS 56.75
SC 50
ST 43.75
LD 47.25
VI 47.75
HI 13.5



SBI PO Mains 2020-21 Cutoff


Category SBI PO Mains CutOff Marks (Out of 250)
Gen 88.93
SC 73.83
ST 66.86
OBC 80.96
EWS 84.60
LD 80.45
VI 93.08
HI 63.10
D & E 63.25


SBI PO 2020-21 Final Cutoff

Category SBI PO Final Cut-Off Marks (Normalised to 100)
Gen 51.23
SC 44.09
ST 4187
OBC 45.09
EWS 45.35
LD 45.27
VI 51.55
HI 28.62
D & E 29.43


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SBI PO Exam Stages/Process

SBI PO 2021 Stages of Exam Prelims, Mains and Interview
Mode of SBI PO 2021 Prelims- CBT (Objective type)
Mains- CBT (Objective type and descriptive type)
*CBT -Computer Based Test
Number of Sections Prelims- 3
Mains- 4
Duration of Exam Prelims- 1 hour
Mains- 3 hours 30 minutes
Number of Questions Prelims- 100 questions
Mains- 156 questions
Value of Each Question 1 mark
Penalty For the Wrong Answer -0.25
Medium of Paper English and Hindi
Sectional Time Limit Prelims: 20 minutes for each section
Mains: 60+45+35+40+30 minutes

PO Prelims Pattern

SBI PO 2021 Exam Pattern – Prelims (Phase I)

SBI PO Preliminary exam is the primary stage for the process of recruiting Probationary Officers. The test is conducted in online mode and consists of 3 sections- English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning Ability. Candidates after qualifying for SBI PO Preliminary will be able to appear for SBI Main. The marks secured in the first phase will not be considered for final selection or in total marks. During the Exam, Candidates appearing for SBI PO Recruitment Exam will be given a desktop per head, where all the instructions and guidelines will be given that need to be followed by them.

  • The aspirants will get 1 mark for every correct answer, while for every incorrect answer, the candidates will be deducted 0.25 marks.
  • They have to answer them one by one. For the English section, candidates have to answer in English Language only, whereas, for the Quants and Reasoning Section, the Paper will be set in English and Hindi.
  • There is no provision of sectional cut off. A candidate need not clear the minimum qualifying marks in each section of the test, but overall cut off to get selected for the subsequent rounds.


Sectional Value in SBI PO Prelims

The following tabular is about what every section of SBI PO Prelims 2021 contains how many marks and the duration of the exam:

Section Name No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
English Language 30 30 20 minutes
Quantitative Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 1 Hour

PO Mains pattern

SBI PO Exam Pattern– Main (Phase II)

Only if the candidate qualifies for the SBI PO Prelims, can appear for SBI PO Main Exams. This exam has 2 levels which are held on the same day as declared on their official website:

  1. Objective test
  2. Descriptive test

Things we should keep in mind before jumping into the Exam Sections:


  1. Both objective and Descriptive Test will be Online.
  2. SBI, the conducting body of SBI PO has specified a time to attempt each section in the Main exam.
  3. After SBI PO Main Exam 2021, the Merit List will be released on their official website or
  4. Candidates with a higher score will be given priority for GD and Interview Round as well.
  5. The Exam pattern of the objective Part is quite easy to understand. There are a total of 4 sections, namely Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis & Interpretation, General Awareness about Economy & Banking, and English Language.


Value and Weightage of SBI PO Main (Objective test)

The following tabular is about what every section of the Objective test of SBI PO 2021 Mains contains how many marks for which section and the duration of the exam:

Section Number of Questions Total Marks of Each Section Duration of Section
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 marks 60 minutes
Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 marks 45 minutes
General Awareness (Economy & Banking) 40 40 marks 35 minutes
English Language 35 40 marks 40 minutes
Total 155 Questions 200 Marks 3 hours


Value and Weightage of SBI PO Main (Descriptive Test)

In SBI PO Main Exam, the second level is the Descriptive Test. It will be taken immediately after the Objective test. The mode of the exam is online.

  • Candidates will be allotted one Computer system where the candidates write down answers as per their choice.
  • Candidates are given 30 minutes to complete a descriptive paper
  • There are a total of 2 questions in this section namely Letter writing and Essay Writing.
  • Each question is of 25 marks.

Note: The Descriptive Paper of a candidate will be checked only after the candidate qualifies for the Objective test.

PO Interview

SBI PO Personal Interview Pattern – (Phase III)

Candidates who will qualify for both the Objective test and Description Test of SBI PO will be eligible to appear for Group Exercise and Personal Interview. – Group Discussions consists of 20 marks.

  • The Personal Interview is of 30 marks.
  • The final score will be the sum of SBI PO Main and Group Discussion and Interview.
  • The OBC aspirants, who will qualify the Group Exercise and interview under the ‘OBC’ category, will need to submit the OBC certificate, containing the ‘Non Creamy Layer’ clause.The result will be published on SBI official website

PO Selection Process

SBI PO Final Selection Process 2021

  • The exam conducting authorities will not consider the obtainable scores in the SBI PO Prelims exam to prepare the final SBI PO Merit list.
  • For preparing the final merit list, the scores obtained from the SBI PO Mains exam (both in the objective and descriptive test) and in Group Exercise and Interview will be included.
  • Nonetheless, the aspirants have to qualify both the SBI PO Prelims and SBI PO Mains exam separately.
  • 75% weightage marks of the SBI PO Mains exam (out of 250 marks) and 25% weightage marks of Group Exercise and Interview (out of 50 marks) will be considered. To compile the final merit list the aggregate scores (out of 100) will be calculated.

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SBI PO Syllabus

Here the syllabus for the SBI Prelims and SBI Mains is given below. Every stage of the exam is a very important stage in the selection process. So without knowing the SBI PO syllabus and exam pattern, you cannot make your study plan properly. Given below is the syllabus for all the stages of the SBI PO Exam.

SBI PO Prelims Syllabus

The SBI PO Prelims Syllabus will comprise of three sections:

  • Logical Reasoning
  • English Language
  • Quantitative Aptitude

The syllabus for each of the sections is presented below.

Logical Reasoning

Subject Topic
Logical Reasoning 1.Alphanumeric Series


3.Alphabet Test

4.Data Sufficiency

5.Coded Inequalities

6.Seating Arrangement




10.Blood Relations



Quantitative Aptitude

Subject Topic
Quantitative Aptitude 13.Simplification

14.Profit & Loss

15.Mixtures & Alligations

16.Simple Interest & Compound

17.Interest & Surds & Indices

18.Work & Time

19.Time & Distance

20.Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere

21.Data Interpretation

22.Ratio & Proportion, Percentage

23.Number Systems

24.Sequence & Series

25.Permutation, Combination &


English Language

Subject Topic
English Language 27.Reading and Comprehension

28.Synonyms and Antonyms

29.Idioms and Phrases

30.Vocabulary Test

31.Phrasal Verbs

32.Fill in the qualifying words

33.Cloze Test

34.Para jumbles

35.Error Spotting

36.Fill in the blanks



SBI PO Mains Syllabus

The SBI PO Mains will have five sections.

  1. Reasoning and Computer Aptitude
  2. Data Analysis & Interpretation
  3. Data Analysis & Interpretation
  4. English language
Reasoning Data Analysis & interpretation English General Economy/ Banking Awareness Computer Awareness
Verbal Reasoning Tabular Graph Reading Comprehension Financial Awareness Internet
Syllogism Line Graph Grammar Static Awareness Memory
Circular Seating Arrangement Pie Chart Vocabulary General Knowledge Keyboard Shortcuts
Linear Seating Arrangement Bar Graph Verbal Ability Current Affairs Computer Abbreviation
Double Lineup Radar Graph Caselet Word Association Banking and Financial Awareness Microsoft Office
Scheduling Missing DI Sentence Improvement   Computer Hardware
Input-Output Caselet DI Para Jumbles   Computer Software
Blood Relations Data Sufficiency Cloze Test   Operating System
Directions and Distances Probability Error Spotting   Networking
Ordering and Ranking Permutation and Combination Fill in the blanks   Computer Fundamentals/ Technologies
Data Sufficiency        
Coding & Decoding        
Code Inequalities        
Course of Action        
Critical Reasoning        
Analytical and Decision making        

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How to apply for SBI PO Exam?

Candidates could fill the application form of SBI PO in the following steps.

Pre-requisites for applying online

Candidates were required to keep the following details ready before filling the application form for SBI PO

  • Bank details
  • Valid email ID and mobile number
  • Scanned photograph in the prescribed format
  • Scanned signature in the specified dimension
  • Marksheet of graduation

Step 1: SBI PO Registration 2021

  • To start with, candidates had to visit the official website of SBI.
  • Candidates had to click on the link, ‘Click Here for New Registration’ available at the top of the registration page
  • On clicking the link, a new page opened where candidates were required to enter name, mobile number, email ID and security code
  • Upon successful registration, registration ID and password were generated

Step 2: Uploading the images

Applicants had to upload their scanned photograph and signature in the required format. The specifications for uploading photograph and signature are given below


  • The dimension should be 200 x 230 pixels (preferred)
  • The size of the file should be between 20kb-50 kb
  • Candidates need to ensure that the size of the scanned image is not more than 50kb


  • The dimension should be 140 x 60 pixels (preferred)
  • The size of the file should be between 10kb to 20kb
  • Candidates had to ensure that the size of the scanned image was not more than 20kb
  • The signature in capital letters was not accepted

Procedure to upload the scanned photograph and signature

  • There were two separate links for uploading photograph and signature
  • Click on the respective ‘Upload Photograph/ Signature’ link
  • Browse and select the location where the scanned photograph/signature file had been saved
  • Select the file by clicking on it
  • Click the ‘Open/Upload’ button

Step 3: Filling the detailed SBI PO application form

In the application form of SBI PO, candidates had to fill in the following detail

Basic details: In this part of SBI PO application form 2020, candidates had to enter details such as the circle, state, official language, category, nationality, centre for preliminary and mains exams, etc

Personal details: Here, candidates had to enter their date of birth, gender, father’s name, and mother’s name, address, etc

Educational Qualification: Candidates had to enter the details of graduation, postgraduation, professional qualification, and other qualifications

Work Experience: Candidates had to enter their total work experience

Step 4: Preview

After entering the details, candidates could preview the duly filled SBI PO application form 2020. Candidates could edit the details entered in the application form before final submission. Candidates could edit the details in the application form three times only within the application deadline. Once the application was filled completely, candidates had to submit the same. No change or editing of details was allowed.

Step 5: SBI PO Application Fee

  • After ensuring that the details entered in SBI PO 2020 application form were correct, candidates had to pay the fees through the payment gateway integrated with the application form
  • The fee could be paid through debit card/credit card/internet banking by providing the information as asked
  • On successful completion of the fee payment, an e-receipt and application form were generated

The category-wise application fee is given below.

Category Application Fee (In Rs)
General/ OBC 750 (application fee including intimation charges)

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SBI PO Salary

SBI PO offers a great salary and profile to the candidates in public sector banks. Now, Probationary officer is a job that has an entry pay, which is higher than almost all jobs at any other govt bank job. The basic pay of SBI PO is Rs 27, 620. The increments will be as follows:
23700-980/7- 30560-1145/2-32850-1310/7-42020)

Apart from the great salary package, the candidates will also be entitled to a no. of perks and allowances. The allowances received by an SBI PO is as follows:

The allowances include:

  • Dearness Allowance (DA)
  • CCA
  • HRA
  • Furniture Allowance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Travelling Allowance

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Previous Year Question Papers

One of the most reliable and useful resources for your exam preparation is previous year SBI PO Exam question papers. The SBI PO Exam question papers let you comprehend the exam pattern and the weightage of topics in a proper manner. Solve the SBI PO Previous Years Question Papers multiple times for an effective result. Identify the topics that require more effort and revise the remaining ones for better memorisation.

Regular practice of the SBI PO test series ensures that you consistently revise the syllabus and plan the best manner to attempt the question paper.

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