SBI PO 2020

SBI Probationary Officer
Last Updated: 19th Dec, 2019

What is SBI PO ?

SBI PO is being conducted by State Bank of India (SBI) almost every year to fill the vacancies of Probationary Officers (PO). SBI PO Notification 2019 has released by SBI on April 1, 2019 on for recruiting 2000 eligible candidates who canserve the postion of a PO in state bank of India as well as its associate banks.

SBI PO Exam conducted in following 3 Steps:

  1. Preliminary Exam
  2. Main Exam
  3. Personal Interview

The Preliminary SBI PO Exam is scheduled to be conducted from June 8, 9 and June 15, 16.

State Bank of India Probationary Officer Recruitment commonly known as SBI PO Recruitment is an examination conducted by SBI to provide jobs for the position of Probationary Officers in various branches of SBI. Every year Lakh of Candidates appear for this recruitment examination. Last year nearly 10 lakh candidates have registered themselves to SBI PO 2018 for 2000 vacancies of probationary officer.

The online application process for SBI PO started on April 1, 2019 and will end on April 22, 2019.

The Probationary Officer is the starting level position in the bank. The probation period is usually for one to two years and the candidate is exposed to various banking functions such as loans and advances, foreign exchange, credit rating, risk management, and marketing.

Any candidate who fulfills the SBI PO eligibility criteria can apply for the examination before the last date of application. Once the SBI Application Procedure is completed candidate will be able to sit for the examination on the scheduled date and upon qualifying the examination with required SBI PO Cutoff candidate will be shortlisted for the next round of the examination. The one who qualifies all the stages of examination with consistent high score will have high chances to make it to the final round of Interview.

SBI PO Selection Procedure is a multiple step processand aspirants really need to have a very strong preparation with a depth knowledge of SBI PO Exam Pattern and SBI PO Syllabus to ensure a smooth entry into the final interview round and grab the opportunity.

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SBI PO 2020 Notification

The State Bank of India released the SBI PO 2019 Notification on April 1, 2019. The SBI PO Application Procedure started after the release of official notification. The SBI PO Examination is conducted for the selection of candidates for the post of Probationary Officer in the State bank of India and other Banks associated with it.

The candidates aspiring to appear for SBI PO examination can register themselves for the examination through the online application procedure available on the official website of SBI PO. Currently, the Online Application Procedure has been closed and is expected to start next year in the month of April.

The SBI PO examination comprises three stages of selection process i.e. the Preliminary Round, Main Examination Round and the Interview Round. The candidates qualifying all the three stages will be eligible for the post of Probationary Officer

Download SBI PO Notification

SBI PO 2020 Important Dates

Notification Date 19-Apr-2020
Registration Starts on 21-Apr-2020
Registration Ends on 13-May-2020
Admit Card Date 18-Jun-2020
Exam Starts on 01-Jul-2020
Exam Ends on 08-Jul-2020
Result Date 15-Jul-2020
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SBI PO 2020 Eligibility

Candidates who apply for SBI PO should fulfill the following criteria as per their nationality, age and education.


Only Indian citizens would be able to apply.


Candidates should not be below 21 years and should not be above 30 years. Candidates should have been born not before 02 April 1988 and not after 01 April

1997. Category Age
1 SC/ST 5 years
2 OBC(Non-creamy layer) 3 years
3 PWD PWD(SC/ST) 15 years (OBC) 13 years and (General) 10 years
4 Ex-servicemen 5 years
5 Domiciled 5 years

Educational qualification:

Graduation in any discipline from a recognized university or any equivalent recognized by the Central Government. Those in their final year/semester can also apply.

SBI PO 2020 Application Procedure

The Application form for SBI PO Examination is available on the official website of the State Bank of India.

SBI PO application procedure is performed through Online Mode only.

To avail Technical Errors, the candidate must use following Web-browsers while filling the application form:

  • Internet Explorer 8 and above
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.0 and above
  • Google Chrome 3.0 and above

The candidates are requested to thoroughly read the complete guide before starting online registration for SBI PO.

Requirements for the online application process:

  • A valid e-mail ID
  • A scanned copy of Photograph and Signature of the Applicant
  • Application Fees will also be paid through Online Mode

Steps to Apply for SBI PO:

Application Fees

The Application Fees of SBI PO 2019 is following:

  • INR 600 for all others
  • INR 100 -SC/ST/PWD candidates


Application Fees

General Category

Rs. 600

Reserved Category

Rs. 100

Fees Payment

The Application Fees can only be paid through Online Mode i.e. by Debit Card/ Credit card/ Net Banking

SBI PO 2020 Admit Card

SBI PO 2019 Admit card for Preliminary Examination is expected to be released on June 2019. The registered candidate can download their Admit card from the official website of the State Bank of India. The Admit card link will be activated once the Admit card is released by the examination conducting authority.

SBI PO 2020 Preparation Tips

Understand the Exam Pattern:

To qualify any of the examinations, understand the examination pattern. The candidate must know that in what format questions are asked and the marking scheme of the examination. The candidate should also know the details about the negative marking.

Check Previous Years Cut Off:

Checking Previous Years Cut Off will enable you to set a benchmark for yourself. Don't forget to check the previous years cut off before appearing for SBI 2019 examination.

Prepare for all the rounds:

As you know that SBI PO Examination comprises of various rounds of examination. Prepare for each round equally and work on your weaker sections and overcome before appearing for the examination.

Practice Mock Test:

Mock test will help you in developing Time Management skills and you will efficiently complete your test timely on the D-day. Analyze your mistakes in the mock tests and try to solve it. 

SBI PO 2020 Exam Pattern

The SBI PO Examination comprises of 3 phases i.e.

  1. Preliminary Phase
  2. Main Phase and
  3. Group Exercise/ Interview

To succeed to the next phases, the candidate is required qualify the previous stages.

SBI PO Preliminary Round Exam Pattern:

The Time Duration of SBI PO Preliminary examination is 1 hour and is conducted through online mode. The preliminary examination comprises of 100 questions divided into 3 sections i.e. English language, Numerical Ability and Reasoning Ability. The candidate is rewarded with additional one mark for each correct answer and 0.25 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer.


Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

English Language



Numerical Ability



Reasoning Ability



SBI PO Main Round Exam Pattern:

This section comprises of Objective Test and Descriptive Test. The Objective Test contains 155 which are marked out of 200 marks whereas the Descriptive Test carries 50 Marks and its time duration is 30 minutes. Both the test will be conducted through online mode. The Objective Test is followed by Descriptive Test on the same day. 

SBI PO 2020 Syllabus

SBI PO 2018 Syllabus

SBI PO Preliminary Exam Syllabus-

Reasoning Ability

Quantitative Aptitude

English Language

Logical Reasoning


Reading Comprehension

Alphabets and Numerical Series

Profit & Loss

Cloze Test

Ranking-Direction-Alphabet Test

Mixture & Alligations

Para Jumbles

Data Sufficiency

Simple Interest & Compund Interest

Multiple meaning and Error spotting

Coded Inequalities

Work & Time

Fill in the Blanks

Seating Arrangement

Time & Distance

Paragraph Completion





Data Interpretation



Ratio & Proportion


Blood Relations



Input and Output

Sequence & series


Coding and Decoding

Permutation, Combination & Probability


SBI PO 2020 Study Material

Study Material for English:

  • Objective English by Edgar Thorpe
  • Objective General English by RS Aggarwal, Vikas Aggarwal
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
  • High School English Grammar & Composition by Wren & Martin
  • Study material for Quantitative Test:
  • Quantitative Aptitude Test by N.K. Singh
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by R.S. Aggarwal
  • Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma

Study Material for Reasoning:

  • Test of Reasoning by Edgar Thorpe
  • A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by R S Aggarwal
  • A New Approach to Reasoning: Verbal, Non-Verbal & Analytical by B S Sijwali
  • Study Material for General awareness:
  • Pratiyogita Darpan
  • Lucent's General Knowledge
  • Manorama Year Book 2018

Study Material for Computer:

  • Objective Computer Awareness for General Competitive Exams by Arihant
  • Objective Computer Knowledge & Literacy by Kiran Prakashan

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SBI PO 2020 Result

The result for SBI PO 2018 will be declared on the official website of State Bank of India.

SBI PO Preliminary examination Result:

Last Year the Result for SBI PO Preliminary examination was declared on May 16. For the year 2018 the Preliminary examination result is expected to be released on­­­­­­ July 15, 2018 by the State Bank of India.

SBI Main Examination Result:

Last Year the Result for SBI PO Main examination was declared on July 3. For the year 2018, the SBI PO Main examination is expected to be released on ­August 20, 2018 by the State Bank of India. 

SBI PO Interview Process:

The Interview process involves test to check the basic knowledge of the candidate. The interview is the final step towards selecting the eligible candidate for the post.

SBI PO Final Recruitment Result:

The Final Merit List is declared on the official website of the State Bank of India and also published in Employment News. The Final Result comprises of the collective marks obtained by the candidate in Main Examination and Interview Process. 

SBI PO Cut-Offs

The Cut Off for each round of examination is declared separately. Here is the list of the previous year Cut Off to provide an idea about the expected Cut Off for the year 2018.

SBI PO Previous Year Cut Off:

SBI PO Cut Off for Preliminary examination:

S. No.


Quantitative Aptitude


Reasoning Ability











SBI PO 2020 Selection Procedure

The SBI PO Recruitment Examination comprises of 3 stages i.e. preliminary, main and interview stage.

Following are the steps of SBI PO Recruitment Procedure:

  1. Preliminary Examination-

    Preliminary Examination is conducted through online mode. The candidates are shortlisted according to marks scored by the candidates in this stage. The candidates who qualify this stage are eligible for next stage of examination.
  2. Main examination-

    • This examination is also conducted through the online mode. The qualifying candidates will be called for Group Discussion or Interview.
    • Group Exercises and Interview-
    • The interview is conducted by the participating organizations. Group exercise is marked for 20 numbers whereas Interviews are marked for 30.
  3. Final Result-

    The Final Result is declared according to the candidate's performance in Mainstage and Interview Sessions along with Group Exercises.


SBI PO 2018 Vacancies:

Candidates can check the category-wise details of vacancies as follows:

SBI PO Vacancies

Vacancies (PWD)



















Documents to be Carried

Documents to be carried to the Examination Centre:

  • SBI PO 2019 Admit Card
  • ID Card verified by the Government of India

Document Required during SBI PO Interview:

  • Print out of call letter
  • Print out of Online Application Form
  • SBI PO Score Card with 2 Xerox copies
  • 5 Passport Size Photographs of the candidate
  • Date of Birth certificate
  • ID Proof verified by the Government of India
  • Graduation Mark Sheet and Certificate
  • Character Certificate from 2 Respectable persons
  • Category Certificate
  • If the candidate is already working for the Government of India, then a NOC Certificate is required
  • Candidates seeking Relaxation in Age must produce the certificate at this round
  • Experience Certificate

Score Evaluation

SBI PO 2019 Scores will be evaluated on the basis of following points:

  • The marks attained by the candidate in Preliminary Round will not be considered in the final score.
  • The candidate must qualify for the Main Examination and the Interview round.
  • The Ratio of marks scored in main examination and the interview round will be 80:20.
  • The Written Test marks will be converted out of 75 whereas the same of Interview round will be converted out of 25.
  • The Final Merit List will comprise of converted marks attained by the candidate in Written Test as well as Group Exercises & Interview.
  • The Result of the candidates who qualifies the examination will be available on the official website of the Bank.  
  • The list of Final candidates will be published in Employment News and Rozgar samachar along with official website of bank. 


Question: When is the SBI PO Preliminary examination?

Answer: The SBI PO Preliminary Examination is scheduled to be conducted on

Question: Is SBI PO Exam is in Hindi?

Answer: The examination is conducted in both the languages except for Descriptive Test which is available in English language only.

Question: Will my marks be deducted for the wrong answer in SBI PO Preliminary exam?

Answer: Yes, the marks will be deducted for the wrong answer in both preliminary as well as main examination. One-fourth mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.

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