SBI PO 2020 SBI Probationary Officer
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SBI PO 2020 Exam Pattern

By: Archana on April 22, 2019

The SBI PO Examination comprises of 3 phases i.e. Preliminary Phase, Main Phase and 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.

Objective Test-

Its time duration is 3 hours and comprises of 4 sections i.e. Reasoning and Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis & Interpretation, General/ Economic/ Banking Awareness and English Language. Each section will be having a separate time limit and the candidate is required to qualify each test.


Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Time Duration

Reasoning & Computer Aptitude



60 minutes

Data Analysis & Interpretation



45 minutes

General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness



35 minutes

English Language



40 minutes

Descriptive Test-

The time duration for this section will be 30 minutes and will carry 50 marks. It will comprise of Letter Writing and Essay Writing in English language.

SBI PO Interview procedure:

The Candidates who qualify above-mentioned stages will be called for the Final round i.e. the Group Exercise & Interview round. A selected number of candidates of all the categories will be shortlisted by the bank and will be called for this round. The qualifying criteria of this stage are decided by the bank.

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


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