SBI PO Recruitment Notification, Exam Pattern and Syllabus

SBI PO Recruitment Notification and Exam Pattern

SBI PO Recruitment is one of the most formidable recruitment in the banking sector. It provides an excellent job in India’s largest Public Sector Bank with a handsome salary. Before going for a competitive examination, one must know about the eligibility criteria, application process, syllabus, examination pattern, and changes introduced in the examination pattern , so that, one can plan for examination in better way. We provides you with all these things under a roof i.e.


Age Limit: Not below 21 years and not above 30 years (for general candidates).


SBI PO Exam Pattern:

Generally, SBI conducts the examination process in three steps. The three steps are as follows:

1.  Preliminary Examination (Objective Test).
2.  Mains Examination (Objective Test and Descriptive Test).
3. Group Exercises and Personal Interview.


  • Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) :
Sr. No.SubjectsNo. of QuestionsMax. MarksTime Allotted
01.English Language303060 Minutes
02.Reasoning Ability3535
03.Numerical Ability3535

Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing passing marks to be decided by the Bank. An adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by the Bank, are shortlisted for the Main Examination.


  • Mains Examination (Phase-II) :

Main Examination consists of Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 50 marks. Both the Objective and Descriptive Tests is online. Candidates have to answer Descriptive test by typing on the computer. Immediately after completion of Objective Test, Descriptive Test is administered.

Sr. No.Subjects (Objective) No. of QuestionsMax. MarksTime Allotted
01.English Language354040 Minutes
02.Reasoning & Computer Aptitude456060 Minutes
03.Data Analysis & Interpretation356045 Minutes
04.General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness404035 Minutes
Total15520003 Hours


  • Descriptive Test:

The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with 50 marks is a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay). The candidates are required to qualify in the Descriptive Test by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank. Descriptive Test paper of only those candidates will be evaluated who have scored qualifying marks in the Objective Tests and are placed adequately high as per total marks in the objective test.

Phase – III: Group Exercises (20 marks) & Interview (30 marks).


Both Preliminary and Mains examination are conducted in online mode only. The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) are not added for the selection and only the marks obtained in Mains Examination (Phase-II), both in Objective Test and Descriptive Test, are added to the marks obtained in GE& Interview (Phase-III) for preparation of the final merit list.

The candidates have to qualify both in Phase-II and Phase-III separately. Marks secured by the candidates in the Written Test (out of 250 marks) are converted to out of 75 and marks secured in Group Exercises & Interview (out of 50 marks) are converted to out of 25. The final merit list is arrived at after aggregating the converted marks of Written Test and Group Exercises Interview out of 100 for each category. The selection is made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category.

Results of the candidates who have qualified for Group Exercises & Interview and the list of candidates finally selected is made available on the Bank’s website. The final selection list is published in Employment News/ Rozgar Samachar and also on Bank’s website.