SBI PO Exam Pattern, Eligibility and Syllabus

 

The Recruitment Examination for Probationary Officers to various SBI Branches is considered as one of the central banking exams of the country. Every Year, a number of banking aspirants apply for SBI PO Recruitment Examination and the competition level of only escalated further beyond.

SBI PO examination is a three stage process.

 

Stage 1: Preliminary Examination

Preliminary Examination is a screening test conducted to select candidates for the Mains Examination. The preliminary examination is a Computer Based Test which is conducted online.

The examination consists of 1 question paper having multiple choice questions. Duration of the paper is 1 hour.

Section

Name of section

Number of Questions

Marks

Duration

1

English Language

30

30

Composite time of 1 Hour

2

Quantitative Aptitude

35

35

3

Reasoning Ability

35

35

 

Total

100

100

 

 

For every wrongly attempted question, 1/4th of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty from the score.

Note: Prelims marks are not added in the final calculation of merit.

 

Stage 2: Mains Examination

After qualifying the prelims exam and fulfilling the adequate criteria candidates are allowed to appear for mains exam.

It consists of 2 papers (details given in the table below), first one is objective test and second one is descriptive test.

1. Objective Test

Examination paper

Name of section

Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Duration

Objective test

Reasoning & Computer Aptitude

45

60

60 minutes

Data Analysis & Interpretation

35

60

45 minutes

General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness

40

40

35 minutes

English Language

35

40

40 minutes

Total

155

200

3 hours

Descriptive Test

English Language (Letter Writing)

1

20

30 minutes

English Language (Essay Writing)

1

30

30 minutes

Total

2

50

1 hour

 

2. Descriptive Test

The Descriptive Test of 30 Minutes duration with 50 marks will be a Test of English language (Letter Writing & Essay). The candidates are required to qualify the Descriptive Test by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.

Note:

  1. For every wrongly attempted question, 1/4th of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty from the score.
  2. From this year, individual section timing is allotted for Objective Tests.
  3. In descriptive test, mostly there are 3 choices given and one has to select any one among the available choices.
  4. Descriptive Test paper of only those candidates will be evaluated who have scored qualifying marks in the Objective Tests.

 

Stage 3: Group Discussion & Interview

Another merit list based on the score of mains examination is prepared and adequate number of candidates are called for the third and the final stage of the examination.

The weightage of group discussion is 20 marks and that of personal interview is 30 marks.

Final merit list is prepared based on the performance in the mains examination and GD & Interview.

 

Eligibility

  1. Age Limit: Age limit is kept between 21 and 30. Age is calculated as on 1st April of the year of examination.
  2. Education Qualification: Candidate must a hold a graduate degree

 

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