SBI PO Exam Preparation

SBI PO is an examination held for recruiting Probationary Officers. It marks the Junior Management Level direct entry in the Bank for young graduates. Exam for SBI PO is conducted each year for appointing officers in the Bank. Candidates in a huge number appear for this exam but only the best ones are selected as SBI PO. What makes a difference here is the SBI PO Preparation. A candidate should be aware of the exam pattern, important books and preparation tips in order to make the SBI PO Preparation effective. Here we will cover all the major aspects of SBI PO Preparation so that the candidates can perform upto best of their potential and crack the exam.


  • Age: The candidate must be 21 to 30 Years of age as on 01-04-2014.
  • Age Relaxation: OBC-3 Years, SC/ST – 5 Years, PH- 10 Years, Ex-Servicemen-5 Years
  • Qualification: Graduation in any Discipline / Appearing in the final year of Graduation Exam.( Graduation must be completed before 10-08-2014)
  • Note: The date of passing eligibility examination will be the date appearing on the mark sheet or provisional certificate issued by the University / Institute. In case the result of a particular examination is posted on the website of the University / Institute then a certificate issued by the appropriate authority of the University / Institute indicating the date on which the result was posted on the website will be taken as the date of passing.

Number of Attempts for SBI PO

Attempts for SBI PO

SBI PO Attempts :

  • Category wise Number of Chances
  • General 4
  • General (PWD) 7
  • OBC 7
  • OBC (PWD) 7
  • SC/ SC (PWD)/ ST/ ST (PWD) No Restriction

General category candidates who have appeared on 4 occasions in the recruitment examination of POs for SBI are not eligible to apply.

Selection Procedure of SBI PO

SBI PO Selection Procedure

Phase-I: – Examination consisting Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 50 marks.
The Objective Test will be online. Immediately after online Objective Test, Descriptive Test will be administered. Candidates will have to answer Descriptive test on paper/Pen mode.

(i) The Objective Test with 2 hour duration consists of 4 Sections with 50 marks each.

(Total 200 Marks) as follows:-

Sr. No. Subjects Max. Marks
1 Test of English Language (Grammar, Vocabulary, Comprehension etc.) 50
2 Test of General Awareness, Marketing & Computers 50
3 Test of Data Analysis & Interpretation 50
4 Test of Reasoning (High Level) 50
Total 200

The candidates are required to qualify in each of the Tests by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.
(ii)The Descriptive Test with 1 hour duration (50marks) will be of “Test Descriptive Test: of English Language (comprehension, short précis, 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 objective test.

(b) Phase-II: – Group Discussion (20 marks) & Interview (30 marks)
The aggregate marks of candidates qualifying in both the Objective Tests and Descriptive Test will be arranged in descending order in each category. Adequate number of candidates in each category, as decided by the Bank will be called for Group Discussion and Interview. The qualifying marks in Group Discussion & Interview will be as decided by the Bank.

SBI PO Emoluments/Salary Package


PAY: The starting basic pay is 16,900/-.The official will also be eligible for D.A, H.R.A & C.C.A as per rules in force from time to time. The compensation per annum at Mumbai is around 8, 40,000/-. The breakup of `monthly compensation is as under:

Cash Component 34,320/-
Bank’s contribution to PF 1,690/-
Housing (Lease Rental) 29,500/-
Maintenance etc. 4,130/-

SBI PO-2014 Vacancies

SBI PO Vacancies -2014

Vacancies Vacancies (PWD)
235 439 405 758 1837 29 31 60

SBI PO Backlog Vacancies included in the above mentioned total vacancies

10 327 337 7 9

Written Test

Sections DI LR GA English Total
Total Marks 50 50 50 50 200
Min Cut Off 13 13 14 13 80

Part B: Descriptive Test

Max Marks Cut off
50 20

Total Written Cut off for Interview: (Part A + Part B): 112 out of 250 Marks (200 + 50)

Group Discussion Personal Interview TOTAL
Total Marks 20 30 50
Cut Off 8 12 20

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