SBI / SBI Associate Banks


Pattern of SBI / SBI Associate Banks Exams

The SBI and Associate Banks of SBI conduct separate written test for the selection process of PO and do not consider the IBPS score. 

(i) SBI/SBI Associate Banks PO Exam (Online Exam):

SBI has changed the selection process for recruitment of POs, from 2015 onwards. SBI has gone back to its old selection process where the selection was done in a three phase manner - Preliminary Examination (Phase I), Main Examination (Phase II) and GD Interview (Phase III). 

Phase I - Preliminary Examination: Preliminary Examination consisting of Objective Tests for 100 marks will be conducted online. This test would be of 1 hour duration consisting of 3 Sections as follows. 

S NoName of TestNo of QsMarksDuration
1English Language3030Composite time of 1 hour
2Quantitative Aptitude3535
3Reasoning Ability3535

Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing passing marks to be decided by the Bank. Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by the Bank (approximately 20 times the numbers of vacancies subject to availability) will be short listed for the Main Examination 

Phase II Main Examination : Main Examination will consist of Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 50 marks. Both the Objective and Descriptive Tests will be online.Candidates will have to answer Descriptive test by typing on the computer. Immediately after completion of Objective Test, Descriptive Test will be administered.
(i) Objective Test: The Objective Test of 2 hour duration consists of 4 Sections with 50 marks each (Total 200 marks) as follows: 
a) Test of English Language (Grammar, Vocabulary, Comprehension etc.) 
b) Test of General Awareness, Marketing & Computers 
c) Test of Data Analysis & Interpretation 
d) Test of Reasoning (High Level)
The candidates are required to qualify in each of the Tests by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank. 

(ii) Descriptive Test (Online): The Descriptive Test of 1 hour duration with 50 marks will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay). 

Note : 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 tes 

Phase - III: Group Discussion (20 marks) & Interview (30 marks) 

The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added for the selection and only the marks obtained in Main Examination (Phase-II) will be added to the marks obtained in GD & Interview (Phase-III) for preparation of the final merit list. 

(ii) SBI / SBI Associate Banks Clerical Exam (Online Exam): 

The SBI and Associate Banks of SBI conduct separate written test for the selection process for Clerks and will not consider the CWE score. 

S.NoName of Obj TestNo. of QuestionsMax MarksTotal Time
1Reasoning40402 hours 15 minutes
2General English4040
3Quantitative Aptitude4040
4General Awareness4040

Marketing & Computer knowledge4040


Final Selection will be made based on the performance in the written test and Interview taken together.