Bank Exam

State Bank of India (SBI) is hiring probationary officers (PO) in its latest recruitment drive. The application has begun from April 2. Last date to apply is April 22. Candidates are advised to check the official notification at the official website SBI- careersor find a direct link below.

There are a total of 2000 vacancies including 300 for SC, 150 for ST, 540 for OBC, 200 for EWS and 810 for general category candidates.

Important dates to keep in mind:

Activity/EventsTentative Dates
On-line registration including modification/ Editing of Application by
2nd to 22nd April 2019
Payment of SBI PO application fee2nd to 22nd April 2019
Admit card
download (pre-exam)
3rd week of May onwards
Date of
Preliminary examination
9th, 15th & 16th June 2019
of Result (Preliminary)
1st week of July 2019
Admit card
for Main examination
2nd week of July 2019
Date of Main
20th July 2019
of result (Main)
3rd week of August 2019
Admit card
for Interview and Group Exercise
4th week of August 2019
Conduct of
Interview and Group Exercise
of Final Result
2nd week of October 2019
Pre Examination Training for SC/ST/Religious Minority
Admit card
for pre-exam training
2nd week of May 2019
Conduct of
Pre-Exam training
4th week of May 2019


Candidates should be graduate in any discipline to apply for the posts.
Not below 21 years and not above 30 years as on 01.04.2019 i.e. candidates must have been born not later than 01.04.1998 and not earlier than 02.04.1989
Hiring will be done after a three tier process including preliminary test, main exam and interview.
The starting basic pay is 27,620/- (with 4 advance increments) in the scale of 23700-980/7-30560-1145/2-32850-1310/7-42020 applicable to Junior Management Grade Scale-I. The official will also be eligible for D.A, H.R.A/ Lease rental, C.C.A, Medical and other allowances & perquisites as per rules in force from time to time. The total compensation per annum on CTC basis be a minimum of 8.20 lacs and maximum of 13.08 lacs depending on place of posting and other factors.
For SC/ ST/ PWD 125/- (Intimation Charges only)
For General/ EWS/ OBC 750/- (App. Fee including intimation charges)
As stated above, the SBI PO exam will consist of Preliminary Exam, Main Exam followed by Group Discussion and Interview. Candidates must be conversant with the examination pattern and scheme of the exam. Check highlights of the SBI PO Exam Pattern below:
Preliminary Exam Pattern
The SBI PO Preliminary Exam is an online entrance test.
The duration of the preliminary exam will be one hour.
Total 100 objective type questions will be asked therein.
Paper will be divided into 3 sections as Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, and English Language.
Each question will carry 1 mark. On every wrong response, there will be negative marking of 1/4th marks.

Paper SectionNo. of QuestionsMax Marks
Quantitative Aptitude3535
Reasoning Ability3535
English Language3030

The SBI PO Main Exam comprises objective type questions as well as descriptive type questions.
SBI PO Main will be held through online mode also.
The duration of objective type test will be 3.00 hours while descriptive test will be of 30 minutes.
Objective type test will contain four sections as General Knowledge, Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis & Interpretation, Economy/Banking Awareness and English Language.
Negative marking is applicable for objective type test. 1/4th marks will be deducted for the wrong attempt.
Objective test will be of 200 marks and descriptive test will be of 50 marks.
Objective Test

Paper SectionsNo. of QuestionsMax MarksDuration
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude456060 minutes
Data Analysis & Interpretation356045 minutes
General/Economy/Banking Awareness404035 minutes
English Language354040 minutes
Total155200180 minutes

The Descriptive Test is the test of candidate’s command on the English language. The test will contain two questions on Letter Writing and Essay Writing. There is no negative marking in this test but candidates must qualify this section.
Selection for the Group Exercises and Interview will be based on a category-wise merit list. The category wise merit list will be drawn on the basis of the aggregate marks scored in the Main Examination. There will be no sectional cut-off. Candidates numbering up to 3 times (approx.) of the category wise vacancies will be shortlisted for the Group Exercise and Interview from the top of the category wise merit list subject to a candidate scoring the minimum aggregate qualifying score.

20 marks will be given for Group Exercises and 30 marks for the Interview. Candidates qualifying for Group Exercises and Interview under ‘OBC’ category would be required to submit OBC certificate containing the ‘Non-Creamy layer’ clause.

The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination will not be added for preparing the final merit list for selection. Only the marks obtained in the Main Examination, both in the Objective Test and the Descriptive Test, will be added to the marks obtained in Group Exercise and Interview for preparing the final merit list. The candidates will have to qualify both in the Prelim and Main exam separately. Marks secured by the candidates in the Main Examination (out of 250 marks) are converted to out of 75 marks and marks secured in the Group Exercise & Interview (out of 50 marks) are converted to out of 25 marks. The final merit list is arrived at after aggregating (out of 100) converted marks of Main Examination and Group Exercise & Interview. The final selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category. SBI PO Result of the candidates who qualify for Main Examination and Group Exercise & Interview as well as the final selection list will be made available on the official website.
The candidates can check syllabus of SBI PO 2019 exam here in below. We recommend aspirants to also obtain official information bulletin for more details regarding SBI PO Syllabus. You can prepare for the exam as per the following information:

General/Banking Knowledge & Current Affairs

Economic/Financial News, Budget and Five Year Plans, Banking & Financial Awareness, Current Affairs (National and International), Who’s Who, Popular Books and their authors, Abbreviations, Sports News, Awards and Honours, Science, Inventions and Discoveries, Important Days, International and National Events.

Quantitative Aptitude & Data Analysis/Interpretation

Simplification, Percentage, Number Series, Profit and Loss, Simple Interest and Compound Interest, Time and distance, Time and Work, Average Ratio and Proportion, Ages, Quadratic Equations, Pipes and Cisterns, Partnership, Speed, Boats and Streams, Permutation and Combination, Mixture and Allegation, Problems on Trains, Probability, Data Analysis/Data Interpretation (Mix DI, Table Graph, Bar Graph, Pie Chart, Probability, Line Graph, Language DI), Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency, Inequality, Volume and Area.

Reasoning Ability

Coding-Decoding, Direction and Distance, Blood Relation, Data Sufficiency, Order and Ranking, Sitting Arrangement, Puzzle, Machine Input, Inequality, Statement & Course of Action, Syllogism, Input & Output, Alphabetical and Miscellaneous Series, Diagram, Inference, Statements & Assumptions.

Computer Knowledge

History of Computers, Windows Operating System, Input and Output Devices, Internet terms and services, Networking and communication, Hardware and Software, MS-Office (MS-Excel, MS-word, MS-PowerPoint), Database Management System, Computer Abbreviations, Modern Day Technology, Security and Viruses, Logic Gates, Hacking, Computer Shorty Keys.

English Language

Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Spotting Errors, Fill in the blanks, Sentence Rearrangement, Deriving Conclusions, Correcting Miss Spelt & Inappropriate Words, Paragraph Completion, Active Voice, Passive Voice, Antonyms, Synonyms, Jumbled Sentences, Grammar Correction, Preposition, Idioms & Phrases.

SBI PO Descriptive Type Test

Apart from the above key topics of the objective type test, the candidates have to attend descriptive type test consisting of following topics:
Letter Writing:Letter to Government official/ Bank Managers/Head of the Institutions, Letter to Friends, Relatives etc.
Essay Writing: Indian Banking System, Budget, Indian Economy, Financial Inclusion, Right to Education, Indian Constitution, Any topic of social impact.