SBI PO 2021 exam will be conducted by State Bank of India (SBI) to select eligible candidates to the post of Probationary Officers (PO). SBI PO is one of the most coveted jobs in Banking industry and a dream job for millions of aspirants across India. SBI PO is considered as a premium job opportunity in Banking sector because of following reasons:
• Brand value of SBI and reputation associated with SBI PO post
• Lucrative pay scale which is highest among PSU Banks
• Growth opportunities where even a PO can progress to the level of Chairperson
• Job satisfaction and social prestige
SBI PO exam consists of 3 phases – Prelims, Mains and GD/ Interview round. Before beginning with your preparation, you should get an idea about the latest updates, selection procedure, eligibility, exam pattern, syllabus, previous year cut off etc. Please go through this article to get all the important information for the SBI PO 2021 Exam.
The SBI PO 2021-22 Notification is expected to be released in the month of September / October 2021 to recruit 2000 Probationary Officers (PO) in different offices of SBI in India. SBI PO 2021 Exam Dates, Online Application & other details will be released along with its official notification. This recruitment process wiill be started for the selection of candidates to the post of PO in State Bank of India and its Associate banks. The candidates selected are liable to be posted anywhere in India. The official notification PDF for SBI PO last year exam is mentioned below.
All Eligible and interested Candidates are required to register online for the recruitment process. The 3-tier selection process consists of Preliminary and Main Exams which will be conducted online, followed by Interview. Candidates must pass each exam to get shortlisted and progress to the next stage. Final selection will be based on merit.
All important points related to SBI PO 2021 exam are highlighted below:
|Name of Exam||State Bank of India Probationary Officers Exam (2021)|
|Conducting Body||State Bank of India|
|Mode of Applicaion||Online|
|Mode of Exam||Online (CBT)|
|Exam Rounds||3 (Prelims + Mains + Interview)|
|Exam Dates||Prelims: -----
|Expected Candidates||9-10 lakhs|
|Job Location||Across India|
|SBI PO Helpline||022 – 2282 0427|
State Bank of India (SBI) will release the Exam Dates for SBI PO 2021 exam along with its official notification. Candidates are advised to visit this page regularly to remain updated about SBI PO 2021 Exam. The exam schedule for SBI PO 2021 Exam will be updated below. Let's have a look at the tentative dates for SBI PO 2021 exam.
|SBI PO 2021-22 Exam Schedule|
|SBI PO Activity||Dates|
|SBI PO Notification||Sep / Oct 2021|
|On-line Registration Starts From||Sep / Oct 2021|
|Last Date to Pay Fee||Oct 2021|
|PET Call Letter||-----|
|Conduct of Pre- Examination Training||-----|
|Download Admit Card for Prelims Exam||-----|
|SBI PO Exam Date- Preliminary||-----|
|Result of Online exam – Preliminary||-----|
|Download of Call letter for Mains Exam||-----|
|SBI PO Exam Date – Mains||-----|
|Result of Online Examination – Main||-----|
|Download Call Letter for Personal Interview||-----|
|Conduct of Group Exercises & Interview||-----|
|Declaration of Final Result||-----|
The online application process for SBI PO Exam 2021 will be started post the release of the notification. Before proceeding with the registration and application process, all candidates are requested to go through the complete guide for SBI PO Online Applicaion. All candidates can apply online for SBI PO 2021 exam by clicking on the link mentioned below:
The category wise fee structure for SBI PO online application is given below. Fee/Intimation charges once paid will NOT be refunded on any account nor can it be held in reserve for any other examination or selection. The application fee must be paid online itself. To know more check the complete guide for SBI PO Application
|Sr. No.||Category||Application Fee|
|2||General and Others||Rs. 750/- (App. Fee including intimation charges)|
SBI PO 2021 Vacancy will have been announced along with SBI PO 2021 Notification. Last year, the State Bank of India had announced a total vacancy of 2000 posts of Probationary Officers.
Let's have a look at the SBI PO Vacancies for last year:
SBI PO Vacancy
SBI PO Vacancy (PwD Category)
|d & e||20||7||27|
*VI: Vision Impairment
*HI: Hearing Impairment
*LD: Learning Disabilities
As per the notification, the starting basic pay of a Probationary Officer (PO) 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.
The candidate must fulfill the following two criteria to be eligible for the SBI PO Exam 2021:
• Age Limit (As on 01.09.2021): The candidate must be 21 Years to 30 Years as on 01.09.2021 i.e. candidates must have been born between 02.04.1990 and 01.04.1999 (both dates inclusive)
• Educational Qualification (as on 31.12.2021): The candidate must be a graduate in any discipline from a recognized University or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government. Those who are in the Final year/Semester of their Graduation may also apply provisionally subject to the condition that, if called for interview, they must produce proof of having passed the graduation examination on or before 01.07.2021. Candidates with Integrated Dual Degree (IDD) certificate must ensure that the date of passing the IDD is on or before 31.08.2021. Candidates with Chartered Accountant certification may also apply.
SBI PO Selection Procedure: Important Points
The candidates should keep in mind the following points related to the SBI PO selection process:
• Biometric Verification: To ensure an error-free and secure selection procedure for SBI PO 2021, the bank may digitally capture the thumb impression of the candidate. This is done to verify the genuineness of the candidates. Any inconsistency in the biometric verification will lead to rejection of the candidature and punitive legal actions. Candidates are thus advised not to apply any kind of external matter like ink, mehandi, chemical etc. on their hands.
• Number of Attempts: The maximum number of chances are fixed for each category. Candidates who have used up all the chances are not eligible to apply. Appearing in Preliminary Exam is not counted as an attempt but appearing in Mains Exam is counted.
|Category||Number of Chances|
|General/ EWS (PWD)||7|
The SBI PO recruitment exam is the most premier among the public-sector bank exams in India. It is considered a little difficult compared to the bank entrance exams conducted by IBPS. The recruitment process for Probationary Officers at SBI consists of 3 stages:
1. Preliminary Examination
2. Main Examination
The SBI PO selection process consists of 3 stages. The written examinations are conducted online, followed by an interview round. The structure of exams is as follows:
This is an online examination where the candidates must solve the question paper in one 1 hour for 100 marks. The test consists of 3 sections. Candidates must know that the sectional cut-off in the Preliminary Exam has been removed and the overall score of all the sections will be considered for selection to the next round.. The cut-off or minimum passing marks for each section is decided by the Bank each year depending on the difficult of the test. The section-wise division of the marks is given below:
|S.No.||Name of Tests(Objective)||No. of Questions||Maximum Marks||Duration|
|1||English Language||30||30||20 Minutes|
|2||Numerical Ability||35||35||20 Minutes|
|3||Reasoning Ability||35||35||20 Minutes|
While SBI issues only the broad subjects, they can be further subdivided into individual topics, based on the questions that have appeared in the exams over the past few years. The every stage of the exam is very important stage in the selection process. So without knowing SBI PO syllabus and exam pattern, you cannot make your study plan in a proper manner. The SBI PO syllabus 2021 for the prelims and the mains exam are mostly similar with slight changes. So thoroughly go through the complete SBI PO syllabus and make note of it without any mistake.
SBI PO Prelims exam consists of 3 sections: Reasoning Ability, English Language & Numerical Ability.
|English Language||Numerical Ability||Reasoning Ability|
|Reading Comprehension||Number Series||Puzzle and Arrangements|
|Cloze Test||Simplification/ Approximation||Inequality|
|Spotting Errors||Data Interpretation||Coding - Decoding|
|Sentence Improvement||Miscellaneous||Blood Relations|
|Fill in the Blanks||Direction senseg|
|Order and Ranking|
To help candidates get an idea of the exam level, questions, difficulty level and good attempts of the SBI PO exam, we are providing here the overall and section wise exam analysis & review of SBI PO 2020-21 Prelims Exam of all the shifts held online on 4th, 5th & 6th January 2021. The SBI PO Prelims exam was conducted online in the Objective type MCQ format.
Quantitative Aptitude: The Quantitative Aptitude section was of a moderate to difficulty level with the questions lengthy and time-consuming. Check the table below to know detailed analysis of Quant section:
|Topic||No. of Questions||Difficulty Level|
|Missing No. Series||5||Moderate|
|Miscellaneous Word Problems||10||Moderate|
Reasoning Ability: The Reasoning Ability section was time-consuming and of an easy to moderate difficulty level. Check the table below to know detailed analysis of Reasoning section:
|Topics||No. of Questions||Difficulty Level|
|Puzzles and Seating Arrangement||20||Moderate|
|Direction Sense Test||3||Moderate|
English Language: The English Language section was of an easy difficulty level. Check the table below to know detailed analysis of English section::
|Topic||No. of Questions||Difficulty Level|
|Match the following based Sentence Formation||2||Easy|
While filling the online application form, applicants are required to enter their preferred exam centres for SBI PO 2021, based on their convenience. However, the Bank may allot an exam centre other than the choices made by a candidate if there is non-availability of seats at preferred venues. All the applicants have to provide 1 preference each for the Prelims exam and the Main exam.
The list of Centres for SBI PO 2021 Prelims Exam:
|State Code||Exam Centres for Prelims Exam||State/UT|
|11||Port Blair||Andaman & Nicobar|
|12||Chirala, Chittoor, Guntur, Kakinada, Kurnool, Nellore, Ongole, Puttur, Rajahmundhry, Srikakulam, Tirupati, Vijaywada, Vishakhapatnam, Vizianagaram||Andhra Pradesh|
|13||Itanagar, Naharlagun||Arunachal Pradesh|
|14||Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Kokrajhar, Silchar Tezpur||Assam|
|15||Arrah, Aurangabad, Bihar Sharif, Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Gaya, Hajipur, Muzaffarpur Patna, Purnea, Samastipur, Siwan||Bihar|
|17||Bhilai, Bilaspur, Raipur||Chhattisgarh|
|19||Ahmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Himmatnagar, Jamnagar, Mehsana, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara||Gujarat|
|20||Ambala, Bahadurgarh, Hissar, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Panipat, Palwal, Sonipat, Yamunanagar||Haryana|
|21||Baddi, Bilaspur, Dharamshala, Hamirpur, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Sirmaur, Solan, Una||Himachal Pradesh|
|22||Jammu, Kathua, Samba, Srinagar||Jammu & Kashmir|
|23||Bokaro, Dhanbad, Hazaribag, Jamshedpur, Ranchi||Jharkhand|
|24||Belgaum, Bengaluru, Bidar, Gulbarga, Hubli, Mangalore, Mysore, Shimoga, Udipi||Karnataka|
|25||Alappuzha, Kannur, Kochi, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad, Thrichur, Thiruvananthapuram||Kerala|
|27||Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Satna, Sagar, Ujjain||Madhya Pradesh|
|28||Amaravati, Aurangabad, Chandrapur, Dhule Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Latur, Mumbai/ Thane/Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nasik, Pune, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Satara||Maharashtra|
|33||Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurgaon||Delhi -NCR|
|34||Angul, Balasore, Bargarh, Baripada, Berhampur (Ganjam), Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Sambalpur||Odisha|
|36||Amritsar, Bhatinda, Fatehgarh Sahib, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala, Phagwara, Sangrur||Punjab|
|37||Ajmer, Alwar, Bhilwara, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur||Rajasthan|
|39||Chennai, Coimbatore, Dindigul, Krishnagiri, Madurai, Nagercoil, Namakkal, Perambalur, Salem, Thanjavur, Thiruchirapalli, Tirunelvelli, Thoothukodi, Vellore||Tamilnadu|
|40||Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, Warangal||Telangana|
|42||Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bulandshaher, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Mathura, Meerut, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Unnao, Varanasi||Uttar Pradesh|
|43||Dehradun, Haldwani, Haridwar, Roorkee||Uttarakhand|
|44||Asansol, Berhampur (West Bengal), Bardhaman, Durgapur, Hooghly, Howrah, Kalyani, Greater Kolkata, Siliguri||West Bengal|
The list of Centres for SBI PO 2021 Mains Exam:
|State Code||Exam Centre for Mains Exam||State/UT|
|11||Port Blair||Andaman & Nicobar|
|12||Guntur, Kurnool, Vijaywada, Vishakhapatnam||Andhra Pradesh|
|15||Arrah, Hajipur, Patna||Bihar|
|21||Shimla, Solan,||Himachal Pradesh|
|22||Jammu, Srinagar||Jammu & Kashmir|
|27||Bhopal, Indore||Madhya Pradesh|
|28||Aurangabad, Nagpur, Pune, Mumbai/ Thane/ Navi Mumbai||Maharashtra|
|33||Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurgaon||Delhi -NCR|
|36||Bhatinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Patiala||Punjab|
|39||Chennai, Madurai, Tirunelvelli||Tamilnadu|
|42||Agra, Allahabad, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Varanasi||Uttar Pradesh|
|44||Hooghly, Kalyani, Greater Kolkata||West Bengal|
State Bank of India may arrange pre-examination training for SC/ST/Religious Minority Community candidates at certain centres as per the guidelines issued by Government of India. The initiative has been taken to assist such aspirants in preparations if they cannot afford to enroll themselves at coaching centers. The highlights of SBI PO Pre-exam training is given below.
SBI PO Pre-exam training is usually a 6-day program.
Pre-exam training for SBI PO 2021 is a kind of an orientation program for reserved and minority category candidates.
In the training sessions, candidates are taught of some important questions and topics.
The pre-exam training is conducted across India at different centers.
Candidates belonging to the above categories can avail the training at their own cost by indicating the same against relevant column while applying on-line. Please find below an indicative list of training centres:
|North India||South India||East India||West India|
SBI may add additional centres or may remove some of the centres indicated for training. Candidates opting for pre-examination training should download their call letter for training by entering their registration number and password/ date of birth from Bank's website. No hard copy of the call letter will be sent by post.
Candidates must download the SBI PO 2021 admit card from the official website of the bank as the hard copy of the SBI PO Admit Card will not be sent to the candidate via post. To login on the official website, the candidates will require the following:
• Registration No/Roll No
• Date of Birth/ Password
The admit card or call letter for SBI PO 2021 will be issued in 3 phases:
• Online Preliminary Examination
• Online Mains Examination
• Group Exercise and Interview
All results pertaining to SBI PO 2021 will be made available on the official website of State bank of India, the governing body for the SBI PO exam.
The SBI PO Result 2021 will be released after each phase of the exam has been completed. SBI PO Prelims Result decides the candidates’ eligibility for SBI PO Mains exam. A cumulative score of the mains exam and the interview process is considered to prepare the final merit list of selected students. The merit list is prepared in the descending order of marks obtained by candidates. Candidates who make it to the merit list will be given the appointment letter by the Bank of Candidate’s choice.
All candidates can check SBI PO 2020 (previous year) final result & cut-off by clicking on the link mentioned below:
SBI PO preparation must be done in a systematic manner, with latest exam pattern in mind. Since the syllabus covers a lot of topics, it is important to choose the right study material so that you can understand the concepts and practice a wide variety of questions as well.
SBI PO 2018 left everyone startled with the unexpected pattern. This is the reason we have decided to provide you with the relevant new pattern questions that were asked in the last year banking exams. New pattern questions are simply the application of concepts in a new form. You just need to practice them a lot so that you don't face issue in SBI PO 2021.
Candidates should go through previous year SBI questions, so that they have an idea of what to expect in SBI PO 2021. In fact, we have also provided you with an Study Plan for SBI PO Exam. This plan includes all the topics that may be asked this year.
SBI PO Cut-Off for year 2021 will be declared by State Bank of India after the result of each phase has been declared. Cut-Off for preliminary phase of examination will be declared after the result for the same has been declared. Similarly cut-off for SBI PO Mains Exam will be declared after the result for the same has been declared by State Bank of India.
To know the expected SBI PO Cut-Off, one must be aware of the Cut-Off for SBI PO 2020. Let's have a look at the same.
SBI PO Prelims Cut Off 2020
|Category||Prelims Cut-off (Out of 100 marks)|
|Economically Weaker Section (EWS)||56.75|
|Other Backward Caste (OBC)||56|
|Scheduled Caste (SC)||50|
|Scheduled Tribe (ST)||43.75|
SBI PO Mains Cut-Off
|Category||Main Exam Cut-Off (Out of 250)|
|D & E||63.25|
SBI PO Final Cut-Off
|Category||Fnal Cut-Off (Normalised to 100)|
|D & E||29.43|
Q. When is the SBI PO 2021 Notification expected to be out?
SBI PO 2021-22 Official Notification is expected to be released in the month of September / October, 2021.
Q. When is the SBI PO Exam to be conducted?
The exam date for SBI PO 2021 has not been released yet.
Q. What is the full form of SBI PO exam?
SBI PO stands for State Bank of India Probationary Officer. State Bank of India conducts SBI PO exam for recruiting Probationary Officers once every year. This is the most prestigious exam in bank category examinations.
Q. What is the application fee for SBI PO 2021 Exam?
Application fee for SBI PO 2021 exam varies according to the categories. For General/ OBC category it is INR 750 and Nil SC/ ST.
Q. Is the SBI PO Exam Bilingual?
Except the Descriptive Test for English Language, all the other tests are bilingual, i.e. available in both English and Hindi.
Q. Is there Negative Marking in SBI PO Exam?
Yes, there is negative marking for wrong answer in the objective tests of both Preliminary and Mains Exam of SBI PO 2021. One fourth of the total marks allotted for that question will be deducted for marking a wrong answer.
Q. Are there fixed timings for different sections?
Yes, Both in Prelims & Mains.
Q. Will the descriptive test be conducted offline?
No, the test will be conducted online only. Candidates are therefore advised to practice typing before they appear for the test.
Q. What is the exam pattern the descriptive test?
The descriptive test will consist of two questions which include letter and essay. The descriptive test is of maximum 50 marks and must be attempted within 30 minutes duration.
Q. How much marks has been allotted for PI & GD?
The maximum marks for Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) are 50 marks.