SBI PO Exam Shift Timings & Some Last Minute Tips


The SBI PO phase 1 exam will be held on December 17th/18th/19th/20th, 2022. It will be conducted for a total of 1673 vacancies all over India. In this article we’ll see more about the exam along with the SBI PO Exam Shift Timings 2022.

Exam Pattern of SBI PO exam 2022

Phase 1

The Preliminary Examination consisting of an Objective Test for 100 marks will be conducted online. The test will have 3 Sections (with separate timings for each section) as follows.

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Sr. No.TestMarksDuration
1English3020 Minutes
2Quant3520 Minutes
3Reasoning3520 Minutes
 Total1001 Hour

The Merit List will be based on the aggregate marks score in the Phase 1. There will be no sectional cut-off. Approximately 10 times candidates for each vacancy of each category will be eligible for the Phase 2 exam.

Phase 2

Phase 2 Examination will be conducted online and will consist of Objective Tests for 200 marks and a Descriptive Test for 50 marks. The Descriptive Test will be held immediately after the Objective Test and candidates will have to type their Descriptive Test answers on the computer.

There will be separate time for each section as follows:

TestName of the TestNo. of QuestionsMarksDuration
IReasoning & Computer Aptitude405050 Minutes
IIData Analysis & Interpretation305045 Minutes
IIIGeneral/Economic/Banking Awareness506045 Minutes
IVEnglish Language354040 Minutes
 Total1552003 Hours
Descriptive TestLetter Writing & Essay25030 Minutes
 Total 250 

SBI PO Exam Shift Timings 2022

The SBI PO Exam will be conducted on December 17th/18th/19th/20th, 2022. Due to the large number of applications, the exam is conducted in 4 shifts on each day. The SBI PO exam shift timings, 2022 as follows:

 Shift 1Shift 2Shift 3Shift 4
Reporting Time8 AM10:30 AM1 PM3:30 PM
Exam Starts9 AM11 AM2 PM4:30 PM
Exam Ends10 AM12 AM3 PM5:30 PM

SBI PO Exam Shift Timings for Mains 2022-23

As per the SBI Notification, the Mains exam is likely to be held in January/February 2023. Unlike the phase 1, this exam will be conducted on the same day in a single shift.

Exam Procedure & Other Instructions

1.      Upon reaching the exam centre, you will undergo a registration process.

2.      In the registration process, your photo will be taken & verified.

3.      After successful registration, you’ll be allotted a Seat Number.

4.      Candidates must carry his/her ball pen. Separate sheets will be given for rough work.

5.      During the exam, candidates must refrain from using the keyboard keys.

Other Important Dates

ActivityTentative Dates
Phase 1 Online Exam17th/18th/19th/20th of December, 2022
Declaration of ResultDecember 2022/ January 2023
Download Main Examination Call LetterJanuary 2023/ February 2023
Phase 2 Online ExamJanuary 2023/ February 2023
Declaration of resultFebruary 2023
Download Phase 3 Call LetterFebruary 2023 Onwards
Interview & Group ExercisesFebruary 2023/ March 2023
Declaration of Final ResultMarch 2023 Onwards

Last Minute Tips

The SBI PO Exam 2022 is just a few days away. Here are some of the last minute tips that can come handy during the exam.

1.      Do not rush through the questions. Read the question properly and then only submit an answer.

2.      Keep in mind that you have to answer 100 questions in 60 minutes. So, keep the pace of answering questions according to it.

3.      Do not go on guessing many questions as there is a negative marking scheme which can reduce your marks.

Apart from this,

1.      Bring your essential documents- like Admit Card with a photograph affixed on it, along with the identity card and its photocopy.

2.      Revise the important topics again and again before going to the exam.

3.      Refer to the Previous Year Questions once again to get used to the type of questions asked.

4.   For quick revision & clearing certain doubts, you can refer to this playlist of 0 se PO series on YouTube.

All the best!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Reporting Time in SBI PO Exam, 2022?

The SBI PO Exam, 2022 will be held in 4 shifts on 17th to 20th December, 2022. The Reporting Time for SBI PO Exam, 2022:
1. Shift 1 – 8 AM,
2. Shift 2 – 10:30 AM,
3. Shift 3 – 1 PM &
4. Shift 4 – 3:30 PM on all 4 days of the exam.

How much time is required to prepare for the SBI PO Exam?

A well planned study with a good mentor can help you prepare for SBI PO Exam in about 6 months. You can refer to our SBI PO Exclusive Course to better strategize your preparation.

How to save time in SBI PO Exam?

Practicing a lot of questions will help you to get used to the types of questions asked in the exam. Thi is how you can save time during the exam and solve more number of questions as compared to an average candidate.
You can have a look at the important topics of all the subjects in the exam before starting your preparation.

How many times can we attempt the SBI PO Exam?

Appearing in the Preliminary Exam is not counted as an attempt. Appearing in the Mains exam only is counted as an attempt.
For General / EWS, the maximum number of attempts are 4. And for General (PwBD) / EWS (PwBD) / OBC / OBC (PwBD) maximum number of attempts is 7. There are no restrictions on the number of attempts of SC / ST candidates. 

How many times does the SBI PO exam is held in a year?

There is no fixed criteria of SBI to conduct exams in a particular year. Mostly, the SBI PO Exam is conducted every year. However, there have been instances when the exam was held once every 2-3 years.
Keep checking the official SBI website or IxamBee exam page for SBI PO Exam to know more about the recruitment.

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