Highlights 2021

The State Bank of India or SBI is an Indian multinational, public sector banking and financial service company. SBI conducts exams every year to recruit eligible candidates for various posts like Probationary Officer (PO), Junior Associate (Clerical), and Specialist Officer (SO). SBI PO recruitment 2021 has been released by the State Bank of India for 2056 vacancies. SBI PO is considered as one of the best jobs in the banking industry therefore, it is advised to make the best use of this opportunity. The SBI PO Prelims exam is expected to be held in November 20,21 and 27, 2021. SBI has released SBI PO Prelims Admit Card 2021. You can dowload your admit card through your registration number and password.  SBI has also released Pre exam training for SC/ST/ Religious minority cadndidates who have opted for such trainig. They can also download their SBI PO Pre-exam trainig call letter through their registration number and password. Let's look at the highlights of the SBI PO exam 2021.

SBI PO Highlights 2021

Conducting AuthoritySBI
Official Website
Name of the Posts Probationary Officer (PO)
Mode of application Online
Stages of Exam Three Stages-
  • Phase 1- Preliminary Exam
  • Phase 2- Mains Exam
  • Phase 3- Interview OR Interview &
    Group Discussion (Depending on COVID-19 situation)
Maximum marks & Time duration
  • Phase 1- 100 marks, 1 hour
  • Phase 2-
    • • Paper 1 (Objective Test)- 200 marks, 3 hours
    • • Paper 2 (English Descriptive Test)- 50 marks, 30 minutes
  • Phase 3- 50 Marks
Opening Date for Submission of Online
October 05, 2021
Closing Date for Submission of Online
October 25, 2021
SBI PO Phase I (Preliminary)
Admit Card
November 08 to 27, 2021 (CLICK HERE)
SBI PO Phase I (Preliminary)
Online Examination
November 20, 21 & 27, 2021
Number of Vacancies 2056 (More Details)
Official Notification PDF Click Here

Notification 2021

SBI has just released SBI PO official notification 2021 for a total of  2056 vacancies. You can start applying for the same from October 05, 2021. Also, the SBI PO Prelims exam is going to be held in November/ December 2021 (tentatively). The official SBI PO notification 2021  consists of all the details regarding the admit card, SBI PO vacancy, application process, and other details. Also, you need to pay a specified online SBI PO application fee before the last date to avoid the cancellation of your candidature. Also if you belong to a reserved category, you can avail pre-exam training to get aware of the question level. 

Exam Pattern 2021

Being among the most awaited jobs, SBI offers great opportunities for career growth and thus the SBI PO exam 2021 cannot be taken lightly. Therefore, it is advisable to be aware of the exam format and exam pattern of SBI PO to avoid any errors later. The SBI PO exam pattern 2021 consist of three phases:

  • Phase 1 - Prelims Exam.
  • Phase 2 - Mains Exam.
  • Phase 3 - Interview / Group Exercise & Interview.

After all the phases of SBI PO are completed, the final list of the selected candidates will be released. Refer to the SBI PO exam pattern page for more insight on the exam pattern, marking scheme, language of exam and other details. Also, attempt online free test series of SBI PO to stay ahead in the race.

Exam Syllabus 2021

The SBI PO exam tests you on the basis of various subjects depending upon the phases, i.e Prelims & Mains. It is advisable to get hold of the complete SBI PO 2021 syllabus of all the subjects, so that you do not miss out on any important part and fall short of anything in your preparation phase.

It's very important that you are aware of the SBI PO exam syllabus for Prelims and Mains. A good book for SBI PO will ease your preparation journey. Further, if you need any sort of guidance, ixamBee online course for SBI PO is the way forward.

Exam Dates 2021

SBI PO official notification 2021 has been released. The SBI PO exam calendar has all the important info regarding exam date, admit card release, registration opening, and closing link. It was the most awaited notification of the year 2021. Interested candidates can apply for the SBI PO exam from October 05, 2021, to October 25, 2021. Further information on important dates on our SBI PO exam dates 2021 page. 

Also while filling the online application form, you need to choose the exam centre where the SBI PO online exam will take place. Choose the SBI PO exam centre wisely because you will not be able to change it at a later stage.

Salary 2021

One of the reasons why SBI PO is preferred by most of the students who wish to enter into the banking sector is because it is one of the largest public sector banks in our country. It will be a boost for any candidate’s career to associate with such brand name. The job of an SBI PO (Probationary Officer) is attractive as well as rewarding. The SBI PO salary in hand is around Rs 41,960/- (with four advance increments). SBI PO offers a dynamic job profile along with good career growth. So work harder and practice more to achieve your dream.

Eligibility Criteria 2021

In order to ensure a successful SBI PO application, it is extremely necessary to check the complete SBI PO eligibility criteria. SBI specifies certain eligibility criteria that need to be fulfilled by you if you wish to apply to the SBI PO exam. If you fail to fulfil any eligibility norms or do not lie in the prescribed SBI PO age limit you will be disqualified. More details on SBI PO eligibility can be inferred from our SBI PO exam dedicated inner page. 

Previous Year Cut-off

Being well prepared for any examination means being well-informed about it. Collecting all information related to the examination includes not only the syllabus and exam pattern, but knowing the previous year cut-off also prove very helpful and beneficial in the preparation. Below are the SBI PO previous year cut off for previous year.

Final Cut Off 2020-21: Mains & Interview

Given below is the category wise final cut off for the SBI PO exam. The list includes marks obtained by a candidate in the Mains and Interview

CategoryCut Off Marks
Mains (out of 250)Interview (out of 50)Final (normalised to 100)
General 88.93 20 51.23
SC 73.83 17.50 44.09
ST 66.86 17.50 41.87
OBC 80.96 17.50 45.09
EWS 84.60 20 45.35
LD 80.45 17.50 45.27
VI 93.08 17.50 51.55
HI 63.10 17.50 28.62
D & E 63.25 17.50 29.43

Cut Off 2020-21: Prelims

The detailed category wise cutoff for SBI PO Prelims is given below.

CategoryCut Off Marks
General 58.5
SC 50
ST 43.75
OBC 56
EWS 56.75

For more details on the previous year cut off refer to our SBI PO Previous year cutoff page. Also, have a look into SBI PO previous year exam analysis to gain an insight into question level difficulty and topic wise weightage.

Online Course 2021

ixamBee provides a detailed SBI PO 2021 Exclusive Online Course which enables the students to cover each and every topic that is given in the SBI PO exam syllabus. It is extremely important to work at your best in order to ensure success in the SBI PO exam 2021. Thus, the SBI PO Online course has been formulated by experienced educators - Ms.Arunima Sinha (Coach for Banking exams for 6 years, Ex-Manager SIDBI, Ex-Bank PO), Mr. Chandraprakash Joshi (ex-RBI GR B, MBA-Finance, PhD) and Mr. Karan Sardana (Coach for Bank, SSC, Insurance, Police MAT, CLAT Exams for 10 years). They have tried to incorporate all necessary information which is precise and all that is required for your preparation.

  • 350 + Videos covering the entire syllabus of Prelims and Mains Exam including videos on writing skills for Descriptive English.
  • 100+ videos out of total of 350 videos prepared exclusively for Mains examination
  • 125+ Study notes in PDF format 
  • 150 + Difficulty Based Chapter Tests 
  • 33 Full-Length Mock Tests (20 for pre, 8 for Mains and 5 for Descriptive English.
  • 8500 + practice questions 
  • Live Classes for doubt clarification with the subject experts.
  • Guidance for Group Discussion and Interview Rounds.


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Frequently Asked Questions


I am in the final year of my graduation. Am I eligible to apply?


Yes, those who are in the final year of their Graduation / Semester can also apply provisionally, subject to the condition that if called for Document Verification they will have to produce proof of having passed the Graduation examination on or before the date mentioned in the eligibility norms.


Is there any sectional cutoff in SBI PO Exam?


No, SBI PO has no sectional cut off. You have to score an overall cut-off decided by the bank in both prelims and mains exam.


Is SBI PO a transferable job?


Yes, SBI PO is a transferable job. You will be given a posting in your probation period and may further be transferred to a different area once you are permanent.


Will, I need to download a separate admit card for Prelims and Mains in the SBI PO exam?


Yes, SBI will provide a separate admit card for both Prelims and Mains. Also, Your Prelims Call letter will not be collected at the examination venue. However, you have to bring a duly authenticated “Original Preliminary Exam Call Letter (with Authenticated Copy of ID Proof)” at the time of SBI PO Mains exam 2021.


I have already appeared in the SBI PO 2021 exam four times. Am I eligible?


If you belong to the General stream and reach till mains every time, you will not be able to attempt the exam this time as you have exhausted your maximum number of attempts. However, if you have appeared only till Prelims, you are eligible. For more information on this please visit our notification section.