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SBI PO Exam Pattern



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Every year SBI conducts exam for Probationary officers in three phases described as below:


Phase I- Preliminary Examination:

Preliminary Examination consisting of Objective Tests for 100 marks is conducted online. This test is of 1-hour duration consisting of 3 Sections as mentioned below: 



      Name of Test

 No.of Questions


   Time Alloted


   English Language



 Composite Time of

 1 hour


   Quantitative Aptitude




   Reasoning Ability









Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing passing marks (which is decided by the Bank). As per cutoff marks decided by the Bank, candidates in each category will be shortlisted for the Main Examination (approx. 20 times the numbers of vacancies).


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 are conducted online. Immediately after completion of Objective Test, Descriptive Test will be administered. Candidates will have to answer Descriptive test by typing on the computer. 


(i) Objective Test:

The Objective Test of 3-hour duration consists of 4 Sections with Total 200 marks as detailed below:


    Name of test

   No. of Questions


 Time Alloted


 Reasoning & Computer    Aptitude



 60 minutes


 Data Analysis  &            Interpretation



 45 minutes


 General/Banking  Awareness



 35 minutes


 English Language



 40  minutes





 3  hours

 The candidates are required to qualify in each of the Tests by securing minimum qualifying marks.


(ii) Descriptive Test:

The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with 50 marks will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay).

The candidates are required to qualify in the Descriptive Test by securing qualifying marks, as decided by the Bank. 

Descriptive Test paper of only those candidates will be evaluated   who have scored minimum qualifying marks in the Objective Tests and are placed adequately high as per total marks in objective test

Marking scheme and penalty for wrong answers

For correct answers:  1 mark
For wrong answers : -0.25 marks
For not attempted  :  0 (no marks)

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

The marks of candidates qualifying in both the Objective Tests and Descriptive Tests is aggregated for deciding the final list of candidates for Group Discussion and Personal Interview (GD & PI). From each category the candidates who score above the qualifying marks (as decided by the Bank) will be called for Group Discussion and Personal Interview (GD & PI).

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


Final Selection

The candidates will have to qualify both in Phase-II and Phase-III separately.
Marks secured by the candidates in the Written Test and GD & PI will be converted as follows: 

    Exam Phase 

    Total Marks

  Converted To

   Written  Test                                      



   G.D & PI                                 






Marks in the Written Test (out of 250 marks) are converted to out of 75 and marks secured in Group Discussion & Personal Interview (out of 50 marks) are converted to out of 25. The final merit list is arrived at after aggregating converted marks of the Written Test, (both Objective Test and Descriptive Test) and in the GD & PI.

Phase-III selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category. Results of the candidates who have qualified for GD & Interview and the list of candidates finally selected will be made available on the Bank's website.



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