SBI PO Exam Pattern

SBI PO Exam Pattern 2021

Being among the most awaited jobs, SBI offers great opportunities for career growth and thus the SBI exam 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 2021 will be conducted in three phases:

  • Phase 1 - Prelims Exam.
  • Phase 2 - Mains Exam.
  • Phase 3 - GD & Interview.

After all the phases of SBI PO are completed, the final list of the selected candidates will be released.

SBI PO Prelims Exam Pattern 2021

The SBI PO Prelims 2021 will be an online test consisting of three sections - English Language, Reasoning Ability and Numerical Ability respectively, not in any fixed order. You do not have any option to switch to another section in between unless the time for that section is exhausted.

SL. No.Name of TestNo. of QuestionsMarksDuration
1. English Language 30 100 20 Minutes
2. Quantitative Aptitude 35 20 Minutes
3. Reasoning Ability 35 20 Minutes
Total 100 100 1 hour

  • There is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer. It means that for one incorrect answer, one-fourth of the marks allotted to that question will be deducted.
  • There is no sectional cut-off in the SBI PO Prelims. The overall score in all three sections will be considered for selection.

SBI PO Mains Exam Pattern 2021

Once the SBI PO exam for Prelims is over, those who are able to qualify will appear in the SBI PO Mains exam. The SBI PO Mains exam will consist of 4 sections: English Language, Data Analysis & Interpretation, Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude and General / Economy / Banking Awareness respectively. Apart from this objective test, the SBI PO Mains exam also consists of a ‘Descriptive Test’ of 30 minutes duration in which English writing skills will be tested. Thus, the total time duration of the SBI PO Mains exam will be 3 hours 30 minutes. 

(i) Objective Test

The Objective Test of SBI PO Mains exam consists of four sections namely: English Language, Data Analysis & Interpretation, Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude, and General / Economy / Banking Awareness. Weightage is different for each section in SBI PO Mains. For complete details on the SBI PO mains exam pattern refer to the table below.

SL. No.Name of TestNo. of QuestionsMarksTime Alloted
1. Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
2. Data Analysis Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
3. General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
4. English Language 35 40 40 minutes
Total 155 200 3 hours

(ii) Descriptive Test

The Descriptive Test of the SBI PO Mains 2021 will be held in continuation with the Objective one, though the test will be evaluated only for those who manage to score qualifying marks in the SBI PO objective test. 

Descriptive TestMarksTime Duration
Letter Writing & Essay 50 30 Minutes

  • There will be a similar kind of negative marking in the SBI PO Mains exam, where 0.25 or 1/4th marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.
  • There will not be any sectional cut-off in the SBI PO Mains Exam too. 

SBI PO Phase 2021: Group Discussion & Personal Interview

If you are able to qualify for the SBI PO Mains 2021 exam, then you will be called for Phase 3, i.e. Group Discussion (GD) & Personal Interview (PI), in the ratio of 3:1 with respect to the vacancies, where you will have to participate in group exercises and face an interview board. The qualifying marks or cut-off for this round will be decided later and the distribution of marks for both is given below.

Group Discussion 20
Personal Interview 30
Total 50

SBI PO Final Selection 2021

After all the three phases of the SBI exam 2021  is complete, a final merit list will be declared depending upon the number of vacancies in SBI PO recruitment. The list of selected candidates will be given, based on their scores in the SBI PO Mains and Interview round. 

Exam PhaseTotal MarksConverted To
Written Test 250 75
G.D & PI 50 25
Total 300 100

SBI PO Marking Scheme

SBI PO Exam Pattern

SBI PO exam 2021 marking scheme is the same for both Prelims and Mains. In the SBI PO exam for every incorrect answer, 1/4th of the marks will be deducted whereas for every correct answer 1 mark will be allotted. The details for SBI PO 2021 marking scheme is given below.

SBI PO Marking Scheme

SBI PO 2020 Marking SchemeConsidered Marks
For correct answers 1 mark
For wrong answers -0.25 or 1/4th marks
For not attempted 0 (no marks)

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Frequently Asked Questions


Students appearing in final of graduation are eligible for SBI PO recruitment?


Yes, those who are in the final year of their Graduation / Semester can also apply provisionally, subjected 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 exam.


Can I choose Hindi language as the medium in SBI PO  2021 Exam?


Yes, SBI PO  2021 Exam is bilingual (i.e, Hindi & English). You can choose your preferred language either Hindi or English, except in the English Language section.


 Is the SBI PO  2021 Examination ONLINE or OFFLINE ?


The SBI PO  2021 Exam will be in online mode.


Is there any sectional CUT-OFF in SBI PO 2021 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.


Is there a limit of the number of attempts in the SBI PO Exam?


Yes. The applicants are allowed to appear for the SBI PO examination for a fixed number of times depending on the category, which will be indicated in the official notification.


What is the age limit for the SBI PO?


The minimum age of the candidates must be 21 years & maximum age should be 30 years.


What is the meaning of EWS category?


EWS category refers to 'Economically Weaker Sections'. The Central Govt. has introduced this reservation for Economically Weaker Sections among the General category of candidates.This provision was introduced to provide 10% reservation in higher education and government jobs to those who although belong to General category but:  * their gross family annucal income lies below 8 Lakh.  * if the agricultural land owned by their family is less than 5 acres. * if the residential flat owned by the family is less than 1000 sq.ft. * if the residential plot owned by the family is less than 100 sq. yards (in notifiied municipalities) & less than 200 sq yards in other than notififed municipalities.

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