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SBI PO 2018 |Recruitment Exam, Application form, Eligibility

SBI PO Exam 2018

State Bank of India conducts various examinations for posts lying vacant with their branches all over India. Every year there are more than 2000 posts notified in the category of Probationary Officers and Clerical level posts. But Specialist officers’ vacancies are less in number and are seldom notified.  SBI PO and Clerical level posts are advertised every year in the month of May/June. Last year SBI notified around 2400 PO vacancies in the month of February.
Large number of aspirants applied for the SBI PO 2017 Exam. It is one of the most desired competitive exams in India as it is offering a prestigious career option to the candidates looking for banking and government sector jobs.
Looking back we are expecting a huge number of SBI PO vacancies in the month of May/June 2018 for SBI PO 2018 Exam schedule. Candidates from all over India apply for these posts. Only graduates can apply for the post of SBI PO 2018. Those who are planning to appear in the upcoming SBI PO 2018 exam can find complete details on the official website to update with the further details regarding the Probationary Officer Examination conducted by SBI.

SBI PO Notification 2018

The official notification of  SBI PO on  February(Tentative) . The Online Registration for SBI PO  is from  February  to  March  2018(Tentative). The mode of examination  is online. Pre-Exam  is  held on April. Main Examination will be held on  June 2018(Tentative).
The candidates eligible and interested can register themselves online for the said post on the official
The selection process has 3-levels consisting of Preliminary and Main Exams which will be conducted online, followed by Interview. Candidates have to pass each exam to get shortlisted and proceed to the next stage. Final selection will be on the basis of the rank scored in the Mains and Interview.

SBI PO Vacancies 2018

Every year more than 20 lakh aspirants appear for the SBI Bank PO examination. The official notification of SBI PO 2018 would be released. The Online Registration for SBI PO 2018 will start from February 2018. There are 2000 vacancies for the post of probationary officer.
  • Available Posts: 2000 Vacant Posts
  • Names of Vacant Positions: Probationary Officers (PO)

SBI PO 2018 Exam Dates

The important dates for SBI PO  2018 are as follows:
On-line registration with Edit/Modification of Application by applicants
February-March  2018
Application Fees/Intimation Charges Online Payments
February-March  2018
Download SBI PO Preliminary Exam call letter
April 2018
Tentative Date SBI PO Preliminary Exam Date
April-May 2018
Tentative Date Declaration of SBI PO Preliminary Exam Result
May 2018
Tentative Date Download SBI PO Call Letter for Main Exam
May 2018
Tentative Date SBI PO Mains Exam
June 2018
Tentative Date  Declaration of SBI PO Mains Exam Result
June 2018
Tentative Date Declaration and download of SBI PO Interview Call Letter
June 2018
Tentative Date  of Group Exercise & Interview
July 2018
Tentative Date for the Declaration of Final Result
October 2018

SBI PO Exam Centre

The SBI PO exam  is held online at various centres all over India and the candidates can mention their options at the time of filling in the online application. Though there is non-availability of seats at preferred venues yet SBI allots an  exam centre other than the choices made by a candidate. 

Selection Procedure 

The selection process of SBI PO consists of 3 phases (preliminary, mains and interview).  The candidates must qualify each of them to go on to the next phase.
The important steps of the SBI PO Recruitment Procedure are as follows:
•Online Preliminary Examination:
Sufficient number of candidates in each category is shortlisted by SBI depending upon  the requirements for Online Main Examination
Online Mains Examination:
Candidates need to qualify each  section as well as the overall cut-off in the main exam to be eligible for interview but in the year 2017 there is no Sectional cut off in SBI PO mains exam.
•Group Exercise/Interview:
The Participating Organizations will hold an Interview. The qualifying marks in Group Exercises & Interview will be as decided by the Bank. Group exercises account for 20 marks while Interview accounts for 30 marks.
•Final Result:
The Final result is declared on the basis of candidate’s overall performance in SBI PO Mains and Interview Rounds.
•Provisional Allotment:
The provisional allotment of the eligible candidate is released on the official website. The SBI allots Location  to the candidates on the basis of the preferences they have made at the time of the online registration.

SBI PO Exam Pattern

The selection process of SBI PO consists of 3 phases (Preliminary, Mains and Group Exercise/Interview).  The candidates must qualify each of them to go on to the next phase. .
SBI PO Prelims Exam Pattern
The SBI PO preliminary examination is of one hour duration and is conducted online. It has 3 sections with having 100 questions in total with a maximum score of 100 marks. There is negative marking in SBI PO pre exam as 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer. Candidates must clear the sectional cut-off to qualify for the SBI PO Main exam. The section-wise details are given below:
Name of Tests(Objective
No. of Questions
Maximum Marks
English Language
Composite time of 1 Hour
Numerical Ability
Reasoning Ability

SBI PO Mains Exam Pattern
Main Examination  will consist of Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 50 marks. Both the  Objective and Descriptive Tests will be online. Candidates will have to answer Descriptive test by typing on the computer. Immediately after completion of Objective Test, Descriptive Test will be administered.
I.Objective Test: The objective test of 3 hours duration consist  of 4 Sections for total 200 marks. The objective test will have separate timing for every section. The candidates are required to qualify in each of the Tests by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.
Name of Tests(Objective
No. of Questions
Maximum Marks
Reasoning and  Computer Aptitude
60 minutes
Data Analysis & Interpretation
45 minutes
General/Economy/Banking Awareness
35 minutes
English Language
40 minutes
180 minutes

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 passing  marks, to be decided by the Bank.
SBI PO Interview
The aggregate  marks of candidates qualifying in both the Objective Tests and Descriptive Test will be arranged  indescending  order in each category. Adequate number of candidates in each category, as decided by the Bank will be called for Group Exercises and Interview. The qualifying  marks  in Group Exercises &Interview will be as decided  by the Bank.
Candidates qualifying for Group Exercises & Interview  under 'OBC' category would be required to submit OBC certificate  containing  the 'Non Creamy layer' clause. Candidates  not submitting the OBC certificate containing  the 'Non Creamy layer' clause and  requesting to be interviewed under General category will not be entertained.

Penalty for Wrong Answers:
A penalty for every incorrect answer will be marked in the Objective Tests of both Preliminary and Mains exams. Every wrong answer will be penalized by deducting 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question. There will be no penalty for leaving a question blank, i.e. in case no answer is marked by the candidate.
Final Score Calculation for SBI PO Exam:
There are certain important points on the basis of which the final score for the SBIPO exam is calculated:
• Marks scored in the Preliminary Exam (Tier-1) will not be considered in the final score. These are only taken into account to qualify Mains Exam (Tier-2).
• Candidates need to qualify Phase-2 and GE/Interview individually to be eligible for final worth.
• The ratio of marks between Main exam and interview for final merit list will be 80:20 respectively.
• The candidates will have to qualify both in Phase-II and Phase-III separately. Marks secured by the candidates in the Written Test (out of 250 marks) are converted to out of 75 and marks secured in Group Exercises & Interview (out of 50 marks) are converted to out of 25
• The final merit list is arrived at after aggregating converted marks of Written Test and Group Exercises &Interview out of 100 for each category. The selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category.
• Results  of  the candidates who have qualified for Group Exercises & Interview and the list of candidates finally selected will be made available on the Bank's website. Final select list will be published in Employment News/Rozgar  Samachar  and also in Bank’s website.

SBI PO Syllabus 2018

SBI PO syllabus is much similar to that of any other bank exam. There are three major sections that a candidate needs to prepare to ace the preliminary exam. These are Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language. The sections have a wide range of topics on which questions are based

SBI PO Prelims Exam Syllabus 2018

This comprises of Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language.
Reasoning AbilityQuantitative AptitudeEnglish Language
Logical ReasoningSimplificationReading Comprehension
Alphanumeric SeriesProfit & LossCloze Test
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet TestMixtures &AlligationsPara jumbles
Data SufficiencySimple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & IndicesMultiple Meaning / Error Spotting
Coded InequalitiesWork & TimeFill in the blanks
Seating ArrangementTime & DistanceMiscellaneous
PuzzleMensuration – Cylinder, Cone, SphereParagraph Completion
TabulationData Interpretation
SyllogismRatio & Proportion, Percentage
Blood RelationsNumber Systems
Input OutputSequence & Series
Coding DecodingPermutation, Combination &Probability


SBI PO Mains Exam Syllabus 2018

The Mains Examination  of  SBI PO   consists of  5 sections: Reasoning & Computer, English Language, Data Analysis & Interpretation, General Awareness, and Descrptive Test(LetterWriting &Essay).
Data Analysis & interpretation
English Language
General/Economy/ Banking Awareness
Computer Awareness
Verbal Reasoning
Tabular Graph
Reading Comprehension
Financial Awareness
Line Graph
Current Affairs
Circular Seating Arrangement
Pie Chart
General Knowledge
Keyboard Shortcuts
Linear Seating Arrangement
Bar Graph
Verbal Ability
Static Awareness
Computer Abbreviation
Double Lineup
Radar Graph Caselet
Word Association
Banking and Financial Awareness
Microsoft Office
Missing Case DI
Sentence Improvement
Computer Hardware
Input Output
Let it Case DI
Para Jumbles
Computer Software
Blood Relations
Data Sufficiency
Cloze Test
Operating System
Directions and Distances
Error Spotting
Ordering and Ranking
Permutation and Combination
Fill in the blanks
Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies
Data Sufficiency
Coding and Decoding
Code Inequalities
Course of Action
Critical Reasoning
Analytical and Decision Making

SBI PO Eligibility Criteria - 2018

Educational Qualification
Graduation Degree: The eligibility criteria for the SBI exam is graduation degree in any of the streams such as BA, B.Com, BSc, B.Tech, etc., from a University recognized by the Government of India. Candidate who possesses same qualification from the university recognized by the Central Government is also eligible to apply for this exam.
Candidates should have a valid Mark-sheet / Degree: 
Certificate which supports that they are graduates on the day they were registered for the exam.
The percentage of marks obtained in Graduation should be mentioned at time of registration for the SBI-PO examination.
Computer Literacy: Knowledge of computer operation is a must as SBI  PO exam is conducted online.
Language Proficiency: Candidates should have verbal and written proficiency in official language of the State/UT. The candidate should be able to read, write and speak the language.
Nationality / Citizenship of Applicants:
Candidates applying for SBI PO Examination should be one of the following:

1. Citizen of India
2. Subject of  Nepal or  Bhutan
3. Tibetan Refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanent settlement
4. Person of Indian Origin (PIO) who has migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam or East African countries of Zaire, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Ethiopia, Malawi, with the intention of permanent settlement in India
Candidates belonging to the category 2, 3, 4 must have a certificate of eligibility issued by the Govt of India in their favour.
Age Eligibility of candidates applying for SBI PO Examination:
Candidates applying for the SBI examination should be of 20 years old but not more than 30 years old at the time of registration. Besides this, there is age relaxation relevant to category wise candidates as per the government rules:
Age Relaxation
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST)
5 years
Other Backward Classes (OBC Non-Creamy Layer)
3 years
Persons with Disabilities (PWD)
10 years
Ex-Servicemen (Army personnel)
5 years
Persons with Domicile of Jammu &Kashmir during the period of 1-1-1980 to 31-12-1989
5 years


SBI PO Pre-Exam Training

Bank may arrange pre-examination training at certain centres for SC/ST/Religious Minority Community candidates in consonance with the guidelines issued by Government of India. Candidates belonging to the above categories who desire to avail themselves of such training at their own cost may indicate to that effect against relevant column while applying on-line. An indicative list of training centres is given below :
The Bank may add additional centres or may delete 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 07.04.2018  onwards from Bank's website. No hard copy of the call letter will be sent by post.

Candidates belonging to above-mentioned categories can undergo training by signifying the same against relevant column, at the time of applying on-line.
The pre-exam training is free of cost with other expenses like travel, food and lodging expenses are incurred by the candidate. Generally, it is conducted for five days before the exam and the dates are announced on the official website. Please find below an indicative list of training centres:
North IndiaSouth IndiaEast IndiaWest India
AmritsarCoimbatoreBehrampur (Ganjam)Bhopal
KarnalMysorePatnaPanaji (Goa)
LucknowPort BlairRanchiPune
New DelhiThiruchirapalliShillongRajkot

SBI PO Online Application

The registration for SBI PO Exam 2018 will be done online. In order to avoid any technical errors please make sure that the web-browser used to fill up the SBI PO 2018 Application form is one of the following:
  • Internet Explorer 8 and above
  • Mozilla Fire Fox 3.0 and above
  • Google Chrome 3.0 and above
  • Candidates applying online must have the following pre-requisites:
  • A valid Email Id
  • Photograph and Signature scanned in the prescribed size
  • Application Fee must be paid online so all document required for online transaction
  • The SBI  PO 2018 application form can only be filled on the official website.
  • Before proceeding with the registration and application process, all candidates are requested to go through the complete guide for SBI PO Online Application

SBI PO Application Fee

The category wise application fees for SBI PO exam 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 please check the complete guide for SBI PO Application
Sr. No.CategoryApplication Fee
1SC/ST/PWDRs.100/- (Intimation Charges only)
2General and OthersRs. 600/- (App. Fee including intimation charges)


SBI PO 2018 Admit Card & Call Letter

Candidates can download the SBI PO 2018 admit card from the official website SBI  because 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 will be made available March  2018 SBI PO  Exam. The admit card or call letter for SBI PO 2018 will be issued in 3 phases:
  • Online Preliminary Examination
  • Online Mains Examination
  • GE/Interview
  • The link to download the admit card will be provided on this page. Candidates are advised to check the details on the admit card before downloading.

SBI PO 2018 Results

The results of SBI will be released after completion of each Phase of Examination. The Final Merit state wise and category wise List shall be prepared in descending order of the marks secured by the candidates in the Online Main Examination and interview. Candidates who fall within the number of vacancies in the merit list shall be considered for appointment subject to Medical Fitness.

SBI PO Preparation

Candidates must prepare in a systematic manner for SBI PO exam. The candidates should be aware of the latest syllabus and exam pattern. The syllabus covers various topics, it is important to choose the right study material so that you can understand the concepts and practices a wide variety of questions as well.

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 2018.
Candidates must go through previous  year IBPS questions, so that they have an  idea of what to expect in SBI PO 2018.
We are providing you all study notes, quizzes and Video lectures for SBI PO Exam 2018 with latest Pattern. It is advisable to  Follow Make My Exam to get all Study Material in New Pattern apart from self study you can join any Coaching and Online Test Series for better exam preparation.

Salary of SBI PO

Presently, the starting basic pay is Rs. 27,620/- (with 4 advance increments) in the scale of Rs.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 would be a minimum of Rs. 7.93 lacs and  maximum of Rs 12.95 lacs


SBI PO Cut off – 2017

SBI PO Pre Exam Cut off -2017
The cutoff for SBI PO Preliminary Exam 2017 is shown below for reference:
Reasoning Ability
Quantitative Aptitude
SBI PO Mains Exam Cut off  2017
The cut off for SBI PO Mains Exam 2017 is shown below for reference:
Reasoning Ability
Quantitative Aptitude



  • Is the SBI PO exam Bilingual?
  • All tests conducted by SBI are bilingual, i.e. available in both English and Hindi
  • Is there Negative Marking?
  • For every wrong answer, there is negative marking in the objective tests of both Preliminary and Mains Exam of SBI PO 2018. One fourth of the total marks allotted for that question will be deducted for marking a wrong answer.
  • Are there fixed timings for different sections?
  • Not in Prelims, Yes in Mains

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