State Bank of India prescribes the eligibility requirements for candidates to participate in the SBI PO (Probationary Officer) recruitment process. Parameters like age limit, educational background, reservation, category, nationality, etc. are the major components that collectively form SBI PO eligibility criteria. Candidates applying for the SBI PO examination must meet all the conditions without fail.
The conducting authority reserves the right to reject the applications that don’t fulfill the eligibility requirements of SBI PO. Hence, candidates must check the eligibility criteria before proceeding with the SBI PO application form submission. SBI also specifies the relaxation criteria for different categories of candidates in terms of age, academic qualification, number of SBI PO exam attempts, etc.
For instance, candidates belonging to unreserved category must fall in the age bracket of 21 years to 30 years. However, there is a relaxation of 5 years for SC and ST candidates. In addition, every candidate must hold a graduation degree (in any field) to fulfill the basic qualification criteria for SBI PO exam. Read this article to get updated information on SBI PO eligibility criteria 2020.
Candidates must ensure that they fulfill the mandatory conditions before applying for the SBI PO exam. Every single criterion stated under the SBI PO eligibility requirements is important and those who fail to meet the same cannot proceed ahead for the SBI PO recruitment process. The authority can cancel the candidature of ineligible applicants at any stage of selection procedure.
The parameters that come under SBI PO eligibility criteria include:
These are specified below in detail:
Age Limit and Relaxation
Candidates who apply under the unreserved category must ensure that they fall in the age range of 21 to 30 years as on April 1, 2020. It means that the aspirants who are born before April 2, 1989 and after April 1, 1998 are ineligible to apply for SBI PO 2020. The category-wise age relaxation is mentioned in the table below:
Category-wise Age Relaxation in SBI PO Exam
|SC (Schedule Caste)/ST (Schedule Tribe)||5 Years|
|Kashmiri Migrants (with domicile of J&K from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 1989)||5 Years|
|People from families affected in 1984 riots||5 Years|
|Other Backwards Classes (OBC) from Non-Creamy Layer*||3 Years|
|Persons with Disabilities (PWD) – SC or ST||15 years|
|PWD – General or EWS||10 years|
|PWD – OBC||13 years|
|Emergency Commissioned Officers, Ex Servicemen or Short Service Commissioned Officers who have been in the military service for 5 years and completed their assignment and have physical disability||5 years|
*Candidates belonging to the OBC category with a family income of less than Rs. 8 lakh per annum can avail benefits of OBC-NCL category.
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Candidates must belong to any of the following nationalities to fulfill the SBI PO eligibility criteria:
Note – Candidates belonging to the categories mentioned in point 2, 3, 4 must have a certificate of eligibility issued by the Govt. of India in their favor.
Candidates aspiring to apply for SBI PO must possess the below-mentioned educational qualifications:
Minimum Marks in Qualifying Exam
State Bank of India has not described any minimum percentage requirement in graduation for the SBI Probationary Officer (PO) exam. However, candidates must pay heed to the below given key facts pertaining to percentage of marks in qualifying exam:
Some other conditions that come under SBI PO eligibility criteria 2020 are as follows:
SBI has specified the eligibility requirements on the basis of candidates’ category, which are mentioned below:
As per the available vacancies in SBI PO recruitment process 2019, the percentage of seats reserved for various categories can be calculated as below:
SBI PO Reservation Scheme
|Categories||Number of Vacancies|
|OBC (Non Creamy Layer)||27%|
|Economically Weaker Section (EWS)||10%|
|General (Unreserved Category)||40.5%|
Note – A 4% horizontal reservation is applicable on the total number of available seats every year. In SBI PO 2019-20 recruitment, there were 2000 vacancies out of which 80 seats were reserved for candidates having benchmark disabilities. It means that a candidate selected against the PwD category will be placed in his/her respective category by making the necessary adjustments.
SBI has implemented reservation rules for candidates with physical disabilities and the eligibility norms for them are decided as per the same. Let’s look into the ground facts of these categories:
PwD (Persons with Disability) Category
According to Section 34 of Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act (RPWA), 2016, it is stated that the candidates with benchmark disabilities will get 4% reservation. Refer to the below given details regarding the disabilities of the candidates that come under this act:
Candidates that come under OA and OAL category
These persons have normal bilateral hand functions and come under below given disabilities:
Visually Impaired (VI) Persons
Persons with visual impairment with any of the below given conditions post correction can apply for SBI PO:
Hearing Impaired (HI) Persons
Other types of disabilities
SLD, MI etc are among other disabilities and the candidates are categorized accordingly while deciding their eligibility. These are as under:
Candidates must remember the fact that the reservation benefits are applicable for those who produce disability certificates issued by a Competent Authority as per the rules and regulations laid down by the Government of India. The concerned authority will indulge into proper verification of the certificate.
Talking about the number of times that the candidates are allowed to appear for the SBI PO examination, a few guidelines have been laid down for different categories. These guidelines are:
Go through the below given table to understand the same:
Number of Attempts in SBI PO Exam (Mains & GD-PI)
|Category Type||Number of Attempts Allowed|
|SC or ST||No Limit|
|SC(PWD) or ST (PWD)||No Limit|
State Bank of India is yet to release the SBI PO recruitment advertisement 2020. The table given below comprises the details of SBI PO seats available for various categories in previous year.
SBI PO Vacancies 2019
|Categories||Number of Vacancies|
|OBC (Non Creamy Layer)||540|
|Economically Weaker Section (EWS)||200|
|General (Unreserved Category)||810|
State Bank of India is the concerned authority that is responsible for prescribing SBI PO eligibility criteria along with reservation rules in compliance with the directives of Government of India.
No. Candidates who fall under the general category cannot get any relaxation in age while applying for SBI PO exam. The age of general candidates should lie between 21 to 30 years to participate in the SBI PO recruitment process.
Yes, as per the SBI PO eligibility requirements, candidates with Nepal citizenship can apply for the SBI PO exam. But you must have a certificate of eligibility issued by the Govt. of India in your favor.
As per section 34 of Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act (RPWA), 2016, 4% reservation is fixed for the candidates with benchmark disabilities.
There is no limitation of attempts for SC, ST, SC (PwD) and ST (PwD) candidates. They can apply as many times as they aspire to until they cross the defined age criteria.
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