State Bank of India (SBI) organizes the recruitment process for the post of Probationary Officers (PO) every year across the country. The conducting authority is yet to declare the SBI PO examination schedule for this year. SBI PO 2020 selection process contains three phases, namely:
Aspirants who clear all the three stages shall be posted as ‘Probationary Officers’ across various branches of SBI.
SBI PO Prelims is the primary step wherein the candidates have to qualify an objective-type paper containing three sections – Reasoning Ability, English Language and Quantitative Aptitude. Candidates who qualify this phase can proceed for the Mains exam which consists of both objective and subjective papers.
The last step of SBI PO selection process is ‘Group Discussion and Personal Interview’ that carries one fourth of total weightage while calculating the marks for final selection. After the candidates have qualified all the three rounds of SBI PO 2020 selection process, they need to get their documents verified by the concerned SBI officials. Read this page further to understand the complete selection process of SBI PO 2020.
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Candidates need to qualify the Prelims, Mains and GD & PI to get selected as Probationary Officers in SBI. Delve deeper into all three phases of SBI PO selection process through the information furnished below:
Stage I: SBI PO Preliminary Exam
SBI PO Preliminary test contains three sections – Quantitative Aptitude, English Language and Reasoning Ability. It is an objective-type paper consisting of a total 100 questions. Candidates will get 60 minutes to solve the paper. Each right answer credits one mark to the score and each wrong answer is penalized with a deduction of 0.25 mark. There’s no deduction of marks for unattempted questions.
Sectional Weightage in SBI PO Prelims
|Sections||Number of Questions||Marks||Time Duration (minutes)|
Stage II: SBI PO Mains Exam
SBI PO Mains exam includes objective and descriptive tests, both of which are held online. Objective-type paper contains 155 questions of 200 marks while the descriptive test consists of 2 questions (Essay & Letter Writing) of 50 marks. Time allotted for the objective paper is 3 hours and candidates get 30 minutes to complete the descriptive test.
A total of four sections are covered in the objective test:
Through the descriptive test, the authority assesses the essay and letter writing skills of the candidates. The descriptive paper is held just after completion of the objective exam.
Structure of SBI PO Mains Objective Paper
Candidates must explore the below given table to learn about sections and section-wise questions, marks and time allotment for each section in the SBI PO Mains objective test:
Sectional Weightage in SBI PO Mains (Objective-type Paper)
|Sections||Number of Questions||Marks||Time Duration (minutes)|
|Reasoning and Computer Aptitude||45||60||60|
|Data Analysis and Interpretation||35||60||45|
Structure of SBI PO Mains Descriptive Test
Descriptive test of SBI PO Mains examination starts just after the objective test. Candidates must note the below given points about the descriptive exam:
SBI PO Prelims and Mains – Marking Scheme
The conducting authority has set a penalty of 1/4th mark for each wrong answer, which is applied to both Preliminary and Mains examination.
Marking Scheme of SBI PO Prelims & Mains Exams
|Parameters||Prelims Marking Scheme||Mains Marking Scheme*|
|For every correct answer||+1||Not defined|
|For every incorrect answer||-0.25||1/4th of total marks of the question|
|For unattempted questions||0||0|
*In the descriptive test of SBI PO Mains exam, there shall be no negative marking applicable.
Stage III: Group Discussion and Personal Interview (GD-PI)
The authority considers the aggregate marks obtained by the test takers in the Mains exam to shortlist the candidates who are eligible to participate in GD-PI rounds. No provision of section-wise cut off is there. Category-wise merit list is prepared and the shortlisted candidates need to participate in Group Discussion and Personal Interview round. Through this process, the authority assesses the overall personality, communication skills, IQ level, logical thinking, etc. The key points of this GD and PI round are as follows:
As stated above, the conducting authority prepares the merit list on the basis of candidates’ scores in Mains exam and GD-PI round. The key factors of final selection procedure are mentioned below:
Candidates who clear all the three rounds of SBI PO 2020 selection process have to go through the document verification procedure. The concerned authority instructs candidates to bring a certain list of documents in original and photocopies:
Candidates seeking to crack this highly reputed SBI PO recruitment exam must be acquainted with the cutoff trends of last year. The cutoff score varies minimally each year and having an idea of SBI PO cutoff score helps candidates benchmark a score they need to obtain in upcoming SBI PO exam.
SBI PO Cutoff 2019
|Category||Prelims cutoff (Out of 100 marks)||Mains cutoff (Out of 250 marks)||Final cutoff (Out of 100 marks)|
State Bank of India publishes the number of vacancies in SBI PO exam advertisement every year. These vacancies depend upon the category of the candidates. The authority holds the right to make changes in the number of vacancies anytime throughout the process of recruitment. 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||Reservation|
|OBC (Non Creamy Layer)||540||27%|
|Economically Weaker Section (EWS)||200||10%|
|General (Unreserved Category)||810||40.5%|
Note – A total of 4% horizontal reservation remains 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 a candidate selected against the PwD category will be placed in his/her respective category by making the necessary adjustments.
SBI PO selection process contains three stages namely Prelims, Mains and Group Discussion & Personal Interview. Candidates must clear each phase of SBI PO selection process to qualify for the subsequent stage.
Yes, there is a deduction of 1/4th of the total marks for every wrong answer in the objective test of SBI PO Mains exam.
Yes, the authority releases category-wise SBI PO Prelims cutoff score that the test takers must attain to qualify for the SBI Mains exam.
Group Discussion & Interview is the final stage of SBI PO selection process. SBI assesses the overall performance of the candidates in Mains and GD & PI and then prepares the final merit list.
SBI Prelims is the qualifying exam to get the ticket to Mains. The weightage of SBI PO Mains examination and GD- PI round is 75% and 25% respectively.
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