SBI PO Exam Pattern

SBI PO Exam Pattern:  State Bank of India Probationary Officer Exam Pattern Details.

SBI PO Exam Pattern is of Three Phases – Phase I, Phase II & Phase III.

Phase I: Preliminary Examination

  • An online Preliminary Examination will be conducted, comprising an Objective Test with a total of 100 marks. The test will consist of three sections, each with separate timings, as outlined below:
S.No. Name of test No. of Questions Marks Duration
1. English Language 30 30 20 minutes
2. Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20 minutes
3. Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 Marks  1 hour


Selection criteria for Main Examination:

  • A merit list will be prepared based on categories, taking into account the aggregate marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination. There won’t be any sectional cut-off. Approximately ten times the number of vacancies in each category will be shortlisted for the Main Examination from the top candidates on the aforementioned merit list.

Phase II: Main Examination

  • The Main Examination will be held online and will include Objective Tests carrying 200 marks and a Descriptive Test worth 50 marks. The Descriptive Test will take place promptly after the completion of the Objective Test, and candidates are required to type their responses for the Descriptive Test on the computer.

(i) Objective Test: The duration of objective test is 3 hours, and it consists of 4 Sections of total 200 marks.
There will be separate timing for every section.

Sl Name of test No. of Questions Marks Duration
1. Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 40  60 minutes
2.  Data Analysis & Interpretation 30  45 minutes
3.  General/Economy/Banking Awareness 50  35 minutes
4.  English Language 35  40 minutes
   Total  155  200  3 hours


(ii)Descriptive Paper: The Descriptive Test of  30 minutes duration with 50 marks will be of “Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay)”.

Penalty for Wrong Answers (Applicable to both – Preliminary & Main Examination): 

  • There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, 1/4th of marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. if no answer is marked by candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

Sectional Marks will not be maintained for both Preliminary & Main Examinations.

Phase III: It Comprise of (i) Psychometric Test (ii) GROUP EXERCISE & (iii) INTERVIEW

  • Category wise merit list will be drawn on the basis of the aggregate marks scored in Phase-II (Main Exam). There will be no sectional cut-off. Candidates numbering up to 3 times (approx.) of the
    category wise vacancies will be shortlisted for Phase-III from the top of the category wise merit list subject to a candidate scoring the minimum aggregate qualifying score, as decided by the Bank.

Psychometric Test:

The Bank will conduct Psychometric test for personality profiling, of those candidates who will be shortlisted for Phase III. Finding of the test may be placed before the Interview panel for having a thorough perspective on the candidates.

Maximum Marks 20 30 50
  • The minimum qualifying marks will be as decided by the Bank.
  • Candidates who qualify for Phase-III under the ‘OBC’ category must furnish an OBC certificate that includes the ‘Non-Creamy layer’ clause. Applicants who have registered as OBC but fail to submit the OBC ‘Non-Creamy layer’ certificate and request an interview under the General category will not be considered.
  • Candidates qualifying for Phase-III under the EWS category are mandated to provide an EWS certificate issued based on gross annual income for the financial year 2022-23, following the DoPT guidelines. Those who have registered as EWS but do not submit the required EWS certificate based on gross annual income for the financial year 2022-23, in accordance with DoPT guidelines, and request an interview under the General category will not be accommodated.

Final Selection:

  • The candidates will have to qualify both in Phase-II and Phase-III separately. The marks obtained in Main Examination (Phase-II), both in the Objective Test and the Descriptive Test, will be added to the marks obtained in Phase-III for preparing the final merit list. The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added for preparing the final merit list for selection
The marks obtained by the candidates in Phase-II (Main Examination both Objective & Descriptive Tests) and Phase-III (Group Exercise & Interview) will be normalized to 100 marks as detailed below
Test Main Exam Group Exercise & Interview Total
Maximum Marks 250 50 300
Normalized Marks 75 25 100



The final merit list is determined by consolidating the converted marks (out of 100) from both Phase-II and Phase-III. Selections will be made from the highest-ranked candidates in each category based on the merit list.

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