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SBI PO 2018 Selection Procedure

Updated On - March 16th 2018

SBI PO (State Bank of India Probationary Officers Test) is conducted in order to recruit Probationary Officers in various branches of State Bank of India throughout the nation. Candidates who desire to be appointed as Probationary Officer are expected to clear all the 3 stages of the test to be called for an interview session.

The first stage of SBI PO Selection Process is SBI PO Preliminary Examination. Candidates have to qualify Prelims in order to proceed on to the next stage i.e. SBI PO Mains examination.

Candidates who qualify the SBI PO Mains examination will be called for the 3rd stage where he/she will sit for a group discussion (GD). The candidates who appear for group discussion are then called for personal interview, on the basis of which final merit list of selected candidates is released.


SBI PO 2018 Selection Procedure 

SBI PO selection procedure is done on the basis of Preliminary Examination, Mains Examination, Group Discussion and Personal Interview. Preliminary examination would be held in last week of April and first week of May, 2018 which will consist of 3 sections (English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability).

After clearing the prelims according to the cut off set by the Bank, candidate will proceed to SBI PO Mains examination. This examination will carry 2 parts (Objective Test and Descriptive Test).

Candidates will have to qualify in the mains test to proceed to the final stage of Group Discussion and Interview Session to get through final merit list.


SBI PO Preliminary Examination 

Preliminary Examination of SBI PO 2018 examination comprises of 3 sections- English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability. The questions will be asked as Objective Type Multiple Choice where candidate will have to mark 1 correct answer out of 4 given options.

Candidate will be awarded with 1 mark for every correct answer but 0.25 marks will be deducted out of each wrong answer, however, no marks will be deducted for an unattempt question. Time allotted to complete Preliminary examination will be 1 hour only.

It is very important for candidate to clear all the three sections of SBI PO Preliminary Examination 2018 in order to get through the next stage i.e. SBI PO Mains Examination 2018.

Following table elaborates on the three sections of preliminary examination of SBI PO Examination 2018

SBI PO Pre SectionNo. of QuestionsMaximum marksDuration
English language30 Questions30 marksComposite time of 1 hour (60 minutes)
Quantitative aptitude35 Questions35 marks
Reasoning ability35 Questions35 marks
Total100 Questions100 marks

SBI PO Mains Examination 

SBI PO Mains examination is divided into 2 sections- Objective Test and Descriptive Test. Both the sections are conducted online. Objective test has a duration of 3 hours duration and Descriptive test has to be completed in 30 minutes.

Objective Test section includes topics such as Reasoning and Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis and Interpretation, General/Economy/Banking Awareness and English Language.

Candidate’s Letter Writing and Essay Writing capabilities are assessed in the Descriptive Test.

SBI PO Objective Test 

Candidate selected after the first stage of SBI PO Preliminary Examination will proceed to sit for another 2 parts examination i.e. SBI PO Mains Examination. First part in this examination is Objective Test which will be conducted for a total of 100 marks. 1 mark will be rewarded to each correct answer while 0.25 marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer.

Four sections of the Objective Test have to be solved within 3 hours duration by the candidate. These 4 sections are Reasoning and Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis and Interpretation, General/Economy/Banking Awareness and English Language.

The table below explains the structure that will be followed in the SBI PO Mains Examination- Objective Test

SectionsNo. of QuestionsMaximum marksTime duration
Reasoning and computer aptitude45 Questions60 marks60 minutes
Data analysis and Interpretation35 Questions60 marks45 minutes
General/economy/banking awareness40 Questions40 marks35 minutes
English language35 Questions40 marks40 minutes
Total155 Questions200 marks3 hours (180 minutes)

SBI PO Descriptive Test 

Candidates may note that the Descriptive Test would begin soon after the conduct of SBI PO Objective Test. Objective test will consists the questions based on English Language (Letter Writing and Essay Writing).

Descriptive test will also be conducted online. The total marks allotted for descriptive test is 50 marks and duration of the test is 30 minutes.

It is important to note that answer sheet of descriptive test will be checked for those candidates who qualify in the Objective Test. Those who qualify in the SBI PO Mains examination will be going for the final stage of Group Discussion and Interview session.

Group Discussion and Interview (GD & PI) 

Candidates will be called for group discussion after they qualify through the cut off set by bank with regards to the SBI PO Mains examination 2018. After going through the group discussion session, candidates will be called for personal interview which will test personality of the candidate along with the qualifications and other qualities.

Final merit list will be prepared after the board conducts all the interviews and candidates will be recruited after their documents have been successfully verified.

SBI PO 2018 Final Selection Process 

Final selection of the candidate will be based on the score obtained in the SBI PO Mains Examination 2018 and weightage to Group Discussion and Interview session will be given. Final merit list is prepared on the basis of the marks secured in SBI Mains and GD & PI.

Candidates will be selected only if they successfully pierce through the last 2 stages of SBI PO selection procedure i.e. SBI PO Mains Examination and Group Discussion & Interview Session. Marks secured by the candidates in the Written Test (out of 250 marks) will be converted to out of 75 marks and marks secured in Group Discussion and Interview (out of 50 marks) will be converted to out of 25 marks.

Final merit list will be prepared after aggregating converted marks of Written Test and Group Discussion & Interview out of 100 marks for each category. Candidates from top merit rank in each category will be selected.

List of candidates who will qualify in group discussion and interview session will be uploaded on the official website by the Bank.

Important Documents SBI PO 2018 Selection Process 

A candidate will be recruited only after he/she has cleared all the stages of SBI PO Examination and the documents as specified by the Bank have been duly verified. Candidate is advised to carry original documents as well as photocopies of the documents (self-attested).

Here is a list of documents that a candidate must carry with him/her for verification:

  • Candidate must carry a copy of printout of Interview Call Letter.
  • Proof of Date of Birth (as specified in SSC/class 10th certificate)
  • Printout of System generated Online SBI PO Application Form.
  • Photo Identity Proof accepted by State Bank of India (Aadhar Card, Driving License, etc.)
  • Mark Sheets and Certificates of Graduation or equivalent qualification.
  • Caste certificate for SC/ST/OBC category candidates issued by competent authority as designated by Government of India. Candidates falling under creamy layer or their name not appearing in the Central List of OBCs can apply under General category only.
  • Disability certificate issued by the District Medical Board in case of persons with disability must be carried along with the other documents.
  • Ex-Servicemen are required to produce a copy of the Service or Discharge book besides pension payment order and documentary proof of rank previously / currently held at the time of interview.
  • Certificate of Experience must be produced.
  • Citizens/Subjects of other countries except India /PIOs are required to submit a certificate of eligibility issued by Government of India.
  • Candidates seeking age relaxation under the category of Original Jammu & Kashmir residents during the insurgency period from January 01, 1980 to Dec. 31, 1989, are require to submit a domicile certificate issued by District Jurisdiction or any authorized body of Govt. of Jammu and Kashmir during the interview process.

Vacancies in SBI PO 2018 

Every year State Bank of India releases number of vacancies available throughout the nation for the post of a Probationary Officer in State Bank of India. The following flow chart represents the total vacancies in SBI PO 2018 recruitment

SBI PO Selection Procedure

For the year 2018, following table explains the number of vacancies for General category as well as reserved categories (SC/ST, OBC, and PwD)


In the following flow chart, the backlog vacancies under SC, ST and OBC category are represented. However, these have already been included in the table above.

SBI PO Selection Process

The following table represents the backlog vacancies


Candidates must note that vacancies reserved for OBC category is only applicable for Non-Creamy layer. Those who are categorized as creamy layer of OBC must apply through general category.

Vacancies for Persons with Disabilities

Vacancies for OH, VI & HI category candidates are reserved horizontally. Also, vacancies for both General as well as Reserved Categories are provisional, bank may apply any changes which will be made available on the official website. The total reserved seats under this category is 60.  The following pie-chart represents the vacancies under PwD categories

SBI PO Selection Procedure

The following table mentions the representation of the SBI PO 2018 vacancies under PwD category

Orthopedically Handicapped (OH)25
Visually Handicapped (VH)25
Hearing Impaired (HI)40

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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