SBI PO Selection Process – SBI PO 2019 Selection Phases

SBI PO 2019 Selection Process consists of three phases. Check out State Bank of India Probationary Officer selection procedure details below here. SBI Probationary Officer job is prestigious, and so, all the aspirants should check the selection process details carefully.

The candidates, who are going to submit SBI PO Application Form must need to know the selection procedure so they can prepare well for the examination.

The selection for Probationary Officers will be made through a three-tiered process as described below.

SBI PO Phase-I: Preliminary Exam

Preliminary Examination consisting of Objective Tests for 100 marks will be conducted online. The test will have of 3 Sections (with separate timings for each section) as follows:

SL Name of Test No. of Questions Marks Duration
1. English Language 30 Total Maximum marks 100 20 minutes
2. Quantitative Aptitude 35 20 minutes
3. Reasoning Ability 35 20 minutes
Total 100 1 hour

Selection criteria for the SBI PO Main Examination

Category wise merit list will be drawn based on the aggregate marks scored in the Preliminary Exam. There will be no sectional cut-off. Candidates are numbering ten times the numbers of vacancies (approx.) in each category will be shortlisted for Main Examination from the top of above merit list.

SBI PO Phase-II: Main Examination

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 the Descriptive Test by typing on the computer. The Descriptive Test will be administered immediately after completion of the Objective Test.

1. Objective Test: The objective test of 3 hours duration consists of 4 Sections for total 200 marks. The objective test will have separate timing for every section.

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


2. Descriptive Test: The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with two questions for 50 marks will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay).

Selection criteria for SBI PO Group Exercise and Interview

Category wise merit list will be drawn based on the aggregate marks scored in the Main Examination. There will be no sectional cut-off. Candidates numbering up to 3 times (approx.) of the category wise vacancies will be shortlisted for the Group Exercise & Interview from the top of the category wise merit list subject to a candidate scoring the minimum aggregate qualifying score.

The penalty for Wrong Answers (Applicable to both – Preliminary and Main Exam): There will be a penalty for wrong answers marked in Objective Tests. For each question for which the candidate has given a wrong answer, 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 the candidate marks no answer, there will be no penalty for that question.

SBI PO Phase-III: Group Exercises (20 Marks) & Interview (30 Marks)

Candidates qualifying for GE & Interview under the ‘OBC’ category would be required to submit OBC certificate containing the ‘Non-Creamy layer’ clause. Candidates who have registered themselves as OBC but do not submit OBC ‘ Non-Creamy layer’ certificate and request to be interviewed under General category will not be entertained.

SBI PO Final Selection

The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added for preparing the final merit list for selection. Only the scores obtained in Main Examination (Phase-II), both in the Objective Test and the Descriptive Test, will be added to the marks obtained in GE & Interview (Phase-III) for preparing the final merit list. The candidates will have to qualify both in Phase-II and Phase-III separately.

Marks secured by the candidates in the Main Examination (out of 250 marks) are converted to out of 75 marks, and Group Exercises & Interview scores of the candidate (out of 50 marks) are converted to out of 25 marks. The final merit list is arrived at after aggregating (out of 100) converted marks of Main Examination and Group Exercises & Interview. Selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category.

Results of the candidates who qualify for Main Examination and Group Exercise & Interview as well as the final select list will be made available on the Bank’s website.

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