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SBI PO Exam Pattern 2021: Check Pattern & Selection Process


SBI PO Exam Pattern 2021: The State Bank Of India (SBI) has released the SBI PO exam pattern along with the release of notification. SBI PO is conducted in 3 phases, namely, Preliminary, Mains, and Interview. The SBI PO Prelims will be conducted online in various designated centres from November 20 to 27. Therefore, to ace the exam and get your dream job, is it important to be aware of the SBI PO Exam Pattern and the syllabus. In the article, we have provided you with accurate information on the SBI PO Exam Pattern and preparation tips that will help you to crack the exam easily.

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Check Detailed SBI PO Prelims & Mains Syllabus Here

SBI PO Exam Pattern 2021

SBI PO is one of the most important exams for all banking job aspirants. Let us first have an overview of the exam before moving on to the detailed SBI PO Exam Pattern 2021:

Conducting Authority State Bank of India
Name of Post Probationary Officer (PO)
Notification Release Date  October 04, 2021
Selection Process Prelims, Mains & Interview
Maximum Marks Prelims: 100
Mains: 200
Descriptive Test: 50
GD: 20
PI: 30
Duration SBI PO Prelims: 1 Hour
SBI PO Mains: 3 Hours
Negative Marking 1/4th marks will be deducted for each wrong answer
Mode of Exam Online
Language English or Hindi

SBI PO Selection Process 2021

As mentioned above, the SBI PO Selection Procedure involves three stages:

a. SBI PO Prelims or Preliminary Exam
b. SBI PO Mains
c. Personal Interview/ Group Discussion

SBI PO Prelims Exam Pattern 2021

SBI PO Preliminary exam has 3 sections, i.e. English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning. Each section will have Multiple Choice Questions and the total time duration is 1 hour. We have tabulated the exam pattern below:

Sections Total Questions Maximum Marks Duration
English Language 30 30 20 mins
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20 mins
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 mins
Total 100 100 60 mins/ 1 hr

Important Information: There is a sectional time limit of 20 minutes for each section, and no extra time is awarded. All aspirants must complete a particular section within 20 minutes only. 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.

Shortlisting for Mains Exam: All candidates who successfully clear the prelim cut off released by the conducting body are selected for the Mains exam.

SBI PO Mains Exam Pattern 2021

The Mains exam pattern for SBI PO will have 2 levels. Objective and descriptive tests and will be held on the same day.

SBI PO Mains Objective Test

Sections Total Questions Maximum Marks Duration
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
English Language 35 40 40 minutes

No of Questions: 155
Max Marks: 200
Total Time Duration : 3 hours

SBI PO Mains Descriptive Test

The Descriptive Test will be of 30 minutes duration. It will be a 50 marks test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay). This test is just qualifying in nature.

SBI PO Interview Pattern

All candidates who qualify in the Mains exam will be called for a Group Discussion and Personal Interview sessions (GD-PI). The GD session will be held among 4-5 candidates where a random topic will be given, and candidates will be given a specified time wherein they will have to express their views. For the PI round, a panel of selectors will address the candidates based on their past experiences. Questions from GK, GS, and the banking sector will be asked.

SBI PO Final Selection

After the written exams, GD and PI rounds will be conducted. The conducting body will shortlist candidates based on the marks obtained by them in Mains and Interview round. They will compile a final merit list and allot branches as per the candidates’ choice preference. The allotment of the city and branch solely depends on the selectors and the conducting body.

SBI PO Preparation Tips

SBI PO is a competitive exam as the number of aspirants are humongous. Being an all India level exam, it requires a lot of strategy and planning. A candidate must prepare each section separately and solve a sufficient amount of questions. To ace the exam, you must be good at all the sections of the Prelims and Mains exams. Knowing the SBI PO syllabus and taking SBI PO mock tests regularly will help in scoring better marks.

FAQs on SBI PO Exam Pattern 2021

Here are some frequently asked questions on SBI PO Paper Pattern:

Q: When was the SBI PO 2021 notification released?

A: The notification for SBI PO was released on October 4, 2021.

Q: Is there any negative marking in the SBI PO exam?

A: Yes, for both Prelims and Mains exams, 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.

Q: Is there a sectional cut-off for each section in the SBI PO exam?

A: No, the authorities have removed the sectional cut-off. Only overall cut-off will be taken into consideration.

Q: Are the marks scored in the SBI PO Prelims exam considered for the final selection of Probationary Officers?

A: No, Prelims marks are only to shortlist candidates to appear for the Mains exam. The Mains and Interview marks will be taken into consideration for the final selection.

That was all about SBI PO Exam Pattern 2021. Candidates are advised to start their preparation early to get the top scores in the exam. Embibe offers interactive learning videos and topic-wise practice questions for the SBI PO exam. Through the world’s most intelligent AI-based educational platform, we offer calibrated feedback based on your performance. Know the preparation tips and take our free mock test today.

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