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SBI PO Selection Process 2023: Prelims, Mains & Interview


SBI PO Selection Process 2023: The State Bank of India prescribes the selection procedure for SBI Probationary Officers (PO) in its official notification. Candidates planning to apply for this position should be aware of the selection process in order to pass the exam with ease. The hiring process involves three stages, namely, the Preliminary exam, Mains exam, and Psychometric Test (Group Discussion/Interview).

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The bank conducts the PO Prelims and Mains exam online. The Prelims exam is qualifying in nature. However, the candidate’s performance in the Mains exam and Interview round will be used to create a final merit list. Read on to know more.

SBI PO Recruitment Phases 2023

The SBI PO 2023 notification is expected to be released soon. The following are the phases for the selection of Probationary Officers:

Candidates who will obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the prelims exam will be eligible to attempt the mains exam. Similarly, those who obtain the minimum cut-off in the mains exam will qualify for the final phase, i.e. Interview.

SBI PO Selection Phase 1: Prelims Exam

The first stage for SBI PO 2023 recruitment is the Prelims exam. The Prelims exam has three sections: English, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning Ability. The total time duration of the examination is one hour.

The questions will be multiple choice, with the applicant selecting one correct answer from a list of five. The candidate will receive one mark for each correct response, but 0.25 marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer; however, no marks will be subtracted for an unattempted question. Check the detailed Preliminary exam pattern from the below table:

SectionsNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksSectional Duration
English Language30 30 20 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude35 35 20 minutes
Reasoning Ability3535 20 minutes
Total100100 60 minutes

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  • 3rd Step: Click on the menu bar “Getting a Government Job” 
  • 4th Step: Select the Goal “Banking” from the Dropdown and click on “Next”.
  • 5th Step: Search and Select “SBI PO Prelims” on the search bar and click on “Next”.
  • 6th Step: Select the preferred language and click on “Done”.
  • 7th Step: Click “Practice” from the Header Section.
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SBI PO Selection Phase 2: Mains Exam

Candidates who successfully clear the SBI PO Preliminary Exam will only be eligible to attend the Mains Exam. This exam consists of an objective & descriptive section. 

  • The objective test will include a total of 155 questions covering four sections.
  • The time duration for the objective test will be three hours.
  • There will be a sectional time for the objective test.
  • For each incorrect response, 0.25 marks will be deducted.
  • The descriptive test will include 2 questions to be completed in a duration of 30 minutes.
  • The descriptive test will be held right after the objective test.

Check out the revised Mains pattern from the table below:

Name of Tests (Objective)No. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude405050 minutes
Data Analysis & Interpretation305045 minutes
General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness506045 minutes
English Language354040 minutes
Total1552003 hours
Descriptive Test (Letter Writing and Essay Writing)025030 minutes
Total1572503.5 hours

SBI PO Selection Phase 3: Group Discussion and Interview

A candidate who passes both the SBI PO 2023 Prelims and Mains exams will be invited to a GD-PI session, where they will be interviewed by a panel of selectors regarding their previous experience and questions about General Knowledge and the Banking Sector will be asked. It is critical for a candidate to pass the interview process in order to be selected for the PO post. 

Check the distribution of marks for this round in the below table:

Name of the TestMaximum Marks
Group Discussion20

Documents Required for SBI PO Selection Process 2023

Here is the list of essential documents that the applicants must carry for document verification. Candidates must ensure they bring original documents as well as self-attested photocopies. They must carry the following documents:

  • Printout of SBI PO Interview Admit Card.
  • Proof of Date of Birth (as specified in SSC/class 10th certificate)
  • Hard Copy of Online SBI PO Application Form.
  • Identification Proof with Photograph accepted by SBI (Aadhar Card, Pan Card, etc.)
  • Educational Documents 
  • Caste certificate as per the categories issued by competent authority as designated by the Government of India. (if applicable)
  • A disability certificate issued by the District Medical Board in case of persons with a disability must be carried along with the other documents. (if applicable)
  • 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 the interview.
  • Experience Certificate
  • Documents related to the Nationality of the candidate (if applicable)
  • Documents related to Age Relaxation (if applicable)

Quick Links –

SBI PO RecruitmentSBI PO Notification
SBI PO Application FormSBI PO Salary

FAQs on SBI PO 2023 Selection Process

Here are a few frequently asked questions and answers to clear candidates’ queries related to the SBI PO recruitment process.

Q: How many stages are there in the SBI PO selection process?

A: The SBI PO selection procedure consists of three phases.

Q: What are the stages of the SBI PO recruitment process?

A: The SBI PO selection procedure consists of Prelims, Mains, and a Psychometric Test.

Q: What is the total number of questions asked in the SBI PO Prelims exam?

A: The total number of questions asked in the SBI PO Prelims exam is 100.

Q: What is the total duration of the SBI PO Mains exam?

A: The total duration to complete the SBI PO Mains exam is 3 hours and 30 minutes.

Q: On what basis is the final selection done in SBI PO?

A: The final selection for SBI PO depends on Phase 2 and Phase 3. The marks of the Mains exam and the Psychometric Test will be added for preparing the final merit list.

We hope this detailed article on the SBI PO Selection Process 2023 will be helpful. If you have any queries regarding this article or the exam, feel to check our app.

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