SBI PO 2020: About
The State Bank Of India conducts the SBI PO exam every year for the recruitment of Probationary Officers (PO) across all its branches in India. The SBI PO 2020 Notification is expected to release in the month of August/ September 2020, announcing around 2200 vacancies (tentative) for the post of Probationary Officers. The SBI PO 2020 notifcation was earlier expected to release in the month of April. But due to the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus and nationwide lockdown the exams are now postponed. Owing to the goodwill attached to the name of the bank (SBI) and career growth opportunities it offers, lakhs of candidates will apply for the SBI PO 2020 exam.
SBI PO is considered as one of the most premium jobs in the Banking sector and millions of applicants across India apply for this exam. It offers a prestigious career option for candidates looking for banking and government sector jobs. Only graduates can apply for the post of SBI PO. In the article, we will bring you all the important information about SBI PO 2020 exam.
SBI PO 2020 Important Dates
The tentative schedule of events for SBI PO 2020 is as under:
|SBI PO 2020 Online Registration
(including Editing/ Modification of Application)
|August/ Sepetember, 2020|
|Payment of Application Fee/ Intimation Charges||August/ Sepetember, 2020|
|Release of Admit Card for SBI PO Prelims||To be Announced|
|SBI PO 2020 Preliminary Exam||To be Announced|
|Declaration of SBI PO 2020 Preliminary Exam Result||To be Announced|
|Release of Call Letter for Online Main Examination||To be Announced|
|SBI PO 2020 Main Exam||To be Announced|
|Declaration of SBI PO 2020 Main Exam Result||To be Announced|
|Release of Call Letter for Group Exercises & Interview||To be Announced|
|SBI PO 2020 Group Exercises & Interview||To be Announced|
|Declaration of SBI PO 2020 Final Result||To be Announced|
SBI PO 2020: SBI PO Vacancies
The SBI PO Recruitment 2020 notification is yet to be released. We will update the list of vacancies for the post of Probationary Officer once the official notification is released.
SBI PO 2020: No. of Vacancies
|Category||No. of Vacancies|
|General||To be Announced|
|SC||To be Announced|
|ST||To be Announced|
|OBC*||To be Announced|
|EWS^||To be Announced|
|Total||To be Announced|
|LD#||To be Announced|
|VI#||To be Announced|
|HI#||To be Announced|
|D&E#@||To be Announced|
SBI PO 2020: SBI PO Salary
The starting basic pay is Rs. 27,620/- (with 4 advance increments) in the scale of 23700-980/7-30560-1145/2-32850-1310/7-42020 applicable to Junior Management Grade Scale I.
The official will also be eligible for D.A, H.R.A/ Lease rental, C.C.A, Medical and other allowances & perquisites as per rules in force from time to time. The total compensation per annum on CTC basis be a minimum of 8.20 lacs and maximum of 13.08 lacs depending on the place of posting and other factors.
SBI PO 2020: SBI PO Eligibility Criteria
Candidates are required to meet the following eligibility criteria for the post of SBI PO:
SBI PO Eligibility Criteria
(as on 31st August 2020)
|Graduation in any discipline from a recognised University or any equivalent qualification recognised as such by the Central Government.
Those who are in the Final Year/ Semester of their Graduation may also apply provisionally subject to the condition that, if called for Interview, they will have to produce proof of having passed the graduation examination on or before 1.07.2020.
Candidates having Integrated Dual Degree (IDD) certificate should ensure that the date of passing the IDD is on or before 31.08.2020. Candidates possessing qualification of Chartered Accountant may also apply.
(as on 1st April 2020)
|Applicants should not be below 21 years and not above 30 years as on 01.04.2020, i.e., candidates must have been born not later than 01.04.1999 and not earlier than 02.04.1990 (both days inclusive).
The age relaxation for different categories are as follows:
|OBC (Non-Creamy Layer)||3 years|
|Persons with Disabilities (PWD) – SC/ST||15 years|
|Persons with Disabilities (PWD) – OBC||13 years|
|Persons with Disabilities (PWD) – GEN/EWS||10 years|
|Ex Servicemen, Commissioned officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/ Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) who have rendered 5 years military service and have been released on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within 6 months from the last date of receipt of application) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency or physical disability attributable to military service or invalidment.||5 years|
|Persons Ordinarily domiciled of the state of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989||5 years|
|Language Proficiency||The candidate should be proficient in reading, writing or speaking the official language of his State/UT.|
|Nationality||Candidates applying for SBI PO 2020 Exam should be one of the following:i) Citizen of India
ii) A subject of Nepal or Bhutan
iii) Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Vietnam or from East India countries of Kenya, Tanzania, Zaire, Uganda, Ethiopia, Zambia, Malawi with the intention of settling permanently in India.
iv) Tibetan Refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanent settlement.
– Candidates belonging to categories ii, iii or iv must possess a certificate of eligibility issued by the Govt of India in their favour.
SBI PO 2020: SBI PO Application Form
Check out the steps to fill the SBI PO 2020 Application Form below:
- 1st Step: Go the official website of SBI PO: sbi.co.in
- 2nd Step: Go to the top right corner of the screen and click on “CAREERS Click Here”.
- 3rd Step: Click on “Latest Announcements”.
- 4th Step: Click on “Download Advertisement (English)” for the official notification and “Apply Online” for the SBI PO 2020 Application Form.
- 5th Step: Click on “Click Here for New Registration”.
- 6th Step: Read the instructions carefully and click on “Continue”.
- 7th Step: Enter your basic details, like Name, Mobile Number, and Email ID.
- 8th Step: Enter the security code and click on “Save & Next”. At this point, a Provisional Registration Number and Password will be generated for you and sent through SMS and Email. Note them down.
- 9th Step: Upload scanned images of your Photograph and Signature in the prescribed specifications, and click on “Next”.
- 10th Step: Enter the post you applied for, your category, and other personal details. Enter your postal address along with PIN code. Validate the details and click on “Save & Next”.
- 11th Step: Enter your educational and experience details, etc. Validate them and click on “Save & Next”.
- 12th Step: Check all the entered details. If everything is correct, check the box against the declaration statement. Also, confirm your signature. Click on “Final Submit”.
- 13th Step: Upload scanned image of hand-written declaration in the prescribed format.
- 14th Step: Make payment of your SBI PO 2020 application form and take a print out of the application form and confirmation page for future reference.
SBI PO 2020 Application Fee
SBI PO 2020 application fee is to be paid online. Fee/intimation charge is non-refundable and non-transferable for any future exam. The category-wise application fee for SBI PO 2020 is as under:
|SBI PO 2020: Application Fee|
|SC/ST/PWD||Rs. 125 (Intimation charges only)|
|General/OBC/EWS||Rs. 750 (Inclusive of intimation charges)|
Note: Applicants can pay the application fees through Credit card, Debit card, and Internet Banking, Mobile Wallet/Cash Card, and IMPS. It is to be noted that there is no offline payment of the application fee.
Requirement Of Scanned Documents
When applying for the exam, aspirants need to upload scanned images of their Photograph, Signature, Left Thumb Impression and a Hand-written Declaration. The requirements are as under:
- Photograph: Your photograph should be a recent one and passport-sized. Its dimension should be 200 pixels x 230 pixels and the size of the photograph should be 20-50 kb.
- Signature, Left Thumb Impression, and Hand-Written Declaration: Aspirants signature should be in black ink on a white paper. Left Thumb Impression should be in black or blue ink on a white paper. Hand-Written Declaration should be written in English with black ink on a white paper. The dimension of the said documents should be 140 pixels x 60 pixels and the size of the documents should be 10-20 kb.
SBI PO 2020: SBI PO Selection Process & Exam Pattern
SBI PO exam follows a three-tier selection process. Candidates are required to get through each of the stages to reach on to the next level. The stages involved in the selection of aspirants are as under:
- 1st Stage: SBI PO Preliminary Exam
- 2nd Stage: SBI PO Main Exam
- 3rd Stage: Group Exercises and Interview
SBI PO Exam Pattern For Prelims
- (a) The SBI PO Preliminary exam is an objective type test and is conducted for one hour.
- (b) The exam has 3 sections having a total of 100 questions with a maximum score of 100 marks.
- (c) For each wrong answer, there is a negative marking of 0.25.
- (d) In order to qualify for the SBI PO Mains, candidates must clear the minimum qualifying marks as set by the authorities.
The SBI PO exam pattern for Prelims is as under:
|SBI PO Prelims Exam Pattern|
|Sections||Total number of questions/Maximum marks||Time Duration|
|English Language||30/30||1 hour where the three sections are separately timed – 20 minutes allotted for each section|
SBI PO Exam pattern For Mains
- (a) SBI PO Mains has two parts – Objective and Descriptive.
- (b) The Objective Test is of 200 marks and the Descriptive Test carries 50 marks.
- (c) Both of these tests are conducted online.
- (d) The Descriptive Test will be conducted right after the completion of the Objective Test on the same day.
- (e) The SBI PO Mains Objective Test is of 3 hours duration and consists of 4 sections carrying a total of 200 marks.
- (f) The Objective Test has separate timings for every section.
The SBI PO Mains exam pattern is as under:
|SBI PO Mains (Objective): Exam Pattern|
|Sections||Total number of questions/Maximum marks||Total time duration|
|Reasoning and Computer Aptitude||45/60||60 minutes or 1 hour|
|Data Analysis and Interpretation||35/60||45 minutes|
|Banking/General/Economy Awareness||40/40||35 minutes|
|English Language||35/40||40 minutes|
SBI PO descriptive test carries 50 marks with a time duration of 30 minutes. This section tests your English writing skills as it contains Letter Writing and Essay.
SBI PO Group Exercises & Interview
- (a) Candidates 3 times the number of vacancies available in each category will be shortlisted for Group Discussion & Personal Interview.
- (b) The Group Exercises will be conducted for 20 marks and 30 marks will be allotted for the Interview.
- (c) Candidates qualifying for Group Exercises and Interview under the ‘OBC’ category would be required to submit OBC certificate containing the ‘Non-Creamy Layer’ clause.
SBI PO Final Selection
- (a) The authorities will not consider the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination for preparing the final merit list.
- (b) Only the marks obtained in the Main Examination (both in the Objective Test and the Descriptive Test) and in Group Exercise and Interview will be considered for preparing the final merit list.
- (c) The candidates will have to qualify both in the Prelim and Main exam separately.
- (d) The marks obtained in the Main Examination (out of 250 marks) will carry 75% weightage and the marks marked in the Group Exercise & Interview (out of 50 marks) will carry 25% weightage. The aggregate marks (out of 100) will be considered to compile the final merit list.
- (e) The final selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category.
- (f) SBI PO Result of the candidates who qualify for Main Examination and Group Exercise & Interview as well as the final selection list will be made available on the official website.
SBI PO 2020: SBI PO Syllabus
SBI PO syllabus is almost the same as that of other bank exams.
SBI PO Syllabus for both Prelims and Mains for each of the section is mentioned below:
SBI PO Syllabus For Reasoning Ability
This section tests your analytical and reasoning skills. The topics in this section are mentioned below:
|Coding and Decoding|
|Circular Seating Arrangement|
|Linear Seating Arrangement|
|Directions and Distance|
|Ordering and Ranking|
|Course of Action|
|Analytical and Decision Making|
SBI PO Syllabus For Quantitative Aptitude
This section requires you to have a fair knowledge of high school Mathematics. The section tests both your Mathematical and analytical skills. The topics for this section are tabulated below:
|Profit and Loss|
|Mixtures and Allegations|
|Simple and Compound Interest|
|Surds and Indices|
|Work and Time|
|Time and Distance|
|Ratio and Proportion|
|Sequence and Series|
|Permutation and Combination|
SBI PO Syllabus For English Language
This section tests your knowledge of English grammar and vocabularies. Topics for English Language are as under:
|Fill in the Blanks|
SBI PO Syllabus For General Awareness
This section tests your knowledge of current affairs as well as knowledge about banking and economy. The various topics for this section are as under:
|Current Affairs- Technology, Sports, Awards, Books & Authors, Awards, National & International Events etc|
|Banking and Financial Awareness|
SBI PO Syllabus For Computer Awareness
This section tests your basic knowledge of Computer hardware and software. You should have a basic understanding of computer operation to get through this section. The topics included in this section are as under:
SBI PO Syllabus For Descriptive Test
The Descriptive Test comprises Essay Writing and Letter Writing. Usually, official or business letters are asked in the test. Essay topics could be related to economy, society, culture or politics.
SBI PO 2020: SBI PO Books
The most relevant and best SBI PO books are mentioned below:
SBI PO Books For Quantitative Aptitude
- i) Advanced Maths for General Competitions.
- ii) Data Interpretation Magical Book Series.
- iii) Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma.
SBI PO Books For Reasoning Ability
- i) Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey.
- ii) A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning by R.S.Agarwal.
SBI PO Books For English Language
- i) Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis.
SBI PO Books For General Awareness
- i) Banking Awareness by Arihant.
- ii) Banking Awareness by RPH Editorial Board Ramesh Publishing House.
- iii) Banking Awareness for SBI/IBPS Bank Clerk/PO/SO/RRB & RBI exams by Disha Publications.
SBI PO Books For Computer Awareness
- i) by Rani Ahilya Lucent.
- ii) by Arihant.
- iii) by R Pillai Arihant.
SBI PO 2020: SBI PO Preparation
Here are a few points to note about SBI PO preparation:
- The preparation for SBI PO demands the candidates to be serious and methodical right from the beginning as SBI POis one of the toughest exams.
- Create your study plan in a manner that you do not have to fret at the last moment.
- The syllabus for the exam is vast and requires preparation right from the release of notification.
- It is very essential to choose the right study material in order to score well in the exam.
- In order to get through the cutoff score of SBI PO, start your preparation by first understanding the related topics.
- The theory and concept behind each topic should be clear to you.
- Do not go for rote learning as that is not advisable for any entrance examination.
- Go through the examples of each topic before solving questions. Sections like Reasoning Ability and Quantitative Aptitude requires you to practice as many questions as you can.
- Practising SBI PO mock tests is also necessary as it will help you in improving your problem-solving efficiency, understanding the difficulty level of the exam and the types of questions asked.
- General Awareness, Computer Awareness and English Language need extensive reading. Reading will enhance your knowledge of current affairs, sentence formation, grammar, vocabularies and much more.
SBI PO 2020: SBI PO Cutoff Score
SBI PO cut off keeps altering every year based on the following factors:
- i) Total number of aspirants taking the exam.
- ii) Total number of vacancies.
- iii) Difficulty level of the paper both section as well as overall.
The SBI PO declares the cutoff score after the completion of SBI PO exam. Note that there is no sectional cutoff in SBI PO Prelims and Mains.
SBI PO 2020: SBI PO Admit Card
SBI PO issues separate admit card for each stage of the exam. Admit card for Prelims will be issued to aspirants who register themselves successfully for the exam. As far as SBI PO Mains is concerned, only candidates who clear the Prelims will receive the call letter. Again, SBI PO hall ticket for Personal interview will be issued only to those candidates who clear the SBI PO Main exam.
No aspirant will be allowed to take the exam without their SBI PO Admit Card. Candidates will be notified about the issuance of admit cards through their registered email and mobile number. In order to download the admit card from the official website of SBI, aspirants need to log in using their Provisional Registration Number and Password.
SBI PO 2020: SBI PO Result
The SBI PO Result for each stage will be declared separately on the official website of SBI. In order to check the SBI PO 2020 result, aspirants have to log in using their Registration Number and Date of Birth.
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