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SBI PO 2017

SBI PO is one of the most coveted jobs in Banking industry and a dream job for millions of aspirants across India. SBI PO is considered as a premium job opportunity in Banking sector because of following reasons:
• Brand value of SBI and reputation associated with SBI-PO post
• Lucrative pay scale which is highest among PSU Banks
• Growth opportunities where even a PO can progress to the level of Chairperson
• Job satisfaction and social prestige
Before beginning with your preparation, you should get an idea about the latest updates, selection procedure, eligibility, exam pattern, syllabus, previous year cut off etc. Please go through this article to get all the important information for the SBI PO Exam.

SBI PO Vacancy 2017

The State Bank of India has released SBI PO Notification 2017 for a total vacancy of 2403 posts. Out of these, 90 vacancies are reserved for persons with disability. The break-up of vacancies is given below:

Vacancies Vacancies (PWD)
347 350 606 1010 2313 25 25 40 90

SBI PO 2017 Exam Dates

The tentative schedule for the SBI PO exam is as follows. Please note down the important dates related to SBI PO Exam 2017 and make sure to complete the process in time.

Sr. No. Activity Dates
1 On-line registration including Edit/Modification of Application by candidates 07th February 2017
to 06th March 2017
2 Payment of Application Fees/Intimation Charges 07th Feb 2017
to 06th March 2017m
3 Download of call letters for online Preliminary Examination 15th April 2017 onwards
4 Conduct of Online Examination - Preliminarys 29th and 30th April 2017
6th and 7th May 2017
5 Result of Online exam – Preliminary 17th May 2017
6 Download of Call letter for Online Main Exam 22nd May 2017 onwards
7 Conduct of Online Examination – Main 4th June 2017
8 Result of Online Examination – Main 19th June 2017
9 Download Call Letter for Personal Interview 26th June 2017
10 Conduct of Group Exercises & Interview 10th July 2017 onwards
11 Declaration of Final Result 5th Aug 2017
12 Download of call letters for Pre-Exam Training 17thApril onwards
13 Conduct of Pre-Exam Training 17th to 22nd April 2017

SBI PO Exam Centre

While filling the online application form, applicants are required to enter their preferred exam centres for SBI PO 2017, based on their convenience. However, the Bank may allot an exam centre other than the choices made by a candidate if there is non-availability of seats at preferred venues. SBI PO 2017 examinations will be conducted in two parts (Preliminary and Mains) at the following centres:

SBI PO Recruitment 2017

The SBI PO recruitment exam is the most premier among the public-sector bank exams in India. It is considered a little difficult compared to the bank entrance exams conducted by IBPS. The recruitment process for Probationary Officers at SBI consists of 3 stages:

1. Preliminary Examination

2. Main Examination

3. GD/Interview

Click here to know more about SBI PO Salary, Job Profile and career growth.

SBI PO Exam Pattern

The SBI PO selection process consists of 3 stages. The written examinations are conducted online, followed by an interview round. The structure of exams is as follows:

Phase-1: SBI PO Preliminary Examination

This is an online examination where the candidates must solve the question paper in one 1 hour for 100 marks. The test consists of 3 sections and candidates must clear the cut-off for each section. The cut-off or minimum passing marks for each section is decided by the Bank each year depending on the difficult of the test. The section-wise division of the marks is given below:

S.No. Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 Composite time of 1 Hour
2 Numerical Ability 35 35
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

Phase-2: SBI PO Mains Examination

The SBI PO Main Exam has a total of 250 marks, consisting of an objective test of 200 marks followed by a descriptive test of 50 marks. Both the Objective and Descriptive Tests will be online. Candidates must answer Descriptive test by typing on the computer. The Descriptive Test will be administered, immediately after completion of Objective Test. There is separate timing for each section.

S.No. Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
2 Data Analysis & Interpretationy 35 60 45 minutes
3 General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
4 English Language 30 30 40 minutes
Total 155 200 3 hours

Descriptive Test:

The Descriptive Test has a duration of 30 minutes with a maximum score of 50 marks. This is used to test the writing skills in English Language via Letter Writing & Essay Writing. Descriptive Test paper of only those candidates will be evaluated who have scored qualifying marks in the Objective Tests and are placed adequately high as per total marks in objective test.

Penalty for Wrong Answers:

There is a penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests of both Preliminary and Mains exams. A wrong answer to an objective question by the candidate will lead to a penalty of one fourth of the marks assigned to that question. For example, 0.25 marks will be deducted as penalty for wrong answer to a question that carries 1 mark. There will be no penalty for leaving a question blank, i.e. if no answer is marked by the candidate.

Phase-3: Group Exercises & Interview

The aggregate marks of candidates qualifying in both the Objective Tests and Descriptive Test will be arranged in descending order in each category. Adequate number of candidates in each category, as decided by the Bank will be called for Group Exercises and Interview. The qualifying marks in Group Exercises & Interview will be as decided by the Bank. Group exercises account for 20 marks while Interview accounts for 30 marks.

Final Score Calculation for SBI PO Exam:

The final score for the SBI PO exam is calculated keeping the following points in mind:

• Marks obtained in the Preliminary Exam (Phase-1) will not be considered for selection

• Candidates must qualify Phase-2 and Phase-3 separately to be eligible

• Marks secured by the candidates in the Mains Exam (out of 250 marks) are converted to out of 75 and marks secured in Group Exercises & Interview (out of 50 marks) are converted to out of 25. This makes the new total score (Mains + GD/PI) to be 100

• The aggregate score out of 100 is used for the final merit list for each category.Candidates with top merit rank in each category are finally selected.

SBI PO 2017 Syllabus

While SBI issues only the broad subjects, they can be further subdivided into individual topics, based on the questions that have appeared in the exams over the past few years.

SBI PO Pre Exam Syllabus

English Language Numerical Ability Reasoning Ability
Reading Comprehension Number Series Puzzle and Arrangements
Cloze Test Simplification/ Approximation Inequality
Parajumbles Quadratic Equations Syllogism
Spotting Errors Data Interpretation Coding - Decoding
Sentence Improvement Miscellaneous Blood Relations
Fill in the Blanks Direction senseg
Order and Ranking

The complete syllabus with topic-wise marks distribution for SBI PO Exam 2017 is coming soon. Stay Tuned!:

SBI PO Eligibility Criteria - 2017

The candidate must fulfill the following two criteria to be eligible for the SBI PO Exam 2017:

• Age Limit: The candidate must be 21 Years to 30 Years as on 01.04.2017 i.e. candidates must have been born between 02.04.1987 and 01.04.1996 (both dates inclusive)

• Educational Qualification: The candidate must be a graduate in any discipline from a recognized University or any equivalent qualification recognized 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 must produce proof of having passed the graduation examination on or before 01.07.2017. Candidates with Integrated Dual Degree (IDD) certificate must ensure that the date of passing the IDD is on or before 01.07.2017. Candidates with Chartered Accountant certification may also apply.

SBI PO Selection Procedure: Important Points

The candidates should keep in mind the following points related to the SBI PO selection process:

• Biometric Verification: To ensure an error-free and secure selection procedure for SBI PO 2017, the bank may digitally capture the thumb impression of the candidate. This is done to verify the genuineness of the candidates. Any inconsistency in the biometric verification will lead to rejection of the candidature and punitive legal actions. Candidates are thus advised not to apply any kind of external matter like ink, mehandi, chemical etc. on their hands.

• Number of Attempts: The maximum number of chances are fixed for each category. Candidates who have used up all the chances are not eligible to apply. Appearing in Preliminary Exam is not counted as an attempt but appearing in Mains Exam is counted.

Category Number of Chances
General 4
General (PWD) 7
SC/SC(PWD)/ST/ST(PWD) No restriction

SBI PO Pre-Exam Training

Bank may arrange pre-examination training for SC/ST/Religious Minority Community candidates at certain centres as per the guidelines issued by Government of India. Candidates belonging to the above categories can avail the training at their own cost by indicating the same against relevant column while applying on-line. Please find below an indicative list of training centres:

North India South India East India West India
Agra Bangalore Agartala Ahmedabad
Allahabad Chennai Aizwal Akola
Bareilly Coimbatore Asansol Aurangabad
Chandigarh Ernakulam Bhubaneswar Indore
Dehradun Gulbarga Berhampur (Ganjam) Bhopal
Gorakhpur Hubli Dibrugarh Jabalpur
Jaipur Hyderabad Gangtok Mumbai
Kanpur Madurai Guwahati Nagpur
Lucknow Mysore Imphal Panaji (Goa)
Meerut Port Blair Itanagar Pune
NewDelhi Tirupati Kohima Raipur
Srinagar Vishakhapatnam Kolkata Vadodara
Varanasi Vijayawada Patna

The Bank may add additional centres or may remove some of the centres indicated for training. Candidates opting for pre-examination training should download their call letter for training by entering their registration number and password/ date of birth from 07.04.2017 onwards from Bank's website. No hard copy of the call letter will be sent by post.

SBI PO Online Application

The application for SBI PO Exam 2017 has to be done online. To avoid any technical errors please make sure that the web-browser used to fill up the SBI PO 2017 Application form is one of the following:

• Internet Explorer 8 and above

• Mozilla FireFox 3.0 and above

• Google Chrome 3.0 and above

Candidates applying online must have the following pre-requisites:

• A valid Email Id

• Photograph and Signature scanned in the prescribed size

• Application Fee must be paid online so all document required for online transaction

The SBI PO 2017 application form can only be filled on the official website: Apply Here

Before proceeding with the registration and application process, all candidates are requested to go through the complete guide for SBI PO Online Applicaion

SBI PO Application Fee

The category wise fee structure for SBI PO online application is given below. Fee/Intimation charges once paid will NOT be refunded on any account nor can it be held in reserve for any other examination or selection. The application fee must be paid online itself. To know more check the complete guide for SBI PO Application

Sr. No. Category Application Fee
1 SC/ST/PWD Rs.100/- (Intimation Charges only)
2 General and Others Rs. 600/- (App. Fee including intimation charges)

SBI PO 2017 Admit Card & Call Letter

Candidates must download the SBI PO 2017 admit card from the official website of the bank as the hard copy of the SBI PO Admit Card will not be sent to the candidate via post. To login on the official website, the candidates will require the following:

• Registration No/Roll No

• Date of Birth/ Password

The admit card will be made available 10 to 15 days before the SBI PO 2017 Exam. The admit card or call letter for SBI PO 2017 will be issued in 3 phases:

• Online Preliminary Examination

• Online Mains Examination

• Group Exercise and Interview

The link to download the admit card will be provided on this page. Candidates are advised to check the details on the admit card before downloading.

SBI PO 2017 Results

All results pertaining to SBI PO 2017 will be made available on the official website of State bank of India, the governing body for the SBI PO exam.

SBI PO Pre Result

The results of the SBI PO Pre Exam will be declared on 17th May, 2017. Shortlisted Candidates then proceed to the SBI PO Mains Exam.

SBI PO Mains Result

The result of the Mains Exam will be declared on 19th June, 2017. Candidates are requested to keep checking the website for further information.

Results of the candidates who have qualified for Group Exercises & Interview and the list of candidates finally selected will be made available on the Bank's website. Final select list will be published in Employment News/Rozgar Samachar and in Bank’s website.

SBI PO Preparation

SBI PO preparation must be done in a systematic manner, with latest exam pattern in mind. Since the syllabus covers a lot of topics, it is important to choose the right study material so that you can understand the concepts and practice a wide variety of questions as well.

SBI PO 2016 left everyone startled with the unexpected pattern. This is the reason we have decided to provide you with the relevant new pattern questions that were asked in the last year banking exams. New pattern questions are simply the application of concepts in a new form. You just need to practice them a lot so that you don't face issue in SBI PO 2017.

Candidates should go through previous year SBI questions, so that they have an idea of what to expect in SBI PO 2017. In fact, we have also provided you with an 80 Days Study Plan for SBI PO Exam. This plan includes all the topics that may be asked this year.


• Is the SBI PO exam Bilingual?

Except the Descriptive Test for English Language, all the other tests are bilingual, i.e. available in both English and Hindi

• Is there Negative Marking?

Yes, there is negative marking for wrong answer in the objective tests of both Preliminary and Mains Exam of SBI PO 2017. One fourth of the total marks allotted for that question will be deducted for marking a wrong answer.

• Are there fixed timings for different sections?

Not in Prelims, Yes in Mains