SBI PO Exam Pattern 2019
Sanjana Surbhi, 13 May 2019, #SBI PO

SBI PO EXam Pattern 2019 - State Bank of India (SBI) releases the exam pattern of SBI PO for the aspiring candidates along with the notification. According to the SBI PO exam pattern 2019, the exam is conducted in three stages – Preliminary, Mains and Interview. Before preparation, it is important for all candidates to go through the SBI PO exam pattern 2019 to know the structure and format of the question paper. It is advisable to go through the exam pattern of SBI PO before planning the preparation part to understand it well. Along with the exam pattern, the candidates should also know in details the SBI PO syllabus 2019.

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With the help of SBI PO exam pattern 2019, candidates can get an overall idea about the topics, weightage given to each section, marking scheme and mode of exam etc. SBI PO 2019 exam pattern will help candidates in preparation for SBI PO 2019. To know more about SBI PO exam pattern 2019 go through the article.

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SBI PO Exam Pattern 2019 - Highlights



Name of exam


Exam conducting body

State Bank of India (SBI)

Stages of exam

  • Preliminary

  • Mains

  • Interview

Mode of exam

  • Prelims and Mains (Online)

  • Interview (Offline)

Duration of exam

  • Prelims (One Hour)

  • Mains ( Objective - Three Hour) & (Descriptive - Thirty Minutes)

Number of questions

  • Prelims (100)

  • Mains (Objective 155) and (Descriptive 2)

Total Marks

  • Prelims (100)

  • Mains (Objective 200) & (Descriptive 50)

Negative Marking


SBI PO Exam Pattern 2019 – Preliminary

As per the SBI PO paper pattern 2019 for prelims, the exam will have three sections carrying 100 questions for 100 marks. Candidates must also know that each section will have sectional duration. They can check the overall SBI PO exam pattern 2019 in the table given below.

Exam Pattern of SBI PO - Prelims

S No.


Number of questions


Total Marks


Reasoning Ability


20 minutes

100 marks


English Language


20 minutes


Quantitative Aptitude


20 minutes



1 hour

SBI PO Exam Pattern 2019 - Mode of examination

  • As per the SBI PO paper pattern, prelims exam is conducted in online mode.

SBI PO 2019 Exam Pattern - Type of questions

  • All the questions in SBI PO prelims exam 2019 will be of multiple choice in nature.

SBI PO Exam Pattern 2019 - Overall and Sectional Duration

  • Candidates should know that SBI PO 2019 exam will have sectional duration. Each section has been allotted 20 minutes and candidates have to complete the exam within that time allotted to them.

SBI PO Exam Pattern 2019 – Mains

The SBI PO 2019 exam pattern mains will have objective and descriptive types of question.The objective part will have a total of four sections carrying 200 marks for 155 questions. All the four sections will have sectional duration. Candidates can check the exam pattern of SBI PO 2019 below.

Exam Pattern of SBI PO 2019 – Mains (Objective)

S No.

Name of the test

No. of question


Total Marks


Data analysis and interpretation



200 marks


Reasoning & Computer aptitude




English Language




General/Economy/Banking Awareness





3 hours

SBI PO Exam Pattern 2019 – Mains (Descriptive)

The descriptive test of SBI PO 2019 will consist of one essay and letter writing for 50 marks. Time allotted to complete the test is 30 minutes.
SBI PO Exam Pattern 2019 - Mode of examination

  • SBI PO 2019 mains exam (objective as well as descriptive) will be conducted in online mode.

SBI PO Paper Pattern 2019 - Type of questions

  • As per the exam pattern of SBI PO 2019, the paper will have objective (MCQ) and descriptive questions.

SBI PO 2019 Exam Pattern - Overall and Sectional Duration

  • As per the SBI PO exam pattern 2019, candidates will allotted sectional duration for all the four sections and they need to complete the objective exam in that limited time.

SBI PO Exam Pattern 2019 - Marking scheme

  • One-fourth of the marks will be deducted for every wrong answer. There will be no negative marking if the answer is left blank or in other words, candidates will get zero for unattended questions, as per the SBI PO exam pattern 2019.

SBI PO Exam Pattern 2019 – Group Exercises & Interview

Candidates qualifying the SBI PO mains examination will have to undergo group exercises and interview. The group exercise and interview is conducted for 20 and 30 marks respectively. Candidates must note that the marks secured in preliminary exam will not be added for preparation of final merit list. The final selection is done on the basis of marks obatined in mains examination and group exercises & interview.

How to prepare for SBI PO

In order to prepare for the SBI PO exam, candidates must go through the exam pattern of SBI PO and also follow the tips that are given below:

  • Understand SBI PO exam pattern 2019 & Syllabus

  • Get the best books for SBI PO preparation

  • Prepare a schedule and plan out each day

  • Practice sample papers and take mock tests

  • Do not take any new topics

  • Last but not the least stay positive and confident

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if my main focus is on competitive exams like SBI PO, RRB and civil services. Is it ok choice to choose BCA as my graduation degree??

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 17th Nov, 2019


The three exams that you've mentioned have different exam pattern, but the eligibility criteria is common that is graduation in any discipline from a recognized university(I'm also referring this for RRB Graduate level exams).

People from different background have cracked the above mentioned exams as they have put efforts, so you can also crack any of these exams with BCA degree. During your graduation time period itself, you can go through the syllabus of these exams and start with the subjects involved, with little steps you'll be definitely able to succeed. Going through syllabus, previous year questions, doing mock test regularly and most importantly practice, revision are extremely important in cracking any government exams

Now, coming to your question, if you are particularly interested in cracking one exam among the three, then I'll suggest from the onset, you go with that. As I mentioned, these exams have different pattern, so preparing for all three at one time will become highly difficult for you.


Hello, My birth date is 25 April 1990 (General category) so will I be eligible to give sbi po 2020 as I have seen in ibps website that the age limit should not be more than 30 yrs as on 1st June 2020?

Devraj choudhary Student Expert 13th Nov, 2019


Your age on 1st june 2020 will be 30 years 1 month and 5 days. Since the limiting age is 30 years by 1st june 2020, you won't be eligible for sbi po.

Hope it helps you

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my dob is 21-01-2000 can i apply for sbi po??? if not for what Ill be eligible...

Bhaskar Nakkina Student Expert 11th Nov, 2019


For SBI, the Basic  age eligibility criteria is the candidate must be minimum 21 years of age and maximum age is 30 years of age. And also the candidate must have passed graduation from a recognised Board of University with minimum 50% marks. As your DOB is 2000 , you are not eligible to apply for the exam.


sir. naku 48%vacbindhi bank exams ki eligible kadha cheppandhi plz.

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 27th Oct, 2019

For you to be eligible for a Bank PO entrance examination, you need to be a Graduate in any discipline. Aggregate really doesn't matter. So even if you have secured 48%, you are eligible for Bank PO exams. For example SBI PO exam eligibility is that you should have completed your Graduation in any discipline. Aggregate doesn't matter.


how can I get last 10 years questions of SBI po preliminary and mains examination

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 23rd Oct, 2019


you may get some previous  years of question from internet. but I would rather suggest you to buy a books for preparation.  there is a book by arihant publication for sbi 2000-2018 solve question paper book. you can purchase it from store or flipkart e commerce site.

hope you may understand.

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