SBI PO Exam Pattern 2019
Updated on May 13, 2019 - 4:14 p.m. IST by Sanjana Surbhi

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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I am doing gradution and this is the last year of my graduation.. may i eligible to this exam

Shareef 25th Jan, 2020
Yes you are eligible for SBI po exam... All the final semester students are eligible for the examinination. Have a look at the Eligiblity criteria for SBI PO,
  • Must hold a bachelor's degree
  • Only Indians should apply
  • Must be atleast 21 years and below 30 years
  • Upper age limit is relaxed as per caste
  • SC/st 5 years, OBC 3 years, PWD 15 yrs, es service men 5 years,
  • Number of attempts for, gen 4, OBC 7, SC/st no limit restriction

what is the age limit of sbi po 2020 exam for OBC category.??

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 24th Jan, 2020


The upper age limit for General category is 30 years, there's relaxation of three years for OBC(non-creamy layer) and in case of PWD-OBC, it's 13 years.

You can go through the following link to know more details regarding this-


If am doing graduation in general subjects not honors in any subjects. After graduation can i fill SBI applications form?

Pooja Kaushik 23rd Jan, 2020
Hi Arti,
yes you can fill SBI form after completing your graduation in any field or even in the final year of your graduation.
Honours degree is not mandatory.

All the best.

my birth year is 1986. Am I still eligible for sbi po exam. I belongs to OBC category

AYAN MULLA 23rd Jan, 2020


There is a eligibility criteria to give the SBI po exams.

age also matters in such type of exams the lower age limit is 21 and the upper age limit is 30.

To be precise to write the exam a candidate should have not be born not later than april 1 1999 and not earlier than 1990.

As you can see you should be born in the year approximately between 1990-1999. therefore you are not eligible since your year is 1986. to get a detailesd information about the eligibility crieteria then click the link



my dob is 4/01/1999 can i apply for sbi po 2020..?

Sourandhi Saha Student Expert 20th Jan, 2020
As per the notice, the minimum and maximum age of the applicants should be 21 and30 years respectively as on 1stApril 2020. And you have completed your 21st on 4th January 2020, so you are eligible to write SBI PO 2020. The preliminary exam will held on first week of July 2020 and the Mains will held on First week of August 2020.

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