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SBI PO Exam Pattern 2023 - Marking Scheme, Exam Duration & Mode of Exam

SBI PO Exam Pattern 2023 - Marking Scheme, Exam Duration & Mode of Exam

Edited By Devnath Tiwari | Updated on Nov 01, 2023 10:32 AM IST | #SBI PO

SBI PO Exam Pattern 2023 - The State Bank of India provided the SBI PO 2023 exam pattern in the official notification. According to SBI PO exam pattern, there are three phases of SBI PO recruitment process - Prelims, Mains and Psychometric tests. The SBI PO Prelims Exam is currently being held on November 1, 4 & 6, 2023. Aspirants preparing for SBI PO exam must go through the SBI PO exam pattern 2023 in detail or else their preparations will be incomplete. Apart from exam pattern, candidates must also be aware of the syllabus of SBI PO. The exam pattern of SBI PO 2023 will help aspirants to know about scheme and mode of exam, the structure of question paper, and the weightage of topics.

SBI PO full form is State bank of India Probationary Officers. The SBI PO official website is The SBI PO exam is one of the India's most competitive exams in India as it is based on graduation level. Read this article till the end to know all about the exam pattern of SBI PO 2023.

SBI PO exam pattern 2023: Highlights

The SBI PO exam will be conducted in 3 phases - Prelims, Mains and Psychometric tests. The prelims and mains stage will be conducted in online (CBT) mode. In order to start the preparation and to crack the exam, aspirants must understand the exam pattern of SBI PO 2023, stick to the syllabus and only refer to the selected few books. We have shared all the important information related to the SBI PO exam pattern 2023 here in detail.

Key Highlights of SBI PO Exam Pattern 2023

Exam name

State Bank of India - Probationary Officer (SBI PO)

Official Website

Exam Language

English and Hindi

(Except for the English test)

Stages of the SBI PO exam

Stage 1: Preliminary

Stage 2: Mains

Stage 3: Group Exercise & Interview

SBI PO exam Duration

1 hour

3 hours 30 minutes


Mode of SBI PO Exam


Online (Objective + Descriptive)


SBI PO total marks


250 (200+50)


SBI PO negative marking

1/4th for wrong answers


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SBI PO Exam Pattern 2023 Prelims (Phase I)

Going by the SBI PO 2023 exam pattern, the Phase 1 - preliminary exam consists of 3 sections. The SBI PO total marks allotted for prelims is 100 marks. The prelims test of SBI PO is held in online mode.

Exam pattern of SBI PO 2023 - Prelims


Number of questions


Total Marks

Reasoning Ability


20 minutes

100 marks

English Language


20 minutes

Quantitative Aptitude


20 minutes



1 hour

SBI PO exam 2023 Prelims - Important points

  • There are 3 sections in SBI PO prelims exam.
  • All the sections in the SBI PO exam are - English, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability.
  • In the prelims exam there are a total of 100 objective type questions asked.
  • The time duration of the preliminary exam of SBI PO is 01 hour (20 minutes for each section).
  • As per the exam pattern of SBI PO prelims, the prelims exam is qualifying in nature and the marks will not be counted while preparing the merit list.
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SBI PO exam pattern 2023 - Mains (Phase II)

After the prelims exam, comes the Phase 2 mains exam which consists of an objective type test for 200 marks and a descriptive test of 50 marks. Both the tests as per the SBI PO 2023 exam pattern are conducted in online mode. The objective test comprises 4 sections with separate time duration for each section. According to exam pattern of SBI PO 2023, the descriptive test is conducted for 30 minutes duration of 50 marks. Candidates will have to write a letter and an essay in English in the descriptive test of SBI PO.

SBI PO exam pattern 2023 - Mains

Online Objective Test

Name of the test

No. of question



Data analysis and interpretation



45 minutes

Reasoning & Computer aptitude



60 minutes

English Language



40 minutes

General/Economy/Banking Awareness



35 minutes




3 hours

Online Descriptive Test



30 minutes

SBI PO exam 2023 Mains - Important points

  • The objective type paper in the mains exam is to be completed in 3 hours for 200 marks.
  • The descriptive type paper in the SBI PO exam should be completed in 30 minutes. The descriptive test of 30 minutes with two questions for 50 marks will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay).
  • In the objective section, there will be 4 sections English Language, Data Analysis & Interpretation, Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, Economy/ General/Banking Awareness.
  • There will be penalty for wrong answer and 0.25 marks will be deducted in SBI PO mains exam.
  • No deduction will be made in marks if a question is left unattempt.

SBI PO 2023 Exam Pattern - Interview (Phase III)

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

SBI PO 2023 Exam Pattern - Final Selection

Candidates will have to qualify both in Phase-II and Phase-III of SBI PO separately. The marks obtained in SBI PO Main exam (Phase-II), both in the Objective Test and the Descriptive Test, will be added to the marks obtained in Phase-III for preparing the final merit list. Candidates note that the marks obtained in the SBI PO prelims exam (Phase-I) will not be added to preparing the final merit list for selection. The marks obtained by the candidates in mains exam (Phase-II) both Objective & Descriptive Tests) and Phase-III (Group Exercise & Interview) will be normalised to 100 marks.

TestMain exam
Group discussion & Interview
Maximum marks25050300
Minimum marks7525100

SBI PO Marking Scheme 2023

Marking Scheme of SBI PO Preliminary Exam

As per the exam pattern of SBI PO 2023, aspirants must score equal to or more than the SBI PO cut off marks to qualify for the next phase. The preliminary stage consists of questions about English Language, Reasoning Ability, and Quantitative Aptitude. There are 100 questions with 100 marks. One-fourth of marks will be deducted as SBI PO negative marks for wrong answers.

Marking Scheme of SBI PO Mains Exam

The second phase of SBI PO is objective + descriptive level. The objective test consists of four sections of 200 marks according to SBI PO exam pattern 2023. Those who qualify the objective sections will qualify to appear for the descriptive test. The descriptive test evaluates a candidate’s ability in letter writing and essay writing. The total marks for the descriptive section is 50.

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How to calculate SBI PO marks?

Calculation of Marks: Total weighted score = Scores obtained in ( Reasoning & computer aptitude+data interpretation+general/ economy/banking awareness + English language)

Group Exercise/Personal Interview Phase: After both the stages successfully aspirants will be called for group discussions and interview. This phase will be evaluated on the basis of group discussion and interview. Group discussion will be of 20 marks and interview of 30 marks.

Candidates will be shortlisted finally and called for recruitment in various branches of State Bank of India all over India after qualifying all the stages of the SBI PO exam.

SBI PO 2023 Syllabus

Along with the exam pattern, aspirants must also know about the syllabus of SBI PO. The syllabus consists of the topics and sections for both phases of the exam. SBI PO syllabus 2023 contains the topics from where the questions will be asked in the prelims and mains.

SBI PO 2023 Syllabus Prelims


SBI PO Syllabus (Prelims)

Reasoning Ability

English Language

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Paragraph Completion

  • Cloze Test

  • Fill in the blanks

  • Multiple Meaning /Error Spotting

  • Para jumbles

Quantitative Aptitude

SBI PO 2023 Syllabus Mains


SBI PO Syllabus (Mains)

Data analysis and interpretation

  • Pie Chart

  • Bar Graph

  • Data Sufficiency

  • Probability

  • Permutation and Combination

  • Line Graph

Computer aptitude

  • The Internet

  • Microsoft Office

  • Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies

  • Computer Hardware

  • Computer Software

  • Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Operating System

  • Computer Abbreviation


  • Blood Relations

  • Analytical and Decision Making

  • Data Sufficiency

  • Directions and Distances

  • Critical Reasoning

  • Code Inequalities

  • Coding and Decoding

  • Linear Seating Arrangement

  • Double Lineup

  • Verbal Reasoning

  • Syllogism

  • Input-Output

  • Course of Action

  • Ordering and Ranking

General/Economy/Banking Awareness

  • Banking and Financial Awareness

  • Static Awareness

  • General Knowledge

  • Current Affairs

  • Financial Awareness

SBI PO Best Books 2023

There are a lot of books available in the market to prepare for the SBI PO exam. It is mandatory to stick to the best and selected few books. From the following table, we have shared a list of the best books for SBI PO preparation which can help candidates start their preparation for SBI PO 2023 effectively.

Best Books for SBI PO 2023




Quantitative Aptitude

Quantum CAT

Sarvesh Verma

Quantitative Aptitude

RS Aggarwal



MK Pandey

Verbal- Non Verbal Reasoning

R.S. Aggrawal



SP Bakshi

English Language

Wren & Martin

General Awareness

Guide to Banking General Awareness


Banking Awareness

Arihant Publication


Objective Computer Knowledge & Literacy

Kiran Publication

Computer Awareness

Arihant Publication

Data Analysis and Interpretation

Data interpretation for CAT

Arun Sharma

CAT Data Interpretation

Nishit Sinha

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. Is 60% necessary in graduation to become an SBI PO?

No. 60% in graduation is not necessary to become a PO in SBI.

2. Is a B.Tech student eligible for SBI PO exams?

Definitely. B.Tech graduates are eligible to be a PO.

3. What is the selection procedure of SBI PO?

The recruitment process, as per the exam pattern of SBI PO is three phased, prelims, mains and group exercise and interview.

4. Can a B.Sc graduate apply for SBI PO exams?

B.Sc. graduates are eligible to apply for SBI PO provided the graduation is done from a recognized university.

5. What are the stages in the SBI PO 2023 exam?

There are three stages in the SBI PO exam 2023 - preliminary, mains and personality test.

6. Is there negative marking in the SBI PO exam?

Yes there is negative marking in the SBI PO exam preliminary as well as mains stage for objective type questions.


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Questions related to SBI PO

Have a question related to SBI PO ?

Dear aspirant !!

Hope you are doing well !

The SBI PO candidates must not be below 21 years of age and must not be above 30 years of age to be eligible for SBI PO 2024. The SBI PO qualification for the candidates is to have passed Graduation in any discipline from any recognized university or equivalent.

After becoming the po ,you will get a handsome salary and perks , facilities . You will live a standard life . The exam is not very easy ,you need to work very hard to get the post of po of SBI or any other bank .

For details,visit the link ;- .

Hope it helps you

Hello aspirant,

Yes, if you have completed your diploma through remote learning, you are eligible to apply for the SBI PO Exam. Candidates who have obtained their graduation through distance education from an accredited university are eligible to apply for the SBI PO Exam through the State Bank of India (SBI).

But you need to fulfill the eligibility criteria of SBI PO. To know complete eligibility criteria, please visit the following link:

Thank you

Hope it helps you.

Hello aspirant,

Candidates must be between the ages of 21 and 30 to be eligible for the SBI PO test; however, reserved candidates are exempt from this age requirement. Applicants must have graduated from an accredited university or passed an equivalent test.

So as you will be 21 years old in 2025, you are eligible for SBI PO exam.

Thank you

Hope this information helps you.

Hello aspirant,

Having  the correct documents is must for any examination. Even if your father's name differ by just one letter, it can put you in problem. So the first thing I would suggest you is to try to rectify these documents so that your father's name match in every document,

Please take it seriously as it is very important.

Thank you

Hope it helps you

Hello hello !!

I am hoping that you are absolutely fine and well. As per your mentioned query, i would like to tell you that SBI PO is the very popular exam. It is highly reputable job. Now come to the salary SBI bank PO salary of Rs, 42000-44000, while the IBPS PO salary is Rs. 38000-40000. It is one of the most dynamic jobs where a fresh recruited candidate will have to perform various tasks. From the following points, aspirants can check the roles and responsibilities of a bank PO.

To know more about the exam , kindly go through the given link:

I hope this will be helpful for you !

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