SBI PO Exam Pattern 2020 - State bank of India (SBI) releases the SBI PO 2020 exam pattern along with its notification at the official website. The exam pattern of SBI PO 2020 will let a candidate have an overall idea about the scheme and mode of exam, the structure of the question paper and weightage of topics. The preparation of an aspirant without knowing the SBI PO 2020 exam pattern will be incomplete. It is encouraged that a candidate understands the exam pattern before planning a right strategy to crack SBI PO.
The recruitment process, as per the exam pattern of SBI PO is three phased, prelims mains and interview. SBI PO exam pattern 2020 notifies that preliminary and mains are held in online mode. The online preliminary test, according to the exam pattern of SBI PO 2020, will be conducted for 100 questions from English language, quantitative aptitude and reasoning ability. As per SBI PO exam pattern 2020, the test will comprise objective type questions in English. The online registration of SBI PO 2020 exam will be notified by the authorities soon.

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SBI PO Exam Pattern 2020 - Marking Scheme, Exam Duration & Mode of Exam

SBI PO 2020 Exam Pattern: Highlights

Exam name

State Bank of India - Probationary Officer

Commonly known as


Conducting Authority

State Bank of India

Official Website


21-30 as on April 1, 2020

Exam Language

English and Hindi
(Except the test for English)


Stage I: Preliminary

Stage II: Mains

Stage III: Group Exercise & Interview


1 hour

3 hours 30 minutes


Mode of Exam


Online (Objective+Descriptive)


Max. Marks


250 (200+50)


Negative Marks

1/4th for wrong answers


SBI PO Exam Pattern 2020 - Stage I

As per the SBI PO 2020 exam pattern, the preliminary stage consists of 3 sections with separate timings. The total marks allotted as per the exam pattern of SBI PO 2020 prelims is 100 marks. The prelims test of SBI PO is held in online mode.

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SBI PO 2020 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 2020 - Stage II

As per the SBI PO 2020 exam pattern, mains stage consists of an objective test for 200 marks and a descriptive test of 50 marks. Both the tests as per the SBI PO 2020 exam pattern are conducted in online mode. The objective test comprises 4 sections with seperate time duration for each section. According to SBI PO 2020 exam pattern the descriptive test is conducted for 30 minutes duration with two questions for 50 marks. A letter and an essay is required to be typed in english in the descriptive test of SBI PO.

SBI PO Exam Pattern 2020 - 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 Pattern 2020 - Stage III

Candidates qualifying the SBI PO mains examination, according to SBI PO 2020 exam pattern, will have to undergo group exercise and interview. The group exercise and interview is conducted for 20 and 30 marks respectively. It is to be noted that the marks secured in preliminary exam will not be added for preparation of final merit list. The final selection in SBI PO is done on the basis of marks obtained in mains examination and group exercises & interview.

SBI PO Marking Scheme 2020

Candidate needs to be acquainted with the marking scheme for each phase of SBI PO.

  1. Preliminary Exam: As per the SBI PO 2020 exam pattern, candidates must score sufficiently high marks to qualify for the next stage. This stage consists of Reasoning Ability, English Language and Quantitative Aptitude. One-fourth marks will be deducted as negative marks for wrong answers.

  2. Mains Phase: Objective test will consist of four sections for 200 marks according to SBI PO exam pattern. Candidates who successfully qualify this section will qualify for the checking of the descriptive test. The descriptive test evaluates a candidate’s ability in letter writing and essay writing. The total marks for this section will be 50.

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

  1. Group Exercise/Personal Interview Phase: After clearing the second phase, the candidate 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.

  2. Candidates will be shortlisted finally and called for recruitment in various branches of State Bank of India all over India.

SBI PO 2020 Syllabus

Aspirants must also know the topics covered along with SBI PO 2020 exam pattern under each section of subjects for both the phases to clear the exam with flying colours. With the help of SBI PO 2020 syllabus, candidates are able to plan their studies and focus on topics. SBI PO syllabus 2020 contains the topics from where the questions are asked in prelims and mains. It is encouraged that an aspirant of SBI PO solves previous year question papers of both prelims and mains to get an idea about the difficulty level of exam, nature of questions asked and weightage of topics from each subject to form a solid approach and crack SBI PO.

SBI PO Prelims Syllabus 2020


SBI PO Syllabus (Prelims)

Reasoning Ability

English Language

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Multiple Meaning /Error Spotting

  • Paragraph Completion

  • Cloze Test

  • Fill in the blanks

  • Para jumbles

Quantitative Aptitude

SBI PO 2020 Syllabus - Mains


SBI PO Syllabus (Mains)

Data analysis and interpretation

  • Data Sufficiency

  • Probability

  • Permutation and Combination

  • Line Graph

  • Pie Chart

  • Bar Graph

Computer aptitude

  • The Internet

  • Microsoft Office

  • Computer Hardware

  • Computer Software

  • Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Operating System

  • Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies

  • Computer Abbreviation


  • Directions and Distances

  • Coding and Decoding

  • Linear Seating Arrangement

  • Double Lineup

  • Blood Relations

  • Analytical and Decision Making

  • Data Sufficiency

  • Verbal Reasoning

  • Syllogism

  • Critical Reasoning

  • Code Inequalities

  • Input-Output

  • Course of Action

  • Ordering and Ranking

General/Economy/Banking Awareness

  • Static Awareness

  • Financial Awareness

  • General Knowledge

  • Banking and Financial Awareness

  • Current Affairs

SBI PO Best Books 2020

Along with the syllabus, a list of the best books for SBI PO preparation has also been provided so that the search for this information stops here and candidates can actually start their preparation for SBI PO 2020.

Best Books for SBI PO 2020




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

SBI PO 2020 Preparation Tips

  • Follow a disciplined routine.

  • Devote all your time and energy and be determined to clear SBI PO 2020 with maximum score.

  • Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses and focus on topics accordingly to ace SBI PO 2020.

  • Clear the basic concepts first from SBI PO syllabus 2020.

  • Since the tests in SBI PO 2020 are timed, learn and revise shortcuts to answer questions accurately.

  • Give online mock tests available for SBI PO.

  • Keep daily, weekly and monthly targets.

  • Do not isolate prelims and mains preparation. Prepare for both together in consonance.

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - SBI PO Exam Pattern 2020 - Marking Scheme, Exam Duration & Mode of Exam

Question: Is 60% necessary in graduation to become an SBI PO?


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

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


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

Question: 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.

Question: When is the exam for SBI PO scheduled?


SBI PO 2020 exam is tentatively scheduled for the month of June.

Question: 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 recognised university.

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when can we expect notification of sbi po 2020.....??? in which month.....june or july.....????

Shubham Dhane 20th May, 2020


The expected dates for SBI Po 2020 are 2nd August to 29th August these are tentative dates and can change. As per the eligibility criteria of SBI PO 2020, graduates between 21 to 30 years of age as on April 1, 2020 can only appear for the test. Please click the below link to know more.


How to start preparation for sbi po? How to get best in arithmetic topics and data interpretation?

Apoorva Lohumi 19th May, 2020

Hey aspirant

To prepare for SBI PO prelims and mains, first you need determination and dedication towards your goal.

All the sections in this exam can be solved easily within time with constant hard work and practice only. After you strengthen your basics, the most important thing next is not to make mistakes. There's a negative marking in both the papers which will cost heavy on the total marks.

For arithmetic sections, practice with a timer placed next to you. Grab study materials from wherever you can. A suggested book is

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Dr. R.S. Aggarwal (S. Chand Publication), which will help you in the above topics.

All the Best


Can I apply for sbi po exam as I am in engineering 7 th semester

Shivang Dubey 16th May, 2020

Hey Sagar,

According to SBI PO exam eligibility criteria one needs to have a completed graduation. You need to have a degree completion certificate on the day of exam registration and so that makes you ineligible to apply for in 7th semester.

You must apply for it next year wherein you would have completed your Engineering and you will have more time to prepare as well.


In the month of June I will be entering into 33 I am I eligible to apply for sbi po in the next year 2021

Akram Khan 15th May, 2020


The age criteria to apply for sbi po exam is - Candidates applying for the SBI examination should be 21 years old but not more than 30 years old at the time of registration.

However for some categories there is certain relaxation to age limit.

Sc/st - 5 years age relaxation

Pwd - 10 years age relaxation

Obc - 3 years age relaxation

Persons with Domicile of Jammu &Kashmir during the period of 1-1-1980 to 31-12-1989    -    5 years age relaxation

Army exservice personnel - 5 years age relaxation

So if you fit any of the above age limit relxation criteria you can apply to sbi po otherwise not.

Hope it helps.


I am final year BSC student of IGNOU. May I apply for SBI PO 2020.

lakshita shaan 14th May, 2020


the basic educational qualification eligibility for filling the SBI PO 2020 form is candidate must hold a bachelors degree in any discipline from any university or college but the institute should be recognised. , candidate who are in their final semester or year can also fill the form but they must need to show their passing certificate of that particular degree in the SBI PO interview , there is no minimum limit of marks for filling SBI PO 2020 application form .

good luck!

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