SBI PO Selection Procedure 2019
Gitumoni Baruah, 13 Sep 2018, #SBI PO

SBI PO Selection Procedure 2019 - State Bank of India will announce the selection procedure of SBI PO 2019 for recruitment of Probationary Officers (PO) in the banks. As per previous year's notification, the SBI PO selection process consists of three phases - Prelims, Mains and Group Exercises (GE) & Interview. The candidates must qualify in each stage of the SBI PO selection procedure to be eligible for Probationary Officers. Candidates who had secured the qualifying marks in SBI PO 2019 prelims will be shortlisted to appear for the mains exam. Candidates qualifying the SBI PO 2019 mains examination are shortlisted to appear for interview and group exercises.

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SBI will conduct SBI PO 2019 in three stages – prelims, mains, an interview. As per SBI PO selection process, SBI conducted the SBI PO exam for 2000 Probationary Officer vacancies/post. As per the SBI PO selection process, the marks obtained in the SBI PO 2019 prelims will not be added for the preparation of the final SBI PO 2019 merit list for selection. Only the marks obtained in SBI PO 2019 mains, will be added to the marks obtained in GE & Interview for preparing the final merit list.

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SBI PO Selection Procedure 2019 – Phases

The recruitment process of State Bank of India Probationary Officers (PO) is done in three phases. Candidates can check details of the SBI PO selection procedure given below.

  • SBI PO Phase 1 -Preliminary examination

  • SBI PO Phase II -Mains examination

  • SBI PO Phase III - Group Exercises (GE) and interview

  • Declaration of Final Merit

SBI PO Selection Procedure for Preliminary Examination

As per SBI PO selection procedure, SBI PO preliminary exam will carry 100 MCQs comprising of three sections and 100 questions. Approximately 20000 candidates will be shortlisted for the mains examination from the top of the merit list.


No. of Questions

Max. Marks


English Language



20 minutes

Quantitative Aptitude



20 minutes

Reasoning Ability



20 minutes




60 minutes

SBI PO Selection Procedure for Mains Examination

SBI PO 2019 mains exam will be conducted in online mode in both objective and descriptive test for 250 marks. Objective type paper will carry 200 marks consisting of 4 sections while descriptive test paper will carry 50 marks for English language test. A total of three hours will be given to the candidates to complete the exam. Only qualified candidates in mains exam will be called for the next stage of SBI PO selection process i.e. Group Discussion/Interview.


No. of Questions



Reasoning and Computer Aptitude



60 minutes

Data Analysis & Interpretation



45 minutes

General Awareness



35 minutes

English Language



40 minutes

Descriptive Test



30 minutes




3 hours 30 minutes

SBI PO Selection Procedure for GE & Interview Examination

Scores secured in the mains (out of 250 marks) will be converted to out of 75 and marks secured in Group Exercises & Interview (out of 50 marks) will be converted to out of 25.

After converting the marks of mains and GE & Interview out of 100. The selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category.



Group Exercises





50 marks

SBI PO Selection Procedure for Final Merit List

For declaration of final merit, marks obtained in the mains examination and GE & Interview will be calculated for preparing the merit rank of the candidates. The selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category.

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SBI PO Pay Scale

  • Starting basic pay is Rs. 27,620 (with 4 advance increments) in the scale of Rs.23700-980/7-30560-1145/2-32850-1310/7-42020 applicable to Junior Management Grade Scale-I.

  • The candidates will be eligible for D.A, H.R.A/Lease rental, C.C.A, Medical, and other allowances & perquisites as per rules in force from time to time.

  • The total compensation per annum on CTC basis would be a minimum of Rs. 8.20 lacs and maximum of Rs 13.08 lacs depending on the place of posting and other factors.

SBI PO Joining & Training

  • After SBI PO selection procedure is completed selected candidates will be designated as “Probationary Officers” and will be on probation for two years.

  • Those candidates who qualify in the assessment as per standards determined by the Bank from time to time will be confirmed in the Service of the Bank in Junior Management Grade Scale-I (JMGS-I).

  • Further, those officers who achieve higher standards/ scores stipulated by the Bank may be considered for direct placement in the next higher grade, Middle Management Grade Scale-II (MMGS-II) immediately after confirmation.

  • If any candidate fails to achieve minimum standards prescribed by SBI the candidates may be terminated as per policy of the Bank in force at the material time.

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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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