SBI PO Selection Procedure 2020 for Prelims, Main Exam and Interview
SBI PO Selection process 2020 - State Bank of India (SBI) conducts the PO (Probationary Officers) exam to recruit candidates for the post of PO in various SBI branches across India. SBI mentioned the SBI PO 2020 selection process in its official notification but as per the previous year's notification, the selection process of SBI PO 2020 consists of three phases - Preliminary Exam, Main Exam and Group Exercises (GE) & Interview. In order to become a PO in SBI, candidates need to qualify in each of the stages by scoring the cut off marks as prescribed by SBI. Candidates qualifying the preliminary exam will be eligible to appear for the Main and subsequently for the final round of SBI PO which will be the Interview. In this article, candidates can check all the details related to the SBI PO selection process 2020.
Latest Updates: IBPS has announced the SBI PO 2020 mains result on February 16, 2021. SBI PO 2020 admit card for mains exam is released.
SBI PO 2020 Important Dates
Candidates can check exam dates of SBI PO 2020. Going by previous year trends, there are around 2000-3000 vacancies that might be filled by the SBI PO 2020 exam. Candidates final selection in SBI will be based on their performance in the main as well as the interview round. As the SBI PO 2020 selection process, the marks obtained in the preliminary exam will not be added for the preparation of the final merit list of SBI PO.
SBI PO Selection process 2020 – Phases
According to SBI, the SBI PO 2020 selection process has three phases. Candidates can check details of the selection process of SBI PO 2020 here -
SBI PO Phase 1 -Preliminary examination
SBI PO Phase II -Main examination
SBI PO Phase III - Group Exercises (GE) and Interview
Declaration of Final Merit
Post qualifying all these phases, candidates will be recruited as Probationary Officer in SBI and its partner branches across India.
SBI PO Selection process 2020 for Preliminary Examination
As per SBI PO 2020 selection process, the preliminary exam carries 100 MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) comprising three sections - English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability. The time duration is 60 minutes. Approximately 20000 candidates are shortlisted for the main examination from the top of the merit list. In the following table, candidates can check the sections of the preliminary exam.
SBI PO 2020 Selection process - Prelims Exam Pattern
No. of Questions
SBI PO Selection process 2020 for Main Examination
SBI PO 2020 mains exam will be conducted in online mode in both objective as well as descriptive test and will consist of 250 marks. The objective type paper will carry 200 marks and will have 4 sections while the descriptive test paper will be of 50 marks for the English language test. A total of three hours will be given to complete the exam. Candidates qualified in mains exam will be called for the next stage that is SBI PO selection process - Group Discussion/Interview.
Selection process of SBI PO 2020 - Main Exam Pattern
No. of Questions
Reasoning and Computer Aptitude
Data Analysis & Interpretation
3 hours 30 minutes
SBI PO Selection process 2020 for GE & Interview Examination
Candidates score 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 main and GE & Interview out of 100. The selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category.
Selection process of SBI PO 2020 - GE & Interview Examination Exam Pattern
Selection process of SBI PO 2020 for Final Merit List
For the declaration of final merit, candidates marks obtained in the main examination and GE & Interview will be calculated. Candidates final selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category.
The starting basic pay of an SBI PO 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 new rules 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 which will depend on the basis of posting and other factors.
SBI PO Joining & Training
After the SBI PO selection process is over the shortlisted candidates will be posted as “Probationary Officers” in SBI partner branches and will be on probation period for two years. 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, these officers who achieve higher standards/ scores stipulated by SBI will also 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 they might be terminated.
Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - SBI PO Selection Procedure 2020 for Prelims, Main Exam and Interview
Question: How can I select my SBI PO?
You can be selected as a PO in SBI by qualifying all the three stages - Preliminary, Mains and Interview round by securing the cut off marks prescribed by SBI.
Question: What happens after SBI PO selection?
After SBI PO selection, candidates will be recruited as PO in SBI and partner branches
Question: How many candidates are selected for SBI PO main?
According to previous year trends, around 6000 candidates are selected in the main exam and called for the interview.
Question: Which banking exam is toughest?
The toughest exam is RBI Grade B followed by SBI PO.
Question: Does SBI PO have an interview?
Yes the last stage of the SBI PO selection process is the interview round.
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Questions related to SBI PO
I have done results below 50% in secondary and higher secondary But there are 70% marks in graduation Will it have any effect on SBI PO SELECTION?
The eligibility criteria to be eligible to appear for SBI PO is that a candidate must have passed bachelor's degree in any discipline from a recognised board. There is no minimum percentage of marks to be scored. Candidates who are in the final year of the qualifying exam are also eligible but the results must be declared on or before the cut off date specified. The selection of candidates is done in 3 stages.
- Stage 1: Preliminary Exam
- Stage 2: Main Exam
- Stage 3: Group Discussion and Interview
The final selection is based on combined marks scored in Stage 2 and Stage 3 of the selection. Stage 1 is just a qualifying exam. The marks scored in the qualifying examination that is graduation will not be given any weightage in any stage of the selection. So the merit is purely based in stage 2 and Stage 3 marks
books or sites for qualifying sbi po 2021
Below I have mentioned some of the best books for SBI PO preparation:
- Comprehensive Guide to SBI Bank PO Preliminary & Mains Exam (8th Edition): Disha Experts
- Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations: R.S. Aggarwal
- A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning: R.S. Aggarwal
- Word Power Made Easy: Norman Lewis
- Analytical Reasoning: MK Pandey
- Banking Awareness: RPH Editorial Board
- Objective Question Bank of Computer Awareness for General Competitions: Arihant
- English: High School English Grammar and Composition by Wren & Martin
I have done B.Sc in hotel management so, can i seat for bank exams like SBI PO, SBI clerk, IBPS PO, IBPS clerk, RRB, etc.
Yes, you can. As far as bank exams(Probationary and Clerk posts) are concerned , any candidate in age group of 20-30 can sit for the exam if he/she has a valid undergraduate degree in any discipline from a recognized university. Based on your category reservation ,you will get age relaxation too which you can check in detail in the exam's eligibility section. Coming to RRB ,the following are the exams:
RRB Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC) Exam
Under Non-Technical Popular Categories, there are many posts like:
Goods Guard an dmany more.
Junior Accounts Assistant Cum Typist .
Senior Clerk Cum Typist Deg
RRB Junior Engineer (JE) Exam
RRB Assistant Loco Pilot (ALP) Exam
RRB Group D Exam/RRC Level 1 exam
So in railways , you can apply for non technical posts which require either graduation or 12th qualification. Technical posts will require technical degrees such as engineering as qualification ,so you may not be eligible for that. The average age limit for the various exams is at 18 minimum and about 32-33 years at maximum. Similar to bank exams , the age relaxation is provided to some reserved categories. Therefore , kindly go through the complete eligibility criteria for all posts to find out which is apt for your level of qualification.
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Does ibps po/ sbi po and mens objective and descriptive exam happen in 1 day?
Both IBPS PO and SBI PO exams will have a descriptive section along with the objective section. The descriptive test will begin immediately after the objective section so yes it will happen on the same day ie., on the mains exam day. The descriptive section will have both essay writing and letter writing questions for which you will be given 30 minutes to complete . The total marks for this section in IBPS PO is 25 and in SBI PO it will be 50. Both the questions will be usually based on current affairs, government schemes and policies, latest news, ethical subjects and more.
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What are the questions asked in computer aptitude in sbi PO? Do they really ask about the basic computer definitions or it is just the aptitude and reasoning questions?
The SBI PO Reasoning and Computer Aptitude section in the Main Exam, consists a total of 45 questions to be completed in 60 minutes. Below are the different categories from which Reasoning and Computer Aptitude questions are asked:
Order and Ranking
History and Generation of Computers
Introduction to Computer Organisation
Computer Hardware and I/O Devices
Number System and Conversions
MS Office and Short cut keys
Basics of DBMS
Computer and Network Security
Just practice previous year papers to know the type and pattern of questions.
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