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 will mention 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.

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SBI PO Selection Procedure 2020

SBI is expected to release the notification any time soon. 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.

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SBI PO 2020 Important Dates

In the following table, candidates can find exam dates of SBI PO 2020.

SBI PO Exam Dates



SBI PO 2020 Notification Release

April 2020

SBI PO Application form release dates

April 2020

Download Admit Card for Preliminary Exam

May 2020

SBI PO Exam Date Preliminary

June 2020

SBI PO Result Preliminary

July 2020

Download call letter for Main exam

August 2020

Main exam

September 2020

Main exam result

October 2020

Download Admit Card for Personal Interview

August 2020

Interview and Group Exercises

September 2020

Final Result

October 2020

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

Max. Marks


English Language



20 minutes

Quantitative Aptitude



20 minutes

Reasoning Ability



20 minutes




60 minutes

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



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 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



Group Exercises





50 marks

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.

Also read - SBI PO 2020 Exam Pattern and SBI PO Syllabus 2020

SBI PO Salary 2020

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.

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - SBI PO Selection Procedure 2020

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

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I have appeared back examination in my semester. Am i eligible to appear sbi po examination?

chinmayi 1st Apr, 2020


You are eligible for SBI PO exams only if you clear your subjects as there should not be any backlogs and you should complete them during your graduation  if you want to apply for these exams . You need to have a degree to apply . However 4th year students are eligible to apply for SBI PO exams .

Hope this helps you .


I am purshuing 3-2semistor and I am 20 years , can I apply for SBI PO (or) IBPS PO this year

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 29th Mar, 2020

Rama, for being eligible for SBI PO, you need to be between 21 to 30 years . There is an age relaxation for Reserved Categories. If you are 20 years, you should turn 21 at least by April 1st, 2020. If you do not turn 21 by 1st April 2020, you might not be eligible for SBI PO.

But for IBPS PO, the minimum age limit is 20 years and so you qualify for appearing for IBPS exam. Regarding you studying our Final year graduation, Graduates with a Bachelor's degree in any discipline are eligible for both SBI PO and IBPS PO. And those who are appearing for their final year exams are also eligible. But their recruitment is subjective to fulfillment of the eligibility criteria required.

In short, you have to wait for SBI PO until next year but can appear for IBPS PO this year.


what are the bank exams in 2020

Nikki Nair 18th Mar, 2020

Hello Aspirant

The various upcoming bank exam are as follows

  1. SBI PO 2020:Prelims:June /July 2020 Mains at August 2020
  2. SBI clerk:Prelims:are done mains :april 19th
  3. SBI specialist officer:March 8 2020
  4. IBPS officer :Prelims :1,2,8,9,16 August and Mains 9September 2020
  5. IBPS PO
  6. IBPS clerk
  7. RBI Assistant
  8. RBI grade B

I hope this helps



where we will get the information regarding the application for SBI PO EXAM

Smrity 18th Mar, 2020


The application form of SBI PO Exam 2020 will be released on 2nd April,2020(tentatively)

To get the detailed information regarding the exam pattern.syllabus, Eligibility criteria, Exam centers and every detail, you can visit the link below:

I hope this helps.

All the Best!


hey... I am so 20 years old so can i give sbi(po) exam this year(2020)

Ankita yadav 17th Mar, 2020
Hi aspiran
As you are 20 now and the required age is 21 so for now you cannot apply for SBI exam. Now you have to wait for 1 year and so that for this time you can prepare more better for your 1st attempt.

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