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Everything you need to know about SBI PO

By Blessy Subichan
Updated on: Jul 26, 2022 | icon5.0

SBI PO 2020: State Bank of India Probationary Officer (SBI PO) 2020 exam is a national level examination conducted by State Bank of India(SBI) annually to recruit eligible candidates for the post of Probationary Officer. Lakhs of candidates apply for the examination every year, of which only a few are chosen based on the number of vacancies. The details of the exam such as notifications, important dates, exam pattern, exam syllabus, the application process, eligibility criteria, vacancy are given below.

Notification of SBI PO is one of the most anticipated notifications every year by candidates who wish to pursue a career in the banking sector. The official notification of the SBI PO 2020 exam was supposed to be announced in April to recruit 2000+ Probationary Officers (PO) as per the pattern of the previous year, but the notification for PO in SBI was delayed due to the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic in India. The SBI PO 2020 notification has been released on SBI's official website ( ).

Candidates can download the official SBI PO 2020 notification by clicking the following link:

SBI PO Notification 2020


 The key points about SBI PO 2020 are highlighted below :

Name of Exam State Bank of India Probationary Officers Exam (SBI PO 2020)
Name of Exam conducting body State Bank of India
Post Probationary Officer (PO)
Periodicity Annually
Exam Level National
Mode of Application Online
Mode of Exam Online (CBT)
Available Seats 2000
Exam Rounds 3 (Prelims + Mains + Group Exercise & Interview)
Job Location Across India
Notification Released November 13, 2020
Official Website


Exam dates for the SBI PO 2020 exam has been announced by the State Bank of India  along with its official notification.The exam schedule for SBI PO 2020 Exam is updated below :

The total number of vacancies for the post of Probationary Officers in SBI for 2020 is 2000. Check out the detailed vacancy list of 2020.

ABBREVIATIONS :  OBC - Other Backward Class ,SC - Scheduled Caste ,ST - Scheduled Tribe , EWS - Economically Weaker Section ,LD - Locomotor Disabilities, VI - Visual Impairment, HI - Hearing Impaired .


The direct link to apply online for SBI PO 2020 has been activated .

Click Here to apply online for SBI PO 2020 recruitment

Check out the steps to apply for SBI PO 2020

1. Click on the link (mentioned above), you will be redirected to the application page.

2. Click on " Click here for New Registration ".

3. Enter all mandatory information such as name, name of the father, date of birth, e-mail address, mobile number, etc.

4. Verify all details and click " Submit button ".

5. Registration Number and Password will appear on the screen and will be sent to your email address.

6. Using Registration Number and Password log on and fill the education details,experience details(if any).

7. Upload signature, photo, and required documents with the given format.

8. Verify details and click on the submit button.

9. Make the payment and take a print out of the application form and Payment receipt for future reference.

  •  Document Specifications

  Fee/Intimation charges once paid will NOT be refunded on any circumstances nor can it be utilized as a reserve for any future exam or selection.

Make payment through debit card, credit card, net banking, etc. via online mode.

The category wise application fee structure for the SBI PO exam is given below.


Before applying for the exam, all aspirants need to meet the SBI PO eligibility criteria. Eligibility Criteria of SBI PO 2020 based on Education Qualification and Age limit are given below:

SBI PO Educational Qualification

Applicants need to have a minimum of Graduation in any discipline from any recognized university or any other equivalent qualification recognized by the central Government.

Students in the final year/semester can also apply but they will have to produce proof of having passed the graduation examination on or before 31.12.2020.

Candidates possessing Chartered Accountant will also be eligible.

SBI PO Age Limit

Candidates aged between 21 and 30 can apply. Age relaxation for the candidates of various categories, which are mentioned below.

Nationality criteria for SBI PO

The candidate should be an Indian citizen.

Candidates who have already appeared for the utmost number of permissible chances are not eligible to apply.

Appearing in a preliminary exam won't be counted as an opportunity.

The SBI PO Selection Process includes the following three stages :

To be shortlisted, candidates must pass each examination and enter the subsequent stage. The ultimate selection will be based on merit.

The recruitment process involves three phases i.e. Preliminary Examination, Main Examination, and Group Exercise & Interview.

The exam pattern of SBI PO 2020 is as follows.

Phase - I : Preliminary Examination

 Preliminary Examination is an online exam consisting of 100 objective type questions and each question carries 1 mark.

A mark of 0.25 is deducted for every wrong answer.

The exam will consist of 3 sections namely Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude & English Language.

There will be no sectional cut-off.

The overall score of all the sections is going to be considered for selection to the subsequent round.

This exam is of 1-hour duration consisting of 3 Sections(with separate timings for each section) as follows:

Phase-II: Main Examination:

The Main Examination will contain Objective Test and Descriptive Test for 200 and 50 marks respectively.

Both the Objective and Descriptive Tests will be held online.

Objective Test: The objective test of 3 hours duration consists of 4 Sections for a total of 200 marks. The objective test will have separate timing for each section.

Descriptive Test: The Descriptive Test of half-hour duration with two questions for 50 marks will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay).

Phase-III: Group Exercises & Interview :

Candidates qualifying in the objective and descriptive test will be called for a group exercise & interview.

The Group Exercises will be conducted for 20 marks and interview for 30 marks.

Candidates qualifying for Group Exercises & Interview under the 'OBC' category would be required to submit an OBC certificate containing the 'Non - Creamy layer' clause.

Final Selection
For preparing the final merit list, marks obtained in Main Examination (Phase-II), both Objective Test and Descriptive Test, will be added to the marks obtained in Group Exercises & Interview (Phase-III).

The applicants would need to qualify separately for both Phase-II and Phase-III.

Marks secured by the candidates in the Main Examination (out of 250) are converted to out of 75 marks and Group Exercises & Interview scores of candidates (out of 50 marks) are converted to out of 25 marks.

Upon aggregation of (out of 100) converted Main Examination and Group Exercises & Interview marks, the final merit list is reached.

SBI PO Syllabus for Prelims :

SBI PO Mains Syllabus - Objective :

Data Interpretation & Analysis Reasoning English Language General/Economy/ Banking Awareness Computer Aptitude
Tabular Graph Verbal Reasoning Reading Comprehension Financial Awareness Internet
Line Graph Syllogism Grammar Current Affairs Memory
Pie Chart Circular Seating Arrangement Vocabulary General Knowledge Keyboard Shortcuts
Bar Graph Linear Seating Arrangement Verbal Ability Static Awareness Computer Abbreviation
Radar Graph Caselet Double Lineup Word Association Banking and Financial Awareness Microsoft Office
Missing Case DI Scheduling Sentence Improvement - Computer Hardware
Let it Case DI Input Output Para Jumbles - Computer Software
Data Sufficiency Blood Relations Cloze Test - Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies
Probability Directions and Distances Error Spotting - Networking
Permutation and Combination Ordering and Ranking Fill in the blanks - Number System
- Data Sufficiency - - Operating System
- Coding and Decoding - - Basic of Logic Gates
- Code Inequalities - - -
- Course of Action - - -
- Critical Reasoning - - -
- Analytical and Decision Making - - -

SBI PO Mains Syllabus - Descriptive :

SBI PO Interview :

The examinations will be conducted online at venues across many centres in India.

State Code State/UT Preliminary Examination Centre Main Examination Centre
11 Andaman & Nicobar Port Blair Port Blair
12 Andhra Pradesh Chirala, Chittoor, Eluru, Guntur, Kadapa, Kakinada, Kurnool, Nellore, Ongole, Rajahmundhry, Srikakulam, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram Guntur, Kurnool, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam
13 Arunachal Pradesh Naharlagun Naharlagun
14 Assam Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Silchar, Tezpur Guwahati
15 Bihar Arrah, Aurangabad(Bihar), Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Gaya,
Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea
Arrah, Patna, Muzzafarpur
16 Chandigarh Chandigarh/Mohali Chandigarh/Mohali
17 Chhattisgarh Bhilai, Bilaspur, Raipur Raipur
18 Goa Panaji Panaji
19 Gujarat Ahmedabad/Gandhinagar, Anand, Himmatnagar, Jamnagar, Mehsana, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara Ahmedabad/Gandhinagar
20 Haryana Ambala, Faridabad, Gurugram, Hissar, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Panipat,
Ambala, Hissar, Faridabad, Gurugram
21 Himachal Pradesh Bilaspur, Hamirpur
Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Solan, Una
Shimla, Solan
22 Jammu & Kashmir Jammu, Samba, Srinagar Jammu, Srinagar
23 Jharkhand Bokaro, Dhanbad, Hazaribag, Jamshedpur, Ranchi Jamshedpur, Ranchi
24 Karnataka Belgaum, Bengaluru, Bidar, Davangere, Dharwad, Gulbarga, Hassan, Hubli, Mandya, Mangalore, Mysore, Shimoga, Udipi Bengaluru
25 Kerala Alappuzha, Kannur, Kochi, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad, Trichur, Thiruvananthapuram Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram
26 Ladakh Leh Leh
27 Lakshadweep Kavaratti Kavaratti
28 Madhya Pradesh Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Satna, Sagar, Ujjain Bhopal, Indore
29 Maharashtra Amaravati, Aurangabad, Chandrapur, Dhule, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Latur, Mumbai/ Thane/Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nasik, Pune, Ratnagiri,Solapur Aurangabad, Nagpur, Pune, Mumbai/ Thane/Navi
30 Manipur Imphal Imphal
31 Meghalaya Shillong Shillong
32 Mizoram Aizawl Aizawl
33 Nagaland Kohima Kohima
34 Delhi -NCR Delhi & New Delhi Delhi & New Delhi
35 Odisha Balasore, Berhampur (Ganjam), Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Rourkela, Sambalpur Bhubaneswar
36 Puducherry Puducherry Puducherry
37 Punjab Amritsar, Bhatinda, Fatehgarh Sahib, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala, Sangrur Bhatinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali,
38 Rajasthan Ajmer, Alwar, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur Jaipur
39 Sikkim Bardang - Gangtok Bardang - Gangtok
40 Tamilnadu Chennai, Coimbatore, Erode, Madurai, Nagercoil, Salem, Thanjavur, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelveli, Vellore, Virudhunagar Chennai, Madurai, Tirunelveli
41 Telangana Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, Warangal Hyderabad
42 Tripura Agartala Agartala
43 Uttar Pradesh Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Banda, Faizabad, Ghaziabad, Gonda, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Mathura, Meerut, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Noida/ Greater Noida, Sitapur, Varanasi Agra, Allahabad, Ghaziabad, Noida/Greater Noida, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Varanas
44 Uttarakhand Dehradun, Haldwani, Roorkee Dehradun
45 West Bengal Asansol, Durgapur, Hooghly, Kalyani, Kolkata, Siliguri Hooghly, Kalyani, Kolkata


Download admit card from the official website of the SBI (State Bank of India). 

Candidates should carry the ID proof like Aadhaar, Voter ID along with the SBI PO Admit Card.

Steps to download the SBI PO admit card.

Step 1: Visit the official website of SBI.

Step 2: Click on  SBI PO Admit Card 2020

Step 3: Enter the login credentials like Registration ID and Password.

Step 4: The admit card will appear on the screen.

Step 5: Recheck the details like name, date of birth, etc. and download the admit card for future use.

Soon after the SBI PO results are released, the SBI PO Cut Off 2020 will be announced.

The candidates must plan for the examination keeping in mind the past year cut off.

         A few factors depend on the cut off marks, some of which are listed below:


How to download SBI PO Cut Off 2020

The candidates can download the SBI PO Cut Off 2020 from the official website soon after the results are released.

Step 1: Open the official website of SBI.

Step 2: After opening the home page, click on the fresh link stating “SBI PO Cut Off 2020”.

Step 3: Enter the Roll number or Registration number, and date of birth or password in the given box.

Step 4: The SBI PO Cut Off 2020 will now open and the candidates can download it for further use.

Candidates can refer to the previous year cut off of Prelims, Main, and Exercise.

SBI PO Prelims Cut Off 2019

SBI PO Mains Cut Off 2019

SBI PO Final Cut Off 2019 - Interview

SBI PO Cut Off 2019 - final

In compliance with the guidelines provided by the Government of India, the Bank can arrange pre-examination training for SC/ ST/ Religious Minority Group candidates at some centres.

Candidates who are opting for pre-examination training can download their call letter for training from the Bank's website by entering their registration number and password/date of birth.

Here is an indicative list of training centres:

About the Author

Blessy Subichan Blessy Subichan is a B.Tech Graduate in Computer Science.

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