SBI PO – SELECTION PROCEDURE

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Phase 1: Objective test & Descriptive test

Phase 2: Group discussion & Interview

State Bank of India’s New exam pattern consists of two exams namely Preliminary Examination & Main Examination.SBI has revised its exam pattern immediately after it started conducting Online Exams in 2014.The Detailed view of SBI’s New exam pattern is given below.

Phase-I: Preliminary Examination

Preliminary Examination consisting of Objective Tests for 100 marks will be conducted online. This test would be of 1 hour duration consisting of 3 Sections as follows:

S. NoName of SectionNo. of QuestionsMarksDuration
1English Language3030Composite time of 60 minutes
2Logical Reasoning3535
3Quantitative Aptitude3535
 Total100100
Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing passing marks to be decided by the Bank.


Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by the Bank
(approximately 20 times the numbers of vacancies subject to availability) will be short listed for the Main Examination.

Phase – II: Main Examination

Main Examination will consist of Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 50 marks. Both the Objective and Descriptive Tests will be online.

Candidates will have to answer the Descriptive test by typing on the computer. Immediately after completion of the Objective Test, Descriptive Test will be administered.

(i) Objective Test:

The Objective Test of 2-hour duration consists of 4 Sections with 50 marks each (Total 200 marks) as follows:

  • Test of English Language (Grammar, Vocabulary, Comprehension, etc.)
  • Test of General Awareness, Marketing & Computers
  • Test of Data Analysis & Interpretation
  • Test of Reasoning (High Level)
  • The candidates are required to qualify in each of the Tests by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.

(ii) Descriptive Test:

The Descriptive Test of 1-hour duration with 50 marks will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay). The candidates are required to qualify in the Descriptive Test by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.

Phase – III: Group Discussion (20 marks) & Interview (30 marks)

The aggregate marks of candidates qualifying in both the Objective Tests and Descriptive Test will be arranged in descending order in each category. The adequate number of candidates in each category, as decided by the Bank will be called for Group Discussion and Interview. The qualifying marks in Group Discussion & Interview will be as decided by the Bank.

Candidates qualifying for GD & Interview under the ‘OBC’ category would be required to submit an OBC certificate containing the ‘Non-Creamy layer’ clause. Candidates not submitting the OBC certificate containing the ‘Non Creamy layer’ clause and requesting to be interviewed under the General category will not be entertained.

Final Selection

The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added for the selection and only the marks obtained in Main Examination (Phase-II) will be added to the marks obtained in GD & Interview (Phase-III) for preparation of the final merit list.

Finally, the selected list of candidates will be made available on the Bank’s website. The final select list will also be published in Employment News/ Rozgar Samachar.

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