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SBI PO Recruitment Selection Process & Exam Pattern

SBI PO Recruitment Selection Process & Mains Exam Pattern Penalty for Wrong Answers
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The selection of Probationary Officers will be done in three phases i.e. Preliminary examination, Main examination, and Group Exercise & Interview.

Phase I – Preliminary Examination

Phase II – Mains Examination & Descriptive Test

Phase III – Group Exercise & Interview

The candidates who are shortlisted after Preliminary examination of the SBI PO Recruitment will have to appear for the Main examination. The candidates successfully completing the main examination will be subsequently called for a Group Exercises & Interview.

SBI PO Recruitment - Prelims Exam Pattern

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. No.Name of the TestNo. of QuestionsSectional TimeMarks
1.English Language3020 minutesTotal Maximum Marks 100
2.Reasoning Ability3520 minutes
3.Quantitative Aptitude3520 minutes
Total1001 hour

Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing passing marks to be decided by the Bank. 

Selection criteria for the Main Examination: Category wise merit list will be drawn on the basis of the aggregate marks scored in the Preliminary Examination. Adequate number of candidates (approximately 10-20 times the numbers of vacancies) in each category will be shortlisted for the Main Examination from the top of the merit list.

SBI PO Recruitment - Mains Exam Pattern

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 Descriptive test by typing on the computer. Descriptive Test will be administered immediately after completion of the Objective Test.

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

TestName of the testNo. of Qs.Duration
IReasoning & Computer Aptitude4560 minutes
IIData Analysis & Interpretation3545 minutes
IIIGeneral/ Economy/ Banking Awareness4035 minutes
IVEnglish Language3540 minutes
 Total1553 hours

Descriptive Test: The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with two questions for 50 marks will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay).

Penalty for Wrong Answers - SBI PO Recruitment

Applicable to both – SBI PO Preliminary and Main Examinations

There will be a penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one-fourth of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. if no answer is marked by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

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.

SBI PO Recruitment - Final Selection

The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added for the selection. 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.

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

The final merit list is arrived at after aggregating converted marks of Main Examination and Group Exercises & Interview out of 100. The selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category.

Results of the candidates who qualify for Main Examination and Group Exercise & Interview as well as the final select list will be made available on the Bank’s website.

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