SBI PO Selection Process 2020 | Check Complete Details

The SBI PO selection process details are available here. The SBI PO 2020 recruitment notification will also release soon. So candidates know the complete information about the SBI PO selection process here. Here we have explained all the selection phases in detail.

The State Bank of India Probationary Officer (PO) Exam is the most anticipated bank exam among the aspirants. In the upcoming SBI PO 2020 notification, you can get all the important recruitment details. We have added the tentative SBI PO exam date in the table below. Refer to this and plan your preparation. Only then you can succeed in the SBI PO selection process 2020.

Activity Tentative Dates
Online application start date July / August 2020
Online application end date July / August 2020
The download of call letters for Pre-Examination Training July / August 2020
The download of call letters for online Preliminary Examination July / August 2020
Conduct of Pre- Examination Training Available soon
Online Preliminary Examination Available soon
Result of Online Preliminary Examination Available soon
The download of Call letter for Online Main Examination Available soon
Conduct of Online Main Examination Available soon
Declaration of Result of Main Examination Available soon
The download of Call Letter for Group Exercises & Interview Available soon
Conduct of Group Exercises & Interview Available soon
Declaration of Final Result Available soon

SBI PO Selection Process:

The SBI PO full Selection process is available here for your reference. The selection process comprises three stages. They are,

  • Online Preliminary Exam
  • Online Main Exam
  • Group exercise and interview

Candidates check the SBI PO eligibility criteria and ensure your norms. So that you can apply for the exam with 100% eligibility. After the activation of the SBI PO apply online link, you can register for the exam selection process.

In this SBI PO selection process, candidates have to pass in every stage.  Only then they can get the provisional allotment order. In this selection process article, we have added the SBI PO exam pattern for prelims and mains stages. So that you can refer to the SBI PO syllabus and start your preparation.

Online Preliminary Exam:

In the SBI bank PO selection process, the prelims exam is the very first stage. The preliminary exam will take place in the online mode. The preliminary exam pattern is available here in table format. Also, we have provided the exam scheme of the prelims stage.

  • The 3 sections of the SBI PO prelims exam are quantitative aptitude, English language, and reasoning ability.
  • The sectional timing for each section is 20 minutes.
  • The maximum marks for the exam are 100.
  • The negative marks for each wrong answer are 0.25.
  • There is no sectional cut off. Candidates clearing the overall cut off will take the mains exam.
S No. Section No. Of questions Maximum marks Duration
1. Reasoning ability 35 35 20 minutes
2. Quantitative  aptitude 35 35 20 minutes
3. English language 30 30 20 minutes
  Total 100 100 1 hour

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Online Main Exam:

The mains exam is the second stage of SBI PO recruitment. The SBI PO mains exam will also take place in the online mode. This exam also has a descriptive test as well. In the descriptive test, candidates have to type the letter writing and essay. The SBI PO mains selection process details and the exam pattern are available here.

  • Including the descriptive test, the total marks for the mains exam are 250.
  • The total time duration of the SBI PO mains exam including the descriptive test is 3 hours and 30 minutes.
  • For each wrong answer, 1/4th of the marks are deducted as penalty.
  • Each section has different sectional timings as mentioned in the table.
  • The descriptive test is held in the online mode. In this test, you have to type an essay and letter writing on the given topic.
  • For the SBI PO mains selection process exam also there is no sectional cut off. Candidates clearing the overall cut off will progress to the next stage.
S No. Section No. Of questions Maximum marks Duration
1. Reasoning ability & computer aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
2. Data interpretation and analysis 35 60 45 minutes
3. General/ Economy/ Banking awareness 40 40 35 minutes
4. English language 35 40 40 minutes
  Total 155 200 3 hours
Descriptive test: Letter and essay writing 2 50 30 minutes


Interview & Group Exercise:

The final stage of this SBI PO exam selection process is group exercise & interview. The candidates shortlisted from the mains exam will attend this final round. The final round is conducted for 50 marks. The marks for the group exercise and interview are 20 and 30 respectively.

Group Exercise 20 marks
Interview 30 marks
Total  50 marks


SBI PO Final Selection Process:

From the mains exam, candidates are shortlisted for the final round of group exercise and interview. From the mains exam, the merit list will get ready for all the categories. Candidates approximately up to 3 times of the category wise vacancies are called for the final round.

The prelims marks are not necessary for the final selection. The SBI PO final selection process is completely based on the mains, Interview & group exercise marks. The marks out of 250 in mains examination are converted to 75 marks. Similarly, the marks out of 50 in Group Exercises & Interview is converted to 25 marks. The final merit list is prepared for a total of 100 marks, by adding these two totals. As per the available SBI PO vacancy, a final cut off will be fixed. The category-wise candidates scoring over the cut off marks are selected for the provisional allotment.

As the SBI PO is one of the toughest banking exams, candidates should work hard to crack each stage. As the exam pattern and selection process is available here in a detailed manner, optimize your preparation level as per the exam standard. So that you can easily crack the SBI PO exam.


Here we have added some frequently asked questions related to the SBI PO selection process 2020.

Q: There are how many stages in the SBI PO 2020 selection process?

A: There are 3 stages in SBI PO 2020 recruitment. They are prelims, mains, and group exercise & interview stages. 

Q: Is there ant sectional cut off in the prelims and mains exam selection process of SBI PO?

A: No, there is no sectional cut off for any stage.

Q: Did my prelims marks are taken for the SBI PO final selection?

A: No, the prelims marks are only necessary to enter the mains round. For final selection, prelims marks are not considered.

Q: For the final selection of SBI PO, the mains mark is necessary?

A: Yes. Though the final stage is group exercise and interview, your mains marks are also taken into account for the final merit list preparation.

Q: Is there any interview round in the SBI PO 2020 recruitment process?

A: Yes, the third round of the SBI PO recruitment process will have a group exercise and interview.

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