SBI Exams 2021: Current Openings, Eligibility for SBI Bank Exams

SBI Bank Exam:

The State Bank of India conducts SBI bank exams to recruit the candidates for its branches across the country. SBI is the leading bank of our country. So it’s a huge privilege to work there for the aspirants. Every year the SBI recruitment is happening.

In the meantime, a huge competition prevails there among the candidates. So clearing SBI bank exams is a tough task as per the recent trends. You have to give your full potential for preparing SBI bank exams. Previously there were separate exams for SBI and its associate banks.

Banks that are Associated with SBI:

There were several associate banks of SBI. They are State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Patiala, etc. The exams were conducted separately for SBI and its associate banks. But in 2016 all the associate banks have been merged to the SBI. Then the SBI exams are conducted for that single entity.

Exams Conducted by SBI:

SBI recruitment is conducted over the years for various posts. The 3 major recruitments carried out by the SBI are,

These 3 recruitments will come once in a year. Separate notifications will get release for all the 3 posts.

SBI Notification:

At the time of recruitments for the various posts, separate notifications are released. In the SBI clerk notification, all the details about the clerical recruitment are given. Candidates can know about any information such as selection process, vacancy, exam dates, exam pattern, etc. Similarly SBI PO notification and SBI SO notification will release separately and exams are conducted in a separate manner. For each posts there will be slight differences in exam pattern, selection process, etc.

SBI Vacancy:

The vacancy is an important detail that a candidate will search for in the notification. The SBI vacancy for each post is mentioned in the appropriate notification. Also category wise vacancies are clearly mentioned in the notification.

  • SBI PO 2021 total vacancy – 2000 
  • SBI clerk 2021 total vacancy – 8000+
  • Vacancy of SBI SO 2021- 477+
SBI PO Vacancy SBI Clerk Vacancy SBI SO Vacancy

SBI Exam syllabus:

We have given here the SBI syllabus in a common manner. For prelims level and mains level the syllabus are tabulated for your reference. Knowing the updated SBI syllabus is very important to prepare in an effective manner. With the help of syllabus, you can make your own study plan for the exam preparation. In the syllabus we have covered, all the topics are included. So you can start your preparation in a confident manner.

Prelims Level Syllabus:

For all the 3 sections of the prelims exam, the updated syllabus is provided here. Normally a prelims level exam for the SBI clerk and PO will have 3 main sections. They are English language, quantitative aptitude and reasoning ability. Almost every topic is covered under these 3 sections. So, you can make your preparation more effective. If you miss out any topic in your preparation you cannot aim for the maximum marks.

Reasoning Ability Quantitative Aptitude English language
Syllogism Sequence & Series Reading comprehension
Inequality Simplification Para jumbles
Direction sense Ratio and proportion Cloze test
Blood relation Percentage Fillers
Alpha-numeric series Average Error spotting
Order and ranking Partnership Paragraph completion
Puzzle Quadratic equation Sentence connectors
Seating arrangement Profit and Loss Miscellaneous
Input Output Time and work
Coding decoding Pipes and cisterns
Data sufficiency Boats and stream
Tabulation Problems on age
Logical reasoning Problems on train
Mixture of allegation
Time, speed & distance
Data interpretation
Simple and Compound interest
Permutation, combination & probability

Mains Level Syllabus:

Normally mains level exam will have 4 or 5 sections. Here we have covered the sections of SBI PO and clerk exams in a single table. The SBI syllabus for all the sections are covered in the below table. For mains exam there will be some changes in the syllabus compared to that of prelims. In exam the level of questions will be more difficult when compared to prelims exam. So target high standard questions for mains preparation for all the topics.

Reasoning Ability Data analysis and interpretation Computer Aptitude General awareness English language
Syllogism Sequence & Series Internet Current affairs Reading comprehension
Coded Inequality Tabular graph MS Office Financial awareness Para jumbles
Coded Direction sense Line graph Memory  Static GK Cloze test
Coded Blood relation Pie chart Computer hardware Banking awareness Fillers
Alpha-numeric series Bar graph Keyboard shortcuts Error spotting
Order and ranking Radar graph Computer fundamentals Paragraph completion
Scheduling Missing DI Computer abbreviations Sentence connectors
Tabulation Caselet DI Computer terminologies Word association
Input Output Data sufficiency Operating system Vocabulary
Coding decoding Permutation, combination & probability Number system Verbal ability
Data sufficiency Miscellaneous Networking Sentence improvement
Critical reasoning Basic of logic gates Miscellaneous
Verbal reasoning
Circle Seating arrangement
Square seating arrangement
Analytical and decision making
Course of action

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SBI PO Syllabus SBI Clerk Syllabus

SBI Bank Exam Dates:

In any recruitment notification, candidates will search for the exam dates. Then only they can plan their preparation according to the SBI exam dates. In the official notification of all the SBI exam recruitments, several important dates are given. Some of them are,

  • Starting date of online registration
  • Ending date of online registration
  • Pre-exam training date
  • Preliminary exam date
  • Main exam date

Current Job Openings in SBI:

Now for this year 2021, SBI clerk notification has released. The total vacancies for the SBI clerk / Junior associate post are 8000. It is a very good number, thereby creating a wide range of opportunity for the aspirants. The other SBI job openings expected soon in this year are SBI PO and SBI SO.

Eligibility Criteria for SBI Bank Exams:

The SBI recruitment notification will contain some eligibility norms that candidates should fulfil. Some of the important SBI eligibility criteria are given below for your reference. 

Age Limit:

The SBI age eligibility criteria are given here. The candidates should fulfil the upper and lower age limits without fail.

Exam Minimum age Maximum age
SBI clerk 20 years 28 years
SBI PO 21 years 30 years
SBI SO The maximum age lies between 30 to 40 depending upon the post

For SBI SO recruitment, the age limit will vary depending upon the post.

Educational Qualification:

For SBI PO and clerk exams, the minimum educational qualification is any graduate degree. At least a graduate degree from a recognized institute or its equivalent is more than enough. For SBI SO post, the educational qualification varies for each post.

SBI Admit Card:

The SBI admit card is normally released 10 or 15 days prior to the exam. Candidates have to download the admit card from the official website of SBI. The admit card will have several important details. Some of them are,

  • Roll number of the candidate
  • Password for the exam login.
  • Registration number of the candidate
  • Name and address of the candidate
  • Venue of the examination.
  • Exam date and reporting time.
  • Instructions for the candidates.

Candidates have to take the SBI admit card to the exam hall without fail. Along with the admit card, you have to carry your ID proof and its Xerox. Or else you are stopped from taking the exam.

SBI Apply Online:

Once the notifications get released, it will carry the important dates. In that you can refer the start and the end dates to fill your SBI online application. In the SBI apply online process, you should keep certain things ready with you. So that you can complete the process in a single flow. Also make sure that you are using the following upgraded browsers to continue a hassle free process.

  • Internet Explorer 8 and above
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.0 and above
  • Google Chrome 3.0 and above

The pre-requisites that should be kept ready with you, while filling your SBI online application are,

  • Your valid mobile number and Email Id to get messages after the successful registration.
  • Scanned copies of passport size photograph and signature. The scanned documents should be within the permissible size limits and prescribed format.
  • Debit card or credit card to pay the online application fee.

Candidates follow the steps given here to proceed your SBI apply online process.

  • Visit the official website and click the relevant link related to the recruitment post you want to apply.
  • Click the tab “CLICK HERE FOR NEW REGISTRATION”. Then the registration page opens. There fill all the required information to complete your registration process. You will get a username and password after completing your online registration process.
  • Using the login Id and password you can open your SBI online application form. In the first page fill all your personal details without any error. Also, don’t provide any fake details.
  • Without fail, fill all the mandatory fields.
  • In the next page fill your educational qualification details and work experience if any. 
  • Then upload the scanned copies of your photograph and signature. All the uploaded documents must be within the prescribed format and size.
  • Check whether you have given all the details in a correct manner, before giving the final submit option.
  • Then pay the online application fee through the debit card, credit card or net banking, etc.
  • Take a printout of the SBI online application and fee receipt for future use.

Guidelines to Prepare Scanned Documents:

Here some guidelines are given for the scanned documents for the SBI apply online process. Candidates follow the rules given here while scanning your passport size photograph and signature.

  • You must use only the recently taken passport size photograph of size 4.5cm*3.5cm.
  • Make sure that the photograph is in colour and has preferably white background.
  • If you wear glasses, your eyes should be visible in a clear manner. Also, there should not be reflections.
  • If you use flash, there should not be red-eye.
  • The preferred dimensions of the photograph should be 200 x 230 pixels.
  • Size of photograph file should be between 20kb–50 kb. Ensure that the size of the scanned image is not more than 50kb.
  • The signature should be done on the on white paper using the Black Ink pen. Also, the signature must be signed only by the applicant and not by any other person. If the Applicant’s signature does not match at any stage, the applicant will be disqualified.
  • The preferred dimensions of the signature are 140 x 60 pixels.
  • Also, the size of signature file should be between 10kb to 20kb. Ensure that the size of the scanned image is not more than 20kb.
  • Note that the signature should not be done in CAPITAL LETTERS.

SBI Exam Fee:

For each posts the SBI exam fee will differ. And there will be also difference in the amount based on the category of candidates. The SBI exam fee is given below in detail for your reference.

The SBI exam fee for the clerical cadre is,

  • General / OBC / EWS – Rs.750
  • SC / ST / PWD / XS – Nil

For the SBI PO cadre, the online application fee is,

  • General / OBC / EWS – Rs.750
  • SC / ST / PWD – Rs.125

The SBI SO online exam fee is,

  • General / EWS / OBC – Rs.750
  • SC / ST / PWD – Rs.125

SBI Selection Process:

The SBI selection process will vary for each post. For all the posts, the selection processes are given here for your reference.

The SBI clerk recruitment is done in two stages. They are

  • Online preliminary exam
  • Online main exam

The candidates after clearing the mains exam will be called for the test of specified opted local language. In this SBI selection process of clerical post, there is no interview.

The SBI PO selection process is done in 3 stages. They are,

  • Online preliminary exam
  • Online main exam
  • Group exercise and interview

The candidates clearing the SBI PO prelims can take the mains test. The mains exam takes place for a total of 250 marks. After clearing the mains the candidates will appear for the group exercise and interview round. For this round 50 marks are allotted. In this the mains marks is converted out of 75 marks. The group exercise & interview marks are converted out of 25. In final selection these two marks are added to arrive the final score of the candidate. The candidates with final score clearing the cut off will get the allotment order.

For SBI SO recruitment, the selection process is based upon the post. There are several posts under the SBI SO recruitment. For several posts, just short listing and interview are conducted. Whereas for some of the posts, online written test and interview are conducted.

In SBI SO short listing and interview case, the candidates after the shortlist will attend the interview. The total marks for the interview is 100. Depending upon this interview marks, the final merit list is prepared.

In case of SBI SO recruitments with online written test, the selection process differs. In online written test, the professional knowledge part will carry a total of 150 marks. The interview carries 25 marks. In final merit list preparation, the online test and interview marks are taken in the 70:30 ratio.

SBI Exam Pattern:

The SBI Exam Pattern is very important for the preparation. Only if you know the topics and its weightage, you can prepare for the exam accordingly. Here the SBI exam patterns are given for all the posts and various stages.

SBI PO Prelims Exam Pattern:

The SBI PO prelims exam pattern will have 3 sections. They are English language, quantitative aptitude and reasoning ability. The information about the SBI PO prelims exam pattern are given below.

  • The reasoning ability and quantitative aptitude section have 35 questions each.
  • The English language section has 30 questions. Totally the exam has 100 questions. Each question carries one mark. So the maximum marks for the exam is 100.
  • The sectional timing for each section is 20 minutes. Also for each wrong answer, you will lose 0.25 marks as penalty.
  • There is no sectional cut off for this exam. Candidates clearing the overall cut off can take on 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

SBI PO Mains Exam Pattern:

The SBI PO mains exam pattern consists of 4 sections and a descriptive test. The 4 sections are general awareness, data interpretation & analysis, English language and reasoning ability & computer aptitude. The details about the SBI PO mains exam pattern are given here.

  • The reasoning ability & computer aptitude section has 45 questions, covering a total of 60 marks. The sectional timing for this section is 1 hour.
  • In the data interpretation & analysis section, totally 35 questions are asked. The maximum marks for this section is 60. The sectional time duration for this section is 45 minutes.
  • The number of questions in general awareness section is 40. The total marks for this section is 40. The sectional timing is 35 minutes.
  • The English language section has a total of 35 questions. The total marks for this section is 40. Also the sectional timing for this part is 40 minutes.
  • For each wrong answer, 1/4th of marks assigned to the question will decrease for negative marking.
  • In SBI PO mains exam there is no sectional cut off. To qualify for the group exercise and interview phase, candidates should clear the overall cut off.
  • As there are sectional timings, you can attend the next section, only when the ongoing section gets completed.
  • In the descriptive test you have to type letter writing and an essay. The time duration for the descriptive test is 30minutes. The total marks for the descriptive test is 50.
  • Including descriptive test, the maximum marks for the SBI PO mains exam is 250.
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

SBI Clerk Prelims Exam Pattern:

The SBI clerk exam pattern consists of 3 sections. The 3 sections are reasoning ability, quantitative aptitude, and English language. The details about the SBI clerk exam pattern are given below,

  • The reasoning ability section has 35 questions, covering a total of 35 marks.
  • The quantitative aptitude section also has 35 questions. The total marks for this section is 35.
  • There are 30 questions in the English language section. The total marks for this section is 30.
  • Overall, the exam is conducted for 100 marks.
  • If you mark wrong answer, 0.25 marks are deducted as penalty.
  • Also for each section, 20 minutes of time duration is allotted in a separate manner. So you cannot swap between the sections.
  • There is no sectional cut off for this exam. Candidates clearing the overall cut off are called for 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

SBI Clerk Mains Exam Pattern:

There are 4 sections in the SBI clerk mains exam pattern. They are reasoning ability & computer aptitude, quantitative aptitude, English language, and general / financial awareness. The main details about the pattern are given below for your reference.

  • The reasoning ability & computer aptitude section has 50 questions, covering 60 marks. The sectional timing for this part is 45 minutes.
  • There are 50 questions in the quantitative aptitude section, covering a total of 50 marks. This section also has a separate timing of 45 minutes.
  • The total number of questions in the general / financial awareness is 50, covering a total of 50 marks. Time duration of 35 minutes are given for this section.
  • There are totally 40 questions in the English language section. The total marks for this section is 40. The sectional time given for this section is 35 minutes.
  • As there are separate timings for each section, you cannot navigate through the sections as per your wish. Only after the completion of time for a particular section, you can attend the next section.
  • For each wrong answer you mark, 1/4th of the marks assigned to the question get deducted as penalty.
  • There is no sectional cut off for the individual sections.
S No. Section No. Of questions Maximum marks Duration
1. Reasoning ability & computer aptitude 50 60 45 minutes
2. Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 minutes
3. General/ Financial awareness 50 50 35 minutes
4. English language           40 40 35 minutes
Total 190 200 2 hours 40 minutes

SBI SO Exam Pattern:

The SBI SO recruitment is done for many posts. For some posts, the selection process will contain an online written test and interview. While for some posts the selection process includes just shortlisting and interview. The SBI SO exam pattern for the online written test is given below.

  • The test of reasoning covers a total of 50 questions.
  • Quantitative aptitude section has 35 questions.
  • The total questions in the English language section is 35.
  • General IT knowledge will have 25 questions.
  • Total questions in the role-based knowledge section is 50.

Except for professional knowledge section, all the other papers are of qualifying nature. The detailed exam pattern is given below for your reference.

S.No Test No. Of Questions Marks Time Duration
1 General Aptitude Test of Reasoning 50 50 90 minutes
2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
3 English Language 35 35
4 Professional Knowledge General IT knowledge 25 50 70 minutes
Role based knowledge 50 100

Exam Calendar for SBI:

The SBI exam calendar is the schedule about SBI exams in a year. In the SBI exam calendar you can find the important dates such as SBI clerk prelims, SBI PO prelims, etc. For your reference SBI exam calendar 2019 is given here for reference.

Event Date
SBI Clerk Prelims 2021 June 2021
SBI clerk mains 2021  August 2021
SBI PO prelims 2021 July 2021
SBI PO mains 2021  August 2021
SBI SO online written test 2021 October 2021

Subjects Covered in SBI Exams:

The SBI exam subject is an essential topic for an aspirant. To start the preparation for any exam, we should know the complete list of subjects included in the exam pattern. Only after knowing the list of subjects, you can make your preparation strategies. The important SBI exam subjects are,

  • Reasoning ability & Computer aptitude.
  • Quantitative aptitude
  • General / financial awareness
  • English language

Apart from these, the SBI SO exam has a professional knowledge section that depends upon the post.

Duration of SBI Exams:

The duration of SBI exams will vary for prelims and mains exams. Generally, the prelims exam will have shorter duration when compared to that of mains exams. The SBI exam duration for various exams is listed below.

  • Clerk prelims – 60 minutes
  • PO prelims – 60 minutes
  • Clerk mains – 160 minutes
  • PO mains – 210 minutes
  • SO Online Written Test – 160 minutes

How Frequently SBI Exams are conducted?

The each of the recruitment will happen once for every year. For this year SBI clerk recruitment 2021 has released with 8000 vacancies. The SBI PO and SBI SO recruitment announcements are in the pipeline for this year. They may release the notification anytime soon. So candidates keep a check on it and use the great opportunity without fail.

Maximum Attempts in SBI Exams:

The SBI exams are considered as one of the most difficult banking exams. Here both hard work and smart work are necessary for attending maximum number of questions. Time management is very important to attend more questions in the exam. For that regular mock test practice is needed. Through the mock test practice you can easily judge whether a question is simple or time consuming. So that you can target the right order of questions in the exam. In this way you can attend maximum number of questions in the exam.

SBI Exam Instructions:

In the exam hall, candidates should follow certain instructions that are mentioned in the call letter. Some of the important SBI exam instructions are given here for your reference.

  • Don’t forget to carry your exam admit card, Id proof with the photocopy and passport size photograph. Without these things, you are not permitted to take exam.
  • Reach the exam hall before the reporting time mentioned in your exam call letter. If you go late, you may not be allowed to take examination.
  • Do not enter the exam hall with mobile phones, pagers, digital watch, calculator, etc. If you carry any of the banned items to the exam hall, you will be prohibited.
  • Don’t discuss anything with the neighbour candidates during the exam. If you have any doubts, raise it to the exam invigilator.
  • If you do any malpractice in the exam hall, your candidature will be cancelled.
  • Don’t carry purses, rough papers, etc to the exam hall.

Candidates should strictly follow all the SBI exam instructions. Or else you may face some serious consequences.

SBI Exam Preparation:

Among the bank exams, SBI exams are more difficult as per the recent trends. The reason is high competition level. This is because the SBI is the leading public sector bank in our country. A fresh candidate may find very difficult to crack the exam with high toughness level. For them it’s very difficult to handle the pressure, especially for mains exams of SBI. The SBI PO mains exam is touted to be one of the most difficult bank exams to crack. Here we have added some SBI exam preparation tips that will be useful for all the SBI exams.

English Language:

In English language section, most of the students cannot maintain the accuracy. It is due to the lack of grammar knowledge. In the English knowledge section, time is not a big concern for you. This section consumes a less time when compared to the reasoning and quantitative aptitude sections. Scoring marks is also is not a big deal. But for that you need to be smart in grammar part. Prepare in all possible ways to improve your grammar skills. Some SBI exam preparation tips are given for English language section. Follow the tips to score good narks in this section.

  • The key topics in this section are error spotting, fillers, sentence correction, etc. These sections need very less time to score. All these sections will depend upon the grammar. Attend more tests on these topics and analyze your mistakes regularly. 
  • Some common practices of learning grammar are reading school books and online videos. From school books you can easily learn the basics of grammar. Then you can try to learn the grammar in a deep manner.
  • The other important topics of this section are reading comprehension and jumbled sentences. These sections need some good reading skills. You should be smart enough to read the paragraph fast and infer the meaning soon. To attain these skills read more novels, story books and magazines. Also these sections are little bit time consuming when compared to others. So more practice is needed for these topics.

Get More: English Practice Questions

Quantitative Aptitude:

The difficulty level of this section will vary for every exam. In prelims level of SBI exams the standard of questions are basic and simple. In exams like SBI PO mains, SBI clerk mains the difficult level will increase multiple times. So that you should prepare for any type of question paper. Here some of the SBI exam preparation tips are added for the quantitative aptitude section.

  • Smart tricks are must to increase your attempts in the exam. So learn and practice it in an efficient manner.
  • Don’t mug up any short cut method or trick without understanding the idea behind it.
  • Make yourself strong in mental calculation. It will help you to save an enormous amount of time. 
  • Take mock test practice for each and every topic in an individual manner. So that you will gain a lot of experience and confidence for the exam.

Get More: QA Practice Questions

Reasoning Ability:

This section is touted to be one of the easiest sections in SBI prelims level of exams. But if this section asked in difficult manner for mains level exams, it will surely test your patience. You should work hard and practice with lot of mock test series to ace this section. Practice is the key for success in this section. Some useful SBI exam preparation tips for reasoning section are given below for your reference.

  • Start your practice from the low level questions and then move on to the complex questions.
  • While practicing puzzles and seating arrangements, solve it with the timer. After each time of practice you should try to reduce the time taken for puzzle.
  • For each topic, there will be certain tricks to save time. Use appropriate tricks while solving the reasoning topics.
  • Mock test practice will help to master in difficult topics such as input-output, puzzles with 2 or 3 variables, etc.

Get More: Reasoning Practice Questions

General Awareness:

To clear the SBI mains exams, this section is the x-factor. So prepare this section with an utmost dedication. If you give average performance in other sections, then this section is the saviour for you. So concentrate more for this section. Candidates follow the SBI exam preparation tips for preparing this section with ease.

    • Prepare current affairs in a weekly basis. This will decrease your burden to a greater extent.
    • All topics such as financial awareness, banking awareness and static GK are essential to score marks.
    • Prepare hand written notes for this section. It will be useful for the purpose of revision. Also you will not forget the data easily, if you practice in this method.
    • Attend online quizzes in a frequent manner. So that you can spot your mistakes and rectify them.
  • Use power capsules for the last minute revision purposes. To study in a bulk manner in less available time, power capsules are the best option. So opt for it without any hesitation for last-minute preparation.

Get More: GA Practice Questions

Descriptive Test:

This test will be in typing mode. The descriptive test is not a part of SBI clerk exam. For SBI PO mains exam, this topic alone covers a total of 50 marks. In this test you have to type a letter writing and essay on given topics. As there will be time limit, improve your typing skills. So that you can type faster. Then prepare essay and letter writing topics on the exam point of view. For that you can refer the SBI PO previous year question papers to get an idea. Then prepare for all the topics of letter writing and essay. Prepare the content in thorough manner, such that you can type in the exam in a full flow.

Interview Tips:

For SBI Clerk recruitment process, there is no interview round. For SBI PO and SBI SO selection interview round is there. Candidates follow the SBI interview preparation tips given below for your reference.

  • Prepare recent current affairs for at least 4 months. Also, give importance to the banking awareness.
  • Dress in a neat manner for this round. Prefer formal shirt, pants and shoes. Avoid casual shirts and jean clothes.
  • Comb your hairs and sport a well groomed look.
  • Before entering the interview hall, make sure that you have put your mobile in the silent mode.
  • After entering the interview hall greet everyone and take your seat.
  • Answer all the questions in a bold manner. Don’t show any nervousness before the interviewer.
  • Give brief explanations only if needed. Your answers should be in a clear and crisp manner.
  • In both group exercise and interview you should maintain a good body language.

Some General Exam Tips:

Candidates follow the general SBI exam preparation tips given below.

  • Start your preparation with a quality study plan. Don’t miss out any topics in your study plan. 
  • To get an idea about the exam, analyze the previous year cut-offs, and exam analysis.
  • In between the study plan, allocate time for the mock test practice. So that you can be confident till the exam day.
  • Then take more sectional mock tests to assess your strength in each section. 
  • To assess your overall preparation standard take full-length mock tests. 
  • Assess and correct the mistakes that you have committed in mock test practice. 
  • Prepare an exam strategy that suits your strength. So that you should attend more questions in very less time. Mock test practice will give you an idea about time management.

SBI Cut Off:

The SBI cut off is fixed at various stages of recruitment to filter the candidates for further stages. It is the minimum eligible score to pass in the exam. Without clearing the cut off you cannot move on to the next selection stages. Here we have compared the previous year cut offs for the SBI clerk and SBI PO exams. So you can understand the trend in cut off change.

State SBI Clerk 2018 mains overall cut off SBI Clerk 2019 mains overall cut off
Andhra Pradesh 99.75
Assam 85
Bihar 96 98
Chattisgarh 91.50 87.75
Delhi  104.80 99.75
Gujarat 85 91.25
Haryana 99 103.25
Himachal Pradesh 98.25 101.25
Jharkhand 86 97.50
Karnataka 83.90 85.75
Kerala 96.25
Madhya Pradesh 92.60 94.75
Maharastra 85.65 89.75
Odhisha 88.80 94.75
Rajasthan 96.75 97
Tamil Nadu 93.75 98
Uttar Pradesh 96 97.50
Uttarakhand 96.50
West Bengal 95.30 97.25

SBI PO Mains Final Normalized Cut Off

      Category SBI PO Mains Final Normalized Cut Off (Out of 100)
2019 2018
General 54.11 50.79
EWS 50.13
OBC 48.78 46.26
SC 45.74 43.99
ST 43.90 39.87
LD 47.11 43.04
VI 52.58 47.09
HI 35.29 32.69
D & E 33.37

By comparing the previous year cut-offs, you can analyze the trend, competition level and other factors.

How to Calculate Cut off Mark for SBI Exam?

For each SBI exams the calculation of final cut off will differ in a slight manner. Also, the SBI cut off calculation will differ for each recruitment exams. In clerk exam the final cut off is the marks obtained by you in the mains exam. Your mains exam marks are arrived by adding aggregate scores in all the four sections.

In SBI PO exam your final cut off will depend upon your mains score and the group exercise & interview marks. So the prelims marks is not considered here. The maximum marks for the mains exam is 200. Also the maximum marks for the group exercise & interview stage is 50. In the process of final cut off calculation, the mains mark is converted out of 75. And the group exercise & interview marks are converted out of 25. By the addition of these two marks, a final cut off out of 100 is fixed. So the candidates clearing this final cut off are considered for the merit list.

Normalization in SBI Exams:

Normalization is a process of score correction. It is a usual process in many competitive exams. The method used here is equi-percentile method. The exams are conducted through various number of shifts. The difficulty level of paper will vary for every shift. So there will be a huge difference level between the marks of candidates in various shifts. That is, in an easy level exam, a moderate candidate can easily score more marks. In the meantime, a topper candidate can may score average marks in the high standard paper. But we cannot compare the scores of those candidates on a same scale. To avoid this, normalization method is followed to correct the scores of the candidates to a common scale. After the correction of scores, the SBI cut off is fixed based on that.

Process of Normalization:

The normalization process is done in following steps.

  • The first step is to arrive the percentile rank of the candidates. It is calculated using a formula given below.

Candidate’s percentile rank = {(Total number of students in a slot) – (Rank of the candidate in that slot) / (Total number of students in a slot – 1)} * 100

  • Based on the formula, the percentile score of all the candidates are calculated. Now, arrived score is the corrected score as per the normalization method.
  • With these corrected scores, the candidates are ranked and a minimum cut off is fixed.

The minimum cut off is fixed based on the available vacancy. The candidates clearing the minimum cut off will progress to the next selection stages.

SBI Exam Result:

The results of the various stages in the SBI recruitments are announced on their official website. Candidates can check their SBI exam result by following the steps provided here.

  • Go to the official website to check your relevant SBI exam result for any post.
  • In the home page there will be a section called careers. If you click that section, you will get to see the relevant result link. If you click that link you will land on the page to check your exam result.
  • Enter your roll number and password. Also here the password is your date of birth.
  • Then enter the captcha code that appears near the submit button.
  • Give the submit button to check your SBI exam result status. Take print out of your result for the future use.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Here some of the doubts of candidates regarding the SBI exams are given in the FAQ format. It will be useful for your reference.

Q1: Is Experience required to apply for the SBI bank exams?

A: For SBI PO and clerk recruitments experience is not needed. But for the SO recruitments experience is needed as per the posts.

Q2: How can I apply for the SBI bank exams?

A: The mode of application is only through the online. Also you must submit your online application within the final date mentioned in the official notification.

Q3: What is the mode of test in SBI bank exams?

A: The tests are conducted in the online mode. And also the tests will be available in bilingual mode (English and Hindi).

Q4: How many times the SBI bank exams conducted in a year?

A: For every year the exams are conducted one time for the clerical, PO and SO cadres.

Q5: Does SBI exams have a negative marking system?

A: Yes, there is negative marking system. As a result of each wrong answer, you will lose 1/4th of the marks.