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SBI PO Exam 2020 Cut off : Check Previous Year Cut off

SBI PO Cut Off: The State Bank of India is yet to release SBI PO recruitment notification for this year. Here we are giving brief details about SBI PO cut off 2020. Candidates know the arrival process of SBI PO prelims cut off and mains cut off explained here.

The SBI PO cut off is released along with or after the SBI PO result is declared. The SBI PO cut off is based on the overall performance of candidates, in the exam, across the country.

The State Bank of India is the conducting body for the SBI PO exam and also the body that is responsible to declare the SBI PO cut off. 

The cut off is the minimum required score to pass the exam. It is fixed at various stages of the selection process to filter the candidates. The cut off is based upon various factors. The main influence is based on the announced vacancy. The other important factors are exam difficulty level in various shifts, number of applicants, etc. Here the detailed explanation is given about the SBI PO cut off at all stages. Also, detailed information about the previous year cut off are added. By going through this article you will have no doubts regarding the cut off and score calculation at various stages.

How to Calculate Cut Off Marks for SBI PO?

The SBI PO selection is a step by step process involving 3 stages. The 3 stages are given below in the actual order.

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

After the prelims exam, the SBI PO prelims cut off is set and the result announced based on that. The cut off is fixed to select candidates approximately 10 times the number of vacancies in each category. The selected candidates are announced to face the mains exam.

Then the mains exam result is announced with the SBI PO mains cut off. It is to select candidates approximately 3 times the number of vacancies in each category.

The selected candidates will face the group exercise and interview round. After the completion of this round, the SBI PO final cut off is fixed to announce the provisional allotment order to the candidates.

SBI PO Prelims Cut Off:

The SBI PO prelims exam is the very first stage of this recruitment process. The SBI PO prelims exam has totally 3 sections. They are,

  1. English language – 30 questions
  2. Quantitative aptitude – 35 questions
  3. Reasoning ability – 35 questions

The candidates have to clear the SBI PO prelims overall cut off to pass in this exam. But there is no sectional cut off for this exam. The total number of questions in the prelims exam is 100. For each correct answer one mark is awarded. For each wrong answer 0.25 marks get reduced. Also the sectional timing is available as mentioned in the table.

S No.SectionNo. Of questionsMaximum marksDuration
1.Reasoning ability3535  20 minutes
2.Quantitative  aptitude3535  20 minutes
3.English language3030  20 minutes
Total1001001 hour


As the total marks is 100, the SBI PO prelims cut off is fixed out of 100 marks. Your SBI PO score is the aggregate marks in all the 3 sections.

SBI PO prelims score = (marks in English language) + (marks in reasoning ability) + (marks in quantitative aptitude).

The candidates obtaining scores greater than or equal to the fixed SBI PO prelims cut off are qualified in the exam. They will appear for the mains exam further.

The SBI PO cut off is released separately for the prelims and mains exam. The prelims exam is only qualifying in nature and candidates need to get the minimum cut off to qualify this level.

The final merit is released based on the marks scored by candidates in the mains exam and the Interview/Group discussion. It is important that a candidate does not only attain the SBI PO cut off for mains exam but also score high marks so as to increase their overall merit.

Check SBI PO Previous Year Paper (Pre + Mains) for better understanding of the Exam Pattern & Prepare accordingly. Previous Year Papers helps you analyze the Nature of Questions in Each Section, Time Management & gives you a clear picture of the Exam.

SBI PO Mains Cut Off:

Mains exam is the second stage of the SBI PO recruitment process. There are totally 4 sections and a descriptive test in the mains exam.

  • Reasoning & Computer Aptitude – 45 questions
  • Data Analysis & Interpretation – 35 questions
  • General / Economy / Banking Awareness – 40 questions
  • English language – 35 questions
  • Descriptive test – Letter writing & essay (Typing mode)

For each wrong answer, 1/4th of the marks allotted to that question get reduced as penalty. The sectional timing and mark details are available in the table.

S No.SectionNo. Of questionsMaximum marksDuration
1.Reasoning ability & computer aptitude456060 minutes
2.Data interpretation and analysis356045 minutes
3.General/ Economy/ Banking awareness404035 minutes
4.English language354040 minutes
Total1552003 hours
Descriptive test: Letter and Essay Writing25030 minutes


Thus the total marks for this exam is 250. Here also there is no sectional cut off. It is enough for the candidates to clear the SBI PO mains overall cut off to pass in the exam.

SBI PO mains score = (marks in Reasoning & Computer Aptitude) + (marks in Data Analysis & Interpretation) + (marks in general awareness) + (marks in English language) + (marks in descriptive test).

The SBI PO mains cut off is fixed out of 250 marks. The candidates clearing this cut off will appear for the final round of selection.

Candidates preparing For SBI PO 2020 Exam can check the SBI PO Exam Pattern to know the subjects, marks distribution and duration of exams that will help candidates to strategize and crack SBI PO 2020 Examination.

SBI PO Final Cut Off:

The third and final stage of SBI PO selection consists of group exercise and interview.

  • Group exercise – 20 marks
  • Interview – 30 marks.

Thus the total marks for the final round is 50. The arrival of the SBI PO final cut off is explained in the table below.

  • In the SBI PO final cut off calculation, the prelims mark is not considered.
  • The mains mark is converted out of 75.
  • The marks of the final round is converted out of 25.
  • Your SBI PO final score is obtained by the addition of both the converted marks of mains and final stage.

The candidates clearing the SBI PO final cut off will get the allotment order.

StageTotal marksConverted marks out ofSBI PO final cut off
Mains exam25075Fixed out of 100 (By adding the converted marks of mains and final round)
Final round (Group exercise & Interview)5025


Normalization in SBI PO Scores:

The process of normalization has been adopted for calculating the final cut off score of SBI PO 2020. The procedure for calculating cut off score is given below. The recruitment of candidates is done strictly on the basis of SBI PO result cum merit list.

The difficulty level of the exam will vary in each exam slot. Some shifts will have an easy question paper. While some other shifts will have difficult papers. So there will be an imbalance  among the marks of the candidates. In other words, the candidates in difficult shifts will get affected and may score lower than the candidates in easier shifts. To correct this, the normalization process is applied to the scores of the candidates. Candidates clearing the SBI PO cut off with the corrected score are qualified in the exam.

The normalization process will arrive in the following steps.

  • In the first step, the percentile rank of the candidates is calculated. For that a formula is 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

  • Using the formula, the percentile score of all the candidates are calculated. With these corrected scores, the candidates clearing the SBI PO cut off are eligible for selection.

Why is SBI PO Cut Off high?

SBI PO 2020 is conducted for the recruitment of probationary officers in several branches of State Bank of India. Nearly 9.5 lakhs candidates apply for SBI PO each year, out of which only 10 times the number of vacancies, candidates will be selected to appear for the main exam. 

As per the recent trends, the SBI PO cut off is going very high. It is due to the tough competition among the aspirants to join the leading public sector bank in India. Also the exam has also become very tough. It is also a general comment that the candidates clearing SBI PO can clear any bank exams easily. Such is the standard of the SBI PO exam. You can analyze the SBI PO previous year cut off and see the cut off trend. So that you can understand the level of the exam and prepare harder to clear it. 

What Was SBI PO Cut Off 2019?

Here the SBI PO 2019 cut off for various stages are given for reference. You can analyze the exam level by referring to it. In the table, cut-offs are given for all the 3 stages. You can also go for wild guesses on SBI PO mains cut off 2020 with reference to it.

        CategorySBI PO 2019 Prelims Cut Off (Out of 100)SBI PO 2019 Mains Cut Off (Out of 250)SBI PO 2019 Mains Final Normalized Cut Off (Out of 100)
D & E75.1433.37

What is the Expected Cut Off of SBI PO Pre 2020?

Talking about the SBI PO expected cut off 2020 is too early for now. We will update the expected cut off once the exam gets finished. But you can fix a target and prepare to clear the exam. 

The number of candidates who appear for the exam will play a role in deciding the SBI PO 2020 Cut-Off marks. It will also depend on the number of available posts for recruitment purposes. The reservation applicable for different categories is also a relevant factor.

Question paper difficulty level must also be considered when calculating the cut-off score. It must be noted that the cut-off marks, once decided and announced by SBI, cannot be contested. The candidates will have no right to challenge the cut-off, in case they are dissatisfied with it.

By seeing the cut off for 2019, the expected SBI PO prelims cut off 2020 may fall in the range of 71 to 75 for general category. Because there is a trend of increase in the cut off. So there is a probability that the level of the question paper will be tougher than that of the last year.

Similarly the expected SBI PO mains cut off 2020 may be around 108 to 115. All these are just the expectations. Still the exam has to get over. And the vacancy will have a huge influence over the cut off. So prepare with high dedication and don’t care about the cut off.

SBI PO Previous Year Cut Off Comparison:

Here the SBI PO cut off was given for the years 2017, 2018, and 2019. So that it is easy for you to compare the cut off for the last 3 years. If you analyze the trend, for almost all the categories there is a sharp increase in the cut off. All the preliminary, mains and final cut off are showing a steady increase, except for 1 or 2 instances.

SBI PO Prelims Cut Off (Out of 100)

        CategorySBI PO Prelims Cut Off (Out of 100)

SBI PO Mains Cut Off (Out of 250)

        CategorySBI PO Mains Cut Off (Out of 250)
D & E75.14

SBI PO Mains Final Normalized Cut Off (Out of 100)

      CategorySBI PO Mains Final Normalized Cut Off (Out of 100)
D & E33.37


Evaluation of SBI PO 2020 Cut Off

The SBI PO cut off decided to keep certain factors in mind. Given below is a list of factors that are responsible for calculating the SBI PO cut off:

  1. Performance of candidates in the exam
  2. Number of vacancies released
  3. The difficulty level of exam

How to Tackle the High SBI PO Expected Cut Off 2020?

So many candidates are feared about the high cut off. But it’s too early to guess the cut off. But you have to prepare in all possible ways to tackle the competition. If your preparation standard is good, you need not fear about the cut off. So as for now, focus completely on your preparation and rectify your mistakes. Don’t bother about the cut off analysis. You can try various methods of preparation and mock test practice. If you gain confidence, you can automatically wipe off the fear about the SBI PO cut off 2020.

Things To Remember

  • There is no sectional cut-off after 2017 SBI PO Exam nor in prelims neither in mains.
  • Descriptive paper is only in mains and it is of 50 marks.
  • There is negative marking in prelims as well as in mains examination.
  • There is provision of normalization of score.

Related Links:

SBI PO Syllabus 2020SBI PO Mock TestSBI PO Prelims Result

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What is the sectional cut off for English language section in the 2019 SBI PO prelims exam?

A: For SBI PO exam there is no sectional cut off for any section in both prelims and mains exam.

Q: In which ratio the mains exam and final round marks are taken to calculate the SBI PO final cut off?

A: For the calculation of final cut off the mains and final round marks are taken in a 75:25 ratio respectively.

Q:  Will the preliminary score be taken into account for the arrival of SBI PO final cut off?

A: No. The preliminary score is only required to qualify for the mains exam. The role of the preliminary score is over there itself. For the final cut off, mains score and group exercise & interview score are only required.

Q: Is there any sectional cut off in the SBI PO prelims or mains exam?

A: SBI removed sectional cut off in 2018 from both prelims and mains exam. Hence, candidates only need to attain the overall cut off to qualify for the exam.

Q: How to check the SBI PO Cut off 2020?

A: Given below are the steps to check the SBI PO cut off:

  • Visit the official SBI website
  • Click the SBI PO cut off link
  • Enter registration number and password
  • The cut off is displayed on the screen

The SBI PO scorecard is mostly released a week after the result has been declared.

Q: How is the SBI PO cut off calculated?

A: The SBI PO cut off is calculated keeping certain factors in consideration:

  • Number of applicants
  • Number of vacancies
  • Level of exam
  • Previous year cut off marks

SBI reserves the right to declare the SBI PO cut off. It may increase or decrease as per the requirement of the conducting body