SBI Bank PO Exams 2021
The SBI PO Notification was released on 2nd April 2019, announcing 2000 vacancies for the post of Probationary Officer. Additionally, 133 posts are available for LD, VI, HI, D & E category candidates, according to the official notification released on sbi.co.in. In the article, we will bring you all the important information about SBI PO exam.
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Vacancy Details Total : 2000 Posts
• Bachelor Degree in Any Stream in Any Recognized University in India.
• Appearing Final Year / Semester Candidates Also Eligible to Fill the Application Form (Must Be Passed as on 31/08/2021)
• General / OBC : 600/-
• SC / ST / PH : 100/-
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SBI PO Eligibility: State Bank of India Probationary Officer (PO) Eligibility Details.
Nationality: Candidate should be a Citizen of India.
Age: Candidates age should not be below 21 years and not above 30 years as on 01-04-2021 i.e candidates must have been born not later than 01-04-1998 and not earlier than 02-04-1992 (both days inclusive).
Relaxation in the Upper Age Limit to Reserved category candidates:
Upper age is relaxable by
(i) 3 years in the case of OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) candidates.
(ii) 5 years in the case of: (a) SC/ ST candidates. (b) Ex-servicemen (including Emergency Commissioned Officers/ Short Service Commissioned Officers) who have rendered at least five years continuous Military Service and have been released on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency or/ on account of physical disability or have been released/ discharged on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service or on invalidment (c) Candidates who had ordinarily been domiciled in Kashmir Division of the State of Jammu and Kashmir between 1st January, 1980 and 31st December, 1989.
Educational Qualification: Candidates should possess Graduation in any discipline from recognized University or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government.
Note: Those who are in the Final year/ Semester of their Graduation may also apply provisionally subject to the condition that, if called for interview, they will have to produce proof of having passed the graduation examination. Candidates having integrated dual degree (IDD) certificate should ensure that the date of passing the IDD.
SBI PO Exam Selection Process
State Bank of India Probationary Officer Exam Pattern Details.
SBI PO Exam Pattern is of Three Phases – 1. Phase I, 2. Phase II, 3. Phase III.
A. Phase I: 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 test||No. of Questions||Marks||Duration|
|1.||English Language||30||30||20 minutes|
|2.||Quantitative Aptitude||35||35||20 minutes|
|3.||Reasoning Ability||35||35||20 minutes|
B. Phase- II: Main Examination (250 marks) consisting of Objective Tests and Descriptive Test.
(i). Objective Tests (200 marks): The objective test of 3 hours duration consist of 4 Sections for total 200 marks. The objective test will have separate timing for every section as follows:
|Sl||Name of test||No. of Questions||Marks||Duration|
|1.||Reasoning & Computer Aptitude||45||60||60 minutes|
|2.||Data Analysis & Interpretation||35||60||45 minutes|
|3.||General/Economy/Banking Awareness||40||40||35 minutes|
|4.||English Language||35||40||40 minutes|
The candidates are required to qualify in the Objective Tests by securing passing marks, in each of the tests, to be decided by the Bank on the basis of the performance of all the competing candidates taken together in each test to a minimum required level for each category.
(ii). Descriptive Test (50 marks): The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with two questions for 50 marks will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay).
• SBI PO 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.
• Immediately after completion of Objective Test, Descriptive Test will be administered.
• The objective test will be for 3-hour duration consisting of 4 sections – Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis & Interpretation, General Economy/Banking Awareness, English Language of total 200 marks.
• The objective test will have separate timing for every section.
• The candidates are required to qualify in each of the tests by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.
• For every correct response provided, the candidates would be awarded 1 mark and for every wrong response ¼ marks will get deducted. However, no mark will be deducted for any response.
Descriptive Section Pattern:
Along with the objective type question, the main exam will have questions in the descriptive format as well.
Following are the important points to ponder for the written examination :
• The descriptive test will be of 30 minutes duration comprising of 50 marks.
• The test will be of English Language (Letter Writing and Essay).
• The candidates are required to qualify in the descriptive test by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.
• Descriptive test paper of only those candidates will be evaluated who have scored qualifying marks in the objective tests and are placed adequately high as per total marks in objective test.
• This test will judge the writing skills of the candidates.• The descriptive paper will be conducted for 30 minutes.
Phase 3: Group Exercises and Personal Interview
The candidates who clear the cutoff score for the Main Examination would then be called for a group exercise and personal Interview test where the candidates will have to face an Interview board. The Group Exercise will carry 20 marks and Interview will carry 30 marks. The aggregate marks of candidates qualifying in both the Objective Tests and the Descriptive Test will be arranged in descending order in each category.
An adequate number of candidates in each category, as decided by the Bank will be called for Group Exercises and Interview. The qualifying marks in Group Exercises and Interview will be decided by the Bank.
What is Group Exercises in SBI PO?
In the recent notification of SBI PO, it was noticed that, Group Discussion has been replaced by Group Exercises. Now, the candidates must be wondering, what is Group Exercises? Well, under group exercises, a group of candidates work together to perform an activity while being watched by assessors. The assessors will make notes and score the candidates based on their respective contributions to the exercise.
The group exercise can take a variety of forms. Some of those are listed below:
• Discuss a general topic or area of current affairs
• Debate a work-related problem before finding a solution and presenting it back to the assessors as a group
• Complete a task
SBI PO Syllabus details:
SBI PO Syllabus is of Three Phases 1. Preliminary Examination 2. Main Examination and 3. Group Exercises & Interview.
I. Preliminary Examination: This Exam is consisting of 3 Sections as follows…
1. English Language
2. Quantitative Aptitude
3. Reasoning Ability
II. Main Examination: This is consisting of 2 papers as
a. Objective paper: This paper consists of 4 sections such as
1. Test of Reasoning & Computer Aptitude.
2. Test of Data Analysis & Interpretation.
3. Test of General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness.
4. Test of English Language.
b. Descriptive Paper: This paper is consisting of Letter Writing and Essay.
1) English language – Out here, you have to focus specifically on four aspects: Vocabulary, grammar, English usage and reading. Reading comprehension and vocabulary are generally interlinked as synonyms and antonyms asked in the exam are from the passage itself.
2) Numerical ability/ quant aptitude – Within quant, the most important aspects are arithmetic and data interpretation. The questions based on simplification and numerical series also have significant weightage. Besides that, mensuration too accounts for a couple of questions.
3) Reasoning ability – Puzzle test, mathematical inequalities, syllogisms, seating arrangement, blood relations, coding-decoding and input-output are the key topics in this area.However, logical reasoning questions such as: Statement-assumption, statement-argument, statement-course of action and statement-conclusion must not be neglected as well.
4) Computer knowledge – To comprehensively cover all the questions from this area you should study (a) keyboard shortcuts (b) software packages and usage (c) cyber security and security tools (d) abbreviations and acronyms (e) networking fundamentals (f) history of computers and programming languages (g) internet knowledge and protocols (h) basic computer terminology (i) computer hardware.
5) General and banking/ financial awareness – The syllabus of this area generally seems vague to most candidates. However, preparing yourself to handle questions based on the following topics will be of maximum benefit.
General Awareness : (a) New appointments and who is who (b) prizes and awards (c) international summits /conferences (d) government welfare schemes and initiatives (e) sports tournaments (f) science and technology projects (g) books and authors (h) international organisations
Banking/financial awareness : (a) Fiscal and monetary policy announcements (b) macroeconomic indicators (c) Indian banking system (d) regulatory framework (e) banking and financial terms (f) financial market developments (g) banking operations
NOTE : Although SBI clerk preliminary exam (tier-I) will not include areas 4 and 5, yet you must work on them simultaneously with Quant, English and Reasoning. It is so because there will not be much of a time gap between the preliminary exam and the main exam. Moreover, if you have applied for NABARD vacancies, then note that all the five areas will be a part of the preliminary (tier-I) exam.
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