SBI PO Recruitment 2020 Check exam dates, eligibility, salary and how to apply

SBI PO 2020 exam will be conducted by State Bank of India (SBI) to select eligible candidates to the post of Probationary Officers (PO).

SBI PO exam consists of 3 phases – Prelims, Mains and GD/ Interview round. SBI PO 2020 Prelims Exam will be conducted from December 31, 2020 to January 5, 2021. Before beginning with your preparation, you should get an idea about the latest updates, selection procedure, eligibility, exam pattern, syllabus, previous year cut off etc. Please go through this article to get all the important information for the SBI PO 2020 Exam.

SBI PO 2020 Notification 

The SBI PO 2020 Notification has been released on 13th November, 2020 to recruit 2000 Probationary Officers (PO) in different offices of SBI in India. The official notification PDF for SBI PO 2020 exam is mentioned below.

SBI PO 2020 Exam Date

State Bank of India (SBI) has released Exam Dates for SBI PO 2020 exam along with its official notification. Candidates are advised to visit this page regularly to remain updated about SBI PO 2020 Exam. The exam schedule for SBI PO 2020 Exam is updated below. Let’s have a look at the tentative dates for SBI PO 2020 exam.

SBI PO Exam Schedule
Activity Tentative Dates
On-line registration including Editing/ Modification of Application by candidates 14.11.2020 to 04.12.2020
Payment of Application Fee 14.11.2020 to 04.12.2020
Download of Preliminary Examination Call Letters 3rd week of Dec 2020 onwards
Phase-I: Online Preliminary Examination 31st Dec 2020 & 2nd, 4th, 5th Jan 2021
Declaration of Result of Preliminary Examination 3rd week of January 2021
Download of Main Examination Call letter 3rd week of January 2021 onwards
Phase-II: Online Main Examination 29th January 2021
Declaration of Result of Main Examination 3rd/ 4th week of February 2021
Download of Phase-III Call Letter 3rd/ 4th week of February 2021 onwards
Phase-III: Interview (Or Interview & Group Exercises) February/ March 2021
Declaration of Final Result Last week of March 2021
Pre-Examination Training for SC/ ST/ Religious Minority Community candidates
Download of call letters for Pre-Examination Training 2nd week of Dec 2020 onwards
Conduct of Pre- Examination Training 3rd/ 4th week of Dec 2020

All Eligible and interested Candidates are required to register online for the recruitment process. The 3-tier selection process consists of Preliminary and Main Exams which will be conducted online, followed by Interview. Candidates must pass each exam to get shortlisted and progress to the next stage. Final selection will be based on merit.

SBI PO 2020 Online Application

The online application process for SBI PO Exam 2020 has started on 14th November 2020. Before proceeding with the registration and application process, all candidates are requested to go through the complete guide for SBI PO Online Application. All candidates can apply online for SBI PO 2020 exam by clicking on the link mentioned below:

Apply Online

SBI PO 2020 Application Fee

The category wise fee structure for SBI PO online application is given below. Fee/Intimation charges once paid will NOT be refunded on any account nor can it be held in reserve for any other examination or selection. The application fee must be paid online itself. To know more check the complete guide for SBI PO Application

Sr. No. Category Application Fee
1 SC/ST/PWD Nil
2 General and Others Rs. 750/- (App. Fee including intimation charges)

SBI PO Vacancy 2020

SBI PO 2020 Vacancy have been announced along with SBI PO 2020 Notification. The State Bank of India declared a total vacancy of 2000 posts for SBI PO 2020 Exam.

SBI PO Vacancy

Category SC ST OBC* EWS^ GEN Total LD# VI# HI# d & e # @
Vacancy 300 150 540 200 810 2000 20 20 20 20
Backlog 49 7
Total 300 150 540 200 810 2000 20 20 69 27

*VI: Vision Impairment

*HI: Hearing Impairment

*LD: Learning Disabilities

SBI PO Salary

Presently, the starting basic pay is 27,620/- (with 4 advance increments) in the scale of 23700-980/7-30560-1145/2-32850-1310/7-42020 applicable to Junior Management Grade Scale-I. The official will also be eligible for D.A, H.R.A/ Lease rental, C.C.A, Medical and other allowances & perquisites as per rules in force from time to time (the emoluments are likely to be revised shortly).

SBI PO Eligibility Criteria 2020

The candidate must fulfil the following two criteria to be eligible for the SBI PO Exam 2020:

• Age Limit (As on 01.04.2020): The candidate must be 21 Years to 30 Years as on 01.04.2020 i.e. candidates must have been born between 02.04.1990 and 01.04.1999 (both dates inclusive)

• Educational Qualification (as on 31.12.2020): The candidate must be a graduate in any discipline from a recognized University or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government. 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 must produce proof of having passed the graduation examination on or before 01.07.2020. Candidates with Integrated Dual Degree (IDD) certificate must ensure that the date of passing the IDD is on or before 31.08.2020. Candidates with Chartered Accountant certification may also apply.

SBI PO Selection Procedure: Important Points

The candidates should keep in mind the following points related to the SBI PO selection process:

• Biometric Verification: To ensure an error-free and secure selection procedure for SBI PO 2020, the bank may digitally capture the thumb impression of the candidate. This is done to verify the genuineness of the candidates. Any inconsistency in the biometric verification will lead to rejection of the candidature and punitive legal actions. Candidates are thus advised not to apply any kind of external matter like ink, mehandi, chemical etc. on their hands.

• Number of Attempts: The maximum number of chances are fixed for each category. Candidates who have used up all the chances are not eligible to apply. Appearing in Preliminary Exam is not counted as an attempt but appearing in Mains Exam is counted.

Category Number of Chances
General/ EWS 4
General/ EWS (PWD) 7
OBC/ OBC(PWD) 7
SC/SC(PWD)/ST/ST(PWD) No restriction

Selection Procedure:

The selection for Probationary Officers will be done through a three-tier process:

Phase-I: Preliminary Examination:

Preliminary Examination consisting of Objective Test for 100 marks will be conducted online.The test will have of 3 Sections (with separate timings for each section) as follows:

S. No. Name of Tests(Objective) No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 20 Minutes
2 Numerical Ability 35 35 20 Minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 Minutes
Total 100 100 1 Hour

Selection criteria for Main Examination: Category wise merit list will be drawn on the basis of the aggregate marks scored in the Preliminary Examination. There will be no sectional cut-off. Candidates numbering 10 times (approx.) the numbers of vacancies in each category will be short listed for Main Examination from the top of above merit list.

Phase-II: Main Examination:
Main Examination will be conducted online and will consist of Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 50 marks. The Descriptive Test will be administered immediately after conclusion of the Objective Test and candidates will have to type their Descriptive Test answers on the computer.

(i) Objective Test: The duration of objective test is 3 hours and it consists of 4Sections of total 200 marks. There will be separate timing for every section.

Test Name of the test. No. of Qs Max. Marks Duration
I Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
II Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
III General/Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
IV English Language 35 40 40 minutes
Total 155 200 3 hours

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

Selection criteria for Phase-III: Category wise merit list will be drawn on the basis of the
aggregate marks scored in Phase-II (Main Exam). There will be no sectional cut-off. Candidates numbering up to 3 times (approx.) of the category wise vacancies will be shortlisted for Phase-III from the top of the category wise merit list subject to a candidate scoring the minimum aggregate qualifying score.

Penalty for Wrong Answers (Applicable to both – Preliminary & Main Examination):
There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, 1/4th of 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 candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

Sectional Marks will not be maintained for both Preliminary & Main Examinations.

Phase-III: In view of the Social Distancing and safety measures necessitated due to COVID-19 pandemic, the 3rd
Phase may comprise of (i) Interview only (50 marks) OR (ii) Interview (30 marks) & Group Exercises (20 marks).
Candidates will have to score minimum qualifying marks in Phase-III to be considered for final selection. Candidates qualifying for Phase-III under ‘OBC’ category would be required to submit OBC certificate containing the ‘Non-Creamy layer’ clause. Candidates who have registered themselves as OBC but do not submit OBC ‘Non-Creamy layer’ certificate and request to be interviewed under General category will not be entertained.

Final Selection

The candidates will have to qualify both in Phase-II and Phase-III separately. The marks obtained in Main Examination (Phase-II), both in the Objective Test and the Descriptive Test, will be added to the marks obtained in Phase-III for preparing the final merit list. The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be
added for preparing the final merit list for selection. Marks secured by the candidates in the Phase-II (out of 250 marks) are converted to out of 75 marks and Phase-III scores of candidates (out of 50 marks) are converted to out of 25 marks. The final merit list is arrived at after aggregating (out of 100) converted marks of Phase-II and Phase-III. Selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category.

SBI PO 2020 Syllabus

While SBI issues only the broad subjects, they can be further subdivided into individual topics, based on the questions that have appeared in the exams over the past few years. The every stage of the exam is very important stage in the selection process. So without knowing SBI PO syllabus and exam pattern, you cannot make your study plan in a proper manner. The SBI PO syllabus 2020 for the prelims and the mains exam are mostly similar with slight changes. So thoroughly go through the complete SBI PO syllabus and make note of it without any mistake.

SBI PO Pre Exam Syllabus

SBI PO Prelims exam consists of 3 sections: Reasoning Ability, English Language & Numerical Ability.

English Language Numerical Ability Reasoning Ability
Reading Comprehension Number Series Puzzle and Arrangements
Cloze Test Simplification/ Approximation Inequality
Para jumbles Quadratic Equations Syllogism
Spotting Errors Data Interpretation Coding – Decoding
Sentence Improvement Miscellaneous Blood Relations
Fill in the Blanks Direction senseg
Order and Ranking

SBI PO Previous Year Exam Analysis

To help candidates get an idea of the exam level, questions, difficulty level and good attempts of the SBI PO exam, we are providing here the overall and section wise exam analysis & review of SBI PO 2019 Prelims Exam of all the shifts held online on 8th and 9th June 2019. The SBI PO Prelims exam was conducted online in the Objective type MCQ format.

Quantitative Aptitude: The Quantitative Aptitude section was of a moderate to difficulty level with the questions lengthy and time-consuming. Check the table below to know detailed analysis of Quant section:

Topic No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Data Interpretation 15 Moderate
Missing No. Series 5 Moderate
Quadratic Equation 5 Easy
Miscellaneous Word Problems 10 Moderate
Total 35 Moderate

Reasoning Ability: The Reasoning Ability section was time-consuming and of an easy to moderate difficulty level. Check the table below to know detailed analysis of Reasoning section:

Topics No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement 20 Moderate
Coding-Decoding 1 Easy
Direction Sense Test 3 Moderate
Blood Relation 4 Easy
Syllogism 4 Easy
Alphabet based 1 Easy
Comparison Based 2 Easy
Total 35 Easy-Moderate

English Language: The English Language section was of an easy difficulty level. Check the table below to know detailed analysis of English section::

Topic No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Reading Comprehension 5 Moderate
Error Detection 6 Easy
Sentence Correction 5 Easy
Single Filers 7 Easy
Cloze Test 5 Easy
Match the following based Sentence Formation 2 Easy
Total 30 Easy

SBI PO 2020 Exam Centre

While filling the online application form, applicants are required to enter their preferred exam centres for SBI PO 2020, based on their convenience. However, the Bank may allot an exam centre other than the choices made by a candidate if there is non-availability of seats at preferred venues. All the applicants have to provide 1 preference each for the Prelims exam and the Main exam.

The list of Centres for SBI PO 2020 Prelims Exam:

State Code Exam Centres for Prelims Exam State/UT
11 Port Blair Andaman & Nicobar
12 Chirala, Chittoor, Guntur, Kakinada, Kurnool, Nellore, Ongole, Puttur, Rajahmundhry, Srikakulam, Tirupati, Vijaywada, Vishakhapatnam, Vizianagaram Andhra Pradesh
13 Itanagar, Naharlagun Arunachal Pradesh
14 Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Kokrajhar, Silchar Tezpur Assam
15 Arrah, Aurangabad, Bihar Sharif, Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Gaya, Hajipur, Muzaffarpur Patna, Purnea, Samastipur, Siwan Bihar
16 Chandigarh Chandigarh
17 Bhilai, Bilaspur, Raipur Chhattisgarh
18 Panaji, Verna Goa
19 Ahmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Himmatnagar, Jamnagar, Mehsana, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara Gujarat
20 Ambala, Bahadurgarh, Hissar, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Panipat, Palwal, Sonipat, Yamunanagar Haryana
21 Baddi, Bilaspur, Dharamshala, Hamirpur, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Sirmaur, Solan, Una Himachal Pradesh
22 Jammu, Kathua, Samba, Srinagar Jammu & Kashmir
23 Bokaro, Dhanbad, Hazaribag, Jamshedpur, Ranchi Jharkhand
24 Belgaum, Bengaluru, Bidar, Gulbarga, Hubli, Mangalore, Mysore, Shimoga, Udipi Karnataka
25 Alappuzha, Kannur, Kochi, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad, Thrichur, Thiruvananthapuram Kerala
26 Kavarrati Lakshwadeep
27 Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Satna, Sagar, Ujjain Madhya Pradesh
28 Amaravati, Aurangabad, Chandrapur, Dhule Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Latur, Mumbai/ Thane/Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nasik, Pune, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Satara Maharashtra
29 Imphal Manipur
30 Ri-Bhoi, Shillong Meghalaya
31 Aizawal Mizoram
32 Kohima Nagaland
33 Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurgaon Delhi -NCR
34 Angul, Balasore, Bargarh, Baripada, Berhampur (Ganjam), Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Sambalpur Odisha
35 Puducherry Puducherry
36 Amritsar, Bhatinda, Fatehgarh Sahib, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala, Phagwara, Sangrur Punjab
37 Ajmer, Alwar, Bhilwara, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur Rajasthan
38 Gangtok Sikkim
39 Chennai, Coimbatore, Dindigul, Krishnagiri, Madurai, Nagercoil, Namakkal, Perambalur, Salem, Thanjavur, Thiruchirapalli, Tirunelvelli, Thoothukodi, Vellore Tamilnadu
40 Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, Warangal Telangana
41 Agartala Tripura
42 Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bulandshaher, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Mathura, Meerut, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Unnao, Varanasi Uttar Pradesh
43 Dehradun, Haldwani, Haridwar, Roorkee Uttarakhand
44 Asansol, Berhampur (West Bengal), Bardhaman, Durgapur, Hooghly, Howrah, Kalyani, Greater Kolkata, Siliguri West Bengal

The list of Centres for SBI PO 2020 Mains Exam:

State Code Exam Centre for Mains Exam State/UT
11 Port Blair Andaman & Nicobar
12 Guntur, Kurnool, Vijaywada, Vishakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh
13 Itanagar Arunachal Pradesh
14 Guwahati, Assam
15 Arrah, Hajipur, Patna Bihar
16 Chandigarh Chandigarh
17 Raipur Chhattisgarh
18 Panaji Goa
19 Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar Gujarat
20 Bahadurgarh, Hissar Haryana
21 Shimla, Solan, Himachal Pradesh
22 Jammu, Srinagar Jammu & Kashmir
23 Jamshedpur, Ranchi Jharkhand
24 Bengaluru Karnataka
25 Kochi,Thiruvananthapuram Kerala
26 Kavarrati Lakshwadeep
27 Bhopal, Indore Madhya Pradesh
28 Aurangabad, Nagpur, Pune, Mumbai/ Thane/ Navi Mumbai Maharashtra
29 Imphal Manipur
30 Shillong Meghalaya
31 Aizawal Mizoram
32 Kohima Nagaland
33 Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurgaon Delhi -NCR
34 Bhubaneswar, Odisha
35 Puducherry Puducherry
36 Bhatinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Patiala Punjab
37 Jaipur Rajasthan
38 Gangtok Sikkim
39 Chennai, Madurai, Tirunelvelli Tamilnadu
40 Hyderabad Telangana
41 Agartala Tripura
42 Agra, Allahabad, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Varanasi Uttar Pradesh
43 Dehradun Uttarakhand
44 Hooghly, Kalyani, Greater Kolkata West Bengal

SBI PO Pre-Exam Training

Bank may arrange pre-examination training (PET) at certain centres for SC/ ST/ Religious Minority Community candidates in consonance with the guidelines issued by Government of India. Candidates belonging to the above categories who desire to avail themselves of such training at their own cost may indicate to that effect against relevant column while applying on-line.

Bank may add additional centers or may delete some of the centers indicated for training. Candidates opting for pre-examination training should download their call letter for training from Bank’s website by entering their registration number and password/date of birth. No hard copy of the call letter will be sent.

In view of the situation arising out of COVID-19 pandemic, Bank may, dep

SBI PO 2020 Admit Card & Call Letter

The candidates should download their call letter (Pre-exam Training/ Preliminary Exam/Main Exam/ GE & Interview) and an “acquaint yourself booklet”, by entering their registration number and password/ date of birth from the Bank’s website.
NO HARD COPY OF THE CALL LETTER/ ACQUAINT YOURSELF BOOKLET WILL BE SENT BY POST.

Proof Of Identity To Be Submitted At The Time Of Examination:

The candidates must bring one photo identity proof such as passport/ Aadhar/ PAN Card/ Driving License/ Voter’s Id Card/ Bank Passbook with duly attested Photograph/Identity Card issued by School or College/ Gazetted Officer in the official letterhead in original as well as a self-attested Photocopy thereof. The photocopy of Identity proof should be submitted along with call letter to the invigilators in the examination hall, failing which, (or if identity of candidates is in doubt) the candidate will not be permitted to appear for the test.

SBI PO 2020 Results

All results pertaining to SBI PO 2020 will be made available on the official website of State bank of India, the governing body for the SBI PO exam.

The SBI PO Result 2020 will be released after each phase of the exam has been completed. SBI PO Prelims Result decides the candidates’ eligibility for SBI PO Mains exam. A cumulative score of the mains exam and the interview process is considered to prepare the final merit list of selected students. The merit list is prepared in the descending order of marks obtained by candidates. Candidates who make it to the merit list will be given the appointment letter by the Bank of Candidate’s choice.

SBI PO Final Result

Results of the Preliminary Examination, Main Examination and the Final Result will be made available on the Bank’s website.

Previous Year SBI PO Cut-Off 

To know the expected SBI PO Cut-Off, one must be aware of the Cut-Off for SBI PO 2019. Let’s have a look at the same

SBI PO Prelims Cut Off 2019

Category Prelims Cut-off (Out of 100 marks)
General 71
Economically Weaker Section (EWS) 68.25
Other Backward Caste (OBC) 68.25
Scheduled Caste (SC) 61.75
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 54.75
LD 59.50
VI 64.75
HI 16.25
D&E 0.25

SBI Clerk Mains Cut-Off

Category Main Exam Cut-off (Out of 250 marks)
General 104.42
EWS 100.89
OBC 94.28
SC 82.50
ST 77.63
LD 86.51
VI 101.75
HI 75.36
D&E 75.14

SBI Clerk Final Cut-Off

Category Final Cut Off (Normalised to 100 marks)
General 54.11
EWS 50.13
OBC 48.78
SC 45.74
ST 43.90
LD 47.11
VI 52.58
HI 35.29
D&E 33.37

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