SBI PO 2018

When it comes to the Indian banking sector, SBI holds the top position. Either it’s about managing one’s finance and accounting or getting a banking job, SBI is the first choice for the masses. Being one of the largest public sector banks, SBI has a lot of options for account holders and various types of vacancies for job seekers. So, today in this article, we will discuss the SBI PO exam which is conducted every year for probationary officers and clerical jobs.

If we talk about the last year, more than 2400 posts were notified of the SBI PO exam during February 2017. Every year more than 2000 posts are notified for the same.

As the bank holds uttermost prestige in the Indian banking sector, it provides a dream opportunity to banking and government sector job aspirants. Also, the number of SBI Probationary Officers posts are increasing on a year-by-year basis. It is expected that following the same growth pattern, a considerable number of posts will be notified for SBI PO 2018.

As its a national level exam, candidates from all over India can apply for SBI PO 2018. Secondly, Graduation is must for the SBI PO and clerical exam. We will discuss all the aspects of SBI Probationary Officers exam and how a candidate can prepare for it.

SBI PO Notification 2018

Official SBI PO 2018 Notifications will be out very soon. The final dates are still unknown. But if we analyse the previous notifications release dates, we will observe that notifications releases in February or March. Once the notifications are out, eligible and interested candidates can apply for SBI PO 2018 online test. It can be done by filling the form and paying the Exam’s fee through SBI’s official website

Also, you can download the official SBI PO Notification 2018  here.

SBI PO Vacancy 2018

SBI(State Bank of India) declared 2403 posts/vacancies for SBI Probationary Officers 2017. Out of 2403, 90 posts/vacancies were reserved for disabled candidates. As the SBI PO Notification 2018 is still waiting for its release, an exact number of posts or vacancies is unknown until now.

More than 20 lakh aspirants attempt SBI PO Exam every year. If we observe the year-on-year vacancies, it will conclude that more than 2,000 SBI PO Vacancy will be there in 2018.

SBI PO Exam Date 2018:

Important dates for SBI PO Notification is around the corner. As soon the notifications are released we will update the table below. Although following the previous years’ pattern, we can estimate tentative dates for the same.

Here are the important tentative dates for SBI PO 2018:

Activity Date
Online Registration Tentative Date February-March  2018
Online Fees/Charges Payments Tentative Date February-March  2018
SBI PO Preliminary Exam Call Letter Downloading Tentative Date April 2018
SBI PO Preliminary Exam Tentative Date April-May 2018
SBI PO Preliminary Exam Result Declaration Tentative Date May 2018
SBI PO Call Letter Download for Main Exam Tentative Date May 2018
SBI PO Mains Exam Tentative Date June 2018
SBI PO Mains Exam Result Declaration Tentative Date June 2018
SBI PO Interview Call Letter Declaration and Download Tentative Date June 2018
Group Exercise & Interview’s Tentative Date July 2018
Final Result Declaration Tentative Date October 2018

SBI PO Exam Centre 2018

As its a national level exam, SBI PO Exam is conducted at several locations all over India. Candidates can select and fill their preferred exam centre out of a list provided by SBI. However, a candidate might get different centre depending on availability of seats on that centre.

SBI PO Exam Pattern

SBI PO Main Examination consists of 155 Objective-Type Questions making a total of 200 marks. Descriptive-Type Questions makes a total of 50 marks. Both sections make a total of 250 marks and test for both is conducted online.

Descriptive type questions are required to answer in a descriptive manner and shall be answered by typing while attempting them online. As soon the objective test is completed, the descriptive test starts.

Objective Test

  • The objective test consists of 4 sections and should be completed within 3 hours. It will have a total weightage of 200 marks.
  • Each section of the objective test will have separate timing/duration.
  • To qualify each section, candidates must secure passing marks in each section separately.
S.No. Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning and  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
Total 155 200 180 minutes

Descriptive Test

  • The Descriptive Test will have a total weightage of 50 marks and should be completed within 30 minutes.
  • This section consists of long answers and primarily test Candidate’s English Language (Letter Writing & Essay).
  • Just like each Objective Section, candidates must pass this section separately to proceed to further rounds.

SBI PO Interview

Candidates are ranked in each category on the basis of total marks(objective + descriptive) scored. Top-ranked candidates will be selected and will be called for Group Exercises and Interview. The qualifying marks are subjected to the decision of SBI itself.

OBC candidates qualifying for Group Exercises & Interview must carry OBC certificate containing the ‘Non-Creamy layer’ clause. If a candidate fails to submit OBC certificate containing the ‘Non-Creamy layer’ clause, he/she will not be entertained to give the Group Exercises & Interview under General category.

Wrong Answers Penalty

For each incorrectly answered objective question(in both Preliminary and Mains exams), candidate’s total score will be reduced by 1/4 of the marks assigned to that particular question.

If a candidate leaves a question without answering, it will not affect the total score in any way(positive or negative). So be cautious while attempting any Objective-Type question in SBI PO Exams 2018.

SBI PO Examination’s Final Score Calculation

SBI PO 2018 Examinations will have two main sections (Preliminary and Mains). But both have different weightage and different importance. Below are some important points related to SBI PO Exams 2018:

  • SBI PO Premilinar Exam will not affect candidate’s final selection. Preliminary exams are conducted just to qualify for SBI PO Mains exams.
  • Candidate must pass both Mains Exams and Group Exercises/Interview to be considered for final selection.
  • Final Score for Merit List will be based on Mains Exams and Final Interview. The ratio for that will be 80:20 respectively.
  • Similarly, Preliminary Score will be calculated from the written test (objective and descriptive) and Group Exercises/Interview in a ration of 75:25.

The final merit list will be published under Employment News or Rozgar Samachar in newspapers. It will be published on Bank’s website also.

SBI Probationary Officers Exam 2018 Syllabus

Just like any other Banking exam, SBI PO Exam consists of problems based on Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Language. Although SBI doesn’t provide detailed syllabus or topics, it has been observed that exam is based on the topics and categories listed in the table below:

SBI Probationary Officers Prelims Exam Syllabus 2018

Reasoning Ability Quantitative Aptitude English Language
Logical Reasoning Simplification/Approximation Reading Comprehension
Alphanumeric Series Profit & Loss Cloze Test
Order and Ranking Mixtures & Alligations Para Jumbles
Data Sufficiency Simple/Compound Interest Multiple Meaning / Error Spotting
Coded Inequalities Work & Time Fill in the blanks
Seating Arrangement Time & Distance Miscellaneous
Puzzle Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere Paragraph Completion
Tabulation Data Interpretation Sentence Improvement
Syllogism Ratio & Proportion, Percentage
Blood Relations Number Systems
Input-Output Sequence & Series
Coding Decoding Permutation, Combination & Probability
Inequality Surds & Indices
Direction Problems Quadratic Equations
Alphabet Based Problems Miscellaneous

SBI Probationary Officers Mains Exam Syllabus 2018

SBI PO Mains Examination has 5 sections: Reasoning & Computer, Data Analysis & Interpretation, English Language, General Awareness, and Descriptive Test (LetterWriting & Essay).

Reasoning Data Analysis & interpretation English Language General/Economy/ Banking Awareness Computer Awareness
Verbal Reasoning Tabular Graph Reading Comprehension Financial Awareness Internet
Syllogism Line Graph Grammar Current Affairs Memory
Circular Seating Arrangement Pie Chart Vocabulary General Knowledge Keyboard Shortcuts
Linear Seating Arrangement Bar Graph Verbal Ability Static Awareness Computer Abbreviation
Double Lineup Radar Graph Caselet Word Association Banking and Financial Awareness Microsoft Office
Scheduling Missing Case DI Sentence Improvement Computer Hardware
Input-Output Let it Case DI Para Jumbles Computer Software
Blood Relations Data Sufficiency Cloze Test Operating System
Directions and Distances Probability Error Spotting Networking
Ordering and Ranking Permutation and Combination Fill in the blanks Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies
Data Sufficiency
Coding and Decoding
Code Inequalities
Course of Action
Critical Reasoning
Analytical and Decision Making

SBI PO Eligibility

One should be eligible to sit in SBI PO Exams if he/she meets the complete requirement mentioned below.


First eligibility for SBI PO exam is a graduation degree. It can be in different streams including B.A., B.Com., B.Sc., B.Tech., etc. The degree should be from a Government of India recognized university. Candidates with an equivalent qualification recognized by the Central Government can also apply.

Candidates who haven’t completed their graduation and are in the final year/semester can also apply provisionally. But when they will appear for an interview, they must carry proof that their graduation is completed before 01.07.2018. Candidates having Integrated Dual Degree (IDD) can also appear but only if their IDD is completed on or before 01.07.2018.


The candidate must be between 20 years and 30 years old while registering for the SBI PO exam. Apart from that, the candidates are provided age relaxation depending on their caste/tribe, gender or disability. Below table consist of age relaxation different categories of candidates:

Category Age Relaxation
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) 5 years
Other Backward Classes (OBC Non-Creamy Layer) 3 years
Persons with Disabilities (PWD) 10 years
Ex-Servicemen (Army personnel) 5 years
Persons with Domicile of Jammu &Kashmir during the period of 1-1-1980 to 31-12-1989 5 years

Number of Chances

There is a limit on how many times an eligible candidate can attempt SBI Probationary Officer Exam. The limit is based on the category of the candidate. Please go through the table below to know the exact number of chances a candidate has:

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

Nationality/Citizenship of Applicants

At least one of the following nationality conditions should be satisfied to appear for SBI PO Examination:

  1. Citizen of India
  2. A subject of Nepal or Bhutan
  3. Tibetan Refugee who settled in India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanent settlement
  4. Person of Indian Origin (PIO) who have migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam or East African countries of Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Zaire, Zambia, Malawi with the intention of permanent settlement in India
  5. Candidates belonging to the 2nd, 3rd or 4th category must show their certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India.

Other Requirements

  • Computer Knowledge: The candidate must have computer knowledge as the SBI Probationary Officer Exam is conducted online.
  • Language Proficiency: Candidates should have verbal and written proficiency in official language of the State/UT. The candidate should be able to read, write and speak the language.

How to Apply for SBI PO

SBI PO Online Application

SBI PO Application Fee

Just like eligibility and number of chances, SBI Probationary Officer Exam fee is also different for different category candidates. For general category candidates, it is ₹600 whereas for SC/ST/PWD category candidates it is just ₹100. The application fee is non-refundable. Candidates can pay the application fee online.


Sr. No. Category Application Fee
1 SC/ST/PWD ₹100 (Intimation Charges only)
2 General and Others ₹600 (Including intimation charges)

SBI PO Admit Card

SBI PO 2018 Result

The SBI PO 2018 result will be declared once all the Tests, Group-Exercises and Interviews are over. Candidates scoring ranks within available seats limit are considered for final interview and appointment. Candidates must fulfil all other conditions like medical fitness to clear the final hurdle.

SBI PO Cutoff

SBI PO 2018 Cutoff will be out once all the Tests, Group-Exercises/Interviews are over. You can check SBI PO 2017 cutoff below in this post. Cutoff can help candidates to know minimum marks required to clear all the levels of SBI PO 2018 Exam.

SBI PO 2017 Results

SBI PO 2017 Cutoff

Below table contains SBI PO 2017 cutoff. To know the average marks and the selected number of candidates, one can go through it.

SBI PO Prelims 2017 Level Based Cutoff

Objective Test 40 40 40 50 40 40 40
Descriptive Type Test (English Language)(Evaluated only if a candidate qualifies all Objective Tests) 17.5 17.5 17.5 20 17.5 17.5 17.5
Minimum marks required for Group Exercises-cum Interview (Objective + Descriptive Test) 62.5 62.5 79.5 89.25 62.5 88.09 62.5
Total Marks (GE + Interview) 18 18 18 20 18 18 18
Total marks secured by selected candidate(Out of 100) 38.95 28.88 40.83 46.59 37.24 46.11 32.95

SBI PO Prelims 2017 Sectional Cutoff

Category Quantitative Aptitude English Language Reasoning Ability
Cut Off Marks (GEN) 10.25 8.75 6.50
Cut Off Marks (OBC/SC/ ST/PwD) 7.00 5.75 4.00

SBI PO Prelims 2017 Category Based Cutoff

Marks 51.50 48.25 43.25 31.25 38.75 42.50 18.50

SBI PO Salary

The basic salary of SBI Probationary Officer as per Official SBI 2017 Notification is ₹23700. Apart from that, there are 4 advance increments of ₹980 (added to the basic). Including those increments, the basic becomes ₹27620.


  • Basic Salary: ₹27,620
  • Dearness Allowance: ₹12,677
  • City Compensatory Allowance (CCA): ₹870
  • Special Allowance: ₹2140
  • Total Earning Before Deductions: ₹43307


  • PF (10% of Basic): ₹2762
  • NPS (10% of Basic+DA): ₹4000
  • Income Tax: As per govt norms.
  • Other allowances including Newspapers, Entertainment Allowance, Conveyance etc.): ₹4130
  • HRA: ₹2486
  • Salary In Hand: ₹40000 per month (approx.)

Other benefits

  • Leased accommodation Ranging from ₹8,000 in ‘C’ Category Centres to ₹29,500 in Mumbai Centre
  • Medical Aid for Self (100%) and Family (75%)
  • Home Travel Concession/Leave Fare Concession
  • Concessional interest rates for Housing/Car/Personal Loans

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