SBI PO 2018


SBI POSBI PO 2018: The official notification for recruitment of Probationary Officers in State Bank of India (SBI) has been released by the Central Recruitment & Promotion Department. The online registration process for SBI PO application began on April 21. Candidates can fill SBI PO application form 2018 online from April 21 to May 13, 2018. The recruitment process of SBI PO 2018 comprises three stage selection procedure - Preliminary Exam, Main Exam and Group Exercise & Interview. The preliminary exam is an objective test for 100 marks and is qualifying in nature. The mains examination comprises objective test and descriptive test. The objective test carries 200 marks and descriptive test is for 50 marks. Phase III of SBI PO selection process i.e. Group Exercise and Interview will be held for 20 and 30 marks respectively. Indian citizens in the age group of 21 to 30 years can fill SBI PO application form. General and OBC candidates have to pay Rs. 600 and SC/ST/PWD candidates have to pay Rs. 100 as the intimation charges and application fee of SBI PO 2018 recruitment. Candidates who applications for SBI PO recruitment are accepted by the exam conducting authority will be issued SBI PO admit card 2018 for the preliminary exam starting from June 18. The SBI PO prelim 2018 is scheduled to be held on 1, 7 and 8 July. Whereas, the mains exam of SBI PO recruitment will be conducted on August 4. The last stage of SBI PO recruitment process i.e. Group Exercises and Interview will be held from September 24 and October 12. SBI has announced recruitment to 2000 vacancies (excluding 118 for PWD and 38 backlog vacancies) of Probationary Officers through SBI PO 2018 recruitment. Read complete details about SBI PO 2018 from the article below.

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SBI PO 2018 Important Dates

The exam schedule for SBI PO 2018 recruitment will be made available along with the official notification in February, 2018. The tentative dates for all the events are as given in the table below.

SBI PO 2018 Dates

On-line registration including Editing/ Modification of Application by candidates
21.04.2018 to 13.05.2018
Payment of Application Fees/Intimation Charges
21.04.2018 to 13.05.2018
Download of call letters for online Preliminary Examination
18.06.2018 onwards
Online Examination - Preliminary
1st, 7th & 8th of July 2018
Result of Online exam - Preliminary
Download of Call letter for Online Main Exam
Conduct of Online Examination - Main
Declaration of Result - Main
Download Call Letter for Interview
Conduct of Group Exercises & Interview
24.09.2018 to 12.10.2018
Declaration of Final Result
Pre-Examination Training for SC/ST/Religious Minority Community candidates
Download of call letters for Pre-Exam Training
28.05.2018 onwards
Conduct of Pre-Exam Training
18.06.2018 to 23.06.2018


SBI PO 2018 Salient Features

Candidates can check the important highlights of SBI PO exam from the table below.

SBI PO 2018 highlights

Name of the Exam
SBI PO Recruitment 2018
Conducting Body
State Bank of India
Posts Offered
Probationary Officers
Total Number of Vacancies
2000 (excluding 118 PWD and 38 backlog vacancies)
Mode of Selection
Online Examination (Prelims & Mains) and Group Exercises & Interview
Mode of Exam
Application Mode
Pay Scale (Approx)
Basic pay is Rs. 27,620/- (with 4 advance increments) in the scale of Rs.23700-980/7- 30560-1145/2-32850-1310/7-42020 applicable to Junior Management Grade Scale-I
Job posting
Candidates selected are liable to be posted anywhere in India

SBI PO Eligibility Criteria 2018

Candidates applying for SBI PO 2018 recruitment will have to ensure they fulfill all the eligibility conditions decided by the bank. Candidates can check the overview of SBI PO 2018 eligibility as given below and read detailed eligibility criteria from the link given above.

Nationality: Only Indian citizens can apply

Age Limit: Candidates should not be below 21 years and not above 30 years as on a date decided by the bank. Age relaxation in upper age limit will be offered to candidates of different categories. Check details of age relaxation in the table below.

S. No.
Age Relaxation
Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe
5 years
Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer)
3 years
3 Persons with Disabilities (PWD)

PWD (SC/ST)-15 Years
PWD (OBC)- 13 Years
PWD (Gen)- 10 Years


Educational Qualification: Candidates should hold a graduation degree or equivalent qualification in any discipline from an university recognised by the central government. Those who are in the final year/semester of their graduation can also apply.

SBI PO Application Form 2018

The application form of SBI PO has been released on April 21. The application process of SBI PO 2018 is online and applications submitted through any other mode will not be accepted by the commission. The application fee of SBI PO 2018 is Rs 600 for General & OBC Category candidates and Rs 100 for SC/ST/PWD. The SBI PO 2018 application form comprises five steps – registration, uploading of scanned images of signature & photograph, filling up of basic details and submission of application form.

SBI PO 2018 Number of Attempts

SBI has capped the number of attempts candidates for SBI PO recruitment. The number of attempts as per the categories. SBI PO number of attempts is given in the table below.

Number of Chances
General (PWD)
No Restriction


SBI PO Exam Pattern 2018

As per the exam pattern of SBI PO 2018, candidates have to appear for a preliminary exam, followed by mains exam and group exercises and interview at last.

The preliminary examination consists of objective test of 100 marks which is conducted online. The test is of 1 hour duration consisting of 3 sections – English, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability. Candidates can check the paper pattern for prelims of SBI PO below.

SBI PO 2018 test pattern

Name of Test
No. of Questions


English Language
Total maximum marks 100

1 hour

Quantitative Aptitude
Reasoning Ability

The mains examination comprises objective test and descriptive test. The objective test carries 200 marks and descriptive test is for 50 marks. Both the objective and descriptive test are conducted online.

Structure of SBI PO Mains Exam

Name of test
No. of Questions
Max. Marks
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude
Total maximum marks 200
60 minutes
Data Analysis & Interpretation
45 minutes
General/Economy/Banking Awareness
35 minutes
English Language
40 minutes
3 hours

Group Exercise will carry 20 marks and Interview will carry 30 marks.

SBI PO Syllabus 2018

The syllabus of SBI PO 2018 is based on bachelor’s study level. The SBI PO syllabus 2018 covers all the important topics according to the exam pattern. The syllabus helps candidates to design the preparation plan as per their strengths and weaknesses.

SBI PO 2018 syllabus

English Language: Vocabulary, Spotting Errors, Sentence Rearrangement Misspelt & Inappropriate Words, Antonyms, Cloze Test, Para Jumbles., etc.

Reasoning Ability: Coding Decoding, Puzzle, Order and Ranking, Sitting Arrangement, Alphabetical and Miscellaneous Series, Statement & Course of Action, Statements & Assumptions., etc.

Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation: Quantitative Aptitude: Simplification, Profit and Loss,Time and Work, Number series, Simple Interest and Compound Interest, Mixture and Allegation, Partnership, Percentage, Average Ratio and Proportion, Problems on trains, Boats and Streams., etc.

Computer Knowledge: History of computers,Windows operating system, Hardware and software, Input and Output devices, Basic Functionalities of MS-Office( MS-word, MS-Excel, MS-Power Point)., etc.

General/Economy/Banking Awareness: Current Affairs (National and International), Banking & Financial Awareness, Budget and Five Year Plans, Major Financial/Economic News, Who’s Who., etc.

SBI PO Question Papers 2018

Candidates preparing for SBI PO 2018 should solve practice papers as part of their preparation. The SBI PO question papers 2018 are available in online and offline mode. Regular practice using SBI PO sample papers will help candidates get acquainted with the exam pattern, level of difficulty, number of questions section-wise etc. It will also boost the speed level of the candidates.

SBI PO Answer Key 2018

The answer key of SBI PO 2018 will be made available after the exam gets over. Various coaching institutes will release the SBI PO answer key 2018. There is less possibility of SBI releasing the answer key since the exam will be held in online mode. Through the answer key, candidates can get an idea of their prelims score based on the number of correct and incorrect answers.

SBI PO Result 2018

SBI will declare the result for each stage of SBI PO 2018 recruitment. The SBI PO result 2018 will be declared online in the form of a pdf file. Candidates will be able to check their scores by entering their roll number/registration number and date of birth/password. Based on the SBI PO result 2017 of prelims candidates will be shortlisted for mains exam. Candidates will have to secure sectional and overall cutoff marks in order to be declared qualified in the result. The final result of SBI PO 2018 will be prepared on the marks secured in the mains exam along with group exercises and interview.

SBI PO Cutoff 2018

SBI will decide the cutoff for every stage of SBI PO 2018 recruitment process. Candidates will have to secure marks according to the cutoff at every stage in order to be declared qualified and be eligible for the next stage of the selection procedure. SBI decides overall and sectional cutoff for both the preliminary and mains exam. Candidates who qualify prelims and mains exam by securing marks according to the cutoff will be called for group exercises and interview.

SBI PO Selection Procedure 2018

The selection procedure of SBI PO 2018 consists of three stages – preliminary exam, mains exam and group exercises & interview. Candidates will have to clear all the stages of SBI PO 2018 selection procedure in order to be selected for the post of probationary officers in SBI branches across the country. The final selection of candidates will be done on the basis of their performance in mains exam as well as group exercises and interview. The preliminary exam is qualifying in nature and marks secured in this stage will not be counted for preparation of final merit list.

SBI PO 2018 – Training and Probation

Candidates selected as probationary officers will be on probation for a period of two years during which they will be given intensive training. Towards the end of their probation/training period, they will be subjected to a screening process. While those officers who achieve the predetermined standards may be confirmed and given placement in the next higher grade i.e., Officer Middle Management Grade Scale-II, others who qualify in the test but fail to achieve the standards set for placement in Middle Management Grade Scale-II, will be confirmed as Officer Junior Management Grade Scale-I. The services of those Officers who fail to qualify in this process will be terminated.

Contact Details

SBI Recruitment Cell
Phone No: 022-22820427 (between 11:00 AM to 06:00 PM on working days)
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