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SBI PO, a national level exam is being conducted by State Bank of India for the recruitment of Probationary Officers. It is known for the most coveted job profile among other bank PO post where almost 20 Lakh students participate in the exam annually. Candidates who get selected after the final interview round, get the opportunity to work with SBI as a Probationary Officer (PO) in Junior Management Grade Scale-I (JMGS-I). In 2018, total of 9.75 Lakh applications were received for the 2000 vacancies of SBI PO exam, which means around 500 applicants have competed for a single vacancy

  • After selection as Probationary Officer, candidates are placed in Junior Management Grade Scale-I.
  • They need to undergo a probation period of 1 year.
  • During this probation period, candidates undergo various training in order to learn practical aspects of banking.
  • The role of a PO is a multitasking job, it includes customer service, Supervision of Clerical work, loan processing etc.

After the end of the probationary period, candidates are posted as Assistant Managers in the bank branch. Next step of the promotion places them in Middle Management Grade Scale and one can even rise to the level of Chairman and Managing Director.
The career growth of an SBI PO is mentioned below-
                – Probationary Officer (Assistant Manager, JMGS – I)
                – Deputy Manager (MMGS)
                – Manager (MMGS)
                – Chief Manager (MMGS)
                – Assistant General Manager (SMGS)
                – Deputy General Manager (TEGS)
                – Chief General Manager (TEGS)
                – General Manager (TEGS)

  • One of the most asked questions among students is the in-hand salary that they would receive as a probationary officer in SBI. The basic grade pay is Rs. 27620/– which is accompanied by 4 increments. Apart from this, the salary component involves other Allowances which is as follows: 
    Salary ComponentAmount
    SBI PO Basic PayRs.27,620/- (with 4 advance increments)
    Dearness AllowanceThis is revised every quarter and is calculated based on CPI (Consumer Price Index). Currently, DA is 46.9% of the basic pay.
    City Compensatory Allowance (CCA)This varies with the place of posting at 4% or 3%.
    Leased House AccommodationSBI PO may take a house on lease, the amount of which varies with posting between a minimum of. Rs. 8000/- (in rural areas) and a maximum of Rs. 29500/- (in Mumbai).
    Furniture AllowanceRs. 120000/- for the purchase of furniture
    Medical Insurance100% medical coverage for SBI employees and 75% for their family members
    Travelling AllowanceFor official travels, reimbursement of AC 2-tier fare is provided
    Petrol50Lts (For 2 wheelers) Or 55Lts (For 4 Wheeler) Or Approx. Rs. 1100-1250 if you don’t have 2/4 wheeler (conveyance allowance).
  • Educational Qualification : Graduation Degree from a University recognized by the Government of India. Fair knowledge of computer is must.
  • Age Eligibility                         : Minimum age is 21 years and maximum age is 30 years as on Apr, 2019. 
  • Nationality / Citizenship of Applicants : Candidates applying for SBI PO Examination should be one of the following:
                 1. Citizen of India
                 2.  Citizen of Bhutan/Nepal/Bangladesh with a valid certificate by Indian govt.
  • Age Relaxation :
                 1.  4% horizontal reservation has been provided to Persons with Benchmark Disabilities
                 2. There is an age- relaxation of 5 years for SC/ST/EXSM.
                 3.  3 years for OBC whereas 10 years for PWDs.
  • The SBI PO notification 2019 has been released now. The details of the SBI PO 2019 vacancies (category-wise) are as follows: 
  • The schedule of the exam is mentioned below: 
    EventsImportant Dates
    Start Date of SBI PO Application Form02.04.2019
    Last Date to Apply Online for SBI PO22.04.2019
    SBI PO Admit Card Download Date3rd week of May 2019 onwards
    SBI PO Exam Date 2019 (Prelims)8th, 9th, 15th & 16th June 2019
    SBI PO Result Date29.06.2019
    SBI PO Mains Call Letter Date05.07.2019
    SBI PO Mains Exam Date20.07.2019
    SBI PO Mains Result Date3rd week of August 2019
    SBI PO Interview Call Letter4th week of August 2019
    Group Exercises & Interview DateSeptember 1, 2019
    SBI PO Final Result Declaration Date2nd week of October 2019
    Download of call letters for Pre-Examination Training2nd week of May 2019 onwards
    Conduct of Pre- Examination Training4th week of May 2019
  • Just like last year, this time SBI PO recruitment has come up with the following major changes:
                        1. The sectional marking scheme has been defined this time for the SBI PO Mains 2019 exam
                        2. The sectional time limit has been introduced for each section in SBI PO Prelims exam
                        3. There is no sectional cut off for SBI PO Preliminary as well as Mains exams. The final selection of the candidates
                             will be based on their performance in each phase of the exam
                       4. SBI has increased the application fees for General/EWS and OBC from ₹ 600 to ₹ 750, while for SC/ST/PWD it is ₹ 125
  • The registration process for SBI PO 2019 has been concluded on 22nd April 2019.
              1. Visit official site’s or
              2. Go to the “Click here for New Registration”
              3.  Enter your valid details such as Name, Email ID & Contact Number.
              4.  Now click on “Submit”.
              5.  You will get a Registration Number and Password on the screen.
              6.  Upload your scanned signature and photograph.
              7. Enter your personal details as per educational certificate.
              8.  Now pay application Fee via debit card/credit card/internet banking.
              9.  The final step is to check the details and save the copy of SBI PO form.
            10. Download it for future reference.
    Documents Upload Guidelines
    Dimensions of passport size image to be uploadedImage dimensions: 200 X 230
    Pixels File Type:  JPG
    File size:  20 KB – 50 KB
    Dimensions of the signature image to be uploadedImage dimensions: 140 X 60
    Pixels File Type:  JPG
    File size:  10 KB – 20 KB
  • The application fee/intimation charges are different for different categories. This year SBI has increased the application fees structure for various categories. Below you can find the category-wise application fee required for SBI PO 2019 application form.
  • Application fee for General and OBC candidates is Rs. 750 and application fee of Rs. 125 for SC, ST and Ex-S candidates.
  • From 2018 onward, there will be no sectional cutoff in the exam of SBI PO 2019 recruitment. The final selection will be based on the  performance in the online test. However, you can check the SBI PO Prelims 2019 cut off along with the previous year official cutoff for SBI PO Prelims & Mains Exam 2018 below: 

  • Prelims Cut Off 2019:
    CategoryMinimum Qualifying Marks (Cut Off Score)
    PWD (LD)59.5
    PWD (VI)64.75
    PWD (HI)16.25
  • Prelims Cut Off 2018:
    Name of the TestCUT OFF
  • SBI PO Mains Cutoff 2018: 
    Name of the TestCUT OFF
    Minimum marks to be secured, to be shortlisted
    for GE & PI Round (Objective + Descriptive)
    Group Exercise + Interview50181818
    Total Cutoff Marks after Normalisation10043.9939.8746.26
  • The Selection Procedure of SBI PO involves the following phases-
               1. Preliminary Exam (Objective)
               2. Mains Exam (Objective + Descriptive)
               3. Group Exercise and Interview
  • Biometric Verification:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       1. The biometric verification system is being launched for the secure SBI PO 2019 selection procedure.
               2. For Biometric Verification, the bank will take your digital thumb impression, to check your authenticity.
               3. Any discrepancy in your biometric data may lead to rejection and legal actions against you.
               4. Thus, it is advisable not to apply things like Mehandi (Henna), Chemical, Ink, etc. on your hands.
  • Prelims
    Name of SubjectNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
    English Language303020 minutes
    Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
    Numerical Ability353520 minutes
  • Mains :
    Name of TestsNo. of Qs.Max. MarksTime
    General English354040 minutes
    Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude456060 minutes
    Data Analysis & Interpretation356045 minutes
    General/Financial Awareness404035 minutes
    Total155200180 minutes
  • There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by the candidate; there will be no penalty for that question
  • Prelims :
  • English Language:
    – Comprehension Passage
    – Spellings/Detecting miss-spelt words
    – Fill in the Blanks
    – Spot the Error
    – Antonyms
    – Synonyms/Homonyms Idioms & Phrases
    – One word substitution
    – Improvement of Sentences
    – Active/Passive Voice of Verbs
    – Shuffling of Sentences in a passage
    – Conversion into Direct/Indirect narration
    – Shuffling of Sentence parts
    – Cloze Passage
  • Numerical Ability:
    – Simplifications
    – Roots & Averages
    – Surds & Indices
    – Percentages
    – Profit & Loss
    – Ratio & Proportion
    – Partner ship
    – Chain rule
    – Time & work
    – Pipes & Cisterns
    – Time & Distances
    – Problems on trains
    – Boats & streams
    – Allegation & mixtures
    – Simple Interest
    – Compound interest
    – Stocks & Shares
    – Clocks & algorithms
    – Mensuration
    – Volume & surface area
    – permutations & combinations
    – heights & distances
  • Reasoning Ability:
    – Directions & Arrangements (Circular Arrangements)
    – Codes (Sentence Coding)
    – Critical Reasoning
    – Syllogism
    – Analogies (Meaning Based + Logical)
    – Data Sufficiency
    – Sequential Output Tracing
    – Visual Reasoning
  • Mains:
  • General / Financial Awareness
    – General Awareness: Knowledge of current events, sports, history, geography, culture, Indian constitution, news about technology & research, news on India and its neighbouring countries.
    – Financial Awareness: Marketing Aptitude, Economy, Banking & Finance.
  • General English
    – Vocabulary
    – Synonyms
    – Antonyms
    – Word formation
    – Sentence completion
    – Comprehension
    – Theme detection
    – Deriving conclusions
    – Passage completion
    – Error detection
    – Passage correction
    – Sentence correction
    – Spelling
    – Grammar
    – Idiom
    – Phrases
  • Quantitative Aptitude
    – Roots & Averages
    – Number system
    – Simplifications
    – Surds & Indices
    – Ratio & Proportion
    – Allegation & Mixtures
    – Percentages
    – Profit & Loss
    – Partnership
    – Chain Rule
    – Time & Work
    – Pipes & Cisterns
    – Time & Distances
    – Problems on Trains
    – Boats & Streams
    – Simple Interest
    – Compound Interest
    – Stocks & Shares
    – Clocks & Algorithms
    – Volume & Surface Area
    – Mensuration
    – Heights & Distances
    – Permutations & Combinations
    – Data Integration – Line Graphs, Bar Graphs, Pie Charts, Tabulation
  • Reasoning Ability
    – Analogy, Coding & Decoding, Blood relations, Sitting arrangements, Series completion, Syllogisms, Decision making, Statement reasoning, Analogy, Series completion, Classification.
  • Computer Knowledge
    – Computer Hardware, Operating System Concepts, Shortcut keys, MS Word, Excel, MS Power Point, Access, Internet & Networks, Basic Security Concepts, Latest Technologies.
  • Letter Writing: You can ask to write the formal, semi-formal or informal letter based on general topics, current affairs & banking awareness.
  • Essay Writing: Essay writing basically is a long article that can be asked on any random topic, especially on the topics related to current affairs/issues, or the issues that are bringing everybody’s attention lately.
  • The SBI PO Pre-exam training will get conducted from 4th Week of May 2019
  • Government officials conduct pre-exam training for the candidates belonging to SC/ST categories or minority groups
  • SBI PO Pre-exam training is a 6-day program
  • Only candidates opted for pre-training in the application form, will be eligible for the same
  • Pre-exam training is an orientation program which helps the candidates with their preparation, who can’t enroll to coaching centers
  • The Pre-exam training call letters will be available to download from 2nd week of May 2019 onward

General (PwD)7
OBC (PwD)7
SC/ST (PwD)No Restriction

  • SBI has now issued the SBI PO Mains admit card on its official site. You can download it through the link shared above or from the official website of SBI. Moreover, you can check out the steps below to download the SBI PO admit card without any hassle.
                     1. Visit the official site of State Bank of India.
                     2. Click on the “SBI PO 2019 Recruitment”.
                     3. Click on the admit card link.
                     4. Enter the valid details such as registration number & password i.e. date of birth.
                     5. Now click on the “Submit” button.
                     6. You SBI PO admit card 2019 will appear on the screen.
                     7. Verify the details mentioned on the admit card & download it.
  • Note: Please note that the admit card is a mandatory document & required to carry along in the examination hall. In case the candidates fail to produce the admit card during the examination, he/she will not be allowed to appear for the examination.