State Bank of India, the biggest public sector bank with over 16,000 branches has the largest banking branch network in India. SBI has 14 Local Head Offices and 57 Zonal Offices located in important cities in the country. It also has around 130 branches overseas. The State Bank of India is headquartered in Mumbai. They conduct the SBI PO Exam to recruit for the post of Probationary Officers.


I. Educational Qualification: Graduate degree in any stream from a recognized university or any equivalent qualification recognized by the Central Government.Final year students can also apply subject to submission of requisite proof by Aug 10, 2015.

II. Age Limit: A candidate should be between 21 – 30 years as on 01-04-2016 for the June 2016 exam.

Relaxation of Upper age limit

Category Age Relaxation (Years)
SC/ST, Ex-servicemen of military, Domiciled in the J&K
during the period 01/01/1980 – 31/12/1989

Test Duration & Pattern

A) Preliminary Examination

Sr.No. Name of Tests No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 1 hour
2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100
Negative Marking: 1/4th of the marks deducted for every incorrect answer


B) Main Examination. : 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.

(i) Objective Test

S.No. Test No. of Questions Marks Carries Duration
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 Minutes
2 English Language 35 40 40 Minutes
3 General Awareness 40 40 35 Minutes
4 Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 Minutes
TOTAL 155 200 3 Hours

The objective test is immediately followed by a descriptive test.

(ii) Descriptive Test

Section Maximum Marks Duration
English Language (Comprehension, Short Precis, Letter Writing and Essay) 50 1 hour


Logical Reasoning English Language Quantitative Aptitude Data Interpretation and Analysis General Awareness Marketing Syllabus Computer Syllabus
Analogy Synonyms & Antonyms Number system Charts Current Affairs Basics of Marketing Basics of Computer
Coding and Decoding Idioms & phrases Simplifications Graphs and diagrams Sports Marketing Strategies Hardware and software
Blood relations Word formation Roots and averages Pie chart Business and Economy Market segmentation Operating system
Sitting arrangements Sentence completion Surds & Indices Line Chart Banking Awareness Marketing management MS Word and Ms Excel
Series completion Comprehensions Percentages Bar chart Politics Marketing Mix PowerPoint
Classification Passage Completion & Correction Profit & Loss , Ratio & Proportion Tabular data Art and Culture Developing stage of organization Generation of computer
Decision making Identification of Errors in sentence construction Partnership , Time & Work Application level questions – Probability Brand The internet
Statement Reasoning Grammar corrections Problems on train, boats & Streams Statistics Advertising Short forms (Eg. Jpeg, mp3, pdf)
Syllogisms Jumbled sentences Allegations & Mixtures Products life cycle Android news
Simple Interest & Compound Interest 4 P’s and 4 C’s of marketing Apple related news
Volume & Surfaces marketing news
SBI PO Descriptive Examination Syllabus

  1. Letter writing (Formal and informal).
  2. Essay writing.
  3. Precise writing.

SBI PO 2016 Schedule

Sr. No. Important Event Dates
1. Online Registration 4th May to 24th May 2016
2. Call letter for preliminary examination 14th June 2016 onwards
3. Online Examination – Preliminary 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th July 2016
4. Result of preliminary examination 18th July 2016
5. Call letter for main examination 21st July 2016 onwards
6. Online examination – Main 31st July 2016
7. Result of main examination 16th August 2016
8. Call letter downloading for Interview 22nd August 2016
9. Conduct of GD & Interview 1st September 2016
10. Declaration of Final result 30th September 2016

Selection Process

SBI PO consists of 3 successive stages:
i. Objective (online)and Descriptive (paper-based) examination.
ii. Group Discussion and Personal Interview of 20 and 30 marks respectively.
iii. Final selection based on a total of 100 marks taken from both objective and descriptive tests and the GD – PI.

SBI PO Pay Scale

PAY: The starting basic pay is Rs.16,900/-(with 4 increments) in the scale of Rs.14500-600/7-18700-700/2-20100-800/7-25700 applicable to Junior Management Grade Scale I.
The official will also be eligible for D.A, H.R.A & C.C.A as per rules in force from time to time. The compensation per annum at Mumbai is around Rs.8,40,000/-.
The break up of monthly compensation is as under:

Cash Component Rs.34320/-
Bank’s contribution to PF Rs.1,690/-
Housing (Lease Rental) Rs.29,500/-
Perquisites (Conveyance, Newspapers, Entertainment allowance, House & Furniture Maintenance etc. Rs.4,130/-

In addition, the officers are also entitled to other benefits like –
(i) Medical Aid for self (100%) and for family (75%)
(ii) Home Travel Concession/Leave Fare Concession
(iii) Concessional Interest Rates for Housing/Car/Personal Loans

How to Apply

Step I. Register and get the registration number and password generated.

Step II. Pay the fee of Rs. 500 (General & Others) or Rs. 100 (SC/ST/PWD) using either:
• ONLINE MODE – through Debit / Credit cards or Internet Banking
• OFFLINE MODE – through any branch of SBI