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SBI Probationary Officer 2019: Notification, SBI PO Vacancy, Exam Date, Syllabus & Final Selection

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If you are willing to prepare for the SBI PO Exams 2019 to become the Probationary Officer in one of the branch of State Bank of India, then you should get an idea about the latest updates, selection procedure, eligibility, exam pattern, syllabus and many more important points. These information will help you lot to achieve success in the exams.

Overview – SBI PO (Probationary Officer) 2019 Exam

Every year more than 20 lac candidates appear in the SBI Bank Probationary Officer Examination. SBI Bank entrance exam is considered bit difficult compared to the bank entrance exams conducted by IBPS. SBI Po exam is conducted under 3 stages namely: Prelims, Mains and Interview/Group Discussion. SBI PO recruitment exam is the most premier exam among the public-sector bank exams in India.

SBI – Probationary Officer (PO) 2019 Official Notification – 2000 Vacancy

*(Last Date for Submitting Online Application – 03 May 2019)- Closed

State Bank of India has released on 1st April 2019 its official notification for the recruitment of 2000 vacancies for SBI Probationary Officers in SBI Bank branches all over the country. The recruitment process for SBI PO will start just after the release of official notification. This exam is conducted for selection of candidates to the post of Probationary Officers in State Bank of India and its Associate banks in India.

Interested candidates can register online for the SBI PO recruitment process. The exam process consists of Preliminary and Mains exam which are conducted online followed by Interview. Candidate must clear each exam to get shortlisted and progress to the next stage.

Before proceeding with the registration and application process, all candidates are requested to go through the complete notification guide for SBI PO Online Application.

Click here for the Official Notification of the SBI PO 2019

Important Dates for SBI PO Recruitment 2019

Note the important dates for appearing in the SBI PO Examination 2019 in various branches of State Bank of India:

Events Dates
Online Registration including Editing/ Modification of Application 02 April 2019 to 22 April 2019
Online Application Fee Payment 02 April 2019 to 22 April 2019
Download of Call Letters for Online Preliminary Examination 3rd Week of May 2019 onwards
Online Preliminary Examination 08, 09, 15 & 16 June 2019
Result of Online Preliminary Examination 1st Week of July 2019
Download of Call Letters for Online Mains Examination 2nd Week of July 2019
Online Mains Examination 20 July 2019
Declaration of Result of Mains Examination 3rd Week of August 2019
Download of Call letter for Group Excericises in Interview 4th Week of August 2019
Conduct of Group Excercises & Interview September 2019
Declaration of Final Result 2nd Week of October 2019
Download of Call letters for PET 2nd Week of May 2019 onwards
Conduct of PET 4th Week of May 2019

Details for SBI PO Examination 2019 Application Fee

Application Fee for SBI – PO Recruitment 2019
For GEN/ OBC 750/- (App. Fee including Intimation Charges)
For SC/ ST/ PWD 125/- (Intimation Charges Only)
*Pay Examination Fee through Credit/Debit Card and Net Banking/E Challan.

Eligibility Criteria for SBI PO Exam 2019

Candidates who wish to appear in SBI PO Examination 2019 must check for eligibility criteria given below:

Application Fee for SBI – PO Recruitment 2019
1. Graduation Degree

Candidate must have Graduation Degree in any of the discipline from the recognised University by the govt. of India or by Central Govt. of India-

  • BA
  • B.Com
  • BSc
  • B.Tech
2. Valid Marksheet

At the time of registration for SBI PO, a valid marksheet must be there for support. Percentage of marks obtained in Graduation should be mentioned during registration.

3. Computer Literacy

Practical Knowlegde of Computer is must.

4. Language Proficiency

Candidate must be proficient on Written and Verbal language of the State/UT. He or She must be able to read, write and speak the language.

Nationality/ Citizenship
A candidate applying for SBI PO Examination must fulfil the following:

Candidate must be proficient on Written and Verbal language of the State/UT. He or She must be able to read, write and speak the language.

  • A citizen of India or
  • A subject of Nepal and Bhutan
  • A Tibetan Refugee who came to India for permanent settlement before 1st January 1962
  • Person of Indian Origin who migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, or East African countries of Kenya, Zambia, Zaire, Uganda, Ethiopia, Malawi and Tanzania with the intension of permanent settlement in India.

Candidates belonging to the categories (ii), (iii), (iv) & (v) from above shall be person in whose favor a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the government of India.

Age Limit
Minimum Age Limit 21 Years
Maximum Age Limit 30 Years

The SBI PO has given certain age limit relaxation for various categories, which are as follows:

Category Age Relaxation
SC/ST – Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe 5 years
OBC – Other Backward Classes 3 years
PWD – Persons with Disabilities 10 years
Ex-Serviceman (Army Personnel) 5 years
Persons with Domicile of J&K during the period of 01-01-1980 to 31-12-1989 5 years

Exam Pattern for SBI PO 2019

The SBI PO exam will be held in three phases– Preliminary and Mains and Interview. The candidates must qualify each of them to go on to the final selection. The details are given below:

SBI PO Exam Pattern 2019 for Preliminary Exams

The SBI PO Preliminary exams duration is of 1 hour consisting 3 sections having 100 questions in total with a maximum score of 100 marks. It is to be noted that a negative marking of 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer. Candidate must achieve the sectional cut off to qualify for SBI PO Mains Exam.

Subjects No. of Questions Marks Exam Duration
English Language 30 30 1 Hours
Numerical Ability 35 35 1 Hour
Reasoning Ability 35 35 1 Hour
Total 100 100

SBI PO Exam Pattern 2019 for Mains Exams

SBI PO exam paper will consist of both Objective Test questions of 3 hours in 4 sections of 200 marks and Descriptive Test of 30 minutes for 50 marks. Candidates have to write Descriptive test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) by securing passing marks to be decided by the bank.

Topics No. of Questions (Objective) Marks Exam Duration
Reasoning and Computer Aptitude 45 60 1 Hours
Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 Minutes
General/Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 40 35 Minutes
English Language 35 40 40 Minutes
Total 155 200 180 Minutes

SBI PO Interview Process 2019

Besides the Preliminary exam and Mains exam, an interview process is also conducted for candidates qualified for two phases of SBI Probationary Officer Examination for final selection. The final merit list is prepared on the basis of marks obtained by the candidate in the mains exam and Interview process.

Candidates, who qualify SBI PO Main, appear for the Group Exercise and Personal Interviews Rounds. Marks distribution for Group Excersice round is 20 and Personal Interview round are 30.

Exam Syllabus for SBI Probationary Officer 2019

SBI PO syllabus is like any other Banking exams. On the basis of SBI PO syllabus 2019, the question paper will be set. Difficulty level and syllabus of Prelims and Mains exam vary. Candidates appearing for the SBI PO examination must have the complete knowledge about the type of questions and topics that are frequently asked in the exams.

Syllabus for SBI PO Prelims Exam 2019

The SBI PO Prelims Exam comprises of 3 main sections which are divided as follows:

  • Reasoning Ability
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • English Language
S. No. Subjects Major Topics
1. Reasoning Ability Logical Reasoning, Alphanumeric Series, ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test, Data Sufficiency, Coded Inequalities, Seating Arrangement, Puzzle, Tabulation, Syllogism, Blood Relations, Input Output, Coding Decoding.
2. Quantitative Aptitude Number System, Simplifications, Profit & Loss, Allegation & Mixtures, Simple Interest, Compound Interest, Surds & Indices, Time & Work, Time & Distances, Mensuration- Cylinder, Cone & Sphere, Data Interpretation, Ratio & Proportion, Percentages, Sequence & Series, Permutations & Combinations, Probability.
3. English Language Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test, Para Jumbles, Multiple Meaning/ Error Spotting, Fill in the blanks, Miscellaneous, Paragraph Completion.

Syllabus for SBI PO Mains Exam 2019

The SBI PO Mains Exam comprises of 5 sections which are divided as follows:

  • Reasoning and Computer
  • English Language
  • Data Analysis
  • Interpretation
  • General Awareness
  • Descriptive Test (Letter Writing & Essay)
S. No. Subjects Major Topics
1. Reasoning Verbal Reasoning, Syllogism, Circular Seating Arrangement, Linear Seating Arrangement, Double Line Up, Scheduling, Input Output, Blood Relations, Directions & Distances, Ordering and Ranking, Data Sufficiency, Coding & Decoding, Code Inequalities, Course of Action, Critical Reasoning, Analytical and Decision Making.
2. Computer Awareness Internet, Memory, keyboard Shortcuts, Computer Abbreviation, Microsoft Office, Computer Hardware, Computer Software, Operating System, Networking, Computer Fundamentals/ Terminologies.
3. English Language Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Vocabulary, Verbal Ability, Word Association, sentence Improvement, Para Jumbles, Cloze Test, Error Spotting, Fill in the Blanks.
4. Data Analysis and Interpretation Tabular Graph, Line Graph, Pie Chart, Bar Graph, Radar Graph Caselet, Missing Case DI, Let it Case DI, data Sufficiency, Probability, permutation & Combination.
5. General Awareness Financial Awareness, Current Affairs, General Knowledge, Static Awareness, banking & Financial Awareness.

Some Important Points to Read for SBI PO Selection Procedure

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

  • Biometric Verification: Candidates may ask for giving their digital thumb impressionfor an error free and secure selection procedure for SBI PO 2019. Through this procedure the genuineness of the candidate can be judged properly.  Any inconsistency on the biometric verification will lead to rejection of the candidature and the punitive legal actions. Therefore, it is advised to candidates to not to apply any kind of external matter like ink, mehandi, chemical etc. on their hands during examination.
  • Number of Attempts: The candidate can appear in the exams depending upon the number of chances fixed for every category by the Bank. However, candidate can appear in the Preliminary exams as many times, but appearing in Mains exam is counted.

Category wise distribution of Attempts in SBI PO is:

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

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