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State Bank of India (SBI) conducts an exam for recruitment to the post of Probationary Officer (PO) for its branches across the country.

1. Educational Qualification: (As on 31.08.2016)
  Graduation in any discipline from a recognized University or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government. Those who are in the Final Year/Semester of their Graduation may also apply provisionally subject to the condition that, if called for interview, they will have to produce proof of having passed the graduation examination on or before 31.08.2016. Candidates having Integrated Dual Degree (IDD) certificate should ensure that the date of passing the IDD is on or before 31.08.2016. Candidates possessing qualification of Chartered Accountant may also apply.

Note:(1) The date of passing eligibility examination will be the date appearing on the mark sheet orprovisional certificate issued by the University/Institute. In case the result of a particularexamination is posted on the website of the University/Institute, a certificate issued by theappropriate authority of the University/Institute indicating the date on which the result wasposted on the website will be taken as the date of passing.(2) Candidate should indicate the percentage obtained in Graduation calculated to the nearest two decimals in the online application. Where CGPA/OGPA is awarded, the same should beconverted into percentage and indicated in online application. If called for interview, thecandidate will have to produce a certificate issued by the appropriate authority inter alia stating that the norms of the University regarding conversion of grade into percentage and thepercentage of marks scored by the candidate in terms of norms.(3) Calculation of Percentage: The percentage marks shall be arrived at by dividing the total marks obtained by the candidate in all the subjects in all semester(s)/year(s) by aggregate maximum marks in all the subjects irrespective of honours/optional/additional optional subject, if any. This will be applicable for those Universities also where Class/Grade is decided on the basis of Honours marks only. The fraction of percentage so arrived will be ignored i.e. 59.99% will be treated as less than 60% and 54.99% will be treated as less than 55%.
2. Age Limit
  Not below 21 years and not above 30 years as on 01.04.2016 i.e candidates must have been born not earlier than 02.04.1986 and not later than 01.04.1995 (both days inclusive).

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 5

For more categories, view the official notification.

Test Duration & Pattern (SBI PO 2016)

Preliminary Examination: Preliminary Examination consisting of Objective Tests for 100 marks will be conducted online. This test would be of 1 hour duration consisting of 3 Sections as follows:

Name of test No. of Questions Marks Duration
English Language 30 30 Composite Time of 1 hour
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

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:

Sr.No. Section No. of Questions No. of Questions Duration
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 1 hours
2 Data Analysis and Interpretations 35 60 45 min
3 General Awareness about Economy/ Banking 40 40 35 min
4 English Language 35 40 40 min
  Total 155 200

The objective test is immediately followed by a descriptive test.

(ii) Descriptive Test:

The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with 50 marks will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay). The candidates are required to qualify in the Descriptive Test by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank. Descriptive Test paper of only those candidates will be evaluated who have scored qualifying marks in the Objective Tests and are placed adequately high as per total marks in Objective Test.

Selection Process
The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added for the selection and only the marks obtained in Main Examination (Phase-II), both in Objective Test and Descriptive Test, will be added to themarks obtained inGD&Interview(Phase-III)forpreparationof thefinalmeritlist. The candidates will have to qualify both in Phase-II and Phase-III separately. Marks secured by the candidates in the Written Test (out of 250 marks) are converted to out of 75 and marks secured in Group Discussion & Interview (out of 50 marks) are converted to out of 25. The final merit list is arrived at after aggregating converted marks of Written Test and Group Discussion &Interview out of 100 for each category. The selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category. Results of the candidates who have qualified for GD & Interview and the list of candidates finally selected will be made available on the Bank's website. Final select list will be published in Employment News/Rozgar Samachar and also on Bank’s website.

Important Dates (2016)
Events 2015 dates 2016 dates
Online registration starts from Apr 13, 2015 04 May 2016
Payment of fees (online) Apr 13 - May 02, 2015 May 04 - May 24, 2015
Exam date Preliminary Exam : 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th June 2015
Main Exam: 01.08.2015
Preliminary Exam : 2nd, 3rd, 9th & 10 July 2016
Main Exam: 31st July 2016

How to Apply
Step I. Register and get the registration number and password generated.
Step II. Pay the fee of Rs. 600 (General & Others) or Rs. 100 (SC/ST/PWD) using either:
Online Mode – through Debit / Credit cards or Internet Banking

Official Website


Vacancies Vacancies(PWD)
351 231 590 1028 2200 20 20 20 60

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