SBI PO 2020-21: Exam Date, Notification, Vacancy, Recruitment, Full Form, Latest News

Exam Date : January 29, 2021

SBI PO stands for State Bank of India Probationary Officer. SBI conducts this exam for recruiting Probationary Officers once every year. Every year, lakhs of aspirants apply for the job and hence, the SBI Bank Exams have become highly competitive. The details about exam registration, preparation tips, etc. are discussed below.

Latest Update:

  • January 19, 2021: The call letters for the SBI PO 2020 Mains Exam are released. Candidates who have cleared the prelims exam will be able to download the same by logging in. Visit the SBI PO Admit Card page for more information.
  • January 18, 2021: SBI has released the results for the PO Prelims Exam. Visit the SBI PO Results page for more information.



What is SBI PO?

SBI PO Exam is intended to select candidates for the post of Probationary Officers. The State Bank of India (SBI) is the conducting body for the exam. The Recruitment process has 3 stages namely Preliminary Examination, Mains Examination and Personal Interview. It is a National Level Exam which will be held once in a year. The application process and mode of exam will be online. Up to 10 lakh candidates write the SBI PO examination in various exam centres all over India. SBI decides the modalities of question paper pattern and implants the eligibility criteria needed to be fulfilled by the candidates. The job location will be in various states across India. Candidates must secure above cutoff marks to be eligible for the post of SBI PO. 

SBI PO Highlights
Exam Name State Bank of India Probationary Officer
Exam Level National Level Exam
Conducting Body State Bank of India
Post Probationary Officer
No of stages of Recruitment 3 - Prelims, Mains and Interview
Exam Frequency Once a year
Type of questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
Marking scheme +1.5 Marks for each correct answer
Negative Marking -0.25 Marks for each wrong answer
Paper medium English & Hindi
Duration Prelims: 1 Hour
Mains: Objective - 3 hours
Descriptive - 30 minutes
  • SBI PO Prelims Exam Pattern: The First Phase of the recruitment process consists of Objective Type Questions (Multiple Choice) on English Language, Numerical Ability and Reasoning Ability.
  • SBI PO Mains Exam: Second Phase of the recruitment process consists of Multiple Choice-based Objective type questions on Reasoning and Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis and Interpretation, General/Economy/Banking Awareness, English Language and Descriptive type questions on Letter and Essay writing.
  • Interview: It is the Final Phase of the SBI bank 2020 Exam recruitment process, where the candidates who have cleared the previous two rounds will be called in for a group discussion and interview by SBI interviewer. Those who clear the interview will be selected for the post of Probationary Officer at any SBI branch in India. The Probationary period is for two years.
  • Expected Vacancies: The vacancy number for SBI PO 2020 is 2200. Reservations are provided for SC/ST/OBC and PwD category students. There are other Sarkari Exams with a lot of vacancies that can be a golden opportunity for you.
  • Salary Structure: The basic pay of SBI PO is high compared to the other public sector banks. Apart from that, the entry-level basic pay is high in SBI of INR 27620.

SBI PO 2020 Exam Date

The official notification of the SBI PO 2020 exam will be released soon at the official website. The notification is usually published in the month of April. However, due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, the dates have been delayed further. All the SBI PO 2020 Exam Dates and other important events will be publsihed in the official notification of SBI Careers page. State Bank of India, the conducting authority is expected to release the official notification in the month of September. The candidates can start filling the application form once the application window is open.

SBI PO 2020 Exam Dates
SBI PO EVENTS Dates (Tentative)
Official Notification November 13, 2020
Availability of Application Form starts from November 14, 2020
Application Form window last date December 4, 2020
Pre-Exam Training Registration and Admit Card December 21, 2020 - December 23, 2020
Pre-Exam Training or Doubt Clearing Session December 28, 2020 - December 30, 2020
Prelims Admit Card December 22, 2020
SBI PO Prelims Exam December 31, 2020
January 2, 2021
January 4, 2021
January 5, 2021
Prelims Result January 18, 2021
Mains Admit Card January 19, 2021
SBI PO Mains Exam  January 29, 2021
Mains Result The third or fourth week of February 2021
Call Letter for Interview will be available from March 2021
Group Exercises and Interview Date March 2021
Declaration of Final Result April 2021

Remember the dates provided above are tentative. The official dates will be updated after the release of official notification from SBI.

SBI PO 2020 Eligibility

The State Bank of India (SBI) sets the eligibility criteria for SBI PO 2020 exam. Candidates who are eligible in terms of educational qualification, age criteria, nationality, loan/credit records should only apply for the exam. If a candidate fails to fulfil the criterias mentioned below, then their SBI PO 2020 application form will be rejected.

Educational Qualification

To be eligible for the exam, candidates must have a valid Bachelor's Degree from any University recognized under the Government of India. Candidates who are in their final year of graduation can also apply if they produce a proof of their graduation certificate on the date of personal interview.


Candidates must be a minimum of 21 years of age. The maximum age limit to appear for the exam is 30 years.


Candidates who are citizens of India, Nepal, Bhutan, or a Tibetan refugee who arrived in India before January 01, 1962 with the intention of settling permanently are eligible to apply for the SBI PO 2020 exam.

Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) who have migrated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Burma or East African countries of Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaire, Kenya, Ethiopia & Malawi, with the intention of permanent settlement in India can also apply for the SBI PO 2020 Exam.

Other Criteria

Aspirants with a record of default in repayment of loans/ credit card dues are not eligible. Candidates against whom there is/ are an adverse report regarding character are also not eligible. Check the below table for category wise variations in SBI PO Eligibility Criteria.

Category wise SBI PO Eligibility
Category Age (as on 1st April 2020) No. of Attempts
General 21 to 30 4
SC/ST 21 to 35 No Restriction
OBC 21 to 33 7
The Person with Disability (PwD) 10 years relaxation in the upper limit (based on category) 7

SBI PO 2020 Application Form

Online application form for SBI PO 2020 exam is released on the official website and candidates must register before the deadline. Before applying for the SBI PO 2020 exam, candidates are advised to check the eligibility criteria prescribed by the SBI. Candidates will be disqualified if they are not eligible for the exam.

SBI PO 2020 Application Fee

Candidates can pay the application fee through online mode via Debit Card/Credit Card/Net Banking after filling the application form. The application form fee for the general and reserved category is mention below.

Category Fee
General INR 750
Reserved (SC/ST/PWD) INR 125 (Intimation charge only)

SBI PO 2020 Application Form Contents

The following are the mandatory field that needs to be filled by the candidate in the SBI PO 2020 Application Form

  • Name of The Applicant
  • Father’s Name
  • Mother’s Name
  • Date of Birth (DD/MM/YYYY)
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Valid Email Address
  • Valid Mobile Number
  • Blood Group
  • Nationality
  • Language
  • Marital Status
  • Fee Remission Claimed
  • Educational Qualification
  • Address
  • Selected Test Centres
  • Details of Fee Payment
  • Photograph and Signature of the candidate

SBI PO 2020 Application Process

The SBI PO 2020 application form involves 3 major steps. Candidates must carefully fill the details at the time of filling the form. The step by step process to fill the SBI PO 2020 is mentioned below.

Step 1: Application Filling

  • Candidates need to visit the official website of State Bank of India (SBI).
  • On the homepage of the website, click on "Careers with Us".
  • By selecting SBI PO 2020 Application Form, fill all the required details such as candidate's name, contact details, educational qualification, and valid email ID.

Step 2: Upload Photo and Signature

  • Upload a scanned copy of your photo (150 X 200 pixels) and Signature (150 X 50 pixels) in the respected field.
  • The maximum size of Photo and Signature should be 50 KB and 20 KB respectively.
  • The Photo and Signature should be in JPEG/JPG format.

Step 3: Payment of Application Fee

  • Candidates can pay the SBI PO 2020 Application Fee by Debit Card/Credit Card/Net Banking.
  • After successful payment, candidates will receive a transaction confirmation mail including SBI PO 2020 registration ID.
  • Download and take a printout of the SBI PO 2020 Application form for future reference.

SBI PO 2020 Admit Card

The admit card of SBI PO 2020 exam will be released separately for different phases (Prelims, Mains, and Interviews). Candidates can download these admit cards from the official website of State Bank of India (SBI) by entering the registration number and the date of birth as filled in the application form. 

How to download the SBI PO Admit Card?

Candidates can follow the step by step process given below to download the SBI PO 2020 admit card:

  • Candidates need to first visit the official website of State Bank of India. 
  • On the homepage of the website, click on the careers section. In this section, the SBI PO 2020 "Call Letter" link will be displayed when released. Click on the link.
  • Candidates need to enter their credentials to log in. They need to provide their registration number and password or date of birth.
  • The SBI PO 2020 admit card will be displayed on the screen. Candidates can check all the details mentioned about the exam centre and other information related to the exam guidelines.
  • Download the admit card and take a printout of the same for future reference.

Details on the SBI PO 2020 Admit Card

Candidates can find the below-mentioned details on the admit card of SBI PO 2020 exam.

  • Candidate's full name
  • Photograph
  • Space for signature and thumb impression 
  • Correspondence Address
  • Roll number
  • Registration number
  • Venue of examination
  • Date and time of examination
  • Venue code
  • Examination guidelines

Note: Candidates must ensure that they take the SBI PO 2020 admit card along with a photo identity ID proof such as Aadhar card, PAN card, Voter ID, Driving License, Passport etc to the exam centre. 

SBI PO 2020 Exam Centres

Aspirants have to choose the exam centres in which they prefer to appear for writing the SBI PO 2020 exam at the time of filling up the application form. Candidates have to select at least 3 preferred test centres for the exam from the list of SBI PO 2020 exam centres. The conducting authority, SBI will decide the final test venue.

  • The list of exam centres are given below:
SBI PO 2020 Exam Centres
Circle/Region Exam Centres
Ahmedabad Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara
Karnataka Bangalore, Hubli, Gulbarga, Mangalore, Mysore
Bhopal Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Raipur
Bhubaneshwar Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack, Sambalpur, Berhampur
Punjab Chandigarh, Ambala, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Palampur, Shimla, Srinagar
Tamil Nadu Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Pondicherry, Tiruchirapally
Assam Aizwal, Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Imphal, Kohima, Silchar, Shillong, Agartala
Andhra/Telangana Hyderabad, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Vishakapatnam
Kolkata Asansol, Burdwan, Gangtok, Kolkata, Port Blair, Siliguri
Lucknow Allahabad, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi
New Delhi Agra, Ajmer, Dehradun, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Meerut, Haldwani, New Delhi, Udaipur
Mumbai Aurangabad, Mumbai, Nagpur, Panaji, Pune
Patna Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Ranchi
Kerala Kochi, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram

SBI PO 2020 Exam Pattern

SBI PO Prelims Exam Pattern will consist of objective type questions for 100 marks and exam duration is 1 hour.

SBI PO Prelims Exam Pattern Highlights
SBI PO Prelims Exam Pattern
Mode of exam Online (Computer Based)
Duration 1 hour
Total Question 100
Total Marks 100
Type of Question Objective Type (MCQ's)
Subjects English: 30 marks
Quantitative Aptitude: 35 marks
Reasoning Ability: 30 Marks

SBI PO Mains Pattern will consist of Objective and Descriptive sections, where the objective section will consist of a total of 200 marks, divided into the following sections - Reasoning and Computer Aptitude, English Language, Data Analysis & Interpretation and General/Economy/Banking Awareness. The descriptive section will consist of 50 marks, assessing a candidate's essay writing and letter writing skills.

SBI PO Question Pattern for prelims and mains vary from each other.

SBI PO Mains Exam Pattern Highlights
SBI PO Mains Exam Pattern
Mode of Exam Offline (Pen and Paper-based)
Duration 3 hours and 30 minutes
Type of Question Objective and Descriptive
Total Marks Objective: 200
Descriptive: 50
Subjects Reasoning and Computer Aptitude: 60 Marks
Data Analysis: 60 Marks
General Awareness: 40 Marks
English: 40 Marks

SBI PO Interview will consist of Group Discussion (30 marks) and Personal Interview (30 marks).

SBI PO 2020 Syllabus

The syllabus is different for every exam. There are 3 subjects for the Prelims exam and 4 subjects for the Mains exam. In addition to the SBI PO 2020 Syllabus, you can also refer to the sample papers. Exam wise syllabi are as follows:

SBI PO Prelims Syllabus

  • English: Fill in the blanks, Reading, and Comprehension, Para Jumbles, Cloze test, Error spotting, Spellings, Phrase Idiom.
  • Quantitative Aptitude: Number System, Average, Percentage, Ratio and Proportion, Interest, Number Series, Simplification, Data Interpretation, Profit and Loss, Ministration, Permutation, and Combination.
  • Reasoning Ability: Linear Seating Arrangement, Double Line Up, Directions, and Distances, Coding and De-coding, Blood Relations, Inequalities, Ordering, and Ranking, Syllogism, Circular Seating Arrangement, Grouping, and Selection.

SBI PO 2020 Mains Syllabus:

  • Reasoning and Computer Aptitude: Puzzles, Seating Arrangement, Inequality, Syllogism, Input-Output, Coding-Decoding, Verbal Reasoning, Data Sufficiency, Miscellaneous topics, Computer Aptitude.
  • Data Analysis: Bar Graph, Line Graph, Pie Chart (single or double), Tabular Graph, Radar Chart, Mixed Graphs, Caselet/ Paragraph DI, Missing Graphs.
  • General Awareness: Current Affairs, Banking / Financial Awareness, Static Affairs.
  • English: Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test, Para Jumbles, Odd One Out/ Theme Based Questions, Statement, and Paragraph Completion, Sentence Connectors.

SBI PO Books

There are no prescribed books for SBI PO 2020 Exam. But as per the syllabus in general, one can use some well-known books for subjects like English, General Awareness, Aptitude and Reasoning.

  • Based on each subject, one can use books accordingly.

  • All aspirants should use books published by reputed publications to score well in SBI PO Exam.

SBI PO 2020 Vacancy

SBI hasn't the official notification containing the total number of vacancies for Probationary Officer Post 2020. The expected total SBI PO jobs or vacancies are 2200.

Category-wise SBI PO 2020 vacancies are given below:

SBI PO 2020 Vacancies (Estimated)
Categories Posts
Scheduled Caste 300
Scheduled Tribe 150
Other Backward Classes 640
General 910
EWS (Economically Weaker Section) 200
Total 2200

SBI PO 2020 Result

SBI PO results in 2020 will be available on the official website of SBI after each phase. The result of SBI PO preliminary will be declared on the official website after the Prelims exams are over. SBI will declare the Mains results after the exam is over and will summon only those candidates for the interview who will clear the Mains exam. Candidates who clear the Mains Exam will be called for Personal Interview and Group Discussion.

Steps to Check SBI PO Final Results:

The step-by-step procedure is provided below to download the SBI PO 2020 Result:

  • Open the official website of SBI.
  • Find and click on the "Result" link in the "Careers" section.
  • Enter the credentials (registration number and date of birth).
  • The screen will display the results.
  • Download the result and take a printout of the same for future reference.

The Cutoff for SBI PO 2020 will be declared by the conducting authority, based on various parameters like vacancies, the number of candidates appearing for the exam, the difficulty level of the exam, etc. The exam authority will release SBI PO Mains Cutoff separately. The Cutoff mark will vary based on the category of students.

SBI PO 2020 Recruitment

Candidates who will qualify all the stages will get an offer letter for Probationary Officer Post. The stage-wise SBI PO Selection Process is given below:

  • Stage 1: The first stage of the process is the Preliminary Exam. It is an online aptitude test. Candidates have to score the minimum cutoff marks to qualify for the next phase.
  • Stage 2: The second stage is the Mains Exam. It is an offline exam consisting of objective and descriptive type questions. To qualify for the next and final stage, candidates have to secure minimum cut-off marks set forth by the SBI.
  • Stage 3: The third stage is the Group Discussion and Personal Interview round. Candidates will be evaluated by the marks secured in GD (out of 20) and PI (out of 30). Qualified Candidates in GD and PI round will be selected for the Probationary Officer Post at SBI. The final result will be declared on the 2nd week of October on the official website of SBI. Those candidates who will secure their position in the final result will be provided with an offer letter.

SBI PO Salary

SBI offers an attractive figure for the post of PO. The in-hand salary of a PO at SBI is the factor that drives most people towards this exam. The gross salary, initial salary and details about the emoluments are mentioned below:

SBI PO Salary
Basic Pay 27620
Annual Increment 980
Dearness Allowance (DA) 39.8% of basic pay
House Rent Allowance (HRA) 7% to 10% of basic pay
City Compensatory Allowance (depends on the place of posting) NA, 4%, 3% of basic pay
Special Allowance 7.75%
Total Monthly (Vary as per HRA) 45000


The differences between SBI PO and IBPS PO are tabulated in the table below. However, currently, the SBI PO Exam is conducted by IBPS. This exam is separately conducted and will not come in the list of the other bank exams.

Full form State Bank of India Probationary Officers Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Probationary Officers
Participant SBI PO conducted for SBI bank only IBPS PO conducted for all 20 scheduled Government Bank except SBI
Total Vacancy for 2020 (Estimated) 2200 4252
Salary Salary for SBI PO is INR 45000 per month (May vary with HRA) Salary of IBPS PO is INR 37360 - INR 38700

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Frequently Asked Questions

SBI announced a total 2000 vacancies for 2020.

Yes, there will be negative markings for all sections. 0.25 will be deducted for every wrong answer.

Yes, there is a separate marking scheme for a different section. And there will be a different cutoff for different sections.

No, you are not eligible to apply for SBI PO, as the minimum age required to apply for the exam is 21 years (as on 1st April 2020).

The selection process for SBI PO 2020 is divided into three phases:

  • Phase I: Prelims Examination
  • Phase II: Mains Examination
  • Phase III: Interview & Group Discussion

Yes. There is age relaxation for OBC, ST, SC and PwD candidates.

  • For OBC - 3 years
  • For ST/SC - 5 years
  • For PwD with OBC - 13 years
  • For PwD with ST/SC - 15 years
  • For PwD (General) - 10 years

Yes, there will be two descriptive type questions in the Mains Exam. One is Letter writing and another one is Essay writing. Both the question will carry 25 marks each.

Yes. you can apply for the exam. But remember that, at the time of the interview you have to produce the graduation certificate.

The application fee is different for different categories which are as follows:

  • For General/OBC - INR 750
  • For SC/ST/PwD - INR 100

Candidate should complete a degree (any UG/PG) from any recognized university.

After the exam is over we will update the SBI PO Exam Paper analysis in this page.

There is absolutely no need for coaching, but one has to relentlessly work hard if he or she is studying by self. There are a lot of SBI PO Training centers for the exam.

Discussion Forum



Hi Varun,

The eligibility criteria for the SBI PO Exam is graduation degree in any of the streams such as BA, B.COM, B.SC, B.TECH, etc., from a University recognized by the Government of India.

You can get to read other eligibility criteria.

Good Luck

Answer By: Getmyuni

07 May 2018



Hi Sinjini,

Candidates applying for the SBI PO exam should be between the ages of 21 to 30 years old as decided by the bank. Candidates are not eligible to apply if they were born on or after 1st April 1997. There are no relaxations to the minimum age for the eligibility criteria. Candidates are eligible to apply if they were born on or between 2nd April 1988 and 1st April 1997.

You can get to read other eligibility criteria of SBI PO Exam.

Good Luck.

Answer By: Getmyuni

07 May 2018


What is SSC CGL?

Asked By: Anonymous 07 May 2018


Hi Diksha,

The Combined Graduate Level Examination (CGL) is conducted by Staff Selection Commision (SSC) of India. SSC has various posts in Ministries, Departments and Organisations. Every year thousands of vacancies are filled by the SSC in Government departments. Lakhs of students in India attempt the SSC exams for employment in the Government sector.

Click here to read more about SSC CGL.

Hope this will help you.

Good Luck.

Answer By: Getmyuni

07 May 2018



Hi Arjun,

Arjun you should go through this reference books to be clear with the concept of syllabu topics.

  • Kiran's SSC CGL Question Bank (1996-2016) by Kiran Prakashan Publication
  • Objective General English by Arihant Publication

Click here to get other reference books of SSC CGL Exam and for better preparation, you can also take coaching.

Good Luck.

Answer By: Getmyuni

07 May 2018


What is the application fee for SBI PO 2017?

Asked By: Anonymous 13 Feb 2017


The application fee is Rs.600(for general candidates) and Rs.100(for SC/ST/PWD).

Answer By: Getmyuni

13 Feb 2017

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