SBI PO 2019 - Exam Date, Notification, Vacancy

Exam Date : June 8, 2020 To July 20, 2020
Result Date : October 9, 2020

SBI PO stands for State Bank of India Probationary Officer. SBI conducts the exam for recruiting Probationary Officers every year in the month of May/June. SBI PO 2020 Online Application Form will be released on 2nd April 2020. Every year, over 30 lakh aspirants apply for the job and hence, the SBI Bank Exams have become highly competitive. Furthermore details about exam registration, preparation tips are discussed below.

The SBI PO 2019 Exam was conducted in the month of June. The next SBI PO Exam will be conducted in the month of June or July, 2020.

SBI PO 2019

About SBI PO

SBI PO Exam is intended to select candidates for the post of the probationary officer in the bank. SBI or State Bank of India is the conducting body for the Exam. SBI decides the modalities of question paper pattern and implants the eligibility criteria needed to be fulfilled by the candidates.

SBI PO Highlights
Category Details
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
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 MCQ type questions on English Language, Numerical Ability and Reasoning Ability.
  • SBI PO Mains Exam: Second Phase of the recruitment process consists of MCQ 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 appointment to work as a Probationary Officer at SBI branches. There is a Probationary period of two years.
  • Expected Vacancies: The vacancy number as per SBI PO 2020 Notification is 2000. 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. 

SBI PO 2020 Important Dates

The Official Notification about SBI PO 2020 will be released in the first week of April 2020. All the SBI PO Exam Dates have been mentioned in the notification. Conducting authority, State Bank of India declared complete schedule on the official website of SBI. On the application window, aspiring candidates can fill the application form from April 2, 2020 to May 22, 2020.

  • Admit Card for Prelims is released on May 17, 2020, and for Mains, it is released on July 5, 2020.
  • SBI PO Prelims Exam for 2020 will be held on the following dates of June 2020: 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th. And the Mains exam will be held on July 20, 2020. Nevertheless, these dates are tentative, so candidates must wait for the official notification.
SBI PO 2020 Exam Dates
Event Dates
Availability of SBI PO Application Form April 2, 2020
Application Form window closes on May 22, 2020
Release of SBI  PO Admit Card for Prelims May 17, 2020
Exam Date of Prelims  June 8,9,15 and 16, 2020
Result of Prelims June 29, 2020
Release of Admit Card of Mains 2nd Week July 2020
SBI PO Exam Date of Mains  July 20, 2020
Result of Mains August 3rd Week 2020
Call Letter for Interview will be available from August 4th Week 2020
Group Exercises and Interview Date September 2020
Declaration of Final Result October 2nd Week 2020

What is the Eligibility Criteria of SBI PO?

SBI sets the eligibility criteria for SBI PO. Only eligible candidates can apply for the exam. If the candidates fail to fullfill the criteria then their application form will be rejected.

  • Education: To be eligible for the exam, candidates must have a valid Bachelor's degree from any University recognized under Government of India.
  • Age: Candidates must be a minimum of 21 years of age. The maximum age limit to appear for the exam is 30 years. 
  • Nationality: Candidates who are Citizens of India, Nepal, Bhutan or A Tibetan Refugee who arrived in India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of settling permanently are eligible to apply for SBI PO. 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: 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 Online Application Form

Online Application Form for SBI PO 2020 will be released on the official website and candidates must register on the website to fill the application form. Eligible candidates can do the registration by filling the form available until May 22, 2020. SBI PO Application Fee is INR 750/- (for general category) and INR 125/- (for reserved category students). It has to be paid by using Debit Card/Credit Card/Net Banking after filling up the application form.

SBI PO 2020 Application Form Contents

The following are the fields that are mentioned in the SBI PO 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 Registration Process

Step 1 Application Filling: 

  • Open the official website of SBI. 
  • Click on "Careers with Us".
  • By selecting SBI PO 2020 Application Form, fill all the required details like Name, Contact details, Educational Qualification and Valid Email ID.

Step 2: Upload Photo and Signature: 

  • Upload scanned copy of the photo (150 X 200 pixels) and Signature (150 X 50 pixels) in the respected place.
  • 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 have to pay an amount of INR 750 as the registration fee (INR 125 for reserved category). 
  • Candidates can pay the SBI PO 2020 Registration Fee by Debit Card/Credit Card/Net Banking.
  • After successful payment, candidates will receive one transaction confirmation mail including registration id.
  • Take a printout of the SBI PO 2020 Application form for future reference. 

Admit Card of SBI PO 2020

The Call Letter of SBI PO 2020 is released separately for different phases (prelims, mains, and interview). Candidates can download those admit cards from the official website of SBI. By entering the registration number and the date of birth as filled in the application form, candidates can download the SBI PO 2020 Admit Card for Prelims from 3rd week of May 2020. And for Mains the admit card will release on 2nd week of July 2020.

  • The hall ticket contains details regarding a candidate's name, registration number, exam location, SBI PO 2020 Exam Date and general instructions for candidates.
  • Test-takers, who clear the SBI PO 2020 Prelims will be eligible to sit for the Mains Exam after downloading the SBI PO Admit Card.

How to download SBI PO Admit Card?

  • Open the official website of SBI.
  • Find and click on "SBI PO 2020 Admit Card" link.
  • Enter the credentials (registration number and date of birth).
  • Admit card will appear on the screen.
  • Download the admit card and take a printout for the same.

SBI PO Exam Centres

Aspirants have to choose the exam centres in which they want to appear for writing the exam while filling up the application form. Candidates have to select at least 3 test centres for the exam from 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
Bangalore Bangalore, Hubli, Gulbarga, Mangalore, Mysore
Bhopal Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Raipur
Bhubaneshwar Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack, Sambalpur, Berhampur
Chandigarh Chandigarh, Ambala, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Palampur, Shimla, Srinagar
Chennai Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Pondicherry, Tiruchirapally
Guwahati Aizwal, Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Imphal, Kohima, Silchar, Shillong, Agartala
Hyderabad 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
Thiruvananthapuram Kochi, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram 

SBI PO Exam Pattern

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

SBI PO Prelims Syllabus
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 Syllabus
Mode of exam Offline (Pen and Paper-based)
Duration 3 hours and 30 minutes
Type of Question Objective and Descriptive
Total Marks Objective: 150
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 Prelims exam and 4 subjects for the Mains exam. In addition to the SBI PO Syllabus, you can also refer to the sample papers. Exam wise syllabi are as follows:

Syllabus for SBI PO Prelims Exam:

  • 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 which opens the gate to get the desired job.

SBI PO Vacancy

SBI declared the total vacancies for Probationary Officer post. The total SBI PO Jobs or vacancies available for candidates is 2000. Category-wise SBI PO 2020 Vacancies are given below:

SBI PO 2020 Vacancies
Categories Posts
Scheduled Caste 300
Scheduled Tribe 150
Other Backward Classes 540
General 810
EWS (Economically Weaker Section) 200
Total 2000

SBI PO Result

The SBI PO Results 2020 will be available on the official website of SBI for every phase. The result of SBI PO will be declared on the official website in the first week of July 2020, the mains exam result will be declared in the 3rd week of August and the SBI PO Final Result will be declared by the 2nd week of October 2020. 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 Results:

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

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

SBI PO Recruitment 2020

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 final stage, candidates have to secure minimum cutoff marks set 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 name 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 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 is 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 2000 4252
Salary  Salary for SBI PO is INR 45000 per month (May vary with HRA) Salary of IBPS PO is INR 37360 - INR 38700


Q. How many vacancies are announced for SBI PO 2020?

  • Ans. SBI announced a total 2000 vacancies for 2020.

Q. Are there any negative marks for the wrong answer?

  • Ans. Yes, there will be negative marking for all sections. 0.25 will be deducted for every wrong answer.

Q. Is there any difference in exam structure compared to last year SBI PO Exam?

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

Q. I am 1 Month less than 21 years old, am I eligible to apply SBI PO 2020?

  • Ans. 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).

Q. What is the Selection Process for SBI PO 2020?

  • Ans. 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

Q. Is there any age relaxation for reserved category in SBI PO 2020?

  • Ans. 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

Q. Does the SBI PO question paper contains the descriptive type of question?

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

Q. Now I'm in the final year of my graduation, Am I eligible for the exam this year?

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

Q. What is the online application fee for SBI PO 2020 Exam?

  • Ans. The application fee is different for different categories which are as follows:
    • For General/OBC - INR 750
    • For SC/ST/PwD - INR 125

Q. What is the educational criterion to apply for the exam?

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

Q. Will SBI release an answer key or review about the paper?

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

Q. Do I require coaching for SBI PO exam?

  • Ans: 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 centres for the exam.

Discussion Forum

Eligibility Age limit

What is the age limit criteria for appearing in SBI Bank PO exam?

Asked By: Sinjini,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

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.

Click here to read other eligibility criteria of SBI PO Exam.

Good Luck.


Can I apply for SBI PO post? I have scored 55% in BBA.

Asked By: Varun agarwal,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Varun,

The eligibility criteria for the SBI PO exam is graduation degree in any of the streams such as BAB.ComB.ScB.Tech, etc., from a University recognized by the Government of India.

Click here to read other eligibility criteria.

Good Luck

Application Fee

What is the application fee for SBI PO 2017?

Asked By: Rishab Sngh,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

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

Apply for SBI PO 2017

How do i apply for SBI PO 2017 EXAM?

Asked By: Srujan Gowda,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

In order to apply for SBI PO exam 2017 candidates will have to register themselves online through Banks website or and open the appropriate Online Application Form, available in the current openings.

After registrartion candidates are required to pay the requisite application fee through online mode by using debit card/credit card/interent banking.

Number of attempts

What is the maximum number of attempts for SBI PO? Is the prelim exam considered as an attempt or is only the main exam counted as an attempt?

Asked By: Nikhil Abraham,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise
  1. General- 4
  2. General(PWD) - 7
  3. OBC - 7
  4. OBC(PWD)- 7
  5. SC/SC(PWD)/ST/ST(PWD)- No Restriction.

         The chances are considered only if you appear for MAIN EXAM. Candidates who have already appeared for the maximum number of chances are not eligible to apply. The number of chances will be counted from the exams held on 18-04-2010. Appearing in Preliminary exam will not be considered as a chance.

An Overview on SBI PO Exam:

Can you give me an overview of the SBI PO 2017 examination?

Asked By: Kevin K,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Any eligible candidate, who aspires to join State Bank of India as a Probationary Officer, is required to register online for the Recruitment Process. The examination will be held in two phases - preliminary and main. Candidates who will qualify in preliminary examination and shortlisted will have to appear for the main examination and shortlisted candidates in the main examination will subsequently be called for a Group Discussion & Interview.

Prospective candidates will have to apply after carefully reading the advertisement regarding the process of examinations and interview, eligibility criteria, online registration process, payment of prescribed Application fee/intimation charges, the pattern of the exam, issuance of call letters etc. and ensure that they fulfil the stipulated criteria and follow the prescribed processes.

SBI PO Recruitment Exam is always considered as the Largest of all Banking Exam. The next in line is IBPS PO Recruitment Exam. Though the number of Vacancies in the former is less than IBPS PO, yet there are many applicants for SBI PO. The huge number of applicants for SBI PO Exam is due to the various factors which include the largest commercial Bank SBI itself.

The probationary Officer in a Bank has to do following tasks in addition to the administrative work:

  • Provide services to customers
  • Enhance business of the bank
  • Handle cash activities at the bank
  • Clearance of Payments
  • Manage accounts of customers
  • Official communication

SBI offers growth opportunities as well as potential benefits such as posting abroad. The promotion policy allows some candidates to reach top management grades.

Pre- Examination Training: Bank may arrange pre-examination training at certain centres for SC/ST/Religious Minority Community candidates in consonance with the guidelines issued by Government of India.

Candidates belonging to the above categories who desire to avail themselves of such training at their own cost may indicate to that effect against relevant column while applying online.

Answer By: Sushil Girdher

SBI has made some changes in the selection process for this years PO recruitment.

Like previous years, exam will be conducted in two phases. Candidates who will qualify in preliminary examination and short listed will have to appear for main examination and short listed candidates in the main examination will subsequently be called for a Group Discussion & Interview.

Preliminary examination process is still the same. Many changes has been introduced in the examination pattern of the Main examination for SBI PO.

This year, the main exam duration is extended to three hours.

There is also section wise time limit. Main examination will be computer based examination.

Admit Card availability for the SBI PO.

When will my Admit Card be generated for SBI PO Examination?

Asked By: Arun kumar,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Admit Card is a document generated after submitting the application form Of the SBI PO.

The price of the Application Form for SC candidates.

What is the Application Fee and what if I am an SC Candidate? How much will the Application Form cost for me?

Asked By: Suraj singh,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The Application Form for the SBI PO cost Rs 600/-. And if you're an SC/ST candidate the Application Form will cost you 100/-

Cut Off's for SBI PO

How are the cut offs going to be accessed in case of SBI PO 2017?

Asked By: Devika Krishna,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

SBI PO 2017 cut off's will be calculated on a nationwide scale which provides a marking scale for most Banking Exams and Recruitment sessions.