SBI PO Exam 2019 | Exam Pattern | Syllabus | Important Dates

This article consists everything about the current SBI PO exam pattern and SBI PO exam syllabus that any State Bank of India job aspirant would have ever wanted to know. It describes each and every phase of the exam, (i.e. preliminary, mains and interview) and also mentions the important dates regarding SBI PO Exam 2018.

SBI PO Exam 2018

SBI PO 2018 exam is going to be conducted by State Bank of India to select candidates for the post of Probationary Officer. SBI PO is considered to be one of the most prestigious jobs in the Indian Banking industry and it’s a dream job for millions of aspirants across India.

SBI PO 2018 Notification

SBI PO 2018 Notification has been released on 21st April 2018 by State Bank of India. This recruitment process has started post-release of official notification and it will be conducted for selection of candidates to the post of PO in State Bank of India and its Associate banks. The candidates selected are liable to be posted anywhere in India.

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SBI PO 2018 Important Dates

State Bank of India released the official Notification for SBI PO 2018 on 21st April 2018. The Exam dates for the same has been declared after the notification was released.

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Online Registration/Edit/Modification of Application21st April 2018 to 13th May 2018
Payment of Application Fees/Intimation Charges21st April 2018 to 13th May 2018
Download call letters for online Prelims18th June Onwards
Conduct of Online Examination – Preliminary1st, 7th & 8th July 2018
Result of Online exam – Preliminary15th July 2018
Download Call letter for Online Mains Exam20th July 2018
Conduct of Online Examination – Main4th August 2018
Result of Online Examination – Main20th August 2018
Download Call Letter for Personal Interview1st September 2018
Conduct of Group Exercises & Interview24th September 2018 to 12th October 2018
Declaration of Final Result1st November 2018

SBI PO Recruitment 2018

The State Bank of India declared a total vacancy of 2000 vacancies for SBI PO 2018. Candidates can now prepare effectively for the upcoming SBI PO 2018 Exam as the number of vacancies is less compared to last year.

The SBI PO exam is the most premier among all the other public-sector bank exams in India. The recruitment process for Probationary Officers at SBI consists of 3 stages:

1. Preliminary Examination

2. Main Examination

3. GD/Interview

SBI PO 2018 Exam Pattern

As the vacancy has been reduced considerably as compared to last year, so the candidates are going to face a tough competition. Thus, a prior knowledge of SBI PO Exam Pattern 2018 is essential as it will give you a platform to start your efficient preparation for the exam. Let’s have a look at the detailed Exam Pattern for SBI PO 2018.

SBI PO 2018 Prelims Exam Pattern

SBI PO Preliminary Exam will be conducted on 1st, 7th & 8th July 2018. The Exam will be conducted online and will comprise of 3 sections namely Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude & English Language.


1. It is noted that this year, State Bank of India has removed sectional cut-off from SBI PO 2018 Exam. The overall score of the examination will be considered for selecting candidates for Mains Exam.

2. Each section has been provided with an individual time duration. That means even if you complete the exam before the allotted time you will not be able to move to the next section till the respective time frame is not over

Name of Tests(ObjectiveMaximum MarksDuration
English Language3020 min.
Numerical Ability3520 min.
Reasoning Ability3520 min.
Total1001 hour

Penalty for incorrect answer: – 0.25 marks

SBI PO 2018 Mains Exam Pattern

SBI PO Mains Exam will be conducted on 4th August 2018. The Exam will be conducted online and will comprise of 4 sections namely Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis & Interpretation & General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness, English Language. The entire paper is to be completed within a time span of 3 hours. A descriptive paper will be conducted along with the above mentioned online test. It needs to be completed in a time span of 30 minutes and the maximum marks allotted to this test is 50

S.No.Name of Tests(ObjectiveNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1Reasoning & Computer Aptitude456060 minutes
2Data Analysis & Interpretation356045 minutes
3General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness404035 minutes
4English Language303040 minutes
Total1552003 hours

Penalty for incorrect answer: – 0.25 marks

Interview Process (GD-PI Round)

A candidate who clears both the Prelims & Mains Exam of SBI PO 2018 will be further called for a GD-PI session wherein they will face a panel of selectors discussing on their past experience and questions related to General Knowledge and of the Banking Sector.

It is essential for a candidate to clear the Interview Process in order to ensure their final selection in the SBI PO 2018 Exam. The qualifying marks for this round will be decided by the Bank and the marks allotted to these rounds are: Group Discussion – 20 marks, Interview – 30 marks

Final Selection

After a candidate has gone through Personal Interviews, a merit list will be prepared by State Bank of India wherein the candidate’s score of Mains Exam and Interview Round will be taken into account. Based on the score obtained by candidates and the available vacancies, a final cut-off mark will be declared. All candidates who clear the cut-off range will be granted the Appointment Letter by State Bank of India for the post of Probationary Officer.

SBI PO 2018 Syllabus

There are three major sections that a candidate needs to prepare to ace the preliminary exam. These are Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, English Literature.

SBI PO Preliminary Exam syllabus:

The preliminary examination of SBI PO exam 2018 will comprise of Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Language. Here is the detailed syllabus:

ReasoningQuantitative AbilityEnglish Language
Logical ReasoningSimplificationReading Comprehension
Alphanumeric SeriesProfit & LossCloze Test
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet TestMixtures &AlligationsPara jumbles
Data SufficiencySimple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & IndicesMiscellaneous
Coded InequalitiesWork & TimeFill in the blanks
Seating ArrangementTime & DistanceMultiple Meaning /Error Spotting
PuzzleMensuration – Cylinder, Cone, SphereParagraph Completion
TabulationData Interpretation
SyllogismRatio & Proportion, Percentage
Blood RelationsNumber Systems
Input-OutputSequence & Series
Coding DecodingPermutation, Combination &Probability

SBI PO Mains syllabus:

Mains Examination of SBI PO exam consists of 4 sections: Reasoning, Computer Awareness, English Language, Data Analysis & General/Economy/Banking Awareness. The complete syllabus is given below:

Data AnalysisReasoningEnglish LanguageGeneral/Economy/ Banking AwarenessComputer Awareness
Tabular GraphVerbal ReasoningReading ComprehensionFinancial AwarenessInternet
Line GraphSyllogismGrammarCurrent AffairsMemory
Pie ChartCircular Seating ArrangementVocabularyGeneral KnowledgeKeyboard Shortcuts
Bar GraphLinear Seating ArrangementVerbal AbilityStatic AwarenessComputer Abbreviation
Radar Graph CaseletDouble LineupWord AssociationBanking and Financial AwarenessMicrosoft Office
Missing Case DISchedulingSentence ImprovementComputer Hardware
Let it Case DIInput OutputPara JumblesComputer Software
Data SufficiencyBlood RelationsCloze TestOperating System
ProbabilityDirections and DistancesError SpottingNetworking
Permutation and CombinationOrdering and RankingFill in the blanksComputer Fundamentals /Terminologies
Data Sufficiency
Coding and Decoding
Code Inequalities
Course of Action
Critical Reasoning
Analytical and Decision Making

Besides the preliminary exam and the mains exam, an interview process is also conducted for candidates who qualify the first two phases of SBI PO exam.

The final merit list is made on the basis of marks obtained by a candidate in his/ her mains exam and interview process.


SBI PO Exam is conducted by one of the most popular State Bank of India. Being one of the most premier exams of Indian banking sector, the appearing candidates face a huge competition. And since nowadays the number of engineering candidates appearing in this exam is increasing day by day, the number of applicants for this exam growing like it never did. Since the competition is heavy, candidates should highly focus on increasing their level of awareness and accuracy in the exam.

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