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

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This article consists everything about the current SBI PO exam 2019 pattern and SBI PO exam 2019 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 2019.

SBI PO Exam 2019

SBI PO 2019 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 2019 Important Dates

State Bank of India will release the official Notification for SBI PO 2019 around April 2019. The Exam dates for the same has been declared after the notification was released.

Online Registration of ApplicationApril 2019 to May 2019
Payment of Application Fees ChargesApril 2019 to May 2019
Download call letters for online PrelimsJune 2019 Onwards
Conduct of Online Examination – PreliminaryJuly 2019
Result of Online exam – PreliminaryJuly-August 2019
Download Call letter for Online Mains ExamJuly-August 2019
Conduct of Online Examination – MainAugust 2019
Result of Online Examination – MainAugust 2019
Download Call Letter for Personal InterviewSeptember 2019
Conduct of Group Exercises & InterviewSeptember 2019 to October 2019
Declaration of Final ResultNovember 2019

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SBI PO Recruitment 2019

The State Bank of India declared a total of 2000 vacancies for SBI PO in the year 2018. For this year, i.e. SBI PO 2019 Exam, the number of vacancies is gonna be somewhat similar compared to the 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 2019 Exam Pattern

A prior knowledge of SBI PO Exam Pattern 2019 is going to be 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 2019.

SBI PO 2019 Prelims Exam

SBI PO 2019 Preliminary Exam may be conducted during July 2019. 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 2019 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(Objective)Maximum MarksDuration
English Language3020 min.
Numerical Ability3520 min.
Reasoning Ability3520 min.
Total1001 hour

Penalty for incorrect answer: (-) 0.25 marks

SBI PO 2019 Mains Exam

SBI PO 2019 Mains Exam will be conducted on August 2019. 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

Name of TestsMaximum Marks
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude60
Data Analysis & Interpretation60
General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness40
English Language30

Penalty for incorrect answer: (-) 0.25 marks

Interview Process (GD-PI Round)

A candidate who clears both the Prelims & Mains Exam of SBI PO 2019 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 2019 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 2019 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 2019 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 Improvement Computer Hardware
Let it Case DIInput OutputPara Jumbles Computer Software
Data SufficiencyBlood RelationsCloze Test Operating System
ProbabilityDirections and DistancesError Spotting Networking
Permutation and CombinationOrdering and RankingFill in the blanks Computer 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 Salary

The pay structure for SBI PO is given below:

Pay CategoryAmount
Basic Salary27,620
Dearness Allowance12,677
City Compensatory Allowance (CCA)870
Special Allowance2140
Total Earnings43,307



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.