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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Activity Dates
Online Registration/Edit/Modification of Application 21st April 2018 to 13th May 2018
Payment of Application Fees/Intimation Charges 21st April 2018 to 13th May 2018
Download call letters for online Prelims 18th June Onwards
Conduct of Online Examination – Preliminary 1st, 7th & 8th July 2018
Result of Online exam – Preliminary 15th July 2018
Download Call letter for Online Mains Exam 20th July 2018
Conduct of Online Examination – Main 4th August 2018
Result of Online Examination – Main 20th August 2018
Download Call Letter for Personal Interview 1st September 2018
Conduct of Group Exercises & Interview 24th September 2018 to 12th October 2018
Declaration of Final Result 1st 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(Objective Maximum Marks Duration
English Language 30 20 min.
Numerical Ability 35 20 min.
Reasoning Ability 35 20 min.
Total 100 1 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(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
2 Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
3 General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
4 English Language 30 30 40 minutes
Total 155 200 3 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:

Reasoning Quantitative Ability English Language
Logical Reasoning Simplification Reading Comprehension
Alphanumeric Series Profit & Loss Cloze Test
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test Mixtures &Alligations Para jumbles
Data Sufficiency Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices Miscellaneous
Coded Inequalities Work & Time Fill in the blanks
Seating Arrangement Time & Distance Multiple Meaning /Error Spotting
Puzzle Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere Paragraph Completion
Tabulation Data Interpretation
Syllogism Ratio & Proportion, Percentage
Blood Relations Number Systems
Input-Output Sequence & Series
Coding Decoding Permutation, 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 Analysis Reasoning English Language General/Economy/ Banking Awareness Computer Awareness
Tabular Graph Verbal Reasoning Reading Comprehension Financial Awareness Internet
Line Graph Syllogism Grammar Current Affairs Memory
Pie Chart Circular Seating Arrangement Vocabulary General Knowledge Keyboard Shortcuts
Bar Graph Linear Seating Arrangement Verbal Ability Static Awareness Computer Abbreviation
Radar Graph Caselet Double Lineup Word Association Banking and Financial Awareness Microsoft Office
Missing Case DI Scheduling Sentence Improvement Computer Hardware
Let it Case DI Input Output Para Jumbles Computer Software
Data Sufficiency Blood Relations Cloze Test Operating System
Probability Directions and Distances Error Spotting Networking
Permutation and Combination Ordering and Ranking Fill 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 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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