It is undoubtedly one of the most coveted exams in the banking sphere. State Bank of India (SBI) conducts exams for the post of Officers for its nationwide branch network.

OFFERINGS :PAY: The starting basic pay is Rs.16,900/-(with 4 increments) in the scale of Rs. 14500-600/7-18700-700/2- 20100-800/7-25700 applicable to Junior Management Grade Scale I. The official will also be eligible for D.A, H.R.A & C.C.A as per rules in force from time to time. The compensation per annum at Mumbai is around Rs. 8,55,000/-.

The break up of monthly compensation is as under:

i) Cash Component : 36,046/-

ii) Bank's contribution to PF : 1,690/-

iii) Housing (Lease Rental) : 29,500/-

iv) Perquisites (Conveyance, Newspapers, Entertainment allowance, House & Furniture Maintenance etc.

In addition, the officers are also entitled to other benefits like –

i) Medical Aid for self (100%) and for family (75%)

ii) Home Travel Concession/Leave Fare Concession

iii) Concessional Interest Rates for Housing/Car/Personal Loans The salary scales are under revision with effect from November 2012.

Career Path:

The Probationary Officers will be on probation for two years during which they will be given intensive training. Towards the end of their probation / training period, they will be subjected to a screening process. While those Officers who achieve the predetermined standards may be confirmed and given placement in the next higher grade i.e., Officer Middle Management Grade Scale-II, others who qualify in the test but fail to achieve the standards set for placement in Middle Management Grade Scale-II, will be confirmed as Officer Junior Management Grade Scale-I. The services of those Officers who fail to qualify in this process will be terminated.

Bank provides immense opportunities for growth in the Bank including opportunities for postings abroad. The attractive promotion policy of the Bank provides an opportunity to the meritorious and exceptionally brilliant officers to reach the Top Management Grade in a reasonably quick time.


1) Essential Academic Qualifications: (AS ON 01.09.2015)

Graduation in any discipline from a recognised University or any equivalent qualification recognised as such by the Central Government. Those who are in the Final year/Semester of their Graduation may also apply provisionally subject to the condition that, if called for interview, they will have to produce proof of having passed the graduation examination on or before 01.09.2015.

2) Age Limit

(As on 01.04.2015) Not below 21 years and not above 30 years as on 01.04.2015 i.e candidates must have been born not earlier than 02.04.1985 and not later than 01.04.1994 (both days inclusive)


Syllabus of Objective Paper (Paper I of SBI PO exam):

Paper-I consists of 200 questions which are asked from the following areas:

1) English Language

2) Data Interpretation

3) Reasoning

4) The rest of the questions will be from General Awareness, Computer Awareness and Marketing awareness

Sr. No. Subject Marks Time
1 General English 50 2 hours 15 minutes
2 Data Interpretation 50
3 Reasoning Ability 50
4 General Awareness Marketing Aptitude/Computer Knowledge 50
5 Total Marks 200

SBI PO Descriptive Paper (Paper II) Syllabus

Marks: 50

Duration: 1hr.

In this section, expect questions relating to Letter writing (Usually official letters in connection with the normal functioning of a bank branch), Essay and Paragraph writing (Usually related to bank functioning and economy), Precise writing and Reading comprehension. This paper will have 50 marks and the duration will be 1 hour.

Exam Pattern

Preliminary examination :

Tentatively in the month of June 2015

1. Prelims

2. Main


Preliminary Exam will be consisting of 1 paper of 1 hour for 100 questions and 100 marks.

Preliminary Exam Structure

Sr. No. Subject No. of Questions No. of Marks
1 English 30 30
2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
3 Logical Reasoning 35 35
Total 100 100

Main Examination is supposed to be conducted in month of November.

Main Examination consists of the following subjects

Sr. No. Subject No. of Questions No. of Marks Duration
1 English Language 50 50 2 hours
2 Quantitative AptitudeGeneral Awareness, Marketing and Computers 50 50
3 Data Analysis and Interpretation 50 50
4 Test of High level Reasoning 50 50
5 Descriptive English (Essay and Letter Writing) 50 1 Hour

Group Discussion and Interview carries weightage of 20 and 30 marks each.


1. Number of posts : 2000

2. Number of Applicants: Expected to be around 19 lakhs

3. Cut off for last 3 years

Final Cut off 2013 2011 COMPARED (out of 250) Objective +

Year General OBC SC ST
2014 112 106 98 78
2013 151 137 128 116
2011 110 99 88 88

Objective test cut-off marks of last 3 years

SBI PO CUT OFF 2014 2013 2011 (out of 200) Objective test only

Year General OBC SC ST
2014 80 70 60 60
2013 80 70 70 70
2011 86 74 70 70

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Important dates

Online registration of application starting date : 13-04-2015

Last date to apply online : 02-05-2015

Payment of fees through online : 13-04-2015 to 02-05-2015

Important Dates

Online registration of application starting date : 13/04/2015
Last date to apply online : 02/05/2015
Payment of fees through online : 13/04/2015 to 02/05/2015
Preliminary examination : Tentatively in the month of June 2015


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