SBI PO Exam Pattern


SBI is one of the most prestigious banks of India. State Bank of India (SBI) is an Indian multinational, public sector banking and financial services company. It is a government-owned corporation with its headquarters in Mumbai, Maharashtra.  Every year it conducts examinations for the post of PO and Clerk. It provides the best salary and privileges to its employee.

Though the bank pay scale does not follow CPC yet it is providing best packages in the government sectors. The salary of its employees may reach to Rs. 60,000 in the beginning.


Approximately every year the SBI releases vacancies for the post of clerk, PO and SO. It is one of the most awaited exams in the opinion of the aspirants. If your dream is to work with the SBI, stay with us and prepare for the exam.

Exam Pattern of SBI PO :


SL.Name of testNo. of QuestionsMarksDuration
1.English Language3030Composite Time of
2.Quantitative Aptitude3535
3.Reasoning Ability35351 hour

Phase – II: Main Examination:

Main Examination will consist of Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 50 marks. Both the Objective and Descriptive Tests will be online. Candidates will have to answer Descriptive test by typing on the computer. Immediately after completion of Objective Test, Descriptive Test will be administered.

Objective Test

The objective test of 3 hours duration consist of 4 Sections for total 200 marks. The objectivetest will have separate timing for every section. The candidates are required to qualify in each of the Tests by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.

SL.Name of testNo. of QuestionsMarksDuration
1.Reasoning & Computer Aptitude456060 minutes
2.Data Analysis & Interpretation356045 minutes
3.General/Economy/Banking Awareness404035 minutes
4.English Language354040 minutes
Total1552003 hours


Descriptive Test:

The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with 50 marks will be a Test of EnglishLanguage (Letter Writing & Essay). The candidates are required to qualify in the Descriptive Test by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.

Descriptive Test paper of only those candidates will be evaluated who have scored qualifying marks in the Objective Tests and are placed adequately high as per total marks in objective test.

 Phase – III: Group Exercises (20 marks) & Interview (30 marks)

The aggregate marks of candidates qualifying in both the Objective Tests and Descriptive Test will be arranged in descending order in each category. Adequate number of candidates in each category, as decided by the Bank will be called for Group Exercises and Interview. The qualifying marks in Group Exercises &Interview will be as decided by the Bank.

Candidates qualifying for Group Exercises & Interview under ‘OBC’ category would be required to submit OBC certificate containing the ‘Non Creamy layer’ clause. Candidates not submitting the OBC certificate containing the ‘Non Creamy layer’ clause and requesting to be interviewed under General category will not be entertained.