Every year State Bank of India recruits probationary officers through the SBI PO recruitment exam. It is the largest banking and financial services organization in India. It will invite online applications from eligible Indian citizens to be appointed as Probationary Officers in SBI. Last year, SBI had released 2000 vacancies for SBI PO 2020 and the 2021 notification is released on 4th October 2021 for 2056 vacancies. As part of SBI, one gets to work in a Fortune 500 organization and become a part of one of the most valuable brands in India. Let us know more about the SBI PO Notification 2021 below:
SBI PO Notification 2021 - Recruitment Exam Overview
The SBI PO Recruitment Exam process is held in three phases i.e. Preliminary Examination, Main Examination and Group Exercise & Interview.
Candidates who are shortlisted after Preliminary Examination appear for Main Examination. Candidates who are shortlisted after the Main Examination are subsequently called for Group Exercises & Interview.
Final results are arrived at by aggregating the Mains Exam score and GE & PI marks.
Prospective candidates can apply using an online link given on the official website after carefully reading the eligibility criteria. It is recommended to regularly keep in touch with the authorised SBI website https://bank.sbi/careers or https://www.sbi.co.in/careers for details and updates.
SBI PO 2021 Notification | Official Notice | Download Here
The Official SBI PO Notification PDF link is updated here. Candidates can download the notification for complete details.
What are the SBI PO 2021 Recruitment Exam Dates?
Now let us have a look at the Important dates (tentative) related to SBI PO 2021 Recruitment -:
|SBI PO 2021 Notification Released On||4th October 2021|
|Start of Online Registration||5th to 25th October 2021|
|Download Admit Card for Online Preliminary Exam||8 to 27 November 2021|
|SBI PO Preliminary Exam Date||20th, 21st & 27th November 2021|
|Result of Online Preliminary Exam||December 2021(Tentative)|
|The download of Call letter for Online Main Exam||December 2021(Tentative)|
|SBI PO Mains Exam Date||December 2021(Tentative)|
|Result of Online Main Exam||January 2022 (Tentative)|
|Download Call Letter for Group Exercises & Personal Interview||February 2022 (Tentative)|
|Conduct of Group Exercises & Interview||February 2022 (Tentative)|
|Declaration of Final Result||March 2022 (Tentative)|
How many Vacancies have been announced for SBI PO 2021?
The total number of vacancies announced for the SBI PO 2020 recruitment was 2000 vacancies. As per the official notification released by SBI on 4th October 2021, a total of 2056 vacancies was announced which includes 2000 fresh vacancies and 56 backlog vacancies.
The total number of vacancies (2020) are divided among various categories’ viz.
There are also reservations for the PWD (Persons with Disabilities) category.
4% horizontal reservation has been provided to Persons with Benchmark Disabilities.
The reservations are provided to people with
- LD (Locomotor Disabilities),
- VI (Visual Impairment),
- HI (Hearing Impaired),
- Specific learning disabilities, Mental Illness, and Multiple Disabilities.
Only those persons with benchmark disabilities would be eligible for reservation. “Benchmark disability” means a person with not less than 40% of a specified disability
Use of Scribe & compensatory time: The facility of scribe would be allowed to a person while writing the exam, who has a disability of 40% or more if so desired by the person and is meant for only those persons with disability who have physical limitation to write including that of speed.
What is the Eligibility Criteria for SBI PO Recruitment 2021?
Minimum Required Education Qualification
An applicant needs to have the following academic qualifications to be eligible to write the exam.
- The person wishing to apply needs to have Graduation in any discipline from a recognized University or any equivalent qualification recognized 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 an interview, they will have to produce proof of having passed the graduation examination.
- Candidates possessing the qualification of Chartered Accountant may also apply.
Percentage Required in Graduation for the SBI PO Exam
There is no criteria regarding any minimum percentage in the Graduation degree. Candidate should indicate the percentage obtained in Graduation calculated to the nearest two decimals in the online application. Where CGPA/ OGPA is awarded, the same should be converted into a percentage.
As there is no minimum percentage criteria, everyone has an equal chance to get to become an SBI PO. Start preparing now.
Maximum and Minimum Age Limits for a Candidate
An applicant should not be below 21 years of age and not above 30 years of age calculated as per the date mentioned in the notification.
Certain age relaxation is also provided by the bank to certain categories of applicants. Have a look at the age relaxation provided below:
1) Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe – 5 Years
2) Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer) – 3 Years
3) Persons with Disabilities (PWD)
- PWD (SC/ ST) – 15 Years
- PWD (OBC) – 13 Years
- PWD (Gen/ EWS) – 10 Years
What is the selection procedure of SBI PO Recruitment 2021?
The recruitment for SBI Probationary Officers is done through a three-tiered process:
Phase I – Preliminary Exam (Prelims) (Online Exam)
Phase II – Main Exam (Mains) (Online Exam)
Phase III – Group Exercises and Personal Interview (Face to Face)
Phase I – Know the SBI PO 2021 Prelims Exam Pattern here.
The preliminary exam is an objective online exam for 100 marks comprising of three sections with separate timings for each section. Prelims Exam is qualifying in nature and marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added for preparing the final merit list for selection.
- Total Marks – 100
- Total Duration – 1Hr
|Name of test||No. of Questions||Marks|
|English Language||30||20 minutes|
|Quantitative Aptitude||35||20 minutes|
|Reasoning Ability||35||20 minutes|
Phase II – Here is the SBI PO 2020 Mains Exam Pattern.
A candidate who clears the SBI PO Prelims takes the SBI PO Main Exam which again consists of Objective and Descriptive papers. 1/4th of marks assigned to a question will be deducted as a penalty for the wrong answer. There will be no sectional cut-off marks.
Objective Paper Pattern
|Name of the test||No. of Qs.||Max. Marks||Duration|
|Reasoning & Computer Aptitude||45||60||60 minutes|
|Data Analysis & Interpretation||35||60||45 minutes|
|General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness||40||40||35 minutes|
|English Language||35||40||40 minutes|
Descriptive Paper Pattern
The Descriptive paper is a test of English Language.
It will have two questions namely Letter Writing & Essay writing for 50 marks to be answered in 30 minutes.
Phase III – Group Exercises and Personal Interviews
Group Exercises – 20 marks
Interview – 30 Marks
Candidates who clear the Prelims and Mains Phase and score above the cut off scores declared by the Bank would be called for Phase III of the recruitment exam.
The category-wise merit list is drawn on the basis of the aggregate marks scored in the Main Examination. Candidates numbering up to approximately three times the category-wise vacancies are shortlisted for the Group Exercise & Interview.
SBI PO Final Selection
The marks obtained in Main Examination (Phase-II), both in the Objective Test and the Descriptive Test, will be added to the marks obtained in GE & Interview (Phase-III) for preparing the final merit list.
Marks secured by the candidates in the Main Examination (out of 250 marks) are converted to out of 75 marks and Group Exercises & Interview scores of candidates (out of 50 marks) are converted to out of 25 marks.
The final merit list is arrived at after aggregating (out of 100) converted marks of Main Examination and Group Exercises & Interview.