SBI PO 2021: Exam Pattern (Prelims, Mains & Interview) & Syllabus

SBI PO 2021 Exam Pattern & Syllabus: The State Bank of India (SBI) conducts the SBI PO (Probationary Officer) Exam. SBI PO is one of the most coveted jobs in the banking industry and a dream job for millions of Candidates across India. To clear the SBI PO 2021 exam, candidates need to know about the exam pattern & syllabus. Here in this article, we will give the information about Exam Pattern & syllabus.

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SBI PO 2021 Exam Pattern:


There are 3 stages to clear the SBI PO Exam. The first stage will be Prelims, second will be Mains and the third stage will be Interview:

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  • Prelims (online written test)
  • Mains (online written test)
  • Group Discussion & Interview
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Exam Pattern For Prelims:

  • This is the 1st stage of Exam and Conducted through the Online Mode.
  • There will have 3 sections and each section will have to be completed in 20 Minutes.
  • There will be 100 questions of 100 marks in the exam.
  • The Exam duration will be 1 hour.
  • All the questions will be set bilingually i.e. in English and Hindi, except the English Language.
  • 1 mark is awarded for every correct answer and 0.25 marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer.

The section-wise division of the marks is given below:

S.No. Name of Tests(Objective) No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 20 Minutes
2 Numerical Ability 35 35 20 Minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 Minutes
Total 100 100 1 Hour

Mains Exam Pattern:

  • Mains Exam is the 2nd Stage of the SBI PO Exam. The candidates who will qualify the Prelims of SBI PO Exam will be eligible to appear for the SBI PO Mains Exam 2021.
  • There will be four sections for the SBI PO Mains Exam namely Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis & Interpretation & General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness, English Language.
  • The candidate needs to complete the exam within 3 hours.
  • 0.25 Marks will be deducted for every wrong answer and No deduction will be made in marks if a question is left unattempted or blank by a candidate in the exam.

Introduction of Descriptive Test:

The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with two questions for 50 marks will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay).

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 35 40 40 minutes
Total 155 200 3 hours

SBI PO Interview:

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Candidates who will qualify the objective and descriptive test will be called for a group discussion (GD) & Personal Interview (PI).

  • SBI PO 2021 Group Exercises will be of 20 marks while the Interview will be of 30 marks. Thus, making it a total of 50 Marks.
  • Candidates will face a panel of selectors discussing their experience and questions related to General Knowledge and of the Banking Sector.

SPI PO Syllabus 2021:

Syllabus for Prelims Exam:

Reasoning Quantitative Aptitude English Language
Logical Reasoning Simplification Reading Comprehension
Alphanumeric Series Profit & Loss Cloze Test
Blood Relations 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
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test Number Systems
Input-Output Sequence & Series
Coding-Decoding Permutation, Combination &Probability

SBI PO Main Syllabus:

Data Interpretation & Analysis Reasoning English Language General/Economy/ Banking Awareness Computer Aptitude
Tabular Graph Verbal Reasoning & Syllogism Reading Comprehension Financial Awareness Internet
Line Graph Data Sufficiency 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 Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies
Probability Directions and Distances Error Spotting Networking
Permutation and Combination Ordering and Ranking Fill in the blanks Number System
Coding and Decoding Operating System
Code Inequalities Basic of Logic Gates
Course of Action
Critical Reasoning
Analytical and Decision Making

Final Selection:

After the Personal Interviews, a merit list will be prepared by the 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, final cut-off marks 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.

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