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SBI PO Exam Pattern - Mains Exam & Interview

SBI PO 2022 Exam Pattern: SBI released the official recruitment notification for the post of Probationary Officer on 21st September 2022. A total of 1673 vacancies are out. Lakhs of aspirants appear for SBI PO every year and most of the first-time exam takers are curious about the SBI PO exam pattern. Here we'll be having a closer look into the exam pattern of SBI PO prelims, Mains & Interview.

Detailed SBI PO Mains Exam Pattern

SBI PO exam is a 3 Stage Recruitment Exam. Here's how it is conducted:

  • Phase 1 – Prelims Exam (Written)
  • Phase 2 – Mains Exam (Written)
  • Phase 3 – Interview

Below is the exam pattern, question distribution, and time allotment for the prelims, mains & Interview phase.

SBI PO Prelims Exam Pattern

S.No.Name of Tests (Objective)No. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1English Language303020 minutes
2Quantitative Aptitude353520 minutes
3Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
Total1001001 hour

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Penalty for wrong answer: A candidate will lose 0.25 marks for every wrong attempt. However, no deduction will be there if a question is left unattempted by candidates.

SBI PO Mains Exam Pattern

S.No.Name of Tests(Objective)No. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1Reasoning & Computer Aptitude456060 minutes
2Data Analysis & Interpretation356045 minutes
3General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness404035 minutes
4English Language354040 minutes
Total1552003 hours
Descriptive Test025030 minutes

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Objective Test

The duration of the objective test is 3 hours. The paper consists of 4 Sections and a total of 200 marks. Each section is timed separately.

Penalty for wrong answer: A candidate will lose 0.25 marks for every wrong attempt in SBI PO Mains objective paper as well. However, no deduction will be there if a question is left unattempted by candidates.

Descriptive Test

The objective paper is followed by a Descriptive Test of 30 minutes. It contains two questions carrying 50 marks for the test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay).

SBI PO Interview Pattern

Once the Candidate clears the Mains Exam, they will be called for the SBI PO Interview Round. It consists of a Psychometric Test, Group Exercise and a Face to Face Interview Round where a Panel of Experts conducts the interview. Questions are asked on the Candidate's personality, Background, Current Events, Banking & Financial Sector, etc. 

Our first priority is to crack the Prelims exam coming up in December. You can try out various SBI PO Mains Mock Tests offered by Oliveboard. Check out the detailed SBI PO Mains syllabus and know your level of preparation by attempting a free mock test.

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FAQs

What is the full form of the SBI PO exam?

SBI PO is an acronym for State Bank of India Probationary Officer. SBI PO test is held once a year for the recruitment of Probationary Officers by the State Bank of India. This is the most renowned exam in the banking area.

How many times is the SBI PO exam held each year? +

The SBI PO Exam is held once a year.

Is the SBI PO a government position? +

Yes, SBI PO is a government bank job.

What is the SBI PO salary? +

Presently, the starting basic pay is 41,960/- (with 4 advance increments) in the scale of 36000-1490/7-46430-1740/2-49910-1990/7-63840 applicable to Junior Management Grade Scale-I. The official will also be eligible for D.A, H.R.A/ Lease rental, C.C.A, Medical and other allowances & perquisites as per rules in force from time to time.

What is the age limit for the SBI PO exam? +

The age limit for SBI PO Exam is 21 years to 30 years.

Is it possible for final-year students to apply for SBI PO? +

Yes, candidates in their last year are eligible to apply. If they are summoned for an interview, they must provide proof of their date of passing out.

Is there a cut-off for each area in the SBI PO Prelims? +

In the SBI PO preliminary examination, there is no sectional cut-off.

What is the application fee for the SBI PO exam 2022? +

The application fee for SC/ST/PWD category students is NIL, whereas the application fee for general and other category students is Rs. 750.

How many attempts are there in the SBI PO exam? +

The general candidate can apply only 4 times, while an OBC can apply 7 times. Moreover, SC/ST does not have any restrictions.

When is the SBI PO 2022 Final Result Out? +

Yes, SBI PO final result will be out in March 2023.

How many vacancies are announced in SBI PO 2022? +

1673 vacancies have been announced in SBI PO 2022.

When is the SBI PO Prelims 2022? +

SBI PO Prelims 2022 will be held on 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th December 2022

When is the SBI PO 2022 Mains exam? +

SBI PO Mains Exam 2022 will be held in January 2023 or February 2023

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