SBI PO 2021 Exam Dates, Salary, Syllabus, Eligibility Criteria & Qualification

SBI SO 2021 recruitment

SBI PO 2021: SBI is a public sector bank that conducts examinations annually for the recruitment of the Probationary Officers (PO). A Probationary Officer (PO) Job is the most Sought-After job when it comes to Salary and Job Promotion.

The Notification is not yet released for the year 2021. It is expected that the SBI PO 2021 Notification, Exam Dates & Vacancies will be released in April 2021.

In this article, the candidate will know about the SBI PO Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Salary Structure, Eligibility Criteria & How to apply for SBI PO 2021.

The 2021 Exam Dates for SBI PO are Mentioned below in the Table:

SBI PO 2021 EventsImportant Dates
Official NotificationNot be Notified
Admit Card Release for Prelims April 2021
SBI PO Preliminary Exam 2021June 2021
Preliminary Exam ResultJuly 2021
Admit Card Release for MainsJuly 2021
SBI PO Mains Exam 2021July 2021
Mains Exam ResultAugust 2021
InterviewSeptember 2021

SBI Probationary Officer (PO) Salary:

SBI PO Allowances:Pay Scale
Dearness Allowance46.9% of Basic Pay
City Compensatory Allowance3% – 4% depending on location
House Rent Allowance7% – 9% depending in Place of Posting
Furniture AllowanceINR 1,20,000
Medical Recurrence100% covered for employee/ 75% covered for dependent family
Travelling AllowanceAC 2 tier fare is reimbursed to the employee for official travels
Petrol AllowanceINR 1,100 – 1250
Newspaper Allowance, Entertainment Allowance, Books Allowance, etc.Varies based on Cadre

SBI (PO) 2021 exam pattern:

In India, OSE’s OP recruitment process is complex compared to the other PSU banks. Applicants who wish to take the exam must complete the SBI online PO application as a first step towards the registration process.

Ideally, there are 3 stages in the SBI PO recruitment selection process:

1. Preliminary exam (conducted online)

2. Main exam (done online)

3. Group discussion / Personal interview

The shortlisted candidates are those who have cleared all levels and have successfully progressed at each stage. The final selection is entirely on merit.

Prelims Exam Pattern:

In this online examination, the candidates are asked to solved SBI PO question paper of 100 marks and it consists of 3 sections –

  • English Language
  • Numerical Ability
  • Reasoning Ability

0.25 marks will be deducted for every question attempted wrong by a candidate in SBI PO Mains Exam. No marks will be deducted if any of the answers is left unattended or blank by a candidate in the exam.

Name of Test (Objective) No. Of QuestionsMarksDuration
English Language303020 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude353520 minutes
Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
Total1001001 Hour

Mains Exam Pattern:

Name of Test (Objective) No. Of QuestionsMarksDuration
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude456060 minutes
Data Analysis & Interpretation356045 minutes
General/ Economy/ Banking/ Awareness404035 minutes
Table Data354040 minutes
1552003 Hour1 Hour

SBI PO Group Discussions Round:

A candidate who passes both the SBI PO 2020 Preliminary and Principal Exam will be called for a GD-PI session in which they will face a panel of selectors who will discuss their past experience and questions related to General Knowledge and the Banking Sector. 

It is essential that a candidate complete the interview process to guarantee his final selection in the SBI PO 2020 exam. 

The marks for this round will be decided by the Bank and the marks assigned to these rounds are: 

  • Group discussion – 20 points
  • Interview – 30 points

SBI PO Exam Syllabus 2021:

Prelims Syllabus:

Logical Reasoning, Alphanumeric Series, Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test, Data Sufficiency, Coded Inequalities, Seating Arrangement, Puzzle, Tabulation, Syllogism, Blood Relations, Input-Output, Coding-Decoding.

Simplification, Profit & Loss, Mixtures &Alligations, Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices, Work & Time, Time & Distance, Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere, Data Interpretation, Ratio & Proportion, Percentage, Number Systems, Sequence & Series, Permutation, Combination &Probability.

Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test, Para jumbles, Miscellaneous, Fill in the blanks, Multiple Meaning /Error Spotting, Paragraph Completion.

Mains Syllabus:

Tabular Graph, Line Graph, Pie Chart, Bar Graph, Radar Graph Caselet, Missing Case DI, Let it Case DI, Data Sufficiency, Probability, Permutation and Combination.

Verbal Reasoning, Syllogism, Circular Seating Arrangement, Linear Seating Arrangement, Double Lineup, Scheduling, Input-Output, Blood Relation, Directions and Distances, Ordering and Ranking, Data Sufficiency, Coding and Decoding, Code Inequalities, Course of Action, Critical Reasoning, Analytical and Decision Making.

Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Vocabulary, Verbal ability, Word Association, Sentence improvement, Para jumble, cloze text, Error Spotting, fill in the blanks

Financial awareness, current affairs, General Knowledge, static awareness, Banking and financial awareness

Internet, Memory, keyboard shortcuts, Computer Abbreviation, Microsoft Office, Computer hardware, Computer software, Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies, Networking, Number system, Operating System, Basic of logic gates

Name of Test (Objective) No. Of QuestionsMarksDuration
English Language303020 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude353520 minutes
Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
Total1001001 Hour

SBI Probationary Officer (PO) Eligibility Criteria 2021:

Age Limit:

CategoryAge Relaxation
SC/ST5 Years
Persons With Disabilities (PWD) – PWD (SC/ ST)


– PWD (Gen/ EWS)
15 Years

13 Years

10 Years
Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer)3 Years
Persons ordinarily domiciled in the state of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 1st Jan 1980 to 31st Dec 19895 Years
Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/ Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) who have rendered 5 years military service and have been released on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within 6 months from the last date of receipt of application) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency or physical disability attributable to military service or invalid5 Years
Name of Test (Objective) No. Of QuestionsMarksDuration
English Language303020 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude353520 minutes
Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
Total1001001 Hour

Education Qualification:

The candidate must be a graduate 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 interview, they must produce proof of having passed the graduation examination on or before 01.07.2020. Candidates with Integrated Dual Degree (IDD) certificate must ensure that the date of passing the IDD is on or before 31.08.2020. Candidates with Chartered Accountant certification may also apply.

Number of attempts:

GeneralAge Limit
OBC4 Attempts
SC/STNo limit
OBC7 Attempts

How to Apply SBI PO 2021:

  1. Open the official website of SBI ( and fill the SBI PO application process.
  2. To register candidates need to select the “announcements” option given on the home page of the official website. Multiple options appear. Click on the SBI PO Online registration link and start candidates can start filling the application form
  3. Fill all the necessary details including the name, address, email id and contact number
  4. Once the details have been filled in, candidates receive their registration number and password. Continue filling in their application form.
  5. Candidates need to upload their photograph and signature. Given below will be the correct dimension, Photo –  Must be a coloured photo, Dimensions 200×230 pixels, Size 20kb-50kb. Signature – Signature must be on white paper with black ink, Dimension 140×60 pixels, Size 10kb-20kb, Signature must not be capital letters.
  6. Now, the candidates need to fill in their educational qualifications and academic details.
  7. Once all the necessary details have been filled in the SBI PO application form, candidates are required to review their application. Candidates must know that no changes can be made in the application form further, final submission.
  8. Complete the online registration by paying the SBI PO application fee. Above mentioned is the SBI PO application fees.For ST/SC/PWD – 25/- and For General/EWS/OBC – 750/-
SBI PO Application Fee
General/ EWS/ OBCRs 750 (Fee Including Application Charges)
SC/ST/PWDRs 125 (Intimation Charges Only)

Here are a few steps to follow for SBI PO Admit Card download:

  1. Go to the official website of SBI
  2. On the top right corner of the page “CAREERS Click Here”.
  3. Click on Latest Announcements on the top right corner of the page.
  4. Click on the option – “Download Call Letter”.
  5. Open the link Give Necessary Details Registration Number and Password/DOB(dd-mm-yy) and Submit.
  6. After submission, your SBI PO Admit Card will available on the screen.
  7. Take a printout of SBI PO Call Letter and download as well.

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