State Bank of India - SBI published has released the notification for recruitment to the post of Probationary Officers on its official website The official notification pdf has been released on the SBI Career page of the SBI official website i.e.  SBI PO 2021 Exam Dates, Online Application & other details has been released along with its official notification. This recruitment process has been started for the selection of candidates for the post of PO in the State Bank of India and its Associate banks. The candidates selected are liable to be posted anywhere in India. The official notification PDF for SBI PO 2021 exam is mentioned below.

Job details

  • No. of posts: 2056
  • Name of posts: Probationary Officer (PO)

Eligibility Criteria:

Educational Qualification

  • Graduation in any discipline from a recognised University or any equivalent qualification recognised 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 will have to produce proof of having passed the graduation examination on or before 31.12.2021. Candidates having Integrated Dual Degree (IDD) certificate should ensure that the date of passing the IDD is on or before 31.12.2021. Candidates possessing qualification of Chartered Accountant or Cost Accountant may also apply.

Age limit

  • Not below 21 years and not above 30 years as on 01.04.2021 i.e. candidates must have been born not later than 01.04.2000 and not earlier than 02.04.1991 (both days inclusive).

Application Fee

  • Application Fee will be 750/- for General/ EWS/ OBC candidates and ‘Nil’ for SC/ ST/PWD candidates. Application Fee once paid will NOT be refunded on any account nor can it be held in reserve for any other examination or selection.

Selection Process

  • The selection for Probationary Officers will be done through a three-tier process: i.e. Preliminary Examination, Main Examination and Group Exercise & Interview. 

How to Apply

  • Interested and Eligible Candidates can apply online by below mentioned link. 

Important Dates

  • Advertisement No.  CRPD/ PO/ 2021-22/18
  • SBI PO Notification 2021: 04th October 2021
  • Online Registration Starts From: 05th October 2021
  • Last date for SBI PO Apply Online: 25th October 2021
  • Last Date to Pay Fee: 25th October 2021
  • Last date for printing your application: 09th November 2021
  • PET Call Letter: 1st week of November 2021
  • Conduct of Pre- Examination Training: 2nd week of November 2021
  • Download Admit Card for Prelims Exam: 1st or 2nd week of November 2021
  • SBI PO Exam Date- Preliminary: November/December 2021
  • Result of Online exam – Preliminary: December 2021
  • Download of Call letter for Mains Exam: December 2021
  • SBI PO Exam Date – Mains: December 2021
  • Result of Online Examination – Main: January 2022
  • Download Call Letter for Personal Interview: 1st or 2nd week of February 2022
  • Conduct of Group Exercises & Interview: 2nd or 3rd week of February 2022
  • Declaration of Final Result: February/March 2022

Important Links:

SBI POs exam Pattern 2021

  • Phase-I: Preliminary Examination: Preliminary Examination consisting of Objective Test for 100 marks will be conducted online. The test will have of 3 Sections (with separate timings for each section) as follows:
    • Total Questions: 100
    • Total Marks: 100
    • Duration: 1 Hours
      • English Language: 30 Questions
      • Quantitative Aptitude: 35 Questions
      • Reasoning Ability: 35 Questions
  • Note: Selection criteria for Main Examination: Category wise merit list will be drawn on the basis of the aggregate marks scored in the Preliminary Exam. There will be no sectional cut-off. Candidates numbering 10 times the numbers of vacancies (approx.) in each category will be short listed for Main Examination from the top of above merit list
  • Phase-II: Main Examination: Main Examination will be conducted online and will consist of Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 50 marks. The Descriptive Test will be administered immediately after conclusion of the Objective Test and candidates will have to type their Descriptive Test answers on the computer.
    • Objective Test: The objective test of 3 hours duration consists of 4 Sections for total 200 marks. The objective test will have separate timing for every section. 
      • Test - I: Reasoning & Computer Aptitude: 45 Questions & 60 Marks - 60 minutes
      • Test - II: Data Analysis & Interpretation: 35 Questions & 60 Marks - 45 minutes
      • Test - III: General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness: 40 Questions & 40 Marks - 35 minutes
      • Test - IV: English Language: 35 Questions & 40 Marks - 40 minutes
        • Total Questions: 155
        • Total Marks: 200 
        • Duration: 3 Hours
  • 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). 
  • Selection criteria for Group Exercise and Interview: Category wise merit list will be drawn on the basis of the aggregate marks scored in the Main Examination. There will be no sectional cut-off. Candidates numbering up to 3 times (approx.) of the category wise vacancies will be shortlisted for the Group Exercise & Interview from the top of the category wise merit list subject to a candidate scoring the minimum aggregate qualifying score. 
  • Penalty for Wrong Answers (Applicable to both - Preliminary and Main Exam): There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, 1/4th of marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. if no answer is marked by candidate, there will be no penalty for that question. 
  • Phase-III: Group Exercises (20 marks) & Interview (30 marks): Candidates qualifying for GE & Interview under 'OBC' category would be required to submit OBC certificate containing the 'Non Creamy layer' clause. Candidates who have registered themselves as OBC but do not submit OBC 'Non Creamy layer' certificate and request to be interviewed under General category will not be entertained.
  • Final Selection: The candidates will have to qualify both in Phase-II and Phase-III separately. 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 Phase-III for preparing the final merit list. The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added for preparing the final merit list for selection. Marks secured by the candidates in the Phase-II (out of 250 marks) are converted to out of 75 marks and Phase-III 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 Phase-II and Phase-III. Selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category
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