SBI (State Bank of India) conducts separate examination every year for PO (Probationary Officer). SBI PO does not fall under IBPS. This year, i.e. 2017, SBI has already conducted exam for SBI PO preliminary and main exam. Also, the interview and group discussion for most of the eligible candidates are on the way to complete in all respects.

SBI PO final results will be declared on 5th August 2017. Let us see the official SBI Po notification CRPD/PO/2016-17/19 which covers the SBI PO eligibility criteria, Exam pattern, phases of examination, SBI PO 2016 cut-off, etc.


SBI PO official notification releases every year in the month of February. This year, i.e. 2017, the online registration and payment of fees for all candidates for SBI PO exam was between 07.02.2017 TO 06.03.2017

Let us see what are the important dates of SBI PO 2017.

SBI PO 2017 Schedule of Important Events

On-line registration of Application07-02-2017 to 06-03-2017
Payment of Application Fees or Intimation Charges07-02-2017 to 06-03-2017
Download of call letters for online Preliminary Examination15-04-2017 onwards
Online Examination Date_ Preliminary29th & 30th April 2017
6th & 7th May 2017
Result of Online exam _ Preliminary17/05/17
Download of Call letter / Admit Card for Online Main Exam22-05-2017 onwards
Online Examination Date_ Main4th June 2017
Declaration of Result _ Main19th June 2017
Download Call Letter for Interview26th June 2017
Conduct of Group Exercises & Interview10th July 2017 onwards
Declaration of Final Result5th Aug 2017
Download of call letters for Pre-Exam Training
(For SC/ST/Minority)
07-04-2017 onwards
Conduct of Pre-Exam Training17-04-2017 to 22-04-2017

SBI PO Exam 2017

State bank of India conducts PO exam in three phases as Preliminary, Main & Interview. The interview consists of group discussion and face to face interview.

All candidates who qualify preliminary exam will be shortlisted to appear for the main exam. Similarly, candidates who clear the main exam will be called for group discussion and interview.

SBI PO Vacancy 2017

There are total vacancies this time in SBI PO is approximately 2400. The detailed breakup of total vacancies including backlog is shown below.

CategoryTotal Posts / Vacancy

SBI PO Backlog vacancies detailed as under have been included in the above mentioned total vacancies.

CategoryBacklog Vacancy

OBC candidates belonging to non-creamy layer will have reserved vacancies. OBC candidates who belong to creamy layer should indicate their category as General.

Vacancies including reserved vacancies are conditional and may change according to the requirements of Bank.

IBPS PO Salary Structure 2017

The total compensation per annum on CTC basis would be a minimum of Rs. 7.93 lacs and maximum of Rs. 12.95 lacs depending on the place of posting and other factors. The approximate salary compensation for SBI PO post is shown below:

SBI PO Basic PayRs. 27620/-
Dearness Allowance (DA)Approx 47% of the Basic Pay
(CCA)3% to 4% based on place of posting
HRA7% to 9% based on place of posting

IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria 2017

Essential Academic Qualifications

All candidates appearing for SBI PO exam should be graduate in any discipline from a recognised University or any equivalent qualification recognised by the Central Government. Candidates who are in their final year or semester of their graduation may also apply subject to the condition that, if called for the interview, they must produce proof of passing graduation on or before 1st July 2017.

Candidates who are CA (Chartered Accountant) can also apply for SBI PO post.

Age Criteria

The minimum age of all candidates appearing for SBI PO examination should be minimum 21 years of age or maximum 30 years of age as on 1st April 2017. It means that the candidate must have been born not earlier than 02/04/1987 and not later than 01/04/1996 (both dates inclusive).

SBI PO Number of Attempts

Candidates who have already appeared for the maximum number of permissible attempts are not eligible to apply. The number of attempts will be counted from the examination held on 18.04.2010. However, appearing in Preliminary Examination will not be counted as a chance.

CategoryAttempts Allowed
General (PWD)7
SC/SC(PWD)/ST/ST(PWD)No Restriction

SBI PO Exam Pattern 2017

Phase-I: Preliminary Examination 

The first phase of SBI PO recruitment process is the Preliminary Examination which consists of Objective type questions for 100 marks. The preliminary exam will be conducted online. The total duration of the preliminary test will be of 1-hour duration consisting of 3 Sections as shown below:

SubjectNo. of QuestionsMarksDuration
English Language30301 Hour
Quantitative Aptitude3535
Reasoning Ability3535

Phase-2: Main Examination

The main examination is the second phase exam of SBI PO recruitment process. Candidates are only eligible to appear for the main exam after they clear online preliminary examination. Main Examination will consist of following tests:

  • Objective Tests for 200 marks
  • Descriptive Test for 50 marks

Objective and Descriptive Tests will be a purely online test. All candidates have to answer Descriptive Test by typing keypad on a computer. After you are done with Objective Test, Descriptive Test will be administered.

Objective Test

The objective test will be of 3 hours duration. There will be a total of 4 Sections for total 200 marks. Each section of the objective test will have separate timing. The candidates are required to qualify in each of the Tests by securing passing marks, which is decided by the bank. 

Total1552003 Hours
Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude456060 Minutes
Data Analysis and Interpretation356045 Minutes
General Awareness404035 Minutes
English Language354040 Minutes

Descriptive Test 

The descriptive test will be of 30 minutes duration. The total marks allotted for the descriptive test is 50 marks. The complete test is around English Language test which will have mainly letter writing and essay writing.

All candidates are required to qualify in the Descriptive Test by securing passing marks which is again decided by the bank. The descriptive Test paper will only be evaluated or checked if the candidate has secured minimum passing marks in the objective test.There will be

Note: There will be a penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests and this applies for both preliminary and main examination. For every wrong answer, there will be a deduction of one fourth of the marks assigned to that question. However, there will be no deduction of any mark if a question is left blank or unanswered.

Phase-3: Interview

Candidates who have been shortlisted based on online Phase II, i.e. main examination, will be subsequently called for an Interview. The interview will be conducted at selected centres across India. The centre details along with timings, etc. will be notified to all eligible candidates through admit card or call letter.

This phase will have group discussion and face to face interview. In the GD round, candidates will be grouped in small numbers and will be given any topic to debate. The total allotted marks in this round are 20 marks.

After GD (group discussion), every candidate will be called for face to face interview round. The total marks of this round are 30 marks.

Note: The marks of pre-exam will not be added in GD and PI (Personal Interview) round. However, Main exam marks will be added to this phase and the final list will be purely based on the combined mark. 

SBI PO Exam Syllabus 2017

As we have earlier that SBI PO 2017 Exam will be having two phases of Online Objective Tests as a preliminary and main exam. Candidates have to study the following subjects in detail:


Logical ReasoningAlphanumeric Series
Data SufficiencyAlphabet Test
Non-Verbal ReasoningDirection
Sitting ArrangementsCoded Inequalities
Input-OutputOdd man out

English Language

Reading ComprehensionSpot Errors
Paragraph CompletionSentence Correction
Para JumblesVocabulary
Cloze TestMultiple Meaning Words

Quantitative Aptitude

Number Systems Mensuration _ Cylinder, Cone, Sphere
Profit & LossTime & Distance
Ratio & ProportionQuadratic Equations
Percentage & AveragesPermutation Combination & Probability
Alligations & MixturesData Interpretation
Surds & IndicesSequence & Series
Simple Interest & Compound Interest

General Awareness

Current AffairsSocial Function of Banks
Fiscal Monetary PoliciesUNO
Indian and International EconomyRBI
Banking TermsAwards and Honors
Books and AuthorsHistory of Banking
Repo and Reverse Repo RateFinance

Computer Knowledge

History of computersInternet
Number SystemHacker
Database (Basic Knowledge)Virus
HardwareSecurity Tools
SoftwareMS Windows
CommunicationMS Office
NetworkingLogic Gates

SBI PO Application Fee 2017

The application fee for SBI PO application is as below:

Rs. 100/-: For SC/ST/PWD

Rs. 600/-: For General and Others

Note: Fee or the Intimation charges once paid will NOT be refunded in any case. In shot the application fee is non-refundable. 

SBI PO Admit Card 2017

Visit SBI official website to regularly check SBI admit card details per their advertisement. 

SBI PO Results 2017

SBI will release the results after completion of each Phase of Examination. So, in totality, candidates will be receiving call letter three times. The combined final score of candidates will be based on the scores obtained in the online main examination (Objective and Descriptive Section) and interview. The weightage ratio of online Main Examination and the Interview will be 75:25 respectively. 

SBI PO Cut Off

It is always wise to know the cut-off marks of SBI PO examination beforehand. The cut-off score will give you an idea of your selection at every phase of the examination. We have compiled 2016 SBI PO cut-off for each and every phase of the exam as below:

Preliminary Exam Cut-Off


Main Exam Cut-Off

Cut-Off Marks
For General Category
Cut-Off Marks
Data Analysis & Interpretation6096
General Awareness401310
English Language4064

Interview Cut-Off

Cut-Off Marks
For General Category
Cut-Off Marks
Group Discussion &

Main Exam & Interview Combined Cut-Off

CategoryWritten Test Normalised to 75
GD & Interview Normalised to 25
Total Cut off Out of 100

SBI Exam Centre

Below is the list of all centre across India which will be used for all phases of exams for PO.