SBI Recruitment & Bank PO Examination

The largest State owned Banking Company in India is undoubtedly the State Bank of India. State Bank of India before independence was known as the Imperial Bank of India and was nationalized in the year 1955. Today the State Bank of India has more than 16000 branches in India and nearly 150 branches abroad.

The Bank employs more than two lacs staff in its various branches in India. State Bank of India has five Associate Banks – State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Mysore and the State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur. In the year 2008 the State Bank of Saurashtra and in the year 2010, the State Bank of Indore were merged with State Bank of India. SBI and its Associate Banks have nearly 45000 ATMs for their customers.

SBI Recruitment

Every year SBI and its Associate banks come out with a range of banking services and products to target Indian as well as NRI Customers. Similarly every year the Bank along with its Associate Banks also come out with thousands of vacancies for Indian citizens.

State Bank of India’s recruitment cycle provides hope to millions of Indian every year. SBI offers the following job roles to the public – Probationary Officers, Clerks, Clerical Staff, Specialist Executives, and Technical Executives etc. The recruitment at State Bank of India and for its Associate Banks is conducted through the Central Recruitment and Promotion Department. The Department as well as the Head Office of SBI is located at Mumbai in India.

State Bank of India makes sure that every Indian citizen after the basic 10+2 education gets an opportunity to apply with it for suitable vacancies.

SBI recruitment drive is suitable for participation for 12th pass students, graduate students and even for post graduates. To participate in the SBI’s recruitment drive however, a student has to clear the mandatory written examination followed by the Group Discussion and Interview. Thus even though SBI offers thousands of vacancies every year from Clerical post to Officer Grade, it makes sure that only the best get selected through its rigorous recruitment process.

For different post, SBI offers a different syllabus as well as written examination pattern. In order to help students clear the written examination, India has seen a spurt in the number of Bank Coaching Classes too.

SBI General Insurance Recruitment

Along with SBI, its subsidiary SBI General Insurance also offers a large number of vacancies for students including Marketing and Technical roles for graduates. SBI General Insurance Company which is a JV between State Bank of India and Insurance Australia Group (IAG) usually call for applications for the following roles– Management Trainees, Sales Officers, Marketing Executives, Administrative Officers, Assistant Administrative Officers, Customer Support Executives, Assistant Managers, Managers, Deputy Managers, IT professionals etc.

SBI’s Probationary Officer Examination

The most popular and lucrative offer made by the State Bank of India is for the position of Probationary Officer at its various branches. To get more information about the current year’s recruitment plans for SBI PO and to check the results of the examination conducted last year, always visit the State Bank of India website. SBI’s Probationary Officers get very good monthly pay (close to Rs 18000) as well as many perks during their tenure. To prepare for the SBI PO examination, candidates can either seek the help of professional coaching classes or buy Bank PO books and study at home.

SBI PO examination has – Objective type questions, questions requiring the candidate to write (descriptive type), group discussion and finally the interview.

In order to apply for the post of Probationary Officer with SBI, a candidate must have scored 60% or more for their Plus Two (10+2) examination and 55% and above for their undergraduate degree. For reserved category students it is 55% for Plus Two and 50% for under graduation.

Candidates with professional qualifications such as CA or ICWA or CFA or CS should get pass percentages for these examinations and should get 60% for their Plus Two (55% for reserved category students). Similarly, those Graduates who have not cleared their Plus Two examination instead have cleared their Diploma course after Class 10th board with 60% and above marks are also eligible to apply for the Bank PO examination. However for such diploma holders the following additional requirements do apply – the Diploma program should be a two year full time course, should not have been taken via correspondence medium and should be recognized by the respective State Board or such relevant authority.

The age limit for applying for the SBI PO examination is – more than 21 years and less than 30 years. However the following age relaxation applies in the upper age limit – plus five years for SC and ST students, plus five years for ex-servicemen candidates, plus 10 years for VH or OH candidates from the General category, plus 13 years for VH or OH candidates from the OBC and plus 15 years for VH and OH students from the SC/ST category.

Selection Process

There are two phases of selection – Phase One consists of the three hours long written examination which consists of Objective as well as descriptive questions and carries a total of 250 marks. The Objective section carries 200 marks and is of 2 hours duration. The test covers the following – test of reasoning, data analysis and interpretation, general awareness/marketing/computer awareness and the test of English language that covers vocabulary, grammar, comprehensions, synonyms/antonyms etc.

The descriptive test is of one hour duration and carries 50 marks and covers the following – comprehension, précis writing, essay and letter writing. Only those candidates who score more than 40% marks (35% for reserved category) in the Objective paper can have their descriptive answers evaluated. For descriptive test the pass percentage is 40%. Final marks will be the sum of

Objective test and the descriptive test. Candidates shortlisted from Phase I are then called for Phase II which consists of the GD and interview. In case of Probationary Officers (Rural banking) vacancies, the relevant work experience of the candidate is also counted. The final results are declared in the SBI website and also announced in publications such as the Employment News.

For more details about SBI PO examination visit the ‘recruitment’ section under

To contact the Central Recruitment and Promotion Department of State Bank of India contact [email protected] or call 022 – 2282 0427

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