SBI PO 2021 Notification Out, check exam dates, Eligibility, Selection Process

SBI PO 2021

SBI PO 2021 Notification Out

SBI PO 2021 Notification Out: Every year State Bank of India conducts a recruitment process for hiring eligible candidates for the post of Probationary Officers. The SBI PO Notification 2021 has been released on the official website The selection process will be conducted through 3 stages namely Prelims, Mains, and Interview. The candidates have to qualify for all three stages to be selected as a PO in SBI branches. SBI is a prestigious bank providing handsome salaries and job security to its employees which is one of the reasons lakhs of candidates rush for these recruitments. The interested candidates must go through the details of SBI PO 2021 including exam pattern, syllabus, selection process provided in the article.

SBI PO 2021 Notification Out: Overview

The table below contains all the highlights of the SBI PO 2021 Notification.

Exam CategoryBanking
Frequency of examOnce a year
Selection Process1. Pre
2. Mains
3. Group Discussion & Interview
Exam ModeOnline
Exam durationPre- 1 Hour
Mains- 3 Hours
Exam patternPre- 100 Questions
Mains- 155+50
Language of examEnglish & Hindi
Notification Date4th October 2021
Exam Help Desk022-22820428
Official Website

SBI PO 2021 Exam Date:-

The table below informs the important dates- exam dates, notification dates, application form date for SBI PO 2021 Notification.

Events in SBI PO Exam 2021Dates for SBI PO 2021
SBI PO 2021 Notification Release Date4th October 2021
SBI PO Apply Online Start Dates5th October 2021
SBI PO Apply Online Last Date25th October 2021
SBI PO Prelims Admit Card1st and 2nd week of November 2021
SBI PO Prelims Exam DateNovember -December 2021
SBI PO Prelims ResultDecember
SBI PO Mains Admit CardDecember
SBI PO Mains Exam DateDecember
Interview Date2nd and 3rd week February
Declaration of Final ResultJanuary 2022

SBI PO 2021 Vacancy:-

YearSBI PO Vacancies

SBI PO 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Any candidate applying for SBI PO 2021 must fulfil the eligibility criteria which includes fulfilment of the following as per the SBI PO Notification 2021:

  • Nationality
  • Age Limit
  • Educational Qualification

Age Limit (As on 1st April 2021)

The minimum age limit for a candidate to apply for the SBI PO 2021 examination is 21 years old but not more than 30 years old at the time of registration. Besides this, there is age relaxation relevant to category-wise candidates as per the government norms for SBI PO 2021.

CategoryAge Relaxation
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST)5 years
Other Backward Classes (OBC Non-Creamy Layer)3 years
Persons with Disabilities (PWD)10 years
Ex-Servicemen (Army personnel)5 years
Persons with Domicile of Jammu &Kashmir during 1-1-1980 to 31-12-19895 years


  1. The candidates must hold Indian Citizenship
  2. A Subject of  Nepal or  Bhutan
  3. A Tibetan Refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanent settlement
  4. A Person of Indian Origin (PIO) who has migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam or East African countries of Zaire, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Ethiopia, Malawi, with the intention of permanent settlement in India

Note: Candidates belonging to the category 2, 3, 4 must have a certificate of eligibility issued by the Govt of India in their favor if willing to apply for SBI PO 2021.

Educational Qualification (as of 31st December 2021)

  1. A candidate must be a graduate in any discipline from a recognized University or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government.
  2. Final Year/Semester candidates can also apply only if they produce proof of their graduation on the date of the interview.

SBI PO 2021: Number of Attempts

For each category, the number of attempts allowed in the SBI PO Exam is:

CategoryNo. of Attempts for SBI PO
General/ EWS04
General (PwD)/ EWS (PwD)07
OBC (PwD)07
SC/SC (PwD)/ ST/ST (PwD)No Restriction

SBI PO Application Form date will be notified along with the official notification. Once the link is active, you can apply for SBI PO 2021 from the direct link below. Stay tuned with us, we will update you on the online registration dates for SBI PO 2021.

How to Apply Online for SBI PO 2021?

It is advised that the candidates keep a valid and active email id and contact no. throughout the SBI PO Recruitment Process to receive all the updates related to it. The Steps to apply online for the SBI PO will comprise of two stages: || Registration | Login | The steps to apply online is given below.


  1.  Click on the official link, provided below or visit the official website.
  2. Click on the Apply link given on the page. A registration link will open up in the new window.
  3. Click on New Registration in the application window.
  4. Provide personal credentials like name, parents’ name, date of birth, email id, mobile number, etc.
  5. Click on the submit button to the completed online registration form of SBI PO 2021.
  6. After the Registration, a Registration ID and a password will be sent to your mobile no. and email id.


  1. Login with the provided Registration ID, date of birth, and password to complete registration for SBI PO 2021.
  2. Upload your photograph and signature following the requisites mentioned below.
  3. Upload scanned image of passport size photo (size-20 to 50 Kb) and signature (10 to 20 Kb) in JPEG format.
    Size of Photograph: 200 x 230 pixels
    Size of Signature: 140 x 60 pixels.
  4. After uploading the photograph and signature the candidates will be required to verify the details. Preview and verify the application form carefully.
  5. Lastly, pay the required application fee online.

Application Fees For SBI PO 2021

Sr. No.CategoryApplication Fee
2General/EWS/OBCRs. 750/- (App. Fee including intimation charges)

Candidates can download and get print copies of the submitted application form for future reference.

SBI PO 2021: Selection Process

The SBI PO Selection Procedure involves three phases: || Prelims | Main | Interview ||
Each round holds equal importance and hence qualification in each round is important to enter into the next subsequent round until final selection.

Stage 1: SBI PO Prelims

  1. The SBI PO Prelims Exam is the first basic round for the candidates to test their general aptitude.
  2. SBI PO Prelims Exam is an online objective test of 1 hour.
  3. The Exam consists of 3 sections- English Language, Reasoning Ability, and Quantitative Aptitude.
  4. There will be no sectional cut-off in the SBI PO Prelims Exam.
  5. However, there will be an overall cut offset by the bank as per the category of the candidates.
  6. Candidates numbering 10 times the number of vacancies (approx.) in each category will be shortlisted for Main Examination from the top of the above merit list.

Stage 2: SBI PO Mains

  1. The candidates who clear the SBI PO Pre will be eligible to appear for the SBI PO Mains Exam.
  2. The SBI PO Mains Exam comprises of Objective Test and Descriptive Test.
  3. The SBI PO Mains Exam is of 4 sections (English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning & Computers, and General/Economy/Banking Awareness) which will be objective in nature.
  4. The descriptive test is of 50 marks and is conducted immediately after the objective test.
  5. Category wise merit list will be drawn based on the aggregate marks scored in the Main Examination.
  6. There will be no sectional cut-off.
  7. 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

Stage 3: SBI PO Group Exercises & Interview

This is the last stage of the selection process. The candidates who have qualified for the SBI Mains Exam will be called to appear for the Interview and Group Exercise. This round holds the utmost importance in deciding the fate of the candidate concerning the final selection.

The marks obtained in the SBI Mains and Interview are used for the final selection of the candidate as an SBI PO.

SBI PO 2021 Exam Pattern

SBI PO Exam Pattern 2021 will be covering two phases for online exams, Prelims & Mains. This will be followed by an interview.

SBI PO Exam Pattern 2021: Prelims

  1. This is the first round of the SBI PO Exam.
  2. This will have 3 sections where each section will have to be completed in 20 Minutes.
  3. The total marks of the SBI PO Prelims Exam are 100 Marks while the duration of the exam is 1 Hour.
  4. One (1) mark is awarded for every correct answer.
  5. There will be a penalty of 0.25 Marks for every incorrect answer marked by the candidate.
  6. All the questions will be set bilingually i.e. in English and Hindi, except the English Language.
SBI PO 2021 Prelims Exam Pattern 
S.No.SectionNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime allotted
for each 
1English Language303020 minutes
2Quantitative Aptitude353520 minutes
3Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
Total1001001 hour

SBI PO Exam Pattern For Mains

This is the 2nd Stage of the SBI PO Exam. The candidates who will qualify for the Prelims of the SBI PO Exam will be eligible to appear for the SBI PO Mains Exam 2021.

  1. There will be four sections for the SBI PO Mains Exam and an additional section of the English Language which will be taken separately on the same date of the exam.
  2. The SBI PO Mains Exam will have a total of 155 MCQ’s of a total duration of 3 Hours.
  3. There will be separate timing for each section as it was in the SBI PO Mains Exam.
  4. There will be a penalty of 0.25 Marks for an incorrect answer.

Introduction of 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). The English Language Paper is to assess the candidates’ writing skills and it is compulsory to pass this paper by securing a minimum Cut Off by the commission.

SBI PO 2021 Mains Exam Pattern 
S.No.SectionNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime allotted
for each

1Reasoning & Computer Aptitude456060 minutes
2General Economy/ Banking Awareness404035 minutes
3English Language354040 minutes
4Data Analysis & Interpretation356045 minutes
Total1552003 hours
5.English Language
(Letter Writing & Essay)
025030 minutes

SBI PO Interview

Candidates qualifying in the objective and descriptive test will be called for a group exercise & interview.

  1. The SBI PO Group Exercises will be of 20 marks while the Interview will be of 30 marks. Thus, making it a total of 50 Marks.
  2. Qualification/ qualifying marks in the group exercise and interview is decided by the Bank. Aggregate marks will decide the qualification after which they will be arranged in descending order in each category.
  3. Only 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 GE & Interview (Phase-III) for preparing the final merit list.
  4. The candidates will have to qualify both in Phase-II and Phase-III separately.

SBI PO Final Scores

The preliminary exam of SBI PO or Tier 1 is only considered for the selection or qualification into the mains(tier 2) exam.

  1. Candidates have to qualify for both Prelims & Mains round. Phase 2 and the Interview round will be deciding the final selection.
  2. Only 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 GE & Interview (Phase-III) for preparing the final merit list.
  3. The candidates will have to qualify both in Phase-II and Phase-III separately.
  4. Marks secured by the candidates in the Main Examination (out of 250) are converted to out of 75 marks and Group Exercises & Interview scores of the candidate (out of 50 marks) are converted to out of 25 marks.
  5. The final merit list is arrived at after aggregating (out of 100) converted marks of Main Examination and Group Exercises

SBI PO Syllabus 2021

Here the syllabus for the SBI Prelims and SBI Mains is given below. Every stage of the exam is a very important stage in the selection process. So without knowing the SBI PO syllabus and exam pattern, you cannot make your study plan properly. Given below is the syllabus for all the stages of the SBI PO Exam 2021.

SBI PO Prelims Syllabus 2021

The SBI PO Prelims Syllabus will comprise of three sections:

  • Logical Reasoning
  • English Language
  • Quantitative Aptitude

The syllabus for each of the sections is presented below.

Logical Reasoning

Logical ReasoningAlphanumeric SeriesRanking/Direction/Alphabet TestData SufficiencyCoded InequalitiesSeating ArrangementPuzzleTabulationSyllogismBlood RelationsInput-OutputCoding-Decoding

Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative AptitudeSimplificationProfit & LossMixtures & AlligationsSimple Interest & CompoundInterest & Surds & IndicesWork & TimeTime & DistanceMensuration – Cylinder, Cone, SphereData InterpretationRatio & Proportion, PercentageNumber SystemsSequence & SeriesPermutation, Combination &Probability

English Language

English LanguageReading and ComprehensionSynonyms and AntonymsIdioms and PhrasesVocabulary TestPhrasal VerbsFill in the qualifying wordsCloze TestPara jumblesError SpottingFill in the blanksMiscellaneous

SBI PO Mains Syllabus 2021

The SBI PO Mains will have five sections.

  1. Reasoning and Computer Aptitude
  2. Data Analysis & Interpretation
  3. Data Analysis & Interpretation
  4.  English language
ReasoningData Analysis & interpretationEnglishGeneral Economy/ Banking AwarenessComputer Awareness
Verbal ReasoningTabular GraphReading ComprehensionFinancial AwarenessInternet
SyllogismLine GraphGrammarStatic AwarenessMemory
Circular Seating ArrangementPie ChartVocabularyGeneral KnowledgeKeyboard Shortcuts
Linear Seating ArrangementBar GraphVerbal AbilityCurrent AffairsComputer Abbreviation
Double LineupRadar Graph CaseletWord AssociationBanking and Financial AwarenessMicrosoft Office
SchedulingMissing DISentence ImprovementComputer Hardware
Input-OutputCaselet DIPara JumblesComputer Software
Blood RelationsData SufficiencyCloze TestOperating System
Directions and DistancesProbabilityError SpottingNetworking
Ordering and RankingPermutation and CombinationFill in the blanksComputer Fundamentals/ Technologies
Data Sufficiency
Coding & Decoding
Code Inequalities
Course of Action
Critical Reasoning
Analytical and Decision making

SBI PO Salary

SBI PO offers a great salary and profile to the candidates in public sector banks. Now, Probationary officer is a job that has entry pay, which is higher than almost all jobs at any other govt bank job. The basic pay of SBI PO is Rs 41,960. The increments will be 41960-980 (7) – 48820 – 1145 (2) – 51110 – 1310 (7) – 60280.

Apart from the great salary package, the candidates will also be entitled to a no. of perks and allowances. The allowances received by an SBI PO is as follows:

The SBI PO 2021 allowances include:

Dearness Allowance26% of the Basic Pay
City Compensatory Allowance3% – 4% depending on location
House Rent Allowance7% – 9% depending on Place of Posting
Furniture AllowanceRs. 1,20,000
Medical Insurance100% covered for employee | 75% covered for dependent family
Travelling AllowanceAC 2-tier fare is reimbursed to the employee for official travels
Petrol AllowanceRs. 1,100 – 1,250
Newspaper Allowance, Entertainment Allowance, Books Allowance, etc.Varies based on Cadre

SBI PO 2021 Admit Card

The candidates who apply for SBI PO Recruitment will be provided with admit card around 10 days prior to the exam hall. Please note that the admit card is a document that holds a lot of importance for the candidate. It is the official permit to appear for the exam. The admit card will have all the necessary details about the exam centre and timing to make it easy for the candidates to reach the exam centre easily.

Instructions to Download SBI PO Admit Card

Step 1 – Click on the link provided below to download the Admit card.
Step 2 – Enter your “Registration ID” and “Date of Birth/Password”.
Step 3 – Enter the Captcha.
Step 4 – Click the Login button.
Step 5 – The call letter will appear on the screen
Step 6 –  Click the print/ download button to save the SBI PO 2021 Admit Card

SBI PO 2021 Exam Centre

  1. The candidates will have to enter the exam center of their choice.
  2.  The committee asks the candidate to select the center for both preliminary as well as for the mains exam.
  3. The applicants belonging to the SC/ST/Religious Minority Community candidates are called for pre-exam training which is free of cost.
  4. The pre-exam training is conducted five days before the exam.

SBI PO 2021 Pre Exam Training Centre

The applicants belonging to the SC/ST/Religious Minority Community candidates will be called for a pre-exam training which is free of cost. The list of Pre Exam Training Centres is given below. Candidates belonging to the above categories can avail of the training at their own cost by indicating the same against the relevant column while applying online.

North IndiaSouth IndiaEast IndiaWest India
AmritsarCoimbatoreBehrampur (Ganjam)Bhopal
KarnalMysorePatnaPanaji (Goa)
LucknowPort BlairRanchiPune
New DelhiThiruchirapalliShillongRajkot

SBI PO 2021 Result

The Result for each phase of the exam is released separately. Candidates can consult the website to know all updates on the result. The result includes a list of selected candidates.

Check given instructions to check SBI PO 2021 Result:

  1.  Click on the link provided below to check SBI PO 2021 Result
  2.  Enter your roll number and DOB or enter your registration number and DOB
  3. Your result will appear on the screen.

SBI PO Cut-off

The cutoff is an important criterion for the candidates to know their selection in the exam. It is a deciding factor to tell the candidates about their qualification status. After appearing for an exam, candidates note the maximum marks they need to qualify and as per the competition & number of candidates appearing in the exam, a range of marks is used that has to be attained by the candidates to decide their final qualification.


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