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SBI PO 2017: Notification, Syllabus and Exam Preparation

Hi readers!! SBI PO 2017 has been the target of so many aspirants and they have been preparing hard to crack the SBI PO exam this year. But before starting your preparation, complete knowledge of eligibility, exam pattern, syllabus, previous year cut off and salary is a must. This, article will help you a lot to collect all the desired and important information for the SBI PO Exam.

Online Registration Date

  • The online registration for SBI PO will start in the month of April.
  • The Pre exam will be held in July.
  • The candidates who will clear Pre exam will go for the Mains exam in August.

Eligibility Criteria

Age Limit-

The age of the candidate should be 21- 30 years (As on April 1, 2017)

Relaxation in upper-age limit
Category Max Age Limit
SC/ST 35 years
OBC 33 years
Gen+ PwD 40 years
OBC+ PwD 43 years
SC/ST+ PwD 45 years
Persons ordinarily domiciled of the state of Jammu & Kashmir during the period of 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989 35 years
Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned Officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) who have rendered 5 years military service. 35 years

Educational Qualification

  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognized University or equivalent.
  • Those candidates who are in final year or semester may also apply.

Maximum Number of Attempts

Category Number of Attempt
General 4
General (PwD) 7
OBC (PwD) 7
SC/SC (PwD) – ST/ST (PwD) No Restriction

Candidates who have already appeared for the maximum number of permissible chances are not eligible to apply. The number of chances will be counted from the examination held on 18 April 2010.

Selection Process

The exam will be held in three phases
Phase 1: Prelims Exam
Phase 2: Mains Exam
Phase 3: Interview & Group Discussion
  • Prelims and Mains exams will be held online.
  • Candidate who will clear the prelims exams are eligible to appear in the mains exams.
  • After clearing the mains exams, candidates will be called for the group discussion and interview.
  • Final selection will be based on the  mains exams, interview and group discussion.

Exam Pattern

SBI PO Preliminary Exam Pattern

  • The Preliminary Exam would be Objective type for 100 marks & will be conducted online.
  • Duration of exam would be 1 hour.
  • Exam will have 3 sections such as : (1) English Language, (2) Quantitative Aptitude and (3) Reasoning Ability.
Section  No. of Questions Marks Duration
English Language 30 30 1 Hour
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100


SBI PO Main Exam Pattern

  • The Main Exam would be both Objective & Descriptive type for 250 marks & will be conducted online.
  • Exam will have 4 sections such as: Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis and Interpretation, General Economics & Banking Awareness English Language.
  • Duration of exam would be 3 hour.
Paper I
Name of the Test Questions Marks Duration
Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 Minutes
Data Analysis and Interpretation 35 60 45 Minutes
General/Economy/Banking Awareness 40 40 35 Minutes
English Language 35 40 40 Minutes
Total 155 200 3 Hours
Paper II
The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with 50 marks will be a Test of
English Language (Letter Writing & Essay). The candidates are required to qualify in the Descriptive

Penalty for Wrong Answers

  • One-fourth (1/4)of the marks will be deducted as penalty for each incorrect answer.
  • This is applicable to Preliminary and Main examination

 Group Discussion & Interview

Group Discussion: 20 marks
Interview: 30 marks

  • The aggregate marks of candidates qualifying in both the Objective Tests and the Descriptive Test will be arranged in descending order in each category.
  • Adequate number of candidates in each category, as decided by the Bank will be called for Group Discussion and Interview.
  • The qualifying marks in Group Discussion & Interview will be as decided by the Bank.
  • Candidates qualifying for GD & Interview under ‘OBC’ category would be required to submit OBC certificate containing the ‘Non-Creamy Layer’ clause.
  • Candidates not submitting the OBC certificate containing the ‘Non-Creamy Layer’ clause and requesting to be interviewed under General category will not be entertained.

Interview Weightage

  • The marks obtained in the Mains Exam (Phase-II) will have 75% weightage
  • The marks obtained in the Group Discussion & Personal Interview (Phase-III) will have 25% weightage

Syllabus for Pre and Mains Exams

Reasoning Ability

  • Verbal reasoning & Non Verbal Reasoning
  • Analogy
  • Coding & decoding
  • Blood relations
  • Sitting arrangements
  • Series completion
  • Syllogisms
  • Decision making
  • Statement reasoning
  • Series completion, Classification


  • Vocabulary
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Idioms,
  • Phrases
  • Word formation
  • Sentence completion
  • Comprehension
  • Deriving conclusions
  • Passage completion
  • Error detection
  • Passage correction
  • Parajumbles

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Number system
  • Simplifications
  • Roots & Averages
  • Surds & Indices
  • Percentages
  • Profit & Loss
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Partnership
  • Time & work
  • Pipes & Cisterns
  • Time & Distances
  • Problems on trains
  • Boats & streams
  • Allegation & mixtures
  • Simple Interest & Compound interest
  • Volume & surface area
  • Mensuration

Data Interpretation and Analysis

  • Charts
  • Graphs
  • Diagrams including Line charts, pie charts, bar charts and tabular data
  • Probability and statistics


General and Banking Awareness

  • Current Affairs (National and International)
  • Major Financial/Economic News
  • Budget and Five Year Plans
  • Banking & Financial Awareness
  • Who’s Who
  • Sports
  • Books and Authors
  • Awards and Honours
  • Science – Inventions and Discoveries
  • Abbreviations
  • Important Days
  • International and National Organizations

SBI PO Descriptive Paper

  • Letter writing
  • Essay and Paragraph writing
  • Precis writing
  • Reading comprehension.

Previous Year ( 2016) Cut off for Prelims and Mains Exam

SBI PO Cut off 2016 of Preliminary Exam

Subject wise

Subjects Total Marks SBI PO 2016 Cut off marks Subject Wise
English Language 30 8.75 6.00
Quantitative Aptitude 35 7.25 4.25
Reasoning Ability 35 7.00 4.25


Overall Cut off out of 100 marks

Candidate’s Category SBI PO 2016 Cut off for Preliminary out of 100
General 47.50
OBC 44.50
SC 38.75
ST 29.25
OH 36.00
VH 37.00
HI 15.75


SBI PO Pre Cutoff Marks out of 100 (category-wise)

Category Marks
General 47.5
OBC 42.25
SC 37.25
ST 19.75
OH 29.25
VH 30.75

SBI PO 2016 Mains Cut off (Subject-wise)

Subject Maximum Marks SC /ST/ OBC/OH/VI/HI General
Reasoning 60 6 9
Data Analysis & Intepretation 60 6 9
General Awareness/ Marketing/ Computer Knowledge 40 10 13
English Language 40 4 6
Total Cut Off 200 60 70

SBI PO 2016 Descriptive and Interview Cut off

Paper Maximum Marks SC ST OBC GEN OH VI HI
Descriptive test 50 17.5 17.5 17.5 20 17.5 17.5 17.5
GD & Interview 250 78 78.75 87.25 90 82.75 79.5 79.25
GD + Interview 50 18 18 18 20 18 18 18

SBI PO 2016 Final Cutoff

Category Cut off (Out of 100)
SC 34.25
ST 34.73
OBC 44.43
GEN 49.75
OH 38.45
VI 43.08
HI 40.78

Salary of SBI PO

According to this year’s notification regarding SBI PO Salary,

  • The pay scale for SBI PO is:`23700-980/7-30560-1145/2-32850-1310/7-42020 applicable to Junior Management Grade Scale-I.
  • Presently, the starting basic pay is `27,620/- (with 4 advance increments).
  • Not only this, The official will also be eligible for D.A, H.R.A/Lease rental, C.C.A, Medical and other allowances & perquisites as per rules in force from time to time. Allowances may vary depending upon the place of posting.
  • The total compensation per annum would be a minimum of `7.55 lakhs and maximum of `12.93 lakhs depending on place of posting and other factors.
  • Also, SBI plans to offer SMART Compensation Package which would enable candidates a choice to monetize specific elements of the salary package.

Previous Papers

We have made a separate page for providing previous papers. Download SBI PO Previous Papers here.

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