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SBI PO 2017: Dates, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Pay Scale, Cutoff – Complete Info

About SBI PO 2017Job Profile/SalarySBI PO Cutoff

State Bank of India (SBI) conducts recruitment of Probationary Officers (PO) almost every year. For the year 2016, SBI has already given advertisement for 2313 PO vacancies. Apply online before 06 March 2017. View Notification

SBI PO Eligibility

Essential Academic Qualifications: (As on 01.07.2017) Graduation in any discipline from a recognized University or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government.

Educational Qualification in Detail

Age Limit (As on 01.07.2017): Not below 21 years and not above 30 years as on eligibility date as given in related advertisement. The Relaxation of Upper age allowed for various categories are as under:

Age Relaxation

Number of chances: SBI restrict the number of attempts. See the table below-

Category Number of Chances
General 4
General (PWD) 7
OBC 7
OBC(PWD) 7
SC/SC(PWD)/ ST/ ST (PWD) No Restriction

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

Selection Process

Selection Process: From 2015, SBI has changed its selection procedure and has included Preliminary Exam for screening candidates. In 2017 as well, SBI has continued the same pattern. Read How to Prepare SBI PO Exam

Phase-I: Preliminary Examination:

Preliminary Examination consisting of Objective Tests for 100 marks will be conducted online. This
test would be of 1 hour duration consisting of 3 sections as follows:

SL. Name of Test No. of Questions Marks Duration
1. English Language 30 30 Composite Time of 1 hour
2. Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
3. Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

 Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing passing marks to be decided by the Bank. Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by the Bank (approximately 20 times the numbers of vacancies subject to availability) will be shortlisted for the Main Examination.

Phase-II: Main Examination:

Main Examination will consist of Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 50 marks.
Both the Objective and Descriptive Tests will be online. Candidates will have to answer Descriptive
Test by typing on the computer. Immediately after completion of Objective Test, Descriptive Test will
be administered.

(I) 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. The candidates are required to qualify in each of the tests by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.

Test Name of test No. of Questions Max. Marks Duration
I Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
II Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
III General/Economy/Banking  Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
IV English Language 35 40 40 minutes
Total 155 200 3 hours

 (ii) Descriptive Test: 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
Test
by curing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.

Descriptive Test paper of only those candidates will be evaluated who have scored qualifying marks in the Objective Tests and are placed adequately high as per total marks in Objective Test.

Penalty for wrong Answers (Applicable to both Preliminary and Main examination)

There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests. Each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one-fourth of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected scare. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

Phase-III: 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.

Final Selection

The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added for the selection and only the marks obtained in Main Examination (Phase-II), both in Objective Test and Descriptive Test, will be added to the marks obtained in GD & Interview (Phase-III)for preparation of the final merit list.

  • The candidates will have to qualify both in Phase-ll and Phase-III separately. Marks secured by the candidates in the Written Test (out of 250 marks) are converted to out of 75 and marks secured in Group Discussion & Interview (out of 50 marks) are converted to out of 25. The final merit list is arrived at after aggregating converted marks of Written Test and Group Discussion & Interview out of 100 for each category. The selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category.

Pay Scale & Salary: Presently, the starting basic pay is Rs27.620/ (with 4 advance increments) in the scale of Rs 237OO-980/7-30560-1145/2-32850-1310/7-42020 applicable to Junior Management Grade Scale-I.

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. The total compensation per annum would be a minimum of Rs 7.55 Lacs and maximum of Rs 12.93 Lacs depending on place of posting and other factors.

SBI plans to offer, subject to necessary approvals, a SMART Compensation Package which would enable candidates a choice to monetize specific elements of the salary package.

Career Path: The Probationary Officers will be on probation of two years during which they will be given intensive training. Towards the end of their probation/training period, they will be subjected to a screening process. While those Officers who achieve the predetermined standards may be confirmed and given placement in the next higher grade i.e., Officer Middle Management Grade Scale-II, others who qualify in the test but fail to achieve the standards set for placement in Middle Management Grade Scale-II, will be confirmed as Officer Junior Management Grade Scale-I. The services of those Officers who fail to qualify in this process will be terminated. Bank provides immense opportunities for growth in the Bank including opportunities for postings abroad. The attractive promotion policy of the Bank provides an opportunity h the meritorious and exceptionally brilliant officers to reach the Top Management Grade in a reasonably quick time.

Cutoffs are very essential for clearing SBI PO exam. In the year 2015, SBI PO written exam was held in two phases-preliminary and main. Read Tips to Prepare SBI PO Exam.

SBI has given cutoff for both the stages. Let’s have a look at SBI PO Cutoffs-

SBI PO 2015 Cut off

SBI PO 2015 Cut off was further divided into Preliminary and Main.

Phase I  – Preliminary Exam :

This years’ preliminary exam overall cutoffs & sectional cutoffs are as follows:

Overall cutoffs:

Category Total marks (out of 100)
General 47.50
OBC 42.25
SC 37.25
ST 19.75

SBI PO Pre 2015 Cutoff marks subject-wise

Subjects Total Marks General  SC/ST/OBC/VH/OH
English Language 30 5.75 3.25
Quantitative Aptitude 35 5.75 3.5
Reasoning Ability 35 9.25 5.75

 SBI PO Cut off 2015: Section-Wise

Total Marks SC ST OH OBC VH General
Reasoning 50 10 7.5 7.5 10 7.5 12.5
Data Analysis & Interpretation 50 10 7.5 7.5 10 7.5 12.5
GA/Marketing/Computer Knowledge 50 18.5 18.5 18.5 18.5 18.5 21.25
English Language 50 10 7.5 7.5 10 7.5 12.5

SBI PO Cut off 2015- Stage-wise

Total Marks SC ST OH OBC VH UR
Objective Test 200 70 60 60 70 60 80
Descriptive 50 17.5 17.5 17.5 17.5 17.5 20
Written Test Cutoff 250 (Objective + Descriptive) 89 79 89.75 110.75 95 124.25
GD and Interview Cutoff 50 18 18 18 18 18 20
Final Cutoff 300 Marks (Normalised to 100) 49.2 34.78 47.63 52.33 43.8 49.2
SBI PO 2014 Cut off

Prior to 2015, SBI was having only one written exam followed by Interview. Let’s have a look at SBI PO 2014 Cutoffs-

SBI PO Cut off 2014- Subject-wise:

SC ST OH OBC VH General Total Marks
Reasoning 08 08 10 10 10 13 50
Data Analysis & Interpretation 08 08 10 10 10 13 50
GA/Marketing/Computer Knowledge 11 11 11 11 11 14 50
English Language 08 08 10 10 10 13 50

SBI PO Cut off 2014- Stage-wise:

Total Marks SC ST OH OBC VH UR
Objective Test 200 60 60 60 70 70 80
Descriptive 50 18 18 18 18 18 20
Written Test Cutoff 250 (Objective + Descriptive) 98 78 81 106 96 112
GD and Interview Cutoff 50 18 18 18 18 18 20
Final Cutoff 300 Marks (Normalised to 100) 49.4 33 44.3 50.2 43.8 55.2
SBI PO 2013 Cut off

SBI PO Cut off 2013- Subject-wise:

SC ST OH OBC VH General Total Marks
Reasoning 10 10 10 10 10 13 50
Data Analysis & Interpretation 10 10 10 10 10 13 50
GA/Marketing/Computer Knowledge 10 10 10 10 10 14 50
English Language 10 10 10 10 10 13 50

SBI PO Cut off 2013- Stage-wise:

Total Marks SC ST OH OBC VH UR
Objective Test 200 70 70 70 70 70 80
Descriptive 50 18 18 18 18 18 20
Written Test Cutoff 250 (Objective + Descriptive) 128 116 118 137 118 151
GD and Interview Cutoff 50 18 18 18 18 18 20
Final Cutoff 300 Marks (Normalised to 100) 52.4 50.4 50 54.2 54.5 63
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