SBI PO Recruitment 2019 – All To Know

SBI PO 2019 Exam Pattern & Syllabus

The State Bank of India (SBI) has released SBI PO 2019 Notification on April 1, 2019 to recruit 2000 Probationary Officers (PO). The SBI PO registration process has started and the selection of candidates will based on three tiered selection process. The bank will post selected candidates as PO in SBI and its associate banks. The candidates selected will be posted anywhere in India.

Preliminary exam is the first stage that shortlists candidates for main exam. Those who clear main exam will be called for Group Exercises/Interview. Final selection of candidates will be based on merit, scroll down to know how the merit list is prepared.

Tentative Schedule of SBI PO 2019

  • Online registration started April 2, 2019.
  • The last date to submit the application form is April 2, 2019.
  • Last date for the payment of application fee is April 22, 2019.
  • Preliminary exam dates are 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th of June 2019.
  • Result of preliminary exam will be available in 1st week of July 2019.
  • Main exam will be conducted on July 20, 2019.
  • Group Exercises and Interview to be held in September 2019.
  • Final result will be declared on 2nd week of October 2019.

SBI PO 2019 – Application Fee

  • The candidates belonging to General/EWS/OBC category will have to pay Rs. 750 as application fee.
  • SC/ST/PWD candidates are required to pay only Rs. 125 as fee.


SBI will be filling 2000 PO positions through SBI PO Recruitment 2019. The category wise vacancy is mentioned below:

  1. General – 810
  2. OBC – 1280
  3. EWS – 200
  4. SC – 300
  5. ST – 150
  6. Backlog – 53

SBI PO 2019 – Eligibility

The candidates have to ensure that they fulfil the eligibility criteria i. e. educational qualification as on 31/08/2019 and Age as on 01.04.2019.

Educational Qualification

  • The candidates should have completed graduation in any discipline from a recognized university in India.


  • Only those candidates are eligible to apply who are not below 21 years and not above 30 years in age. The candidates should have born not earlier than  01.04.1989 and not later than 01.04.1998 (both days are inclusive)
  • Age relaxation will be given as per government rule.

Pre-Examination Training

  • The bank arranges a pre-examination training for SC/ST and religious minority category candidates.
  • Interested candidates have to indicate their interest by checking the relevant column while applying online.

Selection Process

The selection of candidates for SBI PO 2019 will be done through a three tiered process.

Preliminary Examination

The prelims exam will of objective type in nature, will consists of 100 marks, divided into 3 sections that are mentioned below.

Name of Test No. of Questions Duration Total Marks
English Language 30 20 minutes   100
Reasoning Ability 35 20 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 35 20 minutes
Total 100 1 hour

SBI PO 2019 Prelim Exam Syllabus

The Prelim exam of SBI PO 2019 will include three sections, namely, English Language, Numerical Ability, Reasoning Ability.

Reasoning Ability Quantitative Aptitude English Language
Logical Reasoning Work & Time Reading Comprehension
Data Sufficiency Profit & Loss Para jumbles
Seating Arrangement Time & Distance Cloze Test
Alphanumeric Series Mixtures & Alligation Multiple Meaning /Error Spotting
Inequality Simplification Fill in the blanks
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test Simple Interest/Compound Interest/Surds & Indices Paragraph Completion
Puzzle Data Interpretation Miscellaneous
Syllogism Mensuration – Cone, Cylinder,  Sphere
Tabulation Number Systems
Coding-Decoding Percentage, Ratio & Proportion
Input Output Sequence & Series
Blood Relations Probability/ Permutation, Combination &

Main Examination

It will include an objective test for 200 marks and a descriptive test for 50 marks. Both the test will be held online. The descriptive test will be administered right after the completion of the objective test.

The objective and descriptive test are discussed below in detail.

Name of Test No. of Questions Marks Duration
English Language 35 40 40 minutes
Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
General/Banking/Economic Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
Total 155 200 3 hours

Descriptive Test:

The descriptive test is of 30 minutes for 50 marks. It is a test of English and includes two questions from Letter and Essay writing.

SBI PO 2019 Main Exam Syllabus

The Main Exam of SBI PO 2019 will include 4 sections that we already discussed above. The complete syllabus is discussed below:

Data Analysis
Tabular Graph
Pie Chart
Line Graph
Bar Graph
Radar Graph Caselet
Missing Case DI
Let it Case DI
Data Sufficiency
Permutation and Combination

Verbal Reasoning
Circular Seating Arrangement
Linear Seating Arrangement
Double Lineup
Input Output
Blood Relations
Directions and Distances
Ordering and Ranking
Data Sufficiency
Coding and Decoding
Code Inequalities
Course of Action
Critical Reasoning
Analytical and Decision Making
English Language
Reading Comprehension
Verbal Ability
Word Association
Sentence Improvement
Para Jumbles
Cloze Test
Error Spotting
Fill in the blanks
General/Economic/ Banking Awareness
Financial Awareness
Current Affairs
General Knowledge
Static Awareness
Banking and Financial Awareness
Computer Awareness
Keyboard Shortcuts
Computer Abbreviation
Microsoft Office
Computer Hardware
Computer Software
Operating System
Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies

Group Exercises (GE)/Interview

The GE/Interview accounts 50 marks, where 20 marks are for group exercises and 30 marks for interview. Only those candidates are eligible to appear who have cleared the Main exam. To be successful in banking interview, work on your confidence knowledge, current affairs, and banking industry updates.

Few Important Topics for SBI PO 2019 Group Discussion

  • Women/Child Abuse
  • Women Empowerment
  • Impact of GST on Indian Economy
  • Digital Payments in Making India Digital
  • Global Warming
  • Legalization of cryptocurrency
  • Section 35AA gives power to RBI
  • Reform of WMA (Ways and Means Advances) System
  • Future of Blockchain
  • Delhi Government’s Happiness Curriculum
  • Banking and Insurance Sector Merger
  • Aadhar and Right to Privacy
  • Cashless Economy – Pros an Cons
  • Pros and Cons of SBI Merger
  • Misuse of Right to Freedom
  • AI in banking

Final Selection

A separate merit list will be drawn for each category. For final selection only marks obtained in Main Exam and GE/Interview will be counted. The final list will include top merit ranked candidates from each category. This list will be made available on the bank’s website.

Number of Chances to Appear

Now, the SBI has limited the number of chances to appear for candidates. The maximum number of permissible attempts will be counted from the exam held on April 18, 2010. Appearing in preliminary exam will not be counted as a chance.

Category Maximum Permissible Chances to Appear
General/EWS (PWD) 7
General/EWS (PWD) 4
SC/ST, SC/ST (PWD) No Restriction

How to Apply

The only mode of application is online. Follow the steps to apply online.

  • Visit the bank’s website or apply online for SBI PO 2019 using this link.
  • To make correction in the form, final submission, and payment of fee, Click Here.

Other Useful Links

  • To download the official notification for SBI PO 2019, Click Here.
  • Candidates can visit the official website of the SBI by clicking here.

The Bottom Line

The article discusses complete details of SBI PO Recruitment 2019, including exam schedule, eligibility, exam pattern, syllabus, selection process and useful links. So, now when you have all the details in hand, don’t miss the last date to apply online.

Start your preparation as SBI PO is one of the most sought after exams for government job. If you have any question or need guidance, you can reach us through the comment section.

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