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Syllabus: State Bank of India (SBI) Probationary Officer (PO)

  • Bank Name: State Bank of India (SBI)

  • Exam: Probationary Officer (PO)

Phase-I: Written Examination (250 marks) consisting of Objective Tests and Descriptive Test.

Name of Tests (Objective)



Test of Reasoning (High Level)


Composite Time of 2 Hours

Test of English Language (Grammer, Vocabulary, Comprehension etc)


Test of General Awareness, Marketing and Computers


Test of Data Analysis and Interpretation





The candidates are required to qualify in the Objective Tests by securing passing marks, in each of the tests, to be decided by the Bank on the basis of the performance of all the competing candidates taken together in each test to a minimum required level for each category.

Descriptive Test:-

(ii) Descriptive Test (50 marks): The Descriptive Test with 1 hour duration will be of “Test of English Language (comprehension, short précis, letter writing & essay)”.

The candidates are required to qualify in the Descriptive Test by securing passing marks, to bedecided by the Bank.

Descriptive Test paper of only those candidates will be evaluated who have scored qualifying marks in the Objective Tests as stated above in (i).

Phase-II: Group Discussion (20 marks) & Interview (30 marks):-

The aggregate  marks of candidates  qualifying  in both the Objective  Tests and Descriptive  Test will be arranged in descending order in each category and the candidates in the order of merit, subject to 3 times the number of vacancies in each category, will be called for Group Discussion and Interview. The qualifying marks in Group Discussion & Interview will be as decided by the Bank. 

Final Selection:-

The candidates will have to qualify both in Phase-I and Phase-II separately.

Marks secured by the candidates in the Written Test (out of 250 marks maximum) are converted to out of 75 and marks secured in Group Discussion & Interview (out of 50 marks maximum) 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.

Results  of the  candidates  who  have  qualified  for  Phase  II and  thereafter,  the  list  of candidates  finally selected will be available on the Bank’s website. Final select list will be published in Employment News/ Rozgar Samachar.