State Bank of India (Probationary
About SBI PO Exam
About Probationary Officer:
Probationary Officer (PO) is the starting level appointment for bank and the
promotional prospects are quite healthy with the work as it defining the limit
for the candidate's success. Job profile of PO (Probationary Officer) is General
Banking, administration work and any other work assigned by the Bank from time
A PO Officer can be asked to do anything till the completion of its probation period.
After the confirmation PO can give tasks having routine work like posting,
scrolling or advances or anything that is related to banking. PO Officer generally
assigned to various responsibilities, as directed by the Sr. Manager. They are
trained for accounting, marketing, finance, investment as well as billing.
PO Officer also work on increasing other aspects of the bank's business such as
the loan department, the the mortgage and finance divisions of the bank.
Handling customer complaints and issues is also the responsibility of the Bank
PO. Often this means dealing with complaints over issues such as charges,
discrepancies in accounts, or even in complaints with service at the bank. Good
communication skills and an ability to resolve conflicts calmly is essential for
a Bank PO
Bank PO officer joins the bank as Asst manager after the end of probation period .
Initially he/she may be posted in a branch where he/she will handle daily
customer transaction like passing a cheque, cash management, Draft issuance etc.
After certain experience and depending upon skill/aptitude, the person would be
given an opportunity to work in other areas like planning, marketing, budgeting,
processing of loan , investment management etc.
(A) Essential Academic Qualifications : Graduation in any discipline from a recognised College / University
(B) Age Limit : 30 Years
1. Phase-I - Written Examination : Combined duration 3 Hrs. (Objective &
Descriptive Type Tests -- Max. Marks - 250)
The duration of objective type test will be 2 hours max. marks 200 and will
consist of :
- Test of English Language (Grammer, Vocabulary,
- Test of General Awareness, Marketing &
- Test of Data Analysis & Interpretation
- Test of Reasoning (High Level)
The duration of descriptive type test will be 1 hour max. marks - 50 and the
test will be of "Test of English Language (Comprehension, short precis, letter
writing & essay)" Descriptive test paper of only those candidates will be
evaluated who are adequately high in percentile ranking in each of all the four
objective tests and have scored overall aggregate 40% and above in case of
General category and aggregate 35% and above in case SC/ST/OBC/PWD category. The
qualifying marks for descriptive test will also be overall aggregate 40% for
General category and overall aggregate 35% for SC/ST/OBC/ PWD category. The
merit list of written examination will be based on the aggregate of the marks
obtained by the candidates in objective and descriptive tests.
2. Phase-II : Group Discussion & Interview : Max Marks - 50 (GD - 20,
Interview - 30)
The aggregate marks of objective and descriptive test will be arranged in
descending order and the candidate who have qualified in both the written tests
will be called for group discussion and interview depending upon the vacancies
in each category, subject to maximum of 3 times of the vacancies.
3. Final Selection
The marks of group discussion & interview will be put together and the
candidates who secure minimum 40% marks (minimum 35% in case of SC/ST/OBC/PWD)
in group discussion and interview will be considered for final selection. The
candidates will have to qualify in Phase I and Phase II separately. Marks
obtained by the candidates in Written Test out of 250 marks (maximum) are
nomalized to 75 and marks obtained in GD/ Interview out of 50 are normalized to
25, final merit list is arrived at after totalling the normalized marks as above
with an aggregate of 100. The selection will be made from the top merit ranked
candidates in each category. Phase I & Phase II marks after normalisation will
be aggregated and arranged in descending order (category wise) for candidates
who have qualifed in both the phases separetely & depending on the vacancies,
selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each catagory.
Results of the candidates who have qualified for Phase II and thereafter the
list of candidates finally selected will be available on the Banks's website in
addition to publication in Employment News / Rozgar Samachar.
Number of chances :
Category Number of Chances
General (PWD) 4
OBC (PWD) 7
SC/ SC (PWD)/ ST/ ST (PWD) No Restriction