SBI Exam

A career is the Banking Industry is what most aspirants strive for. Individuals from various streams can apply for a number of posts like Bank Clerk, Probationary Officer, Specialist Officer etc. Jobs in PSBs are increasing attracting young aspirants as it provides them with a sense of job security, fixed working hours as well as steady pay scale.

In this lot, State Bank of India, India’s oldest public sector bank, proudly stands as one of the most popular choice by most Bank Aspirants to pursue a fulltime career. Similar to IBPS, there is an SBI Clerk, SBI PO and SBI Specialist Officer Examination.

Some new exam pattern changes might be introduced this year for both SBI Clerk and PO Recruitment Examination. Following are the latest updates of SBI Bank exam. To read about these in detail, click on the exams.

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State Bank of India provides many opportunities for young graduates as well as experienced professionals for accelerated career growth. Discover all the opportunities below to join the largest bank of the country and work in an exciting, motivating, meritocratic and truly collaborative environment.

Who can apply for SBI exam?

Educational Qualification

Graduation in any discipline from a recognized University or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government. Those who are in the Final Year/Semester of their Graduation may also apply provisionally subject to the condition.

Age Limit 

For SBI PO, the age limit must not be below 21 years and not above 30 years as on the given date mentioned in notification. While for SBI JuniorAssiciate/Clerk, the age limit must not be below 20 years and not above 28 years as on the given date mentioned in notification.

Refer to the following table to see relaxation in Age Limit.

How to apply for SBI Exam?

  • Before applying to Online Applicants have valid email & Scanned copies of photo, signature.
  • Candidates should log on to the website
  • Go to Careers — > Click on “Latest Announcement”.
  • Choose the desired post & Click on “Apply Online”.
  • Click on “Click here for New Registration”, if you are new user.
  • Complete the Registration & Click on “Submit”.
  • After Registration, Log in with Registered Number & Password.
  • Fill the all details in the application & upload Photo, Signature.
  • Application fee should be paid through Online & then Submit the Form.
  • Take printout of online application for future use. 

Selection Procedure of SBI PO and SBI Clerk

The examination will be held in two phases - Preliminary and Main. Candidates who will qualify in preliminary examination  will be required to appear for mains examination and shortlisted candidates in the mains examination will subsequently be called for a Group Discussion & Interview. Prelims stage is only qualifying in nature. It does not play a role in final selection. The final selection depends on marks achieved in mains and further rounds. 

Syllabus of SBI PO and Clerk exam

With several variations in PO and Clerk , following is a list of topics that are subject-wise important topics for SBI PO and Clerk. 

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Data Interpretation (Tables, Pie Charts, Bar Graphs, Line Graphs and Case lets).
  • Probability/ Series.
  • Average
  • Ratio
  • Time & work
  • Profit and Loss
  • Mixture and Alligation
  • Partnership
  • Volume, Surface area and Height & distances
  • Permutation & combination
  • Simple & compound interest
  • Number System
  • Simplification and Surds & Indices
  • Percentages
  • Pipes & Cisterns
  • Time & Distances
  • Trains Boats & streams
  • Mensuration
  • Permutations & Combinations

Reasoning Ability

  • Syllogism
  • Seating Arrangement – Circular table and Line (North & South)
  • Puzzle
  • Blood Relation
  • Inequality or Decision Making
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Input Output
  • Number series
  • Statement and Argument
  • Passage and conclusion
  • Coding and decoding
  • Order and ranking
  • Making judgments

General English

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze Test
  • Para Jumble
  • Spotting Error
  • Double Fillers

General Awareness

  • Knowledge of current events Sports
  • History, geography, culture
  • Indian constitution
  • News about technology and research
  • News on India and its neighboring countries
  • News related to Reserve Bank of India.
  • Banking Awareness. Financial Awareness (Union Budget/ Railway Budget). Economics news. 

Marketing Aptitude

  • Basics of Marketing
  • Marketing Strategies
  • Market Segmentation
  • Marketing Management
  • Marketing Mix
  • Developing stage of organization
  • Brand and Advertising
  • Products Life Cycle
  • 4 P’s and 4 C’s of marketing.

Computer Awareness

  • Computer hardware & Software
  • Operating System concepts
  • Shortcut keys
  • Ms word, excel Ms power point, access
  • Internet & networks Basic security concepts
  • Latest technologies Basic of Computer
  • Generation of Computer
  • Important Abbreviations

Job Profile Description

Probationary Officer

This is the Junior Management Level direct entry point for dynamic young graduates. A probationary officer gets exposed to challenging assignments and also gets the opportunity to involve in pioneering technological and financial activities for the Indian Banking industry. The opportunities include working in the various departments of SBI ranging from Personal Banking to Rural Banking, Credit, Forex, Treasury etc. to name a few.

Career Path of SBI PO - 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 to the meritorious and exceptionally brilliant officers to reach the Top Management Grade in a reasonably quick time.

Junior Associate/Clerk

Young graduates are recruited as Junior Associate in the Clerical cadre. The Bank offers fast track growth opportunities wherein Junior Associates are eligible for promotion in Officer Cadre on completion of 3 years' of service. Roles and responsibilities include 

  • Assisting in the lending and operations of providing financial assistance to small scale enterprises (not including small scale industries) such as fruit/vegetable vendors, artisans and self-employed individuals.
  • Manning the deposit/withdrawal counters i.e. play the part of a Single Window Operator. 
  • Working on documentation and back-office work like ledger maintenance, balance tallying, data entry and more.
  • Making customer calls for selling banking services, advisory services and cross-selling products of the bank inside and outside the bank premises. This will require extensive outdoor travelling.

Specialist Officer

Specialist Officers in a bank are appointed for specialized roles in various departments, according to their expertise and educational background. Some of the Specialist Officer positions in Banks are:
- Information Technology Officer
- Agricultural Field Officer
- Law Officer
- HR/Personnel Officer
- Marketing Officer


Phase-I Pattern: Preliminary Examination of SBI PO/Clerk Prelims:

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:


Below is a generic list of topics important for SBI exam.

English Language

1. Reading Comprehension

2. Cloze Test

3. Para Jumble

4. Spotting Error

5. Double Fillers

Quantitative Aptitude

1. Number Series

2. Quadratic Equation

3. Data Interpretation

4. Approximation

5. Arithmetic


1. Puzzle

2. Seating Arrangement

3. Inequalities

4. Direction Sense

5. Blood Relation

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