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SBI PO 2018: Dates, Eligibility, Pattern & Syllabus

Updated On - March 19th 2018

State Bank of India (SBI) conducts a national-level exam for recruitment of Probationary Officers (SBI PO). The exam is conducted in 3 main stages viz. Prelims, Mains and Group Discussion/ Interview. Prelims round forms the basis of qualification to Mains, after which the shortlisted candidates appear for Group Discussion/ Interview. SBI PO 2018 Notification is expected to be released soon on the official website.

How will SBI PO 2018 be carried out?

  • Stage 1- SBI PO Prelims (objective questions of 100 marks)
  • Stage 2- SBI PO Mains (objective questions of 200 marks and descriptive questions of 50 marks).
  • Stage 3- Group discussion and Personal Interview (20 and 30 marks respectively)
  • The final selection is based on the performance in stage 2 and 3.
  • Results of final SBI PO Recruitment will come out in October 2018.
  • Nearly 30 lakh candidates apply for SBI PO each year. Out of these, 6376 participate in Group Exercises and Interview round. Approximately 2403 candidates are finally recruited as Probationary Officers (PO). 

SBI PO 2018 Highlights

Exam Highlights
Name of ExamState Bank of India Probationary Officers Exam (SBI PO)
Conducting BodyState Bank of India
Exam LevelNational
Mode of ExamOnline
SBI PO Selection StagesPrelims, Mains, Group Discussion/ Interview
Candidates Expected to Register for SBI PO 2018Around 30 lakh
Available Seats2400 (expected)
SBI PO Helpline022 – 2282 0427

SBI PO 2018 Exam Dates

EventDate (Tentative)
Release of SBI PO 2018 NotificationMarch 2018
Availability of SBI PO 2018 Application FormMarch 2018
Call Letters for Pre-exam Training (SC/ST, Minorities)April 2018
Pre-exam Training BeginsApril 2018
Release of SBI PO 2018 Admit Card (Prelims)April 15, 2018- May 07, 2018
SBI PO 2018 Prelims Exam DateApril 29 & 30, 2018 and May 06 & 07, 2018
SBI PO 2018 Result (Prelims)May 17, 2018
Release of SBI PO 2018 Admit Card (Mains)May 22, 2018
SBI PO 2018 Mains Exam DateJune 04, 2018
SBI PO 2018 Result (Mains)

July 4, 2018

SBI PO Call Letter for Interview will be available fromJune 26, 2018
Date for SBI PO 2018 Group Exercises and Interview July 10, 2018
Declaration of SBI PO 2018 Final Result October 2018

Who Can Apply for SBI PO 2018?

Candidates must fulfil certain eligibility conditions as laid down by SBI before applying for the PO post. Here are the basic eligibility conditions:


  • Candidate must be an Indian National.

Educational qualifications

  • The applicants must be a graduate in any stream from a recognized university.
  • The final year graduates can also apply.


  • Candidates must be between 21 to 30 years as on April 1, 2018.
  • SC/ST/ExS/J&K Migrants get a relaxation of 5 years in the upper age limit
  • OBC candidates with upper age limit 33 years can apply for the exam
  • PwD category candidates reserve a relaxation of 10- 15 years depending on the category.

Number of Attempts

  • For General category- 4 attempts
  • For General (PwD) category- 7 attempts
  • OBC category- 7 attempts
  • OBC (PwD)- 7 attempts
  • SC/ST (PwD)- No restriction

Other Requirements

  • Defaulters in repayment of Loans/ Credit Card dues or those with adverse CIBIL reports or other external agencies will not be considered eligible for appointments.
  • Candidates against whom there is/are adverse report regarding character & antecedents, moral turpitude are not eligible to apply for the post.

Steps to Register for SBI PO 2018

SBI PO 2018 Application Form will be available from March 2018 onwards in online mode only. Follow the following steps to fill the application form:


  1. Visit the website
  2. Click on link “Career with us” on the home page
  3. Select ‘SBI PO 2018 Application Form’
  4. Fill Application Form with complete details like as name, educational qualifications, address, mobile number, email and other information.

Upload Images

  1. Upload scanned image of passport size photo (size-20 to 50 Kb) and signature (10 to 20 Kb) in JPEG format.
  2. The photo must be of 200 x 300 pixels while the signature must be of 140 x 60 pixels.
  3. Choose the correct file and click on open to upload.
  4. After that, click ‘Submit’ to move to fee payment window.

Pay Application Fee

  1. Application fee for General Category is INR 600 and INR 100 for reserved categories.
  2. Pay the fee online and submit.
  3. Take a printout of the application form before submission for future reference.
  4. You will receive a registration id. Note it down.

Pre-Exam Training for Reserved Category Candidates

SBI provides pre-exam training as a part of government’s initiative to candidates belonging to SC/ST category or minority groups. The initiative has been taken to assist such aspirants in preparation if they cannot afford to enrol themselves at coaching centers.

  • SBI PO Pre-exam training is usually a 6-day program.
  • Interested candidates can apply for it and download the call letters as per the schedule given.
  • Pre-exam training for SBI PO is a kind of an orientation program for reserved and minority category candidates.
  • In the training sessions, candidates will be taught of some important questions and topics.
  • The pre-exam training is conducted across India at different centers. 

SBI PO 2018 Admit Card/ Hall Ticket

  • For SBI PO exam, the admit card is released separately for all three stages viz.  prelims, mains, and interview.
  • All notifications related to admit card will be out on the official website i.e.
  • The admit card for Prelims is expected to be out in April 2018, while for Mains, it will release in May 2018.
  • All candidates need to carry their admit cards on the day of the exam, failing to which they won’t be allowed to sit for the exam.

How to Download SBI PO 2018, Admit Card?

sbi po 2018 admit card
  1. Visit the official website i.e.
  2. Click on the link SBI PO 2018 Admit card
  3. Enter your registration number and DOB/Password
  4. Your admit card will appear on the screen
  5. Download it and take a print-out of the same

SBI PO 2018 Exam Centers

  • Candidates will be given one of the SBI PO Exam Centers from their choices opted during the application process.
  • The final exam center will be mentioned on the admit card.
  • Candidates need to check the details and in case of any discrepancies, they need to contact the exam authorities immediately.

The list of centers is given below:

What is Exam Pattern of SBI PO 2018?

  • Each stage in SBI PO 2018 exam has a different paper pattern.
  • Stage 1 and 2 (Prelims and Mains) will be conducted in online mode.
  • Phase 3 will be held face to face, i.e., Personal Interview.
  • The final selection is based on the overall performance of each stage.

Read below the complete SBI PO Exam Pattern:

SBI PO Exam Pattern for Prelims

Mode of ExaminationOnline
Question TypeObjective 
Number of Questions100
Maximum Marks100
Duration of Exam60 minutes
Sections in Paper3 (English language, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability)
Marks/Questions in each sectionEnglish language: 30, Quantitative aptitude: 35, Reasoning Ability: 35

SBI PO Exam Pattern for Mains

Question TypeObjective and Descriptive
Questions in each sectionObjective : 155, Descriptive: 50
Time durationObjective: 3 hours, Descriptive: 30 minutes
Sections in Objective Paper4
Marks of Objective TypeReasoning & Computer Aptitude: 60, Data Analysis & Interpretation: 60, General Awareness about Economy/ Banking: 40, English language: 40
Time Allotted to Each SectionReasoning & Computer Aptitude: 45 min, Data Analysis & Interpretation: 45 min, General Awareness about Economy/ Banking: 40 min, English language: 40 min
Sections in Mains DescriptiveLetter writing and Essay

SBI PO Exam Pattern for Final Stage

Final stage of SBI POGroup Discussion and Interview
Marks in each sectionGD: 20, Personal Interview: 30

SBI PO Preparation Books

Banking AwarenessArihant
SBI PO Solved PapersKiran Prakashan
Banking Awareness for SBI/IBPS BankDishaPublications
Banking Awareness (Banking Aptitude Test) (BANK PO/OFFICERS EXAM)Ramesh Publishing House

SBI PO 2018 Syllabus

Here are all important topics that you need to study to score well in SBI PO. They are given stage-wise:

Section-wise SBI PO 2018 Syllabus for Preliminary Round

Quantitative AptitudeSimplification, Number System, Average, Percentage, Ratio and Proportion, Interest, Number series, Data Interpretation, Profit and Loss, Mensuration, Permutation and Combination
Reasoning AbilityInequalities, Ordering, and Ranking, Directions and Distances, Coding and Decoding, Blood Relations, Syllogisms, Circular Seating Arrangement, Linear Seating Arrangement, Double Line Up, Grouping, and Selection
English LanguageFill in the blanks, Reading, and Comprehension, Para Jumbles, Cloze test, Error spotting, Spellings, Phrase Idiom meaning,

Section-wise SBI PO 2018 Syllabus for Mains

Reasoning Ability and Computer AptitudePuzzles, Seating Arrangement, Inequality, Syllogism, Input Output, Coding Decoding, Verbal Reasoning, Data Sufficiency, Miscellaneous topics, Computer Aptitude
Data Analysis and InterpretationBar graph, Line graph, Pie chart (single or double), Tabular graph, Radar chart, Mixed graphs (combination of any 2 of the above), Caselet/ Paragraph DI, Missing graphs
English LanguageReading Comprehension, Cloze test, Para jumbles, Odd one out/ Theme based questions, Statement and Paragraph completion, Sentence Connectors
General AwarenessCurrent Affairs, Banking / Financial Awareness, Static Affairs

SBI PO 2018 Syllabus for GD/ PI

Topics for GD/PI
Is right to freedom being misused?Cleanliness should be the fundamental duty of every citizen.
What are the merits and de-merits of One Rank One Pension scheme?What measures should be adopted for avoiding NPA?
SBI Merger: Pros and cons?What do you think about reservations in education and jobs?
How is Swaach Bharat Abhiyan currently important for India?

NSG is the need of the hour for India.

Rail budget should have merged into general budget much earlier.Women employment is possible through mass awareness rather than launching programs.
Is government just renaming the old schemes?Wind power Vs Solar Energy?

SBI PO 2018 Result

  • SBI PO 2018 Result will be declared online on the official website for each stage of the exam.
  • The result for Prelims will be declared in May 2018, while the mains result will be declared in June 2018.
  • In order to check the result, candidates need to visit the site, enter their roll number/ registration number and DOB.
  • The corrected scores obtained by each of the candidates in all the sections of SBI PO will be normalized by the equi-percentile method.
  • Only up to 2 decimal points, scores would be taken for the calculation. 

How to Check SBI PO 2018 Result?

  1. Visit
  2. Click on “Careers” section
  3. Click on “Results” section
  4. Enter your roll number and DOB or enter your registration number and DOB
  5. You result card will appear on the screen

What Will be Expected SBI PO 2018 Cut Off

  • SBI releases a category-wise cutoff after each stage.
  • This is based on the number of candidates who appearing for the exam, number of vacancies, previous year cut off, difficulty level of the exam etc.
  • On the basis of SBI PO cut-offs, candidates are chosen for the subsequent stage.
  • Here are the expected cut off marks of each stage for your reference:

SBI PO 2017 Cutoff for Prelims


36.00 (OH)

37.00 (VH)15.75 (HI)

SBI PO 2017 Cutoff for Mains


Final SBI PO 2018 Cut off

CategoryCut off marks (Out of 100)

Read Section-wise  SBI PO Cut off

Selection Stages of SBI PO 2018

Candidates in SBI PO Recruitment are shortlisted upon their performances in the 3 stages mentioned below:

SBI PO Preliminary Examination

  • It is the very first stage of SBI PO Selection process.
  • SBI PO Prelims is an online objective test of 1-hour duration.
  • It would be conducted in April 2018.
  • SBI PO Pre comprises of 3 sections- English Language, Reasoning Ability and Quantitative Aptitude.
  • Candidates must score minimum qualifying marks in all the sections to qualify for the next round.

SBI PO Main Examination

  • Candidates shortlisted for the main examination have to appear for the same in June 2018.
  • It is a 200 marks examination, comprising of 4 sections (English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning & Computers, and General/Economy/Banking Awareness).
  • Descriptive test of 50 marks would be conducted immediately after the objective test.
  • The corrected scores obtained by each of the candidates in different sessions (if held) are normalised using the equi-percentile method.
  • Scores up to 2 decimal points are taken for the purpose of calculations.
  • Candidates are shortlisted for interview by considering the scores obtained in the main examination.

SBI PO Group Discussion and Interview

  • Candidates who qualify the Mains exam are eligible to appear for GD and interview. 
  • Post conduction of the interview, a combined score is generated which includes the sum of marks obtained in main examination and interview.
  • The final list of the selected candidates is made upon the performance in Mains and GD/ PI round only.
  • It is published on the official website of the bank’s website and also in Employment Newspaper.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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1 Comment
Swapnil Verma

Hi, I have attempted 60 questions in the Prelims exam with an accuracy of 80%. What are my chances to clear the cutoff? I am from general category.

12 May, 2017 16:46

Hi  Swapnil, it is very difficult for you to clear the cut off as per previous year’s cut off. For catch more details, please find the link

12 May, 2017 16:51

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