SBI PO Exam 2021: Exam Date, Application, Syllabus

SBI PO 2021 Exam Details

SBI PO Exam 2021: State Bank of India will conduct SBI PO 2022 for recruiting candidates for the position of probationary officer in different branches of SBI all over the country. Each candidate has to go through three stages which will examine their knowledge, mental ability, personality, and problem-solving.

SBI PO exam is a very highly anticipated and competitive exam in the banking sector. Thus, every candidate must have a very clear idea about each and every detail of this exam. This article contains all the information regarding SBI PO Exam 2022.

SBI PO Exam 20222

SBI PO 2022 Exam Basic Info 

Below are some of the notable key highlights of the SBI PO Exam 2022:

Full-Form of the ExaminationState Bank of India Probationary Officer Examination
Name of the OrganizationState Bank of India (SBI)
Exam LevelNational
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Application FeesUR/OBC/EWS: INR 750/-
Mode of ExaminationOnline
Examination CentreAll India
Duration of the Examination2 Hours
Examination StagesPrelims, Mains, Group Discussion / Personal Interview
LanguageEnglish & Hindi
Official Website

SBI PO 2022 Exam Important Dates 

All the important dates related to SBI PO Exam 2022, has been listed below:

ParticularsSBI PO Upcoming Exam Dates
Issue of Notification2nd Week of November 2021
Last date for the Online Application1st Week of December 2021
Availability of Admit Card (Prelims)To be declared
Declaration of Prelims ExaminationTo be declared
Availability of Admit Card (Mains)To be declared
Declaration of Mains ExaminationTo be declared
Availability of Call Letters (GD & PI)To be declared
Commencement of GD and PITo be declared
Final result declarationTo be declared

SBI PO 2022 Eligibility Criteria

Each candidate must go through the eligibility criteria for SBI PO 2022 to check whether they are eligible to sit in this exam.

 Educational Qualification:

  • The applicant has to possess an Undergraduate Degree from a UGC-recognized University.
  • All the final year University Students who are interested can also apply, however, if they get selected for the personal interview they have to produce proof of being graduate on or before 31.12.2021
  • Candidates having Integrated Dual Degree or Integrated Masters have to submit proof of getting graduation certificates on or before 31.12.2021
  • Candidates qualifying for Chartered Accountancy can also apply for the SBI PO Exam.

 Age Limit:

To get eligible for appearing in SBI PO Exam 2022, every candidate needs to frame themselves into the stipulated age limit. A candidate cannot be younger than the lower Age limit and can’t be older than the maximum age limit. Let’s look at the exact age limits to get eligible for the SBI PO Exam 2022, below:

  • Candidates must be at least 21 Years old to be eligible for the SBI PO Exam.
  • The maximum age to apply for the Probationary Officer at SBI is 30 Years.
  • All the candidates must have been born not later than 01.04.1999 and not earlier than 02.04.1990
  • There are some relaxations with an upper age limit for reserved candidates. To understand Category wise Age relaxation, follow the tables, tabulated below:

Maximum Age limits for Reserved Candidates

CategoriesMaximum Age Limit
Scheduled Caste35 Years
Scheduled Tribe35 Years
Other Backward Classes – Non-Creamy Layer33 Years

Maximum Age Limits for PwD Candidates

CategoriesMaximum Age Limit
PwD Scheduled Caste (PwD – SC)45 Years
PwD Scheduled Tribe (PwD – ST)45 Years
PwD ( OBC NCL)43 Years
PwD ( General / EWS)40 Years

Maximum Age Limits for Special Categories ( Ex-Military Servicemen )

CategoriesMaximum Age Limit
Commissioned Officer (CO)35 Years
Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECO)35 Years
Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCO)35 Years

SBI PO 2022 Exam Pattern

SBI PO 2022 exam will consist of 3 stages: 

  1. SBI PO Preliminary 
  2. SBI PO Mains 
  3. Personal interview

SBI PO 2022 Prelims Exam Pattern

SBI PO Prelims 2021 exam contains 100 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) from three different sections. Each section will have a different marking scheme. However, for all the sections, every candidate will get 20 minutes each to complete.

The total duration of the test will be of 1 Hour (60 Minutes) where each section will get 20 minutes each. Let’s look at the detailed section-wise marking scheme below:

Mode of ExaminationOnline CBT (Computer Based Test)
Type of QuestionsMultiple Choice Questions (MCQ’s)
Number of Questions100 Questions
Total Weightage100 Marks (1 Mark per Question)
Duration of Examination60 Minutes / 1 Hour
Negative Marking Criteria0.25 deduction per the wrong answer

The SBI PO Prelims Exam Pattern has been shown as per the sections:

Name of the SectionNo of QuestionsMarksDuration
English Language3030 x 120 Minutes
Quantitative Aptitude3535 x 120 Minutes
Reasoning Ability3535 x 120 Minutes
Total100 Questions100 Marks1 hour

SBI PO 2022 Mains Exam Pattern

After completing SBI PO Preliminary Examination, every successful candidate will be allowed to sit for the SBI PO Mains Examination. As the name says, the examination will be the final parameter to make a student eligible for the Personal Interview.

Mode of ExaminationOnline Computer Based Test Mode
Type of Questions155 MCQs + 2 Descriptive Questions
Number of Questions157 Questions
Total Weightage230 Marks
Duration of Examination3 hours and 30 Minutes (210 Minutes)
Negative Marking Criteria0.25 deduction for the wrong answer

SBI PO Mains Section-wise Exam Pattern

The nature of the examination is very comprehensive, hence the question and marking pattern are also vital. Unlike Prelims Examination, the SBI PO Mains contains 2 different Tests. While the first Objective Test consists of 4 sections for 155 Questions in 2 Hours, the Second Descriptive Test will be of 30 Minutes having 2 Questions. Let’s look at the detailed SBI PO Mains 2022 Exam Pattern below:

Name of the SectionNo of QuestionsMarksDuration
Reasoning and Computer Aptitude456060 Minute
Data Analysis and Interpretation356045 Minute
General Economy / Banking Awareness404035 Minute
English Language354040 Minute
Total155 Questions2003 Hours

SBI PO Mains Descriptive Test of English Language

In SBI PO Main Exam, the second level is the Descriptive Test. It will be taken immediately after the Objective test. The mode of the exam is online.

Name of the SectionNo of QuestionsMarksDuration
Letter Writing11515 Minute
Essay Writing11515 Minute
Total2 Questions3030 Minute

SBI PO 2022 Exam Syllabus 

SBI PO Exam contains a vast range in terms of the syllabus. Questions come from varieties of backgrounds suitable for the banking examination. For better understanding, Section wise syllabus has been provided below. One can refer to the official advertisement of the SBI PO Exam for clarity of that.

English LangaugeNoun, Pronoun, Linking Verbs, Adjectives, Prepositions, Spelling Test, Comprehension, Adverbs, Active and Passive Voice, Fillers, Synonyms, Antonyms, One-word substitution, Comprehension
Quantitative AptitudeNumber System, Profit and Loss, Average, Time, Speed, and Distance, Time and Work, Simple Interest, Compound Interest, Percentage, Mensuration, LCM and HCF, Mixture of Allegation, and Ratio and Proportion
Reasoning AbilityCoding-Decoding, Analogy, Classification Syllogism, Word Formation, Statement and Assumption, Series, Sitting Arrangement, Venn Diagrams, Calendar and Time, Missing Character, Blood Relations, Conclusions and Arguments, Direction Sense Test, Ranking Test, Classification Series Completion.
Data Analysis and InterpretationPermutation Combinations, Pie Charts, Bar Graphs, Line Graphs, Tabular Graphs, Case lets, Radar Graphs, Data Sufficiency, and Probability
General Economics and Banking AwarenessMicro Economics, Macro Economics, Non-Performing Assets Banking Sector; Roles, Types, Risk, Characteristics Financial Awareness, Basic Accountancy, Investments Risk Market, Oligopoly and Monopoly, Liquidity, Insurance Securities and Exchange Boards.

SBI PO Result 2022

The organizing committee of the SBI PO Exam declares the result of Prelims / Mains tests after completing that. However, if any of the SBI PO Examination centers causes technical difficulty it may take a few days to declare the results.

Every test contains a specific cutoff that indicates which of the candidates will proceed for the next round. Candidates can check their SBI PO results on the official websites of the State Bank of India.

Process of checking SBI PO 2022 Exam Result 

To check the SBI PO Exam Results, follow the steps provided below:

  • Step 1: Visit any of the official websites of SBI PO Exam – or
  • Step 2: In the website refer to the Career tab.
  • Step 3: In the career, tab looks for the Result Announcement.
  • Step 4: Once you find the link click on that, a new window will appear
  • Step 5: In that portal submit your Registration No / Roll No and Password / D.O.B
  • Step 6: Once you enter all the required credentials, your result will appear on your device screen. Save it and take a printout of the same for further reference.

Application Process of SBI PO 2022 Exam

The only way to fill an application for the SBI PO Exam is online. Candidates need to visit the official website of the State Bank Of India to fill the application form. The official website of the State Bank Of India is or

To know more about how to apply for the SBI PO 2022, follow the restrictions provided below.

Prerequisites for SBI PO Application Form

Before applying to the SBI PO 2022, candidates need to have the required documents. All the prerequisites are listed below:

  • Valid and Activate Phone Number.
  • Valid and Activate E-Mail Id.
  • Scanned Passport Size Photograph [ Dimension: 200 x 300 pixels (Max file size: 50 kb / Minimum file size: 20 kb)]
  • Scanned Signature [ Dimension: 140 x 60 pixels (Max file size: 20 kb / Minimum file size: 10 kb)]

Steps of Applying for SBI PO Exam 2022

To apply for the SBI PO Exam 2022, follow the steps provided below:

  • Step 1: Visit the website of SBI
  • Step 2: Click on the Careers tab.
  • Step 3: Under current openings open the Application Form.
  • Step 4: To register fill in all the required data.
  • Step 5: Upon registration log in to the portal using the Registration No and Password given in the registered mail id.
  • Step 6: Fill in all the required information in the Application Form carefully.
  • Step 7: Upload Passport Size Photograph and Signature on the field given.
  • Step 8: After filling up the form recheck to make any corrections if required.
  • Step 9: Pay the application fee to submit the application form.
  • Step 10: Upon paying the required fees take a printout of the e-Receipt and Application form for further reference.

SBI PO 2022 Application Fees

In order to submit the Application Form., candidates need to pay several Application fees. Every category has different application fee, hence all the category wise application fees have been tabulated below.

General / UnreservedINR 700/-
Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer)INR 700/-
Economically Weaker SectionINR 700/-

SBI PO Admit Card 2022

To get eligible to sit for the SBI PO Exam every candidate needs to download their Admit Card / Call Letter from the official website of the State Bank of India using the required credential. Without SBI PO Admit Card, none of the candidates will be allowed to sit for the examination. 

The process to download SBI PO 2022 Exam Call Letter

To download the SBI PO Exam Call Letter follow the steps listed below:

SBI PO 2022 Exam Centers:

As SBI PO is one of the most desirable and sought Examinations, every year Lakhs of the candidate appears for the same. As the mode of the examination is online it requires ample enough computerizing SBI PO test centers to conduct the examination.

Hence the authority has Test Centers across Pan India. Below are state-wise test centers available for the SBI PO Exam.

State/UTPre – Examination / Prelims Exam CentersMains Exam Centers
Andaman & NicobarPort BlairPort Blair
Andhra PradeshChirala, Chittoor, Eluru, Guntur, Kadapa, Kakinada, Kurnool, Nellore, Ongole, Rajahmundhry, Srikakulam, Tirupati, Vijaywada, Vishakhapatnam, VizianagaramGuntur, Kurnool, Vijaywada, Vishakhapatnam
Arunachal PradeshNaharlagunNaharlagun
AssamDibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Silchar, TezpurGuwahati
BiharArrah, Aurangabad (Bihar), Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Patna, PurneaArrah, Patna, Muzzafarpur
ChandigarhChandigarh/ MohaliChandigarh/ Mohali
ChhattisgarhBhilai, Bilaspur, RaipurRaipur
GujaratAhmedabad/ Gandhinagar, Anand, Himmatnagar, Jamnagar, Mehsana, Rajkot, Surat, VadodaraAhmedabad/ Gandhinagar
HaryanaAmbala, Faridabad, Gurugram, Hissar, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Panipat, YamunanagarAmbala, Hissar, Faridabad, Gurugram
Himachal PradeshBilaspur, Hamirpur, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Solan, UnaShimla, Solan
Jammu & KashmirJammu, Samba, SrinagarJammu, Srinagar
JharkhandBokaro, Dhanbad, Hazaribag, Jamshedpur, RanchiJamshedpur, Ranch
KarnatakaBelgaum, Bengaluru, Bidar, Davangere, Dharwad, Gulbarga, Hassan, Hubli, Mandya, Mangalore, Mysore, Shimoga, UdupiBengaluru
KeralaAlappuzha, Kannur, Kochi, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad, Thrichur, ThiruvananthapuramKochi, Thiruvananthapuram
Madhya PradeshBhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Satna, Sagar, UjjainBhopal, Indore
MaharashtraAmaravati, Aurangabad, Chandrapur, Dhule, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Latur, Mumbai/ Thane/ Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nasik, Pune, Ratnagiri, SolapurAurangabad, Nagpur, Pune, Mumbai/ Thane/ Navi Mumbai
Delhi NCRDelhi and New DelhiDelhi and New Delhi
OdishaBalasore, Berhampur (Ganjam), Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Rourkela, SambalpurBhubaneswar
PunjabAmritsar, Bhatinda, Fatehgarh Sahib, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala, SangrurBhatinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Patiala
RajasthanAjmer, Alwar, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, UdaipurJaipur
SikkimBardang – GangtokBardang – Gangtok
TamilnaduChennai, Coimbatore, Erode, Madurai, Nagercoil, Salem, Thanjavur, Thiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Vellore, VirudhunagarChennai, Madurai, Tirunelveli
TelanganaHyderabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, WarangalHyderabad
Uttar PradeshAgra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Banda, Faizabad, Ghaziabad, Gonda, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Mathura, Meerut, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Noida/ Greater Noida, Sitapur, Varanasi.Agra, Allahabad, Ghaziabad, Noida/ Greater Noida, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Varanasi
UttarakhandDehradun, Haldwani, RoorkeeDehradun
West BengalAsansol, Durgapur, Hooghly, Kalyani, Kolkata, SiliguriHooghly, Kalyani, Kolkata

SBI PO Exam 2022 – Cutoffs

Due to its country-wide popularity and a heavy number of the applicant, it is not possible to expect everyone to be getting eligible for the next round only if they score more or the qualifying marks.

However, SBI PO Exam doesn’t have any certain cutoff but it is much understandable that to stand up among the crowd one needs to pass all the stages with flying colors. To have a better understanding of the expected cutoff for SBI PO 2022, let’s look at the previous year’s cutoff below.

CategoryCutoff (Prelims) out of 100Cutoff (Mains) out of 200Final Cutoff out of 100


  • Candidates need to make sure to score above the previous year’s cutoff, as it changes every year.
  • Candidates numbering 10 times (approx.) the numbers of vacancies in each category will be shortlisted for Main Examination from the top of the above merit list.
  • Candidates numbering 3 times (approx.) the numbers of vacancies in each category will be short-listed for Personal Interview Round from the top of the above merit list.

SBI PO Exam 2022 – Selection Process

The selection process for the SBI PO 2022 will be of Four – Tier – Selection – Process. Where in every stage, the organizing committee will shortlist candidates based on the previous performance scored by them. To understand the stage-wise selection process, look at the points covered below.

SBI PO Exam 2022 – Stage wise Selection Process:

Stage 1:

  • All the candidates need to appear for the SBI PO Preliminary Examination to qualify for the second stage.
  • After the result declaration of the Preliminary round, SBI will prepare a merit list containing all the categories.
  • Once the merit list is out, SBI will call approximately 10 times more no of a candidate than the vacancy, for the SBI PO Mains Examination.

Stage 2:

  • All the candidates who got a call letter for the Mains Examination need to attempt and clear to be eligible for the third stage.
  • After the result declaration of the Mains round, SBI will prepare a merit list containing all the categories.
  • Once the merit list is out, SBI will call approximately 3 times more no of candidates than the vacancy, for the Group Discussion / Personal Interview Round.

Stage 3:

  • Once the candidate completes their SBI PO Prelims and SBI PO Mains Examination and got their Call Letter for the GD / PI will be eligible for this round.
  • Based on the previous performance SBI will select candidates either for Personal Interview comprising (50 Marks) or both Personal Interview (30 Marks) and Group Discussion (20 Marks).
  • Candidates need to qualify minimum marks to become eligible for the Final Stage.

Final Stage:

  • After successfully appearing in all the stages, the SBI PO Exam organizing committee will finalize the list of qualified candidates who will join the Bank as Probationary Officer.
  • To finalize the list, the SBI PO Exam organizing committee will convert the SBI PO Mains marks (Out of 250) into 75%. And for the rest of 25%, they will screen the marks got by the candidate in the GD / PI Round (Out of 50).
  • Once the committee converts all the marks, they will prepare and publish the final list.
  • Selection will be made from the top list of candidates from each category.

Every selected candidate will receive their Joining Letter from the State Bank of India. They have to backpack and join the allotted branch in the framing time.

SBI PO 2022 Training, Salary, and Allowances

After successfully completing all the screening processes of the SBI PO Exam, all the candidates will join the organization as Probationary Officer. To reach the role of Assistant Manager candidates need to pass through various stages. Along with a hectic training period, candidates will be rewarded with INR 27,620/- as the joining amount. Let’s take a look at the training process, benefits, salary & allowances and, promotion of Probationary Officers after completing SBI PO Exam, below:

SBI PO 2022 Training Period

After completing the SBI PO Exam, all the selected candidates will join the branch as Junior Manager Stage – 1 for the Probation Period of 2 years. In the probation period, all the Junior Manager will go through immense training from their seniors to justify the designation and organization. During the probation period, Junior Managers will be posted in different settings to assist the senior managers. They may get 2 or more transfers to occupy work experience in different work settings and environments.

SBI PO 2022 Salary

The most exciting part of a job for the freshly joined employee is their salary. SBI values all its employees hence they offer handsome packages to the Junior Managers who join the company after SBI PO Exam. The joining salary will be INR 27,620/ Rs. During the probation period of 2 Years, all the Junior Managers will receive 3 advance increments. The increments will be:

  • Joining Amount: INR 27,620/
  • After 1st Increment: INR 30,560/
  • After 2nd Increment: INR 32,850/
  • After 3rd Increment: INR 42,020/

SBI PO 2022 Allowances

Every job comes with a lot of perks and avenues. The same scenario works for the Junior Manager of SBI also. Let’s look at the allowances every Joined Employee will get from the State Bank of India:

DA: Dearness Allowance

HRA: House Rent Allowance

CCA: City Compensatory Allowance

MA & HA: Medical and Health Allowance


In this article, we have discussed various aspects of the SBI PO 2022 exam in great detail. It is suggested that candidates willing to sit for this exam have a nice look at this article. It is hoped that the content of this article clears all their queries and confusion.

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