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SBI PO 2021: Application Form, Eligibility, Syllabus, Other Details

The State Bank of India is the most prominent government bank in the country and invites innumerable applications for various posts. The post of Probationary Officer (PO) in SBI is often considered as one of the most reputed posts. For the same, the Bank conducts entrance examinations for recruitments of candidates. However, the entrance examination is not easy because of the difficulty and competition. It is very important that one has relevant information regarding the examination pattern, syllabus and other important details that are available at Candidates aspiring to appear for the upcoming SBI PO examination, 2021 can check the following article.

SBI PO 2021 Apply Online Application Form

The application form will be available online at websites: or It is advised that the candidates fill the form carefully. The following below are some necessary steps regarding the process.

·         Before beginning, the candidate is advised to check the important rules and guidelines.

·         Visit the website and fill the mandatory details in the registration link and save the registration details for future reference.

·         Next, fill in all the mandatory information in the application form to apply online.

·         Carefully note the format required for uploading the photograph and signature.

·         Pay the application fee required using one of the modes of payment mentioned.

·         After the payment, submit the application form.

·         It is advised to get the application form printed for future reference.

Application Fee: Candidates must mandatorily pay the application fee which stands to be non-refundable at all circumstances. Candidates can make the payment through credit card, debit card and net banking. Candidate belonging to the General category is required to pay Rs 600 while candidates belonging to categories like SC, ST, PwD are required to pay Rs 100.

Overview of SBI PO 2021



Name of Examination

State Bank of India of Probationary Officer Examination

Commonly Known As


Conducting Body

State Bank of India

Examination Level

National Level


Vacancy Based


English, Hindi

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

Negative Marking

·         One-fourth marks in MCQs or Objective paper

·         No negative marking in the descriptive paper


SBI PO 2021 Notification

The notification for SBI PO 2021 has been delayed following the current coronavirus outbreak. The notification comprising of important information like exam dates, pattern, syllabus, vacancies, etc. will be uploaded on the official website in a PDF form.

SBI PO 2021 Exam Date

The examination date for SBI PO 2021 is not yet finalised. It is expected that SBI PO 2020 will be held towards the end of the year. However, in 2019, the Prelims Exam was conducted in the month of June, Mains Exam in July and Interview in September while the final results were declared in October. 

SBI PO 2021 Important Dates



Online Application Begins

Third week  of April 2021

Online Application Concludes

Second week of May 2021

Admit cards for Prelims Exam

Third week of June 2021

Prelims examination date

First week of July 2021

Declaration of Prelims result      

Second week of July 2021

Admit cards for the mains exam               

Third week of July 2021

SBI PO Mains Examination date

First week of August 2021

Declaration of  Mains result        

Third week of August 2021

Admit cards for interview

First week of September 2021

Announcement of final result   

First week of November 2021


SBI PO 2021 Eligibility Criteria

It is necessary that the candidates confirm their eligibility before applying. However, aspiring candidates can check the information below:

Nationality: Only Indian.

Age Limit: Candidates within 21 to 30 years of age can apply. However, a certain age relaxation is granted to candidates from reserved category.

Category of the candidates

Age Relaxation

Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribe (SC / ST)

5 years

Other Backward Classes (OBC Non-creamy layer)

3 years

Persons With Disabilities (SC / ST)

15 years

Persons With Disabilities (OBC)

13 years

Persons With Disabilities (General)

10 years

Ex- Servicemen (Army Personnel)

5 years


Educational Qualification: An eligible candidate must be a graduate in any discipline from a recognized university. Candidates appearing in the final semester or year are also eligible. If the candidate gets selected for an interview, he/she must present a pass certificate.

SBI PO 2021 Exam Pattern

The SBI PO Examination pattern consists of three stages: Preliminary Examination, Mains Examination and Interview.

Preliminary Exam Pattern: The Prelims Exam will be conducted online and will last for one hour. For every correct answer, 1 mark will be awarded and 0.25 marks will be deducted for an incorrect answer. There are 3 tests: English Language, Reasoning Ability and Quantitative Aptitude. The questions will be objective.

Following is a table of the distribution of questions and marks:

Name of Test

No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Time Duration

English Language



20 minutes

Reasoning Ability



20 minutes

Quantitative Aptitude



20 minutes




1 hour


Mains Exam Pattern: The Exam will be descriptive and objective. 0.25 marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer. The objective examination consisting of 4 sections for 200 marks will last for 3 hours. The descriptive examination consisting of two questions for 50 marks will be for 30 minutes.

Following is a table of the distribution of questions and marks:

Name of Test

No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Time Duration

English Language



40 minutes

Data Analysis and Interpretation



45 minutes

Reasoning and Computer Aptitude



60 minutes

General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness



35 minutes




3 hours


Descriptive Test: The test will have two questions: Letter Writing and Essay Writing with no negative marking.

Interview: Candidates who clear Prelims and Mains will be shortlisted for a Group Discussion of 20 marks and an Interview carrying 30 marks.

SBI PO 2021 Syllabus

It is advised that the candidates check the official information regarding the syllabus. However, candidates can also check the information below.

Preliminary Exam:

English Language: Vocabulary, Cloze Test, Reading Comprehension, Para jumbles, Fill in the blanks, Multiple Meaning, Error Spotting, Paragraph Completion, Sentence Rearrangement, Conclusion Deriving, Correcting Spellings, Active & Passive Voice, Antonyms & Synonyms, Grammar, Idioms & Phrases, Preposition.

Reasoning Ability: Input-Output, Coding-Decoding, Tabulation, Syllogism, Blood Relations, Logical Reasoning, Data Sufficiency, Alphanumeric Series, Ranking & Direction Test, Coded Inequalities, Alphabet Test, Seating Arrangement, Puzzle, Direction & Distance, Machine Input, Diagram, Inference, Statements & Assumptions.

Quantitative Aptitude: Profit & Loss, Work & Time, Simplification, Mixtures & Alligations, Time & Distance, Simple & Compound Interest, Surds & Indices, Mensuration, Data Interpretation, Number Systems, Sequence & Series, Ratio & Proportion, Percentage, Premutation, Combination & Probability. 

Main Exam:

English Language: Cloze Test, Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Vocabulary, Verbal Ability, Sentence Correction, Word Association, Para Jumbles, Fill in the blanks, Error Spotting.

Data Analysis & Interpretation: Probability, Line Graph, Tabular Graph, Pie Chart, Bar Graph, Radar Graph, Data Sufficiency, Permutation & Combination, Missing Case DI, Let It Case DI, Quadratic Equations, Data Interpretation.

Reasoning & Computer Aptitude: Verbal Reasoning, Circular Seating Arrangement, Linear Seating Arrangement, Syllogism, Code Inequalities, Critical Reasoning, Course of Action & Scheduling, Input-Output, Blood Relations, Data Sufficiency, Coding-Decoding, Ordering Ranking, Decision Making, Internet, Keyboard Shortcuts, Memory, Microsoft Office, Computer Abbreviation, Hardware Software, Networking, Number System, Operating System, Logic Gates, Computer Fundamentals.

General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness: Current Affairs, General Knowledge, Financial Awareness, Static Awareness, Banking Awareness, Financial Awareness, Awards & Honours, Science, Inventions & Discoveries, Important Days, Abbreviations, International & National Events.

Letter Writing: Letter to Government Officials/ Bank Managers/ Heads of Institutions/ Friends/ Relatives.

Essay Writing: Budget, Indian Economy, Banking System, Right to Education, Indian Constitution, Financial Inclusion, Social Issues.

SBI PO 2021 Admit Card

The Admit Card will be uploaded online at SBI’s official website two-three weeks before the exam. Candidates can access their admit cards and get them downloaded and printed. The admit card has to be carried by the candidate on the day of the exam along with identity proof.

SBI PO 2021 Cut-Off

The State Bank of India sets a cut-off at every stage that the candidate must achieve or pass to get selected. However, cut-offs are different for candidates from different categories. The State Bank of India will soon declare the cut-off list of SBI PO 2021.

SBI PO 2021 Result

Results will be declared online at SBI’s official website. The results will be announced on completion of every stage. Those who qualify for Prelims will appear for Mains and candidates who qualify Mains will appear for the interview. The final results will be declared after the interview.

SBI PO 2021 Vacancies

The State Bank of India will release the number of vacancies. The vacancies will be divided among candidates from all categories and spread across various branches in the country. Approximately, SBI will release 2200 vacancies in 2021.

SBI PO 2021 Selection Procedure

The selection procedure is based on Preliminary Examination, Mains Examination and a Group Discussion, Interview. A candidate on clearing Prelims will appear for Mains. If a candidate gets selected, the next stage is interview and GD after which the final selection will be made.

SBI PO 2021 Interview Process

After the candidates qualify Prelims and Mains, they will be called for Group Discussion and Interview to assess the individual's personality and other qualities. GD carries 20 marks while The interview carries 30 marks.

SBI PO 2021 Preparation Tips & Tricks

The aspirant must have complete knowledge regarding the examination pattern as well as the syllabus. Candidates can prepare for the exams through the syllabus provided in this article. Preparation must be done according to the topics and basic skills must be strengthened. The candidate must learn to identify his/her weak points and work on them. Newspapers, news channels, General Knowledge books must be followed. The applicant must form a strategy to prepare. It is also suggested that the candidate must not guess answers to avoid the negative marking. Besides, candidates can also check the SBI PO mock test series and mock tests at to prepare.

SBI PO 2021 Exam Centres

Candidates aspiring to crack SBI PO will have to appear for their examinations in various exam centres spread across the country. The State Bank of India will bring forward a list of cities where exam centers will be formed. Candidates will be required to select their choice of exam centres while the administration has the right to allot one of the selected centres to candidates.

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