Course Description


State Bank of India (SBI) is the largest public sector banks in India. It conducts various recruitment drives to hire employees for different posts. One such post is that of Probationary Officer (PO). The State Bank of India Probationary Officer (SBI PO) is a highly competitive exam that is conducted every year to recruit young and dynamic candidates for the post of Probationary Officer in the State Bank of India. The SBI PO is one of the most sought-after bank exams in India and attracts thousands of candidates every year. In this blog, we will discuss everything you need to know about SBI PO, including the exam pattern, syllabus, eligibility criteria, and more.

Eligibility Criteria:

1. Educational Qualification: Candidates must have a graduation degree in any discipline from a recognized university or institute. Those who are in the final year of their graduation are also eligible to apply, but their final result should be declared on or before the cut-off date mentioned in the notification.

2. Age Limit: Candidates must be between 21 and 30 years of age as on the cut-off date mentioned in the notification. Age relaxation is provided to candidates belonging to certain categories as per government norms. The category-wise age relaxation is as follows:

   – SC/ST: 5 years

   – OBC (Non-Creamy Layer): 3 years

   – PWD (General): 10 years

   – PWD (OBC): 13 years

   – PWD (SC/ST): 15 years

   – Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned Officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/ Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) who have rendered 5 years military service and have been released on completion of assignment: 5 years

3. Nationality: Candidates must be Indian citizens, or subject of Nepal/Bhutan, or Tibetan refugees who came to India before January 1, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or persons of Indian origin (PIO) who have migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

4. Number of Attempts: There is a limit on the number of attempts a candidate can make for the SBI PO exam. The category-wise attempt limits are as follows:

   – General/EWS: 4 attempts

   – OBC: 7 attempts

   – SC/ST: No limit

It is important to note that candidates who have already appeared for the maximum number of attempts allowed are not eligible to apply for the exam again.

Candidates who meet the above eligibility criteria can apply for the SBI PO exam. However, it is important to thoroughly read the notification and understand the eligibility criteria before applying, as any candidate found ineligible at any stage of the recruitment process will be disqualified.

The preliminary examination of the SBI PO exam will comprise of Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language. Here is the detailed syllabus of the SBI PO Prelims exam:

Exam Pattern

SBI PO Prelims Exam Pattern

S.No.Name of SubjectsNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1English Language303020 minutes
2Quantitative Aptitude353520 minutes
3Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
Total1001001 hour

The Mains Examination of SBI PO exam 2023 will constitute 4 sections: Reasoning + Computer Aptitude, English Language, Data Analysis & Interpretation and General/Economy/Banking Awareness. The complete SBI PO Mains syllabus is discussed below:

SBI PO Mains Exam Pattern

S.No.Name of SubjectsNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1Reasoning & Computer Aptitude405050 minutes
2Data Analysis & Interpretation305045 minutes
3General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness506045 minutes
4English Language354040 minutes
Total1552003 hours


SBI PO Syllabus for Prelims Exam

The section-wise topics from which the SBI will ask questions in SBI PO Prelims Exam has been tabulated below.

The subject-wise topics that need to be covered for preparing for SBI PO Mains Exam

Quantitative Aptitude SyllabusReasoning SyllabusEnglish Syllabus 
Simplification/ ApproximationAlphanumeric SeriesReading Comprehension 
Profit & LossDirectionsFill in the blanks 
Mixtures & AlligationsLogical ReasoningCloze Test 
Permutation, Combination & ProbabilityData SufficiencyPara jumbles 
Work & TimeRanking & OrderVocabulary 
Sequence & SeriesAlphabet TestParagraph Completion 
Simple Interest & Compound InterestSeating ArrangementMultiple Meaning /Error Spotting 
Surds & IndicesCoded InequalitiesSentence Completion 
Mensuration  – Cylinder, Cone, SpherePuzzleTenses Rules 
Time & DistanceSyllogism  
Data InterpretationBlood Relations 
Ratio & ProportionCoding-Decoding 
Number SystemsInput-Output 
Data Analysis & InterpretationReasoningGeneral/Economy/Banking AwarenessEnglish LanguageComputer 
Tabular GraphVerbal ReasoningCurrent AffairsReading ComprehensionInternet
Line GraphSyllogismFinancial AwarenessGrammarMemory
Bar GraphCircular Seating ArrangementGeneral KnowledgeVerbal AbilityKeyboard Shortcuts
Charts & TablesLinear Seating ArrangementStatic AwarenessVocabularyComputer Abbreviation
Missing Case DIDouble LineupBanking Terminologies KnowledgeSentence ImprovementMicrosoft Office
Radar Graph CaseletSchedulingBanking AwarenessWord AssociationComputer Hardware
ProbabilityInput OutputPrinciples of InsurancePara JumblesComputer Software
Data SufficiencyBlood Relations Error SpottingComputer Fundamentals /Terminologies
Let it Case DIDirections and DistancesCloze TestNetworking
Permutation and CombinationOrdering and RankingFill in the blanksNumber System
Pie ChartsData Sufficiency Operating System
 Coding and DecodingBasic of Logic Gates
Code Inequalities 
Course of Action
Critical Reasoning
Analytical and Decision Making

How to apply

To apply for SBI PO exam, follow the steps given below:

1. Visit the official website of State Bank of India (

2. Click on the “Careers” tab.

3. Click on the “Join SBI” link under the “Latest Announcements” section.

4. Click on the “Current Openings” link.

5. Click on the “Recruitment of Probationary Officers” link.

6. Click on the “Apply Online” link.

7. Fill in the required details in the application form, such as name, date of birth, address, educational qualifications, etc.

8. Upload your photograph and signature as per the specifications mentioned in the form.

9. Pay the application fee using net banking, debit card, or credit card.

10. Submit the application form.

After submitting the application form, you will receive a confirmation email and SMS from SBI. Keep a copy of the application form and fee receipt for future reference.


  • What is SBI PO?
    SBI PO (State Bank of India Probationary Officer) is a national-level exam conducted by the State Bank of India to recruit candidates for the post of Probationary Officer in its various branches across the country.
  • What is the eligibility criteria for the SBI PO exam?
    The eligibility criteria for the SBI PO exam are as follows: – Age: Between 21 and 30 years – Educational qualification: Graduation in any discipline from a recognized university
  • What is the selection process for the SBI PO exam?
    The selection process for the SBI PO exam consists of three stages: – Preliminary exam – Main exam – Group Exercises and Interview
  • What is the exam pattern for the SBI PO exam?
    The exam pattern for the SBI PO exam is as follows: – Preliminary exam: 100 marks, 1 hour duration, consisting of three sections – English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning Ability – Main exam: 250 marks, 3 hours and 30 minutes duration, consisting of four sections – Reasoning and Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis and Interpretation, General/Economy/Banking Awareness, and English Language – Group Exercises and Interview: 50 marks
  • What is the application fee for the SBI PO exam?
    The application fee for the SBI PO exam varies based on the category of the candidate. For general and OBC candidates, the fee is Rs. 750, while for SC/ST/PWD candidates, the fee is Rs. 125.
  • Can final year students apply for the SBI PO exam?
    Yes, final year students can apply for the SBI PO exam, provided they can produce proof of graduation at the time of the interview.
  • Is there any negative marking in the SBI PO exam?
    Yes, there is negative marking in both the preliminary and main exams of the SBI PO exam. For every wrong answer, 1/4th of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.
  • Is there any sectional cutoff in the SBI PO exam?
    Yes, there is sectional cutoff in both the preliminary and main exams of the SBI PO exam. Candidates need to clear the cutoff for each section in order to qualify for the next stage.