SBI PO Exam 2016: New Update you should read about!

From this year onwards, SBI has decided to make changes in its recruitment process for the appointment of PO. has come up with the gist about that exam pattern and selection process. To get full information, read the attached article.

Created On: May 10, 2016 13:02 IST

SBI recently released the notification for the recruitment of 2200 probationary officers. SBI has made some major changes in the examination pattern to which you should take care about. The SBI PO exam is going to conduct in three phases.

i. Prelims
ii. Mains Exam
iii. Group Discussion and Personal Interview

The subject details of both exams are given below:-

a. Preliminary Examination- It consists of 100 questions worth 100 marks. It is totally objective type and test duration will be of 1 hour. It is comprised of three sections.


Name of Test

Number of Questions



English Language




Quantitative Aptitude




Reasoning Ability







This pattern is quite known to everyone. But the marks obtained from it, cannot be considered for the final selection. It is a qualifying round.

Important: - Candidates have to qualify the all three sections by securing passing marks decided by the banks. Adequate number of candidates in each category i.e. approximately 20 times the numbers of vacancies, will be shortlisted for the Mains Exam.

Now, the twist is mixed in the Mains Exam. In this Article, Main focus is put on this phase of the examination.

b. Mains Examination: - This Exam is comprised of further two process.

i. Objective Test:- This test is of 200 marks and conducted online.
ii. Subjective Test:- This is also an online test and for 50 Marks. It is a typing test held immediately just after the objective test.

The Break up of Objective type test is as follows:-


Name of Test

No. of Questions

Max. Marks



Reasoning and Computer Aptitude



60 Min


Data Analysis and interpretation



45 Min


General/Economy/Banking Awareness



35 Min


English Language



40 Min





3 Hours

Candidates are supposed to pass all examinations and the qualifying marks for the test is decided by the Bank. Just after the objective test, Descriptive test will be played. It is for testing the English Language (Letter Writing and Essay). Duration of Descriptive test is 30 minutes and maximum awarded marks are 50.

Important point: -

i. Passing marks for Descriptive Test are decided by the Bank.

ii. Descriptive Test paper of only those candidates will be evaluated who have scored, qualifying marks in the Objective Tests and are placed adequately high as per total marks in Objective Test.

iii. There is a penalty of one-fourth marks assigned to that question which has to be deducted from the obtained marks.

iv. There is no penalty provision for un-attempted questions.

c. Group Discussion and Personal interview: - Adequate quantity of candidates are short listed and called up for third phase of the examination. GD & PI contain 20 marks and 30 marks respectively. The qualifying marks are decided by the bank as per the post availability and most suitable candidates.

For Final selection, Marks obtained in the Mains Examination (Phase-II), both in Objective Test and Descriptive Test, will be added to the marks obtained in GD&Interview(Phase-III)for the preparation of the final merit list. Marks secured by the candidates in the Written Test (out of 250 marks) are converted to out of 75 and marks secured in Group Discussion & Interview (out of 50 marks) are converted to out of 25. The final merit list is arrived at after aggregating converted marks of Written Test and Group Discussion & Interview out of 100 for each category. The selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category.

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