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What is the Selection Procedure for SBI PO Exam 2015?

Apr 13, 2015 17:50 IST

    State Bank of India (SBI) has issued notification for recruitment to 2000 posts of Probationary Officers (PO). The candidates who are eligible and are interested can apply for the post by visiting the official website of SBI. The last date of applying for the post is 02 May 2015.

    The interested candidates should have knowledge about how the selection procedure that the bank follows. The selection procedure is conducted in 3 phase- Phase I, Phase II and Final Selection. Candidates should take a look below to know the entire selection procedure of SBI PO Exam.

    Selection Procedure

    Phase-I : Preliminary Examination: Preliminary Examination consisting of Objective Tests for 100 marks will be conducted online. This test would be of 1 hour duration consisting of 3 Sections as follows:


    Name of test

    No. of Questions




    English Language



    Composite Time of


    Quantitative Aptitude



    1 hour


    Reasoning Ability






    Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing passing marks to be decided by the Bank. Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by the Bank (approximately 20 times the numbers of vacancies subject to availability) will be short listed for the Main Examination.

    Phase – II: Main Examination: Main Examination will consist of Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 50 marks. Both the Objective and Descriptive Tests will be online. Candidates will have to answer Descriptive test by typing on the computer. Immediately after completion of Objective Test, Descriptive Test will be administered.

    (i) Objective Test: The Objective Test of 2 hour duration consists of 4 Sections with 50 marks each (Total 200 marks) as follows:

    a) Test of English Language (Grammar, Vocabulary, Comprehension etc.)

    b) Test of General Awareness, Marketing &Computers

    c) Test of Data Analysis & Interpretation

    d) Test of Reasoning (High Level)

    The candidates are required to qualify in each of the Tests by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.

    (ii) Descriptive Test: The Descriptive Test of 1 hour duration with 50 marks will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay).The candidates are required to qualify in the Descriptive Test by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.

    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.

    Phase – III: Group Discussion (20 marks) & Interview (30 marks). The aggregate marks of candidates qualifying in both the Objective Tests and Descriptive Test will be arranged in descending order in each category. Adequate number of candidates in each category, as decided by the Bank will be called for Group Discussion and Interview. The qualifying marks in Group Discussion &Interview will be as decided by the Bank.

    Candidates qualifying for GD & Interview under 'OBC' category would be required to submit OBC

    certificate containing the 'Non Creamy layer' clause. Candidates not submitting the OBC certificate

    containing the 'Non Creamy layer' clause and requesting to be interviewed under General category

    will not be entertained.

    Final Selection

    The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added for the selection and only the marks obtained in Main Examination (Phase-II) will be added to the marks obtained in GD & Interview (Phase-III) for preparation of the final merit list. The candidates will have to qualify both in Phase-II and Phase-III separately. 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. Results of the candidates who have qualified for GD & Interview and the list of candidates finally selected will be made available on the Bank's website. Final select list will be published in Employment News/ Rozgar Samachar.

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