SBI PO 2018 Exam Dates, Notification and Admit Card

SBI PO Recruitment is done every year to select eligible candidates for the post of Probationary Officer. This year, SBI PO 2018 will be conducted to select candidates for the 2000 vacancies announced in the official SBI PO Notification 2018. Being one of the most lucrative career option in the field of Banking, SBI PO Exam attracts millions of candidates every year who try their luck to ace this prestigious exam.

SBI PO 2018 Notification

The SBI PO 2018 notification is out. SBI has released 2000 vacancies for the recruitment of Probationary Officers in 2018.

SBI PO 2018 Notification for 2000 Vacancies

SBI PO 2018 Exam Dates

Sr. No. Activity Dates
1 On-line registration Dates 21st April 2018 to 13th May 2018
2 Payment of Application Fees/Intimation Charges 21st April 2018 to 13th May 2018
3 Download of call letters for online Preliminary Examination 18th June Onwards
4 Conduct of Online Examination – Preliminary 1st, 7th & 8th July 2018
5 Result of Online exam – Preliminary 15th July 2018
6 Download of Call letter for Online Main Exam 20th July 2018
7 Conduct of Online Examination – Main 4th August 2018
8 Result of Online Examination – Main 20th August 2018
9 Download Call Letter for Personal Interview 1st September 2018
10 Conduct of Group Exercises & Interview 24th September 2018 to 12th October 2018
11 Declaration of Final Result 1st November 2018

Apply Online for SBI PO 2018

SBI PO 2018 Vacancies

The number of vacancies in SBI PO Recruitment, 2018 are 2000. The number of vacancies announced in the year 2017 was 2400 and 2200 in the year 2016.

SBI PO Selection Procedure

Usually, SBI conducts the examination in three phases in order to carry out the complete recruitment process. The three steps that SBI follows, which is mentioned below:

  • Online Preliminary Examination (Objective Test).
  • Online Mains Examination (Objective Test and Descriptive Test).
  • Group Exercises and Personal Interview.

The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) are not added for the selection and only the marks obtained in Main Examination (Phase-II), both in Objective Test and Descriptive Test, are added to the marks obtained in GE& Interview (Phase-III) for preparation of the final merit list.

The candidates 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 Exercises & Interview (out of 50 marks) are converted to out of 25. The final merit list is arrived at after aggregating the converted marks of Written Test and Group Exercises &Interview out of 100 for each category. The selection is made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category.

Results of the candidates who have qualified for Group Exercises & Interview and the list of candidates finally selected is made available on the Bank’s website. The final selection list is published in Employment News/ Rozgar Samachar and also on Bank’s website.

SBI PO Eligibility Criteria, 2018

The Eligibility Criteria for the SBI PO 2018 Recruitment Process is as follows:

1. Essential Academic Qualifications: (As on 31.08.2018)
Graduation in any discipline from a recognized University or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government. Those who are in the Final year/Semester of their Graduation may also apply provisionally subject to the condition that, if called for the interview, they will have to produce proof of having passed the graduation examination on or before 31.08.2018. Candidates having integrated dual degree (IDD) certificate should ensure that the date of passing the IDD is on or before 31.08.2018. Candidates possessing the qualification of Chartered Accountant may also apply.

2. Age Limit: (As on 01.04.2018)
Not below 21 years and not above 30 years as on 01.04.2018 i.e candidates must have been born not earlier than 02.04.1988 and not later than 01.04.1997 (both days inclusive).

SBI PO 2018 Examination Pattern

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

S.No. Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 20 minutes
2 Quantiative Aptitude 35 35 20 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 60 minutes

Candidates have to qualify the test by securing passing marks to be decided by the Bank. there will be no sectional cutoff. An adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by the Bank (approximately 10 times the numbers of vacancies subject to availability) are shortlisted for the Main Examination.

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

S.No. Name of Tests(Objective) No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
2 English Language 35 40 40 minutes
3 Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
4 General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
Total 155 200 3 Hours

1. Objective Test: The objective test of 3 hours duration consists of 4 Sections for total 200 marks. The objective test has separate timing for every section. The candidates are required to qualify in each of the Tests by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.

2. Descriptive Test: The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with 50 marks is 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 the objective test.

A Penalty for Wrong Answers (Applicable to both – Preliminary and Main examination): There will be a penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one-fourth of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

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

SBI PO Application Fees

1. Rs. 100 for SC/ ST/ PWD Candidates.
2. Rs. 600 for all others.

SBI PO Admit Card/ Call letter

The download of Admit Cards for Prelims Exam will start from 18.06.2018 onwards, Mains Exam on 20.07.2018 and Group Exercise and Interview on 01.09.2018, tentatively.

SBI PO Result, 2018

The results of SBI PO Prelims Exam is expected on 15.07.2018, result of Mains Exam on 20.08.2018, and Group Exercise and Interview final result on 01.11.2018, tentatively.

SBI PO Cut Off Scores

The cut-off scores released by SBI depends on the number of vacancies announced in that particular year, number of candidates who appear for the examination as well as the level of the examination that is conducted in order to carry out the recruitment process. So, one cannot predict the cut-off score of future SBI Examination by simply relying on the previous year cut-off scores. To get you acquainted with the previous year cut off scores of SBI Examination, find below the analysis of previous years’ SBI PO Cut-offs:

SBI PO 2017 Prelims Exam Cut Off

Reasoning 60 6 6 6 9 6 6 6
Data Analysis and Interpretation 60 6 6 6 9 6 6 6
General Awareness/ Marketing/ Computer Knowledge 40 10 10 10 13 10 10 10
English Language 40 4 4 4 6 4 4 4
Objective Test 200 60 60 60 70 60 60 60
Descriptive Type Test (English Language)(Evaluated only for those candidates who have qualified in each level of the Objective Test) 50 17.5 17.5 17.5 20 17.5 17.5 17.5
Minimum marks to be secured to be shortlisted for GE-cum Interview 
(Objective + Descriptive Test)
250 78 78.75 87.25 90.00 82.75 79.50 79.25
Group Discussion 20
Interview 30
Total : GE + Interview 50 18 18 18 20 18 18 18
Total marks secured by last ranked selected candidate(Out to 100) Normalized to 100 34.25 34.73 44.43 49.75 38.45 43.08 40.78