SBI PO 2019: Exam Date, Application Form, Syllabus, Admit Card and Vacancy Details


SBI, a multinational, public sector banking and financial services organisation, conducts various exams throughout the year to recruit eligible candidates for its branches across India. SBI PO is a national-level exam held to hire Indian nationals for appointment as Probationary Officer in State Bank of India. The State Bank of India Probationary Officer (SBI PO) exam 2019 will be completed in a three-tiered process – Phase I, Phase II and Phase III. Aspiring candidates must complete the registration process online within the deadline. Qualified candidates are liable to be posted anywhere in India at 18,354 branches.

SBI PO 2019 Latest Updates - The SBI PO 2019 registration has started from 2nd April 2019. Interested candidates can apply through the official website - latest by 22nd April 2019. The Preliminary phase exam is scheduled to be conducted in June 2019. Check out important dates below.

SBI PO 2019 Overview:

Name of Exam

SBI Probationary Officer (PO)

Exam-conducting Authority

State Bank of India


Appointment as Probationary Officer

Exam Type

Computer Based Test

Exam Level

National Level

Official Website

Exam Commences

June 2019

SBI PO Exam 2019 Important Dates

   SBI PO 2019 Activity

    SBI PO 2019 Dates (Tentative)

Online registration to begin

2nd April 2019

Last date to submit the online application

22nd April 2019

 Application fee payment

2nd to 22nd April 2019

Admit card issuance for the preliminary exam

3rd week of May 2019 onwards

Online Preliminary Exam commences

8th, 9th, 15th, and 16th June 2019

Preliminary exam result

1st week of July 2019

Admit card issuance for the Main exam

2nd week of July 2019

Online Main Exam

20th July 2019

Main exam result announcement

3rd week of August 2019

Admit card issuance for interview

4th week of August 2019

Interview and group exercise commence

September 2019

Final result announcement

2nd week of October 2019

Pre-exam training for the reserved category (SC/ST) and religious minority community applicants

Admit card issuance for pre-exam training

2nd week of May 2019 onwards

Pre-exam training commences

4th week of May 2019

SBI PO Exam Previous Years Solved Papers

SBI PO Exam 2019 Pattern & Syllabus

The Authority filters out the right candidates through a 3-tiered process. They are – Phase I (Preliminary Examination), Phase II (Main Examination) and Phase III (Group Exercises & Interview). All the three phases have broadly been described below.

Phase-I (Preliminary Examination) -

The online preliminary exam will be held for 100 marks. There will be 100 objective type questions from 3 sections (English, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning).





Reasoning Ability



20 minutes

English Language


20 minutes

Quantitative Aptitude


20 minutes

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Phase-II (Main Examination) -

The total number of questions that candidates will have to answer is 155. There will be both objective type and descriptive type questions. The duration of the objective type test is 180 minutes and comprises 4 sections. The descriptive type test of 30 minutes duration for 50 marks consists of two questions. As far as the penalty for the wrong answers is concerned, 1/4th of the marks assigned to a particular question will be subtracted.

Objective Type Test for 200 Marks





English Language



40 Minutes

Reasoning & Computer Aptitude


60 Minutes

Banking/Economy/ General/ Awareness


35 Minutes

Data Analysis & Interpretation


45 Minutes

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Descriptive Type Test for 50 Marks

The test would be of 30 minutes with 2 questions (Essay and Letter Writing) for 50 marks.

Phase-III (Group Exercises & Interview) -

This is the last level where candidates’ Phase II marks would be added for preparing the final merit list. The marks secured in the Phase I test will not be considered or added. The exam-takers must pass Phase II and III individually. Out of 250 marks in the Main Exam, 75 marks would be considered. Similarly, out of 50 marks, 25 marks would be converted. Those who come under OBC non-creamy layer category need to produce an OBC certificate.

SBI PO 2019 Syllabus

The SBI PO syllabus 2019 comprises the following subjects or sections.

SBI PO Syllabus for Objective Type Test –

  • General Awareness: Current Affairs (around the World), Major Financial/ Economic News, Who’s Who, Abbreviations, Books, Sports, and Authors, Science – Inventions and Discoveries, Banking & Financial Awareness, Budget and Five Year Plans, Important Days, Awards and Honours.
  • English Language: Fill in the Blanks, Reading Comprehension, Spotting Errors, Deriving Conclusions, Vocabulary, Cloze Test, Paragraph Completion, Grammar Correction, Synonyms, Para Jumbles, Antonyms, Idioms & Phrases, Sentence Rearrangement Miss Spelt & Inappropriate Words.
  • Reasoning Ability: Coding-Decoding, Blood Relation, Syllogism, Data Sufficiency, Diagram, Sitting Arrangement, Order and Ranking, Puzzle, Inequality, Direction and Distance, Statement & Course of Action, Machine Input, Input & Output, Inference, Alphabetical and Miscellaneous Series, Statements & Assumptions.
  • Computer Knowledge: History of computers, Internet terms and services, Input and Output devices, Windows Operating system, Security  and Viruses, Hardware and software, Hacking, Computer Abbreviations, Networking and communication, Logic gates, Database Management system, Basic Functionalities of MS-Office (MS-word, MS-Excel, MS-PowerPoint), Modern Day Technology, Shorty Keys.
  • Data Analysis/ Data Interpretation & Quantitative Aptitude: Speed, Time and Distance, Percentage, Simple Interest and Compound Interest, Profit and Loss, Mixture and Allegation, Partnership, Pipes and Cisterns, Time and Work, Number series, Quadratic Equations, Boats and Streams, Problems on trains, Simplification, Inequality, Probability, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency, Probability, Area and Volume, Permutation and Combination, Data Analysis/Data Interpretation (Mix DI, Pie Chart, Table Graph, Bar Graph, Permutation & Combination, Line Graph, Ages, Average Ratio and Proportion, Language DI).

SBI PO Syllabus for Descriptive Type Test (English Language) –

  • Precise Writing: Chief Vigilance Officer
  • Letter Writing:
    • Formal Letter: Writing Letter to Govt Department Officers, Bank Managers and News Editors.
    • Informal Letter: Writing letters to parents, siblings, relatives and friends
    • Letters on education loan, saving the account and net banking
  • Paragraph Writing: Rural Banking and Impact of Autonomy
  • Essay Writing: Right to Education General Topics, Financial Inclusion and Technology

SBI PO Exam 2019 Eligibility

Nationality –

  • The applicants should be the residents of India.

Essential Academic Qualifications –

  • Must be a graduate in any discipline from a recognised Institution or University.
  • Must have an equivalent qualification recognised by the Central Government.
  • Candidates appearing in the final year or the final semester of their graduation are eligible for the exam. Such applicants will be required to produce proof of having passed the test at the time of appearing for the interview.
  • Those pursuing Integrated Dual Degree course will have to give proof of passing IDD.
  • If you are studying CA (Chartered Accountant), you too can submit the online certificate.

Age Limit –

  • Not above 30 years and not below 21 years at the time of online form submission

Relaxation of Upper Age Limit –


Age Relaxation

OBC (Non-Creamy Layer)

3 years


5 years

PWD – General

10 years


13 years


15 years


5 years

Persons domiciled of J&K state from 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989

5 years

Note: The official notification states, Cumulative age relaxation will not be available either under the above items or in combination with any other items”.

SBI PO Exam 2019 Application Process

State Bank of India has started the SBI PO online registration process 2019 from 2nd April onwards. Interested candidates who aspire to join SBI as a PO will have to submit the form online through the official website. The last date to submit the application is 22nd April 2019. Before going ahead with the application process, make sure you have the prerequisites for the application form. Some of them are valid email ID, mobile number, ID proof, scanned images of photograph and signature, etc.

Steps to Fill Online SBI PO Application Form

  • Visit or
  • Open ‘Online Application Form’ under ‘Current Openings’
  • Read the instructions carefully and fill the form as instructed
  • Upon successful registration, the applicants will receive a system-generated registration number and password to complete the process
  • While entering the details, ensure the correctness of all the details and particulars
  • Upload the scanned copies of the photograph and signature (as per the specifications)
  • Remit the application fee amount through the payment gateway. The amount can be paid using the credit card, debit card and internet banking
  • Upon successful payment, an e-receipt and form will be generated
  • Take a printout of the same for future use

Note: Anyone failing to complete the process in one go can save the data and come back later. “This facility will be available three times only”.

SBI PO Application Fee 2019

The application fee amount is non-refundable in nature and should be released using the above-mentioned techniques.

  • General/EWS/OBC Category Candidates: ₹ 750/- (application fee + intimation charges)
  • SC/ST/PWD Candidates: ₹ 125/- (Only intimation charges)

Other Details

SBI PO Admit Card 2019

The bank will issue different admit cards/call letter for all the three stages. Candidates will be able to download their SBI PO 2019 admit cards from the official website using their application number and password. Here are the important dates for admit cards availability:

  • Call Letters for Preliminary Exam - 3rd week of May 2019
  • Call Letters for Main Exam - 2nd week of July 2019
  • Call Letters for Interview and GD phase - September 2019

The hall tickets/admit cards will contain all the important details such as the date and venue of the exam, timing of the exam, the name of the candidate, etc. Contact the officials in case there’s a discrepancy.

Pre-Exam Training Centres

It is the responsibility of the exam-conducting body to organise the training for the reserved and minority community candidates at certain centres across the country. Those who would undergo the training need to download the admit card from the official website of SBI. Remember, State Bank of India may delete or add training centres as per its wish. The list would include the following names –

Vijayawada, Agra, Bareilly, Aizwal, Akola, Asansol, Hyderabad, Aurangabad, Vadodara, Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur, Berhampur (Ganjam), Bangalore, Chandigarh, Dibrugarh, Coimbatore, Chennai, Dehradun, Jabalpur, Gangtok, Gorakhpur, Gulbarga, Ernakulam, Hubli, Tirupati, Imphal, Siliguri, Itanagar, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Kanpur, Bhopal, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Meerut, Vishakhapatnam, Mysore, Nagpur, Allahabad, New Delhi, Panaji (Goa), Patna, Kohima, Purnea, Pune, Indore, Ranchi, Mumbai, Silchar, Guwahati, Shillong, Raipur, Toora, Srinagar, Port Blair, Varanasi, Agartala.

SBI PO Result 2019

Separate results will be announced for the Preliminary and the Main phase exam. Candidates who qualify the Prelims will be eligible for the Main exam and those who qualify the Main exam will be eligible for the Interview round. After the interview round, the final result will be declared. Here are the details for result dates:

  • Preliminary Exam Result - 1st week of July 2019
  • Main Exam Result - 3rd week of August 2019
  • Final Result - 2nd week of October 2019

The result will be declared by the State Bank of India on its official website.

 SBI PO Selection Process 2019

It is a three-stage exam where candidates have to clear one level to get into the next level. There will be the preliminary test, main test and group exercise & interview.

  • Clear the preliminary test to appear in the main exam
  • Clear the main exam to appear in the Phase III test
  • After the third level exam, the authority will make a merit list based on the scores of Phase II and Phase III tests
  • That’s it!

SBI PO 2019 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Q: I’ve completed my Bachelor’s Degree in 2012 in Commerce. Am I eligible to appear in the SBI PO 2019 exam?

A: If you are below 30 years, you are eligible to apply for the exam.

Q: There’s a friend of mine from Schedule Caste who is above 30 years. Can’t he apply?

A: In that case, he will enjoy the upper age limit relaxation. But make sure the SC candidate is below 35 years.

Q: When can I submit the application form? Will it be available offline?

A: The SBI PO application form 2019 can be submitted from 2nd to 22nd April 2019 through the official website. No, the forms will not be available offline.

Q: What is the selection process?

A: It involves three important phases. Phase I is the Preliminary Exam, Phase II is the Main Exam and Phase III is Interview. For more details, refer to the above section.

Q: What is the mode of the test?

A:Computer-Based mode

Q: Will the reserved and minority category candidates be bestowed some facilities?

A: Yes, of course. There’s a pre-exam training for such personnel. Such candidates have to fill the form and print the admit card to participate in the training programme.


Akshaya - March 18, 2019REPLY

I know to read write and speak only English and Kannada, know to read and write Hindi but doesn’t know to speak Hindi. Is Hindi speaking is mandatory?

Exams Planner - March 19, 2019REPLY


Nithya - March 4, 2019REPLY

Hi, I am 29 right now and while submitting the online application I will be still the same. But during exam I would have 30. Am I eligible to apply for this post. Kindly reply

Atul mishra - August 5, 2019REPLY

whine filling the form if your are below 30 then feel free to do.

singh sen - January 3, 2019REPLY

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Garima Punwani - December 20, 2018REPLY

Is there any specific percentage criteria of graduation or is it that u just have to be a graduate ?

Exams Planner - December 24, 2018REPLY

As per the official notification, the candidates must hold a Bachelor?s degree (any discipline) from a recognized university.