SBI Exams are conducted by the State Bank of India to hire eligible candidates for various posts like:
- SBI Probationary Officer (PO)
- SBI Clerk (Junior Associates)
- SBI Specialist Cadre Officer (SCO/ SO)
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In this article, we shall explore everything that an aspirant ought to know about the different SBI bank exams.
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The State Bank of India conducts recruitment annually, and aspirants are now looking forward to the SBI notification for SO, PO and Clerk for the year 2021. Being the largest public sector bank in India, State Bank of India recruits new resources through the following SBI bank exams every year:
1. SBI PO Exam
It is also known as the SBI Probationary Officer (PO) Exam. The SBI PO exam mainly selects candidates for the management cadre of the Bank. The selected candidates are deputed to the role of Probationary Officers during the training phase. Later, they move on to management roles on completion of their training.
For detailed information on the Bank PO exam, check the linked article.
The SBI PO exam is categorised into three stages:
- SBI PO Preliminary Exam: The SBI PO Prelims usually skims the candidates from a huge lot for the next stage of the exam. It retains about 2.8% of the total number of applicants for the SBI Mains examination.
- SBI PO Main Exam: In the SBI PO Mains section, the performance of the candidates is assessed in such a way which helps in determining whether they are eligible to make it to the next stage of the exam. The SBI PO exam paper comprises of two sections:
- Objective test: In this section, the focus is mainly on core knowledge areas which are required in the modern workplace. The SBI PO exam syllabus consists of Data Analysis & Interpretation, General Knowledge, Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, Economy, Banking Awareness and English.
- Descriptive test: This test primarily measures the candidates’ ability to use written English language skills in a business setting.
- SBI PO Group Discussion and SBI PO Interview: Candidates who clear the SBI PO Mains exam are put through group discussion and interview, which is the final stage of selection before a merit list of final selected candidates is listed.
To explore the SBI PO Recruitment at length, check at the linked article.
2. SBI Clerk Exam
The SBI Clerk Exam mainly recruits new employees in the position of Junior Associates for the clerical cadre of the Bank. There are two different stages in this SBI exam:
- SBI Clerk Preliminary Exam: This exam is also called as SBI Clerk Prelims. This exam is the initial stage of the clerical cadre of the banking giant which filters out candidates for the next level.
- SBI Clerk Mains Exam: This SBI exam is commonly referred to as the SBI Clerk Mains. In this stage, the marks that candidates secure usually determines the selection status of candidates as clerks in the State Bank.
- SBI Interview: There is no interview in this stage, and the SBI exam results are announced in a couple of months from the SBI Clerk Mains exam, and the final selected candidates are deputed on merit-basis.
To explore the SBI Recruitment at length, check at the linked article.
3. SBI SO Exam
The SBI SO exam aims to recruit Specialist Officers(SO) for the Bank. SBI Specialist Officer aspirants have to mandatorily fulfil the minimum SBI SO eligibility requirements to appear in the SBI Selection Process set by State Bank of India. The selection process of this exam primarily consists of an interview which emphasises on the work experience and specialisation of the candidates.
SBI releases the official notification of each competitive exam – Probationary Officer, Clerk and Specialist Officer every calendar year in which it updates about the tentative exam dates, call letter download and application closure dates for its prospective aspirants.
To know more about the SBI PO Notification, check at the linked article.
The SBI Clerk notification 2021 was released by the State Bank of India on April 26, 2021, for more than 5000 vacancies for appointing Junior Associates in various SBI branches across the country.
Given below is the SBI notification for SBI PO 2020, SBI Clerk 2021 and SBI Specialist Officer exam notification:
|Sl. No.||SBI Exams||SBI Notification|
|1||SBI PO||SBI PO Notification 2020-21|
|2||SBI Clerk||SBI Clerk Notification 2021|
|3||SBI SO||Check the SBI SO Notification for both regular and contractual basis 2021 at the linked article.|
To know more about the SBI Clerk Notification, check at the linked article.
The SBI notification clearly mentions the number of vacancies released for each post and aspirants can check the official notification at the official site of SBI.
State Bank of India conducts the recruitment of SBI officers/personnel for different competitive bank exams. Given below is the list of SBI exams along with the number of vacancies in 2020-21:
SBI PO Vacancy 2020-21 – 2,000 vacancies
SBI Clerk Vacancy 2021 – 5000+ regular vacancies
SBI SO Vacancy 2021 – 148 vacancies
SBI holds the right to declare the number of vacancies to be released. Hence, it may increase or decrease in number. To explore the SBI Vacancy in detail, check at the linked article.
The SBI bank exam syllabus is pretty similar to other bank exams. Irrespective of test type – SBI PO, Clerk or SO, candidates are assessed based on the following sections:
- Quantitative Aptitude
- Reasoning Ability
- English Language
- General Awareness
- Professional Banking Knowledge
To explore the SBI Syllabus in detail, check at the linked article.
Check the table below to explore the syllabus of various SBI exams:
|Sl. No.||SBI Exams||SBI Syllabus|
|1||SBI PO||SBI PO Syllabus|
|2||SBI Clerk||SBI Clerk Syllabus|
|3||SBI SO||SBI SO Syllabus|
There is a wide range of topics which are covered under each section type. Students should consult prior years SBI exam papers, refer sample papers and take mock tests to get a good understanding of the weightage of each section. Besides, having some necessary know-how of the exam pattern would be of great help before candidates sit for the main SBI exam.
To prepare for the upcoming SBI Exams, candidates can also refer to the links given below:
|Logical Reasoning||Logical Reasoning Questions|
|Quantitative Aptitude||Verbal Ability|
|Static GK||Current Affairs|
|General English for Competitive Exams||Maths Tricks & Shortcut For Competitive Exams|
SBI Exam Dates
State Bank of India (SBI) releases the important dates of different SBI bank exams like PO, Clerk, and SO along with its official notifications. Aspirants must carefully check the exam schedule before applying for the SBI exams.
Candidates need to constantly keep an eye on the official SBI website(www.sbi.co.in) to stay updated about any important updates with respect to the different exams.
Till date, the SBI Clerk and SBI SO (regular and contractual) notifications have released, and the SBI PO notification is yet awaited. Given below are the SBI exam dates for all the three posts:
|SBI Bank Exam Dates|
|SBI PO Online Registration||September/October 2021 [Tentative]|
|SBI PO Pre Exam Date(Preliminary)||November 2021 (Tentative)|
|SBI PO Mains Exam Date||To Be Notified Later|
|SBI PO Group Exercises & Interview||To Be Notified Later|
|SBI Clerk 2021 Online Registration||April 27, 2021, to May 17, 2021|
|SBI Clerk Exam Date (Preliminary Exam)||To Be Notified Later|
|SBI Clerk Mains Exam Date||July 31, 2021|
|SBI SO Online Registration||April 2021|
Explore in detail about the various SBI Exam Dates at the linked article.
SBI Apply Online
For the SBI Apply Online process, candidates are required to have a valid email ID and mobile number while registering themselves online through Bank’s official website i.e. bank.sbi/careers or www.sbi.co.in/careers.
Applicants should fill the SBI exam form once they are fully aware of the exam pattern, SBI syllabus and eligibility criteria, SBI exam dates before they decide to take up any of the SBI online exams.
To know more about the SBI Online Application process, check at the linked article.
SBI Eligibility Criteria
Candidates who are interested in working at State Bank of India in the posts of Probationary Officer (PO), Clerk or Specialist Officer (SO) need to carefully examine the SBI eligibility criteria properly before applying for the respective job posting.
Given below are the essential eligibility criteria for the different SBI examinations – PO, Clerk & SO in 2021:
- Educational Qualification
- SBI Age Limit
To know the SBI Eligibility Criteria in detail, check at the linked article.
SBI Admit Card
State Bank of India (SBI) releases the Admit Cards of SBI PO, Clerk & SO exams on its official website at least 10 – 15 days before the commencement date of the exam. Candidates should monitor the SBI official page regularly for latest updates on the SBI Admit Card for both Prelims & Mains Exams.
To know the SBI Admit Card in detail, check at the linked article.
The State Bank of India (SBI) was established on June 2, 1806 as Bank of Calcutta. It is considered as one of the largest banks by asset size. It has the highest number of domestic branches spread across the length and breadth of India and has a strong international presence too.
SBI is regarded as the prime banker to Digital India and a market leader in providing internet banking services to almost 2.5 crores(approx.) users. SBI has also championed in providing loans to farmers and is contributing its bit towards the Green Revolution. It has sparked an academic revolution by providing scholar loans too in the rural sector of the country.
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In India, working in SBI is considered as an attractive employment opportunity. Hence, candidates who wish to benefit from this opportunity need to prepare themselves in such a way so that they can beat the competition and be one among the millions to make it to the final list of selected candidates.
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Frequently Asked Questions on SBI Exams
Q 1. What exams are conducted by the State Bank of India?
Q 2. How can I get a job in SBI?
Q 3. Which subjects are included in the SBI exam syllabus?
Ans. There are five common subjects which are a part of the SBI exam syllabus:
- English Langauge
- Quantitative Aptitude
- Reasoning Ability
- Banking/Financial/General Awareness
- Professional Knowledge*
*The Professional Knowledge section is only included in the SBI Specialist Officer exam.