SBI PO Eligibility 2021 - Qualification, Reservation & SBI PO Age Limit

Aspiring candidates who aim to work at State Bank of India as a Probationary Officer should carefully examine the SBI PO eligibility criteria properly before applying for the SBI PO job posting.

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In this article, we’ll cover the detailed list of SBI PO eligibility including the educational qualifications, SBI PO age limit, upper age limit and the total number of attempts which are required to be fulfilled before applying for the SBI PO exam.

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The SBI PO notification clearly mentions that eligibility criteria in detail:

  1. Educational Qualification
  2. SBI PO Age Limit
  3. Number of Attempts

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SBI PO Eligibility Criteria

Aspirants can go through the detailed SBI PO eligibility criteria given below and also download the SBI PO Eligibility PDF for easy reference.

SBI PO Eligibility PDF 2020-21:-Download PDF Here

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A candidate who is aspiring to apply for SBI PO exam must be an Indian citizen.

Mandatory Educational Qualifications 

  1. Candidates must hold a Graduation degree in any discipline from a recognised University or any equivalent qualification which is recognised by the Central Government. They should ensure that the passing certificate should indicate the degree pass date in it.
  2. Prospective applicants who are in the Final Year/ Semester of their Graduation may also apply on a provisional basis. However, this is subject to the condition that at the time of the interview, they’ll need to produce proof that they have passed the graduation examination.

To explore the SBI PO Notification in detail, check at the linked article.

  1. Candidates who have an Integrated Dual Degree (IDD) certificate need to ensure that the date of passing of the IDD is as mentioned in the notification.
  2. Candidates who possess Chartered Accountancy qualification are also eligible to apply.
  3. As per the SBI PO qualification criteria, the candidates should indicate the percentage obtained in Graduation degree and calculate it to the nearest two decimals in the application form. For cases where CGPA is awarded, applicants should convert the grade into percentage and indicate it in the online application form.
  4. For the SBI PO eligibility percentage, candidates with less than 60% in their graduation are also eligible to take the SBI PO exam. The State Bank of India prescribes no minimum percentage in Graduation for the SBI Probationary Officer (PO) exam.

To know about SBI PO Recruitment in detail, check at the linked article.

SBI PO Age Limit

Candidates applying for the SBI PO exam should not be below 21 years and not above 30 years.

There is some age relaxation in the upper age limit for the SBI PO exam. Check the list updated below:

Sl. No. Category Age relaxation
1. Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe 5 Years
2. Persons With Disabilities (PWD) – PWD (SC/ ST)


– PWD (Gen/ EWS)

15 Years

13 Years

10 Years

3. Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer) 3 Years
4. Persons ordinarily domiciled in the state of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 1st Jan 1980 to 31st Dec 1989 5 Years
5. Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/ Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) who have rendered 5 years military service and have been released on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within 6 months from the last date of receipt of application) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency or physical disability attributable to military service or invalidment 5 Years

To stay updated about the latest SBI PO exam dates, check at the linked article.

Note: The Cumulative Age Relaxation will not be available either under any of the above items or in combination with any other items.

However, there are some PO eligibility conditions for some candidates who are not qualified for the SBI Probationary Officer (PO) post. This includes:

  1. Candidates who have a record of default in repayment of loans/have an adverse report from CIBIL, or credit card dues are not eligible for appointment.
  2. Candidates who have adverse reports regarding moral turpitude, inappropriate character and antecedents are not eligible to apply for this post.

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Total Number of Attempts

The total number of attempts that candidates can give the SBI PO exam is restricted on the basis of category. Given below is the list of total attempts as per category:

Sl. No. Category Attempt Limit
1. General 4 attempts
2. Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe No limit
3. OBC/ General (PWD)/ OBC (PWD) 7 attempts

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SBI PO Eligibility – PwD Candidates Reservations

SBI sets certain conditions for Persons with Disabilities to fulfil SBI PO eligibility. As per government guidelines, vacancies are reserved for persons who are Physically Challenged under Section 33 of the RPWD Act.

Candidates who are hearing impaired, Visually Impaired and orthopedically handicapped are eligible to apply for the exam. Details of SBI PO eligibility for PwD candidates are as mentioned below:

OH – Orthopedically Handicapped:  Only those candidates with a locomotor disability or cerebral palsy with impairment of a minimum 40% fall in the following categories of the disabled are eligible to apply for SBI PO exam.

  • OL – One leg affected either left or right
  • OA – One arm affected either left or right
  • BL- Both legs affected but not arms
  • OAL- One arm & One Leg affected

VI – Visually Impaired: persons suffering from any of the following conditions fulfil the SBI exam eligibility under the reserved category.

  • A total absence of sight
  • Visual acuity not exceeding 6/60 or 20/200 (Snellen)
  • Limitation of the field of vision subtending an angle of 20 degrees

HI – Hearing Impaired: Hearing impairment means loss of 60 decibels or more in the better ear in the conversational range of frequencies.

A person whose sense of hearing is non-functional for ordinary reasons of life. Someone who has lost the hearing ability of both ears, OR who can’t hear sounds at all even with amplified speech.

Scribe Services – SBI PO eligibility Criteria

SBI provides the scribe assistance for candidates belonging to PwD categories. Any PwD candidate who is physically disabled 40% or more can avail scribe services if he desires.

Such candidates are offered additional time to complete the paper. Scribe service can be availed by only those candidates who have disabilities that limit them to write, including that of speed.

In all the cases where a scribe service is availed, the following conditions will be applicable:

  • The requirement of a scribe must be enclosed at the time of filling the SBI PO Application Form.
  • An undertaking as prescribed must be submitted at the time of online examination.
  • A compensatory time of 20 min/hr of the exam will be available to such candidates, even if they avail the scribe service.
  • The candidates have to arrange their scribe at their own cost.

Frequently Asked Question – SBI PO Eligibility Criteria

Q.1 Candidates in their final year of graduation can apply for the SBI PO Exam?

Ans. Yes, candidates in the final year of graduation can apply for SBI PO exam, provided they produce proof of having cleared their graduation when called for SBI PO Interview round.

Q2. How many attempts are permitted for SBI PO?

Ans. The number of attempts in SBI PO is decided as per the category of the candidate. For general candidates, the maximum number of attempts is 4, for OBC and PwD (General/OBC) 7 attempts are allowed. For SC/ST category candidates, there is no bar on the number of attempts until they attain the prescribed maximum age limit.

Q.3. What is the minimum SBI PO salary?

Ans. As per the latest notification, the basic SBI PO salary is approx. 27,620/-. The pay band of SBI PO salary applicable to Junior Management Scale-I officer is mentioned in detail in the linked page.

Q.4. Is there a sectional cut-off in SBI PO exam?

Ans. Unlike last year’s notification, SBI PO notification 2020 mentions that there will be no sectional cut-off in both Prelims and Mains examination of SBI PO. Please check SBI PO Notification page for detailed information on the same.

Q.5. Is there any descriptive paper in SBI PO examination?

Ans. Yes, SBI PO Mains is held in two parts: First is the Objective paper that asks questions based on GK, reasoning, Quants, English and Computer. Second is the descriptive paper that is of 200 marks.


  1. graduation with 60% marks are eligible for SBI PO and other bank jobs like SBI clerks and IBPS po

  2. can final year graduate with 20 years age is eligible for SBI PO

    1. Hi,
      You can not apply for the SBI PO exam as the minimum age requirement is 21 years.

  3. Does marks of class 12th matter for sbi po exam

    1. Hi,
      No, 12th marks do not matter in SBI PO. You can check the following links for assistance-
      SBI PO Syllabus
      SBI PO Preparation

  4. Is 45% is acceptable for SBI PO exam ?

    1. Hi,
      No minimum marks required to apply for SBI PO exam.

  5. Can a 12th pass student attent a po exam?

    1. Hi,
      NO, Candidates must hold a Graduation degree in any discipline from a recognised University.

  6. I have 50% in my graduation, my I eligible for sbi po.

    1. Hi,
      There is no minimum percentage requirement in Graduation for SBI PO exam.

  7. I have given my June term-end exams in September 2020. Can I apply for sbi po exam. In notification they mentioned about deadline 31-12-2020.

    1. Hi,
      Final year students can apply for the SBI PO exam but they will have to provide their graduation proof at the time of interview.

  8. I m going to get my graduation degree in July 2021, m I eligible for SBI po 2020 exam

    1. Hi,
      Final Year Students can apply for the SBI PO exam provided they present the degree at the time of interview

  9. Hi, I will attain 21 years of Age in May-21. m I eligible for SBI po 2020 exam

    1. Hi,
      Minimum age to apply for SBI PO is 21 so you can apply for the exam only after 2021.

  10. Any experience required What is the minimum salary of accountant

    1. Hi,
      No experience is required for SBI PO and Monthly salary starts from INR 40,000/.

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