SBI PO Exam Pattern 2023

The State Bank of India conducts the SBI PO exam to fill vacancies in the Probationary Officer (PO) post in its branches across the country.

The SBI PO Exam 2023, like all the exams in the previous years, will be conducted in three stages:

  • Prelims Stage
  • Mains Stage
  • Interview Stage

This article will provide information for the exam pattern of the SBI PO exam.

SBI PO Prelims Exam Pattern

The SBI PO Prelims is the first stage which candidates must clear. The details of the prelims exam pattern is given as follows:

SBI PO Prelims Exam Pattern 2023

Name of Subject No of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
English Language 30 30 20 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20 minutes
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 1 hour

*Note: 0.25 marks will be deducted for every question attempted wrong by a candidate. No deduction will be there in marks if a question is left unattempted or blank by a candidate.

For in-depth details about the SBI PO Prelims, visit the linked article.

SBI PO Mains Exam Pattern

The SBI PO Mains is the second stage which candidates will make it to after clearing the prelims. The details of the mains exam pattern is given as follows:

SBI PO Prelims Exam Pattern 2023

Name of Subject No of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
English Language 35 40 40 minutes
Data Analysis and Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
General Economy/Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
Total 155 200 3 hours

*Note: There will be a penalty for wrong answers marked in Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, 1/4th of marks assigned to that

The question will be deducted as a penalty to arrive at a corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. if no answer is marked by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

To know more in detail about the SBI PO Mains exam, visit the linked article.

SBI PO Interview Stage

A candidate who clears both the Prelims & Mains Exam of SBI PO 2023 will be further called for a GD-PI session wherein they will face a panel of selectors discussing their experience and questions related to General Knowledge and of the Banking Sector.

Frequently Asked Question about SBI PO Exam Pattern


How many stages are there in SBI PO?

There are three stages in the SBI PO exam: Prelims, Mains, Interview or Group Discussion

What is the mode of the SBI PO exam?

The test is conducted in online mode and consists of 3 sections– English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning Ability. Candidates who clear SBI PO Preliminary exam will be able to appear for SBI Main. The marks secured in Prelims will not be considered for final selection.

How tough is the SBI PO Exam?

Depending on the analysis done by the experts and several aspirants with regard to the difficulty level of questions, SBI PO is considered as a more difficult exam than IBPS PO. As the number of seats for SBI PO is also limited, the cut-off is higher for SBI PO aspirants.

To know more about the SBI PO Exams, candidates can refer to the following links. To know more in detail about other Bank Exams, visit the linked article.

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