SBI PO Mains

In this article, we shall discuss at length about the SBI PO Mains Exam.

As per the official notification released by State Bank of India (SBI) on April 1, 2019, the banking giant plans to hire 2,000 new entrants for the SBI Probationary Officer (PO) post.

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Being a coveted job opportunity, the selection procedure of a PO in SBI is elaborate and complex in comparison with other PSU banks in India.

The SBI PO Mains exam was held on 20th July 2019. Generally, the SBI PO exam comprises of a 3-tier selection process:

  1. SBI PO Prelims
  2. SBI PO Mains
  3. Group Exercises & Personal Interview

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Both the Prelims and Mains exams are conducted online. SBI PO Prelims is the initial stage of recruitment.

Applicants who clear this stage with the standard cut-off set by SBI are eligible to move to the next level of examination – SBI PO Mains.

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SBI PO Exam Dates – Mains

Given below is the exam schedule of the SBI PO Mains Exam:

SBI PO Exam Dates – Mains

Sl. No.


Tentative Dates


SBI PO Official Notification (Released)

April 1, 2019


SBI PO Online Registration (Inclusive of Editing/Modification of Application)

April 2 – 22, 2019


Download of SBI PO Mains Admit Card

5th – 20th July 2019


SBI PO Mains Exam Date

July 20, 2019


SBI PO Mains Result Date

August 2019 (3rd week)

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SBI PO Mains Syllabus

The SBI PO Mains exam is the final stage of the online examination conducted by SBI. The SBI PO Mains syllabus has the following section-wise distribution of topics:

  1. Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude: Under the Reasoning Ability section, the candidate’s logical reasoning abilities are being tested through sub-categories like Puzzle, Coding-Decoding, Number Series, Blood Relations, etc. On the other hand, the Computer Aptitude section assesses the candidate’s computer knowledge primarily based on Binary to Decimal conversion or vice-versa.
  2. General/Economy/Financial Awareness: This section measures the candidate’s Current Affairs, General Knowledge and Business/Financial Awareness.
  3. Data Analysis & Interpretation: Under this section of the SBI PO Mains syllabus, applicants are asked to analyze graphical problems like Graphs & Charts (Line graph, Pie charts, etc.), Probability-based problems, Data Sufficiency, etc. Candidates need to upskill their knowledge on this section as it is a bit critical and time-consuming section.
  4. English Language: Under this section, the candidate’s English language skills are being tested like oral reading, grammar and vocabulary. It includes topics like Reading Comprehension, Para jumbles, Spelling Errors, Idioms and Phrases, Vocabulary, etc.

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SBI PO Mains Exam Pattern

The SBI PO Mains is the second level of the selection process of SBI PO exam.

The SBI PO Mains pattern comprises of 155 questions which candidates need to answer within a duration of 3 hours. The exam has been segregated into two different types of tests –

  1. Objective
  2. Descriptive

The timing and exam pattern of both the tests are different from one another.

The Objective test is an online test with separate timing for each section and the Descriptive test has a duration of 30 minutes comprising of two questions (50 marks each) which tests the candidates’ written English language skills like a letter or essay writing.

According to the latest SBI PO Notification released by SBI, the online SBI PO Mains exam was scheduled on 20th July 2019. The SBI PO Mains syllabus has been divided into 4 sections.

Given below is the section-wise distribution of the Objective test along with the respective timings:


Section (Objective)

No. of Questions

Maximum Marks



Reasoning & Computer Aptitude



60 minutes


General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness



35 minutes


Data Analysis & Interpretation



45 minutes


English Language



40 minutes




3 hours

Penalty: For every incorrect answer to a question, there is an implied penalty of 0.25 marks. However, there is no set penalty for questions left unanswered or blank by a candidate during the exam.

To explore the entire SBI PO Prelims Syllabus, check at the linked article.

The SBI PO Mains cut-off marks will be announced along with the SBI PO Mains results. You can check the SBI PO 2018 cut-off to have a fair idea of cut-off marks for the SBI PO Exam this year.

SBI PO Mains Admit Card

Registered candidates appearing for the SBI PO Mains Exam need to download the SBI PO Mains Admit Card from the official page of SBI and carry it to the assigned examination centre on the exam date.

While downloading the call letter, candidates need to provide their respective Registration No. & Date of Birth, take a printout and carry it to the examination centre.

The State Bank of India (SBI) released the SBI PO Mains Admit Card on 5th July 2019 and candidates can download it until 20th July 2019.

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SBI PO Mains Result

The Official Notification released by SBI states that the SBI PO Mains result is expected to be announced by the third week of August 2019. Once the SBI PO result (Mains) is declared, only the candidates who clear the SBI PO Mains cut-off stand eligible to move to the final selection stage i.e. Group Discussion & Interview.

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SBI PO Mains Preparation

While preparing for the Mains exam, it is advisable for candidates to consult SBI PO Mains Question Paper of previous years to get a feel of the exam and question-answer pattern of the upcoming exam.

Practising these questions will help applicants to capture their strengths and shortcomings and work on those areas that need more attention.

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