SBI PO exam takes place in 3 stages – Prelims, Mains and Interview.

SBI PO Exam Pattern 2017 – PRELIMS (Phase I)

Section No. of
Marks Duration
English Language 30 30 1 hour
35 35
Reasoning Ability 35 35
TOTAL 100 100  


SBI PO Exam Pattern 2017 – MAINS (Phase II)

SBI PO Mains 2017 will be consist of 2 parts – Objective Test (200 marks) and Descriptive Test (50 marks). Both the parts will take place online.

Mains Objective Test Exam Pattern

Section No. of
Marks Duration
Reasoning &
Computer Aptitude
45 60 60 Min
Data Analysis
& Interpretation
35 60 45 Min
General Awareness
about Economy/
40 40 35 Min
English Language 35 40 40 Min
TOTAL 155 200 3 Hours

As negative marking (penalty) for wrong answers, marks equal to one-fourth of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted.



Pattern of the Mains Descriptive Test

The descriptive paper will be of 30 minutes duration with 50 marks assigned to the test of English Language. You will be tested on Letter Writing & Essay. You will be needed to secure passing marks to qualify the Descriptive Test, to be decided by the Bank.

NOTE: The Descriptive Test paper of only those candidates will be evaluated who have scored qualifying marks in the Objective Tests and are placed adequately high as per total marks in Objective Test.


Aggregate marks of candidates qualifying in both Objective and Descriptive Tests will be arranged in descending order in each category. A certain adequate number of candidates as decided by the bank, will be called for the Group Discussion and Interview.


Test Max. Marks
Group Discussion 20
Interview 30



Selection Procedure for SBI PO 2017 Exam


The selection procedure will be divided into 3 parts, consisting of 2 written papers and a third GD/Interview round. The Preliminary examination is only qualifying in nature and will not be counted towards the final total. Only those who qualify through Phase II will be eligible to attend Phase III processes. The scores of the remaining two rounds will be normalized to 100 as follows:

Phase/Test Max. Marks Normalized to
Main Examination (Phase II) 225 75
GD & Interview (Phase III) 50 25
TOTAL 275 100


SBI Clerk

State Bank of India recruits Clerks on the basis of performance of the candidates in on-line test (preliminary & main examinations), test of official and/ or local language and subject to Government of India approval, interview.

Phase-I :
Preliminary Examination: Preliminary Examination consisting of Objective Tests for 100 marks will be conducted online. This test would be of 1 hour duration consisting of 3 Sections as follows:

Name of test No. of Questions Marks Duration
English Language 30 30  

1 hour

Numerical Ability 35 35
Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100


Phase – II:
Main Examination :
The structure of main examination (online objective type) would be as follows:

Name of test No. of Questions Marks Duration
General/ Financial Awareness 50 50 35 minutes
General English 40 40 35 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 minutes
Reasoning Ability& Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 minutes
Total 190 200 2 Hours 40 minutes

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