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SBI PO 2020 (Prelims)- Application Form, Eligibility Criteria, Pattern, Syllabus

SBI PO 2020 exam will be organized by the State Bank of India to select candidates for the post of Probationary Officer within the bank. This exam is conducted at a national level and a large number of graduates appear for this exam every year. The interested candidates can apply online for the exam from the month of April. The exam will be conducted in two rounds- preliminary and mains, followed by group exercise and interview. Candidates clearing all these rounds will be eligible for selection. This article provides important information related to SBI PO 2020 such as exam pattern, syllabus, application, eligibility, etc on this page.

SBI PO 2020 Important Dates

The below given are the tentative dates for the SBI PO 2020 exam. These dates will be updated as per the official notification, once it is released.

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EventsDates (Tentative)
Starting of online registrationApril 2020, 3rd week
Last date to register onlineMay 2020, 2nd week
Issue of call letters for pre-exam trainingMay 2020, last week
Pre-exam training dateJune 2020, 3rd week
Issue of call letter for preliminary examJune 2020, 3rd week
Preliminary exam dateJuly 2020, 1st week
Declaration of resultJuly 2020, 3rd week
Release of call letter for main examJuly 2020, 3rd week
Main exam dateAugust 2020, 1st week
Declaration of resultAugust 2020, 3rd week
Issue of call letters for interviewSeptember 2020, 1st week
Group exercises & interviewSeptember 2020, 3rd week to October 2020, 2nd week
Declaration of final resultNovember 2020, 1st week

SBI PO 2020 Exam Pattern

The pattern for both preliminary and main exam is given as:

  • Mode of exam: Online
  • Type of questions: Objective type
  • Negative marking: One-fourth of the allotted marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.

Preliminary exam:

TopicsNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksDuration (in minutes)
English Language3010020
Quantitative Aptitude3520
Reasoning Ability3520

Main exam:

SubjectNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksDuration (in minutes)
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude4520060
Data Analysis & Interpretation3545
General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness4035
English Language3540
Total 155180


Subjective (Descriptive) Test

The subjective test will consist of 2 questions from English Language- Letter writing & Essay. Duration will be 30 minutes.

Syllabus of SBI PO 2020

The list of topics from which the questions in the SBI PO exam 2020 will be asked is provided below:

  • English Language: Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Spotting Errors, Fill in the blanks, Deriving Conclusions, Sentence Rearrangement, etc
  • Reasoning Ability: Sitting Arrangement, Direction, Distance, Statements & Assumptions, Blood Relation, Coding-Decoding, Data Sufficiency, Alphabetical and Miscellaneous Series, etc
    • Quantitative Aptitude and Data Analysis & Interpretation: Number series, Profit and Loss, Ratio and Proportion, Simple and Compound Interest, Data Interpretation, Probability, Table Graph, Bar Graph, Pie Chart, Permutation & Combination, Line Graph, etc
  • Computer Knowledge: History of computers, Input and Output devices, Windows operating system, Hardware and software, Basic Functionalities of MS Office, Internet terms and services, etc
  • General Awareness: Major Financial and Economic News, Current Affairs (National and International), Books and Authors, Sports, Awards and Honours, Banking & Financial Awareness, Science– Inventions and Discoveries, etc

Syllabus for Descriptive subjects

  • Letter Writing: Formal Letter, Informal Letter, Letters on saving the account, education loan and net banking
  • Essay Writing: Financial Inclusion, Right to Education, Technology, etc

SBI PO 2020 Preparation Strategies

Banking sector is a field of interest for numerous candidates after they complete their graduation. As such, there is no need to say that the competition is going to be quite tough. This also means that you need to prepare vigorously for this exam in order to get selected. We are providing here certain tips that might help you in preparing for the exam:

  1. Study according to a proper strategy. Make a proper timetable for your studies to prepare well for SBI PO 2020.
  2. Collect study material from authentic sources. Study only from the books of good authors.
  3. Practice previous year exam papers to get a clearer understanding of the exam pattern.
  4. Do revision on a regular basis.
  5. Proper sleep and food is also very important. Try to study with a relaxed mind and do not rush through your studies.

Recommended Books

Below here, we are providing a list of certain books that can be followed for basic preparation of SBI PO 2020 exam:

  • Quantitative Aptitude by R. S. Aggarwal
  • Objective English by Edgar Thorpe
  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by R. S. Aggarwal
  • Computer Awareness Arihant Publication

SBI PO Eligibility Criteria 2020

The basic eligibility criteria for the candidates to appear in the SBI PO 2020 are mentioned below:

  • Candidates of Indian nationality are eligible to apply.
  • The minimum and maximum age of the applicants should be 21 and 30 years respectively as on 1st April 2020. Relaxation will be provided in the upper age limit to the reserved category candidates.
  • Candidate who have graduated from a recognized university or have any equivalent qualification can apply. Final year candidates, whose results will be declared on or before 31.08.2020, can apply too. Candidates with Chartered Accountant qualification are also eligible.

SBI PO 2020 Application Form

The interested can apply for SBI PO 2020 exam online by visiting the official website of State Bank of India or In the application form, the candidates will have to provide their personal, academic and other details. Scanned copies of photograph and signature will also be uploaded in the form. After filling all the particulars of the application, it can be submitted along with the required application fee. The fee payment can be done by debit card/ credit card/ net banking.

SBI PO Application Fee

  • For General/ OBC candidates: Rs. 600/-
  • For SC/ ST/ PWD category candidates: Rs. 100/-

* Transaction charges will be applicable additionally

SBI PO Admit Card 2020

Official link to download the SBI PO 2020 admit card will be provided on the official website. The candidates will be able to download the admit card and an ‘acquaint yourself’ booklet by providing the required credentials. It is important to carry the admit card to the exam center along a valid and original identity proof. No hard copy of the admit card/ call letter will be sent to the candidates by post.

SBI PO Result 2020

The result of SBI PO 2020 exam will be published on the official website. The candidates who qualify the preliminary exam will be allowed to give the main exam. Those who clear both preliminary and main exam will have to appear for the interview round. The final result will be declared on the basis of performance in preliminary exam, main exam and the interview.

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