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SBI PO Eligibility, date, prelims | Top 5 Great Tips

To become a probationary officer in SBI one has to fulfill eligibility criteria known as the SBI PO Eligibility. If you’re an aspiring candidate for SBI PO Exam then it is important for you to take every aspect of the exam into consideration. Also, take note of the fact that there are millions of people applying for the exams for just thousands of seats. Therefore have a backup plan also. There are similar exams like IBPS PO. Every candidate appearing for the exam must read the entire SBI PO advertisement notification for the position carefully. It consists of all the details that one should know about the examination.

5 Great Tips

Before you read the article we will give you the promised 5 tips so that the objective of the candidate is served as the priority.

  • Take the original ID Proof that you’ve submitted in the application form along with 1 photocopy of it when appearing for the Preliminary examination
  • Give examination only after completion of your graduation
  • The photographs that you upload on the application form make 8 copies of it & keep them handy because the same photograph will be required at different stages.
  • After completion of your preliminary examination do not submit the admit card or throw it away. The same admit card will be required to be reproduced at the time of the main examination.
  • Most Important Stay Calm this is just an examination.
5 Tips for SBI PO Exam
5 Tips for SBI PO Exam

SBI PO Exam dates

Below are the dates as per the SBI exam notification as published in the gazette. These dates include the entire schedule of the examination. The activity starts in the month of September & for most candidates ends in month of march. For the year 2022 following is the schedule of exam as notified in the advertisement of SBI.

SBI PO exam dates for 2022
SBI PO exam dates for 2022

SBI PO Eligibility Criteria

This article should help a candidate appearing for this exam to guide him/her properly & easily. The eligibility criteria for the exam are fairly simple & easy to understand. Let us look at what exactly is it through a table. If any candidate male or female fits into the criteria of the general category. Then automatically they will fit the criteria of OBC/SC/ST/PwD/SC PwD/ ST PwD etc. For more details on the criteria are given in the notification.

Age LimitNot below 21 and not above 30
Chances*4 (For General)
Stages3 ( Prelims, Mains, Interview)
SBI PO eligibility criteria
Concentration is important for students
Concentration is important for students
CategoryMax. Permissible Number of Chances
General / EWS4
General (PwBD)/ EWS(PwBD)7
SC/ SC (PwBD)/ ST/ ST (PwBD)No Restriction
Number of Chances for different categories in SBI PO Exam

SBI PO Preliminary Examination

The examination is a 3 stage process that includes Preliminary, Mains & Interview. So let us explore the process of the preliminary examination. The Preliminary Examination will consist of Objective Test for 100 marks will be conducted online. The test will have 3 Sections (with separate timings for each section) as follows:

S.NOName of TestNo. of QuestionDuration
1English 3020 minutes
2Quantitative Aptitude3520 minutes
3Reasoning Ability3520 minutes
Total1001 Hour
SBI PO Preliminary Exam table

Selection criteria for Main Examination: Category wise merit list will be drawn on the basis of the aggregate marks scored in the Preliminary Examination. There will be no sectional cut-off. Candidates numbering 10 times (approx.) the number of vacancies in each category will be shortlisted for the Main Examination from the top of the above merit list.

Common Questions related to SBI PO EXAM

What is the age limit for the general category in SBI PO Exam?

The age limit for the general category candidate is greater than 21 years and less than 30 years

What is the minimum number of attempts in SBI PO for any category?

There are 4 attempts for the general category and these are minimum

What is the minimum educational qualification for SBI PO?

A candidate must be a graduate at the time of the Interview

Can I apply for SBI PO in the final year?

Yes, a candidate can apply in the final year but have to produce proof of graduation at the time of the Interview. Therefore it is only partly true. If the schedule of your college is such that you get your degree in the month of March or April or before the Interview you can apply but for most institutes, the examination is conducted in April or May, and hence if they apply in the final semester their results are declared in June or July which is equivalent to wasting 1 attempt.

What is the maximum number of attempts in the SBI PO Exam?

The maximum number of attempts is unlimited for PwD – People with Disability, SC & ST. However, it is 4 for general & 7 for other categories like OBC & EWS

What is the cutoff of SBI PO for Prelims?

For the year 2022 SBI will release the cutoff after the completion of the exam. For 2021 cutoff was 63 marks out of 100 for the general category. For 2020 it was 58.5 marks, in 2019 it was 71 marks, in 2018 it was 56.75 marks and in 2017 it was 51.50 marks. Category-wise marks differ but if you qualify for the general category. You’re definitely in.

Kanishka Singh Rathore

Engineer Financial Planner Editor

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