SBI PO Exam Pattern 2019

Nupur Kaushik Updated On: 03 Apr, 2019 15:38 IST

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SBI PO 2019 Exam Pattern

Exam Paper Type: Online

SBI conducts the national-level recruitment exam for Probationary Officers in the following three phases.

Phase I: Preliminary Exam

  • The exam will be of 1 hour duration.

  • Preliminary exam will consist of 3 sections-English, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability.

SBI PO Exam Pattern for Prelims

Number of Questions


Mode of Examination


Maximum Marks


Sections in Paper

3 (English language, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability)

Marks/Questions in each section

English language: 30, Quantitative aptitude: 35, Reasoning Ability: 35


Name of test

No.of Questions


Quantitative Aptitude



English Language



Reasoning Ability



Note: Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests will be shortlisted for the Main examination. 

Phase II: Mains Exam

  • The exam will be of 3 hours duration.

  • Main exam consists of 4 sections carrying a total of 200 marks.

  • The test will have separate timing for every section.

Name of test

Number of Questions



Data Analysis and Interpretation



45 Minutes

English Language



40 Minutes

Reasoning and Computer Aptitude



60 Minutes

General/Economy/Banking Awareness



35 Minutes

SBI PO Exam Pattern for Mains 

Question Type

Objective and Descriptive

Time duration

Objective: 3 hours, Descriptive: 30 minutes

Questions in each section

Objective: 155, Descriptive: 50

Marks of Objective Type

Reasoning and Computer Aptitude: 60, Data Analysis and Interpretation: 60, General Awareness about Economy/ Banking: 40, English language: 40

Sections in Mains Descriptive

Letter writing and Essay

Sections in Objective Paper




Time Allotted to Each Section

Reasoning and Computer Aptitude: 45 min, Data Analysis and Interpretation: 45 min, General Awareness about Economy/ Banking: 40 min, English language: 40 min

Phase III: Group Exercises and Interview

  • The qualifying marks in Group Exercises and Interview will be as decided by the Bank.

  • Candidates qualifying for Group Exercises and Interview under 'OBC' category would be required to submit OBC certificate containing the 'Non Creamy layer' clause. Candidates not submitting the OBC certificate containing the 'Non Creamy layer' clause and requesting to be interviewed under General category will not be entertained.

Marking System (Applicable to both – Preliminary and Main examination)

  • There will be negative marking for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests.

  • For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one fourth of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted.

  • If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by the candidate, there will be no negative marking for that question. 

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