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SBI PO Exam Pattern 2022 - Check Prelims and Mains Pattern, Marking Scheme

Updated By Priyanka on 21 Jul, 2022 11:18

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SBI PO 2022 Exam Pattern

The State Bank of India will conduct the SBI PO 2022 Exam in three stages: online prelims, mains, and interview. All applicants must be familiar with the Exam Pattern for SBI PO 2022 in order to succeed in the exam. Because the number of vacancies has decreased significantly from previous year, passing the exam will not be an easy task. As a result, prior knowledge of the SBI PO Exam Pattern 2022 is important, as it will provide you with a foundation from which to begin your effective exam preparation. Let's have a look at the SBI PO Exam Pattern in detail to help you prepare.

Phase I exam of SBI PO is the preliminary exam, which comprises three sections and carries 100 marks. Phase II of SBI PO exam pattern is the mains exam, which carries 250. The exam pattern is framed in two languages-English and Hindi. Candidates are required to qualify all the three stages (Prelims, Mains & Interview) by securing SBI PO cutoff marks decided by the examination authorities. To qualify for each stage, the candidates must go the entire SBI PO syllabus.  

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SBI PO Prelims Exam Pattern Highlights

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

Time Allotted to Each Section

English language: 20 min

Quantitative aptitude: 20 min

Reasoning Ability: 20 min

SBI PO Prelims Marks Distribution

Name of test

No.of Questions


Quantitative Aptitude



English Language



Reasoning Ability



SBI PO 2022 Marks Distribution

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.

SBI PO 2022 Prelims Exam Pattern

The first stage for SBI PO 2022 Recruitment is the Preliminary Exam, in which the aspirant has to qualify in order to get shortlisted for SBI PO Mains Exam.

1. There will be 3 sections in SBI PO Prelims Exam like any other PO Exam: English, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning Ability.

2. A total of 100 multiple choice questions will be asked in SBI PO Prelims Exam 2022.

3. The exam duration is 1 hour (20 minutes for each section).

4. SBI PO Prelims is qualifying in nature and marks will not be counted while preparing the final merit list.

Note: 0.25 marks will be deducted for every question answered wrong by a candidate. No deduction will be done for questions left unattempted or blank.

SBI PO Prelims Exam Pattern 2022

SectionsNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
English Language303020 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude353520 minutes
Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
Total1001001 hour

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SBI PO 2022 Main Exam Pattern

The SBI PO Mains Exam will comprise of Objective & Descriptive Section, which is described below in detail:

1. Objective paper to be completed in 3 hours and descriptive paper in 30 minutes.

2. In the objective part, there will be 4 sections namely Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis & Interpretation & General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness, and English Language.

3. A descriptive paper will have 2 questions in this paper.

4.0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer while no deduction will be made if a question is left unattempted by a candidate.

SBI PO Mains Exam Pattern

Name of Tests(Objective)No. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude456060 minutes
Data Analysis & Interpretation356045 minutes
General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness404035 minutes
English Language354040 minutes
Total1552003 hours
Descriptive Test025030 minutes

SPI PO Interview Exam Pattern 2022

Candidates who will qualify for the Prelims and Mains exam of SBI PO will be eligible to appear for the Personal Interview which will the final round. The detailed exam pattern for SBI PO Interview is listed below:

  • Group Discussion will be of 20 marks.
  • The Personal Interview will be 30 marks.
  • The final score will be the addition of SBI PO Main and Group Discussion and Interview.
  • The OBC aspirants, who will clear Group Discussion and interview under the ‘OBC’ category, will need to submit the OBC certificate, containing the ‘Non-Creamy Layer’ clause. 

SBI PO 2022 Interview Process

A candidate who clears both the Prelims & Mains Exam of SBI PO 2022 will be further called for a GD-PI session wherein they will face a panel of selectors discussing their past experience and questions related to General Knowledge and of the Banking Sector. It is essential for a candidate to clear the Interview Process in order to ensure their final selection in the SBI PO 2022 Exam. The qualifying marks for this round will be decided by the Bank and the marks allotted to these rounds are: 

  • Group Discussion - 20 marks
  •  Interview - 30 marks

SBI PO Final Selection Process 2022

  • The exam conducting authorities will not consider the marks obtained in the SBI PO Prelims exam to prepare the final merit list.
  • The scores obtained in the SBI PO Mains exam (both in the objective and descriptive test) and in Group Exercise and Interview will be only included while preparing the final merit list.
  • Nonetheless, the aspirants have to qualify both the SBI PO Prelims and SBI PO Mains exam separately.
  • 75% weightage marks of the SBI PO Mains exam (out of 250 marks) and 25% weightage marks of Group Exercise and Interview (out of 50 marks) will be considered. To compile the final merit list the aggregate scores (out of 100) will be calculated.

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what is the maximum age limit for SBI PO?

-adhyaUpdated on September 21, 2020 09:16 AM
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Rahul Raj, Student / Alumni

Dear Student,

The maximum age limit for SBI PO is 30 years. For more information click on the link mentioned below:-


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FAQs about SBI PO Exam Pattern

Is there any sectional cutoff marks in SBI PO exam?

No, there are no sectional cutoff marks in SBI PO exam. Candidates need to secure the overall cutoff marks fixed by the examination authority.

Is there any negative marking for wrong answers in SBI PO exam?

Yes, there is negative marking for wrong answers in SBI PO exam. One-fourth marks will be deducted as penalty for wrong answers in SBI PO exam.

What type of questions are asked in SBI PO exam?

The questions in SBI PO prelims exam are objective-type. While the mains exam comprises both objective and subjective-type questions.

Is the SBI PO exam conducted online or offline?

The preliminary and mains exams of SBI PO are conducted online. 

In which language SBI PO question paper is made available?

The question paper of SBI PO is made available in both English and Hindi.

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