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SBI PO Exam Pattern 2021

Updated By Rahul Raj on 22 Jan, 2021 13:16

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SBI PO 2021 Exam Pattern

The State Bank of India has declared the SBI PO 2021 exam pattern on its official site for the aspirants of the exam. The exam pattern declared, reveals the structure of the question paper. It tells how the question paper will be framed and how it should be answered to secure more marks for the final selection. The number of questions, number of sections, total number of marks, marks per section, marks per question, time allotment for each section, the total duration of the exam, mode of examination, etc., are covered in the exam pattern description.

The SBI PO 2021 is an online examination that takes place in three different stages to select the best candidates for the different Probationary Officer posts available in the various branches of State Bank of India spread across the nation. The stages defined are – Preliminary or Prelims, Mains and Group Exercise and Interview. The SBI PO 2021 Prelims will start in June 2021. The Mains exam will respectively take place in July 2021. Its high time for the test seekers to sum up with their exam preparation as only a few days are left for the Prelims to take place.

Before the candidates start with their final touch preparation they are advised to go through the exam pattern of SBI PO 2021 Prelims and Mains exam. This will help them to understand the setting of the questions and the total time in which they should complete their exam. With this knowledge, preparation can become easy and quick as the focus of preparation can now be distributed equally for all the defined sections of the SBI PO Prelims and Mains exam. The three phases of this national-level recruitment exam for Probationary Officers has been explained below. Take a look at these details and prepare accordingly for a better result.

Phase I: Preliminary Exam

  • The exam will be of 1 hour duration.

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

  • The total marks allotted is 100.

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.

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

  • The test will have separate timing for every section.

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 the '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.​

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 Mains Exam Pattern Highlights

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

SBI PO Mains Marks Distribution 

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

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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Related Questions

what is the maximum age limit for SBI PO?

-adhyaUpdated on September 21, 2020 09:16 AM
  • 1 Answer
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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