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SBI Clerk vs SBI PO 2018 | Important difference Between SBI Clerk and SBI PO 2018

Dear Aspirants,

As you all know that SBI Clerk and SBI PO Prelims exams are going to be conducted in June 2018. The last date for SBI Clerk has been closed and for SBI PO the last date application form is May 13th, 2018. So before filling the application form aspirants think about the difference between SBI Clerk and SBI PO. After you join the SBI as a clerk or PO, you will be working in India’s largest bank. Here we are enlisting the difference between SBI Clerk and SBI PO as follows which will help you to concentrate either on the preparation of SBI PO or Clerk:

Total number of vacancies:

SBI Clerk 2018: 7200+1101 (backlog) = 8301

SBI PO 2018: 2000 + 118 (PWD) = 2118

Categorywise no. of vacancies:

SBI PO vs SBI Clerk



OBC (Non-creamy layer )




SBI PO 2018






SBI Clerk 20183788159011117117200

Important dates:

EventSBI ClerkSBI PO
Release of Application Form20/01/201821.04.2018 
Last Date of Registration Process10/02/201813.05.2018
Tentative Online Prelims Exam Date23rd, 24th and 30th June 20181st, 7th & 8th of July 2018
Tentative Online Mains Exam Date05/08/201804.08.2018

Eligibility Criteria: 

Eligibility CriteriaSBI Clerk SBI PO 
Age Limit (As on 01.01.2018)20 years to 28 years21 years to 30 years
Academic QualificationsGraduation (AS ON 01.01.2018)Graduation (AS ON 31.08.2018)

Application Fees: 

The  application fee for both SBI Clerk and SBI PO is same as follows:

S. No.CategoryTotal Fee for SBI Clerk and SBI PO
1.SC/ST/PWD/XS100/- (Intimation Charges only)
2.General and OBC600/- (App. Fee including intimation charges)

Selection Process: 

SBI Clerk 
SBI Clerk Prelims
SBI PO Prelims
SBI Clerk Mains
SBI PO Mains:
1. Objective Exam
2. Descriptive Exam
SBI PO Interview + Group Discussion

Exam Pattern of SBI Clerk and SBI PO 2018:

Phase – I: Prelims Exam Pattern: The Prelims Exam pattern for both SBI Clerk and SBI PO is same as follows:

Sr. NoName of Tests
No. of QuestionsMaximum MarksTotal Time
1English Language303020 Minutes
2Numerical Ability353520 Minutes
3Reasoning Ability353520 Minutes
Total10010060 Minutes

Phase – II: Main Examination:

Sr. No.
Name of Tests
SBI Clerk
English Language
40 questions of 40 marks
Time allotted: 35 Minutes
35 questions
Time allotted: 40 Minutes
Quantitative Aptitude
50 questions of 50 marks
Time allotted: 45 Minutes
Not Conducted
Reasoning Ability& Computer Aptitude
50 questions of 60 marks
Time allotted: 45 Minutes
45 questions
Time allotted: 60 Minutes
General/Financial Awareness
50 questions of 50 marks
Time allotted: 35 Minutes
40 questions
Time allotted: 35 Minutes
Data Analysis and Interpretation
Not Conducted
35 questions
Time allotted: 45 Minutes
190 questions of 200 marks
Time allotted: 2 Hours 40 Minutes
155 questions of 200 marks
Time allotted: 3 hours
Descriptive Exam
Not Conducted
2 questions (letter writing + Essay writing) of 50 Marks
Time allotted: 30 Minutes

Phase – III : 

SBI Clerk: Language Proficiency Test (LPT) - The candidates provisionally selected from the on-line examination will have to undergo a language proficiency test (LPT). The language proficiency test will be conducted in the Official / Local Language of the State concerned. Candidate not proficient in the Official/Local Language would be disqualified.

SBI PO:  Interview (30 marks) & Group Discussion (20 marks): 50 Marks.

SBI Clerk and PO Pay Scale:

FacilitiesSBI ClerkSBI PO
Basic PayRs.11,765/-27,620/-
CCARs. 0/-870
Transport AllowanceRs.425/-For official travels, reimbursement of AC 2-tier fare is provided
HRA/ Special AllowanceRs.1176.5/ (HRA)2140 (Special Allowance)
Medical Insurance100% medical coverage for SBI employees and 75% for their family members100% medical coverage for SBI employees and 75% for their family members

Pay, Emoluments, and Career Progression: SBI PO 2018 vs. SBI Clerk 2018 

SBI Clerk 2018
SBI PO 2018
Basic Pay
Starting Basic Pay is INR 11,765 with possible increments along the scales of 11765-655/3-13730-815/3-16175-980/4-20095-1145/7-28110-2120/1-30230-1310/1-31450
Starting Basic Pay is INR 27,620 with 4 advance increments in scale of 23,700-980/7-30560-1145/2-32850-1310/7-42020
Gross Emoluments
Total pay inclusive of allowances for an employee of clerical cadre would be INR 23,600/- per month in a metro city such as Mumbai.
Total pay inclusive of allowances for a probationary officer would range from INR 68,333 – 1,08,500/- per month depending on place of posting.
Career Progression
  • Probationary Officer
  • Junior Management Grade Scale-I (JMGS-I)
  • Middle Management Grade Scale-II (MMGS-II)
  • SBI Clerk
  • Trainee Officer (TO) following 3 Years of Service + Written Test & Interview
  • Middle Management Grade Scale-II conditional on successful completion of probationary period
Highest Rank Attainable
Chairman (Depends upon the hard work of candidate)
Deputy General Manager (Depends upon the hard work of candidate)


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