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SBI PO Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - 2018

Dear Students,

State Bank of India has released the Recruitment notification for eligible Indian Citizens for appointment as PO (Probationary Officer). The application will begin from 21/4/218 onwards and will close on 13.05.2018.  All the eligible candidates can apply for the same. Regarding SBI PO Examination some FAQs are given here: 

How many vacancies are announced for SBI PO in 2018?

There are total 2000 + 118 (PWD) = 2118 vacancies announced by SBI for the requirement of SBI PO in 2018

Categorywise no. of vacancies:




OBC (Non-creamy layer )

















When will the SBI PO Prelims online examination be conducted?

The preliminary examination will be conducted in the month of 1st, 7th & 8th of July  2018. 

What is the eligibility criterion for SBI PO 2018?

(A) Age Limit:

Not below 21 years and not above 30 years as on 01.04.2018 i.e. candidates must have been born not later than 01.04.1997 and not earlier than 02.04.1988 (both days inclusive) .

(B)Essential Academic Qualifications: (AS ON 01.01.2018)

Graduation in any discipline from a recognised University or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government. Those who are in the Final year/ Semester of their Graduation may also apply provisionally subject to the condition that, if called for interview, they will have to produce proof of having passed the graduation examination on or before 31.08.2018. Candidates having integrated dual degree (IDD) certificate should ensure that the date of passing the IDD is on or before 31.08.2018. Candidates possessing qualification of Chartered Accountant may also apply.

I am 1 Month less than 21 years old, am I eligible to apply SBI PO 2018?

Sorry, you are not eligible to apply this exam because the minimum age required is 21 years and the maximum age is 30years.

I am just crossed 1 month from 30 years old, am I eligible to apply SBI PO 2018?

If you belong to any reserved category only then you are eligible to apply the exam by looking the age relaxation criteria otherwise sorry you are not eligible.

How many attempts are there for SBI PO 2018?

Candidates who have already appeared for the maximum number of permissible chances are not eligible to apply. The number of chances will be counted from the examination held on 18.04.2010. Appearing in Preliminary Examination will not be counted as a chance. In the years in which only one written examination has been held (i.e. no Preliminary Examination has been held), appearing in this examination will be counted as a chance. The total no. of chances for for applying SBI PO are as follows:

Category Max. Permissible Number of Chances
General 4
General (PWD) 7
SC/SC(PWD)/ ST/ ST (PWD) No Restriction

When will the registration start to fill the application form for SBI PO 2018 ?

Event Date
Release of Application Form 21.04.2018
Last Date of Registration Process 13.05.2018

What is the Selection Process for SBI PO 2018?

The selection process for SBI PO 2018 is divided into three phases:

  • Phase I: Prelims Examination
  • Phase II: Mains Examination
  • Phase III: Interview & Group Discussion 

What is the exam pattern of SBI PO Prelims online examination 2018?

 The pattern of SBI PO Prelims online examination 2018 is changed as follows:

Phase-I : Preliminary Examination: Preliminary Examination (online) consisting of Objective Tests for 100 marks will be conducted online. This test would be of 1 hour duration consisting of 3 Sections as follows. Each test will have a separate timing as mentioned below.

Online Test:

Sr. No Name of Tests
No. of Questions Maximum Marks Total Time
1 English Language 30 30 20 Minutes
2 Numerical Ability 35 35 20 Minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 Minutes
Total 100 100 60 Minutes

What is the exam pattern of SBI PO Mains online examination 2018 ?

Phase – II: Main Examination:

SBI PO Mains exam will be conducted at 2 levels, namely -

1. Objective Exam
2. Descriptive Exam

SBI PO Mains Objective Exam Pattern -

Sr. No Name of Tests
No. of Questions Maximum Marks Total Time
1 Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude 45 200 60 minutes
2 Data Analysis and Interpretation 35 45 minutes
3 General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 35 minutes
4 English Language 35 40 minutes
Total 155 3 hours

SBI PO Mains Descriptive Exam Pattern -

Sr. No Name of Tests No. of Questions Maximum Marks Total Time
1. Letter Writing 1 50 Marks 30 Minutes
2. Essay Writing 1

Note: - As per official Notification, descriptive papers of only those students would be evaluated, who qualify the objective mains exam.

Marks obtained in Objective as well as Descriptive tests will be added in the final Merit list along with marks of Group discussion & Interview.

What is the application Fee for SBI PO 2018?

Application Fees:

S. No. Category Total
1. SC/ST/PWD/XS 100/- (Intimation Charges only)
2. General and OBC 600/- (App. Fee including intimation charges)

What is the pay scale for SBI PO 2018?

Presently, the starting basic pay is  27,620/- (with 4 advance increments) in the scale of 23700-980/7-30560-1145/2-32850-1310/7-42020 applicable to Junior Management Grade Scale-I. The official will also be eligible for D.A, H.R.A/ Lease rental, C.C.A, Medical and other allowances & perquisites as per rules in force from time to time. The total compensation per annum on CTC basis be a minimum of 8.20 lacs and maximum of 13.08 lacs depending on place of posting and other factors.

Is there any age relaxation in SBI PO 2018?

Relaxation of Upper age limit:

Sr. No. Category Age relaxation
1. Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe 5 Years
2. Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer) 3 Years
3. Persons With Disabilities (PWD)

PWD (SC/ST)-1 Years PWD (OBC)- 13 Years PWD (Gen)- 10 Years

4. Ex Servicemen, Commissioned officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) who have rendered 5 years military service and have been released on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from the last date of receipt of application) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency or physical disability attributable to military service or invalidment. 5 Years
5. Persons Ordinarily domiciled of the state of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989 5 Years

NOTE: Cumulative Age Relaxation will not be available either under the above items or in combination with any other items.

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