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SBI PO 2022 Selection Procedure- Prelims, Mains, Interview Details

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Detailed Selection Procedure of SBI PO 2022- Prelims, Mains & Interview/ Group Exercise

It's very important to know the exam pattern of SBI PO 2022 which is split in two parts: Prelims & Mains. We are providing you with detailed information on it. Eligible candidates will have to undergo three phases viz. (i) Phase-I (ii) Phase-II and (iii) Phase-III. Candidates who will be shortlisted after Phase-I will have to appear for Phase-II. And those who will be shortlisted after the Phase-II will be subsequently called for the final part, Phase-III.

  1. Phase-I or Prelims Exam
  2. Phase-II or Mains Exam
  3. Phase-III or the Interview & Group Exercises

The whole recruitment process is generally wrapped up by the month of February/March 2023 & the results will be declared soon afterwards.

Number of Attempts: The maximum number of chances are fixed for each category.

SBI PO Phase-1 2022: Preliminary Exam Pattern

Candidates will have to clear the Prelims or first Phase of the SBI PO exam 2022, in order to reach the Mains exam. The preliminary exam will be an online exam of 1-hour duration for 100 marks. The test will entertain 3 sections. As the sectional cut-off in the Preliminary Exam has been removed, the overall score of all the sections will be considered for selection. The cut-off or minimum passing marks for each section will be decided by SBI based on the difficultly-level of the test. Given below is the section-wise division of the marks:

SectionNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
English Language303020 Minutes
Reasoning Ability353520 Minutes
Quantitative Aptitude353520 Minutes
Total10010060 Minutes

Negative Marking: One mark is allotted for each question and ¼ or in other words 0.25 negative marking is deducted for every incorrect answer.

SBI PO Phase-II 2022: Mains Examination Pattern

The mains exam will include an objective test of 200 Marks as well as a Subjective or Descriptive Test of 50 Marks. Candidate who will meet the required Cut off in SBI Prelims will be eligible to appear for the Mains Exam. The Descriptive Test has a duration of 30 minutes with a score of 50 marks. This test is conducted to test the writing skills of candidates via Letter Writing & Essay Writing.

SubjectNumber of QuestionsMarksDuration
Objective Test
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude456060 Minutes
Data Analysis & Interpretation356045 Minutes
General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness404035 Minutes
English Language354040 Minutes
Subjective/ Descriptive Test
English Language (Letter Writing & Essay)25030 Minutes
Total1572503.5 Hours

Note: The Descriptive Test will be held on the same day as the mains test and will last 30 minutes. There will be two questions totalling 50 points in the English Language Test (Letter Writing & Essay).

You need to keep the following points in mind while preparing for the Mains exam:

  1. The questions will be objective in nature.
  2. This Mains paper will have four sections of a total of 200 marks.
  3. The duration of the SBI PO Mains Exam will be 3 hours.
  4. The objective test will have separate timing for every section.
  5. There will be no sectional cut-off. There will be only an overall cut-off.
  6. There will be a penalty of 0.25 marks for every incorrect Multiple-Choice Question.
  7. The Descriptive Paper of 50 marks is compulsory to attempt.

SBI PO Phase-III 2022: Interview/ Group Exercise

Candidates who will qualify for the Mains exam will reach the final stage of Group Discussion and Personal Interview to compete in the final merit list. The final merit will be made based on the marks of Mains paper and GD (Group Discussion) & PI (Personal Interview). Interview carries 30 marks whereas the Group Discussion carries 20 marks. Candidates should keep in mind that the Preliminary or Prelims exam marks are not included or counted for the final result. The selection for the Group Exercises and Interview will be based on a category-wise merit list. A merit list will be released by the conducting body along with the names of shortlisted candidates. SBI will send the call letters to the shortlisted candidates in which they will get the time, date, venue, and other important information. It is mandatory for all the selected candidates to appear for the SBI PO Interview.   

Pricing Plan

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SBI PO Prelims Mock and Sectional Tests

₹ 299

30th April, 2022
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  • 15 Sectional Tests
SBI PO Prelims and Mains

₹ 399

30th April, 2022
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  • 10 Mains Mock
  • 30 Sectional Tests
SBI PO Mains Mock and Sectional Tests

₹ 275

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  • 15 Sectional Tests


How many general vacancies were there in SBI PO 2021?

There were 810 general vacancies in SBI PO 2021 notification.

What’s the pay-scale for SBI PO 2022? +

The starting basic pay is 41,960/- (with 4 advance increments) in the scale of 36000-1490/7-46430-1740/2-49910-1990/7-63840 applicable to Junior Management Grade Scale-I.

Is 2 months preparation enough for SBI PO? +

It can be, especially for aspirants which have prepared over the course of last 2-3 months for exam like RRB PO, Clerk, IDBI, & SBI Clerk. You will have to follow a dedicated study plan.

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