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SBI PO Notification 2014 : The Grand Opportunity

SBI PO Notification 2014: The Grand Opportunity

Among the Banking sector, the SBI PO is seen as the most reputed and alluring to the candidates. Thus, no wonder that every year about 15,00,000+ candidates take the SBI PO examination.

SBI has released the notification for the recruitment of Probationary Officers (PO) for the year 2014. Online registration and payment has started from 07-04-2014, and is open till 25-04-2014, while the Offline Payment can be made between 10-04-2014 to 28-04-2014.

The exam is tentatively scheduled for June 2014. However, the final date will be announced by the SBI Recruitment Cell later.

This year's SBI PO exam has something special for the candidates, as the number of vacancies, as notified by SBI, are as large as 1837.

Vacancy Structure and Distribution :

Category Vacancies





OBC (Non-Creamy Layer)




Visually Handicapped (VH)


Orthopedically Handicapped (OH)


Total (PWD)


Total Overall Vacancies



Eligibility Criteria :

  1. Essential Academic Qualifications- as per the SBI notification, the candidates, applying for the SBI PO exam should atleast hold a graduate degree from a recognized university or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Government. However, those who are in the final year of their Graduation may also apply, subject to the condition that if called for interview, they will have to produce the proof of having passed the graduation examination on or before 10-08-2014.

  2. Age Limit- the minimum age eligibility to appear for the SBI PO is- not below 21 years, and not above 30 years, as on 01-04-2014. however, there are certain age relaxations for the candidates belonging to different categories, which shall be dealt with in our further articles.

Candidates should carefully fill the registration form as no changes are allowed once the form has been submitted.

Selection Procedure :

The SBI PO examination is conducted in two stages :

Phase 1- Examination consisting Objective Tests for 200 marks and a Descriptive Test for 50 marks.

Please note that the Objective Test, from this year, would be conducted online, instead of the traditional OMR forms. However, immediately after the online test, the Descriptive test would follow. The descriptive test would be done on traditional lines, that is, through paper-pen mode.

Objective Test- Broadly, the objective test is divided into 4 sections, each of 50 marks-

  1. English Language- Grammar, Vocabulary, Comprehension etc.
  2. General Awareness, Marketing and Computers
  3. Data Analysis and Interpretation
  4. Reasoning- High Level.

Please note, that the candidates require to qualify in each of the section, in order to qualify the test. The qualifying marks are to be decided by the Bank itself.

Descriptive Test- the time duration of the descriptive test is 1 hour, and comprise of 50 marks. It is a test of English Language- Comprehension, Short Precis, Letter Writing and Essay.

Please note that the descriptive test of only those candidates is evaluated who secure the passing marks in the Objective test.

Phase II- Group Discussion (20 marks) and Interview (30 marks)

the aggregate marks of the candidates, qualifying in the objective and descriptive tests are arranged in the descending order in each category. Thereafter, an adequate number of candidates are called for Group Discussion (GD) and Interview. However, the qualifying marks for both- GD and interview are decided by the SBI.

Final Selection :

The Candidates need to qualify both- phase I and phase II separately.

For the final merit list, the marks secured in the Written Test (out of 250 marks) are converted to out of 75, and marks secured in GD and interview are converted to out of 25.

The final merit list is prepared after aggregating the converted marks of Written test and GD and Interview (out of 100) for each category. The final selection is made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category.

SBI PO Salary and Allowances :

as per the SBI notification, the pay scale of a PO is 14,500-25,700 with four increments applicable to a Junior Management Grade Scale-I. This basic salary is apart from the DA, HRA, CCA and other allowances given to the bank employees. Overall, an approximate annual package of the SBI PO reaches Rs. 8,40,000/- per annum.

SBI PO is also entitled to allowances like- medical aid for self and family; home travel concession and leave fare concession; and concessional interest rates for housing/car/personal loans.

Apart from all this, the salary and other allowances are periodically revised. Overall, the salary and emoluments of a SBI PO are very attractive.


Apply Online : click here to go to the online registration page.

Please note that from this year, the objective test would be conducted online. Thus, please make yourselves comfortable with the computer, to avoid last minute hassles.

SBI PO Career Path :

The job of a Probationary Officer provides great career development opportunities. The PO is initially put on a probation of two years, during which they are given intensive training. Towards the end of their probation/training period, they are subjected to a screening process.

Under the screening process, the candidates are evaluated again, and the ones getting the predetermined merit are given a permanent placement in the next higher grade, that is Officer Middle Management Grade Scale II. Others who qualify the test but fail to achieve the standards set for the Middle Management Grade Scale II are confirmed as Officer Junior Management Grade Scale I. The service of those officers who fail to qualify in this process is terminated.

BANKPOCLERK.COM would soon come up with more details and analysis of the SBI PO notification. In the meanwhile, we wish the candidates,  ALL THE BEST!!


भारतीय स्टेट बैंक में 1800+ प्रोबेशनरी अधिकारियों कि भर्ती

भारतीय स्टेट बैंक में 1800+ प्रोबेशनरी अधिकारियों कि भर्ती



Let us take a look at the Selection Process of the coming SBI PO Test and see how it is different from that of the recent IBPS PO Test.

IBPS Selection Process


SBI Selection Process

A. Online Test (2 Hours)
Test No. of Qns / Max Marks  







Test No. of Qns / Max Marks
Reasoning 50 Reasoning (High Level) 50
English Language 40 English Language (Grammar, Vocabulary, Comprehension etc.) 50
Quantitative Aptitude 50 Data Analysis & Interpretation 50
General Awareness

(with special reference to Banking Industry)

40 General Awareness, Marketing & Computers


Computer Knowledge 20
Total 200  Total 200
B. Offline Descriptive Test (1 Hour)
None   English Language (comprehension, short précis, letter writing & essay). 50
C. Group Discussion
None   Group Discussion 20
D. Interview
Personal Interview 100   Personal Interview 30
Grand Total 300   Grand Total 300

The Main Differences are :

  • For the two hour Online Test, IBPS had five sections with varying maximums; but SBI has only four sections, all with equal maximums of 50 marks each.

  • For SBI, Test of Reasoning will be at a higher level than what is normally asked by IBPS.

  • IBPS Test of Quantitative Aptitude is mainly Arithmetic. For SBI, the corresponding Test is Data Analysis & Interpretation with emphasis on Analysis and Interpretation of data (Tables, charts, Graphs, Reports etc.), using applications of the Arithmetical principles of Averages, Ratios, Proportions, Percentages etc.

  • For IBPS, General Awareness and Computer Knowledge are separate sections and the Test of General Awareness is mainly on Banking. SBI has a single  combined section of General Awareness, Computers and (additionally), Marketing. SBI does not require any special knowledge of Banking.

  • IBPS did not have any offline Descriptive Test, SBI has an offline pen & paper Descriptive Test paper of one-hour duration on English Language comprising of (a) comprehension, (b) short précis, ((c) letter writing and (d) essay writing.

  • After the Tests, SBI puts the short-listed candidates, through a Group Discussion exercise before personally interviewing them.

  • Having seen how the SBI Test differs from that of IBPS, let us now try to understand SBI’s Rationale for being Different. Understanding these rationales will help us in preparing our Strategies for the Tests.

  • The Probationary Officers being recruited by SBI are not to be mere officers in the Bank, performing routine functions. It is from among this group, that the Leaders and Senior Executives of the Bank have to emerge. SBI therefore wants these entry-level officers to be the best in all respects; hence the rigorous Selection Process.

  • An Executive is very often required to take decisions within a limited time, objectively, rationally and fully analysing and understanding the issue at hand, and being fully aware of all the pros and cons of his decisions. This is all the more important in the Customer-oriented Banking Industry. The requirement calls for an intellectual capacity of the highest order, with sharp analytical powers and Reasoning. Hence SBI’s High Level Reasoning Test which also tests other qualities an Executive requires – Observation, Understanding, Patience, Time Management, Prioritisation, Stress Management etc.

  • More than Arithmetic, it is the large volume of Data that a Bank Executive has to deal with. Ability to Read, Interpret, Analyse, Consolidate, Surmise etc. the large volume of data in the form of Reports, Tables, Charts, and Graphs is an important attribute. Hence the stress on Data Analysis and Data Interpretation, in preference to a Quantitative Aptitude Test. Of course, a minimum number of Arithmetic questions can be expected.

  • All banks have several schemes / products under Deposits, loans, services, IT enabled services, cross-selling, etc. The banks compete among themselves to sell their products in the market & to attract the best customers. These products require to be marketed to the right target groups projecting the USPs of the products. Knowledge of the sound principles of Marketing will be a great advantage here. Hence, this knowledge is sought to be tested. 

  • A person just entering the Banking Industry does not have any worthwhile knowledge of Banking, except to the extent expected of a lay person keenly interested in the day to day Banking and Financial matters. So, Banking is part of General Awareness, including Current Affairs. The Test of General Awareness thus comprises of Current Affairs including Banking, Marketing and Computers.

  • Effective Communication is an essential quality of any Leader or Executive. Mere knowledge of Grammar will not suffice. Hence, in addition to the objective Test on Grammar, a Descriptive paper on English Language is also included - Comprehension tests your ability to grasp and understand the given passage; Short Precise tests your ability to prepare short summaries for your superiors; Letter Writing tests your ability to precisely and effectively communicate a matter to the addressee and, Essay writing reveals how systematic your thought process is, and tests your ability to present your thoughts in a coherent manner.

  • While the Descriptive paper tests the writing ability, oral capability, another essential requirement for a Leader / Senior Executive, is tested in the Group Discussion exercise. The Group Discussion tests Leadership capabilities, Listening skills, Ability of working in a Team, Interpersonal & Communication skills, Expressing views & opinions, Organising thoughts,  Command of language & Fluency, Tact & skill in dealing with others, Body language, Analytical and Rational Thought Process, Behaviour under stress, Receptivity to others’ views, Flexibility & adaptability in GD Dynamics, Thought leadership, etc.

Having understood the Test Pattern and its Objectives, let us now prepare ourselves for the Test. ..... About the Test Preparation etc., in the next article.

“I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it   "Thomas Jefferson"

SBI PO Exam Resources:


(Tips) Introduce Yourself Booklet For SBI PO Test

Introduce Yourself Booklet For SBI's Probationary Officer Test

Index of Booklet:


Structure of Online Examination

Sample Questions :




The country’s largest commercial Bank viz. State Bank of India has called for applications for appointment as Probationary Officers in the Bank. The total number of vacancies is 1837. Graduates in any discipline and those in the Final year of Graduation/Semester can apply. Applicants must not be below 21 years and not above 30 years as on 01.04.2014. The Important Dates are:


07 April 2014


 07 April 2014 to 25 April 2014


10 April 2014 to 28 April 2014


Regularly check Bank's website or for full / further details and updates.

The Selection is based on

  • (a) Examination consisting of online Objective Tests and an offline Descriptive Test
  • (b) Group Discussion & Interview for those short-listed after the Examination.

Why you should not only apply for SBI PO post, but secure it.

a. Largest Indian Bank - State Bank of India is India's largest bank (In fact, India’s largest Financial company.) with a network of over13,000 branches, 5 associate banks and seven non-banking subsidiaries. It is even located in several foreign countries. It is certainly prestigious to be part of this Fortune 500 Company, which is truly global.

b. SBI is a Prestigious Organisation, worth being part of – This is how the world sees SBI.

  • Ranked 298th in the Fortune Global 500 rankings of the world's biggest corporations for the year 2012.  Only seven other Indian corporate are listed there.
  • Won "Best Public Sector Bank" award in the D&B India's study on 'India's Top Banks 2013. 
  • Was the only bank featured in the "top 10 brands of India" list in an annual survey conducted by Brand Finance and The Economic Times in 2010.
  • Best Bank 2009 by Business India.
  • SBI was named the 29th most reputed company in the world according to Forbes 2009 rankings.
  • SBI was 11th most trusted brand in India as per the Brand Trust Report 2010.

     Now you have a chance to be a part of this corporate gem; grab it.

c. Compensation - The compensation for the finally selected candidates is certainly attractive compared to other industries or even other banks in the Banking Industry itself. At present, a person posted at Mumbai can expect to receive around 8,40,000/- per annum or Rs.70,000 per month. At other centres, it may be a little less because of the variable components, like House Rent Allowance, Rental Ceiling, City Compensatory Allowance etc. The salary scales are under revision with effect from November 2012, and so, the actual compensation will be higher than indicated. The perquisites are excellent. In fact, SBI has always considered its own officers a notch above those of other banks, and has treated them so.

d. Residential Accommodation - A great advantage is the Bank’s own accommodation or the facility of Leased Housing. At major centres, Bank has its own accommodation for officers. At other places, the Bank pays the Rent on the house you choose to stay in, subject to ceilings which are adequate even in metros. So, you need not have any fear of getting accommodation in any place you are posted / transferred to.

e. Chance of confirmation in a higher grade & Scale – In the other Public Sector Banks, for whom IBPS selects POs, the POs are confirmed as officers in the lowest rung of the Officers’ cadre viz. as a Junior Management Grade Scale I Officer, on successful completion of the two-year probation. But in SBI, the POs have a chance of being confirmed in the next higher level viz. as a Middle Management Grade Scale II Officer. The POs will be subjected to a screening process towards end of their probation / training period, and those who achieve the predetermined standards may be confirmed and given placement in the next higher grade i.e., Officer Middle Management Grade Scale II. Others who qualify the test but fail to be placed in Middle Management Grade Scale II, will be confirmed as Officer Junior Management Scale Grade I.

f. Career Path – SBI provides immense opportunities for growth. The attractive promotion policy of the Bank provides an opportunity to the meritorious and exceptionally brilliant officers to reach the Top Management Grade in a reasonably quick time. Almost all the present top Executive Positions in SBI are held by those who joined SBI as Probationary Officers. The present Chairman Ms. Arundhati Bhattacharya joined SBI as a PO in 1977.

g. Opportunities for postings abroad. – SBI has a mighty global presence, with nearly 200 branches / subsidiaries / representatives offices in nearly 40 countries. Many officers at these offices / branches are from India. Some are India Based Trainee Officers; so, you could get a chance to work at these offices, very early in your career itself.

h. Opportunities at non-banking subsidiaries of SBI - Apart from its five associate banks, SBI also has seven non-banking subsidiaries in the areas of Merchant Banking, Funds / Treasury Management, Bill & Receivable Financing, Credit Cards, Life Insurance, General Insurance etc. An officer of SBI gets opportunities to prove his mettle at these institutions also.

i. Many doors open for an SBI Officer – SBI is truly a professionally managed bank, with professionalism evident in all areas of its activities. And, there is no area of the financial world, not touched by SBI. Therefore, the grooming and experience an SBI officer gets is unmatched elsewhere. It is therefore no wonder, that when a new bank Financial Institution is set up, or when some senior position in another bank / FI is to be filled, everyone looks to SBI officers first. The doors open to an experienced SBI officer are plenty.


So, go for it with all earnestness. SBI PO post is something for which, no effort should be spared. See you in SBI soon.

“If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary”. ~ Jim Rohn

SBI PO Exam Resources:


(Apply-Online) SBI : Probationary Officer Examination

Apply for Probationary Officers in State Bank of India

Apply Online


Pre-Requisites for Applying Online

Before applying online, candidates should-

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SBI Probationary Officer(PO) Exam 2014 Books

(Syllabus) SBI : Probationary Officers Examination

State Bank of India (Probationary Officers)

SBI PO Syllabus

Syllabus Divided into three parts

1. Phase-I - Written Examination : Combined duration 3 Hrs. (Objective & Descriptive Type Tests -- Max. Marks - 250)

The duration of objective type test will be 2 hours max. marks 200 and will consist of :

(Download) IBPS: Common Written Examination Clerical Cadre Practice Paper - 2011 (Current Affairs)

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection

Common Written Examination (CWE)

SBI : Selection Procedure For Probationary Officers

Selection Procedure For PO in SBI :

(a) Phase-I: Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 50 marks. Total 250

(i) Objective Tests (200 marks):

The Objective Tests with 2 hour duration will consists of 4 Sections with 50 marks each as follows:

(a) Test of English Language (Grammer, Vocabulary, Comprehension etc)

(b) Test of General Awareness, Marketing and Computers

(c) Test of Data Analysis and Interpretation

(d) Test of Reasoning (High Level)

The candidates are required to qualify in the Objective Tests by securing passing marks, in each of the tests, to be decided by the Bank on the basis of the performance of all the competing candidates taken together in each test to a minimum required level for each category.

(Notification) SBI : Recruitment For 1800+ Probationary Officer Examination - 2014


Recruitment of 1800+ Probationary Officer in SBI - 2014

Applications are invited from eligible Indian Citizens for appointment as Probationary Officers (POs) in State Bank of India. Candidates selected are liable to be posted anywhere in India.

Probationary Officers (POs)

Total Posts: 1837

Salary : The starting basic pay is 16,900/-(with 4 increments) in the scale of Rs,14500-600/ Rs. 7-18700-700/2-20100-800/7-25700 applicable to Junior Management Grade Scale I.

The official will also be eligible for D.A, H.R.A & C.C.A as per rules in force from time to time. The compensation per annum at Mumbai is around 8,40,000/-. The break up of  monthly compensation is as under:
Cash Component 34,320/- Rs.Bank's contribution to PF 1,690/- Rs. Housing (Lease Rental) 29,500/- Rs. Perquisites (Conveyance, Newspapers, Entertainment allowance, House & Furniture Maintenance etc. 4,130/- Rs. In addition, the officers are also entitled to other benefits like –

(Download) IBPS: Common Written Examination Clerical Cadre Practice Paper - 2011 (English Language)

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection

Common Written Examination (CWE)

SBI Associate Clerk Exam Paper held on 16 January, 2011 (Numerical Aptitude)

SBI Associate Clerk

Exam Paper (Numerical Aptitude)

Exam held On 16.01.2011

Q. 38% of 4500 – 25% of ? = 1640

(1) 260

(2) 270

(3) 280

(4) 290

(5) None of these

Q. (?)2 + 152 – 332 = 97

(1) 33

(2) 32

(3) 34

(4) 30

(5) None of these

Q. 25639 – 5252 – 3232 = ?

(1) 17255

(2) 17551

(3) 18515

(4) 17155

(5) None of these

Q. 283 × 56 + 252 = ?

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