Bank exams are one of the most desired exams for graduates willing to make their career in the banking sector across the country. Every year multiple banks release a number of vacancies for the posts of Bank PO, Bank Clerk, Bank SO, Assistant, etc. The bank jobs are further capped with multiple stages of examination for the selection process. The notification of many upcoming bank exams 2021 is in the process which we have described below. Candidates can check the complete exam cycle details of these bank exams so that they can start their preparation with ease.

What is the Full Form of SBI PO?

SBI stands for State Bank of India, which conducts various recruitment throughout the year. PO stands for Probationary Officer post, which is one of the admired vacancies among the graduates. SBI releases vacancies for PO posts on a yearly basis to fulfill manpower requirements among its branches.

What is SBI PO exam?

State Bank of India (SBI) every year conducts SBI PO exam to select eligible candidates for the post of Probationary Officer. A large number of candidates apply for the exam, out of which only a few are selected depending on the number of vacancies. SBI PO is considered the most sought-after banking exam in the country. Successful candidates are posted as Probationary Officers in the various branches of the bank. SBI is a prestigious organisation that offers handsome salary and job security to its employees as a result of which lakhs of candidates rush to apply for the various exams conducted by the bank. SBI PO exam comprises three phases-Prelims, Mains and Group Exercises & Interview.

SBI PO Notification 2021

SBI PO 2021 Notification will be announced soon on the official website of the State Bank of India. The SBI PO notification PDF for probationary officer vacancy has been delayed due to the global pandemic. The SBI PO Exam Dates for Prelims and Mains 2021 exam will also be disclosed along with the official notification.

The State Bank of India will also activate the SBI PO 2021 apply online link soon after the release of the notification on the official website. The recruitment process will begin for the selection of candidates for the post of Probationary Officers in the State Bank of India and its Associate branches.

The selection criteria are derived in 3 different stages which are preliminary examination, Mains examination, and interview. Candidates selected after the interview round for the post of probationary officers are liable to be posted anywhere in India.

Previously, SBI PO 2020 notification was released for a total of 2000 probationary officers vacancies. This year also 2000+ PO vacancies are expected to be released soon. For reference, you can check the previous year’s notification below. However, we will avail you of the SBI PO 2021 recruitment notification PDF as soon as it is available officially.

SBI PO 2020 Notification PDF, Download Here!

SBI PO 2021 Notification PDF, Download Soon!

What’s New in SBI PO 2021?

Every year, SBI PO introduces surprises along with its notification. This year too, surprises will be revealed only after the release of the official SBI PO 2021 recruitment notification.

Just like the previous years, SBI PO 2020 recruitment also came up with some changes in the exam. You can also go through the following major changes introduced under SBI PO 2020 recruitment notification:

1. In the view of Social distancing, SBI has initiated to shorten the Phase 3 selection. Thus, SBI PO Phase 3 will consist of either interview (50 marks) or interview (30 Marks) and GD (20 Marks).

2. Last year, SBI increased the application fees for General/EWS and OBC from ₹ 600 to ₹750, while for SC/ST/PWD, it was ₹ 125. However, this year onwards there isn’t any application fee for SC/ST/PWD category.

SBI PO Exam Dates 2021

State Bank of India (SBI) reveals SBI PO exam dates along with the official notification. Thus, candidates are advised to visit this page regularly to stay updated for SBI PO 2021 Exam and plan their timetable accordingly. The detailed exam schedule for SBI PO 2021 Exam is updated below along with the application form dates, admit card dates, and more. Now, let’s take a look at the tentative SBI PO 2021 exam dates below:

EventsSBI PO Exam Dates 2021SBI PO Exam Dates 2020
SBI PO 2021 Notification Release DateTo be announced soon13th November 2020
SBI PO 2021 Application Form StartsTo be announced soon14th November 2020
Last Date for SBI PO Apply OnlineTo be announced soon04th December 2020

SBI PO Prelims Exam Date 2021

EventsSBI PO Exam Dates 2021SBI PO Exam Dates 2020
SBI PO Prelims Admit Card Download10-15 days prior to the exam date22nd December 2020
SBI PO Exam Date 2021 (Prelims)To be announced soon04th, 05th & 06th January 2021
SBI PO Prelims Result Date18th January 2021

SBI PO Mains Exam Date 2021

EventsSBI PO Exam Dates 2021SBI PO Exam Dates 2020
SBI PO 2021 Mains Admit Card10-15 days prior to the exam date19th January 2021
SBI PO 2021 Mains ExamTo be announced soon29th January 2021
SBI PO Mains Result16th February 2021

SBI PO Interview Date 2021

EventsSBI PO Exam Dates 2021SBI PO Exam Dates 2020
SBI PO Interview Call Letter10-15 days prior to the exam date20th February 2021 onwards
Group Exercises & Interview DateTo be announced soon20th February to 07th March 2021
SBI PO Final Result Declaration Date16th March 2021
Date to Download call letters for Pre-Examination Training10-15 days prior to the exam date21st December 2020 onwards
Conduct of Pre- Examination Training10 days prior to the prelims exam date03rd/04th week of December 2020

SBI PO Eligibility Criteria 

To apply for SBI PO 2021 exam, candidates must fulfill the following eligibility criteria in terms of age, educational qualification, etc.

Educational qualification: According to SBI PO eligibility criteria, candidates must be a graduate in any discipline from a recognised university or any equivalent qualification recognized by the Central Government. Candidates who are in the final year/semester exam are also eligible to apply provisionally subject to the condition that if shortlisted for the interview round, they need to provide proof of having passed graduation. Candidates having a Chartered Accountant (CA) certificate are also eligible to apply.

Age Limit: Candidates must be between 21 and 30 years. Age relaxation is given to reserved category candidates as mentioned below.

CategoryAge Relaxation (in Years)
OBC (Non-Creamy Layer)
PwD (SC/ST)15 
PwD (OBC)13 
PwD (Gen)10 
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 6 months 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.  

Number of attempts

The maximum number of chances is fixed for each category. Candidates who have used all the chances are not eligible to apply. Appearing in the prelims exam is not counted as an attempt. But appearing in the mains exam is counted as an attempt. The number of attempts for each category is given below.

CategoryNumber of attempts
General/ EWS4
General/ EWS (PWD) 7
SC/ SC (PWD)/ ST/ ST (PWD) No Restriction

SBI PO Salary & Job Profile 2021

SBI PO Job Profile

  • It is essential to understand what kind of tasks one might undertake after being selected as a Probationary Officer in SBI.
  • The candidates after selection undergo a probation period of 2 years.
  • Candidates undergo a training period to understand the various aspects of banking procedures in a practical way.

SBI PO Salary

One of the most asked questions among students is the in-hand salary that they would receive as a Probationary Officer in SBI. The basic grade pay is ₹ 27620/- which is accompanied by 4 increments. Apart from this, the salary component involves other Allowances which is as follows. For more details, you can check the SBI PO Salary.

SBI PO Basic Pay₹ 27,620/- (with 4 advance increments)
(in the scale of 23700-980/7-30560-1145/2-32850-1310/7-42020)
Dearness AllowanceThis is revised every quarter and is calculated based on CPI (Consumer Price Index). Currently, DA is 46.9% of the basic pay.
City Compensatory Allowance (CCA)This varies with the place of posting at 4% or 3%.
Leased House AccommodationSBI PO may take a house on lease, the amount of which varies with posting between a minimum of. ₹ 8000/- (in rural areas) and a maximum of ₹ 29500/- (in Mumbai).
Furniture Allowance₹ 120000/- for the purchase of furniture
Medical Insurance100% medical coverage for SBI employees and 75% for their family members
Travelling AllowanceFor official travels, reimbursement of AC 2-tier fare is provided
Petrol50 Lts (For 2 wheelers) Or 55 Lts (For 4 Wheeler) Or Approx. ₹ 1100-1250, if you don’t have a 2/4 wheeler (conveyance allowance).

Promotion and Career Growth

The career growth of an SBI PO is as follows-

  • Probationary Officer (Assistant Manager, JMGS – I)
  • Deputy Manager (MMGS)
  • Manager (MMGS)
  • Chief Manager (MMGS)
  • Assistant General Manager (SMGS)
  • Deputy General Manager (TEGS)
  • Chief General Manager (TEGS)
  • General Manager (TEGS)

SBI PO Apply Online 2021

The registration process through SBI PO application form 2021 will begin soon after the release of the SBI PO notification. We will update the direct link below after the application form is available on the official website of SBI. Make sure you fill the SBI PO application form before the last date.

SBI PO Apply Online 2021, Link Inactive!

How to Apply Online for SBI PO 2021?

Find below the step by step process to fill the SBI PO application form without any hassle:

  • Visit official site’s or
  • At the end of the page, click on the link for “Current Openings”.
  • Now, click on recruitment for probationary officers.
  • After, that click on the link to apply online.
  • Now, go to the “Click here for New Registration”
  • Enter your valid details such as Name, Email ID & Contact Number.
  • Click on the “Submit button”.
  • You will get a Registration Number and Password on the screen.
  • Upload your scanned signature and photograph.
  • Enter your personal details as per the educational certificate.
  • Now pay the application fee via debit card/credit card/internet banking.
  • The final step is to check the details and save a copy of the SBI PO form.
  • Download it for future reference.

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SBI PO Application Fee

The application fee/intimation charges are different for different categories. Last year, SBI increased the application fee structure for various categories. The payment of the application fee will be accepted only through the Debit/Credit Card, or net banking. Find below the category-wise application fee required for SBI PO 2021 application form.

CategoryApplication Fee
General₹ 750

Pre-Exam Training

  • The SBI PO Pre-exam training is usually conducted tentatively 8-10 days prior to the SBI PO Prelims exam.
  • Government officials conduct pre-exam training for the candidates belonging to SC/ST categories or minority groups.
  • SBI PO Pre-exam training is a 6-day program.
  • Only the candidates who have opted for pre-training in the application form will be eligible for the same.
  • Pre-exam training is an orientation program that helps the candidates with their preparation. These are for the students who can’t enroll themselves in coaching centers.
  • The Pre-exam training call letters will be available to download on the official website of SBI.
  • This year it is expected that the SBI PO Pre-exam training may be held online

SBI PO Selection Process 2021

The complete selection process of SBI PO is explained below.

Step 1: Fill SBI PO Application Form

For SBI PO 2021 registrations, candidates first need to fill as well as submit the application form online mode on the official website of the bank. Thereafter, candidates also need to pay SBI PO application fee in online mode via debit card/ credit card/ internet banking.

Step 2: Download SBI PO Admit Card/ Call Letter

Candidates can download SBI PO admit card from the official website of the bank. Separate admit cards are issued for preliminary, mains and Group Exercises and Interview. It may be noted that no hard copy of the call letter is not sent by post.

Step 3: Appearing in the exam

All registered candidates are required to appear for the prelims exam first. The preliminary exam is held for one duration and candidates need to answer questions related to subjects such as the English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning Ability. Candidates qualifying the Preliminary exam need to appear for the mains exam. Candidates 10 times the number of vacancies are shortlisted for the mains exam. The Mains exam contains both objective and descriptive questions that candidates need to complete in a total duration of 3 hours and 30 minutes. Candidates upto three times the number of vacancies are shortlisted for Group Exercises and Interview based on the marks of the mains exam.

Step 4: SBI PO result 

SBI PO result is declared online separately for different stages of recruitment. The result is made available on the official website in PDF format. Candidates can check their qualifying status in the result. SBI PO cut off is released along with the scorecard.

SBI PO Vacancies 2021

SBI PO 2021 vacancies will be announced along with the notification. In 2020, a total of 2000 vacancies were announced for the exam. Candidates can check below the vacancy break-up of last year.


SBI PO Exam Day Guidelines 2021

While appearing for SBI PO 2021 exam, candidates need to follow the guidelines given below.

  • Due to COVID-19, the temperature of candidates will be checked at the entry gate 
  • Wearing of mask is mandatory for appearing in the exam
  • Candidates can carry a transparent hand sanitiser bottle of 50 ml to the exam centre
  • Candidates are required to carry the printed copy of their admit cards, two passport-sized photographs and one photo-identity proof to the exam centre
  • Candidates should reach the exam centre one hour before the reporting time mentioned on the admit card to avoid any delay
  • Mobile phones or any other electronic devices are not allowed inside the exam hall

Candidates need to follow the instructions given by the invigilator at the exam hall