SBI PO Selection Process 2018 : Complete Selection Procedure with Major Changes

SBI PO Selection Process

In this article, we will describe the various stages involved in the SBI PO selection process. Understanding the selection procedure of SBI PO 2018 will help you in planning your preparation better.

SBI PO Selection Process 2018

The SBI PO exam is conducted in three phases. The first phase i.e. the preliminary exam consists of 100 marks that you need to finish within 1 hour. Also, SBI has introduced sectional timing for the first time in the SBI PO prelims exam this year. If you clear the prelims exam, you can appear for the next phase i.e Mains exam. The Mains exam consists of 200 marks that you need to finish within 3 hours. Once you clear the Mains exam, you have to appear for the subsequent round i.e Group Discussion and Personal Interview. The final selection will depend upon the marks secured by the candidates in the Mains exam and GD/PI round. The marks secured in the prelims exam is only for qualifying purpose. Scroll down to read more details.

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SBI PO Selection Process – Details of Stages Involved

Phase I : SBI PO Prelims Exam Pattern

It is a qualifying exam. There is no sectional cut off. However, students approximately 10 times the numbers of vacancies in each category will be short listed for the Mains Exam from the top of the merit list.

SBI PO Prelims Exam Pattern 2018

Section No. of Questions Max. Marks Time
English Language 30 30 20 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20 minutes
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 60 minutes

Important Changes in the preliminary exam for SBI PO 2018:

  • SBI has introduced sectional time-limit.
  • You will get 20 minutes to attempt one particular section.
  • Furthermore, no sectional cut off is there. However, overall cut off applies.

Phase II : SBI PO Mains Exam Pattern

SBI PO Mains Exam consist of 2 parts & both are conducted online.

Objective Test Pattern

Sectional timing as well as sectional cut off applies, apart from the overall cut off for the mains exam.

Section No. of Qs Marks Time
Reasoning and Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 mins
Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 mins
General Awareness 40 40 35 mins
English Language 35 40 40 mins
Total 155 200 3 hours

SBI PO Descriptive Paper Pattern

The descriptive paper of SBI PO Mains exam comprises of 50 marks and you need to complete it within 30 minutes. You need to give this test in online mode immediately after the completion of objective test. It checks your English communication skills as well as understanding.

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Phase III: SBI PO Group Discussion and Personal Interview

The marks secured in Objective and Descriptive tests of SBI PO Mains 2018 will be the criteria to select candidates for Group Exercise and Interview. The Group Discussion/Activity will be of 20 marks and Interview will be of 30 marks. You need to secure at least the cut off marks in order to qualify this stage. SBI will prepare the final merit list based on the aggregate marks secured by candidates in the Mains exam. Upto 3 times the number of the candidates will be shortlisted for the Group Discussion & Interview from the merit list in descending order.

SBI PO Final Selection

The marks you score in the SBI PO Prelims Exam or phase I is only for qualifying purpose. Only the marks obtained in SBI PO Mains Exam i.e Phase II – both in Objective Test and Descriptive Test, will be added to the marks obtained in GD & Interview (Phase-III) for preparing the final merit list.

  • You need to qualify both Phase 2 and Phase 3 exams separately.
  • The marks you score in the Mains Examination (out of 250 marks) are converted to out of 75 and marks secured in Group Exercises & Interview (out of 50 marks) out of 25.
  • The exam authorities will select the candidates from the top merit ranked candidates in each category.
  • Results of the candidates who qualify for Main Examination and Group Exercise & Interview as well as the final select list will be made available on the Bank’s Official website.

Hope this article provides you with all the necessary details regarding SBI PO Selection Process 2018.

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