About IBPS PO

IBPS PO is conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection for the recruiting candidates as Probationary Officers/ Management Trainees in participating banks.

Important Dates

Events
New Dates
IBPS SO Notification 2020
1st November 2020
Online Registration starts
2nd November 2020
Last Date to Apply Online for IBPS SO
23rd November 2020
Download of call letter for Preliminary Examination
December 2020
Commencement of IBPS SO Preliminary Exam
26th and 27th December 2020
Result of IBPS SO Online exam – preliminary
January 2021
Call letters for Online examination – Mains
January 2021

Application Process

  • Candidates should first scan their latest photograph and signature. The online application will not be registered unless the candidate uploads his / her photo and signature as specified.
  • Candidates should visit either the direct link given above or the Bank’s website www.statebankofindia.com or www.sbi.co.in and open the appropriate Online Application Format, available in the ‘Recruitment link’.
  • Candidates should fill the application carefully. Once the application is filled in completely, the candidate should submit the data.
  • Candidate should note down the registration number and password. They can re-open the saved data using registration number and password and edit the particulars if needed. This facility will be for three times only.
  • Once the application is filled in completely, the candidate should submit the data and proceed for online fee payment.
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Selection Process

In order to get selected in State Bank Of India as a Junior Associate, you have to cross two hurdles viz.
1. Preliminary Exam
2. Mains Exam

After crossing both the hurdles, SBI will conduct a small test called Language Proficiency Test (LPT). Once you are through, then SBI will call you for Document Verification.

No of seats/vacancies

For the Recruitment of Junior Associate (Customer Support & Sales), there are a lot of job vacancies this year in various branches of the State Bank of India. As per exam notification, 8000 clerk vacancies will be filled this year

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for SBI Clerk 2019 Examination has been clearly specified in the Exam Notification published by State Bank of India recently. Each SBI aspirant must go through all the important details regarding SBI Eligibility Criteria before applying online. SBI Clerk Eligibility Criteria 2019 consists of a set of requirements and clauses in terms of age, educational qualification and nationality.

Age Limit

Not below 20 years and not above 28 years as on 01.04.2019, i.e candidates must have been born not earlier than 02.04.1991 and not later than 01.04.1999 (both days inclusive).

The relaxation in the upper age limit has been applied according to government norms. They are as follows

  • SC/ ST: 5 Years
  • OBC: 3 Years
  • PH: 10 Years
  • PH + OBC: 13 Years
  • PH + SC/ST: 15 Years
  • J&K Domicile: 5 Years
  • Ex-Servicemen: Actual period of service rendered in defence services + 3 Years
  • Widows, Divorced Women Judicially Separated: 9 Years

All SBI Aspirants must fall within the proper age limit. Failure to do so will result in cancellation of SBI Clerk Application Form.

Educational Qualification

The candidates must a Graduation Degree in any discipline from a recognized college or university or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government.  

 

Exam Syllabus and Pattern

Reasoning: Logical Reasoning Questions will contain both Verbal and Non-Verbal Problems based on multiple concepts. Brainstorming will be required while solving these questions.

  • Analogy
  • Coding & Decoding
  • Blood Relations
  • Sitting Arrangements
  • Series Completion
  • Syllogisms
  • Decision Making
  • Statement Reasoning
  • Classification
  • Mirror Image, Hidden and Embedded Images
  • Cubes, Cuboid and Dices


Quantitative Aptitude: The level of questions asked in Quantitative aptitude will be similar to Maths of Class X. Try to memorize all the basic formulas and square & cube roots of numbers upto 30. It will be extremely helpful while solving questions in SBI Clerk Exam.

  • Number System
  • Simplifications
  • Roots & Averages
  • Surds & Indices
  • Percentages
  • Profit & Loss
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Partner Ship
  • Chain Rule
    Time & Work
  • Pipes & Cisterns
  • Time & Distances
  • Problems on Trains
  • Boats & Streams
  • Allegation & Mixtures
  • Simple Interest
  • Compound Interest
  • Stocks & Shares
  • Clocks & Algorithms
  • Mensuration
  • Volume& Surface area
  • Permutations & Combinations
  • Heights & Distances
  • Line Graphs
  • Bar Graphs
  • Pie Charts
  • Tabulation


English Language: Questions in SBI Clerk English Section will be based on language skills as well as reading and writing skill. Overall, the level of questions will be similar to the elementary level.

  • Vocabulary
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Word formation
  • Sentence completion
  • Theme Detection
  • Deriving Conclusions
  • Passage Completion
  • Error Detection
  • Passage Correction
  • Cloze Test
  • Sentence Correction
  • Grammar
  • Idioms
  • Phrases


General/Financial Awareness: The questions in this test will be from Current Affairs and Banking and Economy, Insurance. In the current affairs, questions can be asked from

  • Recent Appointments
  • Awards and Honours
  • Sports
  • New Schemes
  • National and International News
  • Latest Developments in Science and Technology


Computer Ability: Knowledge of Computer Hardware and Software will be asked in Computer Section of SBI Clerk Recruitment Exam.

  • Computer Hardware
  • Operating System concepts
  • Shortcut Keys
  • MS Word
  • MS Excel
  • MS Power Point
  • MS Access
  • Internet & Networks
  • Basic Security Concepts
  • Latest Technologies

For the first time, SBI has introduced the sectional timing factor in SBI Clerk Prelims exam pattern. Check out the new exam pattern

SBI CLERK PRELIMS EXAM PATTERN 2019

SectionsNo. of QuestionsMarksDuration
English Language303020 Minutes
Numerical Ability353520 Minutes
Reasoning Ability353520 Minutes
 Total1001001 hour

Some highlights of the changes made in the exam pattern are given below:

  • Each section of the Prelims exam will now have a separate time slot (20 Minutes each).
  • Also, there will not be any sectional or overall cut-off.
  • An adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by the Bank (83010 candidates) will be shortlisted for the Mains Exam from the list of all candidates arranged in descending order of aggregate marks scored.

SBI Clerk Exam Pattern for Mains Exam 2019

SectionsNo. of QuestionsMarksDuration
General/ Financial Awareness505035 Minutes
General English404035 Minutes
Quantitative Aptitude505045 Minutes
Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude506045 Minutes
 Total1902002 hours 40 Minutes

FAQs

IBPS Specialist Officers (SO) 2020 Prelims Exam will be conducted on 26th and 27th December, 2020 while the mains exam is scheduled on 24th January, 2021.

The last date to apply online for IBPS SO 2020 Exam is 23rd November 2020.

All tests are bilingual, i.e. available in both English and Hindi.

Yes, there is a negative marking for wrong answers in both preliminary test and mains exam of IBPS SO 2020-21. One-fourth of the total marks will be deducted for the question marked wrong by the candidate.

Yes, Both in Prelims and Mains Exams.

A total of 647 vacancies have been introduced for IBPS Specialist Officers (SO) 2020 exam.