SBI PO Examination 2018 Application Process, Exam Pattern & Centers

SBI PO Exam 2018 SBI PO Application Process 2018

The application for SBI PO Exam 2018 is online. To avoid any technical errors please make sure that the web-browser used to fill up the SBI PO 2018 Application form is one of the following:

  • Internet Explorer 8 and above
  • Mozilla
  • FireFox
  • 3.0 and above
  • Google Chrome 3.0 and above

Candidates applying online must have the following pre-requisites:

  • A valid Email Id
  • Photograph and Signature scanned in the prescribed size
  • Application Fee must be paid online so all document required for online transaction

The SBI PO 2018 application form can only be filled on the official website.

Before proceeding with the registration and application process, all candidates are requested to go through the complete guide for SBI PO Online Application.

Click Here to Apply Online for SBI PO 2018

SBI PO Application Process

Step 1: Click on “Click here for New Registration” button provided on the topmost right corner of the home page of the link provided above to start your registration process for SBI PO 2018 Exam.

Step 2: Start your application process for SBI PO 2018 by providing your basic details such as name, mobile number, email id etc. and click on save and next button.

Step 3: Upload your photograph and signature in the required format as provided by State Bank of India for SBI PO 2018. The permissible size of the photograph must be  4.5 cm * 3.5 cm and the photograph must be of passport size with white background. Both the photograph and the signature must be clear and legible. The permissible file size of the photograph must be of minimum 20 KB and of maximum 50 KB and that of the signature must be of minimum 10 KB and of maximum 20 KB.

In the next step of the form, there are two sections that are needed to be filled by candidates.


In this first part, you must first mention:

  • your category (SC/ST/GEN/OBC) and the caste to which you belong.
  • whether you are a person with the disability.
  • if there is any pending dispute related to loan/credit cards etc.
  • whether you were an ex-employee of SBI or currently working in SBI as Clerk/any other Officer
  • any report on adverse character & antecedents, moral turpitude
  • Your Aadhar Card and PAN Card Number
  • How many times you have given SBI PO Exam before
  • Choice of Prelims & Mains Exam Centre
After this, you have to mention your Personal Details that include: Father’s Name, Mother’s Name, Correspondence Address, Permanent Address etc. 


In the second part of the third section of your Application Form, you need to fill your educational qualifications.

  • After that, if you belong to a reserved category, you need to mention if you are willing to take SBI PO Pre-Exam Training. If yes, then chose the center of pre-examination training
  • Once you have successfully clicked on Submit button, you will get a preview of the form. In addition to that, a mail will be sent to your registered email address and a message will be sent to your registered mobile number with your registration number and password.
  • Click on the declaration box stating that you accept all the terms and condition of the exam and click on submit button.
  • Pay your Application Fee through Online Payment Option, i.e. through Credit Card/Debit Card/Net Banking for SBI PO 2018 Exam.

Click on Submit Button. Your application form will be submitted successfully. 

SBI PO Exam Pattern 2018

SBI conducts the PO Exam in three phases which are as follows:

SBI PO Exam Pattern Phase-1: SBI PO Preliminary Examination

This exam consists of three sections wherein 100 objective type questions are asked.

No. Name of Test No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 20 minutes
2 Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
                                Total 100 100 1 hour


  • The candidates have to qualify in each of these sections by at least securing the cut-off marks for each section to be decided by the bank and then only, they will be declared pass and called for the Mains Exam.
  • It should be noted that, unlike the previous year’s Pre exam, this year SBI has introduced sectional time limit i.e. candidates won’t get more time other than the given time for each individual section and they can’t even swap to other sections once they get started with one of those

SBI PO Exam Pattern Phase-2: SBI PO Mains Examination

            In the Mains Exam, 155 objective type questions divided into four sections are asked. Every section has a specified time limit which means candidates won’t get more time other than the given time for each individual section and they can’t even swap to other sections once they get started with one of those.

Sl. No. Name of Test No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 Total Maximum marks are 200 60 Minutes
2 English Language 35 40 Minutes
3 Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 45 Minutes
4 General/Banking/Economy Awareness 40 35 Minutes


155 3 Hours


Note: There will be a penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one-fourth of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. if no answer is marked by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

Descriptive Test

Immediately after completing the above test, the candidates will have to take the descriptive test wherein they will be asked to write letters and essays by typing on the computer. The time allowed for this section will be 30 minutes and the candidates must qualify this section by securing the minimum marks to be decided by the bank. The descriptive test paper of only those candidates will be evaluated who are declared qualified in the Objective test.

SBI PO Exam Pattern Phase-3: Group Exercises (20 Marks) & Interview (30 Marks)

After the candidates are declared qualified in the Mains Exam, they are called for the third and last stage i.e. the Group Exercises and Interview.

In the Group Exercises, candidates are divided into groups and given random topics for group discussion/debate wherein they are closely judged by the panel. They are marked on the basis of their performance in the group exercises and they are finally called for the Personal Interview. Those who secure the qualifying marks in this stage and come in the merit list as decided by the bank are recruited as Probationary Officers. 

Final Score Calculation for SBI PO Exam 

The final merit list of the candidates is made by the bank by aggregating the converted marks of Mains Exam and Group Exercise & Interview out of 100 for each category. Appointments are made from among the top-ranked candidates in each category.

SBI PO Exam Centers


State Code


Preliminary Exam Center

Main Exam Center

11 Andaman & Nicobar Port Blair Port Blair
12 Andhra Pradesh Ananthapur, Chirala, Chittoor, Guntur, Kakinada, Kurnool, Nellore, Ongole, Puttur, Rajahmundhry, Srikakulam, Tirupati, Vijaywada, Vishakhapatnam, Vizianagram Guntur, Kurnool, Vijaywada, Vishakhapatnam
13 Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar, Naharlagun Itanagar
14 Assam Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Kokrajhar, Silchar, Tezpur Guwahati
15 Bihar Arrah, Aurangabad, Bihar Sharif, Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Gaya, Hajipur, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea, Samastipur, Siwan Arrah, Patna
16 Chandigarh Chandigarh Chandigarh
17 Chhattisgarh Bhilai, Bilaspur, Raipur Raipur
18 Goa Panaji, Verna Panaji
19 Gujarat Ahmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Jamnagar, Mehsana, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar
20 Haryana Ambala, Bahadurgarh, Hissar, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Palwal, Yamunanagar Bahadurgarh, Hissar
21 Himachal Pradesh Baddi, Bilaspur, Dharamshala, Hamirpur, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Sirmaur, Solan, Una Shimla, Solan
22 Jammu & Kashmir Baramulla, Jammu, Kathua, Samba, Srinagar Jammu, Srinagar
23 Jharkhand Bokaro, Dhanbad, Hazaribag, Jamshedpur, Ranchi Jamshedpur, Ranchi
24 Karnataka Belgaum, Bellary,  Bengaluru, Bidar, Devangere, Gulbarga, Hubli, Mandya, Mangalore, Mysore, Shimoga, Udipi Bengaluru
25 Kerala Alappuzha, Kannur, Kochi, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad, Thrichur, Thiruvananthapuram Kochi,Thiruvananthapuram
26 Lakshadweep Kavarrati Kavarrati
27 Madhya Pradesh Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Satna, Sagar, Ujjain Bhopal, Indore
28 Maharashtra Amaravati, Aurangabad, Chandrapur, Dhule Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Latur, Mumbai/ Thane/Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nasik, Pune, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Satara Aurangabad, Nagpur, Pune, Mumbai/ Thane/Navi Mumbai
29 Manipur Imphal Imphal
30 Meghalaya Ri-Bhoi, Shillong Shillong
31 Mizoram Aizawal Aizawal
32 Nagaland Kohima Kohima
33 Delhi – NCR Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurugram Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurgaon
34 Odisha Angul, Balasore, Bargarh, Baripada, Berhampur (Ganjam), Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Sambalpur Bhubaneswar
35 Puducherry Puducherry Puducherry
36 Punjab Amritsar, Bhatinda, Fatehgarh Sahib, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala, Phagwara, Sangrur Bhatinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Patiala
37 Rajasthan Ajmer, Alwar, Bhilwara, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur Jaipur
38 Sikkim Gangtok Gangtok
39 Tamilnadu Chennai, Coimbatore, Dindigul, Kanchipuram, Krishnagiri, Madurai, Nagercoil, Namakkal, Perambalur, Salem, Thanjavur, Thiruchirapalli, Tirunelvelli, Thoothukodi, Vellore, Virudhunagar Chennai, Madurai, Tirunelvelli
40 Telangana Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, Warangal Hyderabad
41 Tripura Agartala Agartala
42 Uttar Pradesh Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bulandshaher, Faizabad, Gonda, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Mathura, Meerut, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Varanasi Agra, Allahabad, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Varanasi
43 Uttarakhand Dehradun, Haldwani, Haridwar, Roorkee Dehradun
44 West Bengal Asansol, Berhampur (West Bengal), Bardhaman, Durgapur, Hooghly, Howrah, Kalyani, Kolkata, Siligur Hooghly, Kalyani, Kolkata


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