Every year, lakhs of students apply for State Bank of India’s (SBI) Probationary Officer (PO) exams. The aspirants apply for the 1800 posts that SBI takes out for PO exam. It is to be believed that the advanced technology, changing rules and regulations, new licensing policy by RBI, and various other such factors will give rise to around 15 to 20 lakh new jobs in the banking sector in the years to come. When it comes to joining a bank, SBI is the most preferred choice of many aspirants for both clerical as well as probationary officer posts.
SBI has made official announcement that around 17 lakh aspirants have applied this year for 1800 vacancies of PO.
The selection procedure includes qualifying in the written exam, and further the shortlisted candidates have to appear in group discussion and personal interview.
The exam is conducted in two phases – first phase is a 2 hours objective type test of 200 marks and a descriptive test of 50 marks. The first phase consists of 4 sections – English Language, General Awareness, Data Analysis & Interpretation and Reasoning. The objective test would be online and immediately after the objective tests, the descriptive tests would be held which is required to be given with pen & paper.
Each candidate is required to qualify in both the tests separately and the decision of the bank should stand final.
The second phase of the entrance exam comprise of group discussion of 20 marks and personal interview of 30 marks. The aggregate marks of qualified candidates (who qualify both in objective & descriptive tests) will be arranged in descending order in each category of candidates in the order of merit and would be called for group discussion and interview.
The online examination will add to the value of the exam because of the fact that large numbers of aspirants appear for SBI – PO & clerk exams and it becomes a cumbersome process to monitor each of the processes. With almost everything appearing on e-platform, the decision of taking the objective exam online will save the efforts and time of the aspirants and the bank.