SBI entrance exam FAQs

SBI entrance exam FAQs

1. How State Bank of India evolved?

The evolution of SBI can be marked in the first decade of nineteenth century with the establishment of Bank of Calcutta in 1806. Later on it received charter and was changed to Bank of Bengal (1809). It was a unique association of Bank of British India sponsored by Government of Bengal. The Bank of Bombay (1840) and Bank of Madras (1843) followed the Bank of Bengal. These three banks remained at the top of modern banking in India till their amalgamation as the Imperial Bank of India on January 27, 1921.

After independence, in the year 1951, the first five year plan was launched in which the development of rural India was given highest priority. But other commercial banks including Imperial Bank were confined to the urban sector.

In order, therefore, to serve the economy in general and the rural sector in particular, the All India Rural Credit Survey Committee recommended the creation of a state-partnered and state-sponsored bank by taking over the Imperial Bank of India, and integrating with it, the former state-owned or state-associate banks. An act was accordingly passed in Parliament in May 1955 and the State Bank of India was constituted on 1 July 1955. Later, the State Bank of India (Subsidiary Banks) Act was passed in 1959, enabling the State Bank of India to take over eight former State-associated banks as its subsidiaries (later named Associates).

2. What is the education qualification required?

Graduation in any discipline from recognized university or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government.

3. My graduation aggregate is 55%, will it make me disqualified?

For SBI PO there is no minimum percentage required, if you are a graduate and within the specified age limit you can apply.

4. Presently I am in the final semester of my graduation, can I apply for SBI PO Exam?

You can apply as final year student but you have to show the proof of passing the graduation exam at the time of interview.

5. What is the age limit for this exam?

Age limit for PO exam is:

Minimum – 21 years, Maximum – 30 years

Age limit for clerk exam is:

Minimum – 20 years, Maximum – 28 years

Relaxation of upper limit is also there.

a. Schedule caste/ Schedule tribe – 5 years
b. Other backward classes – 3 years
c. Person with disabilities (PWD) – PWD (SC/ST)-15 years

PWD (OBC) – 13 years

PWD (GEN) – 10 years

d. Ex-Servicemen and Commissioned Officers, including ECO’s/SSCO’s who have rendered at least 5 years military service and have been release on the completion of assignment (Including those whose assignment is due to be completed within the next one year from the last date of receipt of application) other than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency or on account of physical disability attributable to military service – 5 years

e. All persons who have ordinarily been domiciled in Kashmir Division of J&K State during 01.01.1980 and 31.12.1989 – 5 years

6. What size of photograph is required and how to upload it?

There are few tips to click required photograph:
i. Take a color photo of passport size, with a light colored or white background
ii. Sit straight and look at the camera, your face should be relaxed
iii. You should not stand facing sun, so that no other shadow comes in photograph
iv. Be aware of red eye while using flash
v. Reflection should be avoided if you wear specs, so that eyes are clearly visible
vi. Religious caps are allowed but they should not cover your face, other caps, hats, dark glasses are prohibited
vii. Preferred dimension 200 x 230 pixels
viii. File size should be 20kb-50kb. It should not exceed 50kb.

Steps to upload photograph:

i. You need to set your scanner resolution to a minimum of 200 dpi (dots per inch)
ii. Setting of color should be to true color
iii. Size of the file- 20kb to 50kb
iv. Crop the image in the scanner to the edge of the photo, go to the upload editor to crop the image to the size mentioned above
v. Format of the file should be JPG or JPEG
vi. Now in the application you have to select and click link to upload photograph
vii. Then select and click the file where the scanned photograph has been saved
viii. Click the upload button. Your photo will be uploaded.

7. What is on line applying procedure for SBI exam?

You have to go through the following given steps:

i. Log on to the website or
ii. Select recruitment option
iii. Fill in the application form very carefully, recheck twice
iv. Click the “SUBMIT” button. Note down registration number and password.
v. Last but very important, take print out of the application

8. I am applying on line for this exam, how can I assure my registration?

If you have registered successfully then your “Registration No.” and “Password” will be generated and shown on the page displayed. Note down these carefully for reprinting the application and to download call letter.

9. How can I modify the details already entered in application?

There is an option ‘EDIT’ to correct the details. You can edit immediately after registration. Modification is allowed only 3 times. After modifying details don’t forget to take fresh printout.

10. What is the selection process of SBI?

SBI selection process is based on performance in written exam followed by descriptive test, group discussion and interview. It is done in two phases which are mentioned below:

Phase 1: Written test

i. Objective paper – English language, General awareness, Marketing & Computer, Data analysis & Interpretation
ii. Descriptive – comprehensions, Short précis, letter writing & Essay writing.

Phase 2:

i. Group discussion
ii. Interview

Those who qualify in written examination are called for group discussion and interview depending on the vacancies.

11. I want to know the examination pattern?

SBI clerk exam pattern is as follows:
General English --------- 40 Marks
Reasoning --------------- 40 Marks
Quantitative Aptitude --- 40 Marks
Marketing & Computer ---- 40 Marks
General Awareness ------- 40 Marks

Total ----200 Marks

Syllabus for SBI PO exam is as follows:

General English ----- 50 Marks
Reasoning ----------- 50 Marks
General Awareness --- 50 Marks
Data Analysis & Interpretation ---- 50 Marks
Total ---- 200 Marks

12. What is the Exam syllabus I have to follow for my exam preparation?

English course

- Reading Comprehension
- Faulty construction
- Jumbled sentences
- Close passages

Reasoning course

- Directions & Arrangements (circular arrangements)
- Coding (sentence)
- Critical reasoning
- Syllogism
- Analogies(meaning based + logical)
- Data sufficiency
- Sequential output tracing
- Visual Reasoning

General Awareness course

- Banking
- Current Affairs
- Computer Awareness
- Marketing

Data analysis & Interpretation course

- Quantitative Aptitude
- Line graph
- Pie charts
- Bar charts
- Tables
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