SBI PO Selection Process with Complete Statistics

State Bank of India (SBI) had streamlined the Probationary Officer (PO) recruitment process over the years. Though pattern remained more or less same during the past few years, few tweakings were done this year in relation to third and final stage of selection. In this article, we try to understand SBI PO selection process based on previous year trends and other statistics.

Selection Process of SBI PO

screenshot-docs-google-com-2016-10-05-06-37-51SBI PO Selection process is divided into 3 stages namely: 1) Preliminary test to filter number of candidates 2) Mains test to evaluate candidates understanding of English, Current and Banking Affairs and Aptitude and 3) GD and Personal Interview round to test each candidate’s communication, inter-personal skills and evaluate further. At Stage-III, Group Discussion (GD) was further divided into 2 components namely GD on General topic and Prioritization Topic.

Weightage of Parameters

Weightage given at different stages is captured below:


Previous Year Statistics

We relied on statistics compiled by various sources to arrive at number of vacancies and candidates called for Stage-III i.e., GD and PI round. We cannot vouch for 100% accuracy of the following numbers but it should provide an insight into the trends and patterns followed.




On an average, 2.5 candidates were called for interview stage for each vacancies. In 2015, number of final selections are more than vacancies announced due to filling up of backlog vacancies carried forward from 2014. Similarly, SBI called few candidates in Scheduled Tribe category in 2015 due to few candidates crossing the stipulated cut-offs.

SBI PO 2016 Cut-Offs

Sectional Cut-Offs and overall cut-off have come down drastically for SBI PO 2016 due to increase in difficulty level of Mains exam.


Minimum Marks to be obtained for getting a GD and interview call is around 90 for general category candidates and 87.25, 78.75 and 78 for candidates belonging to Other Backward Castes, Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe. Total marks to be secured for getting the final selection is as under: