State Bank of India (SBI) 2021 Recruitment Notification. SBI has released official notification for the job openings of Probationary Officer positions. Check the eligibility and notification prior to apply for the positions.

Closing Date is on :- 25th October, 2021.

No. of Posts and Vacancies :- 

Probationary Officer - 2056 Posts

Job Location - Across India

Other Qualification Details :-

Recruitment Of Probationary Officers. Applications are invited from eligible Indian Citizens for appointment as Probationary Officers (POs) in State Bank of India. The selected candidates may be posted anywhere in India.

1. Post Name: Probationary Officers (POs)

2. No of Posts: 2,056

3. Essential Academic Qualifications (as on 31.12.2021):

i. Graduation in any discipline from a recognised University or any equivalent qualification recognised as such by the Central Government.

ii. Those who are in the Final Year/ Semester of their Graduation may also apply provisionally subject to the condition that, if called for interview, they will have to produce proof of having passed the graduation examination on or before 31.12.2021.

iii. Candidates having Integrated Dual Degree (IDD) certificate should ensure that the date of passing the IDD is on or before 31.12.2021.

iv. Candidates possessing qualification of Chartered Accountant or Cost Accountant may also apply.

4. Emoluments:

Presently, the starting basic pay is 41,960/- (with 4 advance increments) in the scale of 36000-1490/7-46430-1740/2-49910-1990/7-63840 applicable to Junior Management Grade Scale-I. The official will also be eligible for D.A, H.R.A/ Lease rental, C.C.A, Medical and other allowances & perquisites as per rules in force from time to time



Not below 21 years and not above 30 years as on 01.04.2021 i.e. candidates must have been born not later than 01.04.2000 and not earlier than 02.04.1991 (both days inclusive).

Application Fee:

Application Fee will be 750/- for General/ EWS/ OBC candidates and Nil for SC/ ST/ PWD candidates. Application Fee once paid will NOT be refunded on any account nor can it be held in reserve for any other examination or selection.

Important Dates:

1. On-line registration including Editing/ Modification of Application by candidates: 05.10.2021 to 25.10.2021  

2. Payment of Application Fee: 05.10.2021 to 25.10.2021  

3. Download of Preliminary Examination Call Letters: 1 st /2 nd week November 2021 onwards  

4. Phase-I: Online Preliminary Examination: November/ December 2021  

5. Declaration of Result of Preliminary Examination: December 2021 

6. Download of Main Examination: Call letter 2  nd /3rd week December 2021 onwards

7. Phase-II: Online Main Examination: December 2021 

8. Declaration of Result of Main Examination: January 2022 Download of Phase-III Call Letter 1 st /2 nd week of February 2022 onwards  

9. Phase-III: Interview (Or Interview & Group Exercises): 2nd/ 3rd week of February 2022  

10. Declaration of Final Result: February / March 2022

11. Pre-Examination Training for SC/ ST/ Religious Minority Community candidates  

12. Download of call letters for Pre-Examination Training: 1 st week of November 2021 onwards 

13. Conduct of Pre- Examination Training: 2 nd week of November 2021

General Information:

i. Candidates are advised to take a printout of their system generated online application form after submitting the application. 

ii. Candidates should satisfy themselves about their eligibility for the post applied for. The Bank would admit to the test all the candidates applying for the post with the requisite fee on the basis of the information furnished in the online application and shall determine their eligibility only at the time of interview and/or at later stages. 

iii. Request for change/ correction in any particulars (including category) in the application form, once application is finally submitted, will not be entertained under any circumstances. No correspondence/ phone/ email will be entertained in this regard. Candidates are advised to fill up the online application carefully and furnish the correct information in the application. 

iv. Candidates are advised in their own interest to apply online well before the closing date and not to wait till the last date to avoid the possibility of disconnection/ inability/ failure to log on to the website on account of heavy load on internet or website jam. 

v. SBI does not assume any responsibility for the candidates not being able to submit their applications within the last date on account of aforesaid reasons or  for any other reason beyond the control of SBI.

vi. Not more than one application should be submitted by a candidate. In case of multiple applications, only the last valid (completed) application will be retained and the application fee/ intimation charges paid for the other registrations will stand forfeited. Multiple attendance/ appearance by a candidate in examination/ interview will result in summary rejection/ cancellation of candidature. 

vii. The possibility of occurrence of some problems in administration of examinationcannot be ruled out completely, which may impact test delivery/ generation of result. In such cases, every effort will be made to resolve the problem, which may include the conduct of another examination if considered necessary.

viii. Call letter for Preliminary Exam will not be collected at the examination venue. However, it will be duly Checked/ Authenticated/ Stamped by the exam centre staff. Candidate will need to retain the call letter (along with authenticated/ stamped copy of ID proof) safely. Those candidates who are called for Main Exam will be required to bring duly authenticated “Original Preliminary Exam Call Letter (with Authenticated Copy of ID Proof)” as well as “Main Exam Call Letter” and “Other Requisite Documents” as per information provided in the “Acquaint Yourself Booklet” and “Call Letter”. 

ix. Candidates serving in Government/ Quasi Government Offices, Public Sector Undertakings including Nationalised Banks and Financial Institutions are advised to submit 'No Objection Certificate' from their employer at the time of interview, failing which their candidature may not be considered and travelling expenses, if any, otherwise admissible, will not be paid. 

x. In case of selection, candidates will be required to produce proper discharge certificate from the employer at the time of taking up the appointment. 

xi. The original documents regarding eligibility criteria and proof of date of birth should be produced for verification on the date of interview. Candidate will not be allowed to attend the interview if original certificates are not produced for verification on the date of interview. 

xii. Caste certificate issued by Competent Authority on the format prescribed by the Government of India will have to be submitted by the SC/ ST candidates, if called for interview. 

xiii. Candidates are advised to keep their e-mail ID & mobile connection active for receiving advices. 

xiv. A declaration will have to be submitted in the prescribed format by candidates seeking reservation under OBC category stating that he/ she does not belong to the Creamy Layer”. OBC certificate on format prescribed by Govt. of India containing the 'Non-creamy layer' clause, issued during the period 01.04.2021 to the date of interview, should be submitted by such candidates, if called for interview. 

xv. Benefit of reservation under EWS category can be availed upon production of an ‘Income and Asset Certificate’ issued by a Competent Authority on the format prescribed by Government of India based on gross annual income for the financial year 2020-21 as per the extant DoPT guidelines.

xvi. Appointment of selected candidates is subject to his/ her being declared medically fit as per the requirement of the Bank. 

xvii. Any legal proceedings in respect of any matter of claim or dispute arising out of this advertisement and/ or an application in response thereto can be instituted only in Mumbai and Courts/ Tribunals/ Forums at Mumbai only shall have sole and exclusive jurisdiction to try any cause/ dispute. 

xviii. Outstation candidates called for interview will be reimbursed Railway AC-III fare for the shortest route in India or actual expenses incurred (whichever is lower) from place of residence/ posting to Interview venue. Local transportation expenses will not be reimbursed. A candidate found ineligible for the post will not be permitted to appear in interview and will not be reimbursed any fare

Selection Process :-

1. The selection for Probationary Officers will be done through a three-tier process:

i. Phase-I: Preliminary Examination: Preliminary Examination consisting of Objective Test for 100 marks will be conducted online. The test will have of 3 Sections (with separate timings for each section) as follows:

2. Candidates reporting without photograph pasted on the call letter and without two additional photographs (same as pasted on call letter) for Preliminary will NOT be allowed to appear in the Preliminary Examination.

3. Selection criteria for Main Examination: Category wise merit list will be drawn on the basis of the aggregate marks scored in the Preliminary Examination. There will be no sectional cut-off. Candidates numbering 10 times (approx.) the numbers of vacancies in each category will be short listed for Main Examination from the top of above merit list.

4. Phase-II: Main Examination: Main Examination will be conducted online and will consist of Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 50 marks. The Descriptive Test will be administered immediately after conclusion of the Objective Test and candidates will have to type their Descriptive Test answers on the computer.

5. Objective Test: The duration of objective test is 3 hours and it consists of 4 Sections of total 200 marks. There will be separate timing for every section.

6. Descriptive Test: The duration of Descriptive Test is 30 minutes. It will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) with two questions for total 50 marks

7. Selection criteria for Phase-III: Category wise merit list will be drawn on the basis of the aggregate marks scored in Phase-II (Main Exam). There will be no sectional cut-off. Candidates numbering up to 3 times (approx.) of the category wise vacancies will be shortlisted for Phase-III from the top of the category wise merit list subject to a candidate scoring the minimum aggregate qualifying score, as decided by the Bank.

8. Penalty for Wrong Answers (Applicable to both - Preliminary & Main Examination): There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, 1/4th of 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 candidate, there will be no penalty for that question. 

9. Sectional Marks will not be maintained for both Preliminary & Main Examinations. Phase-III: In view of the Social Distancing and safety measures necessitated due to  COVID-19 pandemic, the 3 rd Phase may comprise of (i) Interview only (50 marks) OR (ii) Interview (30 marks) & Group Exercises (20 marks).

10. Candidates will have to score minimum qualifying marks in Phase-III to be considered for final selection. The minimum qualifying marks will be decided by the Bank. 

i. Candidates qualifying for Phase-III under 'OBC' category would be required to submit OBC certificate containing the 'Non-Creamy layer' clause. Candidates who have registered themselves as OBC but do not submit OBC 'Non-Creamy layer' certificate and request for interview under General category will not be entertained.

11. Candidates qualifying for Phase-III under EWS category would be required to submit EWS certificate issued based on gross annual income for the financial year 2020-21 as per DoPT guidelines. Candidates who have registered themselves as EWS but do not submit EWS certificate issued based on gross annual income for the financial year 2020-21 as per DoPT guidelines and request for interview under General category will not be entertained.

12. Final Selection The candidates will have to qualify both in Phase-II and Phase-III separately. The marks obtained in Main Examination (Phase-II), both in the Objective Test and the Descriptive Test, will be added to the marks obtained in Phase-III for preparing the final merit list.

13. The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added for preparing the final merit list for selection. Marks secured by the candidates in the Phase-II (out of 250 marks) are converted to out of 75 marks and Phase-III scores of candidates (out of 50 marks) are converted to out of 25 marks.

14. The final merit list is arrived at after aggregating (out of 100) converted marks of Phase-II and Phase-III. Selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category.

Steps to Apply :-

1. Online Registration Of Application & Payment Of Fees: From 05.10.2021 To 25.10.2021

2. Candidates are advised to check Bank's website or regularly for details and updates.

3. No separate intimation will be issued in case of any change/ update.

4. All Changes/ Updates/ Corrigendum will be hosted only on Bank’s website or

5. Candidates can apply online only from 05.10.2021 to 25.10.2021. No other mode of application will be accepted.

6. Pre-requisites for Applying Online: Candidates should have valid email ID and mobile no. which should be kept active till the declaration of results. It will be essentially required for receiving any communication/ call letters/ advices from the bank by email/ SMS.

7. Candidates will be required to register themselves online through Bank's ‘Career’ website or

8. After registration candidates are required to pay the requisite application fee through online mode by using debit card/ credit card/ Internet Banking. (between 11:00 AM to 06:00 PM on working days) or lodge their query on Candidates should mention ‘Recruitment Of Probationary Officers In State Bank Of India - 2021’ in the subject of the email.

9. Registration & Payment Of Fees [online Mode Only]:

i. First scan the photograph, signature, left-hand thumb impression and handwritten declaration as detailed under the guidelines given

ii. The text for the hand-written declaration is as follows: “I_ (Name of the candidate), (Date of Birth) hereby declare that all the information submitted by me in the application form is correct, true and valid. I will present the supporting documents as and when required. The signature, photograph and left-hand thumb impression is of mine”.

iii. Left-Hand Thumb Impression: If a candidate is not having left-hand thumb impression, he/ she may use his/ her right-hand thumb impression

iv. Visit Bank's website or and open the Online Application Form, available under 'Current Openings’.

v. Fill the application carefully. Once the application is filled completely, candidates should submit their data

vi. After rechecking and ensuring correctness of the particulars in the application form, candidate should pay fees through the payment gateway integrated with the application, by following the instructions available on the screen.

vii. The payment can be made by using debit card/ credit card/ Internet Banking by providing information as asked on the screen. Transaction charges for online payment, if any, will be borne by the candidates. 

viii. On successful completion of the transaction, e-receipt and application form will be generated; which may be printed for record. 

ix. If the online transaction is not successfully completed, please register again and make payment online. 

x. There is also a provision to reprint the e-Receipt and Application form containing fee details, at later stage. 

xi. Please do not send the printout of application form to the Bank

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