SBI Recruitment  

The origin of SBI goes back to establishment of Bank of Calcutta on 2nd June, 1806. Later, with two other banks, the entity was amalgamated as Imperial Bank of India on 27th January 1921. Finally, by an Act of Parliament of India in May 1955, Imperial Bank of India was taken over and the present SBI was constituted on 1st July, 1955.

Now, SBI is the largest lender in the arena of commercial banking in India with a vast network of 15,000 branches and 5 associate banks. In addition, SBI at presents maintains 189 Foreign Offices in 35 countries to meet international needs of the bank's foreign customers. Within the country the bank has sub-divided its´┐Ż activities in 14 circles. Employee strength of the bank at present is 221,000.

Altogether, there are 12 steps of employees in the bank from Messenger at the bottom to Chairperson at the top. Three categories of employees viz. Messenger ( Class IV ), Clerical ( Class III ) and Junior Management Gr.I ( P.O. or Assistant Manager) are usually recruited every/alternate year in common categories. There is no Notice for recruitment in the Clerical Cadre in 2013 up to October, this year. However, as per insider's information, it is likely within December, 2013. Recruitment of Messengers in near future is unlikely due to increasing use of machines, up gradation of technology, out-sourcing of some non-core SBI functions etc.

However, continued branch expansion, growing complexities of job profiles, retirement scenario and huge resignations in the lower levels of new recruits are some dominant reasons for ensuing recruitments. Other than recruitment of 1500 P.O. in 2013, Rajbhasha Officers, Technical Officers, Lawyers, Engineers etc. are being recruited at present in Special Category.

The whole process of recruitment in SBI is initiated and controlled by Central Recruitment & Promotion Department of Corporate Office, Mumbai. Personnel Department in each Circle Office or Local Head Office in 14 circles supervises the recruitment process taking assistance of outside agencies (other than IBPS).

SBI PO Recruitment

Age Bar

Between 21 and 30 years with respect to a specific date as per Notification for general candidates. Age relaxation for OBC, SC/ST etc. as per Central Government Rules.

Academic Qualification

Candidate must be Graduate from any recognized university with minimum marks of 50% in aggregate.

Selection Process

i. Online submission of application within a specified date according to instructions in Notification.

ii. Candidates are primarily tested by written examinations consisting of multiple choice questions. The questions are usually from Computer Awareness, General Knowledge, Reasoning Ability, Numerical Ability and English Language.

iii. After written tests, candidates are selected according to cut-off marks decided by the authority for Interview and Personal Evaluation. This process consists of Group Discussion, Mock Test, One to One interview etc.


Basic for P.O. at present is Rs.14,500/- + IN the first two years of job training in the same circle T.A., Accommodation Allowance, Halting etc. are paid. So, initial total emoluments for P.O. is not less than Rs. 28,000/- at present.

SBI Clerk Recruitment

General Information

According to initial plan of SBI, the bank will recruit one lakh (1,00,000) clerical staff starting from 2008. Up to 2012 the bank has recruited nearly 55,000 staff. In 2012, the bank has recruited 9500 clerical staff and is going to recruit more than 10,000 in 2013.

SBI clerical written test questions are set by an agency other than IBPS (IBPS conducts similar clerical written tests for other nationalized commercial banks). 3 sets of questions are supplied by 3 agencies and the bank authority choose one of them for the examination all over India. Selection of venue, vigilance during the test are done by SBI personnel.

Employment Notice

The employment notice for SBI clerical, 2013 will be available in SBI website, Employment News and major english dailies. The notice is likely to be published in April and the written test will be held in June or July.

Academic Qualification

Minimum academic qualification for SBI is 60% marks in Higher Secondary or same standard of other examination recognized and accepted by the bank. Out of 14 circles of SBI, candidates can opt for any specific circle, e.g. Bengal Circle.

- 60% marks for General Category

- 55% marks for Other Categories

Age Limit

- General Category : 18 to 26 years

- SC/ST : 5 years relaxation as per government rules

- OBC : Up to 29 years

- Widows, Divorced Women : Up to 35 years

- Ex-servicemen : 18 + Defense service period + 3 years

Nature of Written Test

200 marks equally divided into five parts...

i. Math: Time and Distance, average, mensuration related

ii. English: Comprehension, error in sentence, re-arrangement of jumbled up paragraph, fill in the blanks

iii. General Knowledge or Current Affairs

iv. Computer and Marketing: Basics of computer use required in a bank's job and preliminary ideas of marketing

v. Test of Reasoning

- Time allotted for written test: Two(2) hours

- One(1) negative mark for three(3) wrong answers


30 marks are allotted for interview and five times the number of vacancy declared are offered in interview opportunity. Usually SBI officials are interviewers. Experience indicates that minimum 140 or 150 marks in written test is required for getting a chance in interview.


Successful candidates after interview, according to the number of vacancy declared, will have to go through a normal medical test where nature of the test and pathological laboratories are selected or approved by SBI.

Gross Emolument

Nearly Rs. 16,000/-, inclusive of 15 liter petrol price, cost of periodicals etc., at present.

Bank PO Mock Test and Bank Clerical Mock Test may be helpful for SBI exam preparation.

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