State Bank of India(SBI) conducted the written exam for the selection of Probationary Officers(PO) in SBI on April 28, 2013. The written exam was conducted in two sessions i.e. Morning and Evening. There was an objective type written test consisting of 200 marks(200 questions divided into 4 sections) followed by a descriptive test of 50 marks. More than 17 lacs candidates from over India applied for this exam. You can read more about SBI PO 2013 official notification here. There are total of 1,500 vacancies.
SBI PO 2013 – Written Exam Analysis:
Data Sufficiency: As expected, there were not much proper mathematics questions except 1 or 2 but most of the questions were from the Data Interpretation and Sufficiency. This was one of the easiest section of today’s exam as the questions were pretty straight forward with minimal shortcuts required.
English Language & Comprehension and General Awareness: Both the sections were average in difficulty as some of the questions were pretty easy, summed up with some tricky questions. General Awareness section was easier than it was expected before the exam.
Reasoning: As always, Reasoning was the difficult and time consuming section of all. Questions of arrangement again took the lot of time of students.
Verdict: Overall, the difficulty level of exam was average. Definitely, it was easier than the last year’s exam.
Selection Process in SBI PO 2013:
Phase 1: The candidates are required to qualify in the objective tests by securing passing marks, in each of the tests, to be decided by SBI, on the basis of competing candidates taken together in each test to a minimum required level for each category. There will be sectional cut off and a overall cut off.
Descriptive Test of only those candidates will be evaluated who will qualify objective test. There will be minimum cut off in descriptive test too like the objective written exam.
To call the candidates for interview, the aggregate marks of both objective test and descriptive test will be considered i.e. from total of 250 marks.
Phase 2: Three times the number of vacancies would be called for GD and interview. Group Discussion of 20 marks followed by interview of 30 marks.
SBI PO Cutoff 2013:
The minimum cut off for General candidates to be called for GD and interview is expected to be more than 125-130 marks this time around as the exam was relatively easier than the last year’s. Last year, the marks secured in the written test by the last candidates who were called for GD & interview are as follows:
SBI PO Result 2013:
The result of SBI PO 2013 is expected to be announced in a month or two. As the exam was conducted offline and there was a descriptive test also, so the result processing might take some time. Till then, you can check out SSC CGL 2013 Question papers and answer keys.
Update: Click here to check out the result of SBI PO 2013 Written Exam. (List of Roll Nos. of selected candidates shortlisted for interview). Only 3127 candidates have been shortlisted for 1500 PO vacancies.
The interviews are scheduled from July 3, 2013. The cutoff and marks will be announced later after the selection process is completed.
Click here to check the final result of SBI PO 2013(Written test+Interview).
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