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Banking is one of the fastest growing industry in India and they are considered as sunrise sector of Indian Economy. More so, the government is focusing on providing banking facilities in every village and town, under its Financial Inclusion scheme. And hence, more and more branches of the banks are being opened in every part of the country.

A Bank Probationary Officer (Bank PO): This is a managerial position in a bank. After the essential 1 to 2-year training, candidates are designated as Assistant Managers (AM) or Deputy Managers (DM). Starting Salary as a Bank PO ranges from Rs. 30,000 – Rs. 40,000, depending upon bank to bank and location of posting.

Bank Clerks: As the name suggests, this is a clerical position in the bank and this can be considered as entry level job in a bank. Salary of a Bank Clerk is generally in the range of Rs. 20,000-25,000 depending on bank to bank and posting location.

Specialist Officers (SO): Banks also hire candidates for specialist profiles like – IT Officer, HR Officer, Marketing Officer, Finance Officer, Law Officer, Agriculture Officer etc. Usually, the grade and the starting salary of Specialist Officer is in the same range as Probationary Officers.

Every year, government banks recruit more than 1,00,000 candidates for various roles. So in the terms of the employment in government sector, Banking is the most lucrative sector to grab a government job.

Following banks are the main bank which are recruiting regularly over the years – State Bank of India, Reserve Bank of India, NABARD, SIDBI PSU Bank: Allahabad Bank, Andhra Bank, Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, Bank of Maharashtra, Canara Bank, Central Bank of India, Corporation Bank, Dena Bank, Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Punjab & Sindh Bank, Punjab National Bank, Syndicate Bank, UCO Bank, Union Bank of India, United Bank of India, Vijaya Bank, IDBI Bank, BharatiyaMahila Bank.

Every year, multiple exams are conducted for the recruitment of Bank PO, Bank Clerk & Specialist Officers. Broadly, these exams can be classified into following Categories-

IBPS PO: It is a common exam conducted by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) for 20 PSU Banks for the recruitment of Probationary Officers. IBPS Clerk: It is a common exam conducted by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) for 20 PSU Banks for the recruitment of Clerical Cadres.

IBPS Specialist Officers (IBPS SO): It is a common exam conducted by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) for 20 PSU Banks for the recruitment of Specialist Officers like Marketing Officer, IT Officer, HR Officer etc.

IBPS Regional Rural Bank Exam: Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts a common written exam for all the Regional Rural Banks of India (RRBs) for the posts of Probationary Officer, Clerical and Specialist Officers.

SBI Probationary Officer: State Bank of India conducts its own exam for recruitment of Probationary Officers.

SBI Clerk: State Bank of India conducts its own exam for recruitment of Clerical Cadres.

RBI Grade B Exam: Reserve Bank of India recruit officers (Grade B) through an All India exam. Through, there are very few jobs in this, but working with RBI has its own benefits and future prospects.

Bank Exams

 Every year, multiple exams are conducted for the recruitment of Bank PO, Bank Clerk & Specialist Officers. Broadly, these exams can be classified into following Categories-

IBPS PO: It is a common exam conducted by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) for 20 PSU Banks for the recruitment of Probationary Officers. IBPS Clerk: It is a common exam conducted by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) for 20 PSU Banks for the recruitment of Clerical Cadres.

IBPS Specialist Officers (IBPS SO): It is a common exam conducted by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) for 20 PSU Banks for the recruitment of Specialist Officers like Marketing Officer, IT Officer, HR Officer etc.

IBPS Regional Rural Bank Exam: Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts a common written exam for all the Regional Rural Banks of India (RRBs) for the posts of Probationary Officer, Clerical and Specialist Officers.

SBI Probationary Officer: State Bank of India conducts its own exam for recruitment of Probationary Officers.

SBI Clerk: State Bank of India conducts its own exam for recruitment of Clerical Cadres.

RBI Grade B Exam: Reserve Bank of India recruit officers (Grade B) through an All India exam. Through, there are very few jobs in this, but working with RBI has its own benefits and future prospects.

RBI Assistants Exam: RBI recruits Clerical Cadres through an All India exam. Again, a job in RBI is considered very prestigious.

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    The notification of SBI PO 2018 recruitment was released on 21st April for 2000 vacancies of Bank PO. The online exam of SBI PO Prelims has been successfully concluded. The result of SBI PO 2018 is expected to be released after 10 days of Preliminary exam. Candidates who will be shortlisted in the result will be called for SBI PO Mains exam. The online exam of SBI PO Mains will be held on 4th August 2018. Check out the updated syllabus, exam pattern, previous year question papers, cut off, and free mock test for SBI PO online preparation. SBI PO 2018 Notification Summary Exam Date Eligibility Vacancy Apply Online Admit Card Salary Selection Syllabus Exam Pattern Cut Off Question Papers Preparation Online Videos Test Series Result What is SBI PO Exam? SBI PO, a national level exam is being conducted by State Bank of India for the recruitment of Probationary Officers. SBI PO is known for the most coveted job profile among other bank PO post where almost 30 Lakh students participate in the exam annually. Candidates who get selected after the final interview round, get the opportunity to work with SBI as a Probationary Officer (PO) in Junior Management Grade Scale-I (JMGS-I). SBI PO Recruitment 2018: Important Dates Events Important Dates Start Date of SBI PO Application Form 21st April 2018 Last Date to Apply Online for SBI PO 13th May 2018 SBI PO Admit Card Download Date 18th June 2018 SBI PO Exam Date 2018 (Prelims) 1st, 7th, & 8th July 2018 SBI PO Result Date 15th July 2018 SBI PO Mains Call Letter Date 20th July 2018 SBI PO Mains Exam Date 4th August 2018 SBI PO Mains Result Date 20th August 2018 SBI PO Interview Call Letter 1st September 2018 Group Exercises & Interview Date 24th Sep to 12th Oct 2018 SBI PO Final Result Declaration Date 1st November 2018 What’s New in SBI PO Exam 2018? Unlike last year, this time SBI PO recruitment has come up with following two major changes: 1. First, a sectional time limit has been introduced for each section in SBI PO Prelims exam. 2. Second, there is no sectional cut off for SBI PO Preliminary as well as Mains exams. The final selection of the candidates will be based on their performance in each phase of the exam. Eligibility Criteria The eligibility criteria for SBI PO Exam is as follows- Age-Based Eligibility Minimum 21 years and maximum 30 years as on 1st April 2018. Educational Qualification Graduation in any discipline from a recognized University or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government as on 31st August 2018. Vacancies The SBI PO notification 2018 has been released officially for a total of 2000 vacancies. The details of the vacancies (category-wise) are as follows. SBI PO Vacancies PWD Vacancies SC ST OBC General Total LD VI HI Total 300 150 540 1010 2000 27 26 65 118 Application Form The registration process for SBI PO is over now at http://ibps.sifyitest.com/sbipoapr18/. However, you can check the following steps on how to fill the application form online. Visit official site’s “www.sbi.co.in/careers” page. Go to the “Click here for New Registration“. Enter your valid details such as Name, Email ID & Contact Number. Now click on “Submit“. You will get Registration Number and Password on the screen. Upload your scanned signature and photograph. Enter your personal details as per educational certificate. Now pay application Fee via debit card/credit card/internet banking. Final step is to check the details and save the copy of SBI PO form. Download it for future reference. Admit Card The admit card for SBI PO is now available to download at the official website. Job Profile It is essential to understand what kind of tasks one might have to undertake after getting selected as a probationary officer in SBI. The candidates after selection undergo a probation period of 2 years. Candidates undergo training in this period to understand the various aspects of banking procedures in a practical way. Salary One of the most asked questions among students is the in-hand salary that they would receive as a probationary officer in SBI. The basic grade pay is Rs. 27620/– which is accompanied by 4 increments. Apart from this, the salary component involves Dearness Allowance, City Compensatory Allowance, Leased House Accommodation, Furniture Allowance, Medical Insurance, Travelling Allowance etc. For more details, you can check the SBI PO Salary. Promotion and Career Growth The career growth of an SBI PO is mentioned below- Probationary Officer (Assistant Manager, JMGS – I) Deputy Manager (MMGS) Manager (MMGS) Chief Manager (MMGS) Assistant General Manager (SMGS) Deputy General Manager (TEGS) Chief General Manager (TEGS) General Manager (TEGS) Selection Procedure The Selection Procedure of SBI PO involves the following phases- Preliminary Exam (Objective) Mains Exam (Objective + Descriptive) Group Exercise and Interview Biometric Verification: The biometric verification system is being launched for the secure SBI PO 2018 selection procedure. For Biometric Verification, the bank will take your digital thumb impression, to check your authenticity. Any discrepancy in your biometric data may lead to rejection and legal actions against you. Thus, it is advisable not to apply things like Mehandi (Henna), Chemical, Ink, etc. on your hands. Exam Pattern This year, new exam pattern has been introduced for SBI PO Prelims exam. Now, there is a sectional time limit of 20 minutes to attempt each section in the online test of SBI PO Prelims. However, there is no change in total time duration. Section No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration English 30 30 20 Minutes Reasoning 35 35 20 Minutes Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20 Minutes Total 100 100 60 Minutes The preliminary exam of SBI PO consists of 3 sections: Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning Ability English Language. Syllabus There are slight changes in the topics that are asked in the prelims as well as the Mains phase of SBI PO Exam. For instance, preliminary exam in SBI PO consists of Quantitative Aptitude Section, which changes to Data Interpretation and Analysis in Mains and comprises of questions specifically from this topic. You can go through the detailed syllabus of SBI PO Prelims & Mains here. Cut Off From now onwards, there will be no sectional cutoff in the exam of SBI PO 2018 recruitment. The final selection will be based on the performance in the online test. However, you can check the official cutoff of SBI PO Preliminary Exam 2017 below: Prelims Cut Off 2017 (Subject Wise) Name of Section Cutoff for SC/ ST/ OBC/ VH/ HI/ VI Cutoff for General Reasoning Ability 4.00 6.50 English Language 5.75 8.75 Quantitative Aptitude 7.00 10.25 Prelims Overall Cut Off 2017 Category Overall Cutoff Marks (out of 100) General 51.50 OBC 48.25 SC 43.25 ST 31.25 OH 38.75 VI 42.50 HI 18.50 SBI PO Mains Cutoff 2017 Sections/ Exam Total Marks Minimum Qualifying Marks (Cutoff Score) SC ST OBC GENERAL OH VI HI Overall Mains Exam (Objective) 200 40 40 40 50 40 40 40 Descriptive Test of Mains Exam 50 17.5 17.5 17.5 20 17.5 17.5 17.5 Minimum marks to be secured, to be shortlisted for GE & PI Round (Objective + Descriptive) 250 62.5 62.5 79.5 89.25 62.5 88.09 62.5 Group Exercise + Interview 50 18 18 18 20 18 18 18 Total Cutoff Marks after Normalisation 100 38.95 28.88 40.83 46.59 37.24 46.11 32.92 Question Papers SBI PO Previous year question papers would help you identify the actual level of this exam. You can start your preparation once you have a clear idea of the previous year’s question paper of SBI PO. You can go through the SBI PO Prelims question paper 2017 to know more. Preparation Tips The approach for the preparation of SBI PO Preliminary and Mains Exam varies as per the exam pattern. It is crucial to have a proper understanding of the study plan and the exam strategy. You can check the preparation strategy for SBI PO Prelims. Go through these links to understand this better. Test Series Attempting test series on a regular basis is essential in order to enhance your exam preparation. You can take the test series for SBI PO 2018. Exam Analysis The Exam Analysis of SBI PO Prelims will help you identify the overall difficulty level of the SBI PO exam for preliminary as well as Mains phase. For instance, the overall difficulty level of Reasoning Ability Section was on a higher side in 2017. You can go through the overall analysis of SBI PO Prelims Exam for more details. Result As per the official sources, the result of SBI PO Preliminary exam will be declared on 15th July 2018.

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