SBI PO interview questions answers and tips

State Bank of India is largest bank of India.The recruitment process consists of written test and Interview.SBI is preferred bank for most of the candidates due to pay package and other facilities provided by it.This makes SBI written test and SBI PO interview tougher than IBPS written test and IBPS PO interview.

SBI PO interview planning

Due to very reason stated above it is important to prepare hard for interviews.The seats are less and competition is high.This year there are only 1500 PO seats.You will be contesting with top talents of the country for a seat as SBI PO.So right after written test result declaration (or even better after written test) you should start planning for interview.

Proper planning increases your chances of success.Now having said enough about need of planning lets discuss things to plan.You should consider planning below things

  • You should arrange all the documents required in SBI PO interview before hand to avoid last min troubles.They will allow you to appear for interview in case you forget one or two documents but that does create negative impression.In exams as competitive as this it is better not to be sloppy.You will have to give written undertaking that you will produce these documents later on.I have created list of all documents required during the interview.You can download the document from download link given at end of this post.
  • Start collecting probable questions to be asked in SBI PO interview.This should be done as early as possible.I have created collection of interview questions along with answers and suggestion.You can download the document for free using document link given at end of the post.
  • Simply collecting the answers is not enough.You should prepare answers for them.Writing down the answers is good habit.This way you can read them many times to figure out pros and cons of the answer.You can also get it reviewed by anyone you feel is good person for this task.
  • Cultivate habit of reading economics section of newspaper or news channel along with headlines.For the time being invest some of your sports column time to economics column.Banking is core of economics so this habit will help you answer current banking questions.
  • Divide your time to prepare different parts of interview.I will be outlining details of it in next paragraph of this post only.Dedicating time will help you focus on areas equally or in order you feel you should focus.
  • The best enemy of a candidate in interview is nervousness.You should overcome it.It is easier said than done.I would advice you to face some dummy job interviews to boost your confidence and analyze your speaking and body language.You can also give presentations to boost your confidence and overcome nervousness.
  • SBI PO interview does have time constraint like IBPS PO interview.The interview duration will be approx 15 min to 20 min.You will have to present yourself in this time frame only.So body language and first couple of answers are the key.

SBI PO interview questions

I have created a document which lists interview questions along with answers and suggestions. You can download the document from download link provided at the end of the post.SBI PO interview questions can be grouped into below categories

  • Profile based HR questions — Questions based on your profile.
  • Personality Test questions — These questions are asked to judge your personality.These can be really confusing.It is one of the most difficult questions.
  • Banking Questions — You can expect banking questions asked in IBPS PO interview.They expect you to have basic knowledge of Banking industry.You should also have updated banking industry news.
  • Current Affairs — Some panels do ask questions based on latest news headlines.If there is some big news in Finance area then chances of questions from that section becomes more.
  • General Questions — You can expect one or two filler questions in Interview.They are not of great importance.Interviewers ask them to know more about you.
  • SBI specific questions — You should be aware of latest news or history of bank you are going interview for.Nowadays lot of emphasis is paid on rural India initiatives of Banks.So get yourself aware about rural plans of SBI and other plan it conducted successfully.

Some of these categories require you to read newspapers or follow any economics bulletin of news channel.It is good idea to write one or two lines about main headlines daily (banking in focus).It would act as your repository and you can just go through this data before interview.For example nowadays banking stocks are taking hit and Government has allowed new players to open banks.Points like this will become part of panels interview questions.

SBI PO interview preparation

Candidates consider reading as the only part of interview preparation.But this is not true.Interview is to judge your knowledge,your personality and common sense.Common sense is judged by situational questions as mentioned above.It is also judged by some general questions which tend to confuse you.Knowledge is judged by current affairs and banking related questions.

Candidates focus on Knowledge section but overlook common sense section and personality section.Personality is judged by HR questions,questions about your personality and your body language your communication style.

Every single action of yours in interview is interpreted by interviewer.I have documented tips to help you during interview,before interview and also in interview hall.You can download the tips using download link at end of the post.It is important not only read those tips but practice it while doing steps mentioned in interview planning stages.

You should start working on your voice modulation (you should not speak too fast or too slow).It should be clear and easy to understand.Lot of candidates assume that above means talking like foreigners.But there is no need to cultivate foreign accent.

Your hand movement and eye contacts are also very important.These are some of the thing to take care of.I have covered details of these topics in downloadable documents below.

SBI PO interview free downloads

  • SBI PO interview tips and list of documents required — download link
  • SBI PO interview questions answers and suggestions — download link

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  1. kaushik

    what the % certeria of sbi clrck and which notifications came out …. Sbi po interview based on totally in english and both languages ( hindi & english) because some hezitations problm in english plzzzz tell me what i do and how to imprve my communication skill

  2. deepsikha

    hi mam i want to apply sbi po from Chennai ,it is nessary to know tamil language if selected for interview.

  3. Ratan

    Mam in SBI PO ,Clerk, and SO exam what is the marks criteria for graduation and 10+2 ???

  4. Ratan

    Mam, I am btech in ECE.and I am very weak in banking industry general awarwness mam plz tell me how i will perpared for banking industry part in SBI po exam?Plz suggest some books where I get a clean idea about banking industry.

    1. Esha Upadhyay

      Read Banking Chronicles magazine and also download the questions in the IBPS post of mine

  5. manoj

    eed my suggestions and thoughts over any present scenario happening in our country. For eg : can thy ask me questions like “m i satisfied with raghuram rajan policy of not hiking the rates?” .. this sort of questionnaire happens in an interview.. and if yes can u please tell me smthng about which topics i should focus on for facing these questions.


    very energytic to read…
    i’ll give my best by following these instructions on interview…
    really very proud of my teachers they said same thing to our students which u mentioned above…

  7. nishant

    hi isha.
    i wanna know tht in an interview , can/will the interviewers ask questions which would need my suggestions and thoughts over any present scenario happening in our country. For eg : can thy ask me questions like “m i satisfied with raghuram rajan policy of not hiking the rates?” .. this sort of questionnaire happens in an interview.. and if yes can u please tell me smthng about which topics i should focus on for facing these questions.

    your help is much appreciated.

    do reply.. thnks

    1. Esha Upadhyay

      Yes they might ask you about Financial sector news.There is less chance of these questions but they can not be ruled out completely.Some panels may ask these.You need to prepare news related to Banking sector

  8. Hitesh

    Maam …can you plzzz tell me ….as I am from (ECE ) so can they ask from this field also…. and is there any chance for me as i got only 65 marks in PO…………and also about clerk interview?

  9. sundhar c

    Thanks bcoz i learned how will be interview by it. Thank you so much:-)

  10. Jot

    Thankx for answering…but isn’t bachelors degree mandatory to apply for ibps po exam?

  11. Jot

    I have done integrated Msc. Biochemistry…i was not awarded with separate bachelors degree..then how to apply for ibps po exam?

  12. Esha Upadhyay

    She should carry her old certificate and if possible you can start processing if new one..At time of interview you can produce old certificate along with any document to show that new one is under process..if it is not possible to start processing of new one just carry old one and give them written declaration of producing it later..They themselves ask candidates for this in case any doc is missing (but this option should be tried at last)

  13. pspriya

    my interview is schdeuled on 5th july and i just read that the obc certificate should be not more than a year old but the one issued to me is almost 8 year old.what shud i do as there r only two days left??!!plz reply

    1. Esha Upadhyay

      Keep the older one with you and if possible start proceedings for new can also show them current one procedure doc along with old can also show old one and say that you will produce new one before joining..they generally accept this (you will have to give written undertaking for this)..

  14. Surinder Pal wife has been selected for abi po and her interview is on 5th july.but her obc certificate which mentions non creamy layer is 8 year only two days are left so it can not be renewed.will they let her giv the interview alongiwth wriiten declaration of producing the cetificate later?

  15. Rachit Pandey

    Hi, My SBI PO interview is on 6th July 2013. Could you please let me know the Economic topics that are need to be prepared for SBI PO GD and questiond for interview.


    1. Esha Upadhyay

      Please download papers from download link given in the post..

  16. Saurabh

    Hi Esha,
    Thanks for the wonderful post.
    I have some queries and would be great if you can help me with them.
    Can you please tell me if furnishing NOC certificate from present employer (even if it is private company), character certificate from present employer and Experience certificate mandatory while appearing for group discussion/PI for SBI PO 2013? Because most private organisations provide experience certificate only upon leaving the organisation.

    1. Esha Upadhyay

      You can use your joining letter and latest month salary slip to prove your experience in current organization..There is no need of experience certificate as such

  17. jeeva1802

    Can anybody help me how to start studying for bank exams

  18. aamir azad

    Hi I have a query regarding documents. I am working as an analyst in Bangalore. I have cleared sbi po 2013 but i don’t have obc-non creamy layer certificate right now. I have to go back to chandigarh to get it ready. Flight tickets are very expensive. This one certificate will cost me 20,000rs. So is there any way that i can submit it later at the time of joining? Please do consider my query.

    1. Esha Upadhyay

      There is no need of Chandigarh can ask anyone in your family to get the docs..they sometime do agree (on written note that you will provide this document later on)…and allow interview but it is good not to take any chances

  19. amit pandya

    thanks for this post. please say what to do for preparing for gd.

  20. Neha


    first of all, thanks a lot for the useful post of urs.. it’s quite helpful n u r doing a great job i must say!!

    I have appeared for sbi po 2013 exam n i think i shall be able to fetch an interview call keeping in mind my performance.. can u pls tell me the approximate time when the results will be declared and after that how much time will it take for the interviews to be conducted?

    my profile is :

    i have done B. Tech.(ECE) 2008 pass out.. after that i have two n a half years of work ex as a s/w engineer in an IT firm.. from june 2009 to dec2012.. n rite now i hv been preparing for various competitive exams..

    can u please tell me the set of questions that i shud esp prepare for regarding my profile..

    eagerly waiting for ur reply..

    1. Esha Upadhyay

      Interviews happen within month time after written test result declaration..Having said that it is tough to predict result date..Bank just finished their financial cycle so it might be declared in near future..

      You should prepare questions mentioned in Experience section in download documents..I am also listing some questions below

      1.Why you left IT job?
      2.Do you want to join Bank for job security?
      3.Have you applied for other exams?
      4.SBI can post you in rural area.Are you willing to relocate there?

      More questions are listed in documents..You can download them for free using download links mentioned in the post.

      1. Neha

        Hi Neha!!

        Thanks for the prompt reply..
        can u pls provide me ur email id so that i can verify my prepared answers wid u!! it wud mean a lot to me .. please feel free to drop me a mail at so that i may continue to reply to u via mails.. as i don’t wanna share my answers publicly.. hope u understand!!

        1. Esha Upadhyay

          you can contact me on any social networking site..

        2. parth

          selfish neha….:)
          results are out…..did you get through??
          I did….