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

Need Help

Feel free to post your queries and share this post in case you found this useful.I will be updating the post to make it more useful for you.So keep watching this space for updated information.

This article was written on May 4, 2013,updated on July 28, 2015 and contains 1091 words. This post has 640 Facebook Likes, 79 Tweets,1120 Google PlusOnes and 89 comments.

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  1. vidhi

    Hello mam,
    I passed out my in 2009. I appeared for sbi po in this june 2015 exam. My question is that mba in finance is compulsory for selecting in interview. Is sufficient for getting jobs in sbi as probationary officer?? Please inform me as soon as possible.

  2. revathy

    I have a lot of communication problems when speaking to English..what can I do sir….?how can improve my English language..?please help me sir…

  3. kishmish

    hello ! i have forgotten whether i have mentioned my employment while filling up the sbi assoc. p.o. form. how to know it now?

    1. Esha Upadhyay

      Do you have application print out with you? or check if you can reprint option available now

  4. Roji

    Should the copies of documents to be submitted be attested by a Gazzetted Officer or self-attestation is enough?

  5. kartikey rana

    Hello mam,
    I have cleared SBI PO 2014 written exam. I want to know that what type of topics can be asked in GD.Provide some help regarding this and also give list of some important topics which can be asked .

    Thanx in advance………………………………….

    1. Esha Upadhyay

      It is tough to point out exact topics for this year SBI PO.But topics generally are from banking and general socio political background involving banks in one or the other manner.So focus on Banking awareness and role of banking while preparing for GD topics.Knowledge of this will help you in GD no matter what the topic is

        1. kartikey rana

          If we have no information about the topic given in GD then what should we do in that condition and if i asked to initiate the topic.

          1. Esha Upadhyay

            If you are not aware of the topic then instead of going into topic details and facts figures concentrate on making it invitational initiation.Like you can invite all for discussion and hand over the discussion to them

  6. palak

    Dear ma'am
    I don't have original character certificate of my last university as of now as they didn't issue it. I did MBA in 2013 and on special request the university has given me a scanned copy of the same via mail. Its not possible for me to go to university as its in different state due to my prior commitments. Can scanned copy work for the interview of SBI po 2014??

    1. Esha Upadhyay

      You are talking of character certificate right.Banks do demand character certificate.But they do not impose any condition that it must be from your institute.You can get it issued from any Gazetted officer.

  7. Harsh


    I am a Chartered Accountant (2012) and a Company Secretary (2010). Would I be given any preference in the interview?

    Also, I have been preparing for the Civil Services. I have been advised to not disclose this information to the interviewers, as it may create an impression of someone not willing to work with the bank. What should I do?

  8. Gowri Shankar

    Hi mam,

    I got selected in the SBI PO 2014 phase I exam.
    1) I completed BE AERONAUTICAl in 2012, worked with some private companies, but i havent mentioned them in the experience section. Will this be an issue while attending INTERVIEW?
    2) My DEGREE certificate is still with my college.. IS DEGREE certificate a must for attending Interview or else we can attend the interview by submitting PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE.?
    Please answer my queries mam.

    1. Esha Upadhyay

      1.If you have hidden your experience then you need to justify the gap of two years.
      2.SBI PO interview can be given based on provisional certificate but do get the Degree certificate it is required later wards.Also you have passed two years back so they will definitely pin point Why there is no degree certificate.Provisional certificate is fine if college or university has not issued it

          1. Gowri Shankar

            Gud mrng mam……

            Yes planning to appear… there any problem appearing for ibps po????

            2) when will sbi publish the score card??

  9. vivek

    hii , i am a mechanical engineer , 2013 pass out . i want to know that do the interviewer gives a preference to certain educational background people.

  10. Arghya Banerjee

    Hi…mam please share group discussion portion also..probable topics for GD,dos and donts in a GD etc…one more thing.. is there any chance that they wiil ask question from my 10+2 subjects or from my graduation level subjects?…thanks in advance…

    1. Esha Upadhyay

      No they will not ask in depth questions from your 10+2 and graduation level subjects..But they can ask very generic questions from there.

      For example if you are from Arts background they may ask two poems or books written by Jai Shankar prasad


    HI ISHA,

    1. Esha Upadhyay

      Please download the documents from the links..They will help you in SBI PO interview as well as other bank exam interview.

      If you have specific question do share?

  12. Ratan

    mam plz ans
    A ‘Target Group’ means—
    (1) a group of sellers
    (2) a group of buyers
    (3) a group of products
    (4) a group of persons to whom sales should be focused
    (5) all of these

    Information kept about a file includes —-
    (1) print settings
    (2) deletion date
    (3) (1) & (2) only
    (4) size
    (5) None of these

    1. Esha Upadhyay

      mam plz ans
      A ‘Target Group’ means—
      (4) a group of persons to whom sales should be focused

      Information kept about a file includes —-
      (4) size

  13. Ratan

    Plz answer this marketing and computer questions:-

    1.Transaction marketing involves selling of
    (1) mere goods (2) mere services
    (3) ideas and thoughts (4) repair work

    2. Service marketing implies selling of
    (1) only goods (2) only services (3) web servers
    (4) various commodities (5) goods and services

    3.The target group of tractor loans is
    (1) cold storage plans
    (2) farmers with large landholding
    (3) farm laborers
    (4) agriculture colleges
    (5) vegetable vendors

    4.The leads for a car loan can be had from
    (1) car manufacturing companies
    (2) car dealers (3) car owners
    (4) car mechanics (5) back office staff

    5.A computer tower is not
    (1) a CPU (2) hardware
    (3) the “Heart” of the computer (4) a peripheral
    (5) None of these

    6. Easily relocatable language is
    (1) Machine language
    (2) Assembly language
    (3) Low – level language
    (4) Medium level language
    (5) High level language

    Plzzzzz mam tell the ans this questions

    1. Esha Upadhyay

      Here are the answers for your questions

      1.Transaction marketing involves selling of
      (1) mere goods
      2. Service marketing implies selling of
      (5) goods and services
      3.The target group of tractor loans is
      (3) farm laborers
      4.The leads for a car loan can be had from
      (2) car dealers
      5.A computer tower is not
      (1) a CPU
      6. Easily relocatable language is
      (5) High level language

  14. Aneek Nath

    Hello mam,
    someone tell me that in general awareness part 95% questions come from current affiers in sbi exams which is differ from ibps.Is it true? If my exam is on august then previous 6 months curent affiers is enough for preparation and where should i collect the best current affiers questions?Plz rply

  15. 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

  16. deepsikha

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

  17. Ratan

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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…

  21. 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

  22. 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?

  23. sundhar c

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

  24. Jot

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

  25. Jot

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

  26. 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)

  27. 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)..

  28. 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?

  29. 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..

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. amit pandya

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

  33. 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..

          1. Guru

            Esha I have a problem I have two year back one in 12th and second in final sem will that be a issue in selection by the interviewer? And how do I ans smartly for those questions related to academic failure?

        2. parth

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