State Bank of India which is popularly known as SBI is a multinational public sector bank and it also provides financial services. It has more than 14,000 domestic branches, and it has 191 overseas or foreign offices in 36 countries. It is the largest bank in India, and it has a customer base of more than 30 crores and employs more than 3 lakh people in its branches. In 2016, SBI ranked 232nd in the list of the world’s biggest corporations, i.e., Fortune Global 500. The bank started during British rule as Imperial Bank of India, and it is the oldest commercial bank in the country. More interesting facts like these can be found on Drona web site.
The SBI recruits’ clerks and management trainees by conducting competitive exams. SBI employs more than 2.5 lakh employees among which more than 1% employees are persons with disabilities. Among its total employees, more than 20% are women employees. The employment in banks comes under central government jobs. The chairman of SBI is Mrs. Arundathi Battacharya, and SBI is the first bank to appoint a woman as its chairman. SBI is the biggest recruiter of bank staff when compared with the other banks. The word SBI bank jobs are the most searched keyword in Google when compared with other banks jobs.
SBI follows the stringent selection process to select the eligible candidates for the positions. The selection procedure comprises of three phases. Candidates must have to qualify all the three stages for securing the job in SBI. The selection procedure comprises of
- Preliminary Examination – Objective type questions – 100 Marks
- Main Examination – Objective type questions – 200 Marks
- Interview – 50 marks
The preliminary exam will be having three sections and the Candidates who qualify this preliminary examination will get eligibility to write the main examination. The main examination will be comprising of five sections, and the candidates must qualify each section to secure a place in an interview and/or group discussion. There will be negative marking in both the preliminary and mains examination. Similar exam pattern is followed for the recruiting eligible candidates into other banks like SIDBI, IDBI, RBI, NABARD, IBPS PO,IBPS Clerk, etc. The exam pattern will be similar to both the Probationary officers and clerks. Knowledge on Current affairs and General Knowledge related to banking is necessary to clear these exams. However, the standard of question will be high in SBI PO exam when compared with the SBI Clerk exam, and there will be a group discussion along with an interview for PO recruitment whereas for clerk there will be the only interview.