Saturday, September 6, 2014

State Bank of India Probationary Officer's Recruitment 2014-15

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State Bank of India (SBI) has announced Probationary Officer's recruitment. Here, in this article I am going to write about the same.

In my earlier series of alternate to mBA- I had written about ICICI Bank Probationary Officer and CS. In this article, I am going to write about SBI PO.

SBI is India's largest bank and probably best bank in the public sector.

Here is the important dates


PAYMENT OF FEES - ONLINE : 01.09.2014 TO 18.09.2014

PAYMENT OF FEES - OFFLINE : 03.09.2014 TO 20.09.2014

How do I need to apply for this
You need to apply online by visiting website

What is Probationary Officers?
Probationary Officers
This is the Junior Management Level direct entry point for dynamic young graduates. A Probationary officer gets exposed to challenging assignment as also gets the opportunity to involve in nation building developmental activities. The opportunities include working in Personal banking, Rural Banking, Credit, Forex, Treasury etc.

What other careers do offer SBI other than Probationary Officers?
Special Management Executives
The Bank also makes direct recruitment to the Middle Management grades. The post offers faster growth opportunities to the right candidate.
Specialist Cadre Officers
Chartered Accountants, Analysts, Statisticians, Risk Raters, Economists, Lawyers, Engineers, System Engineers, Rajbhasha Officers etc are recruited in various grades by the Bank in Specialist cadre with opportunities for career advancement.
Young graduates are recruited as Assistants (clerical cadre). The Bank is offering fast track growth opportunities as the Assistants are eligible for promotion on completion of 3 years' service.

Do I get managerial positions in Probationary Officers?
No, it is a junior management level positions. You may be designated as an assistant managers in the departments mentioned above

What are the total no of positions available?
It is 2986

Where does the posting happen? May I chose the location of posting?
Posting locations are as indicated and subject to transfer anywhere in India. No, you do not have such option.

What are the eligibility criteria?
(A) Essential Academic Qualifications :
Graduation in any discipline from a recognised University or any equivalent qualification recognised as such by the Central Government.
Candidate having integrated dual degree (IDD) certificate should ensure that the date of passing the IDD is on or before the eligibility date.
Note : The date of passing eligibility examination will be the date appearing on the marksheet or provisional certificate issued by the University / Institute. In case the result of a particular examination is posted on the website of the University / Institute then a certificate issued by the appropriate authority of the University / Institute indicating the date on which the result was posted on the website will be taken as the date of passing.
(B) Age Limit : (As on 01.09.2014)
Not below 21 years and not above 30 years as on 01.09.2014 i.e candidates must have been born not earlier than 02.09.1984 and not later than 01.09.1993 (both days inclusive)

I have passed my degree through distance mode, am I eligible to apply?
Yes, but you have to ensure the following: 
The degree at the time of enrollment must have approval from DEC (Distance education Council) / Distance Education Bureau (DEB) of UGC.
The degree must have been awarded without violating territorial jurisdiction. 

I have passed my degree from open university (State/ central- IGNOU, YCMOU, BRAOU, TNOU etc.) am I eligible to apply
Yes, you are eligible. Only worry will be for students from KSOU, TGOU

I have passed my degree through open university system (i.e. without passing 10+2) am I eligible to apply?
Yes, you are eligible. 

I am a subject of Nepal/ Bhutan, am I eligible to apply?
Although, it is not clarified however subject from Nepal and Bhutan are treated at par with Indian national applicants so you are eligible?

I have obtained a degree from outside India, am I eligible to apply?
Yes, but the degree should be full time only and you must have obtained equivalence certificate from AIU

When will the exam happen?
The examination will be held in the month of November 2014 (Tentatively).

How much salary will I get?
Well, it depends on city. In Mumbai, it is approx R. 65000- including all benefits (Wow! average salary for an MBA in India is Rs. 12000, thats too no job security.
The starting basic pay is Rs 14,500/- in the scale of Rs 14500-600/7-18700-700/ 2-20100-800/7-25700 applicable to Junior Management Grade Scale I. The compensation package includes attractive salary and perquisites such as furnished accommodation or HRA, Conveyance Allowance, Medical benefit, LFC/HTC, Loans at concessional rates etc. Total compensation varies depending upon the place of posting and the perquisites offered by individual Banks and on an average is about Rs.65,000/- per month at Mumbai.
The salary Scales are due for revision.

What is the examination fee?
 SC / ST / PWD Rs. 100/- (Intimation Charges only) (free bonus, percentage relaxation, exam fee reduction, age relaxation, wow! it happens only in India)
 All others Rs. 500/- (App. fee and intimation charges)

Candidates will be required to register themselves online first through Bank’s website or After which candidates are required to pay the requisite application fee through one of the following modes:
(i) Offline mode : The system will generate a cash voucher/ challan form pre-printed with the candidate’s details which will be required to be presented at any State Bank of India branch counter with the requisite fee. On payment of the requisite fee through computer generated challan form, registration of the online application will be complete.
(ii) Online mode : The payment can be made by using debit card/ credit card/Internet Banking.
Pre-requisites for Applying Online
Candidates should have valid email ID which should be kept active till the declaration

I am working in private sector corporate. Will I get any relaxation on age on the basis of my experience?
No, age relaxation only available for SC/ST/ OBC/ Ex Servicemen and Physically handicapped and visually impaired. 

I have been working in cooperative banks for a long time, Will I get any relaxation or preference?

What is the selection process and syllabus?
The selection procedure for SBI PO 2014 will be split into three stages:

- Objective and descriptive tests 
- Group discussion and interview
- Final selection

Phase-I consists objective tests for 200 marks and a descriptive test for 50 marks.

The objective test will be an online one. 

Immediately after the online objective test, the descriptive Test will follow. 

The descriptive test will be in the paper/pen mode.

* The Objective Test of 2-hour duration will consist of four Sections with 50 objective test marks each (Total 200 marks).

The breakdown is as follows:

a) Test of English Language (Grammar, Vocabulary, Comprehension etc.) - 50
b) Test of General Awareness, Marketing & Computers - 50
c) Test of Data Analysis & Interpretation - 50
d) Test of Reasoning (High Level) - 50

The candidates are required to qualify in each of the tests by securing passing marks, which will be decided by the Bank.

(ii) The Descriptive Test of 1 hour duration (50 marks) will be of of English Language (comprehension, short precis, letter writing & essay).

The candidates are required to qualify in the descriptive tests by securing passing marks, which will again be decided by the Bank.

Descriptive Test papers of only those candidates, who have scored qualifying marks in the objective tests, will be evaluated.

The candidates will be declared as having passed only when they get pass marks (to be decided by SBI) in each section of objective test. 

The descriptive test will be held for 50 marks with one hour to test for English language skills. 

In this test candidates need to write comprehension, short precis, letter writing and essay for a given topic. 

Phase-II: The group discussion will be held for 20 marks after the interview which will be for 30 marks. The candidates who get pass marks in the written test will be called for group discussion and interview.

Phase-III: The final selection will be based on the marks scored in the written test, group discussion and interview. The marks will be converted to 100 and the selection will be made from the top-ranked candidates in each category.

How should I prepare?
You should buy good books (classes is not necessary if you can do your own study)
Practice the mock test multiple times
Read good newspaper like The Hindu or The Economic Times and analyse

All queries are welcome and all the best

Here is the official advertisement

Mumbai, June 06, 2014

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