SBI PO vs SBI Clerk Everything you need to know

 

SBI PO and SBI Clerk are two of the most important banking exams in India. Every year a large number of candidates apply for the exams to start their career in the banking industry. However, candidates still have confusion on many aspects like the syllabus, salary, exam pattern, working structure etc. This confusion at times affects the preparation of both the exams. So, here we provide you with the answers of all your questions on SBI PO vs SBI Clerk.

 

SBI PO and SBI Clerk 2020 exams have been scheduled back to back, which has further increased the confusion among candidates. Now along with the working culture, candidates are also confused which exam to appear for and which one to choose if they manage to clear both the exams. To make the right decision, the aspirants should be well-informed about not just the exams but also other details along with the pros and cons of both the jobs.

 

Similarities between SBI PO and SBI Clerk

 

Both the exams are conducted by SBI 

Both the exams have three levels: Preliminary Exam, Mains Exam and final selection round. The only difference is in the final round where for SBI PO group exercise and personal interview is conducted while for SBI Clerk another test of specified opted local language is conducted. 

 

Age relaxation

Category

SBI PO Age Relaxation

SBI Clerk Relaxation

Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe

5 years

5 years

Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer)

3 years

3 years

Persons with disabilities (PWD) (SC/ST)

15 years

15 years

Persons with disabilities (PWD) (OBC)

13 years

13 years

Persons with disabilities (PWD) (Gen/EWS)

10 years

10 years

Persons ordinarily domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir from 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989

5 years

5 years

 

Work Timings

Office timings for both SBI PO and SBI Clerk are from 10-5, however, the timings for PO usually stretch beyond 10-5 schedule due to the demanding work nature.

 

SBI PO vs SBI Clerk

Which exam is better?

SBI PO is conducted for the officer level post, which is considered to be the highest grade. Aspirants who join as SBI PO can become deputy managers within 2 years of joining, which is one of the reasons people consider PO profile over clerk.

 

Difference between SBI PO and SBI Clerk

Though both the exams are conducted to recruit candidates in SBI, there are various differences. Given below are the major differences between both the exams

 

Total number of vacancies

As per the notification, SBI Clerk 2020 will be conducted to fill 8000 vacancies while SBI PO will be conducted for around 2000 vacancies. 

 

Job profile

SBI PO is an officer level post where the candidate gets Public Relation officer profile and manages cash flow, supervises clerical work and focuses on the latest developments. 

SBI Clerk, on the other hand, is a clerical level post where the clerks need to deal with the customer inquiries, cheques, demand drafts etc.

 

Salary

 

SBI PO

Candidates selected as SBI PO get the basic pay of Rs. 27,620/- (with 4 advance increments) in the scale of 23700-980/7-30560-1145/2-32850-1310/7-42020 applicable to Junior Management Grade Scale-I. In addition to this, the candidate will also get D.A, H.R.A/ Lease rental, C.C.A, Medical and other allowances & perquisites as per rules in force. With all the benefits, the total CTC of a probational officer at SBI varies from Rs. 8.20 lacs to Rs. 13.08 lacs. 

 

SBI Clerk

Starting basic pay of an SBI Clerk is Rs. 13075.00 (11765.00 plus two advance increments admissible to graduates). Candidates selected in Metro cities like Mumbai get the total starting salary of Rs. 25,000 inclusive of D.A., other allowances at the current rate and two additional increments for newly recruited graduate junior associates. In addition to this, as per the bank instructions, candidates joining as SBI clerks are also eligible for provident fund, Pension under New Pension Schemescheme (Defined Contribution Benefit), medical, leave fare and other perquisites.

 

Exam Pattern and Difficulty Level

Both SBI PO and SBI Clerk have three-level selection procedure consisting Prelims, Mains and a final selection round. The syllabus for both SBI PO 2020 and SBI Clerk is more or less the same. What differentiates them is the difficulty level which is higher in SBI PO due to more complex questions. 

 

Phase I - SBI PO and SBI Clerk Prelims

Exam pattern is the same for both SBI PO Prelims and SBI Clerk Prelims. From the number of questions to the marking scheme, everything is similar in both the exams. 

 

SBI Prelims – PO and Clerk 

Name of Section

No of Questions

Marks

English Language

30

30

Numerical Ability

35

35

Reasoning Ability

35

35

Total

100

100

 

Phase II - SBI PO and SBI Clerk Mains

S. No.

Sections

SBI Clerk

SBI PO

1

General Awareness (Includes Banking/Finance Awareness)

50 questions (50 marks)

Time allotted: - 35 minutes

40 questions (40 marks)

Time allotted: 35 minutes

2

English Language

40 questions (40 marks)

Time allotted: 35 minutes

35 questions (40 minutes)

Time allotted: 40 minutes

3

Quantitative Aptitude

50 questions (50 marks)

Time allotted: 45 minutes

NA

4

Data Analysis and Interpretation

NA

35 questions (60 marks)

Time allotted: 45 minutes

5

Reasoning and Computer Aptitude

50 Questions (60 Marks)

Time allotted: 45 minutes

45 Questions (60 Marks)

Time allotted: 60 minutes

6

Descriptive Test

NA

Present – 50 marks

Time allotted: 30 minutes

 

Now as you are aware of the differences and similarities between both the exams, prepare well for both. Going through previous year papers and solving online SBI PO and SBI clerk mock tests will help you fine-tune your preparation and perform well in both the exams.



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