SBI PO Prelims Cut Offs in Past Years- Trend Analysis Over the Years

SBI is conducting the prelims exam next month for the post of Probationary Officer 2020. It is important for the aspirants to know the trend analysis that SBI has followed over the past few years to have an overview of this year's cut-off and overview of the upcoming exam. Read the article to know more.

The State bank of India is conducting the prelims examination for the post of Probationary Officer from 31 December 2020. The SBI PO exam is conducted for the recruitment of Probationary Officers in several branches of the State Bank of India. Candidates who clear the prelims exam are qualified for the mains examination. To qualify, candidates have to meet the cut-offs that the State bank of India releases. In this article, we will be discussing The trend analysis of the previous year’s cut-offs released by SBI. Let us first have a look at some important dates of this year’s SBI PO 2020 Exam.

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SBI PO 2020 Important Dates

SBI PO notification 2020-21 Activity Dates
SBI PO 2020 Notification Release Date 13th November 2020
SBI PO Apply Online Start Dates 14th November 2020
SBI PO Apply Online Last Date 04th December 2020
SBI PO Prelims Exam Date 31st December 2020, 2nd, 4th & 5th January 2021
Result of Online exam – Preliminary 3rd week of January 2021
SBI PO Mains Exam Date 29th January 2021
Result of Online Examination – Main 3rd/ 4th week of February 2021
Download Call Letter for Personal Interview 3rd/ 4th week of February 2021 onwards
Conduct of Group Exercises & Interview February/ March 2021
Declaration of Final Result Last week of March 2021

SBI PO Prelims Previous Year’s Cut-Offs – Trend Analysis

It is important for all the SBI aspirants to know the trend that the State Bank of India follows in its cut-offs in order to have a complete overview of ‘How the cut-offs are released and on what basis’. Cut-off marks also indicate the difficulty level of the question paper and important information about the exam of that particular year. Knowing the trends that SBI follows in its cut-off will enable the candidates to understand the level of preparation that is required. Let us look at the year-wise SBI PO prelims cut-offs and their trend analysis.

SBI PO Cut Off 2019

Given Below is the SBI PO Cut Off 2019:

Category Cut Off (out of 100)
General 71
SC 61.75
ST 54.75
OBC 68.25
EWS 68.25
PWD (LD) 59.50
PWD (VI) 64.75
PWD (HI) 16.25

Amongst the previous year’s cut-offs that we will be discussing you will find the cut-off of 2019 the highest. This is because of two reasons, the level of difficulty and the number of aspirants appearing for the exam. These two factors are the major influencers of any cut-off list. With the increased number of candidates in the year 2019 and because of the moderate level of difficulty of questions the cut-off in 2019 saw inclination.

Let us now discuss the trend that was followed for SBI PO Prelims Exam 2019:

  • The easiest section that appeared in SBI PO Prelims 2019 was of English Language. Questions from Cloze Test, RC, Phrase replacement, fillers, etc were majorly asked.
  • The trickiest section in the exam was of Quantitative Aptitude. Questions from Caselet and quadratic equations were also asked. Apart from these, Wrong number series, quantity-based questions were also asked. Overall this section was of a moderate level.
  • Reasoning Ability section was similar to what came in the year 2018. This section was of moderate difficulty level with the majority of the questions asked from the Puzzles. Blood relation, floor-based puzzles, triangle-based boxes, etc were also asked.

SBI PO Cut Off 2018

Given Below is the SBI PO Cut Off 2018:

Category Cut Off (out of 100)
General  56.75
OBC 56.75
SC 49
ST 43
PWD (OH) 45.25
PWD (VH) 49
PWD (HI) 14.75


As compared to the cut-off of 2019, 2018’s Cut-Off for SBI PO Prelims was lenient . Cut-off based on the toughness of the paper and the number of candidates who have attended that exam. From this, it can be analyzed that in 2018 the difficulty of the exam was lenient than 2019’s SBI PO Prelims Exam. It can also be analyzed in the other way, which means that the number of candidates who appeared for the SBI PO Prelims exam in the year 2018 was very much less than those who appeared on the 2019’s Prelims Exam.

Let us now discuss the trend that was followed for SBI PO Prelims Exam 2018:

  • The Level of English Language  Section was of moderate level. in this year’s exam, the pattern was slightly changed. New topics like Sentence Rearrangement, Match the column, finding the correct sentence, etc were introduced. 
  • Quantitative Aptitude Section was also of a moderate difficulty level. Questions from Wrong Number Series, Quantity Based Questions were asked in the prelims exam that held a great amount of weightage.
  • In the Reasoning Ability Section, the Syllogism section was ruled out. No questions were asked about his topic. Puzzles based questions were also tricky.
  • 20 Mins was introduced as the sectional timing for each section.

SBI PO Cut Off 2017:

Given Below is the SBI PO Cut Off 2017:

Category Cut Off (out of 100)
General  51.50
OBC 48.25
SC 43.25
ST 31.25
PWD (OH) 38.75
PWD (VH) 42.50
PWD (HI) 18.50

Let us now discuss the trend that was followed for SBI PO Prelims Exam 2017:

  • The English Language Section was of Easy-Moderate Level. The RC in this year’s English Language Section was of a moderate level and not very easy. Not even a single question was asked from the para jumbles or fillers topic.
  • Another section that the candidates found of Easy-Moderate difficulty level were of Quantitative Aptitude. Most of the paper was similar to 2018’s Question paper. The Data Interpretation questions were found to be the easiest. Questions from Quadratic Equations held major weightage in the examination.
  • In the Reasoning Ability Section, most of the questions (around 23) were asked from the puzzles and seating arrangement topic. No major changes were seen from the past year’s exam pattern. This section was of Easy-moderate Difficulty level.