SBI PO Who Grew to Become Chairman and MDs in the Bank

The State bank of India every year recruits probationary officers for its various branches across India. The SBI PO is one of the most desirable posts for lakhs of banking aspirants who apply every year for banking exams. Along with the handsome salary package the SBI probationary officer is also entitled to other allowances, benefits, and especially to ideal career growth. In this article, we will be giving the aspirants some examples of how the SBI probationary officers have successfully succeeded in their career because of the career growth in the State bank of India.

SBI PO who grew to become Chairman

Arundhati Bhattacharya

Starting at the age of 21 as a probationary officer at SBI, Arundhati became the first woman to lead the public sector bank. She became a probationary officer in the year 1977 in which she attended her first assignment at the Alipore branch in West Bengal. her first posting was in the Kolkata Main branch where she was at junior management grade-1 level. Soon, she was transferred to the local head office. In the year 1983, she moved to the Kharagpur branch and served for nine years there. In the year 1983, she married a former IIT Kharagpur professor who had managed her marriage and job at the same time. After four years in the year 1987, she was posted to Nimpura, The branch manager. She was there for three years after which she returned to Kharagpur as a branch manager. In the year 1993, she moved to the commercial bank in Kolkata leaving her husband at IIT Kharagpur. After three years in the year 1996, she got posted in the US as vice president branch coordinator and she served there for four years. In the year 2008, she was posted to Mumbai as a general manager and within a month she got promoted as a chief General manager. She was again posted to Bangalore and when she came back to Mumbai from Bangalore she was posted as a deputy MD of human resources in 2011. Later she got posted as the head of SBI capital markets, then MD, CFO, and eventually the chairman. Her achievements and dedication towards the work led her to touch skies starting from being a probationary officer.



  • Arundhati Bhattacharya made it to the coveted Forbes list of 25 most powerful women in the world.
  • She was India’s nominee for the post of managing director and chief operating officer at World Bank.
  • She ranked as the fourth most powerful woman in the Asia Pacific region by Fortune magazine.

Rajnish Kumar

After Arundhati Bhattacharya , Rajnish Kumar was Named as the chairman of India’s largest state-run lender State bank of India, he is the former chairman. He served as the chairman for three years. Joined the State bank of India as a probationary officer in the year 1980. He also served as a managing director (national banking group) and also the managing director (compliance & Risk) of SBI. Rajnish Kumar also headed the SBI capital markets Ltd as a managing director and chief executive officer before becoming managing director in SBI.In October, he handed over his position to the new chairman Ganesh Kumar Khara.


  • One of his key achievements is the execution of SBI‘s mega-merger.
  • He handled assignments across verticals including large credit, project finance, retail banking, and also headed SBI capital markets.

Dinesh Kumar Khara

He is the current chairman of the State bank of India. Mr. Kumar joined the State bank of India as a probationary officer in the year 1984 and has over 33 years of experience in commercial banking such as retail credit, corporate credit, deposit mobilization, international banking operations, and branch management. He did his masters in business administration from the faculty of management studies, Delhi University. He also had a stint in Chicago and oversaw the merger of five associates and Bharatiya Mahila Bank with SBI.


  • He was also the head of the SBI mutual fund and the SBI General.
  • At SBI MF, credited with ramping up the business.
  • Before being appointed as a managing director of State Bank of India, Mr. Kara was the MD and CEO of SBI funds Management Private Limited