SBI PO Prelims Exam: Previous Year Cutoffs [Sectional & Total]

SBI-LogoAs soon as the SBI PO recruitment is announced, many doubts pop up in the minds of candidates.The biggest of them all will be – What will be the SBI PO 2016 cutoffs. Even though the exams are not yet conducted, aspirants keep asking this question every time.So we are providing you with SBI PO previous year cutoffs that would help you prepare accordingly for SBI PO prelims & main exams.


The SBI PO 2016 recruitment notification describes about the written examination to be conducted in two phases – Preliminary & Main.


Due to increasing competition, bank exams are being held in stages to filter talent based on marks.SBI with its huge brand value shall also see large number of applications.


SBI PO Prelims Cutoffs

All eligible candidates should appear for the SBI PO prelims which is an online test for 1 hour.The patterns of 2015 & 2016 preliminary exam are the same.


So here are the SBI PO prelims 2015 cutoffs tabulated category-wise & section-wise:




Apart from this, there were also total cutoffs on the overall marks (100) of the test.The total cutoffs for each category in SBI PO prelims 2015 were:

  • General: 47.50
  • OBC: 42.25
  • SC: 37.25
  • ST: 19.75
  • VH: 30.75
  • OH: 29.25



There is 0.25 negative marks for each wrong answer in these objective tests.No mark will be reduced if you choose to leave a question unanswered.


Checkout the SBI PO main exam previous year cutoffs to know the marks fixed by SBI in each section & on total marks


SBI PO Prelims Cutoffs: Important Points

There are certain important things that you should know about these SBI PO preliminary cutoffs inorder to sail smooth & reach the next stage.


While those who are appearing for these recruitments every year may know it but first-timers must understand the following:

  • You need to secure the minimum qualifying marks (cutoffs) in each of the 3 section & also on total marks
  • Even if you don't posses the necessary cutoff scores in any 1 section OR your total score is not above the total cutoff, you wont qualify.
  • There is no waiting list for preliminary test

The SBI PO preliminary exam is only a screening test, just for qualifying purpose only.These scores will not be considered during the final section stage.

But only those who rank in the order of merit as per their prelims scores will be shortlisted for the main examination.So don't take it lightly.

With the new SBI PO main exam pattern being implemented, your preparation for prelims will also be useful for mains as there are few common papers in both, like reasoning & english.

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