SBI PO Exam v/s IBPS PO Exam : Which Exam is Tougher?


State Bank of India or SBI is one of the oldest and most reputed banks in India for which lakhs of candidates apply. Institute of Banking Personnel Selection, also known by IBPS is also one of the most popular choices amongst the candidates for bank examinations. To clear the Bank PO examination is no joke and it takes a lot of effort and practice. Hence, both the examinations can be quoted as difficult as lakhs of candidates apply for it and the competition is tough. Here, in this article, we have tried to explain how different SBI PO is from IBPS PO so that the candidates can make their choice and kick start their preparation.

Factors which Determine the Difficulty Level of the Exam :

The difficulty level of any examination plus the expected cut off marks can be determined by any of these factors as provided below:

  • Number of candidates registered for the exam.
  • Number of candidates appearing for the exam.
  • Total number of vacancies released for various posts.

Is SBI PO Tougher than IBPS PO?

As mentioned earlier, SBI is one of the largest banks in India making it a popular choice amongst the bank candidates. Furthermore, often the number of candidates applying for SBI PO is more compared to IBPS PO. However, determining the difficulty level for an exam can be difficult as every aspirant has its capability. Some may find a particular subject easy and any other subject difficult.

As per the exam analysis done by the experts, it has been suggested that SBI PO is on a tougher difficulty level in comparison to IBPS PO. Furthermore, since the number of seats/vacancies are limited in SBI PO, hence, the cut off is much higher for SBI PO aspirants and hence tight competition.

The difference in SBI PO and IBPS PO Exam :

Both SBI PO and IBPS PO are divided into three phases i.e Preliminary, Mains, and lastly GD & PI. As per the SBI PO syllabus, the Prelims part remains the same for both the exams with a duration of one hour to complete the test. The major difference comes in the Mains exam. For SBI PO Mains, the objective and descriptive parts are put together, on the other hand, IBPS PO contains only the objective section.

In SBI PO Mains, there are 4 sections which are Reasoning, English, Data Analysis and Interpretation, General knowledge, Computer, and Marketing. Whereas for IBPS PO, the pattern differs as sections like Reasoning, English, Quantitative aptitude, General knowledge, and Computer are included. In SBI PO Mains, each section is 50 marks whereas, in the case of IBPS PO, the weightage of marks differs in each section.

If an aspirant is preparing for SBI PO, it is best advised to have a strong understanding of data analysis and interpretation part. There are various available online, you can refer to those to prepare for the exam. Whereas, in the case of IBPS PO, focus on Arithmetic while preparing.

Once cleared Prelims and Mains, selected candidates have to appear for Group Discussion and Personal Interview for SBI PO. However, for IBPS PO, the candidates have to prepare only for the personal interview as the group discussion (GD) round is excluded in this case.

SBI PO and IBPS PO Opportunity, Salary Package, Job Profile :

If you are looking to join only SBI then you must put in extra efforts to crack the PO exam conducted by State Bank of India. But, if you are looking for opportunities in other 23 banks in the public sector of India, then you can apply and appear for IBPS PO examination.

In comparison to IBPS, the perks offered by SBI are more and IBPS PO exam is easier in several aspects if you have already cracked SBI PO. Hence, you can keep both the exams as your career choice. Since the syllabus and pattern for both the exams are somewhat similar, you can apply for both the bank exams.

Bank Probationary Officer (PO) is the Assistant Manager of Scale I in a bank. The major job responsibilities of a PO in a Bank include the following:

  1. General Banking, administration work, and other duties.
  2. Handle customer complaints, and address various customer related issues.
  3. Handle daily customer transactions.
  4. Providing loans to the needful, i.e transacting the loan to the customer, all the documentation is to be done under his/her supervision.

 Salary of Bank PO :

The basic pay of an SBI PO or IBPS PO  will be at the bracket of Rs 23,700 to Rs 42,020.

Hence, it can be concluded that students will need to prepare more diligently for SBI PO. However, it is advised to think of a better preparation pattern for either of the exam and not to focus on cut off marks, the difficulty level in the questions, etc. Have a clear understanding of the exam syllabus, make sure your basic concepts are crystal clear, practice mock tests, solve previous year papers, and clear all your doubts.

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