SBI PO Shift Timings for Mains 2021 | Reporting Time & COVID Instructions

SBI PO Prelims result has been declared and admit card for the SBI PO Mains 2021 exam has been released. The SBI PO mains exam will be held on January 02, 2022. This blog contains details pertaining to the SBI PO mains shift timings & important COVID-related instructions that candidates need to keep in mind. As the exam will be conducted online, candidates should carefully read instructions regarding the method of indicating answers. The instructions mentioned herein will help you in preparing for the examination better.


SBI PO Shift TimingsMains 2021

SBI PO mains exam is scheduled to be held on January 02, 2021. There will be a single shift on a particular exam day. Candidates need to follow COVID-19 safety norms. The SBI PO Mains Shift Timings are mentioned below.

SBI PO Shift Timings for Mains exams to be held on January 02, 2022

Shift 11:30 pm – 5:00 pm

There will be a single shift for the SBI PO mains exam. The reporting time is 12:30 pm and the exam will commence from 01:30 pm. The duration of the exam is 3 hrs 30 min.

SBI PO Shift TimingsPrelims 2021

SBI PO prelims exams are scheduled on November 20, 21 and 27, 2021 are will be held in 4 shifts and 3 days due to COVID-19 related safety concerns. Here are the SBI PO Shift timings.

SBI PO Shift Timings for prelims exams to be held on November 20, 21 and 27, 2021

Shift 109:00 am – 10:00 am
Shift 211:30 am – 12:30 pm
Shift 302:00 pm – 03:00 pm
Shift 404:30 pm – 05:30 pm

SBI PO Shift Timings, Reporting Time and Handwriting Sample Session

The following time includes the reporting time, handwriting sample, exam start timing, and the end timing for each shift.

Event 1st shift 2nd shift 3rd shift 4th shift
Reporting Time 08:00 AM 10:30 AM 01:00 PM 03:30 PM
Handwriting Sample 8:45 to 8:50 AM 11:15 to 11:20 AM 01:45 to 01:50 PM 04:15 to 04:20 PM
Exam Start Time 09:00 AM 11:30 AM 02:00 PM 04:30 PM
Exam End Time10:00 AM 12:30 PM 03:00 PM 05:30 PM

SBI PO 2021 – Overview

DetailsTentative Dates
On-line registration including Editing/ Modification of Applications by candidatesOctober 05 to October 25, 2021
Payment of Application FeeOctober 05 to October 25, 2021
Download of Preliminary Examination Call LettersNovember 8 to 27, 2021
Phase-I: Online Preliminary ExaminationNovember 20, 21 and 27, 2021
Declaration of Result of Preliminary ExaminationDecember 2021
Download of Main Examination Call letter2nd/3rd week December 2021 onwards
Phase-Il: Online Main Examination02 January 2022
Declaration of Result of Main ExaminationJanuary 2022
Download of Phase-III Call Letter1/2nd week of February 2022 onwards
Phase-III: Interview (Or Interview & Group Exercises)2nd/ 3rd week of February 2022
Declaration of Final ResultFebruary/March 2022

SBI PO 2021 Prelims – General Instructions for Candidates

  • Date, time and venue address of the examination given in the call letter.
  • The call letter should be brought with you to the examination venue along with your recent passport size photograph duly pasted on it.
  • No use of calculators (separate or with watch), books, note books or written notes, cell phones (with or without camera facility), or any other electronic device will be allowed during the examination.
  • Take the call letter with your photograph affixed thereon, a photocopy of photo identity proof stapled with it and same (currently valid) photo ID in original – THIS IS ESSENTIAL.
  • You should take with you a ball-point pen. Sheets of paper will be provided.

Items not allowed in the Exam Hall

  • Any stationery item like textual material (printed or written), bits of papers, Geometry/Pencil Box, Plastic Pouch, Calculator, Scale, Writing Pad, Pen Drives, Log Table, Electronic Pen/Scanner, Any communication device like Mobile Phone, Bluetooth, Earphones, Microphone, Pager, Health Band etc.
  • Other items like Goggles, Handbags, Hair-pin, Hair-band, Belt, Cap, Any watch/Wrist Watch, Camera, Any metallic item,
  • Any eatable item opened or packed, water bottle (only transparent water bottle is allowed),
  • Any other item which could be used for unfair means for hiding communication devices like camera, bluetooth devices etc.

You are advised to avoid wearing ornaments like Ring, Earrings, Nose-pin, Chain/Necklace, Pendants, Badge, brooch etc.

After AarogyaSetu (Mandatory) status display at the entry gate, candidates will be required to switch off their mobile phones, and deposit it at the designated location, to be collected while exiting.

SBI PO Prelims 2021 – Covid-19 Special Instructions

  • Candidate is required to report at the exam venue strictly as per the time slot mentioned in the Call Letter
  • Mapping of ‘Candidate Roll Number and the Lab Number’ will NOT be displayed outside the exam venue, but the same will be intimated to the candidates individually at the time of entry of the candidate to the exam venue.
  • Candidates will be permitted to carry only certain items with them into the venue.
    • Gloves
    • Personal transparent water bottle (Candidates must bring their own water bottle)
    • Personal hand sanitizer (50 ml)
    • A simple pen
    • Exam related documents (Call Letter and Photocopy of the photo ID card stapled with it, same ID Card in Original.) The name on the ID and on the Call Letter should be exactly the same. g.
    • In case of Scribe Candidates – Scribe form duly filled and signed with Photograph affixed. No other Items are permitted inside the venue.
  • A Candidate must have AarogyaSetu App installed on his/her mobile phone
    • Candidates with Moderate or High Risk Status on AarogyaSetu App will not be allowed entry.


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In-Candidate Registration

As candidates enter the examination centre, they will be directed to their exam labs based on their roll numbers. Upon reaching there, candidates will go through a registration process. The process involves –

  1. Candidate registration will be done through photo capture. Photo captured will be matched with the photo uploaded by you in the application. You must NOT change your appearance from the photo uploaded by you.
  2. Photograph will be taken while candidate is standing.
  3. Seat number will be given to the candidate.

Details of The Online Examination Pattern – SBI PO Prelims

  • Total duration of examination is 60 minutes. [20 minutes extra for every 60 minutes (1 hour) of the examination time for candidates with disability eligible for compensatory time.]
  • Sections in the question paper are displayed on the top bar of the screen. Questions in a section can be viewed by clicking on the section name. The section you are currently viewing is highlighted.
  • Candidates can shuffle between tests and questions anytime during the examination as per your convenience only during the time stipulated
    • Candidates will not be allowed to “finally submit” unless they have exhausted the actual test time of the examination.
    • Under no circumstances should a candidate click on any of the ‘keyboard keys’ during the test once the exam starts as this will lock the exam
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SBI PO Exam Timings Prelims 2021 – FAQs

When is the SBI PO Prelims Exam 2021 conducted?

The SBI PO Prelims Exam will be conducted on November 20, 21 and 27, 2021.

What is the SBI PO Prelims Exam 2021 Shift 1 timing?

The SBI PO Shift Timings for Prelims 2021 Shift 1 is 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM.

What is the reporting time for SBI PO Prelims Shift 1 Prelims Exam 2021?

Due to COVID-19, Candidates are required to report at the exam venue strictly as per the time slot mentioned in their Call Letters

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