State Banking of India (SBI) on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, announced the postponement of the Pharmacist and Data Analyst Recruitment 2021 examination. Previously, the exam was scheduled to be conducted on May 23, 2021. However, the exam stands postponed to a later date when the COVID-19 situation stabilises. SBI shall decide the revised dates after taking cognisance of the situation. The official notification announcing the postponement was released on the official website sbi.co.in yesterday. The notice further clarified that all other terms and conditions mentioned in the advertisement shall remain the same.
SBI also requested candidates appearing for the recruitment examination to check the official website sbi.co.in for important updates. The second wave of coronavirus has wreaked havoc in the country. Under such conditions, SBI decided to postpone the recruitment exam. While nothing had been mentioned about the admit cards, it is expected that they too will be released later. The revised exam dates shall be announced in due course.
Apart from the official notification, SBI has not provided any tentative exam schedule to conduct the exams. Given the current scenario, the recruitment exam will most likely be conducted after June 2021, when the situation is expected to subside. However, more clarification on the tentative schedule is awaited.
SBI Pharmacists 2021 selection process comprises of two steps – 1. Online written test and 2. Interview round. A final merit list shall be prepared based on the scores obtained in both rounds. In case two or more candidates secure the same cut-off marks, they shall be ranked on the basis of their age in descending order.
The online written examination shall be conducted for a duration of 120 minutes on the new decided date. The paper shall be divided into five sections – General Awareness, General English, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability and Professional Knowledge. The question paper shall contain a total of 150 questions for 200 marks.
The first four sections shall comprise 25 questions for a total of 25 marks i.e., each question for 1 mark. The last section or Professional Aptitude shall contain 50 questions for a total of 100 marks i.e., each question for 2 marks. Candidates who qualify for the written test will be required to attend the interview round. The cut-off marks shall be decided by the SBI authorities.
SBI shall allot 40 per cent weightage to the online written exam and 60 per cent weightage to the interview round. SBI Pharmacist 2021 final selection process shall be done based on the aggregate marks obtained by candidates. Furthermore, the SBI’s verdict shall be the final one in the selection process. No correspondence or requests shall be entertained in this regard under any circumstances.