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SBI PO Preliminary Exam Syllabus:

The preliminary examination of SBI PO exam will comprise of Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language. Here is the detailed syllabus:

Reasoning

Quantitative Ability

English Language

Logical Reasoning

Simplification

Reading Comprehension

Alphanumeric Series

Profit & Loss

Cloze Test

Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test

Mixtures &Alligations

Para jumbles

Data Sufficiency

Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices

Miscellaneous

Coded Inequalities

Work & Time

Fill in the blanks

Seating Arrangement

Time & Distance

Multiple Meaning /Error Spotting

Puzzle

Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere

Paragraph Completion

Tabulation

Data Interpretation

 

Syllogism

Ratio & Proportion, Percentage

 

Blood Relations

Number Systems

 

Input Output

Sequence & Series

 

Coding Decoding

Permutation, Combination &Probability

 

 

SBI PO Mains syllabus:

The Mains Examination of SBI PO exam will constitute of 4 sections: Reasoning + Computer Awareness, English Language, Data Analysis & General/Economy/Banking Awareness. The complete syllabus is discussed below:

Data Analysis

Reasoning

English Language

General/Economy/ Banking Awareness

Computer Awareness

Tabular Graph

Verbal Reasoning

Reading Comprehension

Financial Awareness

Internet

Line Graph

Syllogism

Grammar

Current Affairs

Memory

Pie Chart

Circular Seating Arrangement

Vocabulary

General Knowledge

Keyboard Shortcuts

Bar Graph

Linear Seating Arrangement

Verbal Ability

Static Awareness

Computer Abbreviation

Radar Graph Caselet

Double Lineup

Word Association

Banking and Financial Awareness

Microsoft Office

Missing Case DI

Scheduling

Sentence Improvement

 

Computer Hardware

Let it Case DI

Input Output

Para Jumbles

 

Computer Software

Data Sufficiency

Blood Relations

Cloze Test

 

Operating System

Probability

Directions and Distances

Error Spotting

 

Networking

Permutation and Combination

Ordering and Ranking

Fill in the blanks

 

Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies

 

Data Sufficiency

     
 

Coding and Decoding

     
 

Code Inequalities

     
 

Course of Action

     
 

Critical Reasoning

     
 

Analytical and Decision Making

     

Besides the preliminary exam and the mains exam, an interview process is also conducted for candidates who qualify the first two phases of SBI PO exam.

The final merit list is made on the basis of marks obtained by a candidate in his/ her mains exam and interview process.

 

SBI PO Eligibility Criteria :

Educational Qualification

Graduation Degree: The eligibility criteria for the SBI exam is graduation degree in any of the streams such as BA, B.Com, BSc, B.Tech, etc., from a University recognized by the Government of India. Candidate who possesses same qualification from the university recognized by the Central Government is also eligible to apply for this exam.

Candidates should have a valid Mark-sheet / Degree: 

Certificate which supports that they are graduates on the day they were registered for the exam. 
The percentage of marks obtained in Graduation should be mentioned at time of registration for the SBI-PO examination.

Computer Literacy: Knowledge of computer operation is a must as SBI  PO exam is conducted online.

Language Proficiency: Candidates should have verbal and written proficiency in official language of the State/UT. The candidate should be able to read, write and speak the language.

Nationality / Citizenship of Applicants:

Candidates applying for SBI PO Examination should be one of the following:
1. Citizen of India
2. Subject of  Nepal or  Bhutan
3. Tibetan Refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanent settlement
4. Person of Indian Origin (PIO) who has migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam or East African countries of Zaire, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Ethiopia, Malawi, with the intention of permanent settlement in India
Candidates belonging to the category 2, 3, 4 must have a certificate of eligibility issued by the Govt of India in their favour.

Age Eligibility of candidates applying for SBI PO Examination:

Candidates applying for the SBI examination should be of 21 years old but not more than 30 years old at the time of registration. Besides this, there is age relaxation relevant to category wise candidates as per the government rules:

Category

Age Relaxation

Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST)

5 years

Other Backward Classes (OBC Non-Creamy Layer)

3 years

Persons with Disabilities (PWD)

10 years

Ex-Servicemen (Army personnel)

5 years

Persons with Domicile of Jammu &Kashmir during the period of

5 years

 

Best books to prepare:

Following are some of the best books to prepare for English:

  • Objective General English by Dr. R.S.Aggarwal & Vikas Aggarwal from S Chand Publications
  • Objective English for Competitive Exams By Hari Mohan Prasad & Uma Rani Sinha from McGraw Hill Publications
  • Quantitative Aptitude Books:
  • Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma
  • Advanced Maths for General Competitions by Rakesh Yadav
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by R.S.Aggarwal from S Chand Publications
  • Reasoning Aptitude Books:
  • A Modern Approach to Verbal Reasoning by R.S.Aggarwal
  • A New Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by B.S.Sijwali

 General Awareness Books:Indian Year Book English/Hindi by Publication Division

Manorama Yearbook by Mathew & Mammen Manorama

Computer Awareness Books:

  • Objective Computer Awareness by R. Pillai
  • Computer Knowledge by Shikha Agarwal

 

SBI PO Exam Pattern :

 

SBI PO Prelims Exam Pattern :

The Exam will be conducted online and will comprise of 3 sections namely Reasoning, Quantitaive Aptitude & English Language. The entire paper is to be completed in a time span of 1 hour.

The overall score of the examination will be considered for selecting candidates for Mains Exam.

S.No.

Name of Tests(Objective

No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Duration

1

English Language

30

30

20 minutes

2

Numerical Ability

35

35

20 minutes

3

Reasoning Ability

35

35

20 minutes

Total

100

100

1 hour

Penalty for wrong answer: 0.25 marks will be deducted for every question attempted wrong by a candidate. No deduction will be there in marks if a question is left unattempted or blank by a candidate.

 

SBI PO  Mains Exam Pattern :

The Exam will be conducted online and will comprise of 4 sections namely Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis & Interpretation & General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness, English Language. The entire paper is to be completed in a time span of 3 hours. A descriptive paper will be conducted along with the above mentioned online test. It needs to be completed in a time span of 30 minutes and the maximum marks alloted to this test is 50

 

S.No.

Name of Tests(Objective

No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Duration

1

Reasoning & Computer Aptitude

45

60

60 minutes

2

Data Analysis & Interpretation

35

60

45 minutes

3

General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness

40

40

35 minutes

4

English Language

35

40

40 minutes

Total

155

200

3 hours

Penalty for wrong answer: 0.25 marks will be deducted for every question attempted wrong by a candidate in SBI PO Mains Exam. No deduction will be made in marks if a question is left unattempted or blank by a candidate in the exam.

Interview Process :

A candidate who clears both the Prelims & Mains Exam of SBI PO  will be further called for a GD-PI session wherein they will face a panel of selectors discussing on their past experience and questions related to General Knowledge and of the Banking Sector. It is essential for a candidate to clear the Interview Process in order to ensure their final selection in the SBI PO  Exam. The qualifying marks for this round will be decided by the Bank and the marks alloted to these rounds are: Group Discussion - 20 marks, Interview - 30 marks

Final Selection :

After a candidate has gone through Personal Interviews, a merit list will be prepared by State Bank of India wherein the candidate's score of Mains Exam and Interview Round will be taken into account. Based on the score obtained by candidates and the available vacancies, a final cut-off marks will be declared. All candidates who clear the cut-off range will be granted the Appointment Letter by State Bank of India for the post of Probationary Officer.

SBI PO Cut-Off :

SBI PO Prelims Cut Off :

Category

GEN

OBC

SC

ST

OH

VI

HI

Marks

51.50

48.25

43.25

31.25

38.75

42.50

18.50

 

SBI PO Mains & Final Cut-Off :

 

SC

ST

OBC

GEN

OH

VI

HI

Objective Test

40

40

40

50

40

40

40

Descriptive Type Test (English Language)(Evaluated only for those candidates who have qualified in each level of the Objective Test)

17.5

17.5

17.5

20

17.5

17.5

17.5

Minimum marks to be secured to be shortlisted for GE-cum Interview 
(Objective + Descriptive Test)

62.5

62.5

79.5

89.25

62.5

88.09

62.5

Total : GE + Interview

18

18

18

20

18

18

18

Total marks secured candidate(Out to 100)

38.95

28.88

40.83

46.59

37.24

46.11

32.95