SBI PO exam Syllabus

About SBI PO Exam:

The State Bank of India (SBI) is an Indian multinational, public banking sector and financial services company. It has one of the biggest employers of the country with about 2.1 lakh employees as on 31 March 2017.

The SBI PO is a prestigious banking sector examination in the country as it provides the gateway to building a rewarding career with one of the most coveted banks of the nation. The SBI PO exam, as the name suggests, is conducted for recruiting Probationary Officers, which is the highest entry level, officer cadre post.

The exam always been a toughest one, in a overall difficulty level. Couple of years the difficulty level of the paper has gone up a notch as new question types and patterns were introduced.

Exam Pattern:

On preparation towards the SBI PO exams, it is important to learn or analyse the strategy in the smartest way to clear the exam easily. Before this, SBI PO exam has two stage of online test i.e

1. Tier I (Preliminary)
2. Tier II(Mains).
3. Group Exercises & Interview

The details of each of selection stages are mentioned below.

Prelims Strategy:

It has three sections for 100 marks. Always remember that there is a sectional cut off for all the sects which will be decided by SBI.

The sections are:

1. English Language - 30 Marks
2. Numerical Ability - 35 Marks
3. Reasoning Ability - 35 Marks

Section wise syllabus:

English Language:

1. Reading comprehension -  10 Questions (1 Passage)
2. Grammar (Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement, Fill in the Blanks, Phrase Replacement) - 10 Questions
3. Vocabulary (synonyms and antonyms ) - 5 Questions
4. Verbal Ability (Para Jumbles) - 5 Questions

Numerical Ability:

1. Simplification - 10-15 Questions
2. Number Series - 3-5 Questions
3. Average - 1-3 Questions
4. Interest - 1-3 Questions
5. Mensuration - 2-4 Questions
6. Percentage - 1-2 Questions
7. Ratio & Proportion - 1-3 Questions
8. Algebra - 3-5 Questions
9. Profit & Loss - 1-3 Questions
10. Time, Speed & Distance - 1-4 Questions
11. Data Interpretation - 5-10 Questions (1-2 sets)
12. Time & Work - 1-2 Questions
13. Permutation & Combination / Probability - 0-1 Questions
14. Mixture Problems(Quadratic and some other problems) - 0-2 Questions
15. Number System - 0-1 Questions
16. Data Sufficiency - 0-5 Questions

If you wish to score more than 30 Marks in Aps section, then follow the above strategy. In this section practicing and speed of solving the problem is more important, So Keep practicing.

Reasoning Ability:

1. Arrangement & Pattern 5-8 Questions
2. Analogy 0-5 Questions
3. Classification 0-4 Questions
4. Coded Inequalities or Mathematical Inequalities 0-5 Questions (likely of Coded Inequalities)
5. Directions & Distances 0-2 Questions
6. Coding-Decoding 4-10 Questions
7. Blood Relations 1-5 Questions
8. Order & Ranking 0-5 Questions
9. Circular Seating Arrangement 5 Questions
10. Linear Seating Arrangement 5 Questions
11. Analytical Decision Making 0-5 Questions
12. Syllogisms 0-5 Questions
13. Data Sufficiency 0-5 Questions
14. Double Line-Up 0-5 Questions
15. Scheduling 0-5 Questions
16. Grouping & Selection Problems on teams and committees asked. 0-5 Questions
17. Series 0-2 Questions
18. Verbal Reasoning 0-5 Questions

In this section, every one can score 35 Marks if you keep practicing. Every questions will be based on logic.

If you feel difficult to prepare all the topics, you can prepare only specific topics by that you will be able to score more than 25 Marks.

Mains Strategy:

It has four sections for 200 marks and also the descriptive paper for 50 Marks. The descriptive test will be conducted immediately after the completion of the objective test of 200 Marks. Always remember that there is a sectional cut off for all the sections which will be decided by SBI.

Objective Test:

The objective test will be held for 3 hours and consists of 4 sections for a total of 200 marks. The test has sectional time limits. The candidates are required to clear both sectional and overall cut-offs to qualify for the next stage.

The sections are:

1. English Language - 40 Marks
2. Data Analysis & Interpretation - 60 Marks
3. Reasoning Ability and Computer aptitude -  60 Marks
4. General / Financial Awareness - 40 Marks

Descriptive Test:

The descriptive test is 30 minutes for a 50 marks. It is a test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay). The test is qualifying in nature. Descriptive Test paper will be evaluated for only those candidates who score qualifying marks in the objective tests and are placed adequately high.

Syllabus for the sections of English, Numerical ability and Reasoning ability are same. Only some extra syllabus is added to Mains Syllabus i.e Computer Aptitude and General/Financial Awareness.

Computer aptitude syllabus:

1. History and Generation of Computers
2. Introduction to Computer Organisation
3. Computer Memory
4. Computer Hardware and I/O Devices
5. Computer Software
6. Computer Languages
7. Operating System
8. Computer Network
9. Internet
10. MS Office Suit and Short cut keys
11. Basics of DBMS
12. Number System and Conversions
13. Computer and Network Security

Computer aptitude section is easy if you know basic computer knowledge. If you don't know about the basis no worries, learn from the website which will be uploaded soon.

General / Financial Awareness:

1. General / Financial Awareness
2. Banking Awareness
3. Financial Awareness
4. Govt. Schemes and Policies
5. Current Affairs
6. Static Awareness


1. Group Exercises (20 marks)
2. Interview (30 marks)

For final selection the marks of the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added. Only Main Examination (Phase-II) (both in Objective Test and Descriptive Test) is considered for the purpose. To this, marks obtained in the group exercises & interview are added for preparation of the final merit list.

Don't postponed your work tomorrow. It might make you lazy. Steady up and prepare for your exam. I hope this helps you well, If you have any queries, please feel free to contact us or comment below.

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