Preparing for any exam require good understanding of the syllabus and pattern. As you know SBI conducts PO exam every year, it has become a much sought after job owing to the stability of the job and the remunerations that come along with it.
For all you banking aspirants we have prepared a comprehensive data on SBI exam pattern and syllabus.
SBI PO exam pattern
SBI conducts this exam in two phases. Phase I: the online exam and Phase II: the GD&PI. You will be called for Phase II after you clear Phase I.
Phase I: The online Exam
SBI PO online exam consists of 2 parts: the objective online paper and a descriptive offline paper. The online exam is of 120 minutes and contains 200 questions carrying a total of 200 marks. The descriptive paper is to analyze your English knowledge. It is of 50 marks and time allotted is of 1 hour.
A break-up of the syllabus for Paper I i.e the objective MCQ questions:
This paper consists of 4 parts :
- Analytical Reasoning
- Quantitative Aptitude
- GK, Computer and Marketing
Each section contains 50 questions and is of 50 marks.For every wrong answer 0.25 marks is deducted.
SBI PO Exam Syllabus
Reasoning : In the Reasoning section expect moderate to high level of questions. There will be 50 questions carrying a total of 50 marks.
The topics covered under reasoning section are: Verbal Reasoning, Alphabet test, Mathematical operations, Odd man out, classification, blood relations, syllogism, coding-decoding, causes effect, analysis, sitting arrangements, statement and conclusion, decision making, puzzle, assertion and reasoning, word formation, series. (Few other changes may be included from time to time.)
Quantitative Aptitude: 50 questions of 50 marks. You should expect high level questions in this section.
Data interpretation questions are most important as 15-20 marks (or more) will be from these kinds of questions. Questions will involve Pie charts, bar graphs, line graphs and tabular data. Among others Permutation-combination, Probability is important for application level questions. Other topics would include Number system, LCM-HCF, Number series, Decimal Fractions, partnership, Simple/compound Interest, time distance and speed, time and work, profit and loss and percentage.
General Awareness, Computer knowledge and Marketing Knowledge: You should be prepared for moderate to high level of questions.50 questions of 50 marks.
In GA questions special preference will be given to the banking industry so you should keep a focus on that. It won’t be proper to pin point the syllabus. You should give special attention to economic news and current affairs of India and to world at large.
You should be aware of the Banking terms e.g Repo rate. Rev. Repo, CRR, CAR, LAF etc and know the effects when they are increased or decreased etc. You may also refer to our post on Banking Terms
Do not miss out Sports, books and awards and major world topics, they are particularly important. Refer to Economic Times or Business Line, Newspapers and magazines as The Hindu or the Frontline etc would help you with the other information apart from the banking part.
Basic knowledge of computer operating system, MS Office, software and hardware, basic knowledge of Internet and networking system
SBI PO (and SBI ASSOCIATE PO) are the banking sector exams that ask Marketing questions. Those of you who are not from business studies or economics background might find these questions to be totally new. But don’t be much worried. The questions are simple and often direct. You would require giving time to prepare for this section.
For marketing related questions follow Lucent’s Marketing Economy and Banking. The marketing section covers almost all the important topics (from exam point of view) adequately .Plus the book is a thin one so you won’t be scared by the mere look of it!
In the English Section, expect moderate to high level. 50 questions carrying 50 marks.
Topics in this section: comprehension (you can expect at least 2), jumbled sentence (could be a bit time consuming), fill in the blanks, idioms and phrases, synonyms antonyms, spelling check, spot the error in a sentence, one word substitution. Comprehension would be of a considerable high level so practice thoroughly.
Start reading the editorial section of The Hindu or magazines (preferably The Frontline) as the English language used there is pretty good.
The Second Paper i.e the Descriptive Paper will be of 50 marks and the time allotted is 1 hour. This paper will contain: A letter; A comprehension (5 questions); A précis writing (150 words), A short paragraph writing (130-150 words) and an Essay (250 words). For the Letter and Essay 2 or 3 topics will be given you will need to write any one. You should practice personal as well as official letter writing. The topics for essay writing will involve topics from financial sector and one topic (for sure) you can expect from the banking sector. Last year one such topic was “The Corporate responsibility of Banks”.
Read our post on Art to write good essay
Phase II: Group Discussion & Personal Interview
After you have qualified each paper (paper I and II) (and each section) securing a minimum cut off marks you will be called for GD (Group Discussion) which is of 20 marks and followed by PI (Personal Interview) which is of 30 marks. This phase has a total of 50 marks.
The final result is decided on the basis of the marks scored in both the Phases.
Also Read our post on How to overcome anxiety in interview
Also see: SBI PO exam preparation tips
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