The official SBI PO Exam Pattern has been released by the State Bank of India. The paper pattern varies for each stage. However, it has been similar over the years.
SBI PO Exam is conducted every year to recruit eligible aspirants as Probationary Officers in various SBI branches throughout the country. It is conducted in three phases namely Preliminary, Main and Group Discussion & Interview.
The following article will help candidates have a better understanding of the exam pattern, marking scheme, time limits etc. of SBI PO 2018.
Listed below are some quick facts relating to SBI PO Exam Pattern:-
SBI PO Prelims
- The exam is held in online mode.
- There are 100 objective-type questions.
- The duration of SBI PO Prelims is 60 minutes.
- This paper has 3 sections (English language, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability).
SBI PO Mains
- The exam is held in online mode.
- There are 155 objective-type and 50 subjective-type questions.
- The duration of objective paper is 3 hours, while for subjective paper, it is 30 minutes.
- This paper has 4 sections in the objective paper (Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis & Interpretation, General Awareness about Economy/ Banking, English language).
- In the subjective paper, you have to write a Letter and an Essay.
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SBI PO GD/ PI
- Candidates who qualify SBI PO Mains, appear for the GD/PI rounds.
- Marks for GD round are 20.
- Marks for Personal Interview round are 30.
Every year, the competition for PO increases by 5%. Hence, it is important for all candidates to be thorough with SBI PO Exam Pattern and Syllabus. The Prelims exam is scheduled in April 2018, while SBI PO Mains is scheduled in July 2018.
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SBI PO 2018 Exam Dates
The official dates for SBI PO 2018 will soon be released by the conducting body. Tabulated below are all the important dates that a candidate should keep in mind:
|SBI PO 2018 Prelims Exam Date||April 29 & 30, 2018 and May 06 & 07, 2018|
|SBI PO 2018 Result (Prelims)||May 17, 2018|
|Release of SBI PO 2018 Admit Card (Mains)||May 22, 2018|
|SBI PO 2018 Mains Exam Date||June 04, 2018|
|SBI PO 2018 Result (Mains)||July 4, 2018|
|SBI PO Call Letter for Interview will be available from||June 26, 2018|
|Date for SBI PO 2018 Group Exercises and Interview ||July 10, 2018|
|Declaration of SBI PO 2018 Final Result ||August 05, 2018|
SBI PO Exam Pattern 2018 – Prelims (Phase I)
- SBI PO Preliminary exam is the first stage for the recruitment process.
- SBI PO 2018 Prelims is scheduled on April 29, April 30 and May 06, May 07, 2018 (tentatively).
- The test is conducted in online mode and consists of 3 sections- English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability.
- It is considered as the qualifying examination.
- Candidates clearing this paper will then be eligible to appear for SBI Mains.
- The marks secured in this Phase will not be considered for final selection.
Highlights of SBI PO 2018 Exam Pattern for Prelims
- Mode of Examination: – SBI PO Prelims is conducted in online mode. Candidates appearing for SBI PO Recruitment Exam are allotted a desktop, where they will be first shown all the instructions and guidelines that need to be followed by them. Post that, questions will appear and needs to be answered one by one.
- Number of Sections: - There are 3 sections in SBI PO Prelims
- Duration of Exam: - The bank exam will be of 1 hour (60 minutes)
- Nature of Questions: - Questions that will be asked in the exam are of objective type. Each question will have 4 options wherein only 1 option will be correct.
- Number of Questions: – In SBI Prelims, there will be a total of 100 questions. These questions are further divided into 3 sections i.e. English section will have 30 questions, Quantitative Aptitude section and Reasoning section will have 35 questions each.
- Marking Scheme: – For this paper, each question will carry 1 mark. As negative marking (penalty) for wrong answers, one-fourth of the marks will be deducted
- Medium of Paper:- For English section, candidates have to answer in English Language only, whereas, for Quants and Reasoning Section, English and Hindi language can be used.
- Qualifying Marks:- There is provision of sectional cut off. A candidate has to clear the minimum qualifying marks in each section of the test, to get selected for the subsequent rounds.
- Sectional Time Limit:- No time limit is allotted in SBI PO Prelims exam sections.
Sectional Weightage in SBI PO Prelims
The following table represents the distribution of questions in SBI PO Prelims exam:
|Section Name||No. of Questions||Total Marks|
|Total||100 questions||100 marks|
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Section-wise SBI PO 2018 Syllabus for Preliminary Round
|Quantitative Aptitude||Simplification, Number System, Average, Percentage, Ratio and Proportion, Interest, Number series, Data Interpretation, Profit and Loss, Mensuration, Permutation and Combination|
|Reasoning Ability||Inequalities, Ordering, and Ranking, Directions and Distances, Coding and Decoding, Blood Relations, Syllogisms, Circular Seating Arrangement, Linear Seating Arrangement, Double Line Up, Grouping, and Selection|
|English Language||Fill in the blanks, Reading, and Comprehension, Para Jumbles, Cloze test, Error spotting, Spellings, Phrase Idiom meaning,|
SBI PO 2018 Cut Off for Prelims (Expected)
Mentioned below is expected cut off that one needs to score so as to become eligible for Mains Exam.
|Candidate’s Category||Cut Off out of 100 marks|
SBI PO Exam Pattern 2018 – Mains (Phase II)
Candidates who secure the required marks and qualify the cut off will proceed to the second phase of the recruitment process. SBI PO Mains is subdivided into 2 Levels that would held on the same day. The tests are as follows:
- Level 1- Objective test and
- Level 2- Descriptive test
Highlights of SBI PO 2018 Exam Pattern for Mains
- SBI PO Main is scheduled for June 04, 2018.
- The exam will be conducted in online mode.
- SBI, conducting body of SBI PO has specified a time to attempt each section in Mains exam.
- After SBI PO Mains concludes, a Merit List is prepared by SBI.
- It is obvious that candidates with a higher score will be given priority for GD and Interview Round as well.
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SBI PO Exam Pattern for Objective Test
This is the first level in the mains exam. Candidates qualifying the Preliminary examination are eligible to appear for this exam. Listed below are the highlights for Objective Test:
- The exam is conducted in online mode
- There are a total of 4 sections, namely Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis & Interpretation, General Awareness about Economy & Banking and English Language
- It consists of 155 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
- Duration of test is 3 hours (180 minutes)
- The medium of answering questions is English language
- SBI has allotted specific timings for each section in the exam.
|Section||Total Questions||Maximum Marks||Duration (minutes)|
|Reasoning & Computer Aptitude||45||60||60|
|Data Analysis & interpretation||35||60||45|
|General Awareness (Economy & Banking)||40||40||35|
|Total||155 Questions||200 Marks||3 hours|
Exam Pattern for Descriptive Test
This is Level 2 in the Main Exam of SBI PO. It will commence immediately after candidates are attempting the Objective Test. Listed below are the highlights for SBI PO Descriptive Test.
- The exam is conducted in online mode i.e. candidates are alloted a desktop in which they are supposed to type their annswers.
- Candidates are given 30 minutes to the complete Descriptive paper
- There are a total of 2 questions in this section namely Letter writing and Essay Writing
- Each question is of 25 marks.
Note: Descriptive paper of a candidate will be checked only if he qualifies in the Objective test, as per the qualifying marks decided by the Bank.
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Section-wise SBI PO 2018 Syllabus for Mains
|Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude||Puzzles, Seating Arrangement, Inequality, Syllogism, Input Output, Coding Decoding, Verbal Reasoning, Data Sufficiency, Miscellaneous topics, Computer Aptitude|
|Data Analysis and Interpretation||Bar graph, Line graph, Pie chart (single or double), Tabular graph, Radar chart, Mixed graphs (combination of any 2 of the above), Caselet/ Paragraph DI, Missing graphs|
|English Language||Reading Comprehension, Cloze test, Para jumbles, Odd one out/ Theme based questions, Statement and Paragraph completion, Sentence Connectors|
|General Awareness||Current Affairs, Banking / Financial Awareness, Static Affairs|
SBI PO 2018 Exam Pattern- GD/ PI (Phase III)
- Candidates who qualify SBI PO mains exam are eligible to appear for GD and interview.
- Marks for GD round are 20.
- Marks for Personal Interview round are 30.
- Post conduction of the interview, a combined score is generated which includes the sum of marks obtained in main examination and interview.
- The final list of the selected candidates would be published on the official website of the bank’s website and also in Employment Newspaper.
SBI PO 2018 Syllabus for GD/ PI
|Topics for GD/PI|
|Is right to freedom being misused?||Cleanliness should be the fundamental duty of every citizen.|
|What are the merits and de-merits of One Rank One Pension scheme?||What measures should be adopted for avoiding NPA?|
|SBI Merger: Pros and cons?||What do you think about reservations in education and jobs?|
|How is Swaach Bharat Abhiyan currently important for India?|
NSG is the need of the hour for India.
|Rail budget should have merged into general budget much earlier.||Women employment is possible through mass awareness rather than launching programs.|
|Is government just renaming the old schemes?||Wind power Vs Solar Energy?|
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SBI PO 2018 Marking Scheme
Candidate must follow and understand the points given below to get an idea of how the marking will be done for each phase and its particular section:
- Candidate whose application form has been successfully submitted is eligible to sit for the SBI PO Pre Test.
- SBI PO Preliminary test consists of 3 sections- English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability.
- English language section is of 30 marks while the other 2 sections are of 35 marks each.
- Candidate must secure decent score to match the cut off set by the State Bank of India to qualify for next phase of SBI PO 2018- Mains Phase.
- Each correct marked answer will fetch you 1 mark and each wrong marked answer will deduct -1/4 marks.
- The second phase of SBI PO 2017 will be for the candidates who qualify the SBI PO Pre exam.
- Mains will be held in two parts- Objective and Descriptive.
- Objective test will be consisting of four sections namely reasoning and computer aptitude, Data analysis and Interpretation, General/economy/banking awareness and English language.
- The objective paper will be of 200 marks. Candidates who successfully qualify this section will qualify for the checking of the descriptive test.
- The descriptive test evaluates a candidate’s ability in letter writing and essay writing. The total marks for this section will be 50, as per revised changes.
Calculation of Marks: Total weighted score = Scores obtained in ( Reasoning & computer aptitude+data interpretation+general/ economy/banking awareness + English Language)
- After clearing the second phase, the candidate will be called for group discussions and interview by the SBI.
- This phase will be evaluated on the basis of both, group discussion and interview.
- Group discussion will be of 20 marks and interview will be of 30 marks bringing the total to 50 marks.
- Candidates will be shortlisted finally and called for recruitment in various branches of State Bank of India all over India.
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SBI PO 2018 Sample Papers
- Sample Papers for both Preliminary Phase and Mains are easily and readily available online for candidate’s convenience.
- Candidates can download the sample papers for Preliminary examination for the preparation of SBI PO 2018.
- To crack the preliminary section candidate will be able to practice the sample paper and get a strong grip on English language, aptitude and reasoning skills.
- Similarly, mains sample paper will help the candidate to solve the problems related to aptitude, general knowledge of banking and economy data analysis, etc.
Benefits of solving Sample Papers
There are numerous benefits of solving a sample paper before sitting for the actual exam. Here are some of the benefits that a candidate can get by solving the sample papers of SBI PO examination:
- Candidate who solves the sample paper is at the highly advantageous position as he can grasp the gist of the type of questions that will be thrown at him during the examination.
- Candidate can gain familiarity with the types of questions that can be asked in the SBI PO 2018 examination.
- Candidates can also judge their preparation on the basis of the questions they can solve while attempting the sample paper
- It is always a possibility that candidate can get the questions from sample paper in the actual examination of SBI PO 2018.
- Candidate can gain confidence and change revision strategies if required.
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SBI PO 2018 Preparation Tips
Candidate must put all his efforts to prepare for SBI PO. There is no short cut formula to succeed in any examination or test, candidate must dedicate 100% of his or her efforts into the preparation. Make a proper schedule to manage time for studies and other activities.
Candidate must properly organize daily activities and take proper rest too. It is very important to go through previous year exam questions of SBI PO examination and attempt mock tests to get the idea of preparation that has been done so far.
For the convenience of the candidate, here are the tips to prepare for each section of the SBI PO 2018 examination:
SBI PO Reasoning Ability Section
Reasoning ability is both required for preliminary test and mains exam, only the level of difficulty varies in both the sections of SBI PO exam. Candidates must be sound with his analytical abilities and practice various questions to exercise reasoning skills.
Candidate must try and focus on the following topics to get better scores in both preliminary test and mains examination:
- Statement and Conclusions
- Directions and Arrangements
- Data Sufficiency
- Comprehension Reasoning
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SBI PO Quantitative Aptitude Section
The section deals with candidate’s ability to attempt aptitude related numerical questions. Quantitative Aptitude section is considered to be one of the toughest sections. To crack this section with great ease, a candidate will need to have thorough practice and some tricks to solve the questions within the stipulated time period.
Candidate must start by solving easy questions with minimum calculations and then bring to use small tricks and strategies to attempt hard questions. Following are the topics to be prepared for this section:
- Number Systems/series
- Simple Interest & Compound Interest.
- Time & Work/Distance.
- Profit & Loss.
- Ratio and Proportion.
- Data Interpretation.
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SBI PO Language Section
English section is common in both Preliminary Test and Mains Examination of SBI PO examination. It can be calculated as the easiest section of this examination provided candidate has a thorough practice and command over basic concepts of the language as Basic English language and its knowledge is tested in this section. Candidate must continuously practice mock tests to strengthen this section.
Following are the concepts that must be taken care of while attempting English Language section:
- Reading and comprehension
- Cloze test
- Spotting errors
- Idioms and phrases
- Synonyms and antonyms
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SBI PO General Ability Section
To attempt General ability section candidate must be updated with the current affairs and happenings. If a candidate is fully aware of all the surrounding events then this section of SBI PO examination will be easiest to crack. Reading newspaper daily will be an added advantage along with awareness for below-mentioned concerns:
- Current Affairs of last 6 months
- Topics related to finance and economics
- History of Banking
- Banking Terms
- Fiscal & Monetary Policies
SBI PO Computer Aptitude Section
Computer Knowledge Questions asked in SBI PO exam mainly contain questions related to basic knowledge about computer. It is very important to be acquainted with computer related skills and basic theoretical knowledge to fetch good marks in this section.
Candidate can acquire information related to computers by just downloading pdf from the internet with relevant information on the following topics:
- Hardware and Software
- Basics of Computers
- MS Office (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Power Point)
- Keyboard Shortcuts.
- Basic internet knowledge and protocols
- Generations of computer
- Network Basics (LAN and WAN)