SBI PO Exam Pattern: Understanding the Approach
This article consists everything about the current SBI PO exam pattern and SBI PO exam syllabus that any State Bank of India job aspirant would have ever wanted to know. It describes each and every phase of the exam, (i.e. preliminary, mains and interview) and also mentions the important dates regarding SBI PO Exam 2018.
SBI PO Exam 2018
SBI PO 2018 exam is going to be conducted by State Bank of India to select candidates for the post of Probationary Officer. SBI PO is considered to be one of the most prestigious jobs in the Indian Banking industry and it’s a dream job for millions of aspirants across India.
SBI PO 2018 Notification
SBI PO 2018 Notification has been released on 21st April 2018 by State Bank of India. This recruitment process has started post-release of official notification and it will be conducted for selection of candidates to the post of PO in State Bank of India and its Associate banks. The candidates selected are liable to be posted anywhere in India.
Click Here to Download Notification
SBI PO 2018 Important Dates
State Bank of India released the official Notification for SBI PO 2018 on 21st April 2018. The Exam dates for the same has been declared after the notification was released.
|Online Registration of Application||21st April 2018 to 13th May 2018|
|Payment of Application Fees Charges||21st April 2018 to 13th May 2018|
|Download call letters for online Prelims||18th June Onwards|
|Conduct of Online Examination – Preliminary||1st, 7th & 8th July 2018|
|Result of Online exam – Preliminary||15th July 2018|
|Download Call letter for Online Mains Exam||20th July 2018|
|Conduct of Online Examination – Main||4th August 2018|
|Result of Online Examination – Main||20th August 2018|
|Download Call Letter for Personal Interview||1st September 2018|
|Conduct of Group Exercises & Interview||24th September 2018 to 12th October 2018|
|Declaration of Final Result||1st November 2018|
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SBI PO Recruitment 2018
The State Bank of India declared a total vacancy of 2000 vacancies for SBI PO 2018. Candidates can now prepare effectively for the upcoming SBI PO 2018 Exam as the number of vacancies is less compared to last year.
The SBI PO exam is the most premier among all the other public-sector bank exams in India. The recruitment process for Probationary Officers at SBI consists of 3 stages:
1. Preliminary Examination
2. Main Examination
SBI PO 2018 Exam Pattern
As the vacancy has been reduced considerably as compared to last year, so the candidates are going to face a tough competition. Thus, a prior knowledge of SBI PO Exam Pattern 2018 is essential as it will give you a platform to start your efficient preparation for the exam. Let’s have a look at the detailed Exam Pattern for SBI PO 2018.
SBI PO 2018 Prelims Exam Pattern
SBI PO Preliminary Exam will be conducted on 1st, 7th & 8th July 2018. The Exam will be conducted online and will comprise of 3 sections namely Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude & English Language.
1. It is noted that this year, State Bank of India has removed sectional cut-off from SBI PO 2018 Exam. The overall score of the examination will be considered for selecting candidates for Mains Exam.
2. Each section has been provided with an individual time duration. That means even if you complete the exam before the allotted time you will not be able to move to the next section till the respective time frame is not over
|Name of Tests(Objective)||Maximum Marks||Duration|
|English Language||30||20 min.|
|Numerical Ability||35||20 min.|
|Reasoning Ability||35||20 min.|
Penalty for incorrect answer: (-) 0.25 marks
SBI PO 2018 Mains Exam Pattern
SBI PO Mains Exam will be conducted on 4th August 2018. 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 within 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 allotted to this test is 50
|Name of Tests||Maximum Marks|
|Reasoning & Computer Aptitude||60|
|Data Analysis & Interpretation||60|
|General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness||40|
Penalty for incorrect answer: (-) 0.25 marks
Interview Process (GD-PI Round)
A candidate who clears both the Prelims & Mains Exam of SBI PO 2018 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 2018 Exam. The qualifying marks for this round will be decided by the Bank and the marks allotted to these rounds are: Group Discussion – 20 marks, Interview – 30 marks
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 mark 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 2018 Syllabus
There are three major sections that a candidate needs to prepare to ace the preliminary exam. These are Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, English Literature.
SBI PO Preliminary Exam syllabus:
The preliminary examination of SBI PO exam 2018 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|
|Syllogism||Ratio & Proportion, Percentage|
|Blood Relations||Number Systems|
|Input-Output||Sequence & Series|
|Coding Decoding||Permutation, Combination &Probability|
SBI PO Mains syllabus:
Mains Examination of SBI PO exam consists of 4 sections: Reasoning, Computer Awareness, English Language, Data Analysis & General/Economy/Banking Awareness. The complete syllabus is given 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|
|Coding and Decoding|
|Course of Action|
|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 Exam is conducted by one of the most popular State Bank of India. Being one of the most premier exams of Indian banking sector, the appearing candidates face a huge competition. And since nowadays the number of engineering candidates appearing in this exam is increasing day by day, the number of applicants for this exam growing like it never did. Since the competition is heavy, candidates should highly focus on increasing their level of awareness and accuracy in the exam.