SBI PO Exam Pattern: The State Bank of India (SBI) conducts various recruitment examinations for different posts with branches all over India. Every year there are around 2000 posts notified in the categories of Probationary Officers and Clerical level posts. A large number of aspirants are expected to apply for the SBI PO 2019 exam. It is one of the most desired competitive exams in India because it offers a prestigious career option for candidates looking for banking and government sector jobs. However, only graduates can apply for the post of SBI PO. In this article, we will provide you with a detailed SBI PO exam pattern.
Online registrations for SBI PO 2019 have begun and interested candidates can register now on the official website, sbi.co.in.
SBI PO Exam Pattern
The SBI PO 2019 notification was released on 1st April 2019, announcing 2000 vacancies for the post of Probationary Officer. Additionally, 133 posts are available for LD, VI, HI, D & E category candidates, according to the official notification released on sbi.co.in.
Interested candidates need to know the SBI PO exam pattern before they start their SBI PO preparation. Read on to get the detailed SBI PO exam pattern.
SBI PO Exam Pattern – Important Dates
Before going to the SBI PO exam pattern, let’s have a quick look at the important dates for SBI PO 2019. The tentative schedule of events for SBI PO Recruitment 2019 as released on sbi.co.in:
|SBI PO 2019|
|SBI PO 2019 Online Registration (including Editing/ Modification of Application)||2nd – 22nd April 2019|
|Payment of Application Fee/ Intimation Charges||2nd – 22nd April 2019|
|Download of Call Letter for Online Preliminary Examination||3rd week of May 2019 onwards|
|SBI PO 2019 Preliminary Exam Date||8th, 9th, 15th & 16th June 2019|
|SBI PO 2019 Preliminary Exam Result||1st week of July 2019|
|Download of Call Letter for Online Main Examination||2nd week of July 2019|
|SBI PO 2019 Main Exam Date||20th July 2019|
|SBI PO 2019 Main Exam Result||3rd week of August 2019|
|Download of Call Letter for Group Exercises & Interview||4th week of August 2019|
|SBI PO 2019 Group Exercises & Interview Date||September 2019|
|SBI PO 2019 Final Result||2nd week of October 2019|
SBI PO Exam Pattern 2019
SBI PO exam follows a three-tier selection process. Candidates are required to get through each of the stages to reach on to the next level. The stages involved in the selection of aspirants are as under:
1st Stage: SBI PO Preliminary Exam
2nd Stage: SBI PO Main Exam
3rd Stage: Group Exercises and Interview
1. SBI PO Exam Pattern For Preliminary Exam
The SBI PO Preliminary exam is an objective type test and is conducted for a one-hour duration. The exam has 3 sections having a total of 100 questions with a maximum score of 100 marks. For each wrong answer, there is a negative marking of 0.25. In order to qualify for the SBI PO Mains, it is required of the aspirants to clear the sectional as well as the overall cut off marks for Prelims.
The SBI PO exam pattern for Prelims is as under:
|SBI PO Exam Pattern: Prelims|
|Sections||Total number of questions/Maximum marks||Time Duration|
|English Language||30/30||1 hour where the three sections are separately timed – 20 minutes allotted for each section|
2. SBI PO Exam Pattern For Main Exam
SBI PO Mains has two sections- Objective and Descriptive. Objective section is of 200 marks and Descriptive section carries 50 marks. Both of these tests are taken online. A descriptive test will take place right after the completion of the objective test on the same day.
The SBI PO Mains objective test is of 3 hours duration and consist of 4 sections carrying a total of 200 marks. The objective test has separate timings for every section.
The SBI PO Main exam pattern is as under:
|SBI PO Exam Pattern: Mains (Objective)|
|Sections||Total number of questions/Maximum marks||Total time duration|
|Reasoning and Computer Aptitude||45/60||60 minutes or 1 hour|
|Data Analysis and Interpretation||35/60||45 minutes|
|Banking/General/Economy Awareness||40/40||35 minutes|
|English Language||35/40||40 minutes|
SBI PO descriptive test carries 50 marks with a time duration of 30 minutes. This section tests your English writing skills as it contains two sections: Letter Writing and Essay.
3. SBI PO Exam Pattern For Group Exercises and Interview
Selection for the Group Exercises and Interview will be based on a category-wise merit list. Th category wise merit list will be drawn on the basis of the aggregate marks scored in the Main Examination. There will be no sectional cut-off. Candidates numbering up to 3 times (approx.) of the category wise vacancies will be shortlisted for the Group Exercise and Interview from the top of the category wise merit list subject to a candidate scoring the minimum aggregate qualifying score.
20 marks will be given for Group Exercises and 30 marks for the Interview. Candidates qualifying for Group Exercises and Interview under ‘OBC’ category would be required to submit OBC certificate containing the ‘Non-Creamy layer’ clause.
The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination will not be added for preparing the final merit list for selection. Only the marks obtained in the Main Examination, both in the Objective Test and the Descriptive Test, will be added to the marks obtained in Group Exercise and Interview for preparing the final merit list. The candidates will have to qualify both in the Prelim and Main exam separately. Marks secured by the candidates in the Main Examination (out of 250 marks) are converted to out of 75 marks and marks secured in the Group Exercise & Interview (out of 50 marks) are converted to out of 25 marks.
The final merit list is arrived at after aggregating (out of 100) converted marks of Main Examination and Group Exercise & Interview. The final selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category. SBI PO Result of the candidates who qualify for Main Examination and Group Exercise & Interview as well as the final selection list will be made available on the official website.
SBI PO Exam Pattern | Syllabus
The SBI PO syllabus has many similarities as compared to other bank exams. Both the Prelims and Mains has English language and Reasoning section and the syllabus for both of these sections is relatively same barring a few topics.
SBI PO Syllabus for both Prelims and Mains for each of the section is mentioned below:
SBI PO Exam Pattern – Syllabus for Reasoning Ability
This section tests your thinking ability both in terms of critical and logical. The topics in this section are mentioned below:
|Coding and Decoding|
|Circular Seating Arrangement|
|Linear Seating Arrangement|
|Directions and Distance|
|Ordering and Ranking|
|Course of Action|
|Analytical and Decision Making|
SBI PO Exam Pattern – Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude
This section requires you to have a fair knowledge of your high school Mathematics. The section tests both your Mathematical and analytical skill. The topics for this section are tabulated below:
|Profit and Loss|
|Mixtures and Allegations|
|Simple and Compound Interest|
|Surds and Indices|
|Work and Time|
|Time and Distance|
|Ratio and Proportion|
|Sequence and Series|
|Permutation and Combination|
SBI PO Exam Pattern – Syllabus for English Language
This section tests your knowledge of English grammar and vocabularies. You need to be well versed with comprehension as well to get through this section. Topics for English Language are as under:
|Fill in the Blanks|
SBI PO Exam Pattern – Syllabus for General Awareness
This section tests your knowledge of current affairs as well as knowledge about banking and economy. The various topics for this section are as under:
|Current Affairs- Technology, Sports, Awards, Books & Authors, Awards, National & International Events etc|
|Banking and Financial Awareness|
SBI PO Exam Pattern – Syllabus for Computer Awareness
This section tests your basic knowledge of Computer hardware and software. You should have a basic understanding of computer operation to get through this section. The topics included in this section are as under:
SBI PO Exam Pattern – Syllabus For Descriptive Test
The descriptive test has two sections namely Essay writing and Letter writing. Usually, official or business letters are asked in the test. Essay topics could be related to economy, society, culture or politics.
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