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SBI PO Exam Pattern 2021: The State Bank Of India (SBI) has released the SBI PO exam pattern along with the release of notification. SBI PO is conducted in 3 phases, namely, Preliminary, Mains, and Interview. The SBI PO Prelims will be conducted online in various designated centres from November 20 to 27. Therefore, to ace the exam and get your dream job, is it important to be aware of the SBI PO Exam Pattern and the syllabus. In the article, we have provided you with accurate information on the SBI PO Exam Pattern and preparation tips that will help you to crack the exam easily.
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Check Detailed SBI PO Prelims & Mains Syllabus Here
SBI PO is one of the most important exams for all banking job aspirants. Let us first have an overview of the exam before moving on to the detailed SBI PO Exam Pattern 2021:
|Conducting Authority||State Bank of India|
|Name of Post||Probationary Officer (PO)|
|Notification Release Date||October 04, 2021|
|Selection Process||Prelims, Mains & Interview|
|Maximum Marks||Prelims: 100
Descriptive Test: 50
|Duration||SBI PO Prelims: 1 Hour
SBI PO Mains: 3 Hours
|Negative Marking||1/4th marks will be deducted for each wrong answer|
|Mode of Exam||Online|
|Language||English or Hindi|
As mentioned above, the SBI PO Selection Procedure involves three stages:
a. SBI PO Prelims or Preliminary Exam
b. SBI PO Mains
c. Personal Interview/ Group Discussion
SBI PO Preliminary exam has 3 sections, i.e. English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning. Each section will have Multiple Choice Questions and the total time duration is 1 hour. We have tabulated the exam pattern below:
|Sections||Total Questions||Maximum Marks||Duration|
|English Language||30||30||20 mins|
|Quantitative Aptitude||35||35||20 mins|
|Reasoning Ability||35||35||20 mins|
|Total||100||100||60 mins/ 1 hr|
Important Information: There is a sectional time limit of 20 minutes for each section, and no extra time is awarded. All aspirants must complete a particular section within 20 minutes only. 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.
Shortlisting for Mains Exam: All candidates who successfully clear the prelim cut off released by the conducting body are selected for the Mains exam.
The Mains exam pattern for SBI PO will have 2 levels. Objective and descriptive tests and will be held on the same day.
|Sections||Total Questions||Maximum Marks||Duration|
|Reasoning & Computer Aptitude||45||60||60 minutes|
|Data Analysis & Interpretation||35||60||45 minutes|
|General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness||40||40||35 minutes|
|English Language||35||40||40 minutes|
No of Questions: 155
Max Marks: 200
Total Time Duration : 3 hours
The Descriptive Test will be of 30 minutes duration. It will be a 50 marks test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay). This test is just qualifying in nature.
All candidates who qualify in the Mains exam will be called for a Group Discussion and Personal Interview sessions (GD-PI). The GD session will be held among 4-5 candidates where a random topic will be given, and candidates will be given a specified time wherein they will have to express their views. For the PI round, a panel of selectors will address the candidates based on their past experiences. Questions from GK, GS, and the banking sector will be asked.
After the written exams, GD and PI rounds will be conducted. The conducting body will shortlist candidates based on the marks obtained by them in Mains and Interview round. They will compile a final merit list and allot branches as per the candidates’ choice preference. The allotment of the city and branch solely depends on the selectors and the conducting body.
SBI PO is a competitive exam as the number of aspirants are humongous. Being an all India level exam, it requires a lot of strategy and planning. A candidate must prepare each section separately and solve a sufficient amount of questions. To ace the exam, you must be good at all the sections of the Prelims and Mains exams. Knowing the SBI PO syllabus and taking SBI PO mock tests regularly will help in scoring better marks.
Here are some frequently asked questions on SBI PO Paper Pattern:
A: The notification for SBI PO was released on October 4, 2021.
A: Yes, for both Prelims and Mains exams, 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.
A: No, the authorities have removed the sectional cut-off. Only overall cut-off will be taken into consideration.
A: No, Prelims marks are only to shortlist candidates to appear for the Mains exam. The Mains and Interview marks will be taken into consideration for the final selection.
That was all about SBI PO Exam Pattern 2021. Candidates are advised to start their preparation early to get the top scores in the exam. Embibe offers interactive learning videos and topic-wise practice questions for the SBI PO exam. Through the world’s most intelligent AI-based educational platform, we offer calibrated feedback based on your performance. Know the preparation tips and take our free mock test today.
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