The SBI entrance examination for the post of Probationary Officer is one that is much anticipated by job aspirants across the country. Not only does it promise you career progress but also ensures job security and financial stability working in one of India’s leading public sector banks.
The examination is followed by a group discussion and interview rounds. Only those who clear the written examination will be selected for the final rounds of the selection process. This makes the written examination a crucial part of the selection process. Understanding the syllabus and examination pattern is the first step to clearing the SBI PO examination.
Major Sections of the SBI PO Exam
The SBI PO preliminary exam has three main sections which are the following:
- Quantitative Aptitude
- English Language
The SBI PO main exam has four main sections which are the following:
- Reasoning and Computer Aptitude
- Data Analysis and Interpretation
- General Awareness (includes economy and banking)
- English Language
SBI PO Preliminary Exam Syllabus
The SBI PO main exam pattern in detail is as given below:
The section on Reasoning will have the following categories:
- Verbal reasoning
- Linear seating arrangement
- Circular seating arrangement
- Double lineup
- Blood relations
- Input output
- Ordering and ranking
- Directions and distances
- Coding and decoding
- Data sufficiency
- Code inequalities
- Critical reasoning
- Course of action
- Analytical and decision making
The section on Computer Aptitude will have the following categories:
- Basis of Logic Gates
- Operating system
- Number system
- Computer fundamentals/terminologies
- Computer software
- Computer hardware
- Microsoft Office
- Computer abbreviation
- Keyboard shortcuts
- Computer memory
The section on Data Analysis and Interpretation will have the following categories:
- Permutation and combination
- Data sufficiency
- Missing Case DI
- Let it case DI
- Radar graph caselet
- Bar graph
- Pie chart
- Line graph
- Tabular graph
The section on General Awareness will have the following categories:
- General knowledge
- Current affairs
- Financial awareness
- Banking awareness
- Statistics awareness
The section on English Language will have the following categories:
- Cloze Test
- Paragraph jumbles
- Fill in the blanks
- Error spotting
- Word association
- Sentence improvement
- Reading comprehension
- Verbal ability
Time Duration for SBI PO main
The time duration, marks, and number of questions for each section of the main exam is as given below:
|Subject||Time Duration||Maximum Marks||Number of Questions|
|Reasoning and Computer Aptitude||60 minutes||60||45|
|Data Analysis and Interpretation||45 minutes||60||35|
|General Awareness||35 minutes||40||40|
|English Language||40 minutes||40||35|
The total time duration is 180 minutes or three hours, total marks is 200, and total number of questions is 155.
SBI PO Descriptive Test
There is also a descriptive paper which is a test of competence in the English language. The test will be for competence in letter writing and essay writing. This is of 30 minutes duration. The total marks is 50 and the total number of questions is two.
SBI PO Group Discussion and Personal Interview Round
The SBI PO group discussion round is designed to test not only the knowledge of the candidates but also your skills of presentation, listening skills, assertiveness, and courtesy when expressing your ideas to others. It will also be a chance to observe how well you perform under pressure.
There will usually be around 10-12 candidates in the group discussion round. There will be 3 to 4 jury members of panelists. The topic of discussion will be presented to the group by the panelists. Each member of the group will be given a total of two minutes to present their ideas on the given topic, which can range from current affairs to banking and finance. Although you can express your views in English or Hindi, proficiency and fluency in English is preferred. A pen and paper will be handed to you to make notes during the discussion. Questions may be asked to you by the panelists during the group discussion. The total marks for the group discussion is 20 marks.
The interview round will be a face-to-face interview with a group of panelists. The total marks for the interview round is 30 marks.
Is there any negative marking for the SBI PO exam?
Yes, there is negative marking for the SBI PO exam in the preliminary and main examination sections. There will be a deduction of 0.25 marks for every answer that is wrong.
Who will qualify to go for the interview round?
You will be selected for the interview round only if you clear both the preliminary and main exam sections.
Is SBI PO a government job?
SBI, or State Bank of India, is India’s largest public sector bank and while the Government of India owns shares in the bank, the employees of SBI will not be government employees.
What is the qualification to write the SBI PO exam?
The eligibility criteria for the SBI PO exam is to be an Indian resident, a graduate, and between 21 and 30 years of age.
Can I apply for the SBI PO exam if I am in my final year of graduation?
Yes, you can apply for the SBI PO exam even if you are in your final year of graduation or appearing for your final year exams, provisionally.