Syllabus of SBI PO

State Bank of India is a renowned name in India. Many candidates dream of getting a job in this organization. The full form of PO is Probationary Officers (POs). Here on this website we will provide you detailed information regarding easy preparation and weightage of each topic. You will get necessary things to do to crack this examination. This exam of SBI PO syllabus includes the following subjects:

  • General English
  • General Reasoning and Aptitude
  • General Knowledge

For the post of this State Bank of India PO jobs, there will be two exams. The aspirant has to appear for preliminary examination and if the aspirant clears the preliminary exam they are eligible to appear for the main exam. To get more information you can go to the official website .

A. SBI PO Exam 2017 Details

Name of the OrganizationState Bank of India
Number of Vacant Posts2403
Name of the PostProbationary Officer Posts
Last Date for submission06-03-2017
Mode for Applying for this examOnline
Date of Admit Card issuing15th April 2017
Examination Date of PO Prelims29th, 30th April 2017 & 6th, 7th May 2017
Results date of prelims `17th May 2017
Mains Exam date for bank PO4th June 2017
Location of the jobAnywhere in India
CategoryBank Jobs

The bank recruitment for the post of PO of State Bank of India has released many job vacancies all over India. Students who are seeking the jobs of State Bank of India can now check the notification for the same online.

B. Overview of SBI Probationary Officer Syllabus for 2017

The State Bank of India leads the SBI Prelims and Mains examination for selecting the ideal aspirant for the post. There are many aspirants, ensuring tough competition for the bank jobs, so it is important to prepare well for the examination. Note down the subject points for the SBI PO syllabus 2017.

B.1 Syllabus for the Main exam of SBI PO 2017

  1. Reasoning.
  2. English.
  3. General Awareness.
  4. Computer.
  5. Data Interpretation.
  6. Banking Awareness.

SBI Mains

In order to qualify for the exams, it is important to know about all the topics and shortcut technique. The State Bank of India has released PO recruitment. SBI likes to fill the various vacancies in their branches that are spread all over India.The pattern for the mains examis given below:

SubjectNo of questionsMarksDuration
Reasoning50 questions 50 marks. 2 hours.
English language 40 questions 40 marks 2 hours
Quantitative Aptitude50 questions 50 marks. 2 hours.
General Awareness (reference to Banking Industry)40 questions 40 marks 2 hours.
Computer Knowledge20 questions20 marks2 hours
Descriptive TestThis paper is to check the letter writing and Essay writing skills of the candidates. It helps the candidate to get higher marks.50 questions30 minutes

The Quantitative Aptitude part mostly covers data interpretation (DI) questions. The questions can be asked from given below topics:
  • Line Graph, Tabular Graph, Pie Chart, Bar Graph, Mix of any two types of DI,Missing Case DI, and Radar Graph. The questions can be asked from Data Sufficiency, Probability, Permutation and Combination, SI & CI, Profit & Loss, Mensuration, Ages Boat & Stream, etc.

The main topics withexample questions given are below:
  • Tabular Graph: The data will be in the table formation. The aspirants first select data and then give their answer accordingly. The type of question - Total population of 10 villages (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J) with the ratio of female andmale is given and also the % of persons who are literate is given & then questions will be asked on that.

  • Line Graph: The data needs to be interpreted fromthe line graphs. The type of question - the Percentage Profit of 3 different business companies such as Cognizant, Wipro, and Infosys in year 2011 2015 is given & candidates can be asked about the profit percentage of each company.

  • Pie Chart: In this, the data is represented in the form of a circular pie.The type of question - Total number of students from all 5 Colleges P, Q, R, S, T is given. Percentage of students who completed their graduation from 5 different colleges in given in one pie chart &other pie chart shows the number of students who got jobs in different fields. Questions are then asked around the two pie charts provided.

  • Bar Graph: Data is given in the form of the bar. The type of question- how much money is invested in the rice, sugarcane, cereals cultivation, farmers in cotton, pulse, jute, maize, years 2010 & 2013.

  • Mix of any two type of DI: This type of question is to make it trickier as more data needs to be interpreted.

Below given topics are those, from which reasoning and computer questions will be asked
  • Verbal Reasoning: There will be 5 to 10 questions based on critical reasoning, effect andCause, assumption statement, statement and arguments, course of action.

  • Computer Aptitude: There will be 5 to 7 questions based on Number System, Binary Logic, and Flow Chart.

  • Coding Decoding: The questions are 3 to 5 based on:

    • Coding in Fictitious
    • Language Coding by Analogy
    • Symbol Coding
    • Number letter
It is possible that new pattern will be followed for coding and decoding questions.
  • Coded Inequalities: In this, the candidates have 3 to 5 questions based on letters to be decoded and coded. For example $ represent and @ represent type Questions

  • Syllogisms: Minimum 3 questions and maximum 5 questions are provided. All the questions are based onpossibility based questions, conclusions and questions based on negative information.

  • Machine Input Output: There will be 3 to 5 questions based on the tricks of input& output of machine.

  • Data Sufficiency: questions are based on Ages and Birth dates, Blood Relations, Ordering & Ranking,and Coding in Fictitious Language, Directions & Distances, and Circular Arrangements. There will be 3 to 5 questions only.

  • Blood Relations: the main questions of this part will be based on concepts of syllogisms, General Understanding of Blood Relations, and Complex Blood Relations. It will have 3 to 5 number of question

  • Direction & Distance: There can be one or two questions that will be based on problems of Routes & Network and Distance problem & single Statement Direction.

English language

  1. Reading Comprehension: In this there will be 12 to 15 questions based on the topics ofEconomy and Banking, Geo-politics, Business, Education, Governance, Technology, Social Issues and Transport.The main idea and theme-based questions of reasoning may also be asked.
  2. Sentence Improvement/Fill in the Blanks: There will be 5 questions. In this,candidate s need should complete theparagraph or sentence meaningfully.
  3. Cloze Test: We can easily moderate the words usually which are based on vocabulary. The passage will help all the candidates to solve.
  4. Fill in the Blanks: In this, candidate has to fill the appropriate word in the blank given.
  5. Error Spotting: In this part, candidate has to find out the errors in the long sentences.
Given below are the few important topics, which candidates have to prepare well:

Phrasal verbs
Speech correction
Finite & non finite
Construction of correct sentence
Confusable words

Descriptive Test

Letter writing:
  • Informal letter to your friend, family, sibling etc.
  • Formal letter to the managers of the banks, other government departments, news editors etc.
  • Letter on education loan, net banking, saving the account etc.
Essay writing:
  • Technology
  • General topics
  • Financial inclusion
  • Right to education
Precise writing:
  • Writing from the senior management perspective
Paragraph writing
  • Impact on autonomy
  • Rural banking

In General Awareness, Financial Awareness and Banking (13 to 15 Questions), mostly questions will be asked about Static Awareness, economy and banking (14 to 16 questions) thesections willincorporate topics like capitals of various countries and their currencies, wild life sanctuaries. Questions will also cover national parks. It will consist of questions regarding Current Affairs as well.

B.2. SBI PO Prelims Exam Pattern

The prelim exam is objective type. In the preliminary exam, there is negative marking on questions wrongly attempted. Examination checker will deduct quarter of the marks assigned to that question from your total marks. Based on the score, the official authorities will shortlist the candidates. The candidates who clearthe preliminary exam will get a chance to appear for the mains exam.The pattern is as follows:

  1. English Language this section will consists of 30 questions and the exam will be of 30 marks. Aspirant will get composite time of 1 hour to complete their exam.

  2. Quantitative Aptitude - in this section student will get 35 questions and this section will carry 35 marks.

  3. Reasoning Ability students will have 35 questions in this section and it will carry 35 marks. Therefore, the total marks of the examination are 100.

Detailed list of topics, which will come in the preliminary exam

  • Quantitative Aptitude:

Data Interpretation In this section, you will get questions from Pie Chart, Table, Bar Graph, Mixed Graph Line Graph, Radar Chart, Number Series, Data Sufficiency, Quadratic Equations

  • In the English section you will have questions from given below topics:

    • Antonyms and Synonyms
    • Rearrangement Sentences
    • Correction of Sentence or find the Error in the sentence
    • Spelling Check
    • Word or Sentence fillers
    • Cloze Test
  • Reasoning
TopicExpected No. Of Questions
Number Series5
Local Reasoning2
Seating Arrangement5
Passage and Conclusion4
Data Sufficient3
Making Judgments4
Statement and Argument3
Order and ranking3
Blood relation3

Few important Tips to crack the preliminary examination of SBI PO:

  • To start with, the examination will comprise of three sections English, Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude. The exam will be of 100 questions. Candidate has to complete it in 60 minutes. Therefore, candidate should read the paper twice and then he or she should first attempt that question which they know.

  • The Reasoning Ability and Quantitative Aptitude section will take most of your time. Therefore, you can do it after doing your English section.

B.3. Syllabus for Group Exercise & Personal Interview

Today in SBI, the PO is one of the most sought after positions and Group Exercise Personal Interview is the final round.Having a priorinterview experiencehelps you to get an idea of the types of questions that are asked.

For this topic, you are provided 20 minutes in which set of few attributes / qualities / parameters / traits, whichone has to prioritize according to his/her understanding of the situation / topic / thinking ability. GD

Few frequently asked questions in the personal interview round:
  1. How to do marketing and promotion of a product?
  2. Why is your city famous?
  3. What do you know about Para banking?
  4. What do you know about universal banking?
  5. How much you are aware of GST.
  6. How GST affected textile industry
In Group exercises, the examiner is going to find out if the given below skills are in the ideal candidate:
  • Obedience
  • Honesty
  • Focus on goal
  • Expertise
  • Job knowledge
  • Intelligence
  • Independent thinking
  • General awareness
  • Banking awareness
  • Personal background

C. Brief about best books for SBI PO preparation

List of some recommended books

Books to prepare for English section are given below:

  • Norman Lewis: Word Power Made Essay
  • S P BakshiAnd RichaSharma s Descriptive General English
Books to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude section are given below:
  • S Aggarwal s Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations 17th Edition
  • Quantitative Aptitude Test By N.K Singh
Books to prepare for reasoning section are given below:
  • A Modern Approach To Verbal And Nonverbal Reasoning Revised Edition By R.S Aggarwal

  • A New Approach To Reasoning Verbal And Nonverbal 1st Edition By B.S SijwaliAnd Indusijwal, From ArihantPublications.

Kindly formulate your strategy properlyin GroupDiscussions and personal interviews. Candidate should read newspapers, books and should watch news on TV on daily basis so that they can keep themselves updated on current affairs.

Relax and be focused on your preparation. All the best for your future and prepare well for your exam.

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