SBI PO 2018 Exam Pattern and Syllabus

   

SBI PO 2018 Exam Pattern and Syllabus for Prelims and Mains Exam

What is SBI? 

The State Bank of India is a self-governed body whose mission is to recruit the best candidates for banks in India through personal assessment in the areas of aptitude and accuracy. The SBI PO 2018 Exam is conducted every year to recruit Probationary Officers into the SBI Branches across India. This year would see the competition getting closer as the number of students appearing for SBI PO 2018 exam is set to cross 20 Lakhs. 

What is SBI PO? 

The SBI Probationary Officer (PO) Exam is divided into two phases, Prelims and Mains. The SBI PO 2018 Application Form and Notification has released online in the month of April 2018. The selection procedure for POs is as follows:

SBI PO Selection Procedure

SBI PO 2018 Preparation

The number of vacancies is 2000 + 118 (PWD). This is partly due to automation. To excel in SBI PO 2018, one should start preparation early as well as be smart with their preparation strategy. First step however is to understand the Syllabus for Prelims and Mains examinations.

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SBI PO 2018 Prelims Exam pattern

S.No Section No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
1 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20 minutes
2 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
3 English Language 30 30 20 minutes
  Total 100 100 1 hour

There are sectional time limits but no sectional cutoffs in SBI PO Prelims 2018. The total duration of the exam is 1 hour. 100 questions in 60 mins seem difficult but this is where your preparation comes into the picture. Not just hard work, you also need to have a sound strategy to be able to do well in the SBI PO 2018 Exam.

SBI PO 2018 Main Exam pattern

The SBI PO 2018 Mains Exam consists of 200 questions split across 5 sections. Total time allotted is 140 minutes. The pattern is as follows:

S.No Section No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
1 English Language 35 Total maximum marks of 200 40 minutes
2 Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 45 minutes
3 General/Financial Awareness 40 35 minutes
4 Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 45 60 minutes
  Total 155 180 minutes

SBI PO Descriptive Test

There's a descriptive test for 50 marks which tests your Letter Writing and Essay Writing Skills in English Language. There is no negative marking for this section. The marks scored in the Descriptive Test will be considered for the final shortlist. 

SBI PO 2018 Prelims Exam Syllabus

English Language

English section in SBI PO Prelims consists of following topics: 

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Para Jumbles
  • Cloze Test
  • Grammar
  • Paragraph Completion

Quantitative Aptitude 

The Quant section consists of questions from the following topics - Arithmetic, Algebra, Probability, Permutations & Combinations, Data Interpretation. Since our primary focus is on clearing the cut-offs, let's classify the topics into various difficulty levels considering average time spent to solve the questions. 

Easy - Quadratic Equations, Simplifications and Approximations, Number Series, Time and Work 

Moderate - Data Interpretation, Percentages, Ratio & Proportions, Profit and Loss, SI & CI

Difficult - Time Speed & Distance, Pipes and Cisterns,  Mixtures, Mensuration

Make sure you complete practicing all the easy category questions first which will give you ample time to work on weak areas. Analyze your performance regularly. 

Reasoning Ability

Reasoning section sees an increase in the number of questions which makes it a crucial section for optimum scoring. Let us classify the topics using a similar approach

Easy - Series, Analogies, Odd Pair, Directions, Numbers & Rankings, Dictionary Test

Moderate - Syllogisms, Blood Relations, Seating Arrangements, Data Sufficiency, Computer Knowledge

Difficult - Coding-Decoding, Input-Output machine, Complex puzzles 

Though the topics are few, Reasoning is a vast section with various models in each section. Practice as many as you can, take sectional tests frequently and keep giving full length tests.

SBI PO 2018 Mains Exam Syllabus

Data Analysis & Interpretation

The candidate's analytical skills are put to test with the section being dominated by a lot of data based questions. The following topics come under this section - 

Data Interpretation - Bar Graph, Line Graph, Pie chart, Tabular Graph, Radar Graph, Caselet, Missing case

Miscellaneous - Data sufficiency, probability, Permutations & Combinations, Arithmetic 

English Language

English section in SBI PO Mains Exam consists of following topics: 

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Para Jumbles
  • Cloze Test
  • Grammar
  • Paragraph Completion
  • Error Spotting
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Odd one out
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To clear the cut-offs in this section, keep your focus on RC, Cloze test, Para completion and fill in the blanks. Read the newspaper every day and keep taking sectional tests on a regular basis. To improve your vocabulary, you can use Conduira Online's Vocab Prep mobile app and stay updated.

Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude

Reasoning section clubbed with Computer Aptitude sees an increase in the number of questions which makes it a crucial section for optimum scoring. Let us classify the topics using a similar approach

Easy - Series, Analogies, Odd Pair, Directions, Numbers & Rankings, Dictionary Test

Moderate - Syllogisms, Blood Relations, Seating Arrangements, Data Sufficiency, Computer Knowledge

Difficult - Coding-Decoding, Input-Output machine, Complex puzzles 

Though the topics are few, Reasoning is a vast section with various models in each section. Practice as many as you can, take sectional tests frequently and keep giving full-length tests.

General Awareness

This is one section for which the preparation should optimally begin in the build-up to the examination rather than a week before. The topics covered in this section are  - National/International issues of last 4-6 months, Indian banking system, Abbreviations, Government schemes, National and International Financial Institutions. Check out our Daily GK Digest Everyday news, current affairs & GK questions with answers. 

One important way to prepare for this section is to take quizzes frequently. This not just increases your question base but also increases your acquaintance to the time-bound environment. We provide Weekly Quizzes to test your knowledge on the most important happenings of the week. 

Apart from Daily GK Digest and Weekly Quizzes, Conduira Online also provides GK In-Depth Blogs.  In these blogs, most relevant topics for bank exams are discussed in detail. 

Bank Exam Preparation: How to master the General Awareness Section?

The final merit list is prepared based on candidate's score in SBI PO 2018 Mains Exam and his performance in the Personal Interview.

The final merit list for SBI PO 2018 will determine the allocation of approximately 9000 vacancies across various PSBs.

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