SBI PO Syllabus

Every year SBI conducts exam for the post of probationary officer. The exam is divided into two stages: Prelims and Mains.

Phase I – Prelims: In SBI PO Prelims exam, following three subjects are tested.

  1. English Language
  2. Quantitative Aptitude
  3. Reasoning Ability

Generally, questions from the following topics are asked in the prelims examination.

Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning English
Ratio and Proportions Blood Relation Paragraph Completion
Shares and Partners Direction Sense Fill in the blanks with a word
Percentage Alphanumeric Series Sentence Correction/Word replacement
Profit and Loss/Discount Ranking & Ordering Para jumbles
Time & distance Inequalities Reading Comprehension
Boat and Stream Coding Decoding Cloze Test
Average Input Output Synonym/Antonym
Mixtures & Alligations Tabulation Multiple Meaning / Error Spotting
Pipe & Cistern Puzzle  Column based fillers and Sentence Connectors
Time and Work Seating Arrangement  Odd Statement Out
Simple and Compound Interest Syllogism Vocabulary based
Problems on Ages Critical Reasoning Word Usage
Probability/Permutation Data Sufficiency Idioms & Phrases
Mensuration – (2D & 3D) Sentence Completion
Number Series
Simplification & Approximation
Inequality (Quadratic & Quantity based)
Data Sufficiency
Data Interpretation (Bar, Line, Pie, Mixed, Missing, arithmetic, caselet)

Phase II – Mains: In SBI PO Mains exam, there are two parts:

  • Part A: Objective Test
  • Part B: Descriptive Test

(i) Objective Test:

In the objective test, the following four subjects are tested followed by an online descriptive test.

  1. English Language
  2. Data Analysis & Interpretation
  3. Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude
  4. General, economy and banking awareness

In Mains exam, Quantitative Aptitude is not asked and is replaced by Data Analysis & Interpretation. The syllabus for English and Reasoning (Inclusion of Computer Aptitude) is same as that of Prelims. The syllabus for General Awareness and Data Analysis & Interpretation is as follows:

Data Interpretation and Analysis General Awareness
Table Banking & Financial Awareness
Line Graph Major Financial/Economic News
Combined data set New Schemes of State and Central Govt.
Probability RBI and its new policies
Bar-Graph Budget and Five Year Plans
Pie-Charts Latest Appointments
Caselets Questions related to UN Headquarters
Missing DI Who’s Who
Data sufficiency Sports
Quadratic Equation Books and Authors
Number Series Awards and Honors
Science – Inventions and Discoveries
Important Days
International and National Organizations

(ii) Descriptive Test:

Immediately after the completion of Objective Test, Descriptive Test will be administered. Candidates will have to answer Descriptive test by typing on the computer.

There will be two writing tasks to be completed in 30 minutes. Choice of topics was given for both the writing tasks.

Topic Description Marks Allotted
Letter writing 1 letter with a choice of 3 topics 20
Essay Writing (300 words) 1 essay with a choice of 3 topics 30