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.
- English Language
- Quantitative Aptitude
- Reasoning Ability
Generally, questions from the following topics are asked in the prelims examination.
|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|
|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|
|Simplification & Approximation|
|Inequality (Quadratic & Quantity based)|
|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.
- English Language
- Data Analysis & Interpretation
- Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude
- 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|
|Caselets||Questions related to UN Headquarters|
|Missing DI||Who’s Who|
|Quadratic Equation||Books and Authors|
|Number Series||Awards and Honors|
|Science – Inventions and Discoveries|
|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.
|Letter writing||1 letter with a choice of 3 topics||20|
|Essay Writing (300 words)||1 essay with a choice of 3 topics||30|