SBI PO Syllabus

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

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 both the prelims and the mains examination.

Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning English
Ratio and Proportions Blood Relation Paragraph Completion
Shares and Partners Direction Fill in the blanks with a word
Percentage Alphanumeric Series Sentence Correction/Word replacement
Profit and Loss/Discount Ranking Para jumbles
Time & distance Coded Inequalities Reading Comprehension
Boat and Stream Coding Decoding Cloze Test
Average Input Output Synonym/Antonym
Alligation and Mixture Tabulation Error Spotting
Pipe & Cistern Puzzle  Phrase/Connector
Time and Work Seating Arrangement  Odd Statement Out
Simple and Compound Interest Syllogism
Problems on Ages Critical Reasoning
Probability/Permutation Data Sufficiency
Mensuration – Cylinder, cone and sphere
Number Series
Simplification
Inequality/Quadratic
Data Sufficiency
Data Interpretation

Let’s look at the topics asked in the previous exams to get an idea about the importance of individual topics in the prelims.

Quantitative Aptitude:

TOPIC 2015 2016
Ratio and Proportions 1 1
Shares and Partners 0 0
Percentage 1 1
Profit and Loss/Discount 1 1
Time & distance 1 1
Boat and Stream 0 0
Average 0 1
Alligation and Mixture 1 1
Pipe & Cistern 0 0
Time and Work 1 1
Simple and Compound Interest 1 1
Problems on Ages 1 0
Probability/Permutation 1 1
Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone and Sphere 1 1
Number Series 5 5
Simplification 5 5
Inequality/Quadratic 5 5
Data Sufficiency 0 0
Data Interpretation 10 10
Total  35 35

Reasoning:

TOPIC 2015 2016
Coding-decoding/Misc. 5 0
Syllogism 5 0
Blood Relations 3 3
Direction sense 2 2
Coded Inequality 5 5
Puzzle 5 20
Seating Arrangement 10 5
Total  35 35

English: 

TOPIC 2015 2016
Paragraph Completion 5 5
Error Spotting 5 5
Para jumbles 5 5
Reading Comprehension 10 10
Cloze Test 5 5
Total  30 30

 

Mains: In SBI PO Mains exam, there are two parts:

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

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
Abbreviations
Important Days
International and National Organizations

Let’s look at the topics asked in the previous exams to get an idea about the importance of individual topics in the mains.

Data Interpretation and Analysis:

TOPIC 2015 2016
Table 11 0
Line Graph 6 5
Combined data set 0 0
Probability 3 0
Bar-Graph 0 5
Pie-Charts 8 5
Caselets 5 5
Missing DI 0 5
Data sufficiency 6 5
Quadratic Equation 5 5
Number Series 6 0
Total  50* 35*

*Please note that the pattern of exam changed from 2016 so there was a decrease in the number of questions from 50 to 35.

Reasoning:

TOPIC 2015 2016
Data Sufficiency 5 5
Critical Reasoning 8 10
Blood Relation 6 3
Coding-decoding 1 5
Order and ranking 0 0
Alphanumeric Series 0 0
Seating arrangement 6 5
Input Output 7 5
Puzzle 7 15
Computer Aptitude – Flow Chart 0 2
Syllogism 5 0
Coded Inequality 5 0
Total  50 50

English:

TOPIC 2015 2016
Error Spotting 5 0
Para jumbles 5 0
Cloze Test 10 0
Fill in the blanks with a word 10 0
Paragraph Completion 0 5
Synonym and Antonym 0 7
Phrase/Connector 0 5
Odd Statement Out 0 5
Reading Comprehension 20 13
Total  50 35

*Please note that the pattern of exam changed from 2016 so there was a decrease in the number of questions from 50 to 35.

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 were 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