Exam Syllabus

Information about various topics asked in the exam.

SBI PO 2019 Syllabus

Every year SBI conducts the 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.

English Language Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning Ability
Reading Comprehension Simplification Logical Reasoning
Cloze Test Profit & Loss Alphanumeric Series
Para Jumbles Mixtures & Allegations Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test
Miscellaneous Simple Interest & Compound Interest Data Sufficiency
Fill in the blanks Work & Time Coded Inequalities
Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting Surds & Indices Seating Arrangement
Paragraph Completion Work & Time Puzzle
  Time & Distance Tabulation
  Mensuration - Cylinder, Cone and Sphere Syllogism
  Data Interpretation Blood Relations
  Ratio & Proportion Input Output
  Percentage Coding Decoding
  Number Systems  
  Sequence & Series  
  Permutation & Combination / Probability  

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 the same as that of Prelims. The syllabus for General Awareness and Data Analysis & Interpretation is as follows:

Data Analysis & Interpretation Reasoning English Language General/Economy/Banking Awareness Computer Aptitude
Tabular Graph Verbal Reasoning Reading Comprehension Financial Awareness Internet
Line Graph Syllogism Grammar Current Affairs Memory
Pie Chart Circular Seating Arrangement Vocabulary General Knowledge Keyboard Shortcuts
Bar Graph Linear Seating Arrangement Verbal Ability Static Awareness Computer Abbreviation
Radar Graph Caselet Double Lineup Word Association Banking & Financial Awareness Microsoft Office
Missing Case DI Scheduling Sentence Improvement   Computer Hardware
Data Sufficiency Input Output Parajumbles   Computer Software
Probability Blood Relations Cloze Test   Computer Fundamentals/Terminology
Permutation & Combination Directions & Distances Error Spotting   Networking
  Ordering & Ranking Fill in the blanks   Number System
  Data Sufficiency     Operating System
  Coding & Decoding     Basics of Logic Gates
  Code Inequalities      
  Course of Action      
  Critical Reasoning      
  Analytical & Decision making      

(ii) Descriptive Test:

Immediately after the completion of the 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