SBI Recruitment 2020-21 – Syllabus for SBI PO Preliminary and Main Exam

Published on : 12th December 2020    Author : Himanshu Basant Bhatt
SBI PO Exam

The State Bank of India (SBI) has released the notification for recruitment of Probationary Officers on 14th November 2020. It is among the most sought-after option for those looking for a banking career. In fact, it is at the top of the list of graduate banking aspirants. Thus, there is a cut-throat competition for the SBI PO exam. Candidates who desire to grab a post as a Probationary Officer in the most reputed Public Sector Bank start their preparation well before the examination. However, there are chances that some get through it in just a couple of months of study. So, here are the details for SBI PO 2020 exam pattern and syllabus for those who haven’t started their preparations yet. Read this article below to get to know about the major SBI Probationary Officers syllabus pattern and do well in the exam.

The SBI PO recruitment process is conducted in three phases. Hence the syllabus of SBI PO exam is segregated into three major tiers:

  • Preliminary Examination
  • Main Examination
  • Group Discussion and Interview

The Preliminary examination is scheduled to be held on 31st December 2020, 2nd, 4th & 5th January 2021 while the Main examination will be held 29th January 2021.

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Here are the pattern and syllabus for SBI PO preliminary and main phases. The Bank has not mentioned any official syllabus. Thus, the syllabus provided here is the result of previous years’ question papers analysis.

SBI PO 2020 Preliminary Exam Pattern

Preliminary phase exam is of maximum 100 marks and questions are asked from the following sections. There is a section-wise division of time. Thus, candidates are required to answer the question in the given time.

Section

Number of Questions

Duration

English Language

30

20 minutes

Quantitative Aptitude

35

20 minutes

Reasoning Ability

35

20 minutes

 Total

100

60 minutes

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Major Highlights of the SBI PO Exam Pattern (for Preliminary Phase)

  • This is the 1st stage of Exam and Conducted through the Online Mode.
  • There will have 3 sections and each section will have to be completed in 20 Minutes.
  • There will be 100 questions of 100 marks in the exam.
  • The Exam duration will be 1 hour.
  • All the questions will be set bilingually i.e. in English and Hindi, except the English Language.
  • 1 mark is awarded for every correct answer and 0.25 marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer.

Syllabus for SBI PO Preliminary Exam

English Language

Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test, Para Jumbles, Error Spotting, Fill in the Blanks.

Quantitative Aptitude

Data Interpretation, Simplification, Number Series, Quadratic Equations, Percentages, Profit & Loss, Time & Work, Speed, Time, & Distance, Probability, Problem on Trains, Mensuration, Simple Interest, Compound Interest, Mixtures, and Problems on Ages.

Reasoning Ability

Liner Arrangement, Seating Arrangement, Circular Arrangement, Data Arrangement, Mathematical Inequalities, Puzzles, Directions & Distances, Blood Relations.

SBI PO Main Exam Pattern

The Main examination consists of Objective Test of maximum 200 marks and a Descriptive Test of 50 marks. Both the tests will be online. Here is the exam pattern:

Section

Number of Questions

Duration

 Data Analysis
& Interpretation

35

45 minutes

 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude

45

60 minutes

 General/Economy/Banking Awareness

40

35 minutes

 English Language

35

40 minutes

 Total

155

180 minutes

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The descriptive test is of 30 minutes where candidates are required to answer 2 questions (Letter Writing & Essay) by typing on the computer.

Major Highlights of the SBI PO Exam Pattern (for Mains Phase)

  • Mains Exam is the 2nd Stage of the SBI PO Exam. The candidates who will qualify the Prelims of SBI PO Exam will be eligible to appear for the SBI PO Mains Exam.
  • There will be four sections for the SBI PO Mains Exam namely Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis & Interpretation & General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness, English Language.
  • The candidate needs to complete the exam within 3 hours.
  • 0.25 Marks will be deducted for every wrong answer and No deduction will be made in marks if a question is left unattempt or blank by a candidate in the exam.

Syllabus for SBI PO 2020 Main Exam

Data Analysis and Interpretation

Line Graph, Pie Graph, Tabular Graph, Radar Graph, Bar Graph, DI (Missing Case and Let It Case), Data Sufficiency, Probability, Permutation and Combination.

Reasoning

Verbal Reasoning, Linear Seating Arrangement, Circular Seating Arrangement, Syllogism,  Double Lineup, Input-Output, Scheduling, Directions and Distances, Blood Relations, Data Sufficiency, Blood Relations, Course of Action, Code Inequalities, Coding and Decoding, Critical Reasoning, Analytical and Decision Making, Ordering and Ranking

Computer Awareness

Internet, Computer Hardware, Computer Software, Microsoft Office, Networking, Operating System, Computer Fundamentals/Terminologies, Computer Abbreviation, Memory, Keyboard Shortcuts.

General/Economy/Banking Awareness

General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Financial Awareness, Static Awareness, Banking and Financial Awareness.

English

Reading Comprehension, Verbal Ability, Word Association, Grammar, Vocabulary, Cloze Test, Para Jumbles, Sentence Improvement, Fill in the Blanks, Error Spotting.

SBI PO Interview 2020

Only those candidates who will qualify the objective and descriptive test will be called for a group discussion (GD) & Personal Interview (PI). SBI PO 2021 Group Exercises will be of 20 marks while the Interview will be of 30 marks. Thus, making it a total of 50 Marks. Candidates will face a panel of selectors discussing their experience and questions related to General Knowledge and of the Banking Sector.

SBI PO Final Selection

After the Personal Interviews, a merit list will be prepared by the State Bank of India wherein the candidate’s score of Mains Exam and Interview Round will be taken into account. Based on the score obtained by candidates and the available vacancies, final cut-off marks will be declared. All candidates who clear the cut-off range will be granted the Appointment Letter by State Bank of India for the post of Probationary Officer.

How to Download SBI PO Syllabus 2020-21 Online?

The detailed PDF of SBI PO Syllabus is available online at the official SBI website. Check these steps to get the same:

  • Visit the official website sbi.co.in through your active browser.
  • On the homepage, you will get the career section, make sure to click the tab.
  • Here you will find the SBI PO exam syllabus pdf.
  • Read all the details and then save the document carefully.

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SBI PO Syllabus – Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. What are the major subjects for prelims and mains in the SBI PO 2020 exam?

There are three subjects in SBI PO 2020 Prelims Exam which are Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language and 5 subjects in mains exam which are Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, English Language, Data Interpretation & Analysis and General/Economy/Banking Awareness.

Q2. What is the structure of SBI PO Descriptive Test?

The description test is based on English Language, in which a candidate have to write a Letter and an Essay for 50 Marks.

Q3. What is the negative marking scheme in the SBI PO exam?

Ans. The negative marking scheme is applicable for SBI PO Preliminary and Mains exam. The 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer in both rounds of the SBI PO examination.

Q4. What will be the total number of questions asked in SBI PO Preliminary & Mains exams?

The Prelims exam will have a total of 100 questions while there will be 155 questions in the SBI PO Mains exam excluding Descriptive Paper.



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