SBI PO Syllabus - Structure of Examination


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The exam of SBI Probationary Officer (PO) is conducted by State Bank of India in three phases −

  • Phase I: Preliminary Exam

  • Phase II: Mains Exam (Part I)

  • Phase II: Mains Exam (Part II)

  • Phase III: Group Discussion/Exercise Interview

Phase I: Preliminary Exam

The following table illustrates the structure of SBI PO Preliminary Exam −

Test Name No. of Question Marks Time
Reasoning Ability 35 35 60 Minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
English Language 30 30
Total 100 100

Phase II: Mains Exam (Part I)

The following table illustrates the structure of Bank PO Main Exam −

Test Name No. of Question Marks Time
Reasoning and Computer Aptitude 45 60 120 Minutes
Data Analysis and Interpretation 35 60
General / Economy / Banking Awareness 40 40
English Language 35 40
Total 155 200

Phase II: Mains Exam (Part II)

Part II of main exam is descriptive type and it contains −

Test Name Marks Time
Letter Writing 50 60 Minutes
Essay Writing
Precise Writing
Total 50

Phase III: Group Discussion/Interview

Once the candidate passes the Preliminary and Main exams, he/she is called for Group Discussion (Bank PO GD) and Interview −

Name of Test Marks
Group Discussion 20
Interview 30
Total 50

Note

  • The SBI Bank PO exams are conducted ONLINE

  • The SBI Bank PO preliminary and main (part I) exams carry OBJECTIVE (Multiple-Choice) type questions

  • The Bank PO exams have NEGATIVE marking and hence .25 marks is deducted against every wrong answer

  • The SBI Preliminary Exam is only qualifying and hence marks obtained in this exam is not added in the merit list

  • The candidates have to qualify both the exams i.e. Phase-II and Phase-III separately.

  • The marks obtained in Main Examination (Phase-II) and in GD & Interview collectively used for the preparation of the final merit list.

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