State Bank of India (SBI) conducts SBI PO online examination for the recruitment of Probationary officers. The exam is conducted in online mode. Candidates have to qualify all the stages of the exam for recruitment as a Probationary Officer. There are separate reference books and practice papers specifically designed to ace the SBI PO Prelims and Mains exam. With the best reference books, your preparation will become much smoother.
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For the preliminary stage of the SBI PO exam, candidates should know the subject list first and then look out for desired subject-wise books. In Prelims, questions are asked from the following topics:
|Sections||Number of Questions||Maximum Marks||Time Duration|
|English Language||30||30||20 Minutes|
|lQuantitative Aptitude||35||35||20 Minutes|
|Reasoning Ability||35||35||20 Minutes|
Section Wise best books for the SBI PO Preparation have been highlighted in the following section:
|Bank PO Reasoning: Chapterwise Solved Papers 1999 to till Date 7330+Objective Questions||Think Tank of Kiran Prakashan, Pratiyogita Kiran, KICX|
|Bank PO Reasoning Chapterwise Solved Papers||Arihant Experts|
|Chapterwise Solved Papers 2000-2015 Bank PO REASONING||Arihant Experts|
|Computer Awareness for General Competitive Exams (Objective with Subjective)||Soumya Ranjan Behera|
|Bank PO English Language Chapterwise Solved Papers||Arihant Experts|
|Objective English for Competitive Examination||Hari Mohan Prasad, Uma Sinha|
|Objective General English (Old Edition)||R S Aggarwal|
|Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations||R S Aggarwal|
|Shortcuts in Quantitative Aptitude with 4 eBooks for Competitive Exams||Disha Experts|
|Bank PO Quantitative Aptitude Chapterwise Solved Papers||Arihant Experts|
|Chapterwise Solved Papers 2000-2015 Bank PO Quantitative Aptitude||Arihant Experts|
Also Read: SBI PO Exam pattern
The Mains exam for SBI PO is conducted both as the objective type and descriptive test -
|Section||Number of Questions||Total Marks of Each Section||Duration of Section|
|Reasoning & Computer Aptitude||45||60 marks||60 minutes|
|Data Analysis & Interpretation||35||60 marks||45 minutes|
|General Awareness (Economy & Banking)||40||40 marks||35 minutes|
|English Language||35||40 marks||40 minutes|
|Total||155 Questions||200 Marks||3 hours|
|Descriptive Test||2||50 Marks||30 minutes|
|Total||-||250 marks||3 hours 30 minutes|
Topics from which questions are asked in the Mains stage are mentioned below:
|Data Analysis & Interpretation (Objective type)||
|English Language||Same as Prelims|
|Reasoning and Computer Aptitude (objective type)||
|General/Economy/Banking Awareness (objective type)||
English: Letter Writing and Essay
Candidates need to maintain a proper balance between both online as well as offline sources. It is advisable not to run for so many books. Instead, focus on 1-2 books per subject and revise it diligently. Moreover, solving PYQs will further help to understand the types of questions asked in the exam. The above-mentioned books will help to clear the basic concepts of the subject. But if needed, candidates can anytime shift to advance level books after a thorough grip of basic concepts.
Read: SBI PO Syllabus 2021
Ques. I am a beginner, how should I start my English preparation for SBI PO?
Ans. You are highly recommended to go through the basic concepts of Grammar first. After that, you can switch to Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis. This book will help to widen your English language. It doesn’t merely need to be read, but you will also have to do various exercises mentioned in the book. Thus, it will help you to put into practice theoretical knowledge in a practical way.
Ques. Reading newspapers consumes a lot of my time. What will be an alternate approach to prepare for the General Awareness part?
Ans. Nothing can replace newspaper reading. But you must be cautious and shouldn’t spend precious time reading the local news. So, candidates should read banking-related articles and news of national importance only. Apart from that, you can prepare for monthly magazines. These magazines will also help you to save your time during revision.
Ques. What are the best books for Quantitative aptitude?
Ans. Candidates should go through the following basic books first.
After clearing the basic concepts from any of the above-mentioned books, candidates can now shift to the book named ‘Advanced Maths for General Competitions’. It will help to impart advanced-level knowledge of the subject
Ques. Due to so many online resources, is it still necessary to prepare from offline books?
Ans. There is no denial of the fact that there are so many online resources available on the internet. But it is advised to always start your preparation from the most recommended offline books. After a proper understanding of the topics, candidates can shift to any online resources later on. A balance of resources needs to be maintained while preparing for SBI PO. Otherwise, candidates may feel stuck between the never-ending subject-wise resources.
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