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SBI PO Subject-Wise Books for Exam Preparation 2021

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Mar 19, 2021

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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.

Read more SBI PO Selection Process

Prelims Books 2021

Book List for SBI PO Prelims 2021

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
Total 100 100 1 Hour

Section Wise best books for the SBI PO Preparation have been highlighted in the following section:

SBI PO Books for Reasoning Preparation

Book Name Author/Publisher
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

SBI PO Books for English Preparation

Book Name Author/Publisher
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

SBI PO Books for Quantitative Aptitude Preparation

Book Name Author/Publisher
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

Mains Books 2021

Book List for SBI PO 2021 Mains

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:

Subject Books
Data Analysis & Interpretation (Objective type)
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning for CAT by TATA McGraw HILL)
  • Data Interpretation Decoded by Oliveboard
  • Puzzle Mania by Oliveboard
English Language Same as Prelims
Reasoning and Computer Aptitude (objective type)
  • One written by R Pillai Arihant
  • The other by Alok Kumar Computer by Rani Ahilya Lucent Computer Literacy And Knowledge (Kiran Prakashan)
General/Economy/Banking Awareness (objective type)
  • Banking Awareness by Arihant Publication Lucent General Knowledge
  • Banking Awareness Handbook by N.S.Toor Static GK General Knowledge by Arihant
  • Manorama Year Book
  • Newspaper Reading
  • Any compiled Monthly Magazine
Descriptive Test

Descriptive Test

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

SBI PO FAQs

FAQs

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.

  1. a) Data interpretation by Arun Sharma
  2. b) Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Kumar Verma

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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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.

Comments


3 Comments
Y
yash raj singh
I heard that Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning for CAT by TATA McGraw HILL is a good book, is that so?
J
jaya garg

Hi. Yes, you can refer to it. In addition to Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning for CAT by TATA McGraw HILL), you can also refer other books like Data Interpretation Decoded by Oliveboard and Puzzle Mania by Oliveboard.

V
vipasha
Is Descriptive Test important and what all comes in this section?
J
jaya garg

Hi. Candidates’ English skills via Letter Writing and Essay will be checked. Candidates have to maintain a proper balance between both online as well as offline sources and focus on a few 2 books per subject and revise them daily.

M
muheshraaj
I am preparing for the SBI PO exam, please tell me some books for Reasoning?
J
jaya garg

Hi. Refer to the books like Bank PO Reasoning Chapterwise Solved Papers by Arihant Experts, Chapterwise Solved Papers 2000-2015 Bank PO REASONING by Arihant Experts, Computer Awareness for General Competitive Exams (Objective with Subjective), etc.