The official date of SBI PO will be released by State Bank Of India on their official website: https://bank.sbi/careers. or https://www.sbi.co.in/careers. SBI PO 2020 Exams are Three stage : SBI PO Preliminary, SBI PO Main and SBI PO Interview. The prelims exam of SBI PO 2020 is scheduled from June 8 – 16, 2020. SBI PO Syllabus consists of English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, Computer Aptitude and General Awareness about Economy/ Banking. Preparing according to the syllabus of the exam will help candidates to score good marks in the exam.
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The exam is held in online mode.
There are 100 objective-type questions.
The duration of SBI PO Prelims is 60 minutes.
This paper has 3 sections (English language, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability).
The exam is held in online mode.
There are 155 objective-type and a letter/ essay writing questions weighing to 50 marks.
The duration of the objective paper is 3 hours, while for subjective paper, it is 30 minutes.
This paper has 4 sections in the objective paper (Reasoning, Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis & Interpretation, General Awareness about Economy/ Banking, English language).
In the subjective paper, you have to write a Letter and an Essay.
Candidates who qualify SBI PO Main, appear for the GD/PI rounds.
Marks for Group Exercise round are 20.
Marks for Personal Interview round are 30.
Every year, the competition for PO increases by 5%. Hence, it is important for all candidates to be thorough with SBI PO Exam Pattern and Syllabus.
SBI PO Preliminary exam is the primary stage for the process of recruiting Probationary Officers. The test is conducted in online mode and consists of 3 sections- English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability. Candidates after qualifying SBI PO Preliminary will be able to appear for SBI Main. The marks secured obtained in the first phase will not be considered for final selection or in total marks.
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During the Exam, Candidates appearing for SBI PO Recruitment Exam will be given a desktop per head, where all the instructions and guidelines will be given that need to be followed by them.
They have to answer them one by one. For English section, candidates have to answer in English Language only, whereas, for Quants and Reasoning Section, Paper will be set in English and Hindi.
There is no provision of sectional cut off. A candidate need not clear the minimum qualifying marks in each section of the test, but overall cut off to get selected for the subsequent rounds.
The following tabular is about what every section of SBI PO 2020 Prelims contains how much marks and the duration of the exam:
|Section Name||No. of Questions||Total Marks||Duration|
|English Language||30||30||20 minutes|
|Quantitative Ability||35||35||20 minutes|
|Reasoning Ability||35||35||20 minutes|
Practice as much as possible Previous years questions papers to know more about the exam pattern of SBI PO 2020
There are countless websites which are offering free tests. But there are many candidates in India who do not have the privilege of Online facilities or prefer books. The enlisted books down below which have been proved effective for SBI PO exam:
|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 Chapter-wise Solved Papers||Arihant Experts|
|Chapterwise Solved Papers 2000-2015 Bank PO QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE||Arihant Experts|
Only if the candidate qualifies the SBI PO 2020 Prelims, can appear for SBI PO Main Exams. This exam has 2 levels which is held on the same day of declared in their official website:
Things we should keep in mind before jumping into the Exam Sections or Syllabus:
Both objective and Descriptive Test will be Online.
SBI, conducting body of SBI PO has specified a time to attempt each section in the Main exam.
After SBI PO 2020 Main Exam, the Merit List will be released on their official website https://bank.sbi/careers. or https://www.sbi.co.in/careers.
Candidates with a higher score will be given priority for GD and Interview Round as well.
Check Sectional Tests for Prelims before appearing the SBI PO 2020 Exam
The Exam pattern of the objective Part is quite easy to understand. There are a total of 4 sections, namely Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis & Interpretation, General Awareness about Economy & Banking, and English Language. Other than section, there are few things that a candidate always need to have knowledge about:
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The following tabular is about what every section of the Objective test of SBI PO 2020 Mains contains how much marks for which section and the duration of the exam:
|Section||Marks of the Sections||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|
In SBI PO Main Exam, the second level is the Descriptive Test. It will be taken immediately after the Objective test: the following bulletins will give you a moderate idea about the SBI PO Descriptive test:
The mode of the exam is online.
Candidates will be allotted with one Computer system where the candidates write down answers as per their choice.
Candidates are given 30 minutes to the complete descriptive paper
There are a total of 2 questions in this section namely Letter writing and Essay Writing.
Each question is of 25 marks.
Note: The Descriptive Paper of a candidate will be checked only after the candidate qualifies the Objective test.
|Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude||
|Data Analysis and Interpretation||
Check Sectional Tests- Mains during the preparation time of SBI PO 2020
Here are some books that can help candidates to prepare:
|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|
Candidates who will qualify both the Objective test and Description Test of SBI PO will be eligible to appear for Group Exercise and Personal Interview. – Check Here SBI PO 2020 Eligibility
Group Discussions consists of 20 marks.
The Personal Interview is of 30 marks.
The final score will be the sum of SBI PO Main and Group Discussion and Interview.
The result will be published on SBI official website: https://bank.sbi/careers. or https://www.sbi.co.in/careers.
Check Here SBI PO Selection Process
There are no specified area for SBI PO Interview session. But from the experiences of candidates who have given Interview, the following topic are very commonly asked:
Personal information about the candidate
Knowledge about their Educational stream and knowledge about current affairs and developments
Knowledge about the Economic status of India and Banking sectors.
Work experiences of the candidate
There are few questions being asked like :
Is right to freedom being misused?
Cleanliness should be the fundamental duty of every citizen.
What are the merits and de-merits of One Rank One Pension scheme?
What measures should be adopted for avoiding NPA?
What do you think about reservations in education and jobs?
How is Swaach Bharat Abhiyan currently important for India?
NSG is the need of the hour for India.
Rail budget should have merged into general budget much earlier.
Women employment is possible through mass awareness rather than launching programs.
Is government just renaming the old schemes?
Wind power Vs. Solar Energy?
Take a look of the questions pattern of SBI PO 2019 for getting an idea about the exam thoroughly
The syllabus of SBI PO is quite a thing, but with planned program and good strategies, one can find a way out.
Try to find the weaknesses and strengths according to sections.
Always keep previous year question papers very handy. Solving previous year question papers can give a basic idea about how far a candidate need to push the limits and what kind of questions usually being faced.
Sample question papers are equally effective.
Other than Recommended Books, a candidate should also go for the online tests which have been offered by countless websites free of cost, or in minor expenses.
Check SBI PO 2020: Preparation Tips
Other than having skills and knowledge about the above-mentioned topics, there are few other fields which are required to know but not mentioned in the syllabus. The following list will help candidates to achieve a better score and make them very adoptive to the new area of Banking Sector:
SBI PO 2020 Syllabus: Computer Knowledge
Basics of Computer
Hardware and software
MS Word and MS Excel
Generation of Computer
The internet, etc.
Short forms (Eg. Jpeg, mp3, pdf)
Android and Apple related news
SBI PO 2020 Syllabus: Marketing Syllabus
Basics of Marketing and its strategies
Market Segmentation and Management
Marketing Mix and Products Life Cycle
Developing stage of organization
Brand and Advertising
4 P’s and 4 C’s of marketing
If you have gone through the whole article, you must have a better and clear idea about the Syllabus and the Exam pattern of SBI PO 2020. Both of the Exams are equally important and in the GD or Personality Test, the interviewers check more about the skills and confidence than knowledge. Believe in yourself.
Check 60 days Preparation Strategies for SBI PO 2020.
Question: Is the SBI PO Exam Bilingual?
Ans. Except the Descriptive Test for English Language, all the other tests are bilingual, i.e. available in both English and Hindi.
Question: Is there Negative Marking in SBI PO Exam?
Ans. Yes, there is negative marking for wrong answer in the objective tests of both Preliminary and Mains Exam of SBI PO 2020. One fourth of the total marks allotted for that question will be deducted for marking a wrong answer.
Question: Are there fixed timings for different sections?
Ans. Yes, the conducting body has limitized the duration for each section of both SBI PO Prelims and Main.
Question: How much marks has been allotted for PI & GD?
Ans. The maximum marks for Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) are 50 marks.
Question: Is there sectional cut off in SBI PO exam?
Ans. No, it has removed and only overall cut off marks will be consider to select the candidates.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.