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SBI PO Prelims Exam Analysis – July 2, 2016 - Overall Analysis , Slot wise Analysis and Expected cut off

State Bank of India has released vacancy for 2200 Probationary Officers for this year. The exam will be conducted in following stages:

  • Stage 1: Preliminary Examination

  • Stage 2: Main Examination

  • Stage 3: Group Discussion and Interview

Important highlights for the Exam pattern followed in the Preliminary exam are as follows:

  • The Preliminary examination is an objective type examination where the candidates need to select one correct option out of given four options.

  • The total mark of the exam is 100.

  • For every correct response provided, the candidates would be awarded 1 mark and for every wrong response 0.25 mark will be deducted. However, no mark will be deducted for no response.

  • The test would be conducted online.

  • The total time duration is 60 minutes or 1 hour.

  • There will be sectional cutoffs in each section which the candidates need to clear.

The SBI PO Prelims 2016 exam dates are July 2, 3, 9 and 10 July. It will be conducted in following shifts/ slots.

Slot 1 : 9 – 10 AM (Morning Shift)

Slot 2: 11.30 – 12.30 AM (Morning Shift)

Slot 3: 2 – 3 PM (Evening Shift)

Slot 4: 4.30 – 5.30 PM (Evening Shift)

SBI PO Prelims 2016 – Day 1 Analysis

The SBI PO Prelims consist of following sections: English, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability. The day of the exam is over.

Here we present overall analysis, questions asked in different sections and expected cut off for the exam.

​(A) English Language: The overall difficulty was easy to moderate level.

Total no. of questions: 30

1.Reading Comprehension – 10 Qs –RC was based on Women work on various companies

2.Cloze test –5 Qs(Easy)Technology

3.Parajumble – 5 Qs(Moderate) – based on – Insurance

4.Spotting Error –5 Qs (Moderate)

5.Fill in the blanks – 5 Qs(Easy) Double filler

(B)  Reasoning: The overall difficulty was moderate to tough level.

Total no. of questions: 35

1.Puzzle –5 Qs-(Moderate) 7 people work in 3 differentcompanies& likes in different cars

2. Puzzle –5 Qs(Moderate) day based puzzle Monday to Sunday..

3.Linear Puzzle –5 Qs– (Tough)8 people sitting and facing North South in same line

4.Seating Arrangement (Circular) – 5 Qs (Easy) (blood relation) 4 people

5.Puzzle – 5 Qs (Moderate) – 7 people lives in different floor and like different colour boxes.

6.Inequality – 5 Qs (direct)

7.Ranking test (A, B, C have different weights)-3 Qs(Easy )

8. Blood Relation –2 Qs (Moderate)

(C) Quantitative Aptitude: The overall difficulty was moderate level.

Total no. of questions: 35

1. Number Series –5 Qs (Moderate)

2. Data Interpretation –2 set (10 Qs)–One Bar Grpah DI was easy & Table graph based moderate

3.Approximation – 5 Qs(Easy)

4. Quadratic Equation – 5 Qs(Easy)

5.Miscellaneous – 10 Qs (Moderate)

SBI PO Prelims 2016 Expected Cut off marks : Category-wise cut off , Section wise cut off

Subject

English Language

Quantitative Aptitude

Reasoning Ability

Overall Objective Test (Out of 100)

General

07 to 10

07 to 10

10 to 12

48 to 52

OBC

05to 07

05 to 07

06 to 09

42 to 45

SC

04 to 06

04 to 07

05 to 08

38 to 40

ST

04 to 06

04 to 07

05to 08

20 to 25

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SBI PO Prelims time management tips

The State bank of India conducts the SBI PO examination for the recruitment of Probationary Officers. It is one of the most sought after banking jobs in India and with the lakhs of aspirants applying for this examination every year; it is definitely a tough nut to crack. The candidates must thus be fully prepared to tackle this level of competition. Time plays a crucial role in our lives and this examination is no exception to this fact.

The SBI PO Examination is just round the corner and time management is the best weapon that you can use in the arena of this entrance examination. Time is a limited resource and we need to make the best use of it. Time management implies management of an individual’s time effectively so that right amount of time is allocated to the right activity and no time is wasted in futile activities. It can be achieved by allotting time slots to various activities according to their importance.

Time management is the key to succeed in any competitive examination. Utilization of the time in hand is the most essential aspect of preparation. If you manage time effectively, you can devote enough time to all the sections and practice well. Especially in the case of SBI PO Prelims Examination, wherein you have to solve a 100 mark question paper within 60 minutes; time management is the best skill that you can acquire. This article will provide the candidates appearing for this examination with SBI PO Prelims time management tips.

The SBI PO examination is being conducted in three phases:

  • Phase 1 : Preliminary Exam
  • Phase 2 : Mains Exam
  • Phase 3 : GD and interview

The Preliminary Examination is approaching and the candidates must have practiced enough. All that is required now is brushing up of concepts and time management skills. Read this article to gather time utilization tips and tricks so as to increase your chances of cracking this entrance test.

Examination Pattern

The Preliminary Examination consists of three sections including English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning Ability with a total of 100 marks. The duration of examination is 1 hour (60 minutes). The detailed pattern is shown as follows:

Section

No. of questions

Maximum Marks

Time duration

English Language

30

30

1 hour

Quantitative Aptitude

35

35

Reasoning Ability

35

35

Total

100

100

Time management tips

The candidates need to qualify all three sections in the preliminary examination to be able to move to the next level. It is thus essential to have a good strategy for attempting the paper. The candidates are advised to start with the section they are most confident about. Start with the English Section if you are confident of your English Language Skills or start with reasoning if you think you can score well in it. When you begin with the questions you are confident of solving correctly, it boosts your confidence further and gives you a good start. Solve the toughest section at the last. Banking entrances are all about speed and accuracy and with efficient time utilization; you can attempt maximum number of questions correctly.

Time management is not only essential during the exam but also while preparing for it. Devoting essential time to your weak areas and regular and sincere practice helps you prepare efficiently. It is also essential to keep in touch with all topics and revise them daily. All this can be achieved only by proper division of time. Some important points to be kept in mind while dividing your time for preparation are as follows:

  • The Reasoning section requires a lot of practice and with enough practice; one can score well in this section.
  • Grammar cannot be learnt in one day. You need to revise and practice daily to tackle questions related to Grammar in the English language section.
  • Vocabulary can be improved by making a list of the frequently used words and phrases.
  • Do not waste time deriving formulae in the exam hall. Instead, memorize them beforehand.

The details of tackling each section effectively are as follows:

English Language

Suggested time to be spent on this section: 15 minutes

This section will test the basic understanding and language skills of the candidate. Questions will be asked from Vocabulary, Synonyms, Antonyms, Idioms and phrases, Word formation, Sentence Completion, Error Detection, Passage completion, Passage Correction, Comprehension, Deriving Conclusions, Sentence correction, Identification of errors, Fill in the blanks, jumbled Sentences, Faulty sentence construction, Reading Comprehension etc.

The candidates who are comfortable with the English language can begin with this section since it is comparatively simpler than the others.

Logical Reasoning

Suggested time be spent on this section: 20 minutes

In this section, Verbal Reasoning and Non Verbal Reasoning type of questions will be asked. The important topics are: Syllogism, Analogies (Meaning Based & Logical), Critical Reasoning, Directions & Arrangements, Sequential Output Tracing, Visual Reasoning, Coding and Decoding, Blood Relations, Sitting Arrangements, Series Completion, Decision Making, Statement Reasoning, classification etc.

This section can be tackled easily if you have practiced enough. Start with the simpler questions to get a head start in this section and to be able to attempt the maximum number of questions.

Quantitative Aptitude

Suggested time to be spent on this section: 25 minutes

Important Tips

This paper is worth 100 marks but the time duration is only 1 hour. So, you have 0.6 minutes, i.e. 36 seconds to solve each question. Keep in mind the following points while preparing you strategy for this examination:

  • Since the question to time ratio is less than 1, it becomes essential to solve the questions that you are comfortable with first. Don’t waste time sticking on a question which is lengthy, and skip all the time consuming questions. Leave all such difficult questions for the last.

  • Divide your time according to your capability. If you are good in any section, say English, then, try to complete it faster, taking less time. Devote this extra time to your weaker sections. Also, keep in mind the time that you are devoting to each question. If any question is exceeding your planned time per question, leave it and move ahead.

  • Remember that there are sectional cut offs for each section as well. So, attempt sufficient number of questions in each section to increase your chances of succeeding in this examination.

  • Do not experiment in the exam hall. It is better to know your strengths and weaknesses beforehand so that you can identify the questions you can solve comfortably.

  • Do not try to be adventurous and take pride in solving the difficult questions. All kinds of questions, be it difficult or easy will fetch you the same marks. So, it is wise to invest your time in simpler questions to increase your attempts and thereby your total score.

  • Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude questions can be time consuming. It is thus essential to identify the easier questions and comprehension questions without many calculations and attempt them first.

  • Attempt as many questions as you can since, more the number of questions you attempt, more are the chances of a higher score in the examination.

  • Reach you examination centre within due time to avoid any hassles. It is advised to reach the centre at least one hour prior to the exam timings.

  • The prelims exam is only of 60 minutes. Do not get distracted within this period. Do not lose hope if you are not able to solve some questions. Stay positive and keep your cool throughout the examination.

Time management is the best technique that you can learn before the examination which will enhance your chances of success. It alleviates last minute stresses and makes you more confident. Along with efficient time management and the right problem solving approach, you are sure to go a long way.

Use the tips listed in this article to your advantage and increase your chances of clearing the SBI PO Prelims Examination with flying colours.

All the best!

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SBI PO PRELIMS RESULT

SBI PO PRELIMS 2016 EXAM RESULTS DATE

The much awaited success celebration time with the most anticipated SBI PO Prelims result will arrive soon. With the news of the results going to be announced on 18th July 2016, it is a relief to the PO aspirants who have been waiting for a while. The State Bank of India (SBI) as a sign of relief for these candidates has notified to announce the following result for the preliminary exam on July 18 whereas the results for the main exam will be announced on 16th August 2016.  Generally the results are declared by the recruitment authority of SBI after taking a common decision on the passing marks for the exam based on the performance level in the respective exam.

The candidates aspiring for the related exam can however check their result on the official website of SBI or following the links as available below by entering the needed details such as -the registration number and password or the date of birth.

  • Steps for checking the SBI PO 2016 Prelims Result and downloading the rank letter:
  • ⚫Go to the State Bank of India’s official website (sbi.co.in) for the SBI PO Prelims result 2016.
  • ⚫Move to the “Careers With Us“/ “On Going Recruitment” page.
  • ⚫Select the “SBI PO Result 2016 for prelims examination (Phase-I)” link as mentioned there on.
  • ⚫A new tab will automatically open, asking for certain personal details as mentioned on your admit card/hall ticket. Simply enter your SBI PO admit card roll number and date of birth or one can also move further by using the registration number and date of birth combination to get the similar results.. One should note that these details are mandatory for checking the SBI PO Prelims result 2016.
  • ⚫Enter the CAPATCHA and press on the submit button to watch the visible results. The SBI PO score card / mark sheet will appear on the screen to check for the marks obtained. One can just save or download or take a hard copy print out of the same for further use.

We wish the candidates Good Luck for the upcoming results!

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SBI PO Prelims 2016 Admit Card Out Available for Download

SBI will be conducting recruitment for the post of Probationary Officers in the month of July 2016. The exam will be conducted in three stages namely – Prelims, Mains and the Final GD/PI.

As notified by the bank earlier, the admit cards for the eligible candidates are now available on the official website of SBI. The release date of Prelims Admit Card was 14th June 2016.  The prelims exam is scheduled to be help in a span of two consecutive weekends in the month of July.

The Admit card is a must in order to appear the exam. So, each candidate is expected to download

the admit card at the earliest and verify if the information is correct.

The prelims exam will be of 1 hour duration and it will consist of following sections:

  1. English Language
  2. Quantitative Aptitude
  3. Reasoning Ability

Important highlights for the Exam pattern followed in the preliminary exam are as follows:

  • The Preliminary examination is an objective type examination where the candidates need to select one correct option out of given four options.
  • The total mark of the exam is 100.
  • For every correct response provided, the candidates would be awarded 1 mark and for every wrong response ¼ mark will be deducted.
  • There will not be any deduction for no response.
  • The test would be conducted online.
  • The total time allotted is 60 minutes or 1 hour.
  • The candidates should note that there are three sections in the Preliminary examination which have sectional cutoffs which the candidates need to clear.

SBI Admit Card 2016 – Probationary Officer Preliminary Online Exam Call letter : You can download the admit card at below link:

Click Here to Download Admit Card

SBI Admit Card 2016 – Probationary Officer Pre – Exam Training Call letter: Those who have applied for the pre - exam training can avail pre-exam admit card here:

Click Here to Download Admit Card

SBI PO Exam 2016 Some dates to remember:

  • SBI PO 2016 Pre Online Examination: 2nd, 3rd, 9th & 10 July 2016
  • SBI PO 2016 Pre online exam Result:18th July 2016
  • SBI PO 2016 Main Online Examination Date 31st July 2016
  • SBI PO Result 2016 – Release Date:16th August 2016
  • SBI PO 2016 Call Letter Release Date for Interview:22nd August 2016
  • SBI PO 2016 GD & PI Date:1st September 2016
  • SBI PO 2016 Final Result: 30th September 2016

Pre-Exam Training for ST/SC/Religious Minority Community Candidate

  • Call Letters for Pre-Exam Training release Date: 13th June 2016
  • Pre-Exam Training conduction: 20th June 2016 to 26th June 2016

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SBI PO Prelims 2016: Download Admit cards from June 14

Now days, Candidates are excited and nervous for the upcoming SBI PO Prelims 2016 Exam. This is the perfect time to keep everything in check right from your confidence level to the PO Exam admit card.

Important SBI PO Exam Events and Dates

Here is the table showing important SBI PO Exam dates and events that you must be aware of.

Events

Dates

Download of the SBI PO Prelims Admit Card/Hall Tickets

16th June, 2016 onwards

SBI PO Preliminary Exam

2nd July, 3rd July, 9th July and 10th July 2016  

It is very crucial to qualify in SBI PO prelims 2016 exam so that you are called for the SBI Main exam 2016. But before you write SBI PO prelims 2016 Exam, the most important thing is the PO prelims admit card.

Click here for SBI PO 2016 Prelims Exam Admit Card

Details that you must always check on a SBI PO preliminary Exam admit card

The details which will be mentioned on the SBI PO Prelims 2016 Exam Admit card are:

  • Candidate’s Name
  • Candidate’s Registration Number (This must be same that you have received after registration/form fill-up time)
  • Exam Date and Slot (Exam Timings)
  • Exam Centre along with its complete address (This is where you are supposed to report to give exam; this is allotted as per your preference)
  • Candidate’s Date of Birth
  • Candidate’s Picture

Important Pointers about SBI PO prelims admit card 2016

Do not forget to take printout of your SBI PO preliminary Exam 2016 admit card as without it you are not allowed to sit in the examination center.

Do not forget to carry your original ID card f and its photocopy as a proof. Valid ID proof can be your Voter ID card, PAN card, Adhaar Card, Driving License, and Passport.

Keep your stationary like black/blue pen, pencil, eraser etc that is specifically mentioned in the instructions of the SBI PO prelims Exam 2016 admit card.

Aspirants can download Admit cards from June 14 for the SBI PO Prelims 2016 from SBI’s official website or through our websites and articles.

Here is the link to the SBI’s website: http://ibps.sifyitest.com/sbipomay16/

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SBI PO 2016 Expected Cut-Off Marks

SBI PO 2016 Expected Cut-Off Marks

SBI PO Prelims 2016 cut-off marks will be announced by the State Bank of India on July 18. The cut-off marks for the SBI PO Mains 2016 will be declared by the Bank on August 16. The final cut-off will be declared on September 30.

*Stay tuned with TopRankers for any sort of exam information from the Bank!

Cut-Off is the minimum required marks to be secured by the candidates to qualify the different levels of the exam. As per the SBI PO 2016 selection process, candidates who qualify SBI PO Prelims are called to appear in the main exam. Those who qualify main exam are called for the final round that is the group discussion followed by personal interview round. The Bank makes the final selection based on the performance of the candidates in GD, PI.

Below, we have published the SBI PO 2015 Cut-Off Marks for various exam levels, which will help you fine-tune your preparation for the upcoming SBI PO Exams.

SBI PO Prelims 2015 Cut-Off Marks:

SBI PO Prelims 2015 Cut-Off Marks (Category-Wise)-

SBI PO Prelims Cut-Off 2015

Category

Cut-Off Marks

General

47.5

OBC

42.25

SC

37.25

ST

19.75

OH

29.25

VH

30.75

SBI PO Prelims 2015 Cut-Off Marks (Section-Wise)-

Sectional Cut-Off Marks 2015

Subject

Cut-Off Marks

ST/SC/OBC/VH/OH

General

English Language

3.25

5.75

Quants

3.5

5.75

Reasoning

5.75

9.25

SBI PO Mains 2015 Cut-Off Marks:

SBI PO Mains Cut-Off 2015

Subject

Max. Marks

Cut-Off Marks

SC/ST/OBC

General

Reasoning

50

10

13

Data Analysis & Interpretation

50

10

13

General Awareness/
Marketing/Computer
Knowledge

50

10

14

English Language

50

10

13

Total Cut-Off

70

80

SBI PO Descriptive & Interview 2015 Cut-Off Marks -

SBI PO Descriptive & Interview Cut-Off 2015

Descriptive Papers
& Interview

Cut-Off Marks

SC

ST

OBC

GEN

OH

VH

Descriptive Paper is evaluated only for those candidates who have secured the minimum qualifying marks in all the subjects

82

70

93

108

73

70

Marks obtained in the written exam by the last candidate called for GD & Interview

128

116

137

151

118

132

TopRankers is going to announce the result of recently held SBI PO Prelims All India Test on June 7. The result will be in the similar format as of SBI PO Prelims actual report card. The result will contain the Category-wise Cut-Off and the Section-wise Cut-Off marks. TopRankers anticipates that the cut-off marks of its All India Test will be very near to the SBI PO 2016 cut-off marks. Stay tuned for the further updates!

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SBI PO 2016 FAQs

SBI PO 2016 FAQs

SBI is one of the most renowned banks in India. It has changed the way recruitment is done in banking sector. It is much known for its various examinations that are conducted every year to fill various available posts. SBI PO exam is one such examinations conducted by SBI for the probationary Officer Cadre. This position offers a very challenging and responsible career in banking domain along with a remarkable salary and other allowances.

SBI PO Exam 2016 has been advertised through “RECRUITMENT OF PROBATIONARY OFFICERS IN STATE BANK OF INDIA ADVERTISEMENT NO-CRPD/PO/2016-17/02”. Candidates in huge numbers are eyeing for SBI PO 2016 preliminary examination that will held on 18th July, 2016. This is once a year opportunity that sorts and recruits a lot of competent candidates that really want to get into banking domain for an exceptional career ahead.

This article has compiled a lot of common and frequently asked questions about SBI PO 2016 Exam to clarify all your doubts and to guide you better.

  1. What are the important dates for SBI PO 2016 Exam?

Here is the table on all the important dates related to SBI PO Exam 2016 that must be kept in mind.

SBI PO Recruitment Activities

Important Dates

Online registration through SBI’s official website

4th May, 2016 to 24th May, 2016

Download Call Letters or, admit cards for SBI PO Preliminary Exam

14th June, 2016 onwards

Pre-Exams Training for shortlisted eligible candidates

From 20th June, 2016 to 25th June, 2016

SBI PO Preliminary Exam

2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th July, 2016

SBI PO Preliminary Exam result Declaration

18th July, 2016

Download Call Letters or, admit cards for SBI PO Main Exam

21st July, 2016 onwards

SBI PO Main Exam

31st July, 2016

SBI PO Main Exam result Declaration

16th August, 2016

Download Call Letter for SBI GD & Interview

22nd August, 2016

SBI GD & Interview Conduct

1st September, 2016

Declaration of Final result

30th September, 2016

  1. Is there any published detailed advertisement for the upcoming SBI PO exam 2016?

Yes, there is a detailed advertisement on SBI PO Exam 2016 published by SBI in both the English and Hindi Languages. It is always recommended that candidates must go through the complete advertisement before starting registration process.

You can download SBI PO Exam 2016 English advertisement by clicking on the given link: http://www.sbi.co.in/webfiles/uploads/files/PO_2016_ENGLISH_CRPD_PO_2016_17_02.pdf

If you are interested in SBI PO Exam 2016 Hindi advertisement, then download it from this link: http://www.sbi.co.in/webfiles/uploads/files/PO_2016_HINDI_CRPD_PO_2016_17_02.pdf

 How many vacancies are to be filled through SBI PO 2016 Exam?

There are enormous vacancies to be filled for the post of Probationary Officer in this year at State Bank of India. The mentioned below table details discloses vacancies available in 2016 for the SBI PO Post.

                                                                 Vacancies

                            Category

No. of posts available

                            General

1028

                               SC

351

                               ST

231

                             OBC*                                

590

Total Posts

2200

 *Vacancies reserved for OBC category are available to OBC Candidates belonging to 'Non-Creamy Layer'*

It must be noted that ‘Creamy Layer' OBC candidates should indicate their category as 'General'

Vacancies for PWD

                               Category

No. of posts available

                                  OH

20

                                  VI

20

                                   HI

20

Total Posts

60

  1. What is the eligibility criteria required for SBI PO 2016 Exam?

SBI is very particular about the eligibility norms that have been laid down by it so to check and sort applicants at very initial stage first. The mentioned below Eligibility Criteria must be checked before moving forward for the registration process.

  • Essential Academic Qualifications required for SBI PO Exam 2016
  • Graduation or equivalent degree in any discipline from a recognized university/ college/ institute or by the central government as on 31st August, 2016 is required.
  • Candidates who have Integrated Dual Degree can also apply but must make sure that their passing certificate shall be on or before 31st August, 2016.
  • Those candidates who are waiting for their final year results can also apply with a condition that they must possess passing certificate shall be on or before 31st August, 2016 at the time of interview.
  • Age Limit for SBI PO Exam 2016

No candidate below 21 years and above 30 years as on 1st April, 2016 is allowed to give SBI PO Exam 2016 which means that candidates must have been born not earlier than 02.04.1986 and not later than 01.04.1995 (Include both the dates).

  1. Is there any relaxation in the upper age limit for the reserved class or for other special case applicants?

Yes, there is a relaxation in the upper age limit for candidates as per the table provided for your support.

S. No.

Age Relaxation

Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe

5 years

OBC(Other Backward Classes)-Non Creamy Layer

3 Years

Persons with disabilities (Gen)

10 years

Persons with disabilities (SC /ST)

15 Years

Persons with disabilities (OBC)

13 Years

Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned Officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) who have rendered 5 years military service and have been released on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from the last date of receipt of application) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency or physical disability attributable to military service.

5 Years

Persons ordinarily domiciled of the state of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989

5 Years

  1. What is the Registration or Application fee that needs to be paid for the SBI PO Exam 2016?

Aspiring candidate need to pay one time registration or application fee for the SBI PO Exam 2016 only via online mode after you register yourself and fill the examination form. This fee is non refundable.

The table shows category-wise fees that need to be submitted to take this examination.  

Fees Amount

General and OBC category Candidates

Rs. 600 (included both the application fee along with intimation charges)

Rs. 100 (includes only the intimation charges)

  1. How can I apply for the SBI PO Exam 2016?

Here is the complete guide on how you can register yourself, fill the exam form and pay exam fee online.

  • Registration for SBI PO Exam 2016: Candidates shall go through the given link: http://ibps.sifyitest.com/sbipomay16/basic_details.php to register their candidature online and proceed with all the further steps required to fill the form. You will receive registration ID and password after submitting your registration form details; make sure that you keep these details safe with you.  
  • After you have received registration ID and password, fill examination form with correct personal and educational qualifications information. You are required to upload your recent picture and signature to complete the process.
  • After this step, you must pay application fee via provided online options such as Credit/Debit/Internet Banking. Submit form and fees successfully to get an e-receipt of same.
  • Now you can take print of your filled application for future references from here: http://ibps.sifyitest.com/sbipomay16/

  1. Is there any helpline number or e-mail ID to contact for all the exam form filling related queries?

Yes, In case of any problem in filling up the form, payment of fee/intimation charges or receipt of Admission/Call letter, there is a proper helpdesk where you can report queries related to the SBI PO Exam 2016.

  • Telephone no: 022-22820427 (between 11:00 AM to 06:00 PM on working days)
  • You can e-mail at sbirect@ibpsorg.org. Candidates are advised not to forget to mention ‘RecruitmentofProbationaryOfficers inStateBank ofIndia-2016’ in the subject of the email.
  1. What is the Exam pattern for SBI PO 2016 examination?

The given below table on SBI PO preliminary Exam is to tell you about the majors of this examination.

Exam Name

SBI PO preliminary Exam

Exam type

Online

Total Sections

3

Time allotted

60 minutes

Marking Scheme

Negative Marking; 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer

Total Questions

100

Here are the details on each section that shall be asked in SBI PO Preliminary Exam 2016:

Sections asked

Total Marks allotted

Total Questions asked

English Language

30

30

Reasoning Ability

35

35

Quantitative Aptitude

35

35

Here are the details about SBI PO Main Exam 2016:

SBI PO Main Exam Pattern

Sections asked

Total Marks allotted

Total Questions asked

Time allotted for each section

Total Time Allotted to the test

Mode

Marking Scheme

English Language

40

35

40

2 Hours

Online

Negative marking is applicable. 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer.

General Awareness (Banking Domain Knowledge)

40

40

40

Reasoning and Computer Awareness

60

45

60

Quantitative Aptitude (Includes data interpretation and analysis)

60

35

60

Descriptive Test

50

3

1 Hour

  1. What is the selection process of SBI PO Exam 2016?

It is mandatory to qualify in all the three levels that are applicable in SBI PO Exam 2016.

 Level

Type

Step/Level name

Step 1

Online

SBI PO Preliminary Exam

Step 2

Online

SBI PO Main Exam

Step 3

Face to Face

Group Discussion and Interview

The official website of SBI that can be referred for all updates is: http://www.sbi.co.in/

For more info, visit: https://www.toprankers.com/exams/category/sbi-po/

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SBI PO 2016 Selection Procedure

SBI PO 2016 Selection Procedure

Like every year, SBI is conducting Probationary officer Exam 2016 in the month of July. This exam is very important for all those who dream about their career in the banking domain. One has to qualify SBI PO Exam 2016 to take up Probationary Officer Job role in the bank which is one of the best career offering high emolument, benefits and other allowances.

The important dates of SBI PO Exam 2016 are given in the below table for your guidance.

SBI PO Recruitment Activities

Important Dates

Online registration through SBI’s official website

4th May, 2016 to 24th May, 2016

Download Call Letters or, admit cards for SBI PO Preliminary Exam

14th June, 2016 onwards

Pre-Exams Training for shortlisted eligible candidates

From 20th June, 2016 to 25th June, 2016

SBI PO Preliminary Exam

2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th July, 2016

SBI PO Preliminary Exam result Declaration

18th July, 2016

Download Call Letters or, admit cards for SBI PO Main Exam

21st July, 2016 onwards

SBI PO Main Exam

31st July, 2016

SBI PO Main Exam result Declaration

16th August, 2016

Download Call Letter for SBI GD & Interview

22nd August, 2016

SBI GD & Interview Conduct

1st September, 2016

Declaration of Final result

30th September, 2016

The official website of SBI can be referred for all the latest updates on SBI PO Exam 2016. Here is the link for you: https://www.sbi.co.in/careers/

Selection Procedure of SBI PO Exam 2016

It is very important to know how SBI selects potential and suitable candidates through its SBI PO Exam process. There is a rigid procedure that is followed every year to hire capable probationary officers. Here is the complete and crisp detail on SBI PO Exam 2016 selection procedure to help you in preparing for this exam.

SBI PO 2016 Exam shall be carried out in three preeminent phases. Candidate must qualify in all three phases to actually get into his/her dream job as a PO in the bank. The SBI PO 2016 Exam phases are mentioned below:

  1. Preliminary Examination
  2. Main Examination
  3. Personality Test or, GD & Interview Phase

The first two SBI PO examinations are conducted in an online mode. These are objective type examinations that offer four choices; out of which candidate need to choose/mark the correct one.

Now, let us discuss each phase in greater detail so that you are well aware of the SBI PO selection procedure that shall be followed in 2016 exam and this will finally help you in preparing a very productive study plan.

The table below shows highlights of SBI PO preliminary Exam 2016:

SBI PO Preliminary 2016 Exam Pattern

Sections asked

Total Marks allotted

Total Questions asked

Mode

Time Allotted

Marking Scheme

English Language

30

30

Online

60 Minutes

Negative marking is applicable.

Reasoning Ability

35

35

Quantitative Aptitude

35

35

Certain Points to keep in mind about SBI PO Preliminary Exam 2016

  1. The most important thing is that there is sectional cutoff in SBI PO Preliminary 2016 Examination which means that candidate need to qualify in all the three mentioned above sections with the minimum marks.
  2. The total time allotted is 60 minutes (1 hour) for SBI PO Preliminary 2016 Examination. There is no fixed time for any section; you can start with any section and end with any.
  3. This is an online examination that means you are required to mark all the answers on the computer system; you must make sure that you mark responses carefully.
  4. It is advisable to read all the instructions conscientiously before starting SBI PO preliminary exam.
  5. For every right response, 1 mark is awarded to the candidate and for every wrong answer, 0.25 marks are deducted. In case no response has been marked, then no mark shall be deducted.

An aspiring candidate who will clear SBI PO Preliminary exam 2016 shall be eligible for the SBI PO Main Exam 2016.

Here is the sneak peak of major Points to keep in mind about SBI PO Main Exam 2016

  1. SBI PO Main Exam 2016 shall be divided into two prime sections:
  • Objective Test
  • Descriptive Test
  1. Both the SBI PO objective and Descriptive tests shall be conducted online. Objective test will have multiple choice questions, while Descriptive test requires writing on computer through the keyboard on specific questions asked.
  2. Objective test is further comprised of 200 questions in total organized in 4 major sections. You are required to pass in every section as there is sectional cut off criteria.
  3. Objective test will have defined time limit for each of its section.
  4. The total time allotted is 180 minutes (3 hours) for SBI PO Main 2016 Examination. For first two hours you are required to complete objective test; for the next 1 hour, you are required to write descriptive paper.
  5. For every right response, 1 mark is awarded to the candidate and for every wrong answer, 0.25 marks are deducted. In case no response has been marked, then no mark shall be deducted.

Now, let us focus on the highlights of SBI PO Main Exam 2016 through the table shown below:

SBI PO Main 2016 Exam Pattern

Sections asked

Total Marks allotted

Total Questions asked

Time allotted for each section

Total Time Allotted to the test

Mode

Marking Scheme

English Language

40

35

40

2 Hours

Online

Negative marking is applicable.

General Awareness (Banking Domain Knowledge)

40

40

40

Reasoning and Computer Awareness

60

45

60

Quantitative Aptitude (Includes data interpretation and analysis)

60

35

60

Descriptive Test

50

3

1 Hour

Major Points to keep in mind about SBI PO Main Exam Descriptive Test

  1. SBI PO Main Exam Descriptive Test carries 50 marks and one can easily score full marks through a good consistent practice session on questions that are expected in the exam. The important things that must be focused for attempting this test well are mentioned below:
  • Formal letter writing
  • Paragraph Writing
  • Precise/ synopsis Writing
  • Summary Writing for comprehensions
  • Essay Writing
  1. SBI PO Main Exam Descriptive Test is just to check your English writing skills. So, make sure you work a lot on your writing skills that too in an online mode.
  2. Work on your English vocabulary to give your writing a very strong and crusty impression.  
  3. You must practice by write directly on the system to keep your writing speed in check and to enhance it on daily basis.
  4. If two candidates are securing same marks in the SBI PO Main Examination 2016, then rank preference shall be given to the candidate who has secured highest marks in SBI PO Exam 2016 Objective test rather than Descriptive test.

Now, let us focus on the highlights of SBI Personal Interview and GD phase

After a candidate has qualified in SBI PO main exam, he will be called for the final Personal Interview and GD round.

Here are some pointers that will help you in qualifying SBI Personal Interview and GD phase with amazing marks.

  1. Try to learn current affairs especially, on the banking domain and recent national and international events through news channels, newspapers and magazines for the GD round.
  2. Do not try to yell or, shout in the SBI PO Exam GD round as it deducts your marks. You must be very crisp, confident and precise on your view point on the topic.
  3. First, try to listen clearly in both the rounds so that you explain exactly what is desired from you.
  4. For SBI PO interview round, just be confident; wear a slight smile throughout the interview; dress formally and present yourself smartly.   

How the final assessment shall be done in SBI PO Exam 2016?

SBI has certain rules on which the final assessment for the candidates is made. The mentioned below rules are to let you know about the SBI PO Exam 2016 final assessment procedure well.

  1. The marks obtained in the SBI PO preliminary Exam will not be added in the final assessment. Candidates just have to qualify this phase to give further rounds.
  2. The marks obtained in the SBI PO Main Exam (Of both the objective and Descriptive tests) will be added in the final assessment along with the marks obtained in the SBI GD and Interview round.
  3. Ranks are given to each candidate as per the final marks obtained and every year SBI releases merit rank list of those candidates who finally make it for the post of Probationary officer.

You can take a complete free mock test on SBI PO Exam 2016 which is based on the above discussed pattern by clicking on the given link provided here: https://www.toprankers.com/bank-exams/cctests

An aspiring candidate must go through the complete advertisement on SBI PO Exam 2016 that was recently published by SBI. Here is the link for you: https://www.ibpsexam.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/SBI-PO-Recruitment-.pdf  

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SBI PO 2016 Exam Pattern

SBI PO 2016 Exam Pattern

State Bank of India or, SBI is an eminent bank which is renowned for mass hiring every year through its various online bank examinations and interview process. The most sought exam of this bank is SBI PO Exam which is conducted once in every year to hire for Probationary Officer cadre. If you are eyeing for SBI PO Exam this year, then it is very important to begin with the meticulous knowledge of this exam.

Time is one of the major constraints for SBI PO Exam 2016 that need a coherent road map explaining how to nicely organize allotted time for its examinations so that every section is well attempted and you get to revise all your marked answers at least for once.  

SBI PO Exam 2016 Eligibility

SBI reviews eligibility of every candidate who registers and fills form for SBI PO Exam against laid down criteria. Before you start the registration process, you must check whether you are eligible for the exam or not. The eligibility criteria for the SBI PO Exam 2016 are mentioned here:

  1. Age: For general category candidates, age limit is between 21 years to 30 years as on 1st April, 2015 and for reserved category candidates, age relaxation is applicable as per the government rules.
  2. Nationality:  An aspiring candidate must be an Indian resident with a valid residence proof.
  3. Qualifications: Candidate must have qualified graduation degree in any discipline from a recognized university.

If any person is waiting for his/her final year result, then also he/she can take up SBI PO Exam 2016 on the condition that he/she must possess passing certificate as on 31st August, 2016.  

  1. CIBIL Status: Candidates with a very bad CIBIL score or, loan default history are not eligible for taking up SBI PO 2016 examination.  

You must go through the complete advertisement that is published about the SBI PO Exam 2016 to know every minute detail related to it. Here is the link for the advertisement: https://www.ibpsexam.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/SBI-PO-Recruitment-.pdf  

Exam Pattern of SBI PO 2016

SBI PO Exam requires a great hold on every section that is asked in SBI Clerk preliminary and Main Examinations along with the implementation of a perfect time table that helps in guiding about managing time well. It is advisable to start your preparation as early as possible so that you get sufficient time to revise all the topics that are asked in this exam.

Qualify SBI PO Exam 2016 by qualifying in its selection procedure phases. There are three major phases that need to qualify; these phases are given below for your better understanding:

  • SBI PO Preliminary Examination: This is an online objective type examination of 60 minutes which is divided into three specific sections. Candidates who qualify this exam are further called for the next phase which is SBI PO Main exam.
  • SBI PO Main Examination: This is an online (both objective and Descriptive type)exam of 3 hours which comprises of two major sections:
  • Objective section: This section further has four specific sections; each section has fixed timings as mentioned in the below table.
  • Descriptive type: This section has three questions that you are supposed to elaborate by writing on them.
  • SBI GD & Interview round: This round is conducted after candidate qualifies SBI PO Main examination.

Table to guide you about the Exam Pattern of SBI PO Exam 2016

SBI PO Preliminary Exam Pattern

Sections asked

Total Questions

Total Marks

Duration

Marking

Mode of examination

English Language Test

30

30

60 minutes

0.25 marks are deducted for ever wrong answer

Online

Reasoning Ability

35

35

Quantitative Aptitude

35

35

SBI PO Main Exam Pattern

Sections asked

Total Marks allotted

Total Questions asked

Time allotted for each section

Total Time Allotted to the test

Mode

Marking Scheme

English Language

40

35

40

3 Hours

Online

Negative marking is applicable.

General Awareness (Banking Domain Knowledge)

40

40

35

Reasoning and Computer Awareness

60

45

60

 Data Analysis & Interpretation

60

35

45

Descriptive Test

50

3

30 minutes

                                                                                        

As we have discussed about the major sections that shall be asked in SBI PO Exam 2016, it is time to move on to the major topics that must be focused to prepare efficiently for SBI PO Exam 2016 examination.

The mentioned below table is to let you prepare for SBI PO Exam 2016 exactly according to its pattern so that you qualify this examination in your first attempt.

Sections asked

Topics to Focus On

Asked in which SBI PO Exam

English Language

SBI PO English Topics to focus on:

  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Word formation
  • Sentence completion
  • Words and Meanings; this includes foreign Language words
  • Comprehensions and Unseen passages
  • Theme detection
  • Deriving conclusions
  • Error detection
  • Passage correction
  • Passage completion
  • Spelling
  • Phrases
  • Sentence correction
  • Problems on English Grammar
  •  Idioms

This section is common in both SBI PO preliminary and Main Exam.

Quantitative Aptitude

SBI PO Quantitative Aptitude Topics to focus on:

  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Partnership
  • Compound Interest
  • Stocks & Shares
  • Clocks & Algorithms
  • Heights & Distances
  • Data Integration
  • Line Graphs
  • Bar Graphs
  • Pie Charts
  • Tabulation
  • Mensuration
  • Volume & Surface Area
  • Chain Rule
  • Time & Work
  • Number system
  • Simplifications
  • Roots & Averages
  • Surds & Indices
  • Percentages
  • Profit & Loss
  • Pipes & Cisterns
  • Time & Distances
  • Problems on Trains
  • Boats & Streams
  • Allegation & Mixtures
  • Simple Interest
  • Permutations & Combinations

This section is common in both SBI PO preliminary and Main Exam.

General Awareness focusing on the Banking Domain

SBI PO General Awareness Topics to focus on:

  • Renowned Personalities
  • News on Indian Defense services
  • Sports
  • Marketing terms and concepts 
  • Financial Awareness
  • Indian Economy
  • Commonly asked General knowledge Questions
  • Indian Budget especially Union and Railway Budget
  • Marketing Policies
  • Branding and Advertising
  • Life Cycle of a product
  • Marketing Legal terms and definitions
  • Current research and discoveries
  • Books and Authors
  • National and international of Current Events
  • Banking Terms, rules and terminologies
  • News on Reserve Bank Of India
  • Latest released plans and policies for banking domain
  • Worldwide Famous Awards
  • Marketing Management strategies

This section is asked in the SBI PO Main Exam.

Reasoning Ability

SBI PO Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning Topics to focus on:

  • Series completion
  • Syllogisms
  • Decision making
  • Statement reasoning
  • Analogy,
  • Series completion
  • Directions
  • Statement and Argument
  •  Judgment Formation
  • Classification
  • Analogy
  • Coding & Decoding
  • Blood relations
  • Sitting arrangements
  • Number Puzzles
  • Odd one out

This section is common in both SBI PO preliminary and Main Exam.

Computer Knowledge

SBI PO Computer Awareness Topics to focus on:

  • Questions on MS Office that includes MS word, Excel, Power Point, and Access
  • Basic knowledge of Internet & Networks
  • Concepts on Operating System and its configurations
  • Computer Hardware and Software Terminologies
  • Knowledge about Latest Technologies
  • Information and technology related concepts  
  • Commonly used computer Shortcuts
  • Security Systems Concepts

This section is asked in the SBI PO Main Exam.

Descriptive Section 

SBI PO Descriptive Section demands focus on below mentioned things:  

  • Comprehensions and giving summary for the same
  • Essay Writing
  • Formal Letter Writing
  • Paragraph Writing
  • Precise Writing

This section is asked in the SBI PO Main Exam.

How to prepare according to the SBI PO Exam pattern?

Here are some of the preparation tips for preparing exactly as per the SBI PO Exam pattern.

  1. Practice every section through free online SBI PO Exam 2016 mock tests. You must make sure that these mock tests are strictly based on the SBI PO Exam pattern.
  2. Subscribe to online free material based on the SBI PO Exam 2016 pattern that is available in the form of weekly magazines, e-books, journals, presentations, audios and videos.
  3. Work on all the shortcuts, tricks and techniques for solving reasoning and mathematical questions asked in SBI PO Exam fast.
  4. Learn English Grammar topics and consistently practice the same from both the online and offline sources.

You must also practice a lot of comprehensions and unseen passages to master SBI PO Exam 2016 English Language section.  

  1. SBI PO Exam GK section focuses on the Banking terms and concepts. Grab magazines, books and material based on banking domain to update your knowledge base.  
  2. Computer ability section in SBI PO Exam tests your basic computer knowledge. It is essential that you learn all the basic knowledge related to computers, networking and internet through books and journals.

Important Links for SBI PO Exam 2016

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The official website of SBI that can be referred for all the latest updates on SBI PO Exam 2016: https://www.sbi.co.in/careers/  

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SBI PO Exam 2016 Syllabus

SBI PO Exam 2016 Syllabus

It is de rigueur to know everything about the syllabus of SBI PO Exam 2016 and all the important topics that might be asked in the exam so that you are completely prepared to take this exam.

The table given below on SBI PO preliminary Exam is to explain aspects of this examination.

Exam Name

SBI PO preliminary Exam

Exam type

Online

Total Sections

3

Time allotted

60 minutes

Marking Scheme

Negative Marking; 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer

Total Questions

100

 Here are the details on each section that is asked in SBI PO Preliminary Exam:

Sections asked

Total Marks allotted

Total Questions asked

English Language

30

30

Reasoning Ability

35

35

Quantitative Aptitude

35

35

The given below table on SBI PO Main Exam is to explain aspects of this examination.

Exam Name

SBI PO Main Exam

Exam type

Online

Total Sections

6

Time allotted

3 Hours

Marking Scheme

Negative Marking; 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer

Total Questions

203

Here are the details on each section that is asked in SBI PO Main Exam:

S. No.

Section asked

Total Questions asked

Total Marks allotted

Exam Duration

1.

Reasoning

50

50

      2 hours

2.

English Language

40

40

3.

Quantitative Aptitude

50

50

4.

General Awareness (Reference to Banking Domain)

40

40

5.

Computer Knowledge

20

20

TOTAL

200

200

6.

Descriptive Test

3

50

1 Hour

Major SBI PO Exam 2016 topics to focus on are given below in the table:

Sections asked

Topics to Focus On

English Language

SBI PO English Topics to focus on:

  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Word formation
  • Sentence completion
  • Comprehensions
  • Unseen passages
  • Theme detection
  • Deriving conclusions
  • Passage completion
  • Error detection
  • Passage correction
  • Sentence correction
  • Spelling,
  • Problems on English Grammar
  •  Idioms
  • Phrases
  • Words and Meanings; this includes foreign Language words

Quantitative Aptitude

SBI PO Quantitative Aptitude Topics to focus on:

  • Number system
  • Simplifications
  • Roots & Averages
  • Surds & Indices
  • Percentages
  • Profit & Loss
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Partnership
  • Chain Rule
  • Time & Work
  • Pipes & Cisterns
  • Time & Distances
  • Problems on Trains
  • Boats & Streams
  • Allegation & Mixtures
  • Simple Interest
  • Compound Interest
  • Stocks & Shares
  • Clocks & Algorithms
  • Mensuration
  • Volume & Surface Area
  • Permutations & Combinations
  • Heights & Distances
  • Data Integration
  • Line Graphs
  • Bar Graphs
  • Pie Charts
  • Tabulation

General Awareness focusing on the Banking Domain

SBI PO General Awareness Topics to focus on:

  • Commonly asked General knowledge Questions
  • National and international of Current Events
  • Banking Terms, rules and terminologies
  • News on Reserve Bank Of India
  • Latest released plans and policies for banking domain
  • Indian Budget especially Union and Railway Budget
  • Current research and discoveries
  • Books and Authors
  • Worldwide Famous Awards
  • Renowned Personalities
  • News on Indian Defense services
  • Sports
  • Marketing terms and concepts 
  • Financial Awareness
  • Indian Economy
  • Marketing Management strategies
  • Marketing Policies
  • Branding and Advertising
  • Life Cycle of a product
  • Marketing Legal terms and definitions

Reasoning Ability

SBI PO Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning Topics to focus on:

  • Analogy
  • Coding & Decoding
  • Blood relations
  • Sitting arrangements
  • Series completion
  • Syllogisms
  • Decision making
  • Statement reasoning
  • Analogy,
  • Series completion
  • Classification
  • Directions
  • Statement and Argument
  •  Judgment Formation
  •  Number Puzzles
  • Odd one out

Computer Knowledge

SBI PO Computer Awareness Topics to focus on:

  • Concepts on Operating System and its configurations
  • Computer Hardware and Software Terminologies
  • Commonly used computer Shortcuts
  • Questions on MS Office that includes MS word, Excel, Power Point, and Access
  • Basic knowledge of Internet & Networks
  • Security Systems Concepts
  • Knowledge about Latest Technologies
  • Information and technology related concepts

Descriptive Section 

SBI PO Descriptive Section demands focus on below mentioned things:   

  • Essay Writing
  • Formal Letter Writing
  • Paragraph Writing
  • Precise Writing
  • Comprehensions and giving summary for the same

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