How to Prepare for SBI PO Mains Exam 2016 in 3 Weeks – Exam date: 31st July 2016


SBI PO Prelims examination is now over. The SBI PO mains exam date is July 31, 2016. The countdown has already started. If we see the difficulty of SBI PO Prelims exam, it was not much difficult. Many candidates are expecting to get

qualifying marks. Those who have prepared sincerely and gone through the syllabus at least once can secure the minimum cut off marks easily.

Here a 3 week preparation plan for SBI PO Mains 2016 is given. Before you begin your preparation, you need to be aware of the syllabus and pattern.

Let us have a glance at the SBI PO 2016 Mains Pattern:

The main exam is divided into two parts: (a) Objective test (b) Descriptive test

Objective test : It consists of 155 questions of 200 marks. The total time duration is 3 hours. The questions are asked from the following sections:

Sections Questions Marks Time Duration
Reasoning and Computer Aptitude 45 60 1 hour
Data Analysis and Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
General Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
English 35 40 40 minutes

Descriptive test : The descriptive paper is intended to test the knowledge of English Language. It consist of a 30 minute test which may incluse letter writing, essay, reading comprehension, precise writing etc.) and total marks is 50.

SBI PO 2016 Mains Syllabus:
Reasoning ability Syllabus

  • Syllogism , Seating Arrangement – Circular table and Line (North & South), Puzzle, Blood Relation,Inequality or Decision Making, Data Sufficiency, Logical Reasoning, Input Output, Number series,Statement and Argument, Passage and conclusion, Coding and decoding,Order and ranking, Making judgments.

Numeric ability Syllabus

  • Coding-Decoding, Deriving Conclusions from Passages, Arithmetical Reasoning, Inserting The Missing Character, Statement – Conclusions, Number, Ranking & Time Sequence,Logic., Series Completion, Logical Venn Diagrams, Clocks & Calendars, Statement – Arguments, Mathematical Operations, Alphabet Test, Logical Sequence of Words, Eligibility Test., Alpha Numeric Sequence Puzzle, Direction Sense Test, Data Sufficiency, Theme Detection, Situation Reaction Test, Analogy.

Data Interpretation Syllabus

  • Tables, Pie – Charts, Bar Graphs, Data Analysis, Line Graphs, Case lets, Combined data sets, Probability/ Series.

English Syllabus

  • Reading Comprehension,Spotting Error, Fill in the blank, Cloze test, Para-Jumbles.

General awareness

  • News related to Reserve Bank of India, Banking Awareness, Financial Awareness (Union Budget/ Railway Budget), Economics news., Current Affairs – Questions can be asked from various fields such as: National, International, Awards, Sports, Defence, Summits, Appointment, Books & Authors and Obituary, etc.

Marketing Syllabus

  • Basics of Marketing, Marketing Strategies, Market Segmentation, Marketing Management, Marketing Mix, Developing stage of organization, Brand, Advertising, Products Life Cycle, 4 P’s and 4 C’s of marketing.

Computer Syllabus

  • Basic of Computer, Hardware and software, Operating system, MS Word and MS Excel, PowerPoint, Generation of Computer, The internet, Short forms (Eg. Jpeg, mp3, pdf),Android and Apple related news.

 SBI PO Descriptive Examination Syllabus

  1. Letter writing (Formal and informal).
  2. Essay writing.
  3. Precise writing.

After you have understood the syllabus and pattern, you can make a time table and start your preparation.

Week 1 Plan:

(a) Keep yourself updated with last 6 months GK and Current Affairs. You can read from online GK websites, watch news and magazines etc.

(b) Also learn General awareness with special focus on Banking, Finance, Marketing.

(c) Study Computer Aptitude.

(d) Make useful notes as you study.

(e) Improve your english and practice english essays, letter writing and read novels, english newspaper daily.

Week 2 Plan:

(a) Dedicate this whole week towards numerical and reasoning section.

(b) Note down and memorize important formulas and short tricks.

(c) Practice each type of question.

(d) Concentrate on important topics from each sections:

Important Topics of Reasoning are:

Blood Relations, Syllogism, Statements and Conclusions, Seating arrangements, Data sufficiency, Coding-decoding, Analogy, Puzzles, Directions etc.

Important Topics of QA / Numerical ability are:

Number series, number system, time , average, Venn diagrams, Ratio, Profit and Loss, Probability

Important Topics of Computer are:

Hardware, Software, Keyboard shortcuts, Internet, MS – Office

Important Topics of English are:

Reading Comprehension, Cloze test, Spotting the Error, Parajumbles, Idioms & Phrases, Synonyms & Antonyms.

Important Topics of Banking awareness are:

Current affairs of last 6 months, topics related to banking, finance, fiscal policy, banking terms etc.

Week 3 Plan:

(a) Revise what you have learned.

(b) Solve previous years question papers.

(c) Take practice mock test papers.

(d) Analyse your performance and improve speed and accuracy.

(e) Clear all your doubts.

Some General tips:

  1. Reach the exam hall before time on exam day.
  2. Take proper sleep before exam day.
  3. Proper time management is the key to success.

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