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SBI PO Syllabus for Prelims and Mains 2018  – Check Here Latest Syllabus for SBI PO 2018, Download Syllabus for Prelims and Mains in PDF.

SBI PO Syllabus 2018

The official notification has been released for SBI PO recently. The online application process began on 21st April 2018 & the last date is 13th May 2018. As SBI PO Schedule is very tight so this is the right time for you to start your preparation. Before beginning, it is very much essential to know the detailed exam pattern, syllabus along with the latest changes made by SBI this year. So what are you waiting for? kick start your SBI PO 2018 preparation with latest SBI PO Syllabus & Exam Pattern.

Please note that this year, the Prelims result will be announced within a week after the exam conduction. You will get around 3 weeks only to prepare for the Mains exam. So, we encourage you to prepare for both the phases from now. You won’t get much time to prepare after the prelims exam.

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SBI PO Exam Pattern 2018 – Overview

SBI PO Selection process consist of following 3 stages:

  • Phase I – Prelims Stage
  • Phase II – Mains Stage (Objective & Descriptive Paper)
  • Phase III – Group Exercise & Interview

SBI PO Final Selection 2018

You have to qualify in Phases II (Mains) & Phase III separately. The Final merit is based on:

Final Merit List = Mains Marks (Objective & Descriptive) + GE & Interview

The final merit list is prepared after aggregating converted marks of mains exam, GE & Interview out of 100. The selection will be done from the top merit ranked students in each category.

SBI PO Syllabus & Exam Pattern – Prelims 2018

The Prelims stage is only qualifying in nature. There is no sectional cut off. However, students approximately 10 times the numbers of vacancies in each category will be short listed for the Main Exam the from top of the merit list.

SBI PO Prelims Exam Pattern 2018: Sectional Timing Introduced

Section No. of Questions Duration
English Language 30 20 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 35 20 minutes
Reasoning Ability 35 20 minutes
Total 100 60 minutes

⇒ Changes in SBI PO Prelims Exam Pattern

As you can see from the above table, the major changes introduced in SBI Prelims are:

  • Sectional timing has been introduced.
  • You will get 20 minutes to complete one specific section.
  • There is no sectional cut off.

⇒ SBI PO Prelims Syllabus 2018

Reasoning Quantitative Ability English Language
Alphanumeric Series Profit & Loss Cloze Test
Logical Reasoning Simplification Reading Comprehension
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test Mixtures &Alligations Para jumbles
Coded Inequalities Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices Miscellaneous
Data Sufficiency Work & Time Fill in the blanks
Seating Arrangement Time & Distance Multiple Meaning /Error Spotting
Puzzle Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere Paragraph Completion
Tabulation Data Interpretation
Syllogism Ratio & Proportion, Percentage
Blood Relations Number Systems
Input-Output Sequence & Series
Coding Decoding Permutation, Combination &Probability

(a) Reasoning ability: The topics included are data sufficiency, visual reasoning, critical reasoning, logical reasoning, coded inequalities, tabulation, puzzle, blood relations, decoding and coding, syllogism, analogies, sequential output tracing, codes, directions and arrangements

(b) Quantitative aptitude: The syllabus includes number system, simplifications, surds and indices, roots and averages, profit and loss, percentages, ratio and proportion, time , speed and distance , simple and compound interest, stocks and shares, mensuration- cylinder, cone, sphere, heights and distances, permutation and combinations, probability, data interpretation


How to use SBI PO Syllabus PDF

You can take a printout of the above syllabus in PDF and use it as a reference for preparation. This SBI PO syllabus pdf will act as a checklist for your exam preparation.

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(c) English Language: This has questions from detect the error, comprehension, synonyms, antonyms, active and passive voice, idioms and phrases, cloze test, one word, direct and indirect narration, multiple meaning/ error spotting, completing the paragraph

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SBI PO Syllabus & Exam Pattern – Mains 2018

Students 3 times (approx.) of the category wise vacancies from the top of the merit list (subject to a student scoring minimum qualifying score in aggregate) will be shortlisted for the next round i.e Group Exercise & Interview.

⇒ SBI PO Mains Exam Pattern 2018

SBI PO Mains Exam has 2 parts & both are conducted online:

  1. Objective test – 200 marks
  2. Descriptive test – 50 marks
  • Objective Test:

This year SBI has not mentioned marks allocated to each section in the official notification.

Section No. of Qs Duration
Reasoning and computer aptitude 45 60 mins
Data analysis and interpretation 35 45 mins
General awareness 40 35 mins
English language 35 40 mins
Total 155 3 hours
  • SBI PO Descriptive Test

The descriptive paper of SBI PO Mains exam is of 50 marks and 30 minutes duration. This test is conducted in online mode immediately after the completion of objective test. This test assesses your ability to write letter and essay in English.

SBI PO Mains Syllabus 2018 – Objective Paper

Data Analysis Reasoning English Language General/Economy/ Banking Awareness Computer Awareness
Tabular Graph Verbal Reasoning Reading Comprehension Financial Awareness Internet
Line Graph Syllogism Grammar Current Affairs Memory
Pie Chart Circular Seating Arrangement Vocabulary General Knowledge Keyboard Shortcuts
Bar Graph Linear Seating Arrangement Verbal Ability Static Awareness Computer Abbreviation
Radar Graph Caselet Double Lineup Word Association Banking and Financial Awareness Microsoft Office
Missing Case DI Scheduling Sentence Improvement Computer Hardware
Let it Case DI Input Output Para Jumbles Computer Software
Data Sufficiency Blood Relations Cloze Test Operating System
Probability Directions and Distances Error Spotting Networking
Permutation and Combination Ordering and Ranking Fill in the blanks Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies
Data Sufficiency
Coding and Decoding
Code Inequalities
Course of Action
Critical Reasoning
Analytical and Decision Making  

(a) Reasoning Aptitude: The topics included are syllogism, puzzle, blood relation, logical reasoning, data sufficiency, passage and conclusion, statement and argument, order and ranking, coding and decoding, and making judgement, double line up, course of action,  input output, linear seating arrangement.

(b) Computer aptitude: This includes the basics of computer knowledge, History of computers,Windows operating system, Hardware and software, Input and Output devices, Basic Functionalities of MS-Office( MS-word, MS-Excel, MS-Power Point), Database Managements system, Internet terms and services,Modern Day Technology, Networking and communication, Computer Abbreviations, Hacking, Security and Viruses, Logic gates, Shorty Keys.

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(c) Data analysis and interpretation: This is scoring and easy and has questions from tables, pie charts, bar graphs, data analysis, line graphs, probability and series,Data Interpretation

(d) General Economics and Banking Awareness: This has questions asked from the banking sector, economics and current affairs related to these, and marketing. Reading daily newspapers and watching television will help in building this knowledge.

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(e) English Language: This includes questions from comprehension,phrase substitution, spotting the error, cloze test, and para jumbles

⇒ SBI PO Syllabus 2018 – Descriptive Test

The syllabus of SBI PO descriptive paper includes:

(a) Letter Writing

  • Informal Letter: Writing letters to friends, relatives, parents, siblings
  • Formal Letter: Writing Letter to Bank Managers, News Editors, Govt Department Officers.
  • Letters on saving the account, net banking and education loan.

(b) Essay Writing

(c) Precise Writing

(d) Paragraph writing

SBI PO Phase 3: Group discussion and interview

The group discussion is of 20 marks and the interview round is for 30 marks. Students who have cleared phase 2 are eligible for phase 3.

Now that you know the syllabus, you must have got the idea from where to start. So don’t delay your preparation. Study hard, concentrate and reach your goal of becoming an SBI officer.

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