SBI PO Prelims: Exam Pattern, Details, Insights with Previous Year Papers

State Bank of India (SBI) conducts recruitment process for the post of PO (Probationary Officers). SBI PO is a computer based test held in two tiers: Prelims and Mains. The bank fills up almost 3000 vacancies through the post. Shortlisted candidates after the Prelim Exam will be eligible for the Mains. After clearing Mains the candidates will be called up for the Group discussion (GD). The graduate youngsters those who are interested in the Banking sector shall apply for the Exam. The final merit list for the Exam will be based upon the MAINS, GD and INTERVIEW. The Prelim exam will be conducted in the Month of June on various days. 

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SBI PO Prelim Exam का
Application Form:
July - August 2020
Admit Card:
To be announced
Exam Date:
To be announced
To be announced
Exam Fee:
GEN/ OBC: Rs. 750 SC/ ST/ PwD: Rs. 125
Exam Duration:
1 Hour
Exam Pattern:
English Language: 30 questions Numerical Ability: 35 questions Reasoning Ability: 35 questions
Qualification Eligibility:
Marking Scheme:
For Each Correct Answer : 1 Mark For Each Wrong Answer : -1/4 Mark
Exam Mode:
Online (Computer Based Test)
Selection Period:
Prelims Mains Interview

SBI PO  Prelims Exam Pattern

Duration:                         The duration of the paper SBI PO exam will be of 60 minutes.
No. of Questions:           100 Objective type questions.
Syllabus Covered:          English, Quantitative aptitude and Reasoning ability.
Marking Scheme:           1 marks will be awarded for every correct answer and 0.25 will be deducted for every wrong answer.

Time Limit per Section: Candidates will be allotted exactly 20 minutes for each section.

Exam Syllabus

The section wise Bank PO syllabus is as follows:

Sitting Arrangement.
Puzzle Test.
Data Sufficiency Problems.
Blood Relationship Problems.
Series Problems.
Input- Output/ Sequential Output Tracing.
Direction Sense Problems.
Statement Assumption/Conclusion/Arguement/Course of Action.
Ordering and Ranking.

Quantitative Aptitude:
Simple Interest/ Compound Interest.
Profit and Loss.
Ratio & Proportions.
Time and Work.
Time Speed and Distance.
Data interpretation.
Data Sufficiency.
Sequence and Series.
Quadratic Equation.

General English:

  • Reading Comprehension.

  • Fill in the blank (Vocabulary based problems).

  • Sentence Correction / Spotting error (Tenses, Part of Speech, Active and Passive Voice, Subject Verb Agreement).

  • Para jumbles.

  • Antonyms/Synonyms based problems.

General/ Economic/ Banking Awareness:
The problems with this section is
 the range of questions is exceptionally. There is static GK. Then there are banking terms. the RBI. the budget and so on. It is really tough for the candidate to answer them.You need to have a regular study.


Tips and Tricks:

  • Increase Speed: Manage your time properly; give appropriate amount of time to each section. Try to improve your time by practicing as many online tests as possible. Youth4work provides online mock tests will time limit attached to each question; this way one can learn to finish the entire exam within the time limit.

  • Improve Accuracy: Whatever new concepts you learn; make it a habit of practicing them regularly so you do not forget key topics. Because you will not have enough time to prepare all the syllabus topics proficiently, so you must master those you are comfortable with.

  • Use Time Intelligently: Studying in a stretch for hours can be tedious and hard and also not so good. Therefore, try to study at several times in regular sessions during a day. This will make learning easy and fun, also you will have enough time to brush up the already studied topics in between intervals.  

  •  Previous Years’ Papers: Try to get your hands on as many previous years’ question papers as you can. There is certain type of question pattern you will find useful for your preparation and also get familiar with past exam paper trends.


The candidates can apply for this once they go through the eligibility criteria properly.

Educational Qualification:

Candidate should have a degree of Graduation in any discipline from a recognized university.

Age Limit:

The age limit provided by SBI to be eligible to write this exam is minimum of 21years and maximum 30 years.


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