SBI PO – Exam Pattern and Syllabus

Dear Aspirants,
Here we are providing you with the detailed syllabus & exam pattern for the SBI PO Exam.

Selection Process:

SBI PO 2018: Exam Pattern

SBI PO 2018 – Phase – I Preliminary Examination 

S.NoName of testNo. of QuestionsMarksDuration
1English Language303020 min
2Numerical Ability353520 min
3Reasoning Ability353520 min
Total10010060 min

SBI PO 2018 – Phase – II Main Examination

S.NoName of testNo. of QuestionsMarksDuration
1General/Economy/Banking Awareness4035 minutes
2General English3535 minutes
3Data Analysis & Interpretation3545 minutes
4Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude4545 minutes
Total1552003 hours

Descriptive Test: The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with two questions for 50 marks will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay)

Phase – III: Group Exercises (20 marks) & Interview (30 marks)
Candidates qualifying for GE & Interview under ‘OBC’ category would be required to submit OBC certificate containing the ‘Non-Creamy layer’ clause. Candidates not submitting the OBC certificate containing the ‘Non-Creamy layer’ clause and requesting to be interviewed under General category will not be entertained.

Final Selection:
The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added for
preparing the final merit list for selection. Only the marks obtained in Main Examination
(Phase-II), both in Objective Test and Descriptive Test, will be added to the marks
obtained in GE & Interview (Phase-III) for preparing the final merit list. The candidates
will have to qualify both in Phase-II and Phase-III separately. Marks secured by the candidates in the Main Examination (out of 250 marks) are converted to out of 75 and marks secured in Group Exercises & Interview (out of 50 marks) are converted to out of 25. The final merit list is arrived at after aggregating converted marks of Main Examination and Group Exercises & Interview out of 100. The selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category.
Results of the candidates who qualify for Main Examination and Group Exercise & Interview as well as the final select list will be made available on the Bank’s website.

SBI PO 2018: Syllabus

Quantitative Aptitude:

The topics to be covered in this section are

  • Data Interpretation [Bar Graph, Pie Chart, Table, Line Graph, Radar Chart, Mixed Graph]
  • Number Series
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Miscellaneous- Time and Work, Partnership, Profit and Loss, Mensuration, Time, Distance and Speed –Trains, Boats n Streams, Simple and Compound interest, Mixture and Alligation, Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Averages, Age, Problems based on Numbers.

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The topics to be covered for Reasoning Ability are

  • Puzzles – Seating Arrangement(North – South, Circular, Rectangle, Square), Based on Floors, Hierarchy, Boxes, Months etc.,
  • Machine Input/Output
  • Blood Relation
  • Direction Sense
  • Inequalities
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Coding Decoding
  • Ranking
  • Statement and Assumptions/Conclusions
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Syllogism

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The topics to be covered in this section are

  • Reading comprehension including Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Sentence rearrangement or Para jumbles
  • Sentence Correction/ Error Finding
  • Spell Checks
  • Fillers(Sentence/word)
  • Cloze Test

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General Awareness:

The syllabus for this section remains vast

The topics included are

  • Banking/Financial/ Insurance terms
  • Current Affairs – covers every current news including related to banking industry, latest appointments, obituaries, awards and honors, books and authors, new schemes of central and state governments, sports, etc.
  • Static GK – topics like headquarters of financial organizations , Country-capital, country-currency, constituencies of ministers, dance forms, nuclear and thermal power stations, Superlatives of World and India, First in India & World, Places with surname, Palaces, International Lines/Boundaries, Important Monuments of India & World, Rivers, Parliament names of different countries, Important Temples, National Parks,Airports, Wildlife Sanctuary, Stadium, Important Days,memorial place / crematorium, etc.,

Descriptive Test:

It includes one Essay writing, Precis and Reading Comprehension.

Sample Questions: 

Write a letter to your friend explaining her/him about the benefits of Insurance Policies
Write a letter to the bank manager to share an innovative idea of File management system in banks
Write a letter to the newspaper editor on how to stop crime in the city
Write a letter to your old teacher to thank him/her for making you a good human being

Pros and cons of ‘one rank one pension’ scheme
Over-dependence on monsoon for farmers
Ethical problems of e-commerce
Essay on effects of increasing FDI
Increasing Insurance penetration in India

SBI PO 2016 – Descriptive Test Questions:

Letter Writing:

  1. Letter to the editor – increase in selfies among youth
  2.  Letter to parents – new job in new city and problems faced there
  3. Principal to Parents – Importance of parents in children education.

Essay writing:

  1. Essay on the effect of Pokemon Go
  2. Importance of History of the nation.
  3. Essay on positive effects of Hike in the salary of an employee

UIICL AO 2016 – Descriptive Test Questions:

Essay Writing & Letter writing Questions:

  1. Difference between Life Insurance and General Insurance, explain the types of Fire Insurance
  2. SWOT Analysis of Insurance sector in India
  3. Importance of term Insurance policies
  4. Letter related to damage Insurance claim
  5. Write a letter to transfer your policy from Pune to Madurai.
  6. Essay related to ” Insurance is the subject matter of solicitation”
  7. Essay related to “Insurance awareness” in Rural India
  8. Essay related to Benefits of “Child Insurance”
  9. Letter related to damage insurance claim
  10. Write a letter to a friend about the benefits of health insurance policies.

BOB PO 2016 – Descriptive Test Questions:

Letter Writing:
Letter to the News Editor – Air pollution due to festivals
Letter to Police commissioner – Cyber Crime Awareness Campaign

Essay Writing:
Privacy about Film stars & Politicians
“Paid news” Is an Ethical in Journalism

Indian Bank PO 2017: Descriptive Questions
Youth Politics
Advantages & Disadvantages of National Pension Scheme
Digitization in Banking

SBI PO 2017: Descriptive Test

  • Letter to editor your concern over the impact of irrelevant news through social media
  • Letter based on thank you note to an author of his book on depression.
  • Letter to Bank Manager regarding non-credit of cash in your account
  • Essay based on Technology is power, Travelling etc.
  • Essay based on Eco-system
  • Essay based on which is better reading books/watching documentary films/ travelling

IBPS PO 2017: Descriptive Test

(a) Letter Writing
You have been observing that your subordinates are not working properly. Write a letter to the HR department about the same.
You have lost your Credit Card. Write a letter to the bank Manager, requesting him/her to block your card and issue a new one.
Write a letter to your friend, to start his own startup (Informal Letter)

(b) Essay Topics
Advantages & Disadvantages of Cashless Payment Modes.
Which reform in Indian education can be compared with International level.
Effects of gadgets on intellectual capabilities of humans

Syndicate PGDBF 2018: Descriptive Test

Letter Writing – Word Limit: 150 words
  1. Write a letter to the editor of a newspaper expressing your concern on increasing rate of road accidents due to rash driving.
  2. Write a letter to the branch manager requesting him to transfer your savings account from Nagpur to Guwahati.
  3. Write a letter to the local police requesting him to find out the bag which missed while travelling by train
  4. Write a letter to the editor of a newspaper expressing your concern regarding ill- effects of constant exposure to loud sound and music among children and youth.
Essay Writing – Word Limit: 150 words
  1. Bitcoin- Boon or Bane
  2. Increasing popularity and use of Artificial Intelligence in almost every field have reduced the need for human effort thus causing unemployment which is also acting as a catalyst in increasing crime rates.
  3. Soft Skills
  4. Is minimum age required for admission in schools

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