SBI PO 2023 – Syllabus & Exam Pattern : For Prelims and Mains Exam

In this post, we shall discuss the complete SBI PO syllabus for prelims as well mains examination.

The SBI PO exam is one of the most Trending exams in the country and hundreds of thousands of candidates sit for exams every year.

The State Bank of India annually reviews the SBI Probationary Officer (PO) to recruit new candidates for managerial positions. The SBI PO exam is considered to be a coveted job opportunity by aspiring bankers across India.

The Syllabus of SBI PO exam is categorized into 3 Tiers:

  1. Prelims (online written test)
  2. Mains (online written test)
  3. Group Discussion & Interview

SBI PO Exam Pattern

Preliminary ExamSubjectsNumber of QuestionsMarksDuration
Quantitative Aptitude353520 minutes
Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
English Language303020 minutes
Mains ExaminationData Analysis & Interpretation353545 minutes
Reasoning Ability456060 minutes
English Language354040 minutes
General & Banking Awareness404035 minutes
English (Descriptive Test)25030 minutes
Group Discussion20

SBI PO Prelims Syllabus

The SBI PO Preliminary Exam syllabus has three sections:

  1. Quantitative Aptitude
  2. Reasoning Ability
  3. English Language
SBI PO Quantitative Aptitude SyllabusSBI PO Reasoning SyllabusSBI PO English Syllabus
Simplification, Profit & LossAlphanumeric SeriesReading Comprehension
Mixtures & AlligationsLogical ReasoningFill in the blanks
Permutation, Combination & ProbabilityData SufficiencyCloze Test
Work & Time, Sequence & SeriesRanking/Directions/Alphabet TestPara jumbles
Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & IndicesSeating ArrangementVocabulary
Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, SphereCoded InequalitiesParagraph Completion
Time & Distance, Number SystemsPuzzle, Coding-Decoding, TabulationMultiple Meaning /Error Spotting
Data InterpretationSyllogismSentence Completion
Ratio & Proportion, PercentageBlood Relations, Input-OutputMiscellaneous

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SBI PO Mains Syllabus

The syllabus of SBI PO for the Mains Exam has major four sections. All sections are based on Objective-type questions

  1. Data Analysis & Interpretation
  2. Reasoning & Computer Aptitude
  3. General/Economy/Banking Awareness
  4. English Language

The SBI PO Mains exam also includes a descriptive test. The descriptive test consists of two questions, a letter and an essay. Applicants must also obtain a passing score on the descriptive test to qualify for the main SBI PO exam.

SBI PO syllabus topic-wise as per the Mains exam pattern:

Data Analysis & InterpretationReasoningComputer AptitudeGeneral/Economy/Banking AwarenessEnglish Language
Tabular GraphSyllogismInternetCurrent AffairsReading Comprehension
Line GraphVerbal ReasoningMemoryFinancial AwarenessGrammar
Bar GraphCircular Seating ArrangementComputer AbbreviationGeneral KnowledgeVerbal Ability
Charts & TablesLinear Seating ArrangementKeyboard ShortcutsStatic AwarenessVocabulary
Missing Case DIDouble LineupComputer HardwareBanking Terminologies KnowledgeSentence Improvement
Radar Graph CaseletSchedulingMicrosoft OfficeBanking AwarenessWord Association
ProbabilityBlood Relations, Critical ReasoningComputer SoftwarePara Jumbles
Data SufficiencyInput-Output, Analytical and Decision MakingComputer Fundamentals /TerminologiesError Spotting
Let it Case DIDirections and DistancesNetworkingCloze Test
Permutation and CombinationOrdering and Ranking, Code InequalitiesNumber System Fill in the blanks
Pie ChartsData Sufficiency, Coding-Decoding, Course of ActionOperating System, Basic of Logic Gates

SBI PO Syllabus – Group Discussion & Interview

This is the Last step in the selection of successful applicants who qualify the first two phases of the SBI PO exam. Applicants who pass all phases of the exam receive the SBI nomination letter stating membership formalities, date of membership, location of membership, etc.

SBI PO Exam Booklist

English for Bank Exams (Prelims and Mains) by S. Chand PublishersA Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Agarwal
Comprehensive Guide to SBI PO Exam (Prelims and Mains) by Disha ExpertsHow to prepare for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning by Arun Sharma
Pratiyogita Darpan (Monthly Edition)Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams by Arun Sharma
Lucent’s General KnowledgeBanking Awareness by B.K. Publications

FAQs (Frequently asked questions) Exam Pattern

Q 1. Is there any negative marking in the SBI PO exam ?

Ans. Yes, there is a negative marking for wrong answers in SBI PO prelims and mains exam. A penalty of 1/4 th marks for every wrongly answered question in both MCQ Papers.

Q 2. There is any sectional cut off for each section in SBI PO exam?

Ans. No, There is only an overall cut off will be considered for the selection of candidates.

Q 3. Is the marks scored in the SBI PO Prelims is considered for the final selection of Probationary Officers?

Ans. No, SBI PO preliminary exam is only qualifying exam and marks obtained in prelims will not be considered for the final selection. The final selection is based on the aggregate marks secured in the mains examination and the group discussion & interview.

Q 4. What is the salary for a Probationary Officer in SBI?

Ans. The initial basic salary for SBI PO is Rs. 27,620 in the scale of 23700 – 980/7- 30560 – 1145/2 – 32850 – 1310/7 – 42020. The total compensation is approximately is Rs. 8.20 lakhs to Rs. 13.08 lakhs.

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