SBI PO Syllabus

The State Bank of India (SBI) is an Indian multinational,public sector banking and financial services company. It is a government-owned corporation headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The company is ranked 216th on the Fortune Global 500 list of the world’s biggest corporations as of 2017.It is the largest bank in India with a 23% market share in assets, besides a share of one-fourth of the total loan and deposits market.

The bank descends from the Bank of Calcutta, founded in 1806, via the Imperial Bank of India, making it the oldest commercial bank in the Indian subcontinent. The Bank of Madras merged into the other two”presidency banks” in British India, the Bank of Calcutta and the Bank of Bombay, to form the Imperial Bank of India, which in turn became the State Bank of India in 1955. The Government of India took control of the Imperial Bank of India in 1955, with Reserve Bank of India (India’s central bank) taking a 60% stake, renaming it the State Bank of India. In 2008, the government took over the stake held by the Reserve Bank of India

Sr.No. Section No. of Qs Marks Duration
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
2 Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
3 General  Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
4 English Language 30 30 40 minutes
Total 155 200 3 Hours

Descriptive Test:

This test is to be completed in 30 minutes and the maximum marks for this test is 50.This test is conducted to test the writing skills of candidates via Letter Writing & Essay Writing.

Interview Process:

Aggregate marks of candidates qualifying in both Objective and Descriptive Tests will be arranged in descending order in each category. A certain adequate number of candidates as decided by the bank, will be called for the Group Discussion and Interview.

Phase/Test Max. Marks Normalized to
Main Examination (Phase II) 225 75
GD & Interview (Phase III) 50 25
TOTAL 275 100

SBI PO Mains Syllabus 2018 – Reasoning & Computer Aptitude

[1] Verbal Reasoning

Weighatge: 7- 10 questions

Question types: Verbal Reasoning, based on Cause and effect, statement and assumption, statement and inference,statement and conclusions,assertions and reasons, course of action, statement and arguments, critical reasoning.

Tips and Quizzes: Assumptions and Inference, course of action, Verbal Reasoning for PO Exams, Quiz 1, Quiz 2

[2] Computer Aptitude

Weightage: 5-7 Questions

Question Types: Flow Chart, Binary Logic, Number System

[3] Coding Decoding

Weightage: 5-7 Questions

Question Types: Coding in Fictitious Language, Number system, Flow chart and Routes and Networks

Tips: There are more chances of asking coding decoding problem based on new pattern (Fictitious Language).

Quizzes: Quiz 1 New Pattern (Fictitious Language), Quiz 2 (Advanced Level), Quiz 3 (Basic Level)

[4] Coded Inequalities

Weightage: 3-5 Questions

Question Types: Coded relations between letters to be decoded (eg: “$” represent “>” and “@” represent “<” type Qs)

Tips: How to Solve Coded Inequality

Quizzes: Quiz 1, Quiz 2, Quiz 3

[5] Syllogisms

Weightage: 0-1 Questions.

Question Types: New Pattern based syllogism, Direct questions with 2-3 statements & 2-3 conclusions, possibility based questions, negative information based questions.

Tips: This time there are most chances that you will see a question based on new pattern syllogism. So practice them as much as you can.

Basic Concepts of Syllogisms

Quizzes: New Pattern Quiz 1 (Advanced Level), Quiz 2 (Moderate Level), Quiz 3 (Basic Level)

[6] Machine Input Output

Weightage: 3-5 Questions

Tips: Short tricks for machine input output

Quizzes: Quiz 1 , Quiz 2

[7] Data Sufficiency

Weightage: 1-3 Questions

Question Types: Ordering & Ranking,Scheduling, Linear Arrangement, Blood Relations, Coding in Fictitious Language, Circular Arrangements, Directions & Distances, Ages & Birth dates.

Quizzes: Quiz 1

[8] Blood Relations

Weightage: 0-2  Questions

Question Types: General blood relation problems, Family Tree Problems and Coded blood relation problems

Tips: General Understanding of Blood Relations, a concepts of syllogisms and Complex Blood Relations.

Quizzes: Quiz 1 (Advanced Level), Quiz 2 (Basic Level)

[9] Direction & Distance

Weightage: 1-5 Questions

Question Types: Single Statement Direction & Distance problem, Routes & Network based problem.

Tips: 3 Tricks for Directions & Distances

Quizzes: Quiz 1, Quiz 2

Apart from the above mentioned topics, puzzles constitute a huge chunk of the SBI PO Mains paper. Puzzles can be asked from any of these basic topics:

[10] Linear Seating Arrangement

Weightage: 0 – 5 Questions

Question Types: Circular Arrangement, Linear Arrangement and Floor Based

Quiz: Linear Arrangement Single Row Quiz (Basic Level), Linear Arrangement Double Row Quiz (Advanced Level), Linear Arrangement Quiz

[11] Circular Seating Arrangement

Weightage: 5 Questions

Question Types: Uni- & Bi-directional problems on circular, square, rectangular, hexagonal tables. May be combined with other information to make it a Blood Relations or Double Lineup type problem as well.

Tips: More Probability to be asked in Mains exam since no question was asked from this topic in prelims exam.

How to Approach Circular Arrangements, Circular Arrangements Part 2

Quizzes: Basic Level Circular Arrangement, Moderate Level Circular Arrangement, Advanced Level Circular Arrangement,

[12] Grouping & Scheduling

Weightage: 2-3 Questions

Question Types: 7 different persons work in 3 different department. Not more than 2 works on each department. Some of them are males & some of them are females.

on 7 days of a week (Mon to Sun) having different ages are in different professions/7 people belonging to different cities & like different dishes.

Quizzes: Scheduling Quiz 1 (based on 2016 Analysis), Grouping & Selection Quiz 2

[13] Double Lineup

Weightage: 2-5 Questions

Question Types: Questions based on 7 days of a week (Mon to Sun) having different ages are in different professions/7 people belonging to different cities & like different dishes.

Quizzes: Basic level Double Lineup Quiz , Advance Level Double Line Up Quiz 2 , Moderate Level Double Lineup Quiz 3

[14] Ordering & Ranking

Weightage: 1-3 Questions

Easy to Moderate in difficulty, Less time consuming, High Accuracy possible.

Question Types: Arranging the persons by age, height, weight, rank, order in row etc.

Tips: Tricks to Crack Ordering & Ranking

Quizzes: Quiz 1 (Based on 2016 Analysis), Quiz 2 (Moderate Level), Basic Level Quiz 3

[15] Analytical Decision Making

Weightage: (0-2 Qs)

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