SBI PO
Pattern of the Preliminary Exam :
  • Reasoning Ability : 35 Questions
  • Quantitative Aptitude : 35 Questions
  • English : 30 Questions

Reasoning has always been the difficult section in SBI exam. But Being the preliminary exam, we can expect that the difficulty level of SBI exam will be moderate and will include many important topics. We are providing the details in the following table :

Sr.No.
Topic
No.Of Questions Expected
1
Syllogism
3
2
InputOutput
3-5
3
Coding Decoding/Misc.
2
4
Seating Arrangement/Puzzle
6-8
5
Inequality
5
6
Data Sufficiency
3
7
Logical Reasoning
4-6

Quantitative Aptitude :

Quantitative aptitude used to be the toughest part because it included both time taking and calculative part and most of the questions was from Data interpretation and analysis. But in the preliminary section, we can hope questions from all the topics as this time SBI has written it as Quantitative Aptitude. We can expect the following topics that one can cover for Prelim exam.

Sr.No.
Topic
No.Of Questions Expected
1
Number Series
5
2
Ratio Proportions
3
3
Problem on ages
1
4
Percentage and Averages
4
5
Profit and Loss
3
6
Mixtures and Allegations
3
7
Simple and Compound Interest
3
8
Time and Work
3
9
Time and Distance
2
10
Probability
2
11
Boats and Streams
1
12
Data Interpretation
5
English Language :

The syllabus for English section has always been same and is considered to be one of the scoring sections. This time we can expect that English will be of moderate level and everyone will be able to do it. The topic wise details are as follows :

Sr.No.
Topic
No.Of Questions Expected
1
Reading and Comprehension
5
2
Spotting Error
5
3
Fill in the Blanks
5
4
Cloze test
10
5
ParaJumbles
5
SBI MAINS :

Now let’s talk about the most important part of the whole recruitment process i.e. the Mains examinations. This part will need more effort and time management skills. With the most of the reported instances, we can say that if you manage to do it in time, then you will be having an advantage over others. There is no hard and fast rule that you need to follow. I am showing you an example to divide your time that most of our readers can follow or you can make your own time division analysis :

We would be providing you the detailed division that will definitely make your way towards clearing the exam.

Mains Exam will include the following subjects and topics :

(a) Reasoning (High Level)

(b) Data Interpretation and Analysis

(c) General Awareness, Marketing, Computers

(d) English Language

This will be the real deal in the whole process and the topic wise details are as follows :

Reasoning (High Level) :

This is one the important section where numbers can be scored easily and one can devote a good amount of time to  score in this section. Speculations are clear about this sections as it will be unchanged and will follow the old pattern and the topics are mentioned below :

Sr.No.
Topic
No.Of Questions Expected
1
Number Series
5
2
Data Sufficiency
3
3
Logical Reasoning
2
4
Statement and argument
3
5
Blood Relation
3
6
Passage and conclusions
4
7
Puzzle
10
8
Seating arrangement
5
9
Input Output
5
10
Coding Decoding
3
11
Order and ranking
3
12
Making judgment
4

Data Interpretation and Analysis :

This is the most hated part of the paper and most of the students are scared with this part. They attempt this section to clear the individual cutoff.
No one thinks of getting more marks in this section because it can be dangerous to deal with, in the paper. Following is the topic wise break up of this section :

Sr.No.
Topic
No.Of Questions Expected
1
Table
5
2
Bar Graph
10
3
Pie Charts
10
4
Caselets
10
5
Line Graph
5
6
Combined data set
5
7
Probability/Series
5
General Awareness, Marketing, Computers :

This section is the one that anyone can easily score and following are the detailed topic wise bifurcation :

Sr.No.
Topic
No.Of Questions Expected
1

General Awareness

(a) Current Affairs

(b) Budget

(c) Questions related to UN Headquarters

(d) Recent Banking news

25
2

Computers

(a) Basics

(b) Hardware and Software

(c) Operating System

(d) MS Word and Excel

(e) Internet

(f) Short Forms (eg. PDF,MP3,JPEG)

(g) Android and Apple related news.

15
3

Marketing

(a) Basics of Marketing

(b) Developing stage of organization

(c) P’s and C’s of Marketing

(d) Marketing Strategies

(e) Products Life Cycle

(f) Marketing Mix

10

English Language

This section is moderate and if one can concentrate on certain topics, then marks can be scored easily. However one
should not go for guess work because it is always suicidal in nature. Following is the bifurcation of the topics covered in
English section:

Sr.No.
Topic
No.Of Questions Expected
1
Reading Comprehension
20
2
Spotting Errors
5
3
Para Jumble
5
4
Fill in the Blanks
10
5
Cloze Test
10

Descriptive Test

This part is the one that most of the readers are curious about and wanted to know whether it will be typing or pen paper test. It is clearly mentioned in the recruitment notice that will be typing. So start practicing the typing on the keyboard so that you can get well versed with. You can Practice typing by taking part in free typing test available online. Following are topics covered in this
section.

(a) Letter Writing (Formal and Informal)

(b) Essay

(c) Precise Writing