SBI PO 2017: Exam Pattern and Syllabus

Posted in on February 7, 2017

State Bank of India

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Here we are providing you the details Exam Pattern and Syllabus for the SBI PO 2017 Exam.

Preliminary Exam Pattern

  • The Preliminary Exam would be Objective type for 100 marks & will be conducted online.
  • Duration of exam would be 1 hour.
  • Exam will have 3 sections such as- (1) English Language, (2) Quantitative Aptitude and (3) Reasoning Ability.
Section  No. of Questions Marks Duration
English Language 30 30 1 Hour
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

Main Exam Pattern

  • The Main Exam would be both Objective & Descriptive type for 250 marks & will be conducted online.
  • Exam will have 4 sections such as: Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis and Interpretation, General Economics & Banking Awareness English Language.
  • Duration of exam would be 3 hour.
Paper I
Name of the Test Questions Marks Duration
Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 Minutes
Data Analysis and Interpretation 35 60 45 Minutes
General/Economy/Banking Awareness 40 40 35 Minutes
English Language 35 40 40 Minutes
Total 155 200 3 Hours
Paper II
The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with 50 marks will be a Test of
English Language (Letter Writing & Essay). The candidates are required to qualify in the Descriptive

Penalty for Wrong Answers

  • One-fourth (1/4) of the marks will be deducted as penalty for each incorrect answer.
  • This is applicable to Preliminary and Main examination

Group Discussion & Interview

Group Discussion: 20 marks
Interview: 30 marks

  • The aggregate marks of candidates qualifying in both the Objective Tests and the Descriptive Test will be arranged in descending order in each category.
  • Adequate number of candidates in each category, as decided by the Bank will be called for Group Discussion and Interview.
  • The qualifying marks in Group Discussion & Interview will be as decided by the Bank.
  • Candidates qualifying for GD & Interview under ‘OBC’ category would be required to submit OBC certificate containing the ‘Non-Creamy Layer’
  • Candidates not submitting the OBC certificate containing the ‘Non-Creamy Layer’ clause and requesting to be interviewed under General category will not be entertained.

Interview Weightage

  • The marks obtained in the Mains Exam (Phase-II) will have 75% weightage
  • The marks obtained in the Group Discussion & Personal Interview (Phase-III) will have 25% weightage

Syllabus for Preliminary and Mains Exams:

Reasoning Ability

  • Verbal reasoning & Non Verbal Reasoning
  • Analogy
  • Coding & decoding
  • Blood relations
  • Sitting arrangements
  • Series completion
  • Syllogisms
  • Decision making
  • Statement reasoning
  • Series completion, Classification

English

  • Vocabulary
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Idioms
  • Phrases
  • Word formation
  • Sentence completion
  • Comprehension
  • Deriving conclusions
  • Passage completion
  • Error detection
  • Passage correction
  • Parajumbles

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Number system
  • Simplifications
  • Roots & Averages
  • Surds & Indices
  • Percentages
  • Profit & Loss
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Partnership
  • Time & Work
  • Pipes & Cisterns
  • Time & Distances
  • Problems on trains
  • Boats & streams
  • Allegation & mixtures
  • Simple Interest & Compound interest
  • Volume & surface area
  • Mensuration

Data Interpretation and Analysis

  • Charts
  • Graphs
  • Diagrams including Line charts, pie charts, bar charts and tabular data
  • Probability and statistics

General and Banking Awareness

  • Current Affairs (National and International)
  • Major Financial/Economic News
  • Budget and Five Year Plans
  • Banking & Financial Awareness
  • Who’s Who
  • Sports
  • Books and Authors
  • Awards and Honours
  • Science – Inventions and Discoveries
  • Abbreviations
  • Important Days
  • International and National Organizations

Descriptive Paper 

  • Letter writing
  • Essay and Paragraph writing
  • Precis writing
  • Reading comprehension

Also Read: SBI Recruitment Notification 2017 – Probationary Officers 

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