SBI - PO(Probationary Officer )

SBI PO Exam Pattern

There are two different exam pattern for SBI PO Prelims & mains Examination. The State Bank Of India PO Prelims & Mains Latest test Pattern details is given here.

Phase I: Preliminary Examination consisting of Objective Tests for 100 marks will be conducted online. This test would be of 1 hour duration consisting of 3 Sections as follows.

Prelims Exam pattern
Subject No. of Qs Marks Duration
English Language 30 30

1 hour
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100
Mains Exam Pattern
Subject No. of Qs Marks Duration
Reasoning 50 50 2 hours
English Language 40 40
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
General Awareness (with special reference to Banking Industry) 40 40
Computer Knowledge 20 20
Total 200 200
Descriptive Test 3 50 1 hours


  • Analogy
  • Classification
  • Word formation
  • Series
  • Alphabet
  • Ranking/Arrangement
  • Coding & Decoding
  • Blood Relation
  • Distance and Direction
  • Symbol & Notation
  • Password
  • Statement and Conclusion
  • Scheduled Day or Date
  • Mathematical problem
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Problem Solving: Data Analysis.

Non Verbal

Quantitative Aptitude: The questions might be based on following topics :

  • Numbers
  • Simplification
  • HCF & LCM
  • Percentage
  • Average
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Profit & Loss
  • Partnership
  • Time and Work
  • Time and Distance
  • Allegation
  • Simple Interest
  • Compound Interest
  • Mensuration
  • Number Series
  • Approximate Values
  • Permutations & Combinations
  • Probability
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Data Interpretation

General Awareness This section may consist of questions on basic Knowledge of the following topics :

General Awareness section of Banking exams consists of almost 90% questions from current events Hence the candidates are advised to make a proper study of National Newspapers Magazines and prepare News Capsules In addition to it the candidates must read magazines namely Pratiyogita Kiran, Renu General Knowledge & World Vision , Pappu Current News & Current Questions to make this section enriched.

  • Economy
  • Science and Technology
  • Banking Knowledge
  • Computer Knowledge
  • Current Events
  • Polity
  • Persons in News
  • Places in News
  • Important Awards & Honors
  • Commissions /Appointments/ Resignations
  • Sport etc.

General English The questions in this section may be asked from the following topics :

  • Passage
  • Comprehension
  • Common Errors
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Cloze Test
  • Paragraph Rearrangement/ Antonyms and Synonyms

Marketing/ Computer : An aspirant should study the following topics :

  • Theory of Economics
  • Indian Economy
  • Concept of Marketing
  • Marketing Management
  • Marketing Investigation
  • Appointment of company, management and employees
  • Staff Management
  • Total Quality Management
  • Importance of Marketing
  • Marketing and Advertisement
  • Responsibilities of Marketing
  • Market and Business
  • Division of Market
  • Business Concept
  • Marketing Concept
  • Buyer and Seller
  • Concept of Buying and Selling
  • Needs of Consumers
  • Consumer Index Prices
  • Consumer Satification
  • Techniques of Consumer Satisfaction
  • Total Customer Value
  • Total Customer Cost
  • Factor Affecting Consumers
  • Theory of Bargaining etcIntroduction of Computer and History
  • Operating and DOS
  • PC and System Software
  • Computer Net work
  • Computer Device
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