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SBI PO syllabus and exam pattern

SBI PO syllabus- State Bank of India probationary officer exam syllabus 2016 and exam pattern

SBI PO syllabus:Here we are sharing exam pattern and detailed syllabus of SBI PO examination 2016(State Bank of India Probationary officer).Exam is conducted in two phases. Phase one is preliminary examination and phase two is main examination. Understanding exam pattern and syllabus will help you in your SBI PO exam preparation. Kindly note, there are some changes in SBI PO syllabus and exam pattern from 2016 onward. So read and understand new pattern of SBI PO examination, and plan your examination according to that. We have shared SBI PO prelim and mains exam pattern syllabus in details.

SBI PO Prelims Exam pattern 

Phase-I: Preliminary Examination: 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: Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing passing marks to be decided by the Bank. Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by the Bank (approximately 20 times the numbers of vacancies subject to availability) will be shortlisted for the Main Examination.

S. No.
Name of Section
No. of Questions
Total Marks
Exam Duration
English Language
1 hour
Quantitative Aptitude
Reasoning Ability
Total Questions & Marks
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SBI PO Main exam pattern

Main Examination will consist of Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 50 marks. Both the Objective and Descriptive Tests will be online. Candidates will have to answer Descriptive Test by typing on the computer. Immediately after completion of Objective Test, Descriptive Test will be administered. 
(I) Objective Test: The Objective Test of 3 hours duration consists of 4 sections for total 200 marks. The Objective Test will have separate timing for every section. The candidates are required to qualify in each of the tests by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank. 
(ii) Descriptive Test: 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 Test by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank. Descriptive Test paper of only those candidates will be evaluated who have scored qualifying marks in the Objective Tests and are placed adequately high as per total marks in Objective Test.

SBI PO 2016 Mains Exam Pattern 

S. No.
Name of Sessions
No. of Questions
Total Marks
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude
60 minutes
English Language
40 minutes
Data Analysis & Interpretation
45 minutes
Banking Awareness
35 minutes
3 hours
Descriptive Test
30 minutes
SBI Clerk mains model paper
SBI PO Syllabus 2016 - Quantitative Aptitude :

  • Profit and loss 
  • Simplifications,Approximation 
  • Chain rule 
  • Time and work 
  • Average 
  • Simple and compound interest 
  • Fractions, Square root and cube root 
  • Decimal fractions 
  • HCF & LCM 
  • Ratio and proportions 
  • Mensuration 
  • Speed,Time and Distance. 
  • Partnerships 
  • Percentage 
  • Problems based on Ages 
  • Permutation and Combination 
  • Probability 

SBI PO Syllabus 2016 -Reasoning :

  • Analogy Test 
  • Puzzle 
  • Alphabet test 
  • spotting out the dissimilar 
  • Sitting arrangement 
  • Syllogism 
  • Statement and conclusions 
  • Statement and assumptions 
  • Statement and arguments 
  • Coding decoding 
  • Blood relations 
  • Number Series test 
  • Direction test 
  • Decision making 
  • Questions related to time 
  • Data sufficiency test 
  • Assertion and reasoning 
  • Causes and effects 
  • Word formation 
  • Sentence or Number configuration Test 
  • Figure Series 

SBI PO Syllabus 2016 -English Language :

  • Synonyms and Antonyms 
  • Analogy 
  • Jumbled words 
  • Sentence completion 
  • One word substitution 
  • Comprehension 
  • Passage completion(cloze test) 
  • Re-ordering of sentences 
  • Common errors 
  • Idioms & Phrases 

SBI PO Syllabus 2016:General/Economy/Banking Awareness syllabus

  • Banking Terms 
  • RBI,SEBI and other regulatory authorities 
  • Banking History 
  • Types of Banks 
  • Indian & International Economy 
  • IMF ,Word Bank ,ADB 
  • UNO 
  • Countries Currencies and capital 
  • Abbreviations and full forms 
  • Important days 
  • Bank's tag lines,head quarters ,Administrative Head ect 
  • Budget 
  • Census 
  • Ministers and their ministry 
  • Marketing 
  • current affairs of last 4- 6 months 
  • Awards & Honors 
  • Sports 
  • Finance, 
  • Agriculture 
  • Books & Their Authors 
  • Fiscal Monetary Policies 
  • Committees in news 
  • Banking Reforms 
  • MOUs with different countries 
  • Social welfare programmes 
  • Science and Technology 
  • Space Missions and programmes 
  • Military news 
  • India and neighboring countries 

SBI PO Syllabus 2016 - Computer Knowledge

  • History of computers 
  • Computer fundamentals 
  • Microsoft-office 
  • Input output devices 
  • Basic Software & Hardware 
  • Networking 
  • Number System 
  • Internet 
  • Basics of computer languages 
  • Database & communication 
  • Modern Technologies 

SBI PO Syllabus 2016- Data interpretation

  • Line graph
  • bar graph
  • pie chart
  • Tables

SBI PO syllabus 2016 - Descriptive Test

  • Essay paragraph
  • Paragraph paragraph
  • Letter writing
Related links:
-SBI PO eligibility criteria
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