SBI PO Exam Pattern 2019- SBI Probationary Officer Preliminary & Mains Syllabus 2019

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SBI PO Exam Pattern- SBI Probationary Officer Preliminary & Mains Syllabus::SBI PO 2019-300 Vacancy:: State Bank of India as a Probationary Officer, are required to register on-line for the Recruitment Process. The recruitment process will be held in three phases i.e. Preliminary Examination, Main Examination and Group Exercise & Interview. Candidates who are shortlisted after Preliminary Examination will have to appear for Main Examination. Candidates who are shortlisted after the Main Examination will be subsequently called for Group Exercises & Interview.

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The selection for Probationary Officers will be done through a three tiered process: 
Phase-I: Preliminary Examination:
Preliminary Examination consisting of Objective Test for 100 marks will be conducted
online. The test will have of 3 Sections (with separate timings for each section) as follows: 
Selection criteria for Main Examination: Category wise merit list will be drawn on the
basis of the aggregate marks scored in the Preliminary Exam. There will be no
sectional cut-off. Candidates numbering 10 times the numbers of vacancies (approx.) in
each category will be short listed for Main Examination from the top of above merit list. 
Phase-II: Main Examination:
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 the Descriptive Test by typing on the computer. The Descriptive Test will be
administered immediately after completion of the Objective Test. 
(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. 
(ii) Descriptive Test: The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with two questions
for 50 marks will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay).
Selection criteria for Group Exercise and Interview: Category wise merit list will be
drawn on the basis of the aggregate marks scored in the Main Examination. There will be
no sectional cut-off. Candidates numbering up to 3 times (approx.) of the category wise
vacancies will be shortlisted for the Group Exercise & Interview from the top of the category
wise merit list subject to a candidate scoring the minimum aggregate qualifying score.

Penalty for Wrong Answers (Applicable to both – Preliminary and Main Exam): There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in Objective Tests. For each question for
which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, 1/4th of marks assigned to that
question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score. If a question is left
blank, i.e. if no answer is marked by candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

Phase-III: Group Exercises (20 marks) & Interview (30 marks)
Candidates qualifying for GE & Interview under ‘OBC’ category would be required to
submit OBC certificate containing the ‘Non Creamy layer’ clause. Candidates who have
registered themselves as OBC but do not submit OBC ‘Non Creamy layer’ certificate
and request to be interviewed under General category will not be entertained.
Final Selection
The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added for
preparing the final merit list for selection. Only the marks obtained in Main Examination
(Phase-II), both in the Objective Test and the Descriptive Test, will be added to the
marks obtained in GE & Interview (Phase-III) for preparing the final merit list. The
candidates will have to qualify both in Phase-II and Phase-III separately.
Marks secured by the candidates in the Main Examination (out of 250 marks) are
converted to out of 75 marks and Group Exercises & Interview scores of candidate (out of
50 marks) are converted to out of 25 marks. The final merit list is arrived at after
aggregating (out of 100) converted marks of Main Examination and Group Exercises &
Interview. Selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category.
Results of the candidates who qualify for Main Examination and Group Exercise &
Interview as well as the final select list will be made available on the Bank’s website

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Reasoning: Focus on Comprehension Reasoning, Venn Diagrams, Number Series, Coding and de-coding, Problem Solving Techniques, Statement & Conclusion type questions,  arithmetic reasoning, arithmetical number series, non-verbal series, syllogistic reasoning, Seating Arrangements, Decision Making, Input & Output, Logical Reasoning. Questions form Non Verbal Reasoning may ask in the Exam.

English Language: Mainly Focus on the topics like Synonyms, Antonyms,  Sentence Error, Sentence correction, fill in the blanks, Sentence Arrangements/ Word Arrangement, Comprehension & Cloze Test nothing can be out of these mentioned Topics etc. Comprehension will be lengthy.

DI & Quantitative Aptitude: Questions will be asked from Simplification, Number Series, Quadratic Equations Average, Percentage, Time & Work, Area, profit & Loss, Simple & Compound Interest, Time & Speed, Investment, HCF LCM, Problem On Ages, Bar Graph, Pictorial Graph, Pie Chart. Data Interpretation is the section which have to be focused.

General Awareness: Questions will be asked from Indian Current Events, Banking, General Science, General Knowledge. Focus will be mainly on Current affairs of National & International news, Important dates, Current Science, Technology, Sports & Culture & Banking Sector. Questions from Marketing will also be in ample amounts to Test Your Knowledge. Important Topics of SBI PO General Awareness are :

  • Current Affairs (National and International)

  • Major Financial / Economic News
  • Budget and Five Year Plans
  • Sports
  • Books and Authors
  • Awards and Honors
  • Science – Inventions and Discoveries
  • Abbreviations
  • Important Days
  • International and National Organizations are some related topics

Computer Awareness: Basic of Computers, Computer Organization, Generations of computer, Input & Output Device, Shortcuts & Basic knowledge MS word, MS Excel, MS power point, Memory Orientation, Internet, LAN, WAN, Modem, Computer Abbreviations, Modern day Technology. Remember short cut Tricks of MS Word, MS Excel & Computer Abbreviations.

Descriptive Test: This Test will be of Qualifying Type & will be Test of English Language. Questions will be ask from Essay writing, précis writing and Letter writing. For Descriptive Test Focus on the Current News of Finance Sector, National Issues, Recent Government Scheme & Editorials from the leading English Newspaper like The Hindu.

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