SBI PO Exam
SBI Probationary Officer exam is a different ballgame which hits mass aspiring to get jobs in government banks. Do not confuse IBPS PO exam with SBI PO exam. IBPS conducts a common written exam for other 20 public sector banks and SBI conducts a separate exam for filling up vacancies for Probationary Officers and clerks.
Following is some interesting information on SBI PO jobs.
“SBI PO recruitment will be held in three phases. There will be online objective type Preliminary test which will be followed by online objective Main test and online Main descriptive test. Main exam will be followed by GD and interview
The Pattern of Exam:
Phase I : Preliminary Exam
- Objective test: The test will be online objective type, consisting of (i) English language (ii) Quantitative aptitude (iii) Reasoning Ability (High level). 100 questions of 100 marks with duration of 1 hour
Phase II : Main Exam
- Objective test: The test will be online objective type, consisting of (i) English Language (Grammar, vocabulary, comprehension) (ii) General/ Banking/ Economy Awareness (iii) Data Analysis & Interpretation (iv) Reasoning Ability & Computer Ability (High level) 200 marks with time duration of 3 hours.
- Descriptive test: The Descriptive Test will also be online with 30 minutes duration (50marks) will be of “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
Phase III : Group discussion (20 marks) and Interview (30 marks)”
Tips to prepare for SBI PO Exam
- Be aware of negative marking. Attempt only the questions you are sure about.
- There are un-seen passages, antonyms, synonyms, understanding vocabulary, fill in the blanks, finding the error in a statement, jumbled up questions in English. These need advance preparation.
- Brush up your basic grammar skills.
- In order to prepare for the group discussion and interview, listen to English news and practice speaking in English.
- Thesaurus helps to understand and revise antonyms, synonyms and learn more vocabulary.
- The General Awareness, Marketing and Computer section is one of the most scoring and can also be completed quickly if you have had thorough preparation.
- Questions from the General Awareness, Marketing and Computer generally come from banking knowledge, current affairs, computer knowledge, operating systems, computer hardware and software and basics of marketing. Read about these.
- Get a GK book and books on computers and marketing, focus on understanding the essentials
- Common questions for the Data Analysis and Interpretation are based on Number Systems, Fractions, Ratio and Proportion, Time and Work, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Problems on Ages, Simple Interest and Compound Interest, Averages, Area and Time and Distance. Practise by practicing calculations and increasing your speed, also revise important maths formulae and revise reading charts, graphs and tables.
- Reasoning section can be confusing so make sure you completely understand the question before attempting it; the section aims at testing your logical thinking and problem solving skills
- Most questions for Reasoning are based on Seating Arrangements, Syllogism, Coding-Decoding, Statement and Conclusions, Directions, Blood Relations, Analogy, Classification, Series problems, Missing Characters, Odd Man out, Ranking Test, Data sufficiency, Assumptions and Directions
- The Reasoning section is also one of the most time consuming, so if you are not able to answer a question, move on and get back to it later
- Practice various types of puzzles and analogies to prepare
- The most important tip for preparation for all the sections is to practice as many sample papers, model papers and previous year papers as possible.
We hope that you are now clear about the entire procedure to get into SBI PO job.