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SBI PO 2019 Preparation Strategy for Prelims

SBI PO is considered to be a lucrative career and a white-collar job. It is the toughest of all the bank jobs. It is a very popular exam and it gives an opportunity to work for the renowned bank in India. SBI is the largest commercial bank that ensures the candidates a secure future. It is also considered to be a prestigious and demanding job in the banking sector.

Important dates:

Events

Important dates

SBI PO notification 2019 1st April 2019
Online registration including editing or modification of the application 2nd to 22nd April 2019
The Download of Preliminary admit card May 3rd week
Exam date of SBI PO prelims June 8th,9th, 15th, and 16th
Prelims results July 1st week 2019
The Download of mains Online call letter July 2nd week 2019
Exam date Mains SBI PO 20th July 2019
Mains exam result August 3rd week 2019
Call letter for Personal interview August 4th week 2019
Group exercise and interview date September 2019
Final result October 2nd week 2019

Exam pattern of SBI PO:

The exam of SBI PO will be conducted in three phases- Prelims, Mains, and Group discussion/ Interview.

Prelims and Mains exam of SBI PO will be conducted in online mode. Group Discussion/ Interview will be of face to face interactions.

SBI PO prelims exam pattern:

Name of the tests No. of. Questions Maximum marks Duration of the exam
English language 30 30 20 minutes
Reasoning ability 35 35 20 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 1 hour

0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer and no marks will be deducted if any question is left blank or not attempted.

The study schedule covers all the topics from each section of the SBI PO prelims exam. Plan the timetable like to cover all the topics before the exam make a point that the candidates should take one mock test daily, carefully analyze all the questions and answers that the candidates skip in the mock test.

The candidates can divide the time like 1 hour for each topic. And take the mock test for 1 hour and analyze the mock test for 1 hour.

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Preparation tips and books for section wise:

English language:

This section is one of the easiest one in the prelims exam. The candidates need to focus on grammar. Have the clear idea about the concept on the use of the adjective, prepositions, etc. practice daily the comprehension part and improve the reading habit to finish this section fast as it will be easy for the candidates to score more and also can save time.

Reading newspaper will also help to enrich the vocabulary part and increase the reading speed. Try to get a good command over grammar in order to score better in this section.

Preparation books for SBI PO:

  • Norman Lewis’ Word Power Made Easy
  • P Bakshi’s Objective General English by Arihant Publication
  • Mirror of Common Errors

Quantitative Aptitude:

This section is all about calculations. The candidates have to work on their speed as there will be more numerical which are to be solved in a limited period of time. Practicing every day will be of great help for the candidates. Take at least 2 mock tests daily to improve the speed and it will also help to analyze the mistakes and to correct them.

Study the shortcuts for multiplication, division, and squares. Improve the percentage calculation speed and understand the use of percentage to do fraction type problems easily.

Preparation books:

  • Arun Sharma’s Data Interpretation by TMH Publication
  • M Tyra’s Magical book on Quicker Mathematics by BSC Publication
  • Rajesh Verma’s Fast Track Objective Arithmetic
  • S Agarwal’s Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams by S. Chand Publication
  • Sarvesh Kumar Verma’s Quantum Cat

General awareness:

It is also one of the scoring sections. The candidates need to cover subjects like history, geography, political science, economics, etc. current affairs of the last 6-12 months is very important. Read newspapers daily and be up to date.

Mainly stay updated with current affairs giving special reference to the economy, finance, and banking sector.

Preparation books:

Banking Awareness:

  • S Toor Banking Awareness Handbook of Banking Information
  • Arihant Publication’s Banking Awareness

Static GK:

  • Arihant’s Static General Knowledge
  • Lucent General Knowledge

Current Affairs:

  • Newspapers
  • Daily News
  • Monthly magazines

Logical reasoning:

It is one of the tricky one and the candidate must keep patience while doing the calculations. The main topics that need to be focused are puzzles, seating arrangements, syllogism, etc. Practicing is required and one can score more in this section also.

Preparation books:

  • S Agarwal’s A modern approach to Verbal Reasoning
  • K Pandey’s Analytical Reasoning
  • S Sijwali and Indu Sijwali’s A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-Verbal
  • Arihant Publication’s How to Crack Test of Reasoning in all competitive exams

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