SBI PO is the most awaited job in the country and one of the most important competitive exams in India. It is also deemed to be the toughest one also. The SBI PO exam is conducted to select the eligible candidates for the posts of Probationary Officer. It is considered to be a prestigious job in the banking sector.

Important dates:


Important dates

SBI PO notification 2019 released on April 1, 2019
Online registration including modification/editing of application April 2 to 22, 2019
Preliminary admit card download date 3rd week of May
SBI PO prelims exam date 8th,9th, 15th, and 16th of June 2019
Prelims result in date 1st week of July 2019
Online call letter download date for mains 2nd week of July 2019
Mains SBI PO exam date 20 July 2019
The Result of mains exam 3rd week of August, 2019
Personal interview call letter The 4th week of August 2019
Conduct of group exercise and interview date September 2019
Final result

2nd week of October 2019

Exam pattern:

The exam is conducted in three phases namely Prelims, Mains, and Group Discussion/Interview.

Each stage of the exam has a different paper pattern. Stage 1 and 2 will be conducted in online mode. Stage 3 face to face interactions.

SBI PO prelims exam pattern:

Mode of exam Online
Question type Objective
Number of questions 100
Maximum marks 100
Duration of exam 60 minutes

English language, quantitative aptitude, reasoning ability.


Reasoning ability 35, quantitative aptitude 35, English language 30.

SBI PO mains exam pattern:

Question type Objective and descriptive
Sections 2
Questions in sections Objective 155, descriptive 50
Time duration

Objective 3 hrs, descriptive 30 minutes

Sections in objective type 4
Marks of objective type

Reasoning and computer aptitude 60, English language 40, data analysis and interpretation 60, general awareness about economy/banking 40

Time allotted to each section

Reasoning and computer aptitude 45 min, data analysis, and interpretation 45 min, general awareness about banking/economy 40 min, English language 40 min.

Sections in mains descriptive Letter writing and essay

SBI PO final stage exam pattern:

The Final stage of SBI PO GD and Interview
Marks GD 20, interview 30

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Preparation tips:


English language:

It is one of the easiest sections to crack. Brush up the skills of grammar by reading daily and it will also help improve vocabulary. The questions in the sections are usually from Para jumbles, spotting errors, antonyms, and synonyms. Take a look at the previous year question paper also.

Quantitative aptitude:

It is the toughest as observed by SBI PO previous year question papers. Be well versed in topics like average, time and work, number series, quadratic equations, simplification, etc. This section is kept for testing the numerical ability and problem-solving skills of the candidates. Practice is compulsory in this section.

Reasoning ability:

It is the most scoring section. Practice regularly to crack the exam. The questions asked will be very logical in nature. The topics need to focus by the candidates will be Syllogism, Puzzles, Seating Arrangements, etc. finish the practice and start the revision as soon as possible.


English Language:

In this also brush up the grammar and improve the vocabulary by reading daily. It is one of the easiest sections to crack.

Data interpretation and Analysis:

This section is a little bit tough as compared to the other sections. In this section, the problem-solving ability of the candidates will be tested. Practice is very mandatory for clearing this section and passing the exam of SBI PO.

Reasoning and Computer Aptitude:

Practice this section nicely and can score more in this section. Revise this after practicing well. In computer aptitude, the candidates have to know the basic knowledge of computer software and hardware. The important topics will include in computer are the computer basics, operating systems, LAN and WAN, Basic MS office, etc. This section is one of the easiest section to score high.

General awareness:

If a high score is needed in this section then it is a must to read the newspaper and magazines and have to watch the news daily. The important topics that are needed to be focused by the candidate are Indian economy, Marketing, Awards and Honours, Indian Constitution, Banking, Agriculture, Sports, etc. Banking terminologies have to give more attention.

And mock tests should be taken often to test how much far the candidate has prepared for the exam of SBI PO.

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