(Tips) How to prepare for SBI PO Exam with New Pattern
State Bank of India has recently notified the posts of
Probationary officers. Government has made some changes in the selection process
for this years recruitment. Like previous years exam will be conducted in two
phases. Candidates who will qualify in preliminary examination and short listed
will have to appear for main examination and short listed candidates in the main
examination will subsequently be called for a Group Discussion & Interview.
Preliminary examination process is still the same,
there are no changes in the preliminary examination process. Preliminary exam
would be online and marks optained in preliminary exam will not be counted in
final selection. Scheme of the preliminary examination is given below.
Phase-I: Preliminary Examination:
Preliminary Examination consisting of Objective Tests for 100 marks will be
conducted online. Each question in the paper would consist of one mark. This
test would be of 1 hour duration consisting of 3 sections as follows:
||Name of Test
||No. of Questions
||Composite Time of 1 hour
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.
Many changes has been introduced in the examination
pattern of the Main examination for SBI PO. This year main exam duration is
extended to three hours. There is also section wise time limit. Main examination
will be computer based examination. Detailed plan for this years main
examination is given below:
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 Descriptive Test by
typing on the computer.
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.
||Name of test
||No. of Questions
||Reasoning & Computer Aptitude
||Data Analysis & Interpretation
||General/Economy/ Banking Awareness
Immediately after completion of Objective Test, Descriptive
Test of 30 minutes duration with 50 marks will be administered. It will be a
Test of English Language judging candidates letter writing as well as essay
writing skills. This year descriptive test will also be computer based
The candidates are required to qualify in the Descriptive
Test by securing passing marks. 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.
Phase – III: Group Discussion (20 marks) & Interview (30 marks)
After calculating the aggregate marks of candidates in mains
Objective Tests as well as the descriptive Test, adequate number of candidates
in each category will be called for Group Discussion and Interview. Candidates
will have to participate in Group discussion which will be of 20 marks and also
give a personal interview which carries the value of 30 marks.
The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I)
will not be added for the selection and only the marks obtained in Main
Examination (Phase-II), both in Objective Test and Descriptive Test, will be
added to the marks obtained in GD & Interview (Phase-III) for preparation of 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 Written Test (out
of 250 marks) are converted to out of 75 and marks secured in Group Discussion &
Interview (out of 50 marks) are converted to out of 25. The final merit list is
arrived at after aggregating converted marks of Written Test and Group
Discussion &Interview out of 100 for each category.