(Tips & Tricks) How to crack SBI PO Exam in 30 days

(Tips & Tricks) How to crack SBI PO in 30 days

State Bank of India has recently notified the posts of Probationary officers. It will be conducted in two phases. Candidates who will qualify in preliminary examination and shortlisted will have to appear for main examination and shortlisted candidates in the main examination will subsequently be called for a Group Discussion & Interview. Preliminary exam would be online and marks obtained in preliminary exam will not be counted in final selection. Scheme of the preliminary examination is given below.

SBI PO 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:

Sr. No. Name of Tests No. of Qs Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 Composite time of  1 hour
2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
3 Reasoning 35 35


100 100

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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.

SBI PO 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.

Sr. No Name of test No. of Questions Marks Duration
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
2 Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
3 General/Economy/Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
4 English Language 35 40 40 minutes
  Total 155 200 3 hours

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 examination. 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.

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. 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.

After looking at the pattern of the SBI PO exam lets device a 30 day study plan for cracking the exam. As this is a 30 day plan candidates should be ready to put in really good hard work to get selected. Ten to twelve hours of daily study should be enough for candidate to complete the syllabus in 30 days. Hours of study changes with student to student. Time should be equally distributed between Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning and English, which would mean around 3 to 4 hours should be given to all the three. The time is devoted for both studying the topics and practice. A SWOT analysis should be done of your preparation based upon the previous years papers and more and more work should be done upon the weaker sections.

After learning about the exam pattern and number of hours you need to put for study, we will provide you a detailed study plan for the four weeks. In this plan whole of the last week will be fully dedicated towards the practice of mock tests. During the week each of the topics Logical reasoning, English Language and Quantitative aptitude should be given equal attention. However as told earlier more emphasis should be given to your weak areas, this will wary from student to student.

If you will follow this process there is a very good chances of your success. However we should tell you that there are few more things which should be kept in mind while preparing for SBI PO.

  • Accuracy is very very important in this exam. So practice in a way which will improve your accuracy.
  • Other than accuracy candidates should also take care of time management. For that always do your practice tests within the time limit only.
  • Never get stuck to a single question and waste too much time.
  • Evaluate your tests to see how you are performing and where you can improve.

All Important Topics & core syllabus are covered in the BANK EXAM PORTAL Study Materials for SBI PO Exam. You can consider it for your preparation.

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