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  • SBI PO Exam Trips and Tricks to crack exam

    Updated : 16-Sep-2017
    SBI PO Exam Trips and Tricks to crack exam

    SBI (State Bank of India) PO (Probationary Officer) Recruitment Notification is released by SBI official website somewhere in the month of February every year and only then the aspiring candidates are eligible to apply the exam online through which is the official website of State Bank of India. The basic information to be filled in the application form is given below:

    • Fill all the required information
    • Upload your signature and passport size photo
    • Recheck the filled information twice
    • Pay the required fee of the application

    Some important details are mentioned below :

    • Name of the exam:  SBI Probationary Officer Examination
    • Body conducting the exam : State Bank of India
    • Exam level : All over India
    • Average Salary of SBI PO : 26,620 which increases with your experience


    • Students should not guess if they are not sure about the answer as negative marking is applicable.
    • The Questions on unseen passages, antonyms, synonyms, understanding vocabulary, fill in the blanks, finding the error in a statement, jumbled up questions are included in the English. Revise yourself with preparing with good grammar books from class 11th and 12th.
    • To increase your English vocabulary, watch English news channels on a daily basis. This will decrease your error making chances in the examination and also will help you in the group discussions and personal interviews.
    • General Awareness, Marketing and Computer section can be done quickly and are usually the highest scoring sections.
    • General awareness, banking and general knowledge question generally come from banking knowledge, current affairs, computer knowledge, operating systems, computer hardware and software and basics of marketing.
    • Get all the recent general knowledge questions and current affairs books to be updated of all the latest news.
    • Data analysis and Data Interpretation will test your mathematical and analytical ability.
    • To prepare for your Data Analysis and Interpretation skills practice hard calculations and try to increasing your speed while solving the questions, and to revise all the math formulae, keep a notebook handy in which you can write down all the important formulae.
    • You should read the reasoning section question twice to really understand the problem before attempting it as the section will test your logical thinking and problem solving skills.
    • Most of the questions for Reasoning section are 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 most confusing section of this exam is the reasoning section and while attempting it, if you don’t understand the question just leave it and don’t attempt it if you are not sure as negative marking is allowed .
    • To do well in reasoning section, attempt mock tests and previous years question paper as many as you can.


    • Age criteria:
      The upper limit age is 30 years and the lower limit age is 21 years which can be relaxed on basis of different categories given below:


    Relaxation in years





    OBC (PWD)


    ST/SC (PWD)


    GEN (PWD)


    •  Nationality:

    The candidate should be a citizen of India

    • Educational qualifications:
      the candidate should be a graduate from a recognized university and a board. Students who are in their final semester of the course are also eligible for this course. Every student should have a passing certificate or any proof that symbolizes that the student have passed or graduated from the college/university.


    Quantitative Aptitude section:

    Topics that are included in this section are only related to mathematical problems:

    • Data Interpretation
    • Number Series
    • Data Sufficiency
    • Quadratic Equations
    • Miscellaneous- Time and Work problems, Partnership, Profit and Loss, Mensuration, Time, Distance and Speed –Trains, Boats n Streams, Simple and Compound interest, Mixture and Alligation, Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Averages, Age, Problems based on Numbers.
    • Reasoning & Computer Aptitude:

    The topics to be covered are :

    • Puzzles and Seating Arrangement
    • Machine Input/output
    • Blood Relation
    • Direction Sense
    • Inequalities
    • Logical Reasoning
    • Coding Decoding
    • Ranking
    • Statement and Assumptions/Conclusions
    • Analytical Reasoning
    • Syllogism
    • Flow Chart based questions
    • English

    The topics that are included in this section are given below :

    • Reading comprehension including Synonyms and Antonyms
    • Sentence rearrangement or Para jumbles
    • Sentence Correction/ Error Finding
    • Spell Checks
    • Filling in blanks
    • Cloze Test
    • General/banking Awareness

    The topics included are :

    • Banking/Financial terms
    • Current Affairs
    • Static GK


    The candidates have to clear mains two different exams in order to qualify for the job:

    • Prelims examination
    • Mains examination
    • Group discussion


    In order to get a job profile in SBI the candidate has to clear the prelims exam of SBI Probationary officer. This exam consists of three topics or sections which are quantitative aptitude section, English aptitude section and reasoning aptitude section. Time allotted for this exam is one hour in which you have to complete 100 questions of 100 marks. Some important points are given below:

    • You have to complete all the section in the given time.
    • If you want you can start doing any section first without following any order.
    • There is negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer.


    The candidates who have cleared the prelims exam are only eligible to appear for the mains examination. This exam is of 200 marks and a descript test for 50 marks as well and both of the exams are conducted online. There are a total of four sections given in the exam:

    • English aptitude section
    • Data analysis section
    • General awareness section
    • Reasoning and computed section


     Candidates who have completed both of the exams are called upon for group discussion. The marks secured by the candidate in the prelims exam will be calculated and converted out of 75and the marks secured in the mains exam will be converted into 25 marks. So the total would be 100 marks and thereby a merit list will be conducted.

    At last, if you prepare for your examination following most of our guidelines regularly, you will definitely succeed. Hope you have found all the necessary tips and details for SBI PO exam. If you still have any queries fell free to ask a question in the comment section.

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