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SBI (State Bank of India) organizes SBI Clerk exam to assess and select candidates for PO post in its bank.
SBI PO Exam Pattern

Phase-1: SBI PO Preliminary Examination
Phase-2: SBI PO Mains Examination
Phase-3: Group Exercises & Interview
Preliminary Exam Syllabus
Mains Syllabus
Phase-1: SBI PO Preliminary Examination

This is an online examination where the candidates must solve the question paper in one 1 hour for 100 marks.

S.No.Name of Tests(Objective)No. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1. English Language3030Composite time of 1 Hour
2. Numerical Ability3535
3. Reasoning Ability3535

Phase-2: SBI PO Mains Examination

The SBI PO Main Exam has a total of 250 marks, consisting of an objective test of 200 marks followed by a descriptive test of 50 marks. Both the Objective and Descriptive Tests will be online.

S.No.Name of Tests(Objective)No. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1. Reasoning & Computer Aptitude456060 Minutes
2. Data Analysis & Interpretationy356045 Minutes
3. General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness404035 Minutes
4. English Language303040 Minutes
Total1552003 Hours
Descriptive Test:
The Descriptive Test has a duration of 30 minutes with a maximum score of 50 marks. This is used to test the writing skills in English Language via Letter Writing & Essay Writing. 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.
Penalty for Wrong Answers:
There is a penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests of both Preliminary and Mains exams. A wrong answer to an objective question by the candidate will lead to a penalty of one fourth of the marks assigned to that question.There will be no penalty for leaving a question blank, i.e. if no answer is marked by the candidate.

Phase-3: Group Exercises & Interview

The aggregate marks of candidates qualifying in both the Objective Tests and Descriptive Test will be arranged in descending order in each category. Adequate number of candidates in each category, as decided by the Bank will be called for Group Exercises and Interview. The qualifying marks in Group Exercises & Interview will be as decided by the Bank. Group exercises account for 20 marks while Interview accounts for 30 marks.
Final Score Calculation for SBI PO Exam:

The final score for the SBI PO exam is calculated keeping the following points in mind:
  • Marks obtained in the Preliminary Exam (Phase-1) will not be considered for selection
  • Candidates must qualify Phase-2 and Phase-3 separately to be eligible
  • Marks secured by the candidates in the Mains Exam (out of 250 marks) are converted to out of 75 and marks secured in Group Exercises & Interview (out of 50 marks) are converted to out of 25. This makes the new total score (Mains + GD/PI) to be 100
  • The aggregate score out of 100 is used for the final merit list for each category.Candidates with top merit rank in each category are finally selected.
The eligibility criteria of SBI PO exam-
  • A candidate is required to be between 21-30 years to be eligible for SBI Clerk 2017 exam.
  • He/shemust hold a valid degree in any discipline from a recognized university.

Preliminary Exam Syllabus

The preliminary examination of SBI PO exam comprises of Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language. Here is the detailed syllabus:

Reasoning Quantitative Ability English Language
Logical Reasoning Simplification Reading Comprehension
Alphanumeric Series Profit & Loss Cloze Test
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test Mixtures & Alligations Para jumbles
Data Sufficiency Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices Miscellaneous
Coded Inequalities Work & Time Fill in the blanks
Seating Arrangement Time & Distance Multiple Meaning /Error Spotting
Puzzle Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere Paragraph Completion
Tabulation Data Interpretation
Syllogism Ratio & Proportion, Percentage
Blood Relations Number Systems
Input Output Sequence & Series

Mains Syllabus

The Mains Examination of SBI PO exam constitutes of 5 sections: Reasoning, English Language, Data Analysis, General/Economy/Banking Awareness, Computer Awareness. The complete syllabus is discussed below:

Data Analysis Reasoning English Language General/Economy/ Banking Awareness Computer Awareness
Tabular Graph Verbal Reasoning Reading Comprehension Financial Awareness Internet
Line Graph Syllogism Grammar Current Affairs Memory
Pie Chart Circular Seating Arrangement Vocabulary General Knowledge Keyboard Shortcuts
Bar Graph Linear Seating Arrangement Verbal Ability Static Awareness Computer Abbreviation
Radar Graph Caselet Double Lineup Word Association Banking and Financial Awareness Microsoft Office
Missing Case DI Scheduling Sentence Improvement Computer Hardware
Let it Case DI Input Output Para Jumbles Computer Software
Data Sufficiency Blood Relations Cloze Test Operating System
Probability Directions and Distances Error Spotting Networking
Permutation and Combination Ordering and Ranking Fill in the blanks Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies
Data Sufficiency
Coding and Decoding
Code Inequalities
Course of Action
Critical Reasoning
Analytical and Decision Making

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