SBI PO Syllabus 2016 with Exam Pattern for Pre & Main

SBI PO Syllabus 2016 with Exam pattern - SBI PO 2016 New Revised Pattern and Detailed syllabus: State Bank of India conducts written examination for Probationary Officer posts. From 2015, SBI had changed the pattern of PO exam.

Now there will be 3 phases instead of 2. Phase 1 will be for screening of non-serious candidates to remove the competition.
Phase 2 will be main exam consisting of written as well as descriptive paper. Those candidates who qualifies phase 2 are further tested with Group discussion and Interview. Here we are providing SBI PO exam syllabus 2016 based on new pattern.


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SBI PO Syllabus 2016 with Exam pattern

SBI PO 2016 Exam Pattern (new):
Phase-I : Preliminary Examination: Preliminary Examination consisting of Objective Tests for 100 marks will be conducted online. This test would be of 1 hour duration consisting of 3 Sections as follows:

Sr. No.  Name of test No. of Questions Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 1 hour
2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 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 short listed for the Main Examination.
SBI PO Syllabus 2016
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.

The he candidates are required to qualify in the Descriptive Test by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.
(i) Objective Test: The Objective Test of 3 hour duration consists of 4 Sections (Total 200 marks) as follows:
SBI PO Main Exam Pattern
Sr. No.  Name of test No. of Questions Marks Duration (in Minutes)
1 Reasoning and Computer Aptitude 45 60 60
2 Data Analysis and Interpretation 35 60 45
3 English 35 40 40
3 General / Economy / Banking Awareness 40 40 35
Total 155 200 3 hours
The detailed SBI PO syllabus of each section can be checked from below.
The candidates are required to qualify in each of the Tests by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.

(ii) Descriptive Test: The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with 50 marks will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay).
The candidates are required to qualify in the Descriptive Test by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.
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)
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 Discussion and Interview. The qualifying marks in Group Discussion &Interview will be as decided by the Bank.

Final Selection:
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) 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. The selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category.

This is the syllabus of SBI PO exam officially provided by SBI. Those candidates who want to qualify this test should prepare as per the syllabus given above.

SBI PO Syllabus 2016 section-wise

Here is the syllabus / pattern of questions asked in SBI PO.
Note: The numbers in brackets are number of questions asked in the exam 2014. and difficulty level - Suggestions.
SBI PO New Syllabus 2015

1. English Language:
This section will have problems on
1. Reading Comprehension (10+10) - Moderate to difficult - It takes lot of time to find answers from these.
2. Jumbled Sentences (5) - Moderate - Practice is the key to these types of questions.
3. Close Passages (10) - Moderate
4. Errors Correction / spotting error (15) - Easy to Moderate - You need to know all the english grammar rules to get better marks from these questions.

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2. Quantitative Aptitude:
Quadratic Equation
Number Series
Data Interpretation – Line Graph, Bar Graph, Mixed Chart, Pie Chart etc.

3. SBI PO Syllabus of Reasoning Section:
The reasoning section is of high level  and have problems on
1. Input – output (machine coding and decoding) (5) - Difficult
2. Sentence coding (5) - easy to moderate
3. Logical Reasoning (15) - Moderate
4. Syllogism (5) - Moderate
5. Puzzle / Seating Arrangement  (10) - Difficult - Time consuming questions
6. Data Sufficiency (5) - Moderate level
7. Directions etc. (5) - easy

3. General Awareness + Banking Awareness + Economy Awareness
Problems on following topics are asked. This section have ques. which are of easy, moderate level. Only better preparation of this section's topics can make a candidate to score more.
1. General Awareness:
Last 6 months current affairs, important events, Full forms, politics, people, places, awards, sports, deaths etc.
2. Banking Awareness:
Banking, terms, SIDBI, SBI, IRDA, Finance, Financial terms, Shares, Insurance etc.
3. Economy Awareness
Questions related to economy of India, terms etc.

Ques. on
1. Line graphs (5) - easy
2. Bar chart (15) - easy to moderate
3. Pie chart (10) - moderate - difficult
4. Tables (15) - mod.-diff.
5. Probability (5) - Easy-moderate
are asked.

6. Computer Awareness:
Questions based on Computer basics, fundamentals, software, hardware, operating system, shortcut keys, Microsoft word, PowerPoint, Excel shortcuts, Internet & networks are asked.

Descriptive Test
From 2015, it will be totally online. Candidates have to type their answers on computer.
Descriptive paper is divided in 5 parts. You need to write descriptive essays on topics like given below. The test carry 50 marks and of 1 hour duration to test candidate’s English language skills.
Letter (10)-Questions on saving account, net banking, education loan etc.
Paragraph (8)-Rural Banking, Impact of autonomy
Precise Writing (10)-Chief Vigilance Officer
Reading Comprehension (10)- ATM and its uses
Essay Writing (12)-Technology, Right to education act, Financial Inclusion
Descriptive test is of qualifying nature. Candidates have to secure passing marks.  It is tested of those candidates who qualifies in objective test.

SBI PO Syllabus 2016 - Phase 3: Group discussion and Interview

Group discussion will carry 20 marks and interview will be of 30 marks. The candidates who qualifies in both tests will be called for group discussion and interview.
SBI PO Final Selection will be based on marks scored in the written test, group discussion and interview.
Note: The above given SBI PO syllabus 2016 may also be applicable for upcoming SBI Associate PO exam 2016 with slight changes.
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