SBI PO 2016 Exam Pattern & Syllabus

SBI PO 2016 Exam Pattern

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Important Dates:

Date of Prelims Exam – 2nd, 3rd, 9th & 10 July 2016 

Date of Mains Exam – 31st July 2016

We are providing you the detailed Syllabus and Exam Pattern of SBI PO Prelims Exam.

The SBI has changed the Exam Pattern for Probationary Officer Exam from last year. Now as per the new Exam pattern, the Selection Process of the Exam consists of 3 phases which are given below:

i) Phase I: Online Preliminary Examination ( Objective type)

ii) Phase II: Main Exam (Objective + Descriptive)

iii) Phase III: Group Discussion & Interview (Verbal)

Phase I: Preliminary Examination

Phase I Prelim Exam is a qualifying examination, which makes a candidate eligible for Phase II. Through this, candidates are shortlisted for appearing in the Phase II Main Exam.

Thus, the marks secured in the Phase I Prelim Exam will not be counted for the purpose of Final Selection.

The Exam Pattern for Phase I is as follows:

The SBI Prelim Exam is an Online Objective Test of 100 marks and 1 hour time duration. The Prelims Exam consists of three sections as given below:


  • (i) The cutoffs are applied in 2 stages i.e. Sectional Cutoff and Overall Cutoff.
  • (ii) For each wrong answer, ¼ of the mark will be deducted as penalty.

Syllabus of Prelim Exam

English Language: The questions in this section will be from following topics:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze Test
  • Para Jumbles
  • Sentence Correction/ Sentence Improvement/Fill in the Blanks
  • Spotting Error

Quantitative Aptitude: The questions in this section are asked from following topics:

  • Data Interpretation – Line Graph, Bar Graph, Pie Chart, Mixed Chart, Caselet Types
  • Quadratic Equation
  • Simplification
  • Approximation
  • Number Series
  • Miscellaneous

Here Miscellaneous topic includes Simple & Compound Interest, Profit & Loss, Average, Age, Ratio and Proportion, Time and Work, Percentages, Mixture & Allegation, Partnership, Boats & Stream, Permutations & Combination, Speed time & Distance.

Reasoning Ability: The questions in this section are asked from following topics:

  • Puzzle – Floor Based
  • Seating Arrangement – Linear/ Circular
  • Syllogism
  • Inequality
  • Input Output
  • Coding – Decoding
  • Miscellaneous

The Miscellaneous topic includes Blood relation, Distance & Direction Test, Ranking / Arrangement, Alphanumeric Series.

Note: In SBI PO 2015 Prelims, Input Output was not asked.

Reference books for Different Sections

Reasoning– Verbal and Non –Verbal reasoning by R S Aggarwal, book by M K Pandey (BSC publications).

Quantitative aptitude– Fast track by Rajesh Verma (Arihant publications), Quantitative aptitude by R S Aggarwal.

For Data Interpretation and Analysis – Accredited Guide to Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency by Ananta Ashisha.

English – Objective general English by S P Bakshi, Mirror of Common Error, & Wren and Martin.

SBI PO 2016 Mains Exam Pattern

SBI has changed the pattern of SBI PO 2016 Mains Exam which is to be held this year. Now there will be fixed allotted time limit for each section in the phase II e. Mains Exam and in that allotted time you have to complete that particular section. The official notice as well as the application form for SBI PO is expected to be released in the month of May 2016.

Note: There has been not any change in the pattern of Prelims Exam.

SBI PO 2016 Mains Exam New Pattern Announced 

(i) SBI Po Main Examination will consist of Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 25 marks.

(ii) Both the Objective and Descriptive Tests will be online.

(iii) Candidates will have to answer Descriptive test by typing on the computer.

(iv) Immediately after completion of Objective Test, Descriptive Test will be administered.

Changed in pattern of Mains Exam 

Objective Test:

(i) The objective test of 3 hours duration consist 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, to be decided by the Bank.

SBI Mains New Pattern

(ii) Descriptive Test: The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with 25 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.


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