SBI PO 2020-21 Syllabus And Exam Pattern

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SBI PO 2020-21 Syllabus And Exam Pattern

Dear Readers, We are providing Syllabus and Exam Pattern of SBI PO 2020-21. SBI has changed the Exam pattern like IBPS this time.

SBI PO Exam Pattern

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:

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.

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. Candidates will have to answer Descriptive test by typing on the computer. Immediately after completion of Objective Test, Descriptive Test will be administered.

(i) Objective Test: The Objective Test of 2 hour duration consists of 4 Sections with 50 marks each (Total 200 marks) as follows:
a) Test of English Language (Grammar, Vocabulary, Comprehension etc.)
b) Test of General Awareness, Marketing &Computers
c) Test of Data Analysis & Interpretation
d) Test of Reasoning (High Level)

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 1 hour 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.
Results of the candidates who have qualified for GD & Interview and the list of candidates finally selected will be made available on the Bank’s website

SBI PO Syllabus

i) Test of English language which consist of (50 marks)
a) Comprehension (Lengthy and tough ones) 1- 15 questions
b) Cloze test (1-10 questions)
c) Fill in the blanks (usually double blank type) 1-5 questions
d) paragraph rearrangement
e) Antonyms, synonyms or idiom phrases also a part of paper usually

ii)Test of General Awareness, marketing and computer comes combine in SBI exams- 50 marks
General awareness questions includes banking awareness, current affairs of last 3-4 months, important days, international organisation and sometimes 1-2 questions from history or geography.


Marketing consist of basic concepts of marketing like product, market, segmentation,7 ps  branding etc.

Computer section not so hard as compare to other parts- it consist of questions related with internet, application software, operating system, memory, parts of computer and generation of computers.

iii) Test of Data Analysis and Interpretation- 50 marks
It consist of data interpretation of 50 marks usually one D.I with 5 questions so 10 DI in total.
It includes Pie chart, Bar Graph, Data chart , probability etc.

iv) Test of Reasoning (High Level)– 50 marks
It consist of Input-output, puzzles, statement argument, statement and conclusion, statement and assumption, decision making, direction, Blood relation etc.

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