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SBI PO: How to improve your preparation strategy?

Lakhs of students appear for Government Banking jobs every year, and only a few get qualified for jobs after an interview. It shows the level of toughness as well as the number of students interested in these posts. It may be because of the perks or the work standards in Government jobs, there is an improvement in the number of students appearing for the exams every year. It is a central government job, with all the perks of banking holidays, salaries and work time of 9 am to 5 pm. Working in the banking sector helps in recognition and promotion to levels in less time if eligible and capable of. Visit this Website for all the details of this bank PO job.


Students who have passed degree or bachelors in streams of Maths or Science with a minimum age of 21 years and upper age limit of 30 years can apply. Age relaxation of 5 years for SC/ST and 3 years for OBC. There is a limit in the number of attempts for Unreserved candidates as 4 and OBC has 7 attempts, and for SC/ST there is no limit. There is no limit in the percentage of marks of any education.

Exam Pattern:

There are three stages in the examination, Prelims, Mains and the Interview, only after qualifying the first stage students can get into the next stage. 


There will be in total three sections, English, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning. Each section has 20 minutes to finish, and overall the exam is of one hour, i.e., sixty minutes.

  1. English consists of 30 questions with 30 marks and 20 minutes
  2. Quantitative Aptitude consists of 35 questions with 35 marks and 20 minutes
  3. Reasoning consists of 35 questions with 35 marks and 20 minutes. 


For the Mains exam, there will be types of tests one is Objective and the other is Descriptive.  The Objective test consists of four sections, Reasoning and Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis Interpretation, General or Economy or Banking Awareness and English.

  1. Reasoning and Aptitude section of 45 questions with 60 marks and 60 minutes
  2. Data Analysis and Interpretation consists of 35 questions with 60 marks and 45 minutes 
  3. General or Economy or Banking Awareness consists of 40 questions with 40 marks and 35 minutes
  4. English consists of 35 questions with 40 marks and 40 minutes.

In Descriptive Test, two questions will be there which carry 50 marks which will be Letter writing and an essay and should be answered in 30 minutes. 

In total, the Mains exam is of 250 marks which should be answered in 3 1/2 hours, i.e. 210 minutes.


The interview will be around 30 minutes, there will be a panel of 3 to 5 people, who questions the candidates. Personality based questions will be questioned and they check for the identity and certificates of the candidates. 


English Language:

The basic standard level of English will be given in the exam and some of the topics like

  • Cloze test where a student needs to fill up the blanks in the passage;
  • Para jumbles, sentences are jumbled and candidates should place them in the right order.
  • Reading comprehension, passage reading.
  • Idioms and Phrases, knowing the meaning of it.
  • Sentence completion and Paragraph completion
  • Error spotting, correcting the words or sentences.
  • Active or Passive voice, changing the tone of the sentence.
  • Letter writing and essay are asked in descriptive format.

Quantitative Aptitude:

The Basic Mathematics chapters that are from Class 10, 11 and 12 of CBSE level questions are asked. This section is quite a lengthy subject and has tough questions comparative to other sections. The Section has the topics like Simplification, Profit and loss, Allegations and Mixtures, Time and Distance, Probability, Interest rate problems like Simple Interest and Compound Interest, Surds and Indices, Mensuration, Data Interpretation and Analysis, Number system, Ratio and proportion etc. 

How to study for Quantitative Aptitude?

  • Learn the formulae for Algebra, Interest rates, Profit and Loss etc.
  • Learn shortcuts and tricks to solve the questions, which decreases the time of the exam.
  • Time and distance, Profit and loss, Calendar questions are given in the exam, which needs more logical thinking with simple mathematics knowledge.
  • Number systems, ratio and proportion and Percentage problems are simple problems that are a bit easy topics to solve and need less time.


Logical thinking and analytical answering style are needed for Reasoning questions, it is important for Prelims and Mains stages. The topics that are included in this section are

  • Coding and Decoding, in which a word or few sentences are given in coded format, and a student has to solve them.
  • Seating arrangement, this type of problem can be a scoring topic, five questions will be given based on the data. Seating arrangement can be linear or circular mode, and direction based.
  • Blood relations, questions will be given on the basis of a question of how a person is related to the person in the picture or some data will be given and followed up with 3 to 5 questions consequently.
  • Direction based questions, like a person is walking towards the west or east and reaches a point, are again another easy scoring topic.
  • Alphanumeric series, Alphabet tests are much of observational basis questions.
  • Syllogism, Puzzle, Coded Inequalities etc are also given which are quite less questioned or like 1 or 2 questions from each topic. 
  • The highest weightage will be for Seating arrangement questions, coding-decoding, Logical reasoning.

Banking and Awareness:

It tests the minimum knowledge of an aspirant on Banking history, present banks, their slogans, merged banks etc. There are static and dynamic questions from the syllabus, they are available online and offline from various sources.

General awareness includes topics like Current affairs, national and international news, awards and important days, General knowledge of History, Geography, and Science and technology which might be fewer marks.

Computer-based questions which are of basic level knowledge, Memory, Internet basics, Microsoft office, Keyboard shortcuts, computer hardware and software, Operating system, Basics of Logic gates, Networking and Fundamentals of computer knowledge.

This exam is a national level and has negative marking for prelims and mains stages for objective questions, which is of 0.25 marks.

It needs more practice and consistency for this exam and also time management is more important to ace this exam, as there are lengthy questions and time is less. Practice more mock papers to determine your weak and strong areas.

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