Check latest SBI PO Syllabus 2016 with Exam Pattern: From last year 2015, SBI has changed the exam pattern. First there was two phases. The information here is completely new, latest and UpToDate. Now, it has changed to three phases. The three phases to select Probationary Officers in SBI are as follows:

Phase 1 – Preliminary Examination

Phase 2 – Main Examination

Phase 3 – Group Discussion

The State Bank of India conducts an examination for the recruitment of Probationary Officers for its branches every year. This examination is divided into two phases i.e. Phase I, Phase II & Phase III. The first phase is for preliminary examination. Therefore, Phase II of SBI Probationary Officers is of Objective Test & Descriptive Test. Whereas Phase III includes Group Discussion and Personal Interview. At the end of this article, there are some slides which will give the detail overview of syllabus and exam pattern.

SBI PO Exam 2016 – Phase I – Preliminary Examination

Starting with the Phase I of SBI PO examination 2016, following are the sections of objective papers along with their respective syllabus. The whole phase I preliminary exam consist of 100 marks with 1 hour duration.

  • The exam will be of 1 hour duration.
  • The whole preliminary exam will conduct online.
  • The total marks are 100.
  • 20 times number of candidates will be shortlist from open vacancies for PO.

English Language: 30 Questions

Quantitive Aptitude: 35 Questions

Reasoning Ability: 35 Questions 

The candidates should have passing marks to qualify for Phase II i.e. Main examination. The qualifying marks will be decided by SBI bank. The bank will shortlist candidates for Phase II approximately 20 times from the number of vacancies open for probationary officers.

SBI PO Exam 2016 – Phase II – Main Exam 

In Main examination, there are two types of tests i.e. Objective test & Descriptive Test.

  • The main exam consist of total 250 marks.
  • The objective test contain 200 marks.
  • The descriptive test contain 50 marks.
  • The test will be conducted online.
  • The descriptive test followed by objective test immediately.

Objective Test – 2 hours duration – 200 marks

Note: The syllabus is based on the previous paper held in 2014 & 2015. The SBI has not issued any latest notification for PO exam in 2016. In the mean time,  you can get an idea about syllabus of SBI PO Exam 2016 for any future preparation. We will update you immediately when SBI announced its latest syllabus for the year 2016.

  • English Language: This part of the SBI PO examination is the comfort zone for the candidates who have good command over English. Reading comprehension, faulty construction of sentences, jumbled sentences and close passages are the main constituents of English syllabus.
  • Data Interpretation: The skill to interpret a give data into graphs or tables are checked in this part of the objective papers. Although candidates have knowledge of interpretation of data since school, some candidates assume it as the difficult part of Phase I. Construction of line graph, bar chart, pie chart and tables are main things present in the paper. Apart from it, a couple of questions check the quantitative aptitude of candidates because calculation plays a vital role in banking sector.
  • General Awareness: This is an imperative part of the SBI PO examination. Questions in this section are tricky and candidates sometimes get confused. Therefore, it is imperative to have good command over various parts of this paper i.e. current affair, computer awareness, marketing and banking to handle this paper efficiently. Reading newspapers, spending a couple of hours exploring computer regularly and staying updated with the market condition and strategies prove to be helpful during the examination.
  • Logical Reasoning: The syllabus of reasoning is relatively bigger than the other parts of objective papers. Candidates need to have proper knowledge about various chapters such as analogies, visual reasoning and syllogism to tackle this paper. Apart from it, chapters like direction and arrangements, codes, critical reasoning, data sufficiency and sequential output Tracing is included in the syllabus.

Descriptive Test – 1 hour duration – 50 marks

Descriptive papers are the second part of Phase II. Although the descriptive section consists of questions related to English, it is compulsory to score minimum marks in order to qualify for the next stage of recruitment i.e. Phase III of SBI PO examination 2016. Letter writing, precise writing, essay writing, paragraph writing and reading comprehension are the things that every candidate needs to tackle efficiently in order to clear descriptive papers.

SBI PO Exam 2016 – Phase III – Group Discussion & Interview

After making the merit or descending order by marks obtain in Phase II, there will Phase III. The candidates where will go through the group discussion and interview. The group discussion has 20 marks and interview 30 marks. Candidates who clear the Phase II of examination conducted by SBI get their name enrolled for Phase III where they need to sit in a Group Discussion room to present their views on a specific topic given by the moderator. Only a couple of candidates get selected in this section and qualify for Personal interview which is the last hurdle in SBI PO examination. Giving equal importance to each section while studying and tackling adverse conditions during examination fetches fruitful results for potential candidates.

SBI PO Exam 2016 – Final Selection

SBI will prepare the final list on the basis of Phase II and Phase III. The Phase I marks will not calculate while making the final merit list.

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