SBI PO EXAMS 2020: Eligibility, Types, Important Dates, Carrier, Sallary, Etc.

SBI PO Exam Preparation

SBI PO is conducted by State Bank of India and associate banks to recruit qualified candidates into the Bank’s establishments.

Cracking Bank exams are considered to be tough than joining Engineering in India. It also gives prestige in the community and a good pay scale.

There are three sections the candidate has to clear in the SBI PO Exam, to qualify for the Job:

  1. Prelims
  2. Mains
  3. Interview section

The exam section mentioned here mandatory and you need to appear for them serially. You can only go to mains if you have cleared the Prelims exam of the banks. and after you hold rank in the mains, you are eligible for the Interview Section.

The syllabus for the SBI PO exams are wide and Consists of many unrelated things with commerce. But this helps to check examiner that you have the capacity to hold data in mind for the long term and you are good with big and complex calculations.

Syllabus for SBI PO Exams

The Similar syllabus is mentioned for both the prelims and mains written examinations. That is listed below:

  1. English Language and Grammer
  2. Quantitative Aptitude
  3. Logical and Mathematical Reasoning
  4. General Awareness and Knowledge

Detailed Overview of syllabus is mentioned below:

English Language and Grammar

The candidate has to face the English sections with a set of problems and questions that test the candidate’s command in the English Language.

There are some sub-sectors that affect the score in the English Section, they are:

A. English Grammar:

English grammar is a wide area and if you could easily grasp all the constituents and formula then your overall score will rise to high. Grammar is a comprihensive part of the English language.

B. Comprehension Ability Check:

The Comprehension Test will consist of one of story-based writing or fact-based passages writing and questions following that for which the candidates will have to answer accordingly.

C. Vocabulary and Words:

Logical problems related to Vocabulary based on Antonyms, Synonyms, Cloze Test, Sentence formation, Spotting the Error and many related are given to the candidate.

D. Verbal Ability:

Rearrangement of paragraphs and passages and the making of proper meaningful Passage from it.

Some Keys to score high in English and Grammar for SBI PO Exam:

  1. The students are highly suggested to read English Newspapers, Magazines, some literature and online news to increase the vocabulary and also boosts your general awareness.
  2. Various Book For Grammar should not be followed blindly. only Reputed and best-rated books should be preferred to learn grammar in English.
  3. The candidate is requested to attempt Mock Tests as frequent as possible. Taking Mock Tests give them a fair idea of how the question paper is structured and what types of questions are asked on a constant basis in an exam.

Quantitative Aptitude Section

Candidate’s mathematical abilities and calculating capacity is checked by the quantitative aptitude test. This Section is considered as one of the tough sections In banking exams and most of the students lag behind in rank due to aptitude.

This Section of Aptitude consists of the following subsections for studying.

  • Simplification in Calculations
  • Average Calculation
  • Percentage noting
  • Ratio and Percentage
  • Data Interpretation
  • Geometry
  • Mensuration
  • Equation
  • Interest
  • Problems of Ages and relations
  • Profit and Loss maths
  • Number Series and Number system
  • Speed, Distance and Time Problmes
  • Time and Work
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Linear Equation
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Probability

Some tips to crack the Quantitative Aptitude section of the SBI PO:

Candidates may start practising easy and less time-consuming sections like Simplification, Number Series, Averages, Percentages, Profit & Loss, Ratios & Proportions.

The next section they can move to is tricky yet less time-consuming topics like Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Time and Work, Time, Speed & Distance, Quadratic Equations, Mixtures and Alligations.

The candidates should also be thoroughly ready in this section, where topics which consume more time but are easy like Data Interpretation, Probability, Permutation Combination.

R.S.Agarwal, Sarvesh K. Verna like authors have best books on Aptitude and calculations. It is recommended to read them.

The candidates are suggested to attempt Mock Tests regularly to test their skills, Knowledge and work on weaker areas.

Logical and analytical Reasoning

The process of using rational and systemic series of steps to arrive at a conclusion using statements and mathematical procedures if needed is known as Logical Reasoning.

For the ease of a student to grasp and understand the concepts, reasoning is classified in following sub-sections.

  • Syllogisms
  • Inequalities
  • Arrangements
  • Input Output
  • Data Sufficiency

Some tips to crack the Logical Reasoning section of SBI PO

  1. Logical Reasoning does not have a set rule to score high marks in it, the candidates are requested to practice on a regular basis to clear the section.
  2. Logical Reasoning tests the candidate’s ability to think in different ways, unlike Quantitative Aptitude where the numerical ability is tested and in English where grammatical ability is checked. So, the candidate must be sure to hone is thinking ability.
  3. Memorizing formulas or efficiency in a certain topic is not required, general logic is all that is required, so students can solve books with popular rating and question banks with high number of practproblems.

General Awareness is a section which tests your knowledge of things that happen around you. In General Awareness, there are three topics which need to be covered, they are:

  • Current Affairs
  • Financial/Banking Awareness
  • Static General Knowledge

General Knowledge and Awareness

Some tips to crack the General Awareness Section of SBI PO

  • The candidates are requested to spend 1 – 2 hours reading Magazines, Newspapers and Editorials. Most of the questions from this section are related to Current Affairs.
  • The candidates can get prepared for Financial/Banking Awareness by going through the FAQ sections of RBI’s Official Website, they can also visit various websites and get themselves updated on current Financial & Banking updates.
  • The candidates can read various books like GKP Publication’s Static General Knowledge and use all other resources to get themselves updated on the General Knowledge

Exam Pattern of SBI PO

As discussed earlier, the SBI PO consists of three parts: the prelims, the mains and the interview. Let us analyse the Exam Pattern and discuss each part below:

SBI PO 2020 Prelims: The SBI PO 2020 Prelims is held in online mode for 60 minutes. The Question Paper has three sections such as the English Language, Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Aptitude consisting of 100 Objective Questions totally.

SBI PO 2020 Main: The SBI PO 2020 Prelims is held in online mode for 180 minutes (Objective Paper) and 30 minutes (Subjective Paper). The Question Paper has four sections such as the English Language, Reasoning and Computer Aptitude, General Awareness and Quantitative Aptitude consisting of 155 Objective Questions and 1 Essay Type Question on a total.

SBI PO 2020 Interview: Candidates who clear the SBI PO Mains are selected for the interview process where they will be assessed face to face. The maximum score for Group Discussion is 20 Marks and for Personal Interview is 30 Marks.

SBI PO Cut Off

The SBI PO has a Cut-Off for every Category of the Reservation so that it follows a fair policy to follow Equality during recruitment. So, the SBI PO Board give Cut Off every Year to notify students about how the recruitment has taken place on the basis Cut-Off. Please take a look to get a fair sense of the Cut-Offs in the past years.

SBI PO Total Cut Off ( Out of 100)

  • General – 56.75
  • OBC – 54.25
  • SC – 49.00
  • ST – 43.00
  • OH – 45.25
  • VH – 49.00
  • HI – 14.75

SBI Sectional Cut Off


  • General Category:
    • English: 8.75
    • Reasoning Ability: 6.50
    • Quantitative Aptitude: 10.25
    • English: 5.75
    • Reasoning Ability: 6.50
    • Quantitative Aptitude: 7.00


  • General Category
    • Objective Test: 50
    • Descriptive Type Test (English Language): 20
    • Minimum marks for GE-cum Interview (Objective + Descriptive Test): 89.25
    • Total : GE + Interview : 20
    • Total marks secured by last ranked selected candidate(Out to 100): 46.59
  • OBC Category
    • Objective Test: 40
    • Descriptive Type Test (English Language): 17.5
    • Minimum marks for GE-cum Interview (Objective + Descriptive Test): 79.5
    • Total : GE + Interview: 18
    • Total marks secured by last ranked selected candidate(Out to 100): 40.83
  • SC/ST/PwD
    • Objective Test: 40
    • Descriptive Type Test (English Language): 17.5
    • Minimum marks for GE-cum Interview (Objective + Descriptive Test): 62.5
    • Total : GE + Interview: 18
    • Total marks secured by last ranked selected candidate(Out to 100): 38.95

Joining Tests Series for SBI PO Exam:

Mock Tests for any government exam are Important. Nick tests for SBI PO are very essential, since, the candidate has to get used to the concepts of the exam, understand what is required to clear each section of the exam, in both prelims and mains. There are many ways to take up the mock tests.

Following are the two ways you can choose between to learn and give exams online.

Online Mock Tests:

Various online learning platform platforms are nowadays conducting Nick test series online on computer or laptops to reach millions of students across world together. This Is one of best opportunity for the candidate to compete with the students all over the country and world in same interest.

Offline Tests:

Offline Tests that are tests that can be taken physically by visiting the near academy or coaching centre. that is direct paperwork instead of using a computer or use of any device for taking up the test. Most of the coaching academics offer try Series and mock series for Candidates preparing forgovernment exams.


SBI PO is one of the most competitive exams in the India as it offers the successful candidates a chance to work of India’s leading bank, the State Bank of India and it’s associates. Candidates must take that into consideration and be ready to dedicate themselves to the SBI PO Exam preparation. It is highly recommended that you should start preparing for the exams as early as possible because it is going to decide your future.

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