SBI PO Exam 2015 : Understanding Changed Selection Process

State Bank of India (SBI) has announced notification for recruitment for over 2000 Probationary Officers (POs) for the year 2015-16.Eligible candidates can apply online by 02 May, 2015. Read More

Candidates should note that SBI has changed its selection procedure for the recruitment. Now the selection will be based in three phases consisting of Online Preliminary and Main Exam and Group Discussion/Interview.

Preliminary Examination will act as screening test and will be going to be very crucial for SBI PO recruitment this year.

Let’s have a look at Preliminary Exam pattern:

SBI PO Prelims Selection Process

Exam Pattern for SBI PO Preliminary Exam:

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.

  • Objective Test: The Objective Test of 2 hour duration consists of 4 Sections with 50 marks each (Total 200 marks) as follows:
  1. Test of English Language (Grammar, Vocabulary, Comprehension etc.)
  2. Test of General Awareness, Marketing & Computers
  3. Test of Data Analysis & Interpretation
  4. 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.

  • 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.

Only Quant, Reasoning and English: Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning and English will going to be decisive factor for preliminary exam.

Candidates should note that there is passing marks for each of the section. It is advisable that in order to qualify in each section, candidates should first attempt 50 % of the questions. So first attempt 15 Questions from English, 18 Questions each from Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning.

Time Management: Time Management would be very crucial in SBI PO Preliminary Exam as only 60 Minutes are given to solve 100 Questions. So the ideal time break up for each section is 20 Minutes.

Generally there are two types of strategy for exams. One is first attempting questions to clear the cut off. The other one is attempting the whole paper in one go while dividing time for each section. Since the overall time is just 1 hour, so it is advisable to attempt the paper in one go giving not more than 20 minutes to each section. Candidates should try to complete everything related to each section within 20 minutes only.

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