SBI PO|Associate Banks PO Exam: Understanding Syllabus and Exam Pattern

State Bank of India (SBI) conducts recruitment for Probationary Officer (PO) in its Associate Banks. SBI conducts separate recruitment for POs in its own and its Associate banks. However, Exam Pattern is same for both the exams.
Although Syllabus is not given by SBI for the exam but we have given Syllabus on the basis of previous year Question Papers.

Exam Pattern:
Examination consisting Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 50 marks. The Objective Test will be online. Immediately after the online Objective Test, Descriptive Test will be administered. Questions relating to Descriptive Test will be available on computer (Online) and candidates will have to write the answers on the answer sheet (Offline) provided to them on Paper/Pen mode.

(i) Objective Test: The Objective Test with 2 hours 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 with 1 hour duration (50marks) will be of “Test of English Language (comprehension, short précis, letter writing & essay)”. The candidates are required to qualify in the Descriptive Test by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.

(a) English Language: English Language can be divided into-

  • Grammar: From Grammar section questions are asked from Spotting The Errors, Fill in the Paragraph Gaps (Cloze Test), Sentence Skills, Sentence Reconstruction
  • Vocabulary: From vocabulary section, questions are asked from Synonym, Antonym, Idioms and Phrases, One Word Substitution
  • Reading Comprehension: In Reading Comprehension, questions are asked from passages.

(b) Test of General Awareness, Marketing & Computers: This section is divided into three sub sections.
General Awareness: General Awareness includes questions both from basic economy as well as from current topics.
(c) Test of Data Analysis & Interpretation: This section includes questions from Table Charts, Bar Graph, Line Graph, Pie Charts, Caselets, Radar Graph and Misc Graphs.
(d) Test of Reasoning: This section includes topics like-Analogy, Series, Classification, Input-Output, Syllogism, Blood Relation, Direction Sense Test etc..