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Dear Aspirants,
Here we are providing you the detailed syllabus & exam pattern for both preliminary and main examination of SBI PO. Main Examination will have separate timing for every section and there will be no change in the pattern of Prelims.


SBI PO 2016 Exam Syllabus

Phase – I : The Preliminary Exam has 3 sections Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability and English.

Phase – II : Objective Test & Descriptive Test

The Main Exam has 4 sections – Data Analysis & Interpretation, Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude, English and General Awareness about Economy/Banking. The Computer section which was asked separately earlier is now been included with Reasoning Ability.

Descriptive Test:The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with 25 marks will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay).

Quantitative Aptitude

The topics to be covered in this section are

  • Data Interpretation [ Bar Graph, Pie Chart, Table, Line Graph, Radar Chart, Mixed Graph]
  • Number Series
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Probability, Permutation & Combination
  • Miscellaneous- Time and Work, Partnership, Profit and Loss, Mensuration, Time, Distance and Speed –Trains, Boats n Streams, Simple and Compound interest, Mixture and Alligation, Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Averages.

Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude

The topics to be covered for Reasoning Ability are

  • Machine Input/Output
  • Syllogism
  • Blood Relation
  • Direction Sense
  • Inequalities
  • Puzzles – Seating Arrangement(North – South, Circular), Floor puzzle, etc.
  • Coding Decoding
  • Ranking
  • Statement and Assumptions/Conclusions

The topics to be covered for Computer are

  • Basics of computer, different generations, hardware/software, etc.
  • DBMS
  • Networking
  • Internet
  • MS Office and Shortcuts used in MS Office
  • Input/output Devices, their types
  • Important abbreviations


The topics to be covered in this section are

  • Reading comprehension including Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Sentence rearrangement or Para jumbles
  • Sentence Correction/ Error Finding
  • Spell Checks
  • Fillers
  • Cloze Test

General Awareness about Economy/Banking

The syllabus for this section is remains vast

The topics included are

  • Banking/Financial terms
  • Current Affairs – covers every current news including related to banking industry, latest appointments, obituaries, awards and honors, books and authors, new schemes of central and state governments, sports, etc.
  • Static GK – topics like headquarters of financial organizations (of insurance companies), country-capital, country-currency, constituencies of ministers, dance forms, nuclear and thermal power stations, etc.

We will provide you with our GK capsule before some days of exam which will cover almost all topics.

Click here to Read Banking Awareness Questions

Descriptive Test

It includes one Essay writing and One letter Writing.

Sample Questions: [From Previous Exams]

Write a letter to the bank manager to share an innovative idea on File management system in banks
Write a letter to the newspaper editor on how to stop crime in city
Write a letter to your old teacher to thank him/her for making you a good human being

Pros and cons of ‘one rank one pension’ scheme
Over-dependence on monsoon for farmers
Ethical problems of e-commerce

SBI PO 2016 Phase – I : Prelims Exam Pattern


Click here to View SBI PO 2015 Prelims Question Pattern

SBI PO 2016 Phase – II : Main Exam Pattern