Wednesday, 29 April 2015

SBI PO Exam Analysis

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How SBI PO-2015 may appear!
(based on previous paper pattern)

In 2015, SBI has reintroduced the preliminary exam, as a tool of elimination.  This will ensure that only serious students will appear for the Main exam.  The preliminary exam is only for one hour and expected to be at lower level of difficulty.  Please refer to our ‘update & links’  link for the time, marks and so on.etc. However, the overall pattern of SBI PO 2015 is expected to be in the following lines.

English Language
Usual standards is expected in questions, and difficulty level may not be higher, but in line with IBPS examinations, easy for the serious student to answer, without much difficulty. We do not expect any surprises in English section.

During 2014, non verbal questions were absent, which may continue this time also.  However, we may expect surprises. Questions on Sitting arrangement and puzzles will be of time consuming nature.

Data Interpretation
Questions on pie chart, graph, table etc. may form part of the the paper.  The calculations will be lengthy and time consuming, and hence constant practice is needed to tackle the questions. In 2014, questions on probability were absent, but we cannot rule out questions on the topic this year.

General Awareness
Banking and Economy may dominate this section. However, questions on International affairs,  Indian Economy, currency and awards are also expected. 

Computer Knowledge 
Questions are expected from MS Office, Application Software, Hardware, Software, and Input-Output Units and of medium level of difficulty.

Marketing Awareness
This section can be easy and you may solve every question with common sense and a little knowledge on Marketing Basics.

Descriptive Section:
SBI is giving lot of importance to English section. Time may not be a constraint for this section.  The candidates have to practice good grammar and good handwriting.

Letter writing
Some common topics: Write a complaint letter to Police, Letter to Bank Manager about deficiency of service, write to a customer about particular product of a Bank..

 PrĂ©cis Writing -
Questions based on economy, inflation, games, social relevant subjects etc. will form part of the topics. 

Reading Comprehension -
It will be a long essay, which the candidate has to go through thoroughly, to enable him to write the answers.  Usually, it will be advantageous, to the candidate, if he is aware of the current national tax laws, economic policies etc.

(Disclaimer: This is for information purpose only, and we will not be responsible for any decision taken out of the information provided. The readers may refer to original documents of the publishers/ departments before acting)


  1. Whether Preliminary exam has negative marks????

  2. Negative marking of 0.25 mark for every question is the likely penalty for wrong answer.

  3. Sir,
    Whether the pattern of SBI PO and RBI officers' selection exam are in same pattern?

    1. SBI PO exam consist of English, DI, QA , GA and descriptive Exam (English language), RBI B grade exam is more of higher level and one needs to have well read knowledge on economy, national issues etc. to face the Phase II exam. RBI Grade B Officer Recruitment Selection procedure & Syllabus (2014) is as given below:
      Scheme of Selection: Selection will be through Examinations and Interview.
      Examinations will be held in two phase
      1. Phase-I: On Line Exam (Objective Type)
      2. Phase-II Written Examination (Descriptive type)
                                  Syllabus Phase - I
      Phase-I: On Line Exam (Objective Type)    

      Qs - 200    Marks - 200  Time: 130 Min

      Paper consist of:
       1. General Awareness – Banking + Economics + Financial Awareness + Current Affairs
       2. English Language – Reading Comprehension, Jumbled Sentences, Fill in the Blanks, Error Spotting, Cloze Test
      3. Quantitative Aptitude – Arithmetic + Data Interpretation.
      4. Reasoning  (Verbal) - Syllogism + Data Sufficiency + Miscellaneous + Seating Arrangement/ Puzzle Test + Input Output +Logical Reasoning
      (Special emphasis on GA and Reasoning)
      2. Phase-II Written Examination (Descriptive Type): only for those candidates who are shortlisted for the same.
      Paper 1:  English
      Total Marks: 100
      Time Duration: 3 Hours
      Paper 2: Economic and Social Issues
      Total Marks: 100
      Time Duration: 3 Hours
      Paper 3: Finance and Management
      Total Marks: 100
      Time Duration: 3 Hours