SBI PO Syllabus and Exam Pattern for Prelims & Mains

By | August 25, 2023
SBI PO Syllabus and Exam Pattern for Prelims & Mains

SBI PO Exam is conducted in three phases:

  1. Preliminary Exam
  2. Mains Exam
  3. Interview

Preliminary Exam Details

The preliminary exam is MCQ based exam. This is the first phase of the SBI PO exam. After clearing this preliminary exam candidates are eligible to sit in the mains exam which is the first phase of the exam. The preliminary exam contains 100 questions on various subjects such as Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language. Preliminary Exam is only qualifying in nature. Marks of the Preliminary exam will not counted for the final selection of the exam

Subject NameNumber of QuestionsDurationMarksType of Question
English Language3020 minutes (approx)30Objective
Quantitative Aptitude3520 minutes (approx)35Objective
Reasoning Ability3520 minutes (approx)35Objective


  • A negative marking of 0.25 marks for Each wrong answer
  • Qualifying exam marks are not counted for the final selection

Mains Exam Details

The Main exam is the second phase of this examination. the questions are the next level of the prelims exam. mains exam is semi-objective and semi-descriptive, which means it comprises both pattern objective type for some papers and descriptive for remaining others.

Paper NameNo. of QuestionsMarksQuestion typeDuration
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude4050objective50 minutes
Data Analysis & Interpretation3050objective45 minutes
General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness5060objective45 minutes
English Language3540objective40 minutes
Total1552003 hours
Descriptive Test250Descriptive30 minutes
  • Objective type, 155 questions, 3 hours
  • A negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer
  • Descriptive paper of 50 marks
  • Marks of the Mains exam and Interview will be counted in the ratio of 75:25 for final selection


Candidates who have appeared in the mains exam are called for GD-PI (group discussion and personality test) where a panel of interview boards test your personality based on your skills and ability. They also ask questions related to general knowledge. it is the essential process of this exam to ensure the final selection of candidates. Group Discussion is allotted 20 marks, while Interview is allotted 30 marks, approximate.

Preliminary Exam Syllabus

  • Reasoning Ability
    • Logical Reasoning,
    • Non-verbal Reasoning
    • Verbal Reasoning
  • Quantitative Aptitude
    • Number System
    • Algebra
    • Geometry
    • Statistics
    • Trigonometry
    • Ratio and Proportion
    • Mensuration
    • Time and Work
    • Profit and Loss
    • Problems on Ages
    • Simple and Compound Interest
    • Time and Work
    • Percentages
    • Averages
    • Mixtures and Allegations
  • English Language
    • Grammar
    • Comprehension
    • Vocabulary

Mains Exam Syllabus


SyllogismVerbal ReasoningCode InequalitiesCoding and DecodingCircular Seating Arrangement
Double LineupOrdering and RankingCourse of ActionLinear Seating Arrangement
Directions and DistancesInput OutputData SufficiencyAnalytical and Decision MakingBlood Relations

Data Analysis and Interpretation

Tabular GraphLine Graph
Pie ChartsBar Graph
Permutation and CombinationCharts & Tables
Missing Case DIRadar Graph Caselet
ProbabilityData Sufficiency

General/Economy/Banking Awareness

General knowledgeFinancial AwarenessBanking Awareness
Static AwarenessBanking Terminologies KnowledgePrinciples of Insurance

English Language

Reading ComprehensionVocabularySentence ImprovementPara Jumblesverbal Ability
Word AssociationError SpottingCloze TestFill in the blanksGrammar

Computer Aptitude
Operating SystemBasic of Logic GatesComputer SoftwareMemory
Number SystemNetworkingKeyboard ShortcutsComputer Abbrevetion
Computer Fundamentals /TerminologiesComputer HardwareMicrosoft OfficeInternet

Interview Syllabus

  • Communication skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Teamwork skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Decision-making ability
  • Leadership skills


  • Beyond mathematics, reasoning and English other dynamic subjects must be read via linking current affair
  • Be aware of Current Affair

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