SBI PO Exam Pattern
The SBI PO selection process consists of 3 stages. The written examinations are conducted online, followed by an interview round. The structure of exams is as follows:
Phase-1: SBI PO Preliminary Examination
This is an online examination where the candidates must solve the question paper in one 1 hour for 100 marks. The test consists of 3 sections. Candidates must know that the sectional cut-off in the Preliminary Exam has been removed and the overall score of all the sections will be considered for selection to the next round.. The cut-off or minimum passing marks for each section is decided by the Bank each year depending on the difficult of the test. The section-wise division of the marks is given below:
|S.No.||Name of Tests(Objective)||No. of Questions||Maximum Marks||Duration|
|1||English Language||30||30||20 Minutes|
|2||Numerical Ability||35||35||20 Minutes|
|3||Reasoning Ability||35||35||20 Minutes|
SBI PO Main Examination Pattern 2018:
|Serial Number||Section||No. of Question||Max. Marks||Duration|
|2.||Data Analysis and Interpretation||35||45 minutes|
|3.||Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude||45||60 minutes|
|4.||General/Financial Awareness||40||35 minutes|
- As negative marking (penalty) for wrong answers, marks equal to one-fourth of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted.
- There will be no sectional cut off in Mains as well.
Exam Pattern of the Mains Descriptive Test
The descriptive paper will be of 30 minutes duration with 50 marks assigned to the test of English Language. You will be tested on Letter Writing & Essay. You will be needed to secure passing marks to qualify the Descriptive Test, to be decided by the Bank.
NOTE: The 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.
SBI PO Exam Pattern 2018 – Group Exercise & Interview (Phase III)
Aggregate marks of candidates qualifying in both Objective and Descriptive Tests will be arranged in descending order in each category. A certain adequate number of candidates as decided by the bank, will be called for the Group Discussion and Interview.
Selection Procedure for SBI PO 2018 Exam
The selection procedure will be divided into 3 parts, consisting of 2 written papers and a third GD/Interview round. The Preliminary examination is only qualifying in nature and will not be counted towards the final total. Only those who qualify through Phase II will be eligible to attend Phase III processes. The scores of the remaining two rounds will be normalized to 100 as follows:
|Phase/Test||Max. Marks||Normalized to|
|Main Examination (Phase II)||225||75|
|GD & Interview (Phase III)||50||25|
Now, in prelims examination, students have to finish each of the three sections within a time limit of only 20 minutes. Earlier, students used to spend 25-27 minutes (on an average) on this section, but unfortunately, that is not going to be the case this time. As SBI has already restricted the time to do this particular section to just 20 minutes, one really needs to break her/ his back in order to attain good or satisfactory marks in Quantitative Aptitude Section. Whereas one gets enough of the time to solve the questions efficiently, i.e., 20 minutes for 30 questions. Earlier, students used to have a mindset of doing with the English section within 10-15 minutes and thereby solving the questions of the Quantitative Aptitude or the Reasoning Ability Section that are comparatively complex and time-consuming. But to your dismay, all these strategies won’t be working anymore.
So, all that you need to do is to have a better pre planned strategy so that you are not a bundle of nerves while dealing with the SBI PO Prelims Exam. One really needs to plan her/ his preparations in a way that she/ he is able to handle the examination pressure with poise. One should also be happy that there is no sectional cut-off for this year’s SBI PO Examination, so, you need not worry about qualifying the sectional cut-off. Even if you are weak in a particular subject, you can score fairly well in the section that you are good at without having to worry about the sectional cut off of the section you are not so good at.
One should always keep in mind that the pattern of IBPS Examinations is always a simulacrum of SBI Examinations. Observing the pattern of IBPS 2016 as well as 2017 Examinations, we can conjecture that IBPS followed the pattern of questions asked in SBI only. So, students, it is very probable this year that the pattern of questions, too, will be similar to that of the questions asked in SBI. And students, now you have to start to work even harder for the new pattern of SBI PO Exam, not only for SBI, but for IBPS Exams as well.
So students, practice as much as you can and success will be wrapped around your little finger. At the end of the day, you are solely responsible for your success and your failure. And the sooner you realize that, accept that, and integrate that into your work ethic, you will start being successful.