SBI PO Exam Syllabus 2018 – Prelims and Main Exam Pattern, Exam Dates, Topic Wise Syllabus PDF Download

State-Bank-of-India-SBI-recruitment-logoSBI PO 2018 Syllabus – We are here for you to provide you with the most comprehensive and detailed information about the SBI PO exam syllabus, Prelims & Main exam pattern and paper format and many tips and tricks to pass this exam! The SBI PO notification has been released and people all over the country are frantically applying for the posts of PO (Probationary officer). But the tough selection procedure is a big barrier between you and this high paying job.

So if you want to crack this examination with style, then just keep on reading, dear aspirants!


SBI PO Syllabus Overview Important Dates Preparation Tips 
SBI PO 2018 Syllabus PDF Download  Exam Pattern


So before starting with the syllabus, let’s examine what kind of a selection process will be undergone for the hiring of eligible candidates.


SBI PO New Exam Pattern 2018

SBI PO 2018 Exam Important Dates

Important Events Dates
Download SBI PO Prelims Call Letter 18th June 218
Prelims Exam Dates 1st, 7th & 8th of July 2018
Prelims Exam Result 15th July 2018
Downloading of Mains Exam Call Letter 20th July 2018
Main Exam Date 04th August 2018
Mains Exam Result 20th August 2018
Downloading of Interview Call Letter 09th September 2018
Group Exercises & Interviews Date 24th Sept 2018 to 12th October 2108
SBI PO Final Result 01st November 2018
Download Pre-Exam Training Admit Card 25th May 2018
Pre-Exam Training 18th June 2018 to 23rd June 2018
Recruitment Board Details SBI PO 2018 Job Notification
Last Date for Online Registration 13th May 2018

Phase I – SBI PO Exam Pattern 2018 

⇒ SBI PO Preliminary Exam Paper Pattern Details:

Some pointers to note for the preliminary round are:

  • The maximum marks will be out of 100.
  • 25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer
  • The exam duration will be of 1 hour or 60 minutes.
  • 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.
S.No. Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 Composite time of 1 Hour
2 Numerical Ability 35 35
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

SBI PO 2018 Syllabus for Prelims & Mains Exams

Phase II- Main Examination

⇒ SBI PO Main Exam Paper Pattern Details:


The important points to remember for this examination are:

Main Exam Objective Test

  • The objective test will be out of 200 marks.
  • Objective Test: The objective test will be of 3 hours and will consist of 4 Sections for total 200 marks.
  • The objective test will have separate timing for each section. The candidates are required to qualify for each of the Tests by at least securing passing marks.

Main Exam Descriptive Test

  • Next will be the descriptive test will be out of 50 marks.
  • The time duration for the exam will be 3 hours and 30 minutes for the descriptive test.
  • 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.
S.No. Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning and  Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
2 Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
3 General/Economy/Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
4 English Language 35 40 40 minutes
                       Total 155 200 180 minutes

Phase III- SBI PO Group Exercise & Interview

⇒ SBI PO Interview Details :

Some important Interview pointers for the SBI PO Recruitment 2018:

  • The total marks of candidates qualifying in the objective and the descriptive tests will be arranged in descending order and then a group will be called for the group exercises.
  • The qualifying marks will be decided by the authorities.
  • Candidates who wish to exercise their OBC certificate must bring up their certificate without which they would not receive any concession.

SBI PO Phase III Marks Distribution:

  • Group Exercise : 20 Marks
  • Interview : 30 Marks


There will be negative marking for both the rounds of selection in the prelims round as well as the main examination. It will be 0.25 marks cut per wrong answer.

SBI PO Final Score Calculation:

  • Marks scored in the prelims will not be counted in the final counting.
  • Candidates need to qualify for both the Phase 1 (main exams) and also the GE/Interview
  • The ratio between the main exam marks and the interview marks will be 80:20 respectively.
  • Result of the qualified candidates will be available on the official site.

Syllabus for The SBI PO Examination 2018

⇒ Preliminary Exam Reasoning Ability Syllabus for SBI PO 218:

Topic Number Of Questions
Number Series/Alphabet Test 5
Coding Decoding 5
Syllogism 5
Coded Inequalities 5
Blood Relations 2
Ranking Test 2-3
Directions 2
Arrangement 5-10
Puzzles 5-10

⇒ Preliminary Exam: English Syllabus with Questions for SBI PO 218:

Topic No. of Questions
Reading Comprehension 8
Cloze Test 7
Fill in the Blanks 5
Para Jumbles 5
Error Spotting / Correction 5

⇒ SBI PO Preliminary Exam: Quantitative Ability Syllabus with Questions:

Topics No. of Questions
Number System 2-3
Simplification 5-10
Ratio & Proportion 2-3
Data Interpretation 6-10
Percentages 2-3
Algebra 0-3
Simple & Compound Interest 1-2
Probability 1-2
Time, Speed, Distance 1-2
Geometry 1-2
Averages & Mixtures 1-2
Profit & Loss 1-2

⇒ SBI PO Main Examination Syllabus :

Reasoning Data Analysis & interpretation English Language General/Economy/ Banking Awareness Computer Awareness
Verbal Reasoning Tabular Graph Reading Comprehension Financial Awareness Internet
Syllogism Line Graph Grammar Current Affairs Memory
Circular Seating Arrangement Pie Chart Vocabulary General Knowledge Keyboard Shortcuts
Linear Seating Arrangement Bar Graph Verbal Ability Static Awareness Computer Abbreviation
Double Lineup Radar Graph Caselet Word Association Banking and Financial Awareness Microsoft Office
Scheduling Missing Case DI Sentence Improvement Computer Hardware
Input Output Let it Case DI Para Jumbles Computer Software
Blood Relations Data Sufficiency Cloze Test Operating System
Directions and Distances Probability Error Spotting Networking
Ordering and Ranking Permutation and Combination Fill in the blanks Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies
Data Sufficiency
Coding and Decoding
Code Inequalities
Course of Action
Critical Reasoning
Analytical and Decision Making


How to Prepare for SBI PO Exam? Preparation Tips and Tricks:

Like we promised in the beginning of the article, we are here to provide some tips and tricks to crack this monstrous feat of an exam. So follow these tips and you will be sure to pass and secure a fabulous job at the State Bank of India.

  • Download the syllabus and check out thoroughly the areas which you need to focus on.
  • Try to make a schedule which you will religiously follow as you need to cover all the topics at least once before the exam.
  • Focus on the areas which need more practice and try to practice them every day.
  • If you are unable to cover everything before the exam commences, then try to focus on the subjects which have more marking. Don’t try to cover everything a few nights before.
  • Focus on the previous papers and question banks given by us and you will be sure to ace the whole thing.

SBI PO 2018 Syllabus Free PDF Download

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Updated: May 16, 2018 — 2:22 pm

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