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 OverviewImportant DatesPreparation 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 EventsDates
Download SBI PO Prelims Call Letter18th June 218
Prelims Exam Dates1st, 7th & 8th of July 2018
Prelims Exam Result15th July 2018
Downloading of Mains Exam Call Letter20th July 2018
Main Exam Date04th August 2018
Mains Exam Result20th August 2018
Downloading of Interview Call Letter09th September 2018
Group Exercises & Interviews Date24th Sept 2018 to 12th October 2108
SBI PO Final Result01st November 2018
Download Pre-Exam Training Admit Card25th May 2018
Pre-Exam Training18th June 2018 to 23rd June 2018
Recruitment BoardDetails SBI PO 2018 Job Notification
Last Date for Online Registration13th 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(ObjectiveNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1English Language3030Composite time of 1 Hour
2Numerical Ability3535
3Reasoning Ability3535

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(ObjectiveNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1Reasoning and  Computer Aptitude456060 minutes
2Data Analysis & Interpretation356045 minutes
3General/Economy/Banking Awareness404035 minutes
4English Language354040 minutes
                       Total155200180 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:

TopicNumber Of Questions
Number Series/Alphabet Test5
Coding Decoding5
Coded Inequalities5
Blood Relations2
Ranking Test2-3

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

TopicNo. of Questions
Reading Comprehension8
Cloze Test7
Fill in the Blanks5
Para Jumbles5
Error Spotting / Correction5

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

TopicsNo. of Questions
Number System2-3
Ratio & Proportion2-3
Data Interpretation6-10
Simple & Compound Interest1-2
Time, Speed, Distance1-2
Averages & Mixtures1-2
Profit & Loss1-2

⇒ SBI PO Main Examination Syllabus :

ReasoningData Analysis & interpretationEnglish LanguageGeneral/Economy/ Banking AwarenessComputer Awareness
Verbal ReasoningTabular GraphReading ComprehensionFinancial AwarenessInternet
SyllogismLine GraphGrammarCurrent AffairsMemory
Circular Seating ArrangementPie ChartVocabularyGeneral KnowledgeKeyboard Shortcuts
Linear Seating ArrangementBar GraphVerbal AbilityStatic AwarenessComputer Abbreviation
Double LineupRadar Graph CaseletWord AssociationBanking and Financial AwarenessMicrosoft Office
SchedulingMissing Case DISentence ImprovementComputer Hardware
Input OutputLet it Case DIPara JumblesComputer Software
Blood RelationsData SufficiencyCloze TestOperating System
Directions and DistancesProbabilityError SpottingNetworking
Ordering and RankingPermutation and CombinationFill in the blanksComputer 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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