SBI PO 2019 Exam Pattern

sbi po exam pattern

The State Bank of India PO exams will be consist of three phases. So, the first phase of the exam is the PRELIMINARY Exam, then the second phase of the exam is MAINS Exam and at last the third phase Group Discussion and Interview. But the second and third phase marks are required to make the final merit list of the nominated students.

Phase 1: Preliminary Exam (pre-exam)

The preliminary exam is an objective type exam conducted in online mode. The preliminary exam contains 100 questions with a total of 100 marks from three sections English, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability. The time allotted for the preliminary exam is 1 Hour; you have to solve all these 100 questions within these 60 minutes.


English Comprehension 30 30
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
Reasoning 35 35

Point to be noted that all the applicants need to score the minimum marks (which is the cut off marks) to qualify this exam.

Phase 2: Mains Exam

The mains examination is consist of 2 parts:


Objective Test contains 200 marks with a total of 155 questions. Time fixed to solve the objective part of the mains exam is 3 hours or 180 minutes. Negative marks are equal to one-fourth of the marks which will be deducted from the wrong answers.


Reasoning and Computer Aptitude 45                                                       60
Data Analysis and Interpretation 35 60
General Awareness 40 40
English Comprehension 35 40


The main objective of this segment is to test your English Language. In this test, you have to write essays or letters. The entire time given for this section is 30 minutes and this section consists of 50 marks. Applicants have to succeed this descriptive test in order to be selected for the work. The descriptive test is only for those applicants who have scored the qualifying marks in the objective test.

Phase 3: Group Discussion & Interview

Here comes the last and the third phase for the SBI PO exam after qualifying all the phases which is Group Discussion and Interview. Total marks for Group Discussion and Interview are 20 and 30 marks correspondingly.


SBI P.O. exam consists of mainly 5 sections of English Comprehension, Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness, and Computer knowledge. So here is the whole syllabus which you should read before practicing.

English Comprehension:

One of the important section of this exam. This segment is principally designed to test your English vocabulary and grammar. Here the topics from where the questions will be asked.

  1. Verb
  2. Tenses
  3. Error Detection
  4. Synonyms and Antonyms
  5. Fill in the Blanks
  6. Comprehension Passage
  7. Sentence Arrangement

Quantitative Aptitude:

Here are the topics from where the questions can be asked.

  1. Number System
  2. Percentage
  3. S.I and C.I
  4. Time and Work
  5. Distance and Speed
  6. Profit and Loss
  7. Unitary Method
  8. Algebra
  9. Mensuration


Here are the topics for this section.

  1. Number or Alphabet series
  2. Coding and Decoding
  3. Rankings
  4. Blood Relationship
  5. Problem of Ages
  6. Mirror Images
  7. Dice Problems
  8. Grouping Identical Figures

General Awareness:

In this section, the person checks how much an applicant is updated of the latest news and current affairs. Here are the topics listed.

  1. Current Affairs
  2. Budget and Five Years Plans
  3. Full Form
  4. Politics
  5. Sports
  6. Awards
  7. Science

Data analysis and interpretation:

This segment tests how well an entrant is able to get the info from tables and graphs given to them. Most of the questions asked in this segment are from graphs and probability.

  1. Line Graph
  2. Bar Graph
  3. Pie Chart
  4. Probability
  5. Tabular Information

Computer Awareness:

This segment checks the basic computer knowledge of the aspirant. Here are the topics listed below.

  1. Computer Basics
  2. Shortcuts
  3. Hardware and Software
  4. Input and Output Devices

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