SBI PO Recruitment 2016 Crack the Probationary Officer Exam – Interview Tips


State Bank of India is an Indian multinational, public sector banking and financial services company. It is a government-owned corporation with its headquarters in Mumbai, Maharashtra.  The State Bank of India is one of the Big Four banks of India, along with ICICI Bank, Bank of Baroda and Punjab National Bank.  SBI provides a range of banking products through its network of branches in India and overseas, including products aimed at non-resident Indians (NRIs). SBI has 14 regional hubs and 57 Zonal Offices that are located at important cities throughout India.

SBI every year releases recruitments and provides various job opportunities for the job aspirants.  Recently also the bank has released a Recruitment Notification and have invited online application from the dedicated Candidates for the Recruitment of Probationary Officers.  Candidates selected are liable to be posted anywhere in India.  The last date of submission of online application was 24/05/2016.  Many Candidates have applied for the Post of Probationary Officers.  Here in this page we are providing the details of exam pattern, syllabus, how to crack exam etc.  Read this post carefully and prepare for the Exam.

Details of SBI PO Recruitment 2016

Name of Bank  :  State Bank of India

Official site  :  www.sbi.co.in

Name of Post  :  Probationary Officers

Number of Posts  :  2428 

Job Location  :  anywhere in India

Salary  : Selected candidates will get 16900/- as basic salary. Candidates will also get the benefits for D.A, H.R.A & C.C.A benefits. SBI PO salary varies from one city to another.

Sr.no Important Event Tentative Dates
1 Download of Call Letter for Pre-Examination Training (PET) for SC/ST/ Minority Community May 2016
2 Pre-Examination Training for SC/ST/ Minority Community May 2016
3 Download Call Letter for preliminary Examination June 2016
4 Online preliminary Examination July 2016
5 Result of Online preliminary Examination July 2016
6 Download call letter of Main examination August 2016
7 Online Main Examination August 2016
8 Result of Online main examination August 2016
9 Download call letter for GD and interview September 2016
10 Conduct GD and interview September 2016
11 Final selection list October 2016

SBI PO Selection Procedure 2016  :-

SBI conducts the probationary officer recruitment in three stages-

  • Preliminary Examination
  • Main Examination
  • Personality Test

I) Preliminary Examination

Important highlights for the Exam pattern followed in the preliminary exam are as follows:

  • The Preliminary examination is an objective type examination where the candidates need to select one correct option out of given four options.
  • The total mark of the exam is 100.
  • For every correct response provided, the candidates would be awarded 1 mark and for every wrong response ¼ mark will be deducted. However, no mark will be deducted for any response.
  • The test would be conducted online and every response should be marked properly.
  • The total time allotted is 60 minutes.
  • The candidates should note that there are three sections in the Preliminary examination which has sectional cutoffs which the candidates need to clear. The three sections are as follows:
Serial No. Name of section Number of Questions asked in the section Total marks in the section Time allotted
1 English Language 30 30 A total of 1 hour (no fixed timing for any section)
2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

II)  Main Examination

The table illustrated below will help the candidates in understanding the structure of objective test in SBI PO Main examination :

Serial No. Name of section Number of Questions asked in the section Total marks in the section Time Duration
1 Reasoning and Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
2 Data Analysis and interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
3 General/Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
4 English Language 35 40 40 minutes
 Total 155 200 3 hours 

SBI PO Selection Procedure 2016 (Descriptive section pattern)

Along with the objective type question, the Main Exam will have questions in the descriptive format as well. Following are the important points to ponder for the written examination:

  • The Descriptive section will carry 50 marks and would also be an online test.
  • The question will be displayed on the monitor below whom space would be provided where the candidates will have to type the answer using the keyboard.
  • The duration of this test would be 30 minutes.
  • This test will be a test of English language to judge the writing skills of the candidates where the focus would be on letter writing and essay.
  • The candidates are required to qualify in the Descriptive Test by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.
  • 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.

III) Group Discussion and personal Interview

The candidates who clear the cutoff score for the Main Examination would then be called for a group discussion and personal Interview test where the candidates will have to face an Interview board.The final merit list would be released on the basis of the candidate’s performance in the Main and Interview.

SBI PO  Syllabus details 2016 :-

A. English Syllabus

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Faulty Construction
  • Jumbled Sentences
  • Close Passages

SERIAL

NAME

NUMBER OF QUESTION

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

1

Reading Comprehension

15+10

Moderate to Difficult

2

Faulty Construction

10

Easy to Moderate

3

Jumbled Sentences

5

Easy to Moderate

4

Close Passages

10

Easy

B. Logical Reasoning Syllabus

  • Directions & Arrangements (Circular Arrangements)
  • Codes (Sentence Coding)
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Syllogism
  • Analogies (Meaning Based + Logical)
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Sequential Output Tracing
  • Visual Reasoning

SERIAL

NAME

NUMBER OF QUESTION

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

1

Direction & Arrangements

7

Difficult

2

Sentence coding

6

Easy

3

Critical Reasoning

10

Easy to Moderate

4

Syllogism

6

Easy

5

Analogies

5

Easy

6

Data Sufficiency

6

Moderate

7

Sequential Output Training

5

Moderate

8

Visual Reasoning

5

Easy to Moderate

C. General Awareness Syllabus

  • Banking
  • Current Affairs
  • Computer Awareness
  • Marketing

SERIAL

AREA

NUMBER OF QUESTION

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

1

Banking

12-13

Moderate to Difficult

2

Current Affairs

12-13

Easy to Moderate

3

Computer Awareness

13

Easy to Moderate

4

Marketing

11

Easy

D. Data Analysis and Interpretation

  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Line Graph
  • Pie Charts
  • Bar Charts
  • Tables

SERIAL

AREA

NUMBER OF QUESTION

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

1

Quantitative Aptitude

10

Easy

2

Line Graph

7

Moderate

3

Pie Charts

6

Easy to Moderate

4

Bar Charts

7

Easy

5

Tables

20

Moderate to Difficult

SBI PO 2016 Descriptive Exam Syllabus :-

  • Letter Writing
  • Paragraph Writing
  • Essay Writing
  • Precise Writing
  • Reading Comprehension

SERIAL

AREA

NUMBER OF QUESTION

TOPICS

1

Letter Writing

10

To open/close a branch, to know about saving schemes and account types, to a friend asking to attend a seminar or encourage him for savings, to apply for education loan and know about net-banking.

2

Paragraph Writing

8

If I were an author, Rural banking, Impact of autonomy, Economic policy, Indian economy and its features

3

Essay Writing

12

Right to education act, Financial inclusion, How technology has improved banking

4

Precise Writing

10

A given topic which has to be summarized

5

Reading Comprehension

10

Topic shall be given in the paper itself

SBI PO – Recommended Books :-

  • Reasoning– Verbal and Non –Verbal reasoning by R S Aggarwal, book by M K Pandey (BSC publications).
  • Quantitative aptitude– Fast track by Rajesh Verma (Arihant publications), Quantitative aptitude by R S Aggarwal.
  • For Data Interpretation and Analysis – Accredited Guide to Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency by Ananta Ashisha.
  • English – Objective general English by S P Bakshi, Mirror of Common Error, & Wren and Martin.

    SBI PO Preparation Tips 2016

    1. Reading skills: Since, some of the segment asked in the exam such as General Awareness needs the information of all the present affairs of the society
    2. Get thorough with the Syllabus: Before preliminary any training procedure, it is completely vital that the applicant is totally alert of all the syllabus stuffing. Applicant must have total information of how subjects are prearranged in the curriculum and obtain clear about every topic.
    3. Give sufficient time: Time is the for the most part of the essential and imperative asset that one wants to spend to get ready successfully. Along with all the SBI PO 2016 Preparation Tips, this one is also essential. Give adequate time to matters and areas as they merit so that they are make clear and no qualms are left in that field.
    4. Attempt questions carefully: While replying the questions, this is very significant that the applicants study the query very cautiously and respond them with the greatest care. Never misinterpret the question and control period well so as to stab each question properly.

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