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SBI CBO General Awareness Questions

SBI CBO General Awareness: The SBI Circle-Based Officer exam will be held in January 2024. With a total of 5447 vacancies out, candidates should make sure to check out the opportunity and apply if they are eligible. The last day to apply is today, 12th December, and candidates can apply here. This blog will help you understand the topics to tackle and cover for the SBI CBO General Awareness section.

SBI CBO GA – Exam Pattern and Syllabus

Before getting into the detailed breakdown of the general awareness section for the SBI CBO exam, let’s understand the exam pattern and syllabus of the exam. These are covered in this section below.

SBI CBO Exam Pattern 

The total time duration for SBI CBO Online test is 2 hours and 30 minutes. Check the section-wise exam pattern for the online examination below.

SBI CBO Online test

The exam pattern for the SBI CBO online test is as follows-

Name of TestNo of QuestionsMax MarksDuration
English Language303030 mins
Banking Knowledge404040 mins
General Awareness/Economy303030 mins
Computer Aptitude 202020 mins
Total1201202 hours
SBI CBO Descriptive test

The descriptive test will test the candidate’s ability to write long-form content. The type of questions will be as given below.

Descriptive TestNo of QuestionsMax MarksDuration
Letter Writing12530 min
Essay-250 words on banking related125 
Total25030 min

Penalty for Wrong Answers: There will be no penalty for wrong answers marked in Objective Tests. If a question is left blank, i.e. if no answer is marked by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question too.

SBI CBO Syllabus

The exam for SBI CBO consists of 4 subjects – English, Banking Knowledge, Computer Aptitude, General/Economic Awareness. Here the SBI CBO syllabus 2023 is tabulated below.

English LanguageBanking KnowledgeGeneral Awareness/EconomyComputer Aptitude 
Cloze Test
Reading Comprehension
Spotting Errors
Sentence Improvement
Sentence Correction
Para Jumbles
Fill in the Blanks
Para/Sentence Completion
Word Association
Latest Banking updates
Important banking concepts
Government schemes related to Banking sector
Monetary Policy
Types of money and measures of money supply
Financial institutions and Financial regulators in India
Currency circulation and management
Financial inclusion
Financial Awareness
Current Affairs
General Knowledge
Static Awareness
Banking and Financial Awareness
Preventive Vigilance
Legal Issues
Keyboard Shortcuts
Computer Abbreviation
Microsoft Office
Computer Hardware
Computer Software
Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies
Operating System
Basic of Logic Gates

SBI CBO General Awareness – Weightage

The first thing to understand about the GA section for SBI CBO is it is covered under two sections-

  • Banking Knowledge
  • General Awareness/Knowledge

From the exam pattern, we can see that this constitutes 70 marks out of the total 120. This is more than half the paper in its weightage. The importance of these two sections cannot be overstated. Hence, it is necessary to cover these sections as thoroughly as possible during your preparation so that you can easily score high on these two sections. The first step to preparing is knowing what to prepare so here are the likely topics from where SBI CBO General Awareness questions can be asked.

SBI CBO General Awareness – Banking Awareness Topics

The topics stated below are all based on the previous year’s papers. This not only narrows down the target topics but also emphasizes their importance for the SBI CBO exam in particular. Since these have been tested before, you can be assured that questions will be asked about these topics again. Here are the SBI CBO Banking Awareness topics tested in previous year papers:

  • RBI Monetary Policy and PSL
  • NPA, SMA, and IBC (Wilful defaulter, Lien Concept)
  • Basel Norms and PCA
  • Types of account (Basic and Advanced)
  • Types of Cheque and Positive Pay System
  • Payment system: UPI, IMPS, BHIM
  • Types of Risks in the Banking Sector
  • SBI in News
  • Collaterals and Types of Loans

SBI CBO General Awareness – Current Affairs Topics

The following are the top 5 current affairs topics for SBI CBO that you have to make sure to prepare. As these topics are based on the previous year, this means, these are important and will be tested again.

  • RBI Circulars in the Last 6 Months
  • Other Regulatory Bodies in News
  • Government Schemes
  • News of National and International Importance: Summits, MoUs
  • Banking, Finance, and Business News

SBI CBO GA Questions – Video Analysis

Check out the video analysis by our current affairs and general knowledge expert faculty Aditya Sir.

SBI CBO General Awareness – Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. How many questions are asked from banking awareness for SBI CBO?

A1. SBI CBO has 40 questions of 40 marks from banking awareness and knowledge.

Q2. How many general awareness/knowledge questions are asked in SBI CBO?

A2. There are 30 questions from the general awareness section for SBI CBO.

Q3. How many stages does SBI CBO have?

A3. SBI CBO has only one exam stage – the online test. It has a total of 120 questions for 120 marks.


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