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SBI PO Syllabus 2023 for Prelims and Mains

Last updated on 28-Mar-2023

SBI PO Syllabus 

SBI is soon expected to release the official notification for the recruitment of Probationary Officers for 2023. Candidates can check for the notification and further details here once it is released on the official website. Aspiring candidatesmust be looking for a complete SBI PO syllabus 2023 to start with the preparation. Well, you have come to the right place then. This article will help you with complete details of the exam starting with the exam pattern and covering the detailed exam syllabus. The first priority is to ace the Prelims exam that will be coming up soon after the release of notification. 

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SBI PO Syllabus 2023

The SBI PO Prelims syllabus and Mains syllabus are similar in some aspects. Reasoning Ability and English Language sections are more or less similar for the SBI PO Prelims and SBI PO Mains. Apart from this, the mains exam has Computer ability, general awareness, and a Data analysis & interpretations section. This is in addition to the Reasoning Ability and English Language section. Here we will give you a detailed section-wise topic distribution for both SBI PO prelims and SBI PO mains. This will help you better understand what could be your preparation strategy for the SBI PO exam.

SBI PO Prelims Syllabus

Candidates who are willing to appear for the examination must have a proper knowledge regarding the Preliminary examination syllabus. Prelims syllabus will help candidates in creating a planning strategy for beginning of their preparation journey. We have mentioned below the detailed subject-wise syllabus for the SBI PO Prelims.

SBI PO Quant Syllabus

Here is a list of topics that are covered in the quant section. A detailed topic explanation is given for a better understanding.

1. Average - Questions based on heights/ age/ marks can be expected from this topic. The formation of questions is very basic from this topic, but interpreting will be the key.

2. Percentages - It is like the building block for further topics like profit & loss and SI, CI. 1 liner questions are asked from this topic.

3. Profit & Loss - This will include questions on Profit or Loss on selling price, Profit or Loss on cost price, finding selling price, cost price or market price (Seller & Traders)

4. Simple Interest & Compound Interest - Finding interest over the amount lent, partnerships, and bank interest are the types of questions that come under this topic.

5. Series - 2 types of series are basically in focus, missing, and the wrong number series. A series of numbers is given with a particular pattern. Track the pattern and answer the next number or remove the ones not falling on order.

6. Data Interpretations - Bar graphs, pie-chart, tables, etc are used to represent data and you will have to decode the data and answer the questions followed.

7. Probability - The possibility of happening an event is given and related questions are followed. Probability is also the base for taking up Permutations and combinations questions.

8. Simplifications - It includes questions about multiple mathematical operations taking place. Numbers could be undergoing any mathematical operations.

9. Mixtures & Ratio Proportion - Questions related to the mixing of 2 or more solutions or any product is the highlight of this topic. You will have to find out the share of each solution & often might have to find the ratio.

10. Time & Work - More than 1 person taking time to complete the job is given, individual time is taken or days taken have to be calculated. This is very commonly seen in exams.

11. Time, Speed & Distance - Boats, trains or any other vehicle traveling from one point to another has certain things to calculate like, time, speed, and the distance covered. 

12. Mensuration - All the mathematical shapes (square, cube, rhombus, rectangle, cylinder, sphere) are part of this topic. Calculating their area, volume etc is asked in the exam.

SBI PO Reasoning Syllabus

A broad list of topics is mentioned with their detailed explanation followed.

1. Alphanumeric Series - A mix of words and alphabet is given which is forming a series. Finding out the answer by tracking the pattern is needed. The number could be the missing term or the next term.

2. Arrangements - There are 3 types of arrangements most commonly asked in the exam (Circular, Seating & Parallel). Arranging the people with the given information and then answering the questions followed.

3. Puzzles - Puzzles can be formed on a box, stack, caselet, etc. You will have to interpret the information and approach the questions asked accordingly.

4. Blood Relations - This will include figuring out the relation between 2 individuals based on the information provided. 

5. Syllogism - 2 or more statements will be provided with conclusions and you have to answer whether the given statements follow the conditions and are true or not.

6. Data Sufficiency - It has given conditions based on which you have to answer whether the information given is sufficient enough to answer. Options will be provided for these question types.

7. Coding/Decoding - A word will be given along with a supporting word and you will have to figure out the relation between the words to answer the questions that will be followed.

8. Direction Sense - Aspirants are quizzed on their understanding of directions like north, west, south, and east. Location is given in parts and you will be combining the information to get the answer.

SBI PO English Syllabus 

1. Reading Comprehension - A brief paragraph is given followed by the questions. Questions are based on the paragraph mentioned. Types of questions followed are inference-based, direct, synonym, antonym, filler, etc.

2. Cloze Test - This includes a complete paragraph with fillers in between where an appropriate word needs to be filled. Options are given to choose from.

3. Sentence Correction - A sentence is given and a part of the sentence contains an error. You have to figure out the error and pick the correct choice from the option.

4. Error Detection - This sentence includes sentences that are broken into parts and are mentioned as options. Choosing the correct part which contains error is the key. If there is no error just mark the option with ‘No Error' written. Mostly grammar or vocabulary-based.

5. Phrase Replacement - In this topic, a candidate's knowledge of English is put to test. You guys will be asked to replace a verb/ phrase with a more relevant one.

6. Fillers - Fill in the blanks is something that you are already familiar with. Here you have to fill in the blanks with relevant words from the option. Thus, making the sentence meaningful.

7. Synonyms/ Antonyms - Word meanings and the opposite of the meaning of the given word also is a part of this section. Questions from this topic are seen in the Cloze test or RC very often. Here is the compiled syllabus in the format of a table.

Quantitative Aptitude SyllabusReasoning SyllabusEnglish Syllabus
Simplification/ ApproximationAlphanumeric SeriesReading Comprehension
Profit & LossDirectionsFill in the blanks
Mixtures & AllegationsLogical ReasoningCloze Test
Permutation, Combination & ProbabilityData SufficiencyPara jumbles
Work & TimeRanking & OrderVocabulary
Sequence & SeriesAlphabet TestParagraph Completion
Simple Interest & Compound InterestSeating ArrangementMultiple Meaning /Error Spotting
Surds & IndicesCoded InequalitiesSentence Completion
Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, SpherePuzzleTenses Rules
Time & DistanceSyllogism 
Data InterpretationBlood Relations
Ratio & ProportionCoding-Decoding
Number SystemsInput-Output

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SBI PO Mains Syllabus

We have mentioned below the detailed SBI PO mains syllabus for the candidates. Aspiring candidates can check the subject-wise syllabus of mains with the brief description of the topics.

SBI PO English Syllabus

The English language is a section that is common to both Prelims & Mains phases. Although the syllabus for prelims and mains is similar, the change is in the difficulty level of the paper. More emphasis is being put on Reading Comprehension & Cloze Test in the mains exam. You can refer to the syllabus by scrolling up.

SBI PO Computer Aptitude Syllabus

1. Memory - Computer-based memory, internal and external related questions appear in this topic. 

2. Operating System - A system that manages software and hardware and resources inside the system. Questions on this topic range from types of OS to their development 

3. Computer Hardware - This will include questions from the hardware parts of the system, including CPU, Memory unit, Monitor, mouse, keyboard, etc.

4. Internet - This topic needs no introduction, a basic entity that is enabling them to connect and find anything and everything at the reach of their hands.

5. Computer Software - Insides of the computer that makes the operations and functions happen to constitute this section. Operating System, Antivirus, and Software, all are covered in this topic.

6. Microsoft Office - Microsoft Office or MS Office is the grand product of Microsoft. Today MS Office is used worldwide in every segment. Word, Excel, and Powerpoint are all products of MS Office. 

7. Computer Abbreviations - Computer abbreviations like OS, RAM, ROM, etc can be asked in this topic.

8. Networking - It is defined as the connection system that is done at the internal end to meet the desired task. Connecting people on the computer system is the best example of networking.

SBI PO Data Analysis & Interpretation Syllabus

1. Graph-Based Questions - This topic covers a pool of topics. Graphs can be based on Bar, pie-chart, tabular, linear. Pieces of information are given in one of these formats and are followed by a group of fo questions. These questions can be scoring as putting time solve just one graph can help you take up at least 5 questions followed

2. Missing Case DI - A table of information is given supported by a few statements which will have certain blocks empty. You will need to comprehend the information and fill the tables with suitable information.

3. Data Sufficiency - Multiple statements are given based on which 1 or 2 conclusions are drawn. Figuring out if those given statements lead you to find answers or not will be the key.

4. Permutations and Combinations - A set of information is given & conditions to choose the information are provided. The formation of questions is fairly direct and logical.

5. Caselet - A caselet is nothing but a set of information given in paragraph form. No pictorial representation of information is used. Questions followed have to be answered based on the information.

6. Probability - Probability questions will be formula-based often and sometimes direct but the level of the questions will vary.

SBI PO General Awareness Syllabus

This section is surely the most score of all topics, but this requires diligent follow-ups and revision. Also, this can be a vast topic given the diversity and possibilities of questions coming from any topic. It includes Current Affairs, Banking Awareness, Static Awareness, Financial & Economic Awareness, and General Knowledge.

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SBI PO Mains Syllabus in Compiled Format

Data Analysis & InterpretationReasoningGeneral/Economy/Banking AwarenessEnglish LanguageComputer 
Tabular GraphVerbal ReasoningCurrent AffairsReading ComprehensionInternet
Line GraphSyllogismFinancial AwarenessGrammarMemory
Bar GraphCircular Seating ArrangementGeneral KnowledgeVerbal AbilityKeyboard Shortcuts
Charts & TablesLinear Seating ArrangementStatic AwarenessVocabularyComputer Abbreviation
Missing Case DIDouble LineupBanking Terminologies KnowledgeSentence ImprovementMicrosoft Office
Radar Graph CaseletSchedulingBanking AwarenessWord AssociationComputer Hardware
ProbabilityInput OutputPrinciples of InsurancePara JumblesComputer Software
Data SufficiencyBlood Relations Error SpottingComputer Fundamentals /Terminologies
Let it Case DIDirections and DistancesCloze TestNetworking
Permutation and CombinationOrdering and RankingFill in the blanksNumber System
Pie ChartsData Sufficiency Operating System
 Coding and DecodingBasic of Logic Gates
Code Inequalities 
Course of Action
Critical Reasoning
Analytical and Decision Making

SBI PO Preparation Strategy For Prelims & Mains

Here I will be sharing, what should be your approach and plan to tackle the SBI PO Exam. This preparation Strategy will effectively help you devise your plan study to prepare for SBI PO. The strategy will be section-wise for clarity. 

Although when preparing for prelims, be in touch with the high-level questions for the mains exam as well. This will boost your confidence.

English Section Preparation Strategy

  • Three very basic things form the base of the English section, grammar, vocabulary & Reading Comprehension. Each has its unique way of preparation and approach. Let's discuss this in detail.
  • Make reading your priority. Vocabulary is not built overnight. It takes time and perseverance to master. Regularly follow the newspaper for your choice and read editorial articles religiously.
  • Make a list of important words, their meanings, and antonyms that you come across while reading.
  • Follow basic grammar rules from a book of your choice or you can follow video lectures.
  • Practice Reading Comprehension from different sources and do not categorize. Attempt all possible RC to get a wide idea.
  • Practice Questions and brush up your preparations with a free mock test.

Reasoning Section Preparation Strategy

  • This section requires you to think logically and out of the box. Approaches can be basic but interpretations have to be accurate.
  • Practice as many questions as possible. Pay special inference to Puzzles and Syllogism.
  • Get a Complete Set of questions for all reasoning topics.
  • Practice puzzles and DI simultaneously as these are among the favorite topics for the exam authorities.

Quant Section Preparation Strategy

  • Take SBI PO Mock Tests regularly to understand which section needs more attention.
  • Prepare for topics that pose challenges for you with the free sectional mock test. Watch Youtube videos from experts to get the most effective and fast techniques.
  • Download the maths short tricks calculation pdf here to help you with the calculations.
  • Practice types of questions by taking a complete free mock test. It will give you a real-time experience of the exam before the actual exam.

SBI PO Prelims Exam Pattern

S.No.Name of SubjectsNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1English Language303020 minutes
2Quantitative Aptitude353520 minutes
3Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
Total1001001 hour

SBI PO Mains Exam Pattern

This year the mains exam pattern has been changed, following are the details of the SBI PO mains exam pattern.

  • The main Examination will be conducted online and will consist of Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Tests for 50 marks.
  • The Descriptive Test will be administered immediately after the conclusion of the Objective Test and candidates will have to type their Descriptive Test answers on the computer.
TestName of the testNo. of Qs.Max. MarksDuration
IReasoning & Computer Aptitude405050 min
IIData Analysis & Interpretation305045 min
IIIGeneral/ Economy/ Banking Awareness506045 min
IVEnglish Language354040 min
 Total1552003 hour
 Descriptive Paper-English Language (Letter Writing & Essay)25030 min
 Grand Total 250 marks 

Note :

  • A negative marking of 1/4th will be applicable in both prelims and mains exams.
  • Sectional Marks will not be maintained for both Preliminary & Main Examinations

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What is the full form of the SBI PO exam?

SBI PO is an acronym for State Bank of India Probationary Officer. SBI PO test is held once a year for the recruitment of Probationary Officers by the State Bank of India. This is the most renowned exam in the banking area.

How many times is the SBI PO exam held each year? +

The SBI PO Exam is held once a year.

Is the SBI PO a government position? +

Yes, SBI PO is a government bank job.

What is the SBI PO salary? +

Presently, the starting basic pay is 41,960/- (with 4 advance increments) in the scale of 36000-1490/7-46430-1740/2-49910-1990/7-63840 applicable to Junior Management Grade Scale-I. The official will also be eligible for D.A, H.R.A/ Lease rental, C.C.A, Medical and other allowances & perquisites as per rules in force from time to time.

What is the age limit for the SBI PO exam? +

The age limit for SBI PO Exam is 21 years to 30 years.

Is it possible for final-year students to apply for SBI PO? +

Yes, candidates in their last year are eligible to apply. If they are summoned for an interview, they must provide proof of their date of passing out.

Is there a cut-off for each area in the SBI PO Prelims? +

In the SBI PO preliminary examination, there is no sectional cut-off.

What is the application fee for the SBI PO exam 2023? +

The application fee for SC/ST/PWD category students is NIL, whereas the application fee for general and other category students is Rs. 750.

How many attempts are there in the SBI PO exam? +

The general candidate can apply only 4 times, while an OBC can apply 7 times. Moreover, SC/ST does not have any restrictions.

From where Can I apply online for the SBI PO 2023? +

Candidates can apply online from the official site of SBI once the registration procedure starts.

When will the SBI PO Notification 2023 be released? +

SBI PO Notification 2023 is expected to be released in the month of August.

How many vacancies will be released in SBI PO 2023? +

Candidates can know the vacancies for SBI PO 2023 after the release of notification.

What is the upper age limit for the SBI PO 2023? +

30 years is the upper age limit for the SBI PO 2023. Reserved categories candidates are provided with the age relaxation in years as per government advisory.

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