SBI PO Recruitment 2020: Exam Pattern and Complete Syllabus


It might be frustrating for you to wait for the SBI PO notification 2020 which got postponed amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Your frustration is normal but you should think about this situation as an opportunity to prepare better. Today’s article is for those who want to crack the exam this time at any cost and aware of the fact that every second count. Your early preparation can make you way ahead than your competitors. As SBI PO is one of the best-reputed banks we have in our country and to be the part of this will be a dream come true, it surely comes with a price. Long story short, SBI recruits candidates who have that A factor and therefore the recruitment process requires you to be the best among all. Having said that, SBI PO is achievable for anyone who is consistent and determined to crack this exam. To start your preparation for SBI PO 2020, you need to have complete and true knowledge of the exam pattern and complete syllabus. To assist you with this following are the complete SBI PO Exam Pattern 2020 and SBI PO Syllabus.

SBI PO Exam Pattern 2020:

SBI PO recruitment process consists of a total of three phases and they are as follows:

  • Phase 1– SBI PO Prelims exam 2020
  • Phase 2– SBI PO Mains exam 2020
  • Phase 3– Group Discussion and Personal Interview

Let’s talk about each in detail

SBI PO Prelims Exam Pattern 2020:

SBI PO Prelims exam is a multiple-choice online exam consist of a total of 100 marks. The subjects involved in the exam are Logical Reasoning, English Language and Quantitative Aptitude. Please note that there is no sectional cutoff in the exam and overall marks will be evaluated to qualify for the next phase. Also, this phase is qualifying in nature which means that the score obtained in this will not be counted while making the final merit list. The complete exam pattern is provided in the table below:

S.No Name of the test No. Of Questions Marks Duration
1. English Language 30 Total Maximum Marks 100 20 minutes
2. Quantitative Aptitude 35 20 minutes
3. Reasoning Ability 35 20 minutes
  Total 100 1 Hour

SBI PO Mains Exam Pattern 2020:

If you will manage to qualify the prelims or phase 1 of SBI PO exam 2020, you will be called for the mains exam. This exam is very crucial because it decides your selection in the exam. The score obtained in this exam will be taken into consideration in shortlisting for the Interview round as well while making the final merit list. This phase also doesn’t have a sectional cutoff which is a relief for many. Detailed examination pattern for SBI PO Mains exam is provided in the table below:

Test Name of the Test No. Of Questions Max. Marks Duration
I Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
II Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
III General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
IV English Language 35 40 40 minutes
  Total 155 200 3 hours

Descriptive Test:  30 minutes duration of Descriptive Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) will take place in which 50 marks will be allotted.  

SBI PO 2020 (Group Discussion and Interview)

After clearing the SBI PO Mains Exam, you will be further called for a GD-PI session. Questions related to your past experience and some questions related to General Knowledge can be asked by the panel. The minimum qualifying marks will be decided by the Bank whereas the marks allotted to these two rounds are: Group Discussion – 20 marks, Interview – 30 marks

SBI PO Syllabus

Now that you know everything related to the SBI PO exam pattern 2020, you should not waste any more time and start preparing as soon as you can. To start your preparation, you first need to finish your syllabus but for that, you must have a syllabus handy with you. I am providing the SBI PO syllabus in a tabular form below, you can either take a printout or you can note down the complete syllabus in your notebook.

SBI PO Prelims Syllabus

Reasoning Quantitative Aptitude English Language
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test Mixtures &Alligations Para jumbles
Data Sufficiency Simple Interest & Compound Interest Miscellaneous
Logical Reasoning Simplification Reading Comprehension
Alphanumeric Series Profit & Loss Cloze Test
Coded Inequalities Work & Time Fill in the blanks
Puzzle Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere Paragraph Completion
Seating Arrangement Time & Distance Multiple Meaning /Error Spotting
Tabulation Data Interpretation Passage Completion
Syllogism Ratio & Proportion Deriving Conclusion
Blood Relations Number Systems Rearrangement of Passage
Input Output Sequence & Series Sentence correction
Coding Decoding Permutation Surds & Indices Spotting Errors
Combination &Probability Percentage Grammar
Analogy Percentages Theme Detection
Classification Trignometry  
Word Formation Profit,Loss and Discount  
Statement and Conclusion    

SBI PO Mains Syllabus

Data Analysis & Interpretation Reasoning English Language General/Economy/ Banking Awareness Computer Aptitude
Tabular Graph Verbal Reasoning Reading Comprehension Banking terms, Abbreviations and Economic terminologies Internet
Line Graph Syllogism Grammar Overview of Indian Financial System Memory
Pie Chart Circular Seating Arrangement Vocabulary History of Indian Banking System Keyboard Shortcuts
Bar Graph Linear Seating Arrangement Verbal Ability Recent Credit and Monetary Policies Computer Abbreviation
Radar Graph Caselet Double Lineup Word Association Important Government Schemes on capital and money market Microsoft Office
Missing Case DI Scheduling Sentence Improvement Introduction to national financial institutions like RBI, SEBI, IRDA, FSDC etc Computer Hardware
Let it Case DI Input Output Para Jumbles Introduction to International organisations like IMF, World Bank, ADB, UN etc Computer Software
Data Sufficiency Blood Relations Cloze Test Current affairs related to national and international issues of last 6 months Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies
Probability Directions and Distances Error Spotting   Networking
Permutation and Combination Ordering and Ranking Fill in the blanks   Number System
  Data Sufficiency     Operating System
  Coding and Decoding     Basic of Logic Gates
  Code Inequalities      
  Course of Action      
  Critical Reasoning      
  Analytical and Decision Making      

After completing the syllabus make sure to attempt mock tests as much as you can. Mock tests will help you in improving your score as well as speed. ixamBee is providing Free Mock tests on SBI PO 2020. Therefore, make sure to attempt them to evaluate your performance along with the preparation level.

SBI PO Online Course 2020

If you need assistance in the preparation of SBI PO exam 2020, you can buy our SBI PO Online Course 2020 in which you will get updated content, live doubt classes as well as 24/7 assistance of our experts. With the experts like Chandraprakash Joshi (ex-RBI Grade B officer), Arunima Sinha (ex SIDBI PO), Karan Sardana (10 years experienced faculty for Quantitative Aptitude) it is evident that you will the best content. If you are still confused, you can watch our demo video available on the SBI PO Online course 2020 page. Some of the features of SBI PO 2020 Exam are provided below for you:

  • For Prelims, the entire syllabus of Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning,and English Language through Video Lessons & Live Discussions will be covered.
  • For Mains, the course covers Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, Quantitative Aptitude, General and Financial Awareness and English Language relevant for the exam, again in the form of Video Lessons & Live Discussions.
  • All the Video lessons have to-the-point, crisp and relevant study content.
  • Video Lessons are followed by concept clearing questions (Offline/Online Assignments) to check progress and for reinforcement of learning.
  • The course also provides enough practice in the form Concept Clearing Questions after each Video Lesson, chapter test, assignments, section test,and mock test.
  • Access to all Video Lessons, tests, and other study material will be provided until selection.
  • Live online classes will be conducted by Ms. Arunima Sinha, Mr. Chandraprakash Joshi and Mr. Karan Sardana, Prachi Agarwal for discussions and doubts clarifications.
  • The course is primarily in English, but video lessons/ mock tests are available in Hindi also. In live classes, students may ask questions in English or Hindi.
  • Apart from study content; Guidance, Tips and Preparation Strategy from Subject Experts at each stage of preparation is also provided.
  • SBI PO Online Course includes guidance for Interview Round as well.
  • Provides the comfort and ease to study at your pace and timings. 

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