SBI Exam Pattern 2017 PDF for Clerk, PO, SO Exam - Question Papers

SBI Exam Pattern

State Bank of India (SBI) has decided to appoint the candidates for the posts of Probationary Officer (PO), Specialist Officer (SO)
and Clerk. Participants who are looking to apply for any post they will have to prepare so that able to clear the rounds of hiring. According to new pattern of exam all candidates will have to appear in preliminary exam at first and then qualifiers will be called for Main online examination. In the end a cut off will be declared for the inviting the aspirants in interview.

As we all know that competition is increasing day by day therefore and applicants are also increasing but vacancies are being offered like needle in the grass. Now everyone can understand that it is not a easy task to beat SBI Clerk, PO, SO Exam without extra ordinary hard work and preparation then others. Here on this web portal we are describing some tips are tricks with Question Papers to Prepare for job in State Bank of India.

SBI Exam Pattern for Clerk

Dear competitors at initial you need to know about sections covered in SBI clerk exam. Have a close look-
SBI Clerk Exam includes four sections such as:
  • Reasoning
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • General English
  • General Awareness
  • Computer Knowledge

Reasoning Section: Reasoning Section the tough part of SBI exam. The important questions from this section are on the topics which are as follows:
  • Seating Arrangements
  • Syllogism
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Statement and Conclusions
  • Directions
  • Blood Relations
  • Analogy
  • Classification
  • Series problems
  • Ranking
  • Data sufficiency
  • Assumptions and Directions

General English: For better know of English applicants should read national newspapers etc. This section is quite difficult to beat by all. General English questions from are as follow:
  • Grammar
  • Comprehension
  • Error Correction
  • Vocabulary
  • Synonyms & Antonyms

Quantitative Aptitude: Quantitative Aptitude is methodical section and it also has possibility to score high in the examination. Questions from this section may be as follow:
  • Number Systems
  • Fractions, Ratio and Proportion
  • Time & Work, Percentage
  • Profit & Loss
  • Simple Interest
  • Compound Interest
  • Average
  • Time & Distance
  • Mensuration
  • Partnership
  • Bar graph & Pie-chart
  • Probability

General Awareness: General Awareness is a learning section which gives good marks. Most important questions from this section are on the topics such as:
  • Basic General Knowledge
  • Important Days
  • Important Persons
  • Award Winners
  • Books and Authors
  • Games and Cups and Abbreviations

Computer Knowledge: It is a supplementary section related to Computer Knowledge. In this part at least 40 questions are asked. In this section question are asked from topics related to:
  • Basic of Computers
  • Computer Organization
  • Generations of computer
  • Input & Output Device, Shortcuts & Basic knowledge MS word
  • MS Excel
  • MS power point
  • Memory Orientation
  • Internet
  • LAN
  • WAN
  • Modem
  • Computer Abbreviations
  • Modern day Technology

SBI Exam Pattern for PO: The stages of recruitment involved under the SBI PO Exam Pattern are as follows:
  • Phase 1: Preliminary Examination
  • Phase 2: Main Examination
  • Phase 3: Group Discussion and Interview

Phase 1: SBI PO Preliminary Exam Pattern
Structure of SBI PO Preliminary Examination:
S. No.
Name of section
NO. of Questions
Total marks
Time allotted
English Language
A total of 1 hour (no fixed timing for any section)
Quantitative Aptitude

Reasoning Ability

Phase 2: SBI PO Main Exam Pattern:
The main examination of SBI PO is divided into two stages:
  • Objective Test
  • Descriptive Test

Structure of Objective Test:
Serial No
Name of section
Number of Questions asked in the section
Total marks in the section
Time Duration
Reasoning and Computer Aptitude
60 minutes
Data Analysis and Interpretation
45 minutes
General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness
35 minutes
English Language
40 minutes

3 hours
Phase 3: 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.
  • The Group Discussion will carry 20 marks and Interview will carry 30 marks.
  • The aggregate marks of candidates qualifying in both the Objective Tests and the Descriptive Test will be arranged in descending order in each category.
  • Adequate number of candidates in each category, as decided by the Bank will be called for Group Discussion and Interview.
  • The qualifying marks in Group Discussion and Interview will be decided by the Bank.

Number of Attempts in SBI PO:
Number of chances
General (PWD)
No restriction
SBI Exam Pattern for Specialist Officer (SO):
This exam will be held for these sections:
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Reasoning
  • English Language
  • General Awareness
  • Professional Knowledge (Common for all IT Posts)
  • Professional Knowledge (Common for all Finance Posts)

SBI Specialist Officer Syllabus:
1. Quantitative Aptitude:
  • Number system and simplification
  • Number series
  • Unitary Method
  • Problem based on numbers
  • Decimal fraction
  • Simplification
  • Ration and Proportion
  • Percentage
  • Partnership
  • Simple Interest
  • Compound Interest
  • Time and work
  • Time, Speed and Distance
  • Mensuration (2 dimensions)
  • Speed and distance
  • Profit and Loss
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Probability
  • Data Interpretation and sufficiency will include Pie charts, Data table, Bar Graphs, Line graphs, Mixed graphs, case study etc.

2. Reasoning:
  • Alphabet numbers
  • Mathematical operations
  • Series Test
  • Syllogism
  • Analogies/Decision making
  • Coding/Decoding
  • Classification
  • Blood Relations
  • Odd one out
  • Number, Ranking, Time sequence test
  • Analytical reasoning
  • Cause and effect
  • Directions/ distance sens test
  • Input and output arrangements
  • Seating arrangements
  • Coded inequalities
  • Decision making
  • Statement and conclusion
  • Statement and assumptions
  • Cause and effect
  • Course of action
  • Passage and conclusion test
  • Assertion and reason
  • Statement and course of action
  • Non- verbal reasoning will include sense test, odd figures, analogy etc.

3. English Language:
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Identification of errors
  • Para substitution
  • Para Jumble
  • Close test/ passages
  • Synonyms/Antonyms
  • Sentence completion
  • Choosing the appropriate word
  • Spelling check

4. General Awareness:
  • Functions of bank
  • RBI and its functions
  • SEBI and functions
  • Accounting terms
  • Banking terms
  • Financial terms
  • Macro economic concepts
  • Monetary and fiscal policy
  • Foreign trade policy
  • Five year plans
  • Annual budget
  • KYC norms
  • Mutual funds – Working and regulations
  • Government welfare policies

5. Professional Knowledge (Common for all IT Posts):
  • Basic Terms
  • Data Base Management System (DBMS)
  • Data Communication & Networking
  • Operating system & amp; system programming
  • Compiler design
  • Software engineering
  • Mobile Technologies
  • Digital electronics
  • Computer organization & Microprocessor
  • Data structure
  • Integrated circuits
  • Programming language C, C++ and OOPS
  • Cyber Security and Threats

6. Professional Knowledge (Common for all Finance Posts):
  • Basic Accounting concepts and principles
  • Accounting Standards
  • Auditing Standards
  • Direct and Indirect Taxes
  • Cost Accounting Concepts
  • Management Accounting Concepts

SBI Specialist Officer Exam Pattern:
S. No.
Test Details
No. of Ques
Max Marks
Test of Reasoning
90 Min
Quantitative Aptitude
English Language
Professional Knowledge
45 Min
English Language Test: Essay on subject related to Economics
45 Min

Tips to beat Interview: After become winner in two stages of recruitment for clerk posts you need to face interview for final round. In Interview section selection committee mainly focus on your self-confidence, your personality, skill of Banking Sector, Current Affairs related to Banking information. Here some important tips are as follow:

Practice Daily: You need to ask from any of the employee of SBI who is working as Clerk to know about better and proactive/ reactive answers in there.

Be Real & Be Honest: Participants must be sincere and should give truthful answers while you are to answer. Don’t make haste and not to tell a lie as they are genius to examine you. Try to prove that you are honest.

Be Punctual and Professional: Always reach on time in a job interview. Try to arrive at least 5 – 10 minutes early before the interview time. Wear formals to look like a professional person.

Get ready for Job: Show that you have a lot of interest toward job and I am ready to place any of the branches of SBI. Team will also interrogate your interest in job by asking questions about the job, organization and its work, services, and products.

Be energetic: At the time of facing SBI Clerk interview you must have full of positive energy which can be acquired by practicing daily and learning from others.

NOTE: Dear candidates, now we can say that if you follow above given content on this page then you will be able to crack SBI Clerk/ PO/ SO Exam and interview to be a Banker.

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