SBI PO 2017 Mains exam tips to score high marks

SBI PO is one of the most sought after job in India. It is a guarantee of a secure future coupled with the prestige of working with in the government sector.  Most of the Job Aspirants always wants to join Banking Sector as their Career and State Bank of India is their first choice. State Bank of India every year releases Advertisement inviting applications from the eligible and dedicated Candidates for appointment to the Post of Clerk, Specialist Officers and Probationary Officer. The recruitment is done on the basis of written exam. Thousands of youths across the country apply for the recruited posts.  Among all the Posts SBI PO Recruitment Exam is one of the most demanded and popular banking exam for aspirants who want to opt bank job as their career opportunity.

Few months back State Bank of India has released Notification CRPD/PO/2016-17/19 for SBI PO Recruitment Examination 2017.  The total number of vacancies which has to be filled is 2313. Numerous candidates applied for this examination in reponse of the Advertisement.  The online registration process for SBI PO Recruitment 2017 is already completed. Now, the candidates who have applied online have started their exam preparation. Getting prepared for SBI PO 2017 is not an easy task. One should be over achiever for giving SBI Exam. The written exam conducted by SBI is more difficult than any other PO Recruitment Exam. Candidates need to be more vigil and do more hard work for qualifying SBI PO Prelims and Mains Exam 2017.

State Bank of India (SBI) PO Recruitment 2017-Exam Tips

State Bank of India is going to conduct SBI PO Preliminary Examination 2017 on Dated  29th & 30th April and 06th & 07th May 2017.  All the Candidates who have applied for this examination downloaded their Admit Cards from the official site of SBI in the last week of March. And those candidates who will Qualify SBI PO Preliminary Examination 2017 will be considered eligible for the next examination i.e Main Examination. The SBI PO Main Examination 2017 will going to be held on  04th June 2017 and the Admit Cards will be available from 22nd May 2017 onward.

Candidates should plan themselves accordingly for the upcoming exam. In this Article we are providing SBI PO Main Examination Preparation Tips 2017 so that the candidates can score good marks.


I)  Exam Pattern & Syllabus 

For starting the preparation of SBI PO Exam, one should carefully check the pattern and syllabus of the exam and also the type and level of question format likely to be asked in the exam.  This will help the candidates in understanding the concepts of Examination.

SBI PO Main Exam Pattern :

S. No. Name of Sessions No. of Questions Total Marks      Exam Duration
1. Reasoning 50 50       2 hours
2. English Language 40 40
3. Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
4. General Awareness (with special reference to Banking Industry) 40 40
5. Computer Knowledge 20 20
 TOTAL 200 200
6. Descriptive Test 3 50         1 Hour

SBI PO Mains syllabus 2017 :

  • Reasoning.
  • Data Interpretation.
  • English.
  • General Awareness.
  • Computer.
  • Banking Awareness.

Reasoning Preparation tips

Topic Expected No.of Questions
Puzzle 10
Number Series 5
Seating Arrangement 5
Input-output 5
Passage and Conclusion 4
Making Judgments 4
Data Sufficient 3
Coding-Decoding 3
Order and ranking 3
Statement and Argument 3
Blood relation 3
Local Reasoning 2

Note :- For more details of syllabus you can visit the official site of SBI.

II)  Use Best study material/book for exam preparation
Candidates must have good study material for doing SBI PO Prelims and Mains Exam 2017 preparation. List of books, which are popular and useful for banking exam preparation is given here:

  • A Modern Approach to Verbal and Nonverbal Reasoning (S.Chand) by R.S.Agarwal
  • Fast Track Objective Arithmetic (Arihant) Rajesh Verma
  • Lucent General Knowledge
  • Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations (S.Chand) R.S.Agarwal
  • A new approach Verbal and Nonverbal Reasoning (Arihant) by BS Sijwali
  • Pratiyogita Darpan
  • Manorama Year Book.

III) Adopt Right Strategy for exam
Someone has correctly said that if the candidates are well prepared then he/she can easily clear the exam in the first attempt. One should be perfectly clear about the topics and time should be devoted to each and every section.

IV) Prepare for different sections of Mains Exam

For cracking SBI PO Main Examination you have to prepare subject wise. Below we are providing subject wise preparation Strategy :

  • General Awareness/Banking –

    It is one of the easiest sections of the Mains Exam. All you need to cover Current, Banking (Economy) & Static news of last 6 months . To score maximum marks (30+) in this section, make a habit of reading & revising the news on a regular basis. Just divide the topics & plan your schedule to cover all the important news.

    Please try to cover news from different topics, which are mentioned below –

    (i)Banking & Financial Awareness – Banking Terminology, Recent RBI News like – Monetary policies, Important guidelines, SBI Bank in News, ICICI Bank in News, Committees, etc.

    (ii) Current Affairs – National + International News, Sports News, Awards, Summits & Conferences, Schemes, Agreement & Deals, etc.

    (iii)Static GK – Parks, Dam, Thermal Power Plants, Mountains, Temples, Stadiums, Airports, etc.

  • Data Interpretation & Analysis

    DI has always been the most difficult section in the SBI PO exam.  If you are weak or average in this section then make a habit of practicing this section on a regular basis.  Just plan your schedule to cover all the important topics mentioned below-

    Pie Chart, Table Chart, Bar Graph, Caselet(Paragraph DI), Line Graph, Mixed Graph, Probability & Data Sufficiency.   You can practice different topics accordingly –

    Practice 2 sets of 5 Questions on each DI on a daily basis. After practicing, analyze your score & mistakes which you have made during the practice.  This exercise will give you an idea how to approach these topics in exams.

  • Reasoning + Computer Aptitude –  You can practice different topics such as  Inequality, Syllogism, Input Output, Data Sufficiency, Miscellaneous (Blood relation, Direction, Ranking, Alphanumeric Series, Coding Decoding) + Computer Aptitude. Practice 3 sets of 5 Questions on each topic on a daily basis. After practicing, analyze your score & mistakes which you have made during the practice.  This exercise will give you an idea how to approach these topics in exams.
  • English Language – The English Section for the SBI PO exam can be broadly divided into 4 parts as given below. We will include individual strategies for each section in this article. A. Vocabulary B. Grammar C. Reading Comprehension D. Verbal Ability The Syllabus for English in SBI PO Prelims and SBI PO Mains is pretty similar. If you prepare for SBI PO 2017 Prelims earnestly, you won’t need to do a second round of preparation of English for SBI PO 2017 Mains.  (a)  Around 5-10 questions in the paper will be based on Grammar. The areas of Grammar you will need to learn are basic Grammar concepts like Tenses, Articles, Prepositions, Degrees of Comparison, Subject-Verb Agreement, Conjunctions, Parts of Speech, Standard Construction, Adverbs, Number in Nouns, etc.   (b)  Solve the Vocabulary sections from previous years’ papers and time yourself to understand where you would stand at your current level of preparation. Also it will help you understand what level of words are being tested.   (c)  Practice comprehensions from various topics because you never know what kind of topic you are going to face in the paper.
  • Descriptive Paper – As part of its PO Selection Test, SBI has an offline pen & paper Descriptive Test paper on English Language comprising of (a) comprehension, (b) short précis, ((c) letter writing and (d) essay writing. This Test is of one-hour duration and carries 50 marks.  You have to prepare well for this section.  Below are some tips for this section :-                             (a) General – 

    > Practise making several sentences using the new word you just learnt, its synonyms and antonyms.

    > Read every day, the Editorials and other analyses and reports on the centre-spread of the newspaper. This will, help you in your language and to form critical views about current and social issues.

    > Regularly listen to, every day, a few good TV news broadcasts – DD, BBC  this too will help you look critically at current and social issues.

    > Learn to use simple words effectively, rather than high-sounding ones. If correctly used, simple words can be more effective.

    (b)Letter Writing

    > Decide the format or layout of the letter – salutation, closing greeting, signing off etc. – depending on whether the letter is formal or informal and the assumed status of the addressee.

    > Familiarise yourself with different formats of formal and informal letters regarding (a) placing your name, (b) placing your address, (c) placing name / Designation and address of the addressee (d) placing date (e) Subject in case of formal letter (f) Appropriate ending depending on the subject of the letter (g) Appropriate salutations & closings etc.

    > While all letters must be polite and decent in language, words in a formal letter have to be chosen more carefully than in an informal letter.

    > Use simple and clear language.

    > Short sentences are better than long ones.                                 (c) Essay Writing & Paragraph-writing

    > Practice, everyday, pick out from the newspaper or the novels, a couple of passages. Read the passage, close it, and reproduce on a piece of paper, whatever you can recollect / remember. This will help in putting ideas on paper, and the flow of your language.

    Ensure to break the Essay / Paragraph into three parts – Introduction, Subject proper and Conclusion.


We hope the tips provided above will be helpful for the candidates who are going to appear for SBI PO Examination 2017. Best of luck for the examination.  Stay connected to our web page for regular updates. For any queries you can write us below.

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