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Differences between the examination pattern of SBI PO and IBPS PO

Jun 28, 2016 17:35 IST

    Both, SBI and IBPS conduct PO examinations every year depending on the number of vacancies in the member banks of IBPS and SBI branches across the country. The selection procedure gets completed in three phases for both IBPS and SBI for the post of probationary officer, as the concerned body wants their candidates to be fit for the position in the bank by testing their overall ability through these tests. While both the bodies conduct preliminary and main written examination, the SBI PO selection procedure requires candidates to undergo an extra descriptive test in English Language of 50 marks along with the mains examination. The scores of the descriptive test only get counted if the candidates scores the cutoff marks in the objective test of Mains examination, which is off 200 marks in total. The SBI PO examination pattern and marks allocation for the subjects has recently changed and thus it has significant differences from the IBPS PO selection. This article would look after the differences in the pattern for both the exams and allow the candidates to understand the basic differences and ways to approach the exam.

    Preliminary Examination of SBI PO and IBPS PO

     Both bodies conduct preliminary examination almost on same pattern. While SBI conducts a preliminary examination of 100 marks, the IBPS too conducts a prelims exam consisting of three subjects and 100 marks in total. English language, Quantitative aptitude and Reasoning are the sections which are tested in the prelims l and the level of difficulty is easy to moderate in both the exams.  Both the exams provide 1 hour time to solve the questions and are qualifying in nature, marks of which do not add in the final merit list.

    Mains Written Test of SBI PO and IBPS PO: Differences in pattern

    Candidates who qualify in preliminary examination and shortlisted will have to appear in Main examination. The short listed candidates in main examination will subsequently be called for Interview in examination process of both bodies. While IBPS PO Mains examination consists of five subjects namely Reasoning, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, and General Awareness with special reference to banking industry and Computer knowledge, the SBI PO exam consists of four broader subjects named, Reasoning and Computer Aptitude, English Language, Data Analysis & Interpretation and General Awareness. The IBPS examination is off 200 marks and provides 2 hours’ time to the candidates to solve the objective multiple choice questions. On the contrary the SBI PO Mains test allows 3 hours’ time to the candidates which included descriptive test also. As per the new pattern of SBI PO the examination has limit the time for each of the subjects in the Mains round. The biggest difference between IBPS PO and SBI PO examination though is the inclusion of Descriptive test by the SBI. The descriptive test is introduced by SBI to check the writing skills of the candidates in the English language, as they would have to conduct most of the office work in English and need to have a better understanding of the language. The Descriptive examination consists of 50 marks carrying questions related to comprehension, short précis, letter writing and essay formation. The descriptive test is also conducted online where the candidates need to write in the computers in a limited time of 30 minutes. IBPS doesn’t conduct any such descriptive test and thus do not have any particular yardstick to check the writing capabilities of the candidates. 

    IBPS PO Selection Procedure

    SBI PO Selection Procedure

                                                                            A. Online Mains Test

    Subject

    Maximum Marks

    Subject

    Maximum Marks

    Reasoning

    50 Marks

    Reasoning and Computer Aptitude

    60 Marks

    Quantitative Aptitude

    50 Marks

    Data Analysis & Interpretation

    60 Marks

    General Awareness with Special reference to banking industry

    40 Marks

    General Awareness, Marketing and Economy

    40 Marks

    English Language

    40 Marks

    English Language

    40 Marks

    Computer Knowledge

    20 Marks

     

     

    Total

    200 Marks

    Total

    200 Marks

                                                 B. Online Descriptive Test (30 Minutes)

    None

    English Language (Comprehension, Short précis, letter writing etc.)

    50 Marks

    Group Discussion and Personal Interview Round

    The Group Discussion and Personal Interview round is the final round for the selection of Probationary officer post. It is a vital round as it tests the ability of the candidates to handle real life situations and leadership qualities, which are a must for the profile of probationary officers. Not only the objective and subjective tests, the candidates must have proper communication skills. While SBI conducts the necessary Group Discussion round carrying 20 marks, the IBPS doesn’t undergo the discussion round and instead give preference to the personal interview round only. The IBPS offers 100 marks in the personal interview round while SBI PO selection offers only 30 marks in the personal interview round. The total mark, on the basis of which the final merit list is prepared, thus adds up to 300 for both SBI and IBPS PO selection.

    IBPS PO Selection Procedure

    SBI PO Selection Procedure

                                                                   C. Group Discussion

    None

    Group Discussion

    20 Marks

                                                                   D. Interview

    Personal Interview

    100 Marks

    Personal Interview

    30 Marks

    Total

    100 Marks

    Total

    50 Marks

    The final selection of the candidates in the Probationary Officer post is made through total marks attained in the Mains examination and Group Discussion/Personal Interview round conducted by the concerned authorities.

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