SBI PO Exam 2015: General Awareness - Syllabus and Preparation Tips

State Bank of India (SBI) conducts PO examination every year and selects many candidates. Go through Syllabus and Preparation Tips for General Awareness section.

Created On: Sep 16, 2015 09:43 IST
Modified On: Sep 18, 2015 10:16 IST

State Bank of India (SBI), India’s largest commercial bank conducts PO examination every year and selects many candidates. The examination is conducted by The State Bank of India Central Recruitment of Promotion Department, Corporate centre. SBI conducted the online examination for PO in June 2015 in three phases. The candidates have buckled up for the upcoming SBI PO exam and have started preparation for the examination.

The preliminary examination phase I is comprised of 100 objective type questions in English language, quantitative aptitude and reasoning ability areas. A total marks in this test is 100. This test was of 1 hour duration consisting of 3 Sections as follows:

Name of tests

NO. of question




English Language



Composite time of 1 hour

Quantitative Aptitude



Reasoning Ability








Candidates will be required to clear a cut-off in each area to qualify for the phase II examination (Mains).

Phase II (Main Examination): Main Examination will consist of Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 50 marks. Both the Objective and Descriptive Tests will be online. Candidates will have to answer Descriptive test by typing on the computer.

(i)  Objective Test: The Objective Test of 2 hour duration consists of 4 Sections with 50 marks each (Total 200 marks) as follows:

  • Test of English Language (Grammar, Vocabulary, Comprehension etc.)
  • Test of General Awareness, Marketing &Computers
  • Test of Data Analysis & Interpretation
  • Test of Reasoning (High Level)

Note: The candidates are required to qualify in each of the Tests by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.

(ii) Descriptive Test: The Descriptive Test of 1 hour duration with 50 marks will be a Test of English Language.  (Letter Writing & Essay). However, the descriptive test would a qualifying test wherein the candidate will only be required to secure the passing marks.

Phase – III: Group Discussion (20 marks) & Interview (30 marks):

The aggregate marks of candidates qualifying in both the Objective Tests and 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.

Syllabus for General Awareness: Although SBI does not provide any specific syllabus, the banking team of Jagranjosh has come up with topics to be prepared for SBI PO Exam.

The topics list: This part covers following topics:-

  • Current affairs related to national and international issues of last 6 months.
  • Overview of Indian Financial System
  • History of Indian banking system.
  • Recent credit and monetary policies
  • Familiarity of work and responsibilities of National financial institutions like RBI, SEBI, IRDA, FSDC etc and of International organizations like IMF, World Bank, ADB, UNO, SWIFT etc.
  • Abbreviations and Economic terminologies
  • Banking Terms
  • Government Schemes
  • Important days
  • Sports
  • Indian Constitution
  • Culture of India
  • Currency of countries

Preparation Tips for General Awareness:

Knowledge of general Awareness can be enhanced by reading newspapers on a daily basis. The questions on general awareness are more based on banking, business and economics. Therefore, reading newspapers on these topics will help candidates crack these sections better. Do practice mock tests as well.

Here are we providing some important tips and tricks:

  • Read whatever strikes importance: In this digital world of information there are hundreds and hundreds of events that are flashing in front of our eyes every day. Candidates need to sort out information which seems important and has value to make a space in the question paper. They need to make a list of important items and wiggle through all the information that they get to memorize them by heart.
  • Go through various information sources: It is important not to limit yourself to the books that offer information about the recent past. Candidates need to take great help from the internet itself, digging up information and latest turn of events of any matter of national and international importance. It is important to go through books, news papers, journals, magazines, online portals, blogs and any source of vital information which could help preparing for the paper.
  • Focus on the banking terminologies: The paper focuses majorly on the development of the banking events and banking terminologies. Hence it is important to study books or journals related to banking terms giving clear idea about the overall sector and important know-how’s.
  • Take note while reading: You might not remember everything that you read on each fine morning. Hence it is important to make notes of important things that you read every day. Use highlights and markers to mark important sentences within long articles. Go through online video streaming sites to get an idea about the banking sector in a glance. Memorize the banking terms through repetitive cycle.
  • Save time for the other papers: This is one such paper which can save time during the examination and thus the candidates need not to panic and remain confident about what they have read while preparing and answer the questions with ease.

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