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SBI PO Exam 2018: Preparation Strategy to crack it!

Feb 16, 2018 14:23 IST
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SBI PO Preparation Tips 2017
SBI PO Preparation Tips 2017

SBI PO Prelims exam 2018 is going to be conducted in the month of April whereas the mains and interview is expected to be finished within the month of August. As the last year, this year also the exam is going to be conducted by the bank in three phases namely Prelims and Mains followed by Group Discussion and Interview round. 

SBI PO 2018: The Exam Pattern

The SBI PO examination 2018 is going to be in three phases:

  • Preliminary examination
  • Mains examination
  • Group Discussion and interview

The phase I Examination i.e. Preliminary examination consists of the following tests:

Name of the Test

No of Questions

Maximum marks allotted

Duration of examination

Test of Reasoning



Composite time of 1 hour

Quantitative Aptitude



English language






The phase II or the mains examination consists of the following tests:

Name of the Test

No of Questions



Reasoning and Computer Aptitude



60 minutes

Data Analysis and Data Interpretation



45 minutes

English Language



40 minutes

General/Economy/Banking Awareness



35 minutes




180 minutes

This will immediately be followed by a descriptive test of 50 marks of English Language and the duration of the test will be 30 minutes.

The phase III examination will be Group Discussion and interview of 20 marks and 30 marks respectively.

Your selection in the examination will be based on your marks in the mains examination and the marks in GD-PI round.

SBI PO 2018: Your Preparation Strategy

From the examination pattern, we can get an idea that you need to prepare the following subjects:

  • English Language
  • Reasoning
  • Quantitative Aptitude, Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • Computer Knowledge
  • General / Economy / Banking Awareness

Common Mistakes to avoid while preparing for SBI PO Exam 2018

We are going to discuss your strategy based on these subjects:

  • English language: This has been the nemesis for all the aspirants in the recent banking examinations. You have around three months in hand and your first task is to search for the latest examination pattern. Then clear your basics in this subject regarding grammar topics and after that you are supposed to practice as much as possible. English language in banking examinations is mainly based on your ability to contextualize things rather than your grammatical prowess. You need to go through a standard grammar book first and finish it within March and in the remaining days, go for mock tests of standard and similar pattern. This will bring you good marks in this examination, for sure.
  • Reasoning Ability: Reasoning is all about practice since you know most of the topics and you are not required to learn anything. So, practice puzzles, sitting arrangement questions etc as much as possible. You will get section tests as well or go for any standard reasoning aptitude books for the time being. Once you have gone through all the relevant chapters, go for mock tests. Try to finish the syllabus within March so that the last one month can be devoted to mock tests and intensive practice in a time bound manner.
  • Quantitative Aptitude, Data analysis and data interpretation: This is going to be most difficult section in this examination as has been observed in the last year. You need to be well versed in all the topics that are covered in banking examinations such as ratio and proportion, age, average, time and work, time and distance etc from any good and standard book. Clear your concepts within this month so that for the whole month of March you can practice questions from each chapter as many as you can. April month should be devoted to full length mock tests so that your time management is perfect on the examination day.
  • General Awareness / Banking Awareness / Economy: This is going to be the most scoring section in the examination if you prepare well and revise well. First thing is to go through the current affairs on a daily basis. Supplement with a chapter of banking awareness till end of March. Again, in April, keep track of current affairs on a daily basis and apart from that, go for full length mock tests so that you are exam ready.
  • Computer Knowledge: Well, this section is also becoming complicated with every passing examination. You need to go through a standard computer book till the end of March month and finish all the chapters with may be one chapter per day or per two days as per the time available to you.

How to prepare for SBI PO exam 2018 along with full-time job?

SBI PO examination is your way to work towards realizing your dream of becoming an officer with the largest commercial bank of the country. You have around 80 days in hand, so make them count. The simple calculation should be keeping the last 25 days for intense practice whereas the rest of the days should be devoted to preparation and revision of the syllabus.

All the best!!

SBI PO Syllabus 2018: Detailed Syllabus for Prelims & Mains Exam

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