SBI PO Exam : Computer Knowledge - Syllabus & Preparation Tips

State Bank of India (SBI) conducts PO examination every year. Go through Syllabus and Preparation Tips for Computer Knowledge section.

Created On: Sep 16, 2015 12:51 IST
Modified On: Sep 18, 2015 10:14 IST

State Bank of India (SBI), India’s largest commercial bank conducts PO examination every year. 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.

Prelims Exam Pattern: 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

Maximum Marks


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 Computer Knowledge: 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 mainly following topics:-

  • History of computers
  • Input and Output devices
  • Hardware and software
  • Windows operating system
  • Internet terms and services
  • Basic Functionalities of MS-Office( MS-word, MS-Excel, MS-PowerPoint)
  • Computer Abbreviations
  • Logic gates
  • Networking and communication
  • Database Managements system
  • Hacking, Security Tools and Viruses
  • Shorty Keys
  • Modern Day Technology

Preparation Tips for Computer Knowledge:

There is a lot of ambiguity among students about the pattern and difficulty level of the examination.  The Banking team of Jagranjosh is giving an idea about how to approach the phases of examination to get final selection. Like any other aptitude exam, in which time is a huge constraint, SBI PO demands smart work blended with knowledge of concepts. Since there is negative marking, it is safe to leave a question than to attempt it and get it wrong.  Candidates have to be goal oriented and up to the mark preparation to crack this examination. Computer knowledge is a part which is less time taking and candidates can easily score in this section.

Here are we providing some important tips and tricks:

  • Shred the fear out: There are many candidates who are not prone to computers and the recent digital trend that is ongoing and thus they feel sigh of the technology. They even fear the technical aspect of it and try to mug up the paper at a go. It is advised not to fear about the technology and rather embrace it. Candidates should learn the technology and its components by taking a practical tour of the machine and internet itself rather reading about them in the books. This would make them confident and aware at the same go.
  • Go through the basics: The paper contains questions related to basic computer software and hardware utilizations, full forms, machine components, internet related analogies etc. They are from very basic level of computer knowledge and could be accessed real easy in this world of digital advancement. There are short term courses as well which can make the candidates aware about the technology at a very short span.
  • Keep yourself updated: There is lots of improvement going on in this field around the world and the candidates need to keep an eye on them. There are new methodologies and machines used in the general day to day lives that are affecting human lives and thus need to be known by the candidates as they can appear as questions in the examination. All the recent components, hardware changes, software updates and many more should be on the tip of the candidates.
  • Practice through previous year papers: The questions tend to repeat them in the examination and thus it is advisable to prepare from the previous year question papers and mock question papers.

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