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SBI PO Prelims Pattern

Subject No of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
Logical Reasoning 35 35 20
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20
English Language 30 30 20
Total 100 100 60 Minutes

Duration of exam : 60 minutes | 1 marks allotted for every correct answer *For each wrong answer 0.25 mark is deducted

SBI PO Mains Pattern

Subject No of Questions Duration Total Marks
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 minutes 200
Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 45 minutes
General Awareness 40 35 minutes
English Language 35 40 minutes
Total 155 3 hours 200 marks

Duration of exam : 180 minutes Descriptive type questions : 50 Marks

Graduate degree in any stream from a recognized university or any equivalent qualification recognized by the Central Government.

Quantitative aptitude

Simplification: (5-10 Questions)

Problems based on BODMAS Rule, Fractions, Percentages, Approximation, Decimals, Surds & Indices.

Number System: (0-1 Questions)

Divisibility & Remainder, Multiples & Factors, Integers, LCM & HCF.

Average: (1-2 Questions)

Average Weight/Height/Age/Marks, Average Money expenditure, Average Temperature etc.

Percentage: (1-2 Questions)

Ratio and Proportion: (1-2 Questions)

Simple Ratios, Compound Ratios, Componendo & Dividendo, Proportions etc.

Interest: (1-2 Questions)

Simple Interest, Compound Interest as well as mixture of both SI & CI.

Number Series: (5 Questions)

Series, Finding the Missing Term, Finding the Wrong Term. The concepts simple AP, GP

Profit and Loss: (1-2 Questions)

Successive Selling, Partnerships, Discount & MP and Dishonest Dealings.

Speed, Time and Distance: (1-2 Questions)

Relative Speed, Average Speed, Problems based on Trains, Boat & Stream.

Algebra: (0-6 Questions)

Quadratic Equations, Linear Equations, Inequalities.

Mensuration: (1-2 Questions)

Square, Rectangle, Circle, Semicircle and Parallelogram. Cone and Cylinder.

Data Interpretation: (5-10 Questions)

Line Graphs, Bar Graphs, Pie Charts, Tables and other miscellaneous infographics.  Triangular Graph & Radar Graph.

Time and Work: (1-2 Questions)

Work Efficiency, Pipe & Cistern, Work and Wages.

Permutation and Combination: (0-1 Questions)

Mixture Problems: (1-2 Question)

Probability: (0-1 Question)

Data Sufficiency: (0-5 Questions)

Data sufficiency problems on almost all topics mentioned above.

S. No Lessons Weightage Topics
1. Simplification 5-10 Questions Problems based on BODMAS Rule, Fractions, Percentages, Approximation, Decimals,
Surds & Indices
2. Number System 0-1 Questions Problems based on Divisibility & Remainder, Multiples & Factors, Integers, LCM & HCF.
3. Average 1-2 Questions Questions on Average Weight/Height/Age/Marks, Average Money expenditure, Average
Temperature etc.
4. Percentage 1-2 Questions Calculation oriented basic percentage problems.
5. Ratio and Proportion 1-2 Questions Problems based on Simple Ratios, Compound Ratios, Componendo & Dividendo, Proportions etc.
6. Interest 1-2 Questions Problems based on Simple Interest, Compound Interest as well as mixture of both SI &
CI.
7. Number Series 5 Questions Problems based on completing the Series, Finding the Missing Term, Finding the Wrong
Term. The concepts behind this can be based on simple AP, GP, AGP or more complex
patterns.
8. Profit and Loss 1-2 Questions Successive Selling, Partnerships, Discount & MP and Dishonest Dealings
9. Speed, Time and Distance 1-2 Questions Relative Speed, Average Speed, Problems based on Trains, Boat & Stream.
10. Algebra 0-6 Questions Maybe 5 Problems based on Quadratic Equations in which two quadratic equations are Maybe 5 Problems based on Quadratic Equations in which two quadratic equations are
given will be asked.
11. Mensuration 1-2 Questions Problems based on areas of Square, Rectangle, Circle, Semicircle and Parallelogram.
Cone and Cylinder also asked.
12. Data Interpretation 5-10 Questions Problems come under this chapter are Line Graphs, Bar Graphs, Pie Charts, Tables and
other miscellaneous infographics. Triangular Graph & Radar Graph problems appear
rarely. Missing data types questions are also asked in the exam.
13. Time and Work 1-2 Questions Problems based on Work Efficiency, Pipe & Cistern, Work and Wages.
14. Permutation and Combination 0-1 Questions Problems based on Basic Selection and Arrangement Problems.
15. Mixture Problems 1-2 Questions Problems based on making a mixture of two or more entities/mixtures.
16. Probability 0-1 Question Very basic problems on probability.
17. Data Sufficiency 0-5 Questions Data sufficiency problems on almost all topics mentioned above.

Reasoning Ability

Inequalities: (5 Questions)

Direct Mathematical Inequalities.

Ordering and Ranking: (0-5 Questions)

Directions & Distances: (2-5 Questions)

Coding & Decoding: (0-5 Questions)

Blood Relations: (2-3 Questions)

Family Tree and Coded Blood Relation Problems.

Syllogisms: (0-5 Questions)

Circular Seating Arrangement: (5-7 Questions)

Linear Seating Arrangement: (5-11 Questions)

Double Line Up: (0-6 Questions)

Scheduling: (0-6 Questions)

Grouping and Selection: (0-5 Questions)

S. No Lesson Weightage Topic
1. Inequalities 5 Questions Mostly Direct Mathematical Inequalities
2. Ordering and Ranking: 0-5 Questions Mostly Puzzle on ordering by age, floor, rank, boxes of different colours one above
another, order in row etc.
3. Directions & Distances 2-5 Questions A bit difficult problems but can be solved by just plotting all the given information on
paper.
4. Coding & Decoding 0-5 Questions 4. Coding & Decoding: (0-5 Questions)
Less Likely to Appear. Mostly questions on Coding and Decoding in Fictitious Language
are asked where a few statements are given which are coded in some meaningless
language and questions are based on this code. Possible questions could also include
Coding and Decoding by Letter Shifting, Coding by Analogy and Coding Letters of a
Word.
5. Blood Relations 2-3 Questions Family Tree and Coded Blood Relation Problems.
6. Syllogisms 0-5 Questions Problems with 2-3 statements and 2-3 conclusions. Questions are asked whether the
conclusions follow or not. Mostly Possibility based questions are asked. Negative
statements and conclusion are also possible
7. Circular Seating Arrangement 5-7 Questions Includes Uni-Directional and Bi-Directional problems (i.e. facing inside, outside or in
both directions). Sometimes, tough Square/Rectangular/Hexagonal Table problems also
asked.
8. Linear Seating Arrangement 5-11 Questions Problems involving single row (usually, facing north/south) or 2 rows facing each other
and floor-based questions. Can include Double Line-Up type problems with information
sorting.
9. Double Line Up 0-6 Questions May have negative information. Requires clean charting, proper technique and step-bystep solving.
10. Scheduling 0-6 Questions Very similar to Double Line-Up problems.
11. Grouping and Selection 0-5 Questions Less likely to appear. Problems on teams and committees asked.

 

English language

Fill in the Blanks: (0-5 Questions)

Double Blank type questions. Vocabulary based questions. Answers can be easily picked by eliminating options and understanding context of the sentence.

Reading Comprehension: (7-10 Questions)

Likely the Reading Comprehension will consist of one passage of 7-10 questions. The topics are of Banking & Economy, Business, Geo-politics, Governance, Education, Technology, Transport and Social Issues. If 10 questions are asked then there can be 3-4 questions on vocabulary too.

Synonyms, Antonyms and meanings of Idioms/Phrases are asked in vocabulary based questions. Theme and main idea based questions are also asked. The fact based and inference based questions require a thorough reading of the passage and sometimes could be a bit tricky.

Para Jumbles: (0-5 Questions)

A set of 6 sentences are to be rearranged to form a meaningful paragraph. All questions will be based on this single test. Sometimes, the correct order is asked and the options will show whether you are on the right track. The passage can be on any general topic. Use of conjunctions/connectors will be helpful for attempting these questions.

Cloze Test: (5-10 Questions)

A single passage with 5 or 10 blanks. Passage could be on any topic ranging from Banking & Economy to Social Issues. Words are usually easy to moderate and vocabulary based, but there is always one or two tough words. Understanding the context of the passage will help you solve it easily. Knowledge of Phrasal verbs will help you.

Error Spotting: (5-10 Questions)

Could most probably be grammar based (as vocabulary based error spotting was last asked in 2008). Long Sentences with error in one part are asked. Important topics covered are: Tenses, Subject-Verb Agreement, Article-Noun Agreement, Correct Part of Speech, Correct use of Prepositions, Parallelism, Phrasal Verbs, Easily Confusable Words, Contextual Usage, Sentence Construction, Degree of Comparison, Conjunctions, Finite and Non-finite verbs. Avoid guessing too much in these questions.

  1. Word Association Pair: (0-5 Questions)

Four words will be given and to determine which two words have either synonymous or antonyms relation between them.

  1. Phrase Idiom Meaning: (0-3 Questions)

The phrases will be given and the correct meaning of the given phrase to be answered.

  1. Spellings: (0-3 Questions)
  2. Sentence/ Paragraph Completion: (0-5 Questions)

A long sentence or a short paragraph will be given with one part of it missing. The missing parts will be mentioned in the options.  Choose the correct option to complete the sentence or paragraph meaningfully.

 

  1. Phrase Replacement/ Sentence Correction: (0-5 Questions)

Grammar/Vocabulary based. The questions sometimes test the Standard Construction of Sentences, Order of Words, Phrasal Verbs, Homonyms, etc.

S. No Lesson Weightage Topic
1. Fill in the Blanks 0-5 Questions Double Blank type questions. Vocabulary based questions. Answers can be easily picked
by eliminating options and understanding context of the sentence.
2. Reading Comprehension 7-10 Questions Likely the RC will consist of one passage of 7-10 questions. The topics you should look
out for are Banking & Economy, Business, Geo-politics, Governance, Education,
Technology, Transport and Social Issues. If 10 questions are asked then there can be 3-4
questions on vocabulary too.
Synonyms, Antonyms and meanings of Idioms/Phrases are asked in vocabulary based
questions. Theme and main idea based questions are also asked. The fact based and
inference based questions require a thorough reading of the passage and sometimes
could be a bit tricky.
3. Para Jumbles 0-5 Questions A set of 6 sentences are to be rearranged to form a meaningful paragraph. All questions
will be based on this single test. Sometimes, the correct order is asked and the options
will show whether you are on the right track. The passage can be on any general topic.
Use of conjunctions/connectors will be helpful for attempting these questions.
4. Cloze Test 5-10 Questions A single passage with 5 or 10 blanks. Passage could be on any topic ranging from
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Banking & Economy to Social Issues. Words are usually easy to moderate and
vocabulary based, but there is always one or two tough words. Understanding the
context of the passage will help you solve it easily.
5. Error Spotting 5-10 Questions Could most probably be grammar based (as vocabulary based error spotting was last
asked in 2008). Long Sentences with error in one part are asked. Important topics
covered are: Tenses, Subject-Verb Agreement, Article-Noun Agreement, Correct Part of
Speech, Correct use of Prepositions, Parallelism, Phrasal Verbs, Easily Confusable Words,
Contextual Usage, Sentence Construction, Degree of Comparison, Conjunctions, Finite
and Non-finite verbs.
6. Word Association Pair 0-5 Questions Four words will be given and you need to determine which two words have either synonymous
or antonyms relation between them.
7. Phrase Idiom Meaning 0-3 Questions The phrases will be given and you need to select the correct meaning of the given phrase.
8. Spellings 0-3 Questions You need to choose the word that is correctly spelt or wrongly spelt from the given options.
9. Sentence/ Paragraph Completion 0-5 Questions A long sentence or a short paragraph will be given with one part of it missing. The missing parts
will be mentioned in the options. You need to choose the correct option to complete the sentence
or paragraph meaningfully.
10. Phrase Replacement/ Sentence Correction Spotting 5-10 Questions Important topics
covered are: Tenses, Subject-Verb Agreement, Article-Noun Agreement, Correct Part of
Speech, Correct use of Prepositions, Parallelism, Phrasal Verbs, Easily Confusable Words,
Contextual Usage, Sentence Construction, Degree of Comparison, Conjunctions, Finite
and Non-finite verbs.

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