SBI PO Syllabus 2021 with Exam Pattern for Pre & Mains

SBI PO Syllabus 2021 with Exam pattern New Revised Scheme: State Bank of India conducts written examination for Probationary Officer posts. The selection procedure consists of three phases. Phase 1 will be for screening of non-serious candidates to remove the competition. Phase 2 will be main exam consisting of written as well as descriptive paper. Those candidates who qualifies phase 2 are further tested with GE and Interview. Here we are providing SBI PO exam syllabus 2021 based on new pattern.

SBI PO Syllabus 2021 with Exam pattern - Full & Detailed Information

Exam Structure:
Phase-I : Preliminary Examination: Preliminary Examination consisting of Objective Tests for 100 marks will be conducted online. This test would be of 1 hour duration consisting of 3 Sections as follows:

Sr. No.  Name of test No. of Questions Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 1 hour
2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing passing marks to be decided by the Bank. Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by the Bank (approximately 20 times the numbers of vacancies subject to availability) will be short listed for the Main Examination.
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.

The candidates are required to qualify in the Descriptive Test by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.
(i) Objective Test: The Objective Test of 3 hour duration consists of 4 Sections (Total 200 marks) as follows:

SBI PO Main Exam Pattern

Sr. No. 

Name of test

No. of Questions


Duration (in Minutes)


Reasoning and Computer Aptitude





Data Analysis and Interpretation





English Language





General / Economy / Banking Awareness







3 hours

The detailed SBI PO Syllabus 2021 of each section can be checked from below.
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 30 minutes duration with 50 marks will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay).
The candidates are required to qualify in the Descriptive Test by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.
Descriptive Test paper of only those candidates will be evaluated who have scored qualifying marks
in the Objective Tests and are placed adequately high as per total marks in objective test.

Phase – III: Group Exercise (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 GE and Interview. The qualifying marks in GE &Interview will be as decided by the Bank.

Final Selection:
The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added for the selection and only the marks obtained in Main Examination (Phase-II) will be added to the marks obtained in GE & Interview (Phase-III) for preparation of the final merit list.
The candidates will have to qualify both in Phase-II and Phase-III separately. Marks secured by the candidates in the Written Test (out of 250 marks) are converted to out of 75 and marks secured in Group Exercise & Interview (out of 50 marks) are converted to out of 25. The final merit list is arrived at after aggregating converted marks of Written Test and GE &Interview out of 100 for each category. The selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category.

This is the syllabus of SBI PO exam officially provided by SBI. Those candidates who want to qualify this test should prepare as per the syllabus given above.

SBI PO Syllabus 2021 section-wise

Here is the syllabus / pattern of questions asked in SBI PO.
Note: The numbers in brackets are number of questions asked in the previous year exam. and difficulty level - Suggestions.

1. English Language:
This section will have problems on
1. Reading Comprehension (10+10) - Moderate to difficult - It takes lot of time to find answers from these.
2. Jumbled Sentences (5) - Moderate - Practice is the key to these types of questions.
3. Close Passages (10) - Moderate
4. Errors Correction / spotting error (15) - Easy to Moderate - You need to know all the English grammar rules to get better marks from these questions.

2. Quantitative Aptitude:
Quadratic Equation
Number Series
Data Interpretation – Line Graph, Bar Graph, Mixed Chart, Pie Chart etc.

3. Reasoning Section:
The reasoning section is of high level  and have problems on
1. Input – output (machine coding and decoding) (5) - Difficult
2. Sentence coding (5) - easy to moderate
3. Logical Reasoning (15) - Moderate
4. Syllogism (5) - Moderate
5. Puzzle / Seating Arrangement  (10) - Difficult - Time consuming questions
6. Data Sufficiency (5) - Moderate level
7. Directions etc. (5) - easy

3. General Awareness + Banking Awareness + Economy Awareness
Problems on following topics are asked. This section have ques. which are of easy, moderate level. Only better preparation of this section's topics can make a candidate to score more.
1. General Awareness:
Last 6 months current affairs, important events, Full forms, politics, people, places, awards, sports, deaths etc.
2. Banking Awareness:
Banking, terms, SIDBI, SBI, IRDA, Finance, Financial terms, Shares, Insurance etc.
3. Economy Awareness
Questions related to economy of India, terms etc.

4. Data Analysis & Interpretation: 
Ques. on
1. Line graphs (5) - easy
2. Bar chart (15) - easy to moderate
3. Pie chart (10) - moderate - difficult
4. Tables (15) - mod.-diff.
5. Probability (5) - Easy-moderate
are asked.

6. Computer Aptitude:
Questions based on Computer basics, fundamentals, software, hardware, operating system, shortcut keys, Microsoft word, PowerPoint, Excel shortcuts, Internet & networks are asked.

Descriptive Test
It will be totally online. Candidates have to type their answers on computer.
Descriptive paper is divided in 5 parts. You need to write descriptive essays on topics like given below. The test carry 50 marks and of 1 hour duration to test candidate’s English language skills.
Letter (10)-Questions on saving account, net banking, education loan etc.
Paragraph (8)-Rural Banking, Impact of autonomy
Precise Writing (10)-Chief Vigilance Officer
Reading Comprehension (10)- ATM and its uses
Essay Writing (12)-Technology, Right to education act, Financial Inclusion
Descriptive test is of qualifying nature. Candidates have to secure passing marks.  It is tested of those candidates who qualifies in objective test.

SBI PO Syllabus 2021 - Phase 3: Group Exercise and Interview

The candidates who qualifies in both tests will be called for GE and interview. Group Exercise will carry 20 marks and interview will be of 30 marks. 
SBI PO Final Selection will be based on marks scored in the main written test, GE and interview.
Main Examination (out of 250 marks) marks are converted to out of 75 marks and GE & Interview scores of candidate (out of 50 marks) are converted to out of 25 marks.
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