SBI PO Examination Tips and Tricks



SBI PO Examination Tips and Tricks:

SBI PO Examination Tips and Tricks

Introduction:

·         This is the Junior Management Level direct entry point for dynamic young graduates. A probationary officer gets exposed to challenging assignments and also gets the opportunity to involve in pioneering technological and financial activities for the Indian Banking industry.

·         The opportunities include working in the various departments of SBI ranging from Personal Banking to Rural Banking, Credit, Forex, Treasury etc. to name a few.

·         Here we give complete details of SBI PO Examinations details, Syllabus and some more use full exam preparation tips and tricks how to crack SBI PO Examinations. Candidates are read completely and clear the examination.

Eligibility Criteria:

Educational Qualification:

1.       Candidates must have a minimum a Graduate degree in any discipline from a recognised University or any equivalent qualification recognised as such by the Central Government.

2.       Those who are in the Final year/Semester of their Graduation may also apply provisionally subject to the condition that, if called for interview, they will have to produce proof of having passed the graduation examination on or before eligibility date as given in related advertisement.

3.       Candidates having integrated dual degree (IDD) certificate should ensure that the date of passing the IDD is on or before eligibility date as given in related advertisement.

4.       The date of passing eligibility examination will be the date appearing on the mark sheet or provisional certificate issued by the University / Institute.

5.       In case the result of a particular examination is posted on the website of the University / Institute, a certificate issued by the appropriate authority of the University / Institute indicating the date on which the result was posted on the website will be taken as the date of passing.

Age Limit:

Minimum: 21 Years

Maximum: 30 Years

Note:

Age relaxations are applicable Maximum 5 Years for SC/ST/Ex-Serviceman and 15 Years for PWD candidates.

Nationality:

All Indian Citizens are eligible to apply. Candidates selected are liable to be posted anywhere in India.

Exam Pattern:

The examinations consist of three main parts,

1.      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:

S.No

Section

Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

 

Time Duration

1.      

English Language

30

30

One Hour

2.      

Quantitative Aptitude

35

35

3.      

Reasoning Ability

35

35

4.      

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.

2.      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. Immediately after completion of Objective Test, Descriptive Test will be administered.

Objective Test:

The objective test of 3 hours duration consist of 4 Sections for total 200 marks. The objective test will have separate timing for every section. The candidates are required to qualify in each of the Tests by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.

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.

Penalty for Wrong Answers (Applicable to both - Preliminary and Main examination) There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one fourth of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.


S.No

Section

Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Time Duration

1.      

Reasoning & Computer Aptitude

45

60

60 minutes

2.      

Data Analysis & Interpretation

35

60

45 minutes

3.      

General Awareness about Economy/ Banking

40

40

35 minutes

4.      

English Language

35

40

40 minutes

5.      

Total

155

200

3 hours

3.      Group Discussion & Interview

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. The qualifying marks in Group Discussion &Interview will be as decided by the Bank.

S.No

Section

Maximum Marks

1.      

Group Discussion

20

2.      

Interview

30

3.      

Total

50

Preparation Tips:

·         SBI PO, the most sought after exam in the banking sector is just one day away. The exam will be participated by lakhs of banking aspirants. As such the candidates to excel in the exam need a good preparation Level. To boost up the morale of the candidates at the last minute, we have provided here some SBIPO Preparation Tips 2016. Candidates appearing for the exam should follow these preparation tips and tricks to score good marks in the exam. Candidates should revise all the topics they have prepared so far and avoid learning any new topic. They should also prepare smart and plan strategically to unlock better exam scores.

·         As we already know the SBI PO Exam is conducted in three stages. The syllabus for the Preliminary and the Main Exam remains the same but the level of the examination gets tougher. The candidates can view the article and can learn the benefits of study plan and how do they need to go about the preparation for the examination. The candidates who qualify in the preliminary examination can appear in the main examination and subsequently the successful candidates in the Main Exam will be called for a personal interview. Check all the SBI PO 2016 Preparation Tips here.

Reasoning section:

The reasoning paper proves to be the backbone of the PO exam. This section can be the most scoring at all the sections and hence it needs special attention from the candidates. To score heavily in this section, the candidates need to focus more on the analytical part of the Reasoning rather than going hard by simulating the shortcuts. Remember the shortcuts won’t be in mind during the exam. Practice hard and practice daily.

Reasoning topics to focus:-

a.       Making series / analogy,

b.      Number Series questions

c.       Coding and de-coding

d.      Problem Solving

e.      Passage and conclusions type questions

f.        Comprehension Reasoning etc.

g.       SBI PO Preparation Tips 2016 (General Ability Section)

General Knowledge:

GAT is the easiest of all sections ion the banking examination. To score better in this section the candidates need to focus more on the daily news and must write down whatever he/she finds on the daily basis. If you are aware about daily events and activities in India with daily newspaper habit seriously you can easily cover most of the part of general knowledge. You can easily score well in this part of exam.

GK Paper covers most of the part with current affairs so focus on it seriously specially related to Banking & Finance Sector.

GK topics to focus:-

Current Affairs of last 6 months , Indian Economy Questions , Marketing , Awards & Honors Sports , Finance , Agriculture , History of Banking , Banking Terms , RBI Functions , Fiscal Monetary Policies etc.

English Section:

This section is the compulsory section in the banking examination. As far as the section is concerned, the questions are very basic and are designed keeping in mind the syllabus of class 10th. To do better in this section, the candidates need to practice hard from the text book and sharpen their grammatical skills. Most of the questions asked in this examination are very basic and it is studied even for an hour in the whole day, the candidates would be able to do most of the questions easily.

English topics to focus:-

Fill in the Blanks, Comprehension Passage, phrases and idioms, Spotting Error Questions, Preposition, and Sentence Improvement etc.

Quantitative Aptitude Section:

This is the major part of the examination. This is a tough section but going about it is very easy. Qualitative aptitude section tests the vulnerability of candidates in a situation like question. The aptitude will test your basic mathematical level. To score better in this part, the candidate need to practice hard and analyze on the theoretical aspect rather than going hard at the examples and learning formulas.

Quantitative Aptitude topics to focus:-

Data Interpretation , Sequence & Series , Number System , Quadratic Equations , Sequence & Series , Ratio , Proportion Percentage & Averages , Simplification etc.

Computer Knowledge section:

Computer knowledge is very important in today’s life and this section tests the computer ability of the candidate. As PO, the candidates will be needed to work effortlessly on the computer and hence must possess skills to run the bank well.  To score better ion the examination, the candidates need to have cleared the basic knowledge of the computer section and then must have practiced hard for the matter.

Computer knowledge topics to focus:-

Basic of Computers , Basic internet knowledge and protocols , Network basics (LAN & WAN) , Generations of computer, Input & Output Device, Shortcuts & Basic knowledge MS word, MS Excel, MS power point, Computer Shortcuts etc.

Personal Interview:

The candidates qualifying in the written examination are called for the interview. The interview procedure is so smooth that the candidates feel afraid. Well, do not panic as we have brought absolutely amazing SBIPO Preparation Tips 2016 for the Interview.

Be very gentle once you are entering the room where the interviewer is sitting. First of all greet them the day while smiling.

Ask for taking seat and if they tell you to sit down, make it a quiet affair.

The first and foremost thing to do after that is to forward your CV to the head interviewer and wait for their reply.

For every question that they ask, go about replying having a smile on your face. For the questions you don’t know, simply say to them that you don’t know.

DO NOT confront them on any issue. They might intimidate you test your patience but please don’t get heated up. Do not argue with them.

Once the interview is over, stand up quietly, shake their hands while saying ‘obliged to meet you’ and quietly leave the room.

For any aspirant of the SBIPO Exam, they must have a good reading habit as well as listening habit. They must also prepare for the Interview by speaking for some minutes in front of the mirror.

General SBI PO Preparation Tips:

1.       Apart from focusing on the subject wise preparation tips, the candidates must also be aware on every other part during the examination. Following are some general SBIPO 2016 Preparation Tips:

2.       Proper planning (how to go about the exam?) is required to clear this examination.

3.       Update yourself with various happening around you. The GAT paper might trick you with a very latest question.

4.       The candidates must focus on the section wise study as there would be a sectional cutoff to clear. Hence they cannot leave any section.

5.       General knowledge section must be the most prized section if you are preparing for the SBIPO Exam. This includes having sufficient information in the science and technology, sports, politics, geography etc.

6.       There must be a proper time table and that time table must be followed judiciously in order to garner maximum profit from it.

7.       Time management will also be a key factor. The time allotted in the examination is very low as compared to the number of questions asked in the examination. Hence the candidates must be lightning fast in calculation.

8.       Use lots and lots of mock test to sharpen your knowledge. Practice from sample paper, use previous year question papers for that purpose.

9.       Revision must be done after every day’s study. If you don’t revise what you have studied in the day, you will ultimately forget and that no one wants during the examination.

10.   Take good care of health as it is required for any candidates to be mentally and physically fit to go about any sort of preparation. Hence take proper diet and must do medication to keep you healthy.

Reference Books:

1. Maths - Objective Arithmetic (Rajesh Verma)

2. English (Grammar) - SP Bakshi

3. English (Vocabulary) - Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis

4. Reasoning - RS Aggarwal or Pearson Guide

5. GK - Banking Awareness by Arihant

6. Computer Knowledge - R Pillai (Arihant Publishing)

Syllabus:

Reasoning

S.No

Topics

Expected Number of Questions from the Topics

1.      

Logical Reasoning

5-10

2.      

Syllogism

5

3.      

Blood Relations

5

4.      

Input Output

0-5

5.      

Coding Decoding

5

6.      

Alphanumeric Series

0-5

7.      

Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test

0-5

8.      

Data Sufficiency

0-5

9.      

Coded Inequalities

5

10.  

Seating Arrangement

10

11.  

Puzzle

5-7

12.  

Tabulation

5


English:

S.No

Topics

Expected Number of Questions from the Topics

1.      

Reading Comprehension

10

2.      

Cloze Test

10

3.      

Fill in the blanks

0-5

4.      

Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting

0-5

5.      

Paragraph Complete/ Sentence Correction

5

6.      

Para jumbles

5

7.      

Miscellaneous

5


Aptitude:

S.No

Topics

Expected Number of Questions from the Topics

1.      

Simplification

5

2.      

Ratio & Proportion, Percentage

3

3.      

Number Systems

3

4.      

Profit & Loss

2

5.      

Mixtures & Alligations

1-2

6.      

Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices

1-2

7.      

Work & Time

2

8.      

Time & Distance

2

9.      

Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere

1-2

10.  

Sequence & Series

5

11.  

Permutation, Combination & Probability

5

12.  

Data Interpretation

15


General Awareness:

Current Affairs:-

This would primarily focus on all news based items from various fields like sports, awards, summits, new appointments, obituaries, Indian Defense, etc. Please be thorough with newspaper, preferably “THE HINDU”.

Banking Awareness:-

·         Indian Financial System – Overview of Financial Markets (Money Market, Capital Market, Forex Market, Credit Market), Financial Intermediaries involved (like investment bankers, underwriters, stock exchanges, registrars, depositories, custodians, portfolio managers, mutual funds, primary dealers, Authorised dealers, self regulatory organizations, etc. Also read important committees and its recommendations.

·         History of Indian Banking Industry – (Pre Independence, Post Independence, Nationalisation), Structure of Indian Banking, Types of Banks (Scheduled, Co-operatives), categorisation of Bank (Pvt, PSU, Foreign), NHB, SIDBI, EXIM, NABARD, IDBI its role etc and concept of NBFC.

·         Regulatory Bodies like – RBI, (RBI History/ Functions/ Roles/) SEBI, IRDA, PFRDA, FSDC, FMC etc its role functions and fact based details

·         Monetary & Credit Policies who decides, basis of change and its relation with Inflation and other related issues & Inflation (Types) CRR/ SLR/ Repo/ Re-Repo/Bank Rate etc.

·         Budget Basics and Current Union Budget – Discussion of Budget related terminologies like GDP, Fiscal Deficit, Various kinds of taxes, Government revenue model and spending etc. and discussion on Union Budget 2014. Also major pointers for Rail Budget and Economic Survey to be read.

·         International Organisations / Financial Institutions – IMF, World Bank, ADB, UN related agencies, recent development in them members heads etc functions, recent loans given by them to India or any country in the world where Crisis is going on.

·         Capital Market & Money Market – Concept, Types of Instruments they deal in like (1. Call/Notice Money 2. Treasury Bills 3. Term Money, 4. Certificate of Deposit 5. Commercial Papers or Capital Market Instruments like equity Shares, preference shares, or Debt segment like Debentures etc also talk about Stock Exchanges in India and world.

·         Government Schemes – All important schemes for ex. Bharat Nirman, Swavlamban, Swabhiman , All schemes discussed in budget – the details like when was it introduced, important facts related to same, budgetary allocation etc.

·         Abbreviations and Economic terminologies – Frequently discussed in newspaper

·         Other important concepts like – BASEL, Micro Finance, Base Rate, Negotiable Instruments, Credit Rating Agencies, Financial Inclusions, Teaser Rates, GAAR, Priority Sector Lending and all other important concepts.

Computer Awareness:-

Hardware-Software-Database (introduction)-Communication (Basic Introduction)-Networking (LAN, WAN, MAN)-Internet (Concept, History, working environment, Application)-Security Tools, Virus, Hacker-MS Windows & MS Office-Logic Gates-Number System-History of Computers


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