Detailed SBI PO 2021 Syllabus and Exam Pattern

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Here we are sharing with you the detailed SBI PO
2021 Syllabus and Exam Pattern of SBI PO Prelims and Main 2020 Exam.

Prelims Exam will consist of Objective Tests for 100 marks and there are 3 sections in it as: Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning and English Language. The total time duration of the prelims exam is 1 hour.
SBI PO Prelims 2020 Exam Pattern:

There will be no sectional cut-off in the prelims exams.

Phase II or 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.

(I) 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.  Each section has different time limit. You cannot choose section of your own. 

There will be no sectional cut-off in the mains exams.

(II) Descriptive Test: The duration of Descriptive Test is 30 minutes. It will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) with two questions for total 50 marks.

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 & Main Examination):
There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, 1/4th of marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. if no answer is marked by candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.
Sectional Marks will not be maintained for both Preliminary & Main Examinations.

The syllabus for SBI PO 2021 Exam is as:

Quantitative Aptitude 

Though in the syllabus provided by SBI, only Data Interpretation and Analysis is written. But Data Interpretation is not only tabular or other charts (bar-graph, line chart, etc.). It means that some data is given and you have to analyze and interpret it to know the answers of the questions. So some other topics like time and work, profit/loss/discount, etc. can also be asked. Apart from this be prepared for calculative and time taking Data Interpretation questions in SBI PO exam. 
Each year Probability topic is surely asked in SBI PO Data Interpretation and Analysis section. So Probability topic is expected this year also.

The syllabus of this section will be:

  • Data Interpretation (Tabular, Missing DI, Caselet, Bar Graph, Pie Chart, Line Graph, Radar Chart) based on miscellaneous topics like – Time and Work, Partnership, Profit and Loss, Mensuration, Simple/Compound interest, Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Averages, etc.
  • Miscellaneous Questions (Word Problems) based on Partnership, Time and Work, Profit and Loss, Mensuration, Time Distance and Speed, Boats and Streams, Simple/Compound interest, Mixture and Alligation, Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Averages, Problems on Ages, etc
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Probability
  • Inequalities (New Pattern)
  • Number Series
  • Simplification/Approximation (Prelims Only)
  • Quadratic Equations (Prelims Only)
Topics asked in SBI PO Prelims 2020 Exam – Data Interpretation (Caselet DI, Bar Graph & Missing Table DI), Number Series, Quadratic Equations, Word Problems, Simplification/Approximation 
Topics asked in SBI PO Main 2020 Exam – Data Interpretation (Line Graph, Missing Data DI, Pie Chart, Tabular, Mixture/Alligation based), Missing Number Series, Data Sufficiency

Reasoning and Computer Aptitude

The Reasoning Section Questions and Computer Aptitude Questions will be asked in a single section. Do not confuse computer aptitude with computer awareness questions. Both are different. Computer Awareness will not be asked in the SBI PO Main Exam.

The syllabus of this section will be:

  • Puzzles and Seating Arrangements (Linear/Circular/Rectangle Arrangement, Boxes based, Floor based,  Blood Realtion arrangement, etc.)
  • Syllogism
  • Machine Input/Output
  • Coding/Decoding
  • Decision Making
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Inequalities
  • Miscellaneous like Blood Relation, Direction Sense, Ranking, etc
  • Critical Reasoning (Statement and Assumptions, Conclusions)
  • Computer Aptitude Questions

This section checks your thinking ability. How do you react to puzzled problems? This section always contains the unexpected questions with many puzzles and alike questions. In this section also you can expect lengthy puzzles and lengthy questions, so be prepared.

Click here to see the new pattern questions.

Remember anything which checks your reasoning ability can be asked in this section.

Topics asked in SBI PO Prelims 2020 Exam – Puzzles and Arrangements, Chinese Coding/Decoding, Blood Relation, Alphabet based, Pairing Based Questions
Topics asked in SBI PO Main 2020 Exam – Puzzles and Arrangements, Data Sufficiency, Direction Sense, Reverse Syllogism, Machine Input Output, Coded Inequalities, Logical Reasoning, Miscellaneous.

English Language

Much practice is required in this section too. Do not tick answers by guess work. It will give you negative marking. Accuracy is must in any exam for good marks.

Click here for new pattern English Language questions.

The syllabus of this section will be:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Vocabulary (Synonyms/Antonyms)
  • Sentence Fillers
  • Sentence Connectors
  • Word Usage
  • Odd Sentences
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Cloze Test
  • Sentence Rearrangement
  • Error Detection
  • Phrase Replacement
  • Match the Column
  • To identify theme of passage
Topics asked in SBI PO Prelims 2020 Exam – Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test, Double Fillers, Phrase Replacement, Word Rearrangement, Error Detection, Match the column
Topics asked in SBI PO Main 2016 Exam – Reading Comprehension, Fill in the Blanks, Match the Column, Error Detection, Word Swap

General/Economy/Banking Awareness

Current Affairs Section was easy to moderate. Last year in many exams, CA was asked from last 6 months. So we advise you to read current affairs from last 6 months.

Click here to read all Current Affair Questions asked in SBI PO Main 2020 Exam

Click here to read all Current Affair Questions asked in SBI PO Main 2019 Exam

Click here to read all Current Affair Questions asked in SBI PO Main 2018 Exam

Click here to read all Current Affair Questions asked in SBI PO Main 2017 Exam

Click here to read all Current Affair Questions asked in SBI PO Main 2016 Exam


Descriptive

As told above, descriptive section will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) with two questions for total 50 marks. 
The topics which remain trending in India and the World are asked in essay writing. The letter asked are formal/informal which remain very easy for everyone to write. 
Also you will be given choice to write out of given letters and of given essays. 
If you write words which are used in newspapers, this will be a plus point for you. So keep reading Newspaper. Also hold on English Grammar is necessary.

Topics asked in SBI PO Main 2020 Exam –
(1) Letter:

  • Letter to Manager for 2 weeks leave
  • Encouraging a customer not to transfer his/her account

(2) Essay:

  • Pros and Cons of Online Education
  • Need to utilise Nationalise resources Effectively
Topics asked in SBI PO Main 2019 Exam –
(1) Letter:

  • Write a letter to the Branch Manager for the replacement of lost Cheque book.
  • Write a letter to your senior thanking him career advice.
  • Write a letter to the Branch Manager to increase the number of counters in the respective branch.

(2) Essay:

  • E-commerce impact on traditional business
  • Digital Literacy
  • Precaution to be used while using online banking
Topics asked in SBI PO Main 2016 Exam –
(1) Letter:

  • Letter to editor describing the use of selfies among youth
  • Letter to parents as a principal regarding their responsibility towards their wards.
  • Letter to the parents, telling them about the challenges you are facing after shifting to a new city for job

(2) Essay:

  • Effect of Salary Increase of Government Employees on Economy.
  • Importance of knowing history of nation for a citizen.
  • Effect of The New Game Pokemon GO.

All the best for exam !!!

 

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