SBI Bank PO Exams 2019
The SBI PO 2019 Notification was released on 2nd April 2019, announcing 2000 vacancies for the post of Probationary Officer. Additionally, 133 posts are available for LD, VI, HI, D & E category candidates, according to the official notification released on sbi.co.in. In the article, we will bring you all the important information about SBI PO 2019 exam.
Remember these Dates
SBI PO 2019 Online Registration (including Editing/ Modification of Application) 2nd – 22nd April 2019 Payment of Application Fee/ Intimation Charges 2nd – 22nd April 2019 Download of Call Letter for Online Preliminary Examination 3rd week of May 2019 onwards SBI PO 2019 Preliminary Exam Date 8th, 9th, 15th & 16th June 2019 SBI PO 2019 Preliminary Exam Result 1st week of July 2019 Download of Call Letter for Online Main Examination 2nd week of July 2019 SBI PO 2019 Main Exam Date 20th July 2019 SBI PO 2019 Main Exam Result 3rd week of August 2019 Download of Call Letter for Group Exercises & Interview 4th week of August 2019 SBI PO 2019 Group Exercises & Interview Date September 2019 SBI PO 2019 Final Result 2nd week of October 2019
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Vacancy Details Total : 2000 Posts
• Bachelor Degree in Any Stream in Any Recognized University in India.
• Appearing Final Year / Semester Candidates Also Eligible to Fill the Application Form (Must Be Passed as on 31/08/2018)
• General / OBC : 600/-
• SC / ST / PH : 100/-
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SBI PO Exam Pattern
PO Exam will be conducted in 3 phases :
Phase 1: Preliminary Examination; Phase 2: Main Examination; Phase 3: Group Exercises and Interview
Candidates qualifying the preliminary exam will be called to appear for the main exam. Subsequently, those qualifying the mains will be shortlisted for the Group Exercises and interview.
As per the SBI PO Exam Pattern 2017, the preliminary exam will consists of objective tests carrying 100 marks. There will be three sections in the online prelims exam – Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and English.
The main exam of SBI PO will consist of objective tests for 200 marks followed by a descriptive test of 50 marks.
Descriptive paper of the candidates will be evaluated who will score qualifying marks in the objective tests.
The Group Exercises will carry 20 marks and interview will carry 30 marks.
The final merit list will be prepared on the basis of the marks obtained in the main exam and Group Exercises and interview. Candidates can check below for marking scheme, number of questions asked in each section, total marks, number of sections etc. of SBI PO Exam Pattern 2017.
Phase 1: SBI PO Preliminary Exam Pattern 2017
Important highlights for the SBI PO 2017 Exam Pattern of the Preliminary Examination are as follows:
• The Preliminary examination is an objective type examination where the candidates need to select one correct option out of given four options.
• The total mark of the Prelims exam as per SBI PO Exam Pattern 2017 is 100.
• For every correct response provided, the candidates would be awarded 1 mark and for every wrong response ¼ mark will be deducted. However, no mark will be deducted for any response.
• The test would be conducted online.
• The total time allotted is 60 minutes or 1 hour.
• The candidates should note that there are three sections in the Preliminary examination which have sectional cutoff which the candidates need to clear.
Phase 2: SBI PO Main Exam Pattern 2017
The candidates who score above the SBI PO Preliminary Cutoff Score 2017 will be allowed to take the SBI PO Main Exam 2017. The mains 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.
The main examination of SBI PO is divided into two stages:
• Objective Test
• Descriptive Test
• SBI PO 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.
• The objective test will be for 3-hour duration consisting of 4 sections – Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis & Interpretation, General Economy/Banking Awareness, English Language of 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.
• For every correct response provided, the candidates would be awarded 1 mark and for every wrong response ¼ marks will get deducted. However, no mark will be deducted for any response.
Descriptive Section Pattern:
Along with the objective type question, the main exam will have questions in the descriptive format as well.
Following are the important points to ponder for the written examination :
• The descriptive test will be of 30 minutes duration comprising of 50 marks.
• The test will be of English Language (Letter Writing and 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.
• This test will judge the writing skills of the candidates.• The descriptive paper will be conducted for 30 minutes.
Phase 3: Group Exercises and Personal Interview
The candidates who clear the cutoff score for the Main Examination would then be called for a group exercise and personal Interview test where the candidates will have to face an Interview board. The Group Exercise will carry 20 marks and Interview will carry 30 marks. The aggregate marks of candidates qualifying in both the Objective Tests and the Descriptive Test will be arranged in descending order in each category.
An adequate number of candidates in each category, as decided by the Bank will be called for Group Exercises and Interview. The qualifying marks in Group Exercises and Interview will be decided by the Bank.
What is Group Exercises in SBI PO?
In the recent notification of SBI PO, it was noticed that, Group Discussion has been replaced by Group Exercises. Now, the candidates must be wondering, what is Group Exercises? Well, under group exercises, a group of candidates work together to perform an activity while being watched by assessors. The assessors will make notes and score the candidates based on their respective contributions to the exercise.
The group exercise can take a variety of forms. Some of those are listed below:
• Discuss a general topic or area of current affairs
• Debate a work-related problem before finding a solution and presenting it back to the assessors as a group
• Complete a task
1) English language – Out here, you have to focus specifically on four aspects: Vocabulary, grammar, English usage and reading. Reading comprehension and vocabulary are generally interlinked as synonyms and antonyms asked in the exam are from the passage itself.
2) Numerical ability/ quant aptitude – Within quant, the most important aspects are arithmetic and data interpretation. The questions based on simplification and numerical series also have significant weightage. Besides that, mensuration too accounts for a couple of questions.
3) Reasoning ability – Puzzle test, mathematical inequalities, syllogisms, seating arrangement, blood relations, coding-decoding and input-output are the key topics in this area.However, logical reasoning questions such as: Statement-assumption, statement-argument, statement-course of action and statement-conclusion must not be neglected as well.
4) Computer knowledge – To comprehensively cover all the questions from this area you should study (a) keyboard shortcuts (b) software packages and usage (c) cyber security and security tools (d) abbreviations and acronyms (e) networking fundamentals (f) history of computers and programming languages (g) internet knowledge and protocols (h) basic computer terminology (i) computer hardware.
5) General and banking/ financial awareness – The syllabus of this area generally seems vague to most candidates. However, preparing yourself to handle questions based on the following topics will be of maximum benefit.
General Awareness : (a) New appointments and who is who (b) prizes and awards (c) international summits /conferences (d) government welfare schemes and initiatives (e) sports tournaments (f) science and technology projects (g) books and authors (h) international organisations
Banking/financial awareness : (a) Fiscal and monetary policy announcements (b) macroeconomic indicators (c) Indian banking system (d) regulatory framework (e) banking and financial terms (f) financial market developments (g) banking operations
NOTE : Although SBI clerk preliminary exam (tier-I) will not include areas 4 and 5, yet you must work on them simultaneously with Quant, English and Reasoning. It is so because there will not be much of a time gap between the preliminary exam and the main exam. Moreover, if you have applied for NABARD vacancies, then note that all the five areas will be a part of the preliminary (tier-I) exam.
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