Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Exam Pattern for SBI PO 2017

SBI PO 2017

The application process for SBI PO 2017 has come to a close.

Candidates must be in the last lap of their preparations, building up steam to appear for the preliminary examination to be conducted on the 29th and 30th of April and the 6th and 7th of May. That’s not very far off- under a month, in fact! So let’s just go through the examination pattern quickly.

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The SBI PO Prelim pattern

This is an objective type online test, so we hope that you have practised it exactly that way. Exclusively pen and paper practice is not recommended because it can be unnerving to make the transition to the online system.

The preliminary exam consists of three sections. Here are the details:

Number of questions
1.English Language
2.Quantitative Aptitude
3.Reasoning ability


There is a ‘composite’ time of ONE HOUR. This means that the whole exam must be completed in one hour: there is no time restricted to EACH section.

Each question carries one mark and has to be answered in 36 seconds.

Aspirants will have to qualify in EACH section; the qualifying mark will be decided by SBI, depending on the number of applicants and comparative performances. The bank has declared that it will set the qualifying marks so that the number of candidates who will be shortlisted for the mains will be 20 times the number of vacancies.

The results will be declared on 17 May, 2017 and the download of the call letter for the Main examination will start from the 22nd of May.

If you have a fair idea of how you have done or feel hopeful about a positive preliminary exam result, we suggest that you do not lose steam: carry on with your prep, hoping for the best. You have a whole month to prepare: don’t waste it! Step up the fervour!

The Main Examinations

If you have appeared for the prelims successfully, welcome to the Mains!
These are to be conducted on the 4th June 2017.This is also an objective test administered online. The details:

Number of questions
Time given (min.s)

Reasoning & Computer Aptitude
Data Analysis & Interpretation
General/Economy/Banking Awareness
English Language

180 (3hours)

Please note that EACH section here is restricted to the given time. You cannot hop from section to section: there is no chance of ‘turning the page back’ after the allotted time for a section is over.

On an average, you will have a little over a minute to answer each question.

Descriptive Test

This follows on the heels of the objective sections. It carries 50 marks, and you will have to complete it in 30 minutes. This section tests your English letter and essay writing skills. You should be familiar with typing and have a fairly good command of English.

The marks that a candidate secures in this test are a sort of qualifier. Only those candidates who have scored high enough in the objective test to be considered successful, or very nearly so, will be evaluated for the Descriptive Test.

The wrong answer Penalty!

This is important for you to remember: there is negative marking for wrong answers.This applies to both, the preliminary as well as the main SBI PO 2017 examination. For each wrong answer, the powers-that-be will be deducting 1/4th of the marks allotted to that answer. You have to pay for your mistakes, it seems.

There are no penalties for blanks: so, when in doubt, leave it blank. Do not guess.

No one has really been able to predict the difficulty levels of the questions or analyse whether easy questions will be followed by more difficult ones or vice-versa. You can expect a mixed bag and how easy or difficult will depend on how well you have prepared for the SBI PO 2017.

It’s better to be safe than sorry. So:

  • Identify your centre before the exam date- especially if you are new to town or if that part of the town is new to you.
  • Check that you have your call letter.
  • Arrive well in time.
  • Don’t waste time on a question that you cannot answer- move on!
  • Keep your cool without getting flustered if you don’t know something.
  • Keep working steadily. 
Hope springs eternal in the human heart. While it is foolish to live on hope alone, it is what keeps human endeavour alive.

We, at TalentSprint, hope that you have put in and continue putting in your best effort in the SBI PO 2017 preparation.

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