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How to crack SBI PO Exam | IBPS Exam Tips

SBI PO(STATE BANK OF INDIA PROBATIONARY OFFICERS) job is a dream for many students in our country. Many students think that they can crack SBI PO jobs with the help of coaching but that is not true, you can easily crack the SBI PO job with self-study by analyzing the exam pattern and when you know how to make a plan to study you can crack any type of exam. If you don’t know SBI PO exam pattern don’t worry we are here to help the students like you. In this article we will solve your problems like how to crack sbi po exam in first attempt, how to crack sbi po exam easily, sbi po exam syllabus, sbi po exam pattern etc.

Never think that SBI PO exam need a coaching here we guide how you can crack SBI PO exam without coaching. You can very easily clear the exam if you have a detail and clear idea about the pattern of the SBI PO exam. A smart approach, regular practice and consistency till the exam date is all you need.

SBI PO Exam Pattern

SBI PO exam consists of following 3 stages to crack the exam:-




The Preliminary Phase of the examination will consist of the following sections

S.No. Subject Maximum Marks No. of Questions Time allotted
1. English Language 30 30
2. Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
3. Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100 One Hour

Preliminary exam of sbi po exam consists of three sections English, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability and from English section you will get 30 questions and each question carries 1 Mark and from Quantative Aptitude you will get 35 questions and each questions carries 1 Mark and from final section Reasoning Ability you will get 35 questions and each question carries 1 Mark. Total there will be 100 questions from all sections, as each question carries 1 Mark total 100 Marks. So each and every section is important.

Note: There will be penalty of one -fourth(1/4th) marks  for each wrong answer in both preliminary and mains exam.There will be negative marking for each wrong answer ,SO No guess work in this exam.

As there is negative marking in the exam you should practice rigorously with a perfect plan and we are giving a weekly schedule dedicating maximum 8 hours and minimum 5 hours for this exam adjust the time table as per your requirement.



Monday 1-2 hours 2-3 hours 2-3 hours
Tuesday 1-2 hours 2-3 hours 2-3 hours
Wednesday 1-2 hours 2-3 hours 2-3 hours
Thursday 1-2 hours 2-3 hours 2-3 hours
Friday 1-2 hours 2-3 hours 2-3 hours
Saturday 1-2 hours 2-3 hours 2-3 hours
Sunday 1-2 hours 2-3 hours 2-3 hours

If you are weak please try to dedicate max 8 hours so that you will get enough time to complete all the syllabus with in one month. If you follow any thing for 21 days consistently then it will become habit for you. So try to follow this schedule dedicating atleast 5 hours daily and you can easily crack sbi po exam preliminary with in one month.

SBI PO Preliminary exam syllabus weekly schedule: –

Sections Week-1 Week-2 Week-3 Week-4
English Basics of Grammar,Articles, Parts of Speech in detail, concentrate more on Verbs,Adverbs, Adjectives,

Prepositions,Interjections and conjuctions.

Phrases and Idioms, Passive and Active Voice Tenses Direct & Indirect Speech,

Auxillary and Modals.


Grammar, Common mistakes in English, Rectification,

Cloze test, Practice Para- Jumbled questions.

Practice Mock tests
Reasoning Ability Coding-Decoding, Blood Relations, Input- Output, Syllogism, Inequalities, Missing Series, Direction Sense. Decision making, Number Ranking, Sitting Arrangements, Floor Arrangements, Tabular Arrangements, Statements and Assumption. Revise all the topics again Practice Mock tests
Quantitative Apt Averages, Number Series, Percentages, Inerest Ratio-Proportion, HCF/LCM, Indices Tables, Squares, Cubes & Roots, Age & Number Problems Profit and Loss, Mixture and Alligation, Time-Speed and Distance, Time and Work, Probability, Boats and Streams Data Interpretation and Revise all topics again Practice Mock tests


The main exam consists of the following sections

Section No. of Qs Max. Marks Duration
1.Reasoning+Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 Minutes
2.Data Analysis and Interpretation 35 60 45 Minutes
3.English Language 35 40 40 Minutes


40 40 35 Minutes
Total 155 200 3 Hours

Here we guide you how to prepare for Mains Exam of SBI PO from scratch:-

  1. General Awareness/ Banking –

General Awareness/ Banking is the most easiest section in the Mains Exam. To prepare for this section you need to cover Static News and Current Banking (Economy) news of last six months. To get maximum marks (30+) in this section, make a habit of reading and revising the news consistently. You need to divide the topics and plan your schedule to cover all the major significant news.

We would suggest you to cover news from given below topics, which are taken from previous year question papers:-

  1. Banking & Financial Awareness – Banking Terminology, Recent RBI News like- Demonetisation, RBI Governor, New RBI Important guide lines, SBI Bank in News, ICICI Bank in News, Committees, etc.
  2. Current Affairs:- International and National News, Major Indian and Global Awards, Sports News, Conferences and Summits, Schemes, Agreement and Deals, etc.
  3. Static GK:- Airports, Dams, Mountains, Power Plants, Thermal Power Plants, Parks etc.

Try to spend considerable time about 2 hours a day for this section. Read the news and make a note of significant news and events. Revise them on same day, this consistent exercise will make you king in this section.

  1. Data Interpretation and Analysis

Data Interpretation is the toughest section in the SBI PO Exam. Most of you feel that you are good in this section, confidence is good but never be over confident which may harm you in the exam badly. If you are weak or average in this section then you should be consistent in practicing questions from this section. Plan your schedule according to your time and make sure that you never miss even single day practicing this section.

Bar Graph, Caselet(Paragraph DI), Line Graph, Mixed Graph, Probability & Data Sufficiency, Table Chart,Pie Chart.

If you practice this section with great interest consistently day by day you will become master in this section and this section will become most easiest section for you with in few weeks. If you practice this section on daily basis you will get addicted to this section you will enjoy questions from this section.

  1. Reasoning+Computer Aptitude

Reasoning section every time trouble the students with tricky question in SBI PO exam and we expect it to be the same this time too. Some students don’t know how to tackle the question from this section and in exam always start with the first questions or with puzzle type’s questions which are easy in this section so that you will build confidence during the exam instead of becoming panic.

If you are weak or average in this section then make a habit of practicing this section Consistently. Plan your schedule to cover all the important topics given below.

  • Puzzles
  • Inequality
  • Input Output
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Syllogism
  • Miscellaneous – Blood relation, Direction, Ranking, Alphanumeric Series, Coding Decoding.
  • Computer Aptitude Questions

Plan your schedule to practice for at least 2 hours a day. You can practice different topics accordingly from below topics –

(Blood relation, Direction, Ranking, Alphanumeric Series, Coding Decoding) + Computer Aptitude Inequality, Syllogism, Input Output, Data Sufficiency, Miscellaneous

Practice 3 sets of 5 Questions on each topic on a daily basis. After practicing each day, analyze your scores and mistakes which you have made during the practice session. This rigorous consistent exercise will give you an idea how to approach these topics in exams.

Puzzles + Logical Reasoning – At least practice 3 different types of puzzles & Logical Reasoning Questions on a daily basis during your practice sessions. This will make you confident in attempting difficult puzzles during exam in quick & smart way.

  1. English Section.

Most of the students who attempt Mains SBI PO Exam they avoid this section during their practice session. Many of them think that they are comfortable with this section which makes questions from this section tough to the students. If you are weak or average in English you should never miss a day practicing the English section ever after completing all the topic revise them till the exam date.

Please try to practice different topics, which are mentioned below :-

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Spotting Error
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Cloze Test
  • Para Jumbles
  • Fill in the blanks.

Reading Comprehension – Practice two sets of Reading Comprehension on a daily consistently. After practicing, analyze your score and mistakes which you have made during your practice. This exercise will give you a brief idea how to approach these questions in exams. This exercise will make you confortable with these type of questions.

Cloze test, Para Jumble, – Practice five sets of each topics on a daily consistently. After practicing, analyze your score and mistakes which you have made during your practice session. This exercise will make you confortable with these type of questions.

For Descriptive test- Before you go to sleep, write a paragraph or letter on any topic or you can write on the Hindu Editorial Topic which you read in the morning. Must remember to use those vocabulary words. This is one of the unique way to increase your vocabulary.

To crack the SBI PO Mains exam, you need to be thorough in each and every subject. Practicing hard and in smart way is the most important mantra to get success in this exam. General Awareness is the most significant part to crack the Mains.

Never miss the following advices

Accuracy and Time Management are very important for these type of competitive exams. So practice as possible Mock Tests as you can.

While giving Mock tests use Time constraints this is very important(using Stopwatch in mobile phone or Timer if you have) .

Do not waste too much time on any question.

Analyse your strong areas and weak areas and accordingly try to fix time for each section and attempt that section in your allotted time.

Evaluate your tests each and every time to see how you are performing and in which area you can improve. All the best!! =D




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