After the release of SBI PO 2017 notification for Probationary Officer for the year 2017 from the India’s largest public sector banking and financial services company ‘STATE BANK OF INDIA’, we are sharing the exam syllabus and pattern for SBI PO 2017.The SBI PO 2017 exam will start from 29th April of this year, You guys have almost 3 months for your preparation. Check out the following information for SBI PO syllabus may help in your preparation.

SBI PO Prelims & Mains Syllabus:

The SBI PO 2017 exam is a 3 phase elimination process, the one who clears all the phases will be eligible for the job. There are 2313 Probationary Officer posts vacant for the year 2017 in SBI.

Phase I- Preliminary Exam

This phase will be conducted in online mode, it will be for 100 marks and the exam duration is 1 hour. The candidates are questioned on English language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability. Candidates who have achieved minimum qualifying marks from each subject and also overall cut-off marks are eligible for the next phase i.e mains.

SBI PO Prelims Syllabus & Mains Syllabus Topic Wise Marks
SBI PO Prelims Syllabus & Mains Syllabus Topic Wise Marks

Phase II- Main Exam

In this phase you have to appear for an objective test of 200 marks followed by a descriptive test of 50 marks. The duration for the objective will be 3 hours and the duration for descriptive will half n hour. The candidates who ever clears this phase will be sent to 3rd phase i.e group discussion.

Phase III- Group Discussion

In this phase the candidates tested for their confidence in the crowd and their communication skills, knowledge on various banking sectors.

Syllabus for Preliminary Exam(topics along with expected number of questions)


• Reading Comprehension – 20
• Fill in the blanks – 10
• Cloze test – 10
• Spotting errors – 5
• Para jumble -5

Quantitative Aptitude:

• Bar-graphs -10
• Pie-charts – 10
• Line graphs – 5
• Combined data sets – 5
• Probability/Series – 5
• Table – 5

Reasoning Ability:

• Puzzle – 10
• Number Series – 5
• Data Sufficient – 3
• Seating Arrangement – 5
• Passage and Conclusion – 4
• Making Judgments – 4
• Input-Output – 5
• Coding-Decoding – 3
• Order and Ranking – 3
• Local Reasoning -2

Syllabus for Main Exam

The descriptive exam contains the following topics:

Letter Writing

• Informal letter: Writing letters to friends, relatives, etc.
• Formal letter: Writing letter to bank managers, news editors, etc.
• Letters on saving the account, net banking and education loans.

Essay Writing

• General topics only
• Technology
• Right to education
• Financial inclusion

Precise Writing

• Chief vigilance officer

Paragraph Writing

• Rural Banking
• Impact of autonomy

Syllabus for Group Discussion

• Banking Awareness
• General Awareness
• Personal Background

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