8 Tips to prepare for SBI PO exam

In India, lakhs of aspirants want to get a government job in the banking sector. This exam is highly competitive as lakhs of candidates appear for it.

Therefore, in this article, we will be discussing some preparation tips to prepare for the SBI PO exam. But, before that, let us take the overview of the SBI PO exam.

SBI PO exam- Overview

The SBI PO exam is conducted by the State Bank of India every year. It is conducted into 3 phases- Prelims, Mains and Personal Interview and Group Discussion. To get selected as a PO in any SBI branch, a candidate has to clear all three phases. The SBI Probationary Officer exam is conducted in an online mode both for Prelims and Mains. Through this exam, candidates are appointed to the post of PO anywhere across the country. The SBI PO Prelims question paper will have objective-type questions. And the Main exam will have both objective and subjective type questions. The level of difficulty ranges from easy to moderate.

The SBI PO job is one of the reputed jobs in the nation. These government workers are given lots of benefits including, a high salary, job security, perks and bonuses, fixed working hours, medical perks, paid leaves, etc. According to reports, the total SBI PO salary 2021 varies between 8 lakhs to 13 lakhs per annum.

Now let us know some preparation tips to prepare for the SBI PO exam effectively.

Preparation tips for the SBI PO exam

Following the detailed study plan will help candidates to crack the SBI PO exam with good marks.

Get Acquainted with the SBI PO exam pattern

The first thing that candidates must know while preparing for this exam is to go through with the exam pattern. A candidate must have a thorough idea of the number and type of questions asked, number of sections, time duration, and marking scheme of each section in the SBI PO Prelims and Mains exam.

Here are the complete details of each phase.

  1. SBI PO Prelims- The SBI PO Prelims exam is further divided into three sections. These are the English language, numerical ability, and reasoning ability. In each section, there will be 20 questions, and each question will carry 1 mark. Moreover, there is negative marking too. For each incorrect answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted.
  2. SBI PO Mains- Candidates who will clear the Prelims stage will be eligible for the Mains exam. This phase consists of two sections- Objective and Subjective. The objective paper will carry MCQ-type questions of 200 marks, and the subjective paper will carry descriptive questions of 50 marks. The exam of both sections is conducted online.
  3. Personal Interview and Group Discussion- After clearing the SBI PO Mains exam, the shortlisted candidates are called for a final interview and group discussion round. In the group discussion, candidates are allotted marks out of 20, and the personal interview carries 30 marks.

Get well versed with the PO syllabus

The next point on which a candidate needs to focus is to know the PO syllabus for both Prelims and Mains exams. A student should keep in mind that he has to prepare simultaneously for both Prelims and Mains exams. This is because some sections are common in both exams, and the syllabus for the sections is somewhat similar. However, the type of questions and their difficulty level might be different. Hence, students should understand this point and prepare accordingly.

Here is the syllabus for each section.

  1. English Language- Para jumbles, sentence rearrangement, reading comprehension, fillers, cloze test, error detection, sentence correction, paragraph completion, vocabulary, match the following.
  2. Quantitative aptitude- Simplification, number series, approximation, mathematical inequalities, quadratic equation, profit and loss, time work and speed, partnership, ratio, etc.
  3. Reasoning ability- Coding decoding, syllogism, coding inequalities, input-output, logical reasoning, data sufficiency, computer aptitude, etc.
  4. General awareness- Current affairs, latest news headlines related to the Indian banking sector, history of SBI, Static Awareness, significant banking terms.

Create a timetable

After knowing the syllabus and exam pattern, students should make a perfect timetable based on their convenience and needs. A timetable will help students to allocate their time in those sections in which they are weak. At the same time, they have to allocate time to learning new concepts, revising old topics, solving practice problems, practicing mock test papers.

Focus on basics

Many candidates have a habit of starting with solving questions directly. But they should remember that it’s always advantageous to start from the basics. The basics form the foundation of the preparation which will enable students to complete their syllabus on time. Therefore, while learning new concepts, students should make sure that they read, learn and understand the theory behind it.

Practice with dedication

After understanding any concept, candidates must solve practice examples or questions related to it. If a certain concept is easy, candidates are required to practice it diligently so they can have a grip on application skills. Begin with learning easy concepts & questions and then move on to tough questions. Mark questions that are difficult to solve or get wrong and practice them later.

Build reading and writing habits

Read English books or journals daily. This habit is important, especially preparing for the English language, general awareness, and descriptive section of the SBI PO exam. SBI PO aspirants should pay attention to economic, social, cultural, banking and finance-related news. Write and learn the meaning of fresh words and jot down important points in the notebook. Plus, they read computer and technology-related articles to prepare for the computer aptitude section.

Practice previous years’ exam papers

Aspirants should practice previous years’ SBI exam papers to analyze their performance. Practicing these papers will help them to know their strongly and weakly prepared topics so they prepare well for the exam. Moreover, this tip will also give them an idea of the type of questions asked in the paper.

Improve test-taking skills

Test-taking skills are an important factor to consider. Candidates just can’t ignore it while preparing for the SBI PO exam. Although, candidates might have complete knowledge about the topics. But, they’ll be unable to convert their knowledge into marks if they don’t know the strategy behind successfully executing the exam. Question selection and time management are the two main aspects of an improved test-taking strategy.

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