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SBI PO Exam 2017 is an examination held for recruiting Probationary Officers. It marks the Junior Management Level direct entry in the Bank for young graduates. Exam for SBI PO is conducted each year for appointing officers in the Bank. Candidates in a huge number appear for this exam but only the best ones are selected as SBI PO. What makes a difference here is the SBI PO Preparation. A candidate should be aware of the exam pattern, important books and preparation tips in order to make the SBI PO Preparation effective. Here we will cover all the major aspects of SBI PO Preparation so that the candidates can perform up to best of their potential and crack the exam.

The Mains Exam of SBI PO will contain 155 questions carrying 200 marks and the time duration is 180 minutes.The Questions are divided into 4 Sections.The Selection will be purely based on Mains Exam. And the Exam will contain the following Subjects:

  • Reasoning & Computer Knowledge.
  • English Language.
  • Quantitative Aptitude: DI Based Questions only.
  • General Awareness.

This section includes the basic questions to check your numerical ability. The best strategy is attempting only those questions first that are easy to attempt and have fewer calculations. You need to start from basics. Build concepts gradually and practice as much as you can. Memorise all the important shortcut techniques and. Some of the important topics for an exam are:

  • Number Systems.
  • Number Series.
  • Simple Interest & Compound Interest.
  • Time & Work.
  • Time & Distance.
  • Profit & Loss.
  • Percentage.
  • Average.
  • Ratio and Proportion.
  • Data Interpretation.
  • Probability.

This is one of the toughest sections. You need to improve your basic English in order to excel in the exam. You need to learn basic concepts of English Grammar. Read good English magazines and newspaper to improve your reading skills. Some of the important topics for an exam are:

Banking Awareness or Financial Awareness or Economic Awareness section of SBI PO Exam will contain Questions based on Banking related issues and topics. You just need to keep yourself updated about current happenings and also bit knowledge of static GK that includes:

  • Current Affairs of last 6 months.
  • Topics related to finance and economics.
  • History of Banking.
  • Banking Terms.
  • Fiscal & Monetary Policies.

Computer Knowledge Questions asked in SBI PO exam mainly contain questions related to basic knowledge about computer. So you need to be aware of computer here that includes:

  • Hardware.
  • Software.
  • MS Office.
  • Keyboard Shortcuts.
  • Internet.

1st Day:

Quants : Being the first day, you should start with basics of mathematics like HCF, LCM, shortcuts of addition, multiplication, division, squaring and cubing.

Reasoning: As reasoning is divided into two parts i.e. verbal and nonverbal reasoning, you should stay in touch with both the parts in order to cover the entire syllabus within time. Start preparing verbal reasoning by solving basic types of problems along with examples, and, study basic concepts in non-verbal reasoning.

English Language: Starting with Vocabulary, you should talk about some personalities or doctors or practitioners. It will be helpful during descriptive paper as well as while you appear for Group discussion. For grammar, start with basics such as sentence, subject and predicate, phase, clauses and Nouns.

2nd Day :

Quants: Types of fractions, conversion from one fraction to another, Decimals, conversion from decimals to fractions and vice versa should be practised. Complete a basic chapter of Number System.

Reasoning: Study the basic concepts in nonverbal reasoning whereas start solving problems on A, B, C under the verbal reasoning section.

English Language: In Grammar, studying Adjective, types of adjective and using suitable forms of adjectives is advisable. Talk about scientists, science, liars and lies for vocabulary.

3rd Day :

Quants: Solving various types of ratio and proportion should be done along with a basic introduction to surds.

Reasoning: Solve problems in verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning start with symmetry and related to its problems.

English Language: Review the vocabulary part that you studied for the past two days. In grammar, start with a basic chapter like Articles.

4th Day :

Data interpretation: Do not pressurise by selecting multiple chapters in data interpretation because you need to provide full concentration on surds. Study surds thoroughly and solve problems related to it.

Reasoning: Complete symmetry if it’s not completed the last day. Start with problems on visual ability in nonverbal reasoning. In verbal reasoning, solve problems so that you can gain confidence.

English Language: Start with some comprehensions. For example, go through 2-3 comprehension passages. Read Pronouns in details and understand how to tackle the various confusing use of pronouns.

5th Day:

Data interpretation: Only after you are confident about surds, start Partnership. If you think that you might practice a few surds, solve problems on surds and then start with a basic introduction to the partnership.

Reasoning: In verbal reasoning, solve some standard problems from practice books. In nonverbal reasoning, complete visual ability and get introduced to 5 figure series.

English Language: As you have already done enough chapters in data interpretation and reasoning; do not overstress your brain. Practice a bit of vocabulary by talking about actions and various speech habits.

6th Day:

Data interpretation: Do not start any new chapter as you need to proceed with the important parts of Partnership. Study this chapter and make sure that you can solve problems related to it.

Reasoning: Just like data interpretation, do not start a new chapter in reasoning too. Go through 5 figure series and learn how to solve problems related to it. In verbal reasoning, start with inequalities and check out its problem sums.

English Language: Start a new chapter i.e. Verbs. Learn its types and usage according to the sentences. For practicing vocabulary, talk about different ways to insult your enemies.

 7, 8, 9th Day:

Data interpretation: Take an easy chapter and complete it. The percentage is a basic chapter which you have already studied in school so revise it and boost confidence.

Reasoning: In verbal reasoning, get introduced to coded relationships. Give full attention and study it thoroughly. There would be no problem even if you eliminate the nonverbal reasoning part and use it time for coded relationships.

English Language: Start with an Active and Passive voice in Grammar and, in vocabulary, talk about flattering your friends and colleagues.

10, 11th Day :

Data interpretation: After covering up the basic part of Percentage, it’s time to move on to the advanced part of the same chapter. See the types of questions and how to tackle various problems about a percentage.

Reasoning: Spend some more time with coded relationships. Do not think to start a new chapter in verbal reasoning. In non-verbal reasoning, study 5 figure series.

English Language: Complete Active and Passive Voice by revising it and start studying forms of verbs after revising verbs. Also, explore a couple of comprehensions.

12th Day :

Data interpretation: Start a new as well as one of the most important chapters of this section; Average. Learn about the basic concepts of deriving averages.

Reasoning: Do arrangements in verbal reasoning whereas in nonverbal reasoning continue with the same as Day 7.

English Language: After the completion of the forms of verbs, start Tenses. It is an important part of the syllabus so you should pay attention. In vocabulary, come across a variety of personalities and their qualities or characteristics.

13, 14th Day :

Data interpretation: Average is the chapter on which you need to focus. Move on to the advanced part of average and understand the ways to solve various types of problems.

Reasoning:” Input-output basic’s shifting” is the part to study in verbal reasoning. In nonverbal reasoning, continue with the same.

English Language: Revise and review the vocabulary part that you did in the past couple of days. In grammar, study the types of tenses.

15th Day :

Data interpretation: Solve some problems on averages and make sure that you will be able to solve the same during an examination. Once you are done, check out a couple of problems based on age.

Reasoning: Practice problems based on the things you have studied before and study analytical decision making. 5 figure series demands your attention in nonverbal reasoning.

English Language: Auxiliary and Modals is to be studied in grammar. Discuss common phenomenon for vocabulary.

16, 17, 18th Day :

Data interpretation: Solve problems based on time and work as well as work and wages. Make sure that you cover all the types of sums.

Reasoning: It’s time to learn about Critical reasoning and some informal tips. In nonverbal reasoning, move on to 4 figure series.

English Language: Start learning Adverbs and its types and usage. Come across difficult words for vocabulary.

19th Day :

Data interpretation: It’s time to start another important chapter; Interests. Give full attention to understand Simple Interest and Compound Interest.

Reasoning: Revise the part you studied the previous day and study assumptions in verbal reasoning. Continue with 4 figure series in nonverbal reasoning.

English Language: You need to cover a huge part in grammar which is prepositions, conjunctions and interjection. Although the chapters are multiple, the entire study material is straightforward and doesn’t demand much time. Skip vocabulary.

20th Day :

Data interpretation: Allegation should be completed within the half of the total time allotted for this section. Profit and loss should be completed in the later half.

Reasoning: Arguments in verbal reasoning and missing figure series in nonverbal reasoning are to be studied with proper presence of mind.

English Language: Revise the chapters you did the previous day. Practice essay writing and paragraph writing for descriptive papers.

21th Day :

Data interpretation: Practice sums on time and distance as well as trains and streams. Complete both the chapters by solving a couple of sums.

Reasoning: Study evaluating interferences in verbal reasoning and continue with missing figure series.

English Language: Analyze the types of sentences, come across some difficult words and read some comprehensions along with practising precise writing.

22th Day :

Data interpretation: Mensuration is the part to be covered. Learn to make tables and charts. Complete the entire mensuration part without any postponement.

Reasoning: Study statements and conclusions in verbal reasoning and Analogy. Concentrate fully on understanding Analogy.

English Language: Transformation of sentences in grammar, construction of sentences and difficult words for vocabulary should be studied.

23th Day :

Data interpretation: Another important part of data interpretation is Series Case. Data sufficiency and series should be studied and understood properly.

Reasoning: Course of action, as well as cause and effect, should be studied in verbal reasoning. In nonverbal reasoning, continue with Analogy.

English Language: Revise Transformation of Sentences and start with Direct and Indirect Speech. Talk about the things that are going around the world for vocabulary and also explore some difficult words.

24th Day :

Data interpretation: Solve sums related to Series case. After its completion, start with permutation and combination.

Reasoning: Study sufficiency in verbal reasoning and classification in nonverbal reasoning.

English Language: Learn how to change direct speech to indirect speech and vice versa. Continue with difficult words for vocabulary.

25th Day :

Data interpretation: Revise Permutation and Combination. Once you are done, get introduced to Probability.

Reasoning: Practice problems based on sufficiency and study classification in verbal and nonverbal reasoning respectively.

English Language: Study Structures, revise Transformation of sentences and learn Idioms.

26th Day :

Data interpretation: Get a thorough knowledge about various types of Probabilities and learn how to solve problems of the same.

Reasoning: Study anything if left. Otherwise, revise Analogy.

English Language: Study Adverb and revise its use in sentences as well as paragraphs.

27-31th Day :

Data interpretation: As you have covered the entire syllabus, it’s time to check the syllabus and make sure if there is any chapter in which you need to pay more attention to gain higher confidence. If you don’t have any problem in any chapter, revise every chapter one-by-one.

Reasoning: Execute a bit of thorough revision. Pick out a couple of sums and check whether you are able to answer them correctly.

English Language: Practice paragraph writing, essay writing, letter writing. Read lots of comprehensions to enhance your reading speed.

The entire study plan didn’t have any technique to prepare for General Awareness. It is because it requires a completely different pattern. You need to read the newspaper on regular basis irrespective of the day or date. The market and marketing events section should be read thoroughly because questions come from this section in an examination. You should also spend a couple of hours on computer and internet for getting a brief knowledge of internet reference and MS Office.

The study plan is most effective for candidates who dedicate their mind fully to study for atleast 31 days. While you are following this plan, you should be accurate and completely devoted to accepting the plan and study as per it. Even a slightest of modification can disturb the balance of the entire plan which might reduce the intensity of effective preparation. Also, it is recommendable to stay at the best of your health while you prepare according to the above-mentioned study plan for SBI PO examination 2017.


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