In this article, we shall discuss at length about the SBI PO Mains Exam 2020. The mains exam is the second stage of the Probationary Officer exam conducted by SBI.
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Every year the State Bank of India conducts recruitment for various posts and candidates across the country await the notification for recruitment in SBI. The SBI PO mains exam 2020 is tentatively scheduled to be conducted in August 2020 and the official notification for the recruitment of Probationary Officers is expected to be released in May 2020.
The candidates who manage to qualify the mains examination are called for the SBI PO Mains examination.
To know more about other SBI exams, check at the linked article.
Being a coveted job opportunity, the selection procedure of a PO in SBI is elaborate and complex in comparison with other PSU banks in India.
The SBI PO Mains exam was held on 20th July in 2019 and the date for the SBI PO Mains 2020 will be declared in the official notification of the page. Generally, the SBI PO exam comprises of a 3-tier selection process:
- SBI PO Prelims
- SBI PO Mains
- Group Exercises & Personal Interview
Both the Prelims and Mains exams are conducted online. SBI PO Prelims is the initial stage of recruitment.
Applicants who clear this stage with the standard cut-off set by SBI are eligible to move to the next level of examination – SBI PO Mains.
SBI PO Exam Dates – Mains
The important dates related to the SBI PO recruitment are specified in the notification released by the conducting body. The SBI PO 2020 notification is yet to be released but given below are the tentative dates for 2020 recruitment:
|SBI PO Exam 2020|
|Events||Important Dates (tentative)|
|Official Notification||May 2020|
|Admit Card Release for Mains||To Be Notified Later|
|Mains Exam||August 2020|
|Mains Exam Result||To Be Notified Later|
|Interview||To Be Notified Later|
Given below is the exam schedule of the SBI PO Mains Exam 2019 for the reference of candidates planning to apply for 2020 exam:
|SBI PO Exam Dates – Mains|
|Sl. No.||Activity||Tentative Dates|
|1.||SBI PO Official Notification (Released)||April 1, 2019|
|2.||SBI PO Online Registration (Inclusive of Editing/Modification of Application)||April 2 – 22, 2019|
|3.||Download of SBI PO Mains Admit Card||5th – 20th July 2019|
|4.||SBI PO Mains Exam Date||July 20, 2019|
|5.||SBI PO Mains Result Date||August 2019 (3rd week)|
To know the SBI PO exam dates, check at the linked article.
SBI PO Mains Syllabus
The SBI PO Mains exam is the final stage of the online examination conducted by SBI. The bank exam syllabus for most of the exams conducted under the banking sector is the same.
The SBI PO Mains syllabus has the following section-wise distribution of topics:
- Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude: Under the Reasoning Ability section, the candidate’s logical reasoning abilities are being tested through sub-categories like Puzzle, Coding-Decoding, Number Series, Blood Relations, etc. On the other hand, the Computer Aptitude section assesses the candidate’s computer knowledge primarily based on Binary to Decimal conversion or vice-versa.
- General/Economy/Financial Awareness: This section measures the candidate’s Current Affairs, General Knowledge and Business/Financial Awareness.
- Data Analysis & Interpretation: Under this section of the SBI PO Mains syllabus, applicants are asked to analyze graphical problems like Graphs & Charts (Line graph, Pie charts, etc.), Probability-based problems, Data Sufficiency, etc. Candidates need to upskill their knowledge on this section as it is a bit critical and time-consuming section.
- English Language: Under this section, the candidate’s English language skills are being tested like oral reading, grammar and vocabulary. It includes topics like Reading Comprehension, Para jumbles, Spelling Errors, Idioms and Phrases, Vocabulary, etc.
To explore the SBI PO Syllabus in detail, check at the linked article.
SBI PO Mains Exam Pattern
The SBI PO Mains is the second level of the selection process of SBI PO exam.
The SBI PO Mains pattern comprises of 155 questions which candidates need to answer within a duration of 3 hours. The exam has been segregated into two different types of tests –
The timing and exam pattern of both the tests are different from one another.
The Objective Test is an online test with separate timing for each section and the Descriptive test has a duration of 30 minutes comprising of two questions (50 marks each) which tests the candidates’ written English language skills like a letter or essay writing.
The official SBI PO Notification for the recruitment in 2020 is expected to be released by April and candidates willing to appear for the same must start the preparation immediately.
Given below is the section-wise distribution of the Objective test along with the respective timings:
|Sl.No.||Section (Objective)||No. of Questions||Maximum Marks||Duration|
|1.||Reasoning & Computer Aptitude||45||60||60 minutes|
|2.||General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness||40||40||35 minutes|
|3.||Data Analysis & Interpretation||35||60||45 minutes|
|4.||English Language||35||40||40 minutes|
Penalty: For every incorrect answer to a question, there is an implied penalty of 0.25 marks. However, there is no set penalty for questions left unanswered or blank by a candidate during the exam.
The SBI PO Mains cut-off marks will be announced along with the SBI PO Mains results. You can check the SBI PO 2018 cut-off to have a fair idea of cut-off marks for the SBI PO Exam this year.
SBI PO Mains Admit Card
Registered candidates appearing for the SBI PO Mains Exam need to download the SBI PO Mains Admit Card from the official page of SBI and carry it to the assigned examination centre on the exam date.
While downloading the call letter, candidates need to provide their respective Registration No. & Date of Birth, take a printout and carry it to the examination centre.
To know more about the SBI PO Admit Card, check at the linked article.
SBI PO Mains Result
The Official Notification released by SBI states that the SBI PO Mains result is expected to be announced by the third week of August 2019. Once the SBI PO result (Mains) is declared, only the candidates who clear the SBI PO Mains cut-off stand eligible to move to the final selection stage i.e. Group Discussion & Interview.
To learn 7 Things You Must Know About SBI PO, check at the linked article.
SBI PO Mains Preparation
While preparing for the Mains exam, it is advisable for candidates to consult SBI PO Mains Question Paper of previous years to get a feel of the exam and question-answer pattern of the upcoming exam.
Solving SBI PO Mock tests is recommended to the aspirants as this would help them understand the level of exam and the type of questions asked in the exam.
Practising these questions will help applicants to capture their strengths and shortcomings and work on those areas that need more attention.
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Frequently Asked Questions on SBI PO Mains
Q 1. What is the syllabus for the SBI PO Mains exam?
Q 2. How much marks is the SBI PO Mains exam for?
Q 3. Is there sectional timing in SBI PO Mains?
Ans. Yes, there is sectional timings for the SBI PO Mains exam. Once the time duration for a section has passed, the candidate cannot revisit the questions from that section again.