SBI Po Prelims

The State Bank of India (SBI) conducts its own exam to recruit the Probationary Officers (PO) for its branches known as the SBI PO exam. The recruitment process for SBI PO involves 4 stages namely,


  • SBI PO Prelims
  • SBI PO Mains
  • Group Discussion
  • Personal Interview


A candidate has to clear all the stages in order to get the post of PO. The first test i.e. the prelims is conducted to filter out and limit the number of candidates appearing for the SBI PO Mains.

The category wise overall cut off for SBI PO Prelims 2016 is given below:

Category Cutoff
General 47.50
OBC 44.50
SC 38.75
ST 29.25
OH 36.00
VH 37.00
HI 15.75

There are few things that a candidate should know before the SBI PO Prelims exam like:

  • The test is bilingual test i.e. every section excluding the English Language will be available not only in English but also in Hindi. So if a candidate is more comfortable in Hindi, he/she can read the Hindi part. Several questions may become a bit easy in Hindi than compared to English for few candidates.
  • There is also a negative marking which is one-fourth of the total marks given to that question. Though the negative marking is small but it is advised not to overdo the answering with guesses.
  • The overall cutoff and the sectional cut off  varies every year and is decided by the bank. So a candidate has to clear the overall cutoff along with the sectional cutoff to qualify for the SBI PO mains. To get an edge in the prelims, one should be thorough with the pattern and syllabus of the SBI PO exam.


The pattern of the SBI PO Prelims and their marks distribution is given here:

Sl. NO. Name of test No. of questions Marks Duration
1. English Language 30 30 Composite time of 1 hour
2. Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
3. Reasoning Ability 35 35
TOTAL 100 100

This was all about the pattern of the SBI PO Prelims exam. The syllabus is now discussed in detail with mock questions and few tips to be thorough with the exam.

First the questions are divided into four segments in terms of their priorities :


  • Priority 1: These question are easy to solve and are also less time consuming. There is a                           possibility of high accuracy and thus scoring is easy.
  • Priority 2 : These questions are also easy and consume a moderate amount of time. These questions are also easy to score.
  • Priority 3 : These are the questions which are reasonably scoring. They consume a fair amount of time with moderate accuracy.
  • Priority 4 : These questions have very less chances to appear in the exams and consume the maximum time.

Solving more number of easy questions is always better than solving less number of hard questions. On this basis only the priorities are divided.

So it is advisable that the questions should be solved according to the priorities mentioned here i.e. priority 1 should be done first then priority 2 and so on.
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