SBI PO 2020: Preparation Tips, Strategy, & Study Plan

Aiming for SBI PO 2020 but not getting the right guidance? Read the article to know how to prepare for SBI PO 2020 Exam in a more enhanced way.

SBI PO 2020 Preparation: Probationary Officer in the most reputed bank,i.e., SBI is a dream job for many but becoming PO in SBI is not an easy nut to crack. It demands consistent efforts, patience and dedication to make a mark among thousand of students who appear for SBI PO Exam. To recruit Probationary Officer in State Bank of India, SBI conducts SBI PO Exam every year. Making through it requires a full fledged preparation strategy. We have come up with the full fledged strategy to help you in sailing through the SBI PO 2020.

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SBI PO is a three stage recruitment: Prelims, Mains and Interview. The notification for the same arrives in the month of April ad prelims exam is generally conducted in the month of June. Talking about the the exam pattern, the prelims exam has three section containing Reasoning, Quant and English while the mains exam has 4 section in which General Awareness is added. Also, SBI PO Mains has a descriptive test as well. Let’s look into the exam pattern first.

SBI PO 2020

SBI PO Exam Pattern

SBI PO 2020 Preparation

SBI PO Study Plan

SBI PO Exam Pattern

SBI PO is a three-tier exam i.e. preliminary exam, main exam followed by Group Discussion & Personal Interview. Here is the pattern:

SBI PO Prelims Examination

This test is of 1-hour duration consisting of 3 Sections(with separate timings for each section) and the pattern is as follows:

S.No. Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 20 minutes
2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 60 minutes

SBI PO Main Examination

Main Examination consists of Objective Tests of 200 marks and Descriptive Test of 50 marks. Both the Objective and Descriptive Tests is online. Immediately after completion of the Objective Test, Descriptive Test is administered. Here is the pattern of the main exam:

S.No. Name of Tests No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
2 English Language 35 40 40 minutes
3 Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
4 General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
5 Descriptive English Test 3 50 30 minutes
Total 155 200 3 Hours 30 minutes

Note: There is penalty for every wrong attempt in prelims as well as main examination. Also, there is sectional timing but both prelims as well as main exam will have overall cut-off. There will be no sectional cut-off.

SBI PO 2020 Preparation

SBI PO is one of the most popular exam among the youths of our nation. Obviously popularity increases competition and so does the level of exam every year. With high competition and difficulty level, what will sail you through the exam is the smart preparation techniques that are commonly discussed but are rarely followed. It is important to know three questions: what is this exam about, why you want to prepare and how you will prepare. Here are few of the important preparation guide that you should stick to and you will in the end emerge in the flying colors:

Make your mind: Before you jump to the preparation, it is important that you make you mind for becoming a Probationary Officer. It can also be termed as setting a goal. Start your preparation only after making a proper mindset as it is going to take time.

Answer the questions what and why: Once you make your mind, check the work profile, salary and perks, so as to understand what this job is all about. Also, why you want to become a Probationary Officer is also crucial.

Now, you can move to the part how you will make it to the examination. To answer this question, we have preparation tips for you.

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Preparation Tips

Understand the exam pattern and syllabus: Start your preparation by taking a proper glimpse of exam pattern and syllabus. This step should not be skipped at any cost as it will make you aware of the topics and the division of marks for each sections.

Make a strategy: As the prelims exam is held in June and mains in July/August, aspirants are advised to make a plan keeping prelims and mains together. Quant, Reasoning and English are common in both the prelims and mains exam but GA and descriptive test is an added feature in the mains exam. So, read current affairs daily for 20-25 minutes and allot every other section 1-2 hours on daily basis. Also, you can start writing essay as you will not have time to prepare for descriptive after the prelims exam. So you plan should be a comprehensive target sheet giving importance to all the sections of prelims as well as mains

Previous year’s paper hidden fact: Go through the previous year’s paper. Take note of the topics that are reoccurring. Also, look for the scoring areas. Do not miss on solving previous year’s paper because they are the mirror image of the upcoming exam. To check the trend, you can also check papers of other exam having same exam pattern like IBPS PO, etc

Practice: Start your practice drill. Solve questions of all the important topics as per the trend and previous year’s paper. You have time and you can do anything. Practice has no substitute and it will just enhance your skills, with speed.

Mock Test: Once you are done with a round of practice of important topics, start giving mock test. Mock test must be accompanied with it’s analysis. You should not miss to analyze after you attempt a mock. This will let you know your strengths and weaknesses.

Revise: Revise whatever you are learning at regular intervals so that your mind do not flush out the old things. After a month from now, make a revision plan as well in addition to your regular strategy to retain everything you have read so far.

SBI PO Study Plan

Aspirants are advised to start their drill, keeping above points in mind. To help you in enhancing your skills, we have come up with previous year’s SBI PO Study Plan that has link for the quizzes of all the topics that is to be covered for the examination. Click on topics and start solving the quiz. This study plan is for a month. We will update you with a new plan shortly, till than keep this plan handy.

Day-1 Inequality DI (Table), Percentage, Average, Number Series Single and Triple Fillers
Day-2 Coding – Decoding DI (Pie Chart), Ratio & Proportion, Partnership, Simplification Reading Comprehension, Parajumbles, Vocabulary
Day-3 Input-Output DI (Bar Graph), Age problems, SI & CI, Quadratic Equations Cloze Test, Fillers, Parajumbles
Day-4 Practice set Practice Set Practice Set
Day-5 Practice Set Practice Set Practice Set
Day-6 Rectangular Puzzle, Miscellaneous, Machine input-output DI (Line graph), Profit & Loss, Time & Work, Approximation Word Replacement, Sentence Completion, Idioms and Phrases
Day-7 Machine Input-Output, Circular Puzzle,
Data Sufficiency, Boat & Stream, Train problems, Number series  Sentence Rearrangement, Cloze Test, Word Usage
Day-8 Coding-decoding, floor puzzle, Syllogism Mixed DI, Miscellaneous, Quadratic Equations Reading Comprehension, Parajumbles, Vocabulary
Day-9 Day based puzzle, Blood Relation, Data sufficiency Caselet, Quantity Comparison, Simplification Error Detection, Sentence Improvement, Spelling Errors
Day-10 Linear Puzzle, Order and Ranking, Direction Mixed DI, Miscellaneous, Approximation Cloze Test, Fillers, Parajumbles
Day-11 Practice Set Practice Set Practice Set
Day-12 Practice Set Practice Set Practice Set
Day-13 Short Puzzles, Machine Input-Output, Blood relation DI (Table), Pipe and Cistern, Mixture & Allegation, Quadratic Equations Word Replacement, Sentence Completion, Idioms and Phrases
Day-14 Box puzzle, Coding-Decoding, Inequalities DI, Speed, Time & Distance, Problems on Trains, Simplification Sentence Rearrangement, Cloze Test, Word Usage
Day-15 Month based Puzzle, Data Sufficiency, Direction DI (Pie Chart), Permutation & Combination, Number Series Error Detection, Para jumbles, Column based sentence Connectors
Day-16 Circular puzzle, Miscellaneous, Syllogism Csaelet, Mixture & Allegation, Probability, Approximation Fillers, Cloze Test, Vocabulary
Day-17 Linear Puzzle, coded Inequality, Number Based Question Data Sufficiency, Boat and Stream, Age Problems, Simplification Sentence Improvement, Spelling Errors, Sentence Rearrangement
Day-18 Practice Set Practice Set Practice Set
Day-19 Practice Set Practice Set Practice Set
Day-20 Day based puzzle, Syllogism, Blood Relation Mixed DI, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Quadratic Equations Reading Comprehension, Word Replacement
Day-21 Mix Puzzle, Machine Input-Output, Inequality Quantity Comparison, Average, Age problems, Number Series Fillers, Error Detection, Vocabulary
Day-22 Floor Puzzle, Coding-decoding, Direction Line graph DI, SI & CI, Time & Work, Simplification Cloze Test, Fillers, Parajumbles
Day-23 Circular, Data Sufficiency, Miscellaneous Pie Chart DI, Miscellaneous, Approximation Reading Comprehension, Parajumbles, Vocabulary
Day-24 Square Puzzle, Order and Ranking, Syllogism Data Sufficiency, Number series, Quantity Comparison Error Detection, Sentence Improvement, Spelling Errors
Day-25 Practice Set Practice Set Practice Set
Day-26 Practice Set Practice Set Practice Set
Day-27 Box Puzzle, Machine Input-Output, Direction Quadratic Equations, Number Series, Simplification Error Detection, Parajumbles, Column based sentence Connectors
Day-28 Rectangular Puzzle, Inequality, Coding-decoding Missing Data DI, Permutation & Combination, Mensuration, Approximation Cloze Test, Fillers, Parajumbles
Day-29 Linear Puzzle, Blood relation, Miscellaneous Mixed DI, Miscellaneous, Number Series Word Replacement, Sentence Completion, Idioms and Phrases
Day-30 Circular puzzle, Short puzzle,Syllogism Miscellaneous, Wrong number series, Quadratic Equations Error Detection, Sentence Improvement, Spelling Errors
Day-31 Floor Puzzle, Data Sufficiency, Order and Ranking DI (Mixed), Average, Partnership, Ratio & Proportion, Profit & Loss, Simplification Cloze Test, Fillers, Parajumbles

We hope that you will kick start your preparation from now onwards as the competition is high and will require strength to deal. All the best and do not wait for the notification to start your preparation. Just start from today onwards.

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