SBI PO Syllabus 2018, Prelims & Mains Syllabus

To score good in SBI PO 2018 - most reputed banking exam, aspirants must be well-versed with the SBI PO Syllabus. For knowing the syllabus, one must start from knowing the SBI PO Exam Pattern. Here's detailed overview of the SBI PO Exam Pattern and Syllabus:

SBI PO Exam Pattern 2018

SBI PO 2018 Exam is conducted in 3 phases: Prelims Examination, Mains Examination and the interview round. The structure of exams is as below:

Phase-1: SBI PO Preliminary Examination 2018

SBI PO Prelims is online exam where candidates have to attempt the question paper in one hour for 100 marks. The test comprises of 3 sections and candidates needs to clear the overall cut off only.

S.No. Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 20 mins
2 Numerical Ability 35 35 20 mins
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 mins
Total 100 100 1 Hour

Phase-2: SBI PO Mains Exam 2018

This paper has 155 questions that have to be answered in 3 hours. The paper is divided into 4 sections - Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis & Interpretation, General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness and English Language.

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

Descriptive Test:

The Descriptive Test has a total time duration of 30 minutes with a score of 50 marks. This test is conducted to test the writing skills of candidates via Letter Writing & Essay Writing.

The penalty for Wrong Answers:

The penalty for wrong answers for Objective Tests of both Preliminary and Mains exams is 0.25 marks. There will be no penalty for leaving a question blank, i.e. if no answer is marked by the candidate.

Phase-3: Group Exercise & Interview

The aggregate marks of all the candidates qualifying both the Objective Tests and Descriptive Test will be arranged in descending order in each category. The decided number of candidates in each category, as governed by the Bank will be called for Group Exercises and Interview. The qualifying marks in Group Exercises & Interview will be as decided by the Bank. Group exercises account for 20 marks while Interview is for 30 marks.

Final Score Calculation for SBI PO Exam:

There are three major sections on which a candidate needs complete command to scale high in the Preliminary round of SBI PO Exam. They are Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language. These three broad subjects are further sub divided into multiple subheadings. A candidate must look into the previous years’ papers to know the weightage of the sub-topics in each section. The SBI PO 2018 Exam is to be conducted in 3 phase: Preliminary Exam, Mains Exam and the Interview Process.

SBI PO Syllabus 2018:

SBI PO Syllabus: Preliminary Exam

The preliminary examination of SBI PO exam 2018 constitutes of Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language. The complete detail of heading and sub-heading of the sections asked in Preliminary Exam of SBI PO 2018 exam is discussed below:

Reasoning Quantitative Ability English Language
Logical Reasoning Simplification Reading Comprehension
Alphanumeric Series Profit & Loss Cloze Test
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test Mixtures &Alligations Para jumbles
Data Sufficiency Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices Miscellaneous
Coded Inequalities Work & Time Fill in the blanks
Seating Arrangement Time & Distance Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting
Puzzle Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere Paragraph Completion
Tabulation Data Interpretation
Syllogism Ratio & Proportion, Percentage
Blood Relations Number Systems
Input Output Sequence & Series
Coding Decoding Permutation, Combination &Probability

SBI PO Mains Syllabus 2018:

The Mains Examination of SBI PO exam 2018 comprises of 5 sections: Reasoning, English Language, Data Analysis and Interpretation, General/Economy/Banking Awareness, Computer Awareness. The complete syllabus is discussed below:

Data Analysis Reasoning English Language General/Economy/Banking Awareness Computer Awareness
Tabular Graph Verbal Reasoning Reading Comprehension Financial Awareness Internet
Line Graph Syllogism Grammar Current Affairs Memory
Pie Chart Circular Seating Arrangement Vocabulary General Knowledge Keyboard Shortcuts
Bar Graph Linear Seating Arrangement Verbal Ability Static Awareness Computer Abbreviation
Radar Graph Caselet Double Lineup Word Association Banking and Financial Awareness Microsoft Office
Missing Case DI Scheduling Sentence Improvement Computer Hardware
Let it Case DI Input Output Para Jumbles Computer Software
Data Sufficiency Blood Relations Cloze Test Operating System
Probability Directions and Distances Error Spotting Networking
Permutation and Combination Ordering and Ranking Fill in the blanks Computer Fundamentals/Terminologies
Data Sufficiency
Coding and Decoding
Code Inequalities
Course of Action
Critical Reasoning
Analytical and Decision Making


  1. is this really true that there will be no sectional cut off in prelims exam, we only have to make the overall scores to qualify for the mains???

  2. total no of questions in mains syllabus table is calculated wrong.It should be 150 instead of 155(as shown)

  3. Graduation percentage is also add in these bank exams

  4. Graduation percentage is also add in these bank exams

  5. In Graduation how much percentage is needed ?