SBI PO prelims 2020 Preparation Strategies and Tips

The SBI PO 2020 Notification has been released on 13th November 2020 to recruit 2000 Probationary Officers (PO) in different offices of SBI in India. The aspirants must have started with their preparation for the same, it is important for them to follow some strategies and tips to ace their performance. Read the article to know more:

SBI PO 2020: The State bank of India on 13 November 2020 released its official notification regarding the post of probationary officer. Probationary Officer in the most reputed bank that is SBI is a dream job for many aspirants but cracking the SBI PO exam is not easy. In order to crack this competitive exam, it is important for the candidates to follow a certain strategy plan/study plan that will help them enhance their performance And preparation.

In this article, we will be discussing some strategic plans that the candidates must keep in mind while preparing for the first stage of SBI PO that is the Prelims Exam 2020. Let us first look at the exam pattern

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Set No, Mock Live Date

Video Solutions Live Date

Mock 01 Available Available
Mock 02 Available Available
Mock 03 Available 23-Nov-2020
Mock 04 25-Nov-2020 25-Nov-2020
Mock 05 26-Nov-2020 28-Nov-2020
Mock 06 30-Nov-2020 30-Nov-2020
Mock 07 1-Dec-2020 02-Dec-2020
Mock 08 3-Dec-2020 04-Dec-2020
Mock 09 7-Dec-2020 07-Dec-2020
Mock 10 8-Dec-2020 09-Dec-2020
Mock 11 10-Dec-2020 11-Dec-2020
Mock 12 14-Dec-2020 14-Dec-2020
Mock 13 15-Dec-2020 16-Dec-2020
Mock 14 17-Dec-2020 18-Dec-2020
Mock 15 21-Dec-2020 21-Dec-2020
Mock 16 21-Dec-2020 22-Dec-2020
Mock 17 22-Dec-2020 23-Dec-2020
Mock 18 23-Dec-2020 24-Dec-2020
Mock 19 24-Dec-2020 25-Dec-2020
Mock 20 25-Dec-2020 26-Dec-2020


State Bank of India is the biggest financial institution in the country with branches spread across the entire length and breadth of the country. In order to select the most suitable candidates for the various vacancies available with its different branches, SBI conducts several recruitment drives every year in which numerous candidates participate. One of the most sought after recruitment drives conducted by SBI is the SBI PO Recruitment in which hundreds of thousands of candidates participate. In order to be selected for the next stage, all candidates must clear the SBI PO Exam, which requires a lot of practice and persistence possible only with access to best learning resources. The SBI PO Test Series offered by Adda 247 is the most comprehensive online test series that will not only acquaint your with the intricacies of the exam but also help you to score the desired marks.


SBI PO Vacancies

SBI has announced about 2000 vacancies for the SBI PO exam in 2020. Following table shows the division of available vacancies according to the different categories.














SBI PO Selection Process

A graduation degree is a prerequisite for SBI PO exam and also that the candidate appearing for the exam should be either a citizen of India or must be a subject of Nepal or had been migrated from Tibet before 1962 or a person of Indian origin.


The selection process for the SBI PO takes place in three stages: Preliminary, Mains, and Group exercises or interviews.

  • Preliminary Exam

This is an hour-long exam that consists of 30 questions to check proficiency in English language, 35 questions to check numerical ability and 35 questions to check reasoning ability. The whole exam totals to 100 marks, and the negative marking of 0.25 marks is done for every wrong answer.


The candidate must clear the required cut-off to appear for the Mains exam.

  • Mains exam

Mains exam can be further divided into parts: objective exam and a descriptive test.


The objective exam is of 3 hours duration and includes four sections totalling to 200 marks. The division of the exam is given below:

S. No.

Name of Tests (Objective)

Maximum Marks

No. of Questions



General/Economy/ Banking Awareness

40 marks

40 questions

35 minutes


Data Analysis & Interpretation

60 marks

35 questions

45 minutes


Reasoning and Computer Aptitude

60 marks

45 questions

60 minutes


English Language

40 marks

35 questions

40 minutes



200 marks

155 questions

180 minutes


The descriptive test takes place right after the objective exam. Both the exams are held online and are monitored closely.

  • Interview


The candidates who qualify the mains exam appear for the interview.

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SBI PO Prelims 2020 Exam Pattern

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 Prelims 2020: Preparation Tips

  • Get familiar with the syllabus and exam pattern fully: The first most important step for any aspirants who are appearing for any competitive exams especially the banking exam is to get familiar with the syllabus fully. Parents are advised to read the exam pattern and detailed syllabus of SBI PO Prelims 2020. The rest of the preparation will be effective only if the candidates know the entire syllabus, this will help them cover each and every point and not miss anything.
  • Previous year’s papers: in order to know the important topics that appear in these types of examinations and the exact format of the examination the candidates must read the previous years’ question papers and get familiar with them. Once the aspirants are aware of the format and are familiar with the questions that are frequently asked their preparations in accordance with that will be much effective and efficient. Solving previous years’ papers is also very important as they are the mirror image of the upcoming exam. Papers like IBPS PO etc, somehow have the same exam pattern and there are some questions and topics that are common in these examinations. So the aspirants are advised to also look at them build their knowledge much diverse.
  • Make notes: After covering each and every topic and even during the preparation the candidates are advised to make notes. This will not only help them revise those topics but also at the time of examination there will be a set of notes that they can revise without wasting much time.
  • Practice/Take Mocks: once the candidates are done with a round of practice of all the important topics it is important for them to start giving the mock tests. The mock test must be accompanied by its analysis. This means that the candidates can practice their preparation by giving mock tests and by analyzing their results and performance they can learn from their mistakes not repeat them any further. This will also let the candidates know about their strengths and weaknesses.

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  • Revise: When it’s time and very few days are left for the examination the candidates always go for a final run through the topics that they have prepared so far. That is the moment where revision takes a stronghold. Revising the personal notes and the important topics Will give a final touch and garnish the preparation of the candidates before they appear for the examination.

The candidates are advised to kickstart their preparations as soon as possible because the competition is high and it will require good strength and excellent performance. All the best !!!