February 7, 2017

SBI PO Syllabus 2017

sbi po syllabusSBI PO Syllabus 2017-State Bank of India has released a recruitment notification for filling in 2403 Probationary officers posts. The SBI PO Syllabus 2017 has been published here to help the candidates to prepare for the recruitment exam in a better way. Candidates must go through the complete syllabus of SBI PO 2017 to ensure their preparation going in right direction. As per the exam pattern of SBI PO, the online exam will be held in two phases – Preliminary Exam and Mains Exam which will be followed by Group Exercises and Interview. The syllabus of preliminary examination comprises of Reasoning Ability, English Language and Quantitative Aptitude. While, the SBI PO Syllabus 2017 comprises of Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis & Interpretation, General/Economy/Banking Awareness and English Language. SBI PO 2017 Syllabus gives an overview of the important topics asked from different sections or subjects.


As per the SBI PO 2017 selection process, the eligible candidates are required to appear in the SBI PO 2017 online preliminary exam in the first phase. The qualifying candidates of the preliminary exam are called for appearing in online main exam. The aspirants qualifying the main exam, are called for Group Exercises and Interview. Candidates can check the complete SBI Probationary Officer Syllabus here on this page.

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SBI PO Syllabus 2017 – Subject wise Important Topics

Exam Syllabus is the major factor to get success in the exam. The table below illustrates the subjectwise important topics for SBI PO 2017 exam. Preparing these topics will help the candidates to score good in the exam.

English Language

Reasoning Ability

Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation/Data Analysis

Computer Knowledge

General/Economy/Banking Awareness


Spotting Errors

Reading Comprehension

Paragraph Completion

Cloze Test

Sentence Rearrangement Misspelt & Inappropriate Words

Fill in the blanks

Para Jumbles



Idioms & Phrases

Grammar Correction

Deriving Conclusions


Coding Decoding

Blood Relation

Direction and Distance

Order and Ranking

Sitting Arrangement


Data Sufficiency

Machine Input



Alphabetical and Miscellaneous Series

Statement & Course of Action


Input & Output

Statements & Assumptions


Quantitative Aptitude:


Number series


Profit and Loss

Simple Interest and Compound Interest

Average Ratio and Proportion



Time, Work

Pipes and Cisterns

Speed, Time, distance

Problems on trains

Boats and Streams

Mixture and Allegation


Permutation, Combination


Area, Volume

Data Interpretation, Data Sufficiency

Quadratic Equations

Data Analysis/Data Interpretation:

(i) Pie Chart

(ii) Mix DI

(iii) Table Graph

(iv) Bar Graph

(v) Line Graph

(vi) Probability, Permutation & Combination

(vii) Case let DI (Language DI)

History of computers

Input, Output devices

Hardware and software

Windows operating system

Internet terms services

Basic Functionalities of MS-Office( MS-word, MS-Excel, MS-PowerPoint)

Computer Abbreviations

Logic gates

Networking and communication

Database Managements system

Hacking, Security  and Viruses

Shorty Keys

Modern Day Technology

Current Affairs (National and International)

Major Financial/Economic News

Budget and Five Year Plans

Banking & Financial Awareness

Who’s Who


Books and Authors

Awards and Honors

Science – Inventions and Discoveries


Important Days

International and National Organizations

Subject-wise distribution of questions

The distribution of questions in different sections has been provided below:


Topic Expected No.of Questions
Puzzle 10
Number Series 5
Seating Arrangement 5
Input-output 5
Passage and Conclusion 4
Making Judgments 4
Data Sufficient 3
Coding-Decoding 3
Order and ranking 3
Statement and Argument 3
Blood relation 3
Local Reasoning 2

Quantative Aptitude

Topic Expected No.of Questions
Bar-Graph 10
Pie-Charts 10
Caselets 10
Line Graph 5
Combined data set 5
Probability/Series 5
Table 5


Topic Expected No.of Questions
Reading Comprehension 20
Fill in the Blanks 10
Cloze Test 10
Spotting Errors 5
Para Jumble 5

SBI PO Syllabus for Descriptive Test 2017

The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with 50 marks will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay). Candidates will have to answer Descriptive Test by typing on the computer. The candidates are required to qualify in the Descriptive Test by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.

Descriptive Test paper of only those candidates will be evaluated who have scored qualifying marks in the Objective Tests and are placed adequately high as per total marks in Objective Test.

Syllabus :

Letter Writing

  • Informal Letter: Writing letters to friends, relatives, parents, siblings
  • Formal Letter: Writing Letter to Bank Managers, News Editors, Govt Department Officers.
  • Letters on saving the account, net banking and education loan.

Essay Writing

  • General Topic Only
  • Technology
  • Right to Education
  • Financial Inclusion

Precise Writing 

  • Chief Vigilance Officer

Paragraph writing

  • Rural Banking
  • Impact of autonomy

SBI PO Syllabus for Group Exercise & Interview 2017

The aggregate marks of candidates qualifying in both the Objective Tests and the Descriptive Test will be arranged in descending order in each category. An adequate number of candidates in each category, as decided by the Bank will be called for Group Discussion and Interview. The qualifying marks in Group Exercise & Interview will be as decided by the Bank.


  • Banking Awareness
  • General Awareness
  • Personal Background

What are the best books for SBI PO 2017 preparation?

The list of recommended books have been provided below. Candidates can refer to the books provided below to prepare for SBI PO 2017 exam.

English Language:

Name of the Book Author Publisher
Objective English for Competitive Examinations Hari Mohan Prasad, Uma Rani Sinha Tata McGraw – Hill Education
Objective General English 22nd Edition R. S. Aggarwal, Vikas Aggarwal S. Chand Publisher
Objective English 4 Edition Edgar Thorpe Pearson

Quantatitive Aptitude

Name of the Book Author Publisher
Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations 17th Edition R. S. Aggarwal S. Chand Publishing
Magical Book On Quicker Maths 3 Edition M Tyra BSC Publishing
Quantitative Aptitude Test N. K. Singh Upkar Prakashan

Reasoning Ability

Name of the Book Author Publisher
A Modern Approach To Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Revised Edition R. S. Aggarwal Publisher: S.Chand Publishing
A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-Verbal 1st Edition BS Sijwali, Indu Sijwal Arihant Publications
The Hand on Guide to Analytical Reasoning and Logical Reasoning Peeyush Bhardwaj Arihant

Exam Pattern of SBI PO 2017

The Exam Pattern of SBI PO includes three stages – preliminary, mains and Group Exercises & Interview. Candidates have to qualify each stages of examination to become eligible for next round of selection process. The detail of SBI PO exam pattern 2017 is mentioned below.

Prelims Examination

The preliminary exam of SBI PO 2017 will be conducted in online mode on April 29 & 30 and May 6 & 7, 2017.

Subjects No. of Questions Marks Exam Duration
English Language 30 30 1 hour
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

Mains Exam

The Mains Exam of SBI PO will be held on June 4, 2017. The details of SBI PO 2017 Mains Exam Pattern is given below.

Name of test No. ofQuestions Max. Marks Duration
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
General/Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
English Language 35 40 40 minutes
Total 155 200 3 hours

Descriptive Test: The descriptive test will be conducted along with mains exam. This paper will test the letter and essay writing skills of candidates. The SBI PO 2017 descriptive test will be of 30 minutes duration and carries 50 marks.
Group Exercise & Interview: Candidates who will qualify mains exam will be called for Group Exercise & Interview.

Important Links:-
SBI PO 2017 Notification – Check Here
SBI PO Eligibility Criteria 2017 – Check Here
SBI PO Admit Card 2017 – Check Here
SBI PO Syllabus 2017 – Check Here
SBI PO Exam Pattern 2017 – Check Here
SBI PO Cutoff 2017 – Check Here
SBI PO Selection Procedure 2017 – Check Here