Even though candidates are still waiting for the SBI PO recruitment notification to be released (yes it's still not out), major changes in SBI PO exam pattern have been announced yesterday. The SBI-PO exam pattern has been changed again after a major unexpected last-minute overhaul last year.

This modification in exam pattern will be implemented from the next SBI-PO recruitment itself (2016), which is an important point to note.


SBI PO Mains New Pattern

With over 20 lakhs applicants expected to apply for SBI-PO vacancies, the selection process has been made even more tough with the introduction of changes in exam pattern of the advanced level test of SBI-PO.

Hereafter, the SBI PO Mains will be held with the following changes in exam pattern:

  • Mans Objective Test (MCQ format) for 200 marks, but increased time duration
  • Fixed time limit for each section unlike a total time limit for the entire Mains exam
  • Descriptive paper for 25 marks
  • Both tests to be online only

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The time duration of SBI-PO Mains exam has been increased to 3 hours and consist of 4 sections (like earlier) for a total of 200 marks (as before).

Name of Test Number of Questions Max. Marks Time Duration
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 mins
Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 mins
General Awareness about Economy/ Banking 40 40 35 mins
English Language 35 40 40 mins
Total 155 200 3 hours

The Descriptive paper comprising of essay/letter writing shall be for 25 marks (30 minutes). This needs to be answered online. 

200 marks of Mains + 25 marks of Descriptive paper= 225 marks

These 225 marks will be considered for preparing the merit list for GD + Interview round.

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No Changes in Prelims Exam

No change has been announced YET in the Prelims round of SBI-PO 2016 exam. 

Here is the SBI-PO 2016 preliminary exam pattern:

Name of Test Number of Questions Time Duration Marks
English Language 30   30
Quantitative Aptitude 35   35
Reasoning Ability 35   35
Total   Combined 1 hour 100

Candidates need to qualify in the prelims as well to get shortlisted for the SBI-PO 2016 mains examination. The marks in Prelims exam will however not be counted in preparing SBI-PO final merit list for Interview.

You still have enough time to re think your attempt strategy as the syllabus is still the same. Just focus on how you will attempt the exam differently this time and you are good to go.

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