SBI- PO notification is already out. The Prelims exam is scheduled to be held on 29 &30 April and 6 & 7 May, 2017. We have seen major surprises in the exam pattern last year. So, it is expected that SBI will continue with the new surprises this year as well. Expect the unexpected is the policy of SBI.

Many students struggle as they are unaware of the exam pattern & syllabus. In order to beat the competition and stay ahead of them, it is important to know the exact pattern and expected questions in the exam.

This article will give you detailed insight about the expected exam pattern & syllabus for upcoming SBI-PO 2017 exam. You are hardly left with 2 and half months, so gear up your preparations and keep an eye on what exactly needs to be prepared.


SBI-PO 2017 Exam Pattern

SBI-PO Prelims Examination will be conducted in online mode and will comprise of 100 objective type questions.

The exam is spread in 3 sections namely:-

(1) Reasoning

(2) English Language

(3) Quantitative Aptitude

The total duration of the exam is 1 hour.






English language






            1 hour




Quantitative Aptitude






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SBI-PO 2017: Expected Syllabus for Preliminary Examination

I. English Language 

A moderate level of difficulty is expected from this section. The syllabus consists of the following topics:-

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze test
  • Fill-in-the blanks
  • Error spotting – Old & New pattern
  • Sentence improvement
  • Parajumbles – Old & New pattern

Also read: 9 Expert Tips to answer Reading Comprehension


II. Quantitative Aptitude

This section is usually tough and very calculative. Various topics covered under the syllabus are as follows:-

  • Approximation / Simplification
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Number Series
  • Data Interpretation
  • Miscellaneous
  • Percentage
  • Profit & Loss
  • Simple & Compound Interest
  • Time & Work
  • Boat & Stream
  • Probability, Average etc.

Also read: Quantitative Aptitude tricks & shortcuts

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III. Reasoning Aptitude 

The Reasoning is the toughest section. It is full of puzzles & sitting arrangement. Syllabus covers the following topics:-

  • Circular/Square/Linear sitting arrangement
  • Puzzles (usually involving 3 parameters)
  • Inequality
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Syllogism
  • Blood relation
  • Order & Ranking
  • Direction

Also read: Shortcut tricks to solve coded inequalities in less than 1 minute


We hope by now you are clear with the exam pattern & syllabus for upcoming SBI-PO Prelims Examination.


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