SBI-PO Mains exam is scheduled on 4 June’17. 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. All of you are already done with the PRELIMS exam and have observed some of the new pattern questions in the exam. MAINS exam is always a game changer. Expect the unexpected is the policy of SBI. State Bank of India always keeps major surprises in store for MAINS exam.

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

This blog will give you a detailed insight about the expected exam pattern & syllabus for SBI-PO Mains’17. You are hardly left with 25 days, so gear up your preparations and keep an eye on what exactly need to be prepared.


SBI PO’17 Exam Pattern (MAINS)

SBI-PO Mains exam will be conducted on 2 levels:

  • Objective Exam
  • Descriptive Exam


SBI-PO Mains Exam Pattern – Objective Type


No. of Questions

Maximum Marks


Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude 



60 minutes

Data Analysis and Interpretation 



45 minutes

General/Economy/Banking Awareness



35 minutes

English Language 



40 minutes




3 hours


SBI-PO Mains Exam Pattern – Descriptive

Name of Test

No. of Questions

Maximum Marks


Letter Writing


50 Marks

30 minutes

Essay Writing


 Important Note:

Descriptive papers of only those students would be evaluated who qualify the objective mains exam.

The final merit list will be prepared giving weight-age to marks in Objective+ Descriptive exam along with the marks scored in group Discussion and Interview.


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SBI-PO Mains Exam Syllabus 2017

The following topics must be included in the syllabus of SBI-PO Mains’17 as per the analysis of the exam held last year:-


I. Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude


Expert Tips

Seating Arrangement

High level sitting arrangements (In combination with blood relations, ranking, professions, etc.)


Difficult (involving 2-3 parameters)

Coding- Decoding

New pattern ques. can be asked


Moderate level – Normal as well as reverse


Practice single shifting as well as double shifting

Data Sufficiency

Practice questions covering 2-3 statements


Practice Coded as well as direct

Verbal Reasoning


Expect 5-10 questions from this topic.

Topics to be covered:

  • Statements and Assumptions
  • Statement & Course of Action
  • Cause & Effect
  • Statement & Argument


It may involve questions from Blood relations, ranking, Direction etc.

Computer Aptitude

2-4 questions are expected from this topic based on flowchart/ passage.

 Also read: Latest trend in Reasoning in SBI-PO'16


II. Data Analysis and Interpretation

Questions from the following topics are expected in the exam:


Bar graph 

Line graph 

Pie chart 

Tabular graph 

Caselet / Paragraph DI

Missing DI 

Mixed graphs 

Data Sufficiency 

Arithmetic problems 

Quadratic Equations 


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III. English Language

Following topics must be covered in this section:


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Reading Comprehension

2 sets of RC are expected

Cloze Test 

Practice new as well as old pattern

Sentence Connectors 

New type of questions introduced last year

Sentence / Paragraph Completion

It is expected that you may come across questions where you need to identify the statements which can suitably fill up the blank in the passage


Can be based on old or new pattern

Odd one out/ Theme based questions

You need to identify the question that does not follow the theme of the passage

Antonyms/ Synonyms

You can get random antonyms/ synonyms which has no relation with the passage

Also read: New questions asked in English in SBI-PO'16


IV. General Awareness

This section comprises of Current Affairs, Banking Awareness & Static GK


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Current Affairs

Thoroughly prepare current affairs of previous- months.

Focus more on current financial & banking news.

Banking Awareness

Majority of the questions in this section is asked from Baking Awareness.

Static GK

Topics usually covered are:

  • Capitals & currency (latest in news)
  • Books & Authors
  • Headquarters & Taglines
  • Important dates & their themes
  • Wildlife sanctuaries & national parks


We hope by now you are clear with the exam pattern & syllabus. Thoroughly prepare the above-mentioned topics and practice them on regular basis.

Someone has rightly said,

"When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds aren't in your favor"

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