State Bank of India (SBI) has recently invited applications for recruitment of 1544 PO Vacancies . You can read the detailed post regarding the recruitment from here

The written exam for the SBI PO Recruitment 2013 will be held on 28th April 2013. Let’s discuss the details of the SBI written exam pattern and study tips for the exam, which should be helpful to students preparing for this exam.

Pattern of the SBI PO Exam 2013:

PHASE-I (Objective & Descriptive Test) 250 marks: The Written test will be objective as well as Descriptive in nature consisting of 250 marks in all.

1) Pattern of Objective Type Test (200 marks):

The Objective test consists of 200 questions in total and includes the following tests.

  • Each section carries 50 questions for 1 marks each.
  • Duration of Objective type exam is 2 hours.
  • There will be penalty of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer.
  • Candidates will have to pass in each of the Objective tests separately.The passing marks in each of the tests, to be decided by the Bank on the basis of the performance of all the competing candidates taken together in each test to a minimum required level for each category.

Sr. No. Name of the Test No. of Questions Max. Marks
2 Data Analysis &
3 General Awareness,
Marketing & Computers
4Reasoning (High Level)5050

2) Pattern of Descriptive Test (50 Marks):

The Descriptive Test with 1 hour duration will be of “Test of English Language (comprehension, short précis, letter writing & essay)”. The candidates are required to qualify in the Descriptive Test by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.

Note that Descriptive Test paper of only those candidates will be evaluated who have scored qualifying marks in the Objective Tests.

Books for reference and practice according to us are as stated below. These books can help you to prepare and practice for the SBI PO Exam 2013. Good Books to practice SBI PO Exam (in English/Hindi) are as below:

PHASE-II (Group Discussion & Personal Interview) 50 marks:

  • The aggregate marks of candidates qualifying in both the Objective Tests and Descriptive Test will be arranged in descending order in each category and the candidates in the order of merit, subject to 3 times the number of vacancies in each category, will be called for Group Discussion and Interview.
  • The qualifying marks in Group Discussion & Interview will be as decided by the Bank
  • The GD round carries 20 marks & interview round carries 30 marks.
  • The candidates will have to qualify both in Phase-I and Phase-II separately.

Final Selection Process:

Marks secured by the candidates in the Written Test (out of 250 marks maximum) are converted to out of 75 and marks secured in Group Discussion & Interview (out of 50 marks maximum) are converted to out of 25. The final merit list is arrived at after aggregating converted marks of Written Test and Group Discussion & Interview out of 100 for each category. The selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category

Banks-India team wishes you Good luck for your preparations. Work hard and practice as much as possible to increase your speed and accuracy as it has been proved during the lastest IBPS exams as well that candidates securing very high marks are only called for the interviews and hence high scores in the written exam are the only way to secure jobs in the SBI as the bank doesn’t follow the common interview pattern.

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