How To Crack & Clear SBI PO 2017 :Tips Strategies Preparation Plan Study Material Books Paper Pattern Syllabus Question Papers Coaching For SBI PO 2017

How To Crack & Clear SBI PO 2017 :Tips Strategies Preparation Plan Study Material Books Paper Pattern Syllabus Question Papers Coaching For SBI PO 2017

 

 

Phase-I (Preliminary) Exam Pattern:
Preliminary exam will be conducted for 100 marks in the time duration of 1 hour, and the question pattern will be as follows,

Sno
Name of the section
No. of Questions
Marks
Time Duration
1.
English Language
30
30
1 hour
2.
Quantitative Aptitude
35
35
3.
Reasoning Ability
35
35
Total
100
100



Phase-II (Main) Exam Pattern:
Main exam consist of 250 marks in which 200 marks for objective questions and 50 marks for descriptive questions. Time duration for this exam will 2 hours, and 1 hour for Descriptive test.

Sno
Name of the section
No. of Questions
Marks
Time Duration
1.
Test for English Language
50
50
2 + 1 hour
2.
Test for General Awareness, Marketing & Computers
50
50
3.
Test for Data Analysis & Interpretation
50
50
4.
Test for Reasoning (High Level)
50
50
5.
Descriptive Test
5
50
Total
205
250


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State Bank of India PO 2017 Selection Procedure


Phase-I (Preliminary Exam)

Preliminary Examination consisting of Objective Tests for 100 marks will be conducted online; this test would be of 1 hour duration consisting of 3 Sections as follows:
i. English Language - 30 questions; 30 marks; duration - Composite time of 1 hour
ii. Quantitative Aptitute - 35 questions; 35 marks; duration - Composite time of 1 hour
iii. Reasoning Ability- 35 questions; 35 marks; duration - Composite time of 1 hour

Phase- II (Main Exam)

Main Examination will consist of Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 50 marks
Both the Objective and Descriptive Tests will be online. Candidates will have to answer
Descriptive test by typing on the computer. Immediately after completion of Objective Test, Descriptive Test will be administered.

i) Objective Test: The Objective Test of 2 hour duration consists of 4 Sections with 50 marks each (Total 200 marks) as follows:
a) Test of English Language (Grammar, Vocabulary, Comprehension etc.)
b) Test of General Awareness, Marketing & Computers
c) Test of Data Analysis & Interpretation
d) Test of Reasoning (High Level)

ii) Descriptive Test: The Descriptive Test of 1 hour duration with 50 marks will be a Test of English language (Letter Writing & Essay)
Phase-III Group Discussion (20 marks) & Interview (30 marks)
The aggregate marks of candidates qualifying in both the Objective Tests and Descriptive Test will be arranged in descending order in each category; 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 Discussion &Interview will be as decided by the Bank

Final Selection

The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added for the selection and only the marks obtained in Main Exam (Phase-II) will be added to the marks obtained in GD & Interview (Phase-III) for preparation of the final merit list
The candidates will have to qualify both in Phase-II and Phase-III separately. Marks secured by the candidates in the Written Test (out of 250 marks) are converted to out of 75 and marks secured in Group Discussion & Interview (out of 50 marks) 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.

So in order to help in your preparation, we are presenting you the detail pattern and syllabus of the SBI PO 2017 Exam.
Syllabus of the Prelim Exam 
I. Reasoning - In Reasoning section questions are asked from different topics which are as follows:
1. Syllogism -
2. Seating Arrangement - Circular table and Line (North & South)
3. Puzzle
4. Blood Relation
5. Inequality
6. Data Sufficiency
7. Logical Reasoning


II. Quantitative Aptitude: In Quant section questions are asked from different topics which are as follows:
1. Number Series
2. Simplification
3. Average
4. Profit & Loss
5. Time & Work
6. Time & Distance
7. Partnership
8. Ratio & Proportion

Note: One or two sets of Data Interpretation type questions may ask in Prelim exam. - These questions cover different forms of D.I. based on Tables, Pie - Charts, Bar Graphs, etc.

III. English Language: In English Language section questions are asked from different topics which are as follows:
1. Reading Comprehension
2. Spotting Error
3. Fill in the blank
4. Cloze test
Note: The candidates will have to qualify both in Phase-II and Phase-III separately. For each wrong answers, there will be a negative marking of 1/4 marks in both prelim and main examination.

Final Selection: The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added for the selection and only the marks obtained in Main Examination (Phase-II) will be added to the marks obtained in GD & Interview (Phase-III) for preparation of the final merit list. 



Syllabus of the Main Exam; Part I Objective test:
I. English Language - Level of Difficulty - Moderate
In English Language section questions are asked from different topics which are as follows:
1. Reading Comprehension - According to the previous year question paper there were two Reading Comprehensions.
2. Spotting Error
3. Fill in the blank
4. Cloze test


II. General Awareness / Marketing / Computer  - Level of Difficulty - Easy / Moderate
In GA/ Marketing / Computer section questions are asked from different topics which are occurred in last three or four months.
General Awareness include Banking Affairs also -
1. News related to Reserve Bank of India
2. Banking Awareness
3. Financial Awareness (Union Budget/ Railway Budget)
4. Economics news
5. Current Affairs - Questions can be asked from various fields such as: National, International, Awards, Sports, Defence, Summits, Appointment, Books & Authors and Obituary etc.

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Marketing - In marketing questions are asked from different topics which are as follows:
1. Basics of Marketing
2. Marketing Strategies
3. Market Segmentation
4. Marketing Management
5. Marketing Mix
6. Developing stage of organization
7. Brand
8. Advertising
9. Products Life Cycle
Computer Knowledge: In computer questions are asked from different topics which are as follows:
1. Basic of Computer
2. MS Word
3. MS Excel
4. Power Point
5. Generation of Computer
6. Internet, etc

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III. Data Analysis & Interpretation:  Level of Difficulty - Difficult
This section covers different forms of D.I. which is based on
1. Tables
2. Pie - Charts
3. Bar Graphs
4. Data Analysis
5. Line Graphs
6. Caselets
IV. Reasoning (High level) - Level of Difficulty - Moderate / Difficult
In Reasoning section questions are asked from different topics which are as follows:
1. Syllogism -
2. Seating Arrangement - Circular table and Line (North & South)
3. Puzzle
4. Blood Relation
5. Inequality or Decision Making
6. Data Sufficiency
7. Logical Reasoning
8. Input Output
Part II - Descriptive Test - In descriptive section questions are asked from different topics like:
1. Letter Writing
2. Essay

How to prepare Subject wise:

English Language : 


This section is usually Common Errors, jumbled Sentence, jumbled Words, spelling errors, comprehension Test, filling the blanks,  Phrase Meaning, Phrase Replacement like questions from within., approximately 25 to 30 percent of the questions most weight age is possible that in the comprehension. Grammar and Vocabulary standard is Mandatory for English test on this SBI PO Exam. Grammar grip increases by continuous study as it is the main weapon. Speed reading also contributes English success. Should be 200 to 250 words per minute reading speed. In addition, it Main Preference English Descriptive testing. In Descriptive test will comes Letter Writing, Precise writing, essay writing etc so Much Grammar Grip Needed. for this can Concentrate on Sentence formation and Vocabulary .


General Awareness Test:


This section is intended to judge the level of understanding of the social aspects of the candidates. In addition, General Awareness Marketing and Computers section also included. In this context it is updated for changes in the banking sector. RBI policies, the latest credit policies; innovative and banks policies; banks, companies essential Captions must go through. GK In addition to sports - Winners, workshops - places, awards - people, the people in the news to prepare the test of time is required before 6 to 7 months of the exam as its online this time don't forget to go through latest current affair too. Similarly, with regard to the Computer Knowledge- Generations of Computers, Computers History, Fundamentals of MS Office, MS Word, MS Excel, Shortcuts are essential topics.


Test of Reasoning (High Level) :



The answer depends on the ability of self-reflection that is Section Reasoning. Critical, logical analysis, to identify key words in question need to be eagle-eyed. Series, analogy, Classifications, directions, Blood Relations, alphabetical orders, numbers need to prepare for it. Coding, and decoding, Ranking, Order of arrangement grip on it.
Positions characters in alphabetical order English front to back, back to front learning is Important.


Test of Data Analysis and Interpretation:




Tips for cracking each section

Reasoning:
Reasoning is a test of observing our mental and problem solving ability. Reasoning is not like numerical skill where you learn some formula and solve question by applying that formula.Understand the question before solving it. Don’t take much time for single question.You have to be very careful while answering these questions.Practice similar questions from previous model papers or previous year’s exam papers are the key to do well in this section.The most important questions from this section are on the topics such as Seating Arrangements, Syllogism, Coding-Decoding, Statement and Conclusions, Directions, Blood Relations, Analogy, Classification, Series problems, Missing Characters, Odd Man out, Ranking Test, Data sufficiency, Assumptions and Directions. Non-Verbal is the toughest of all.
Which questions you have to attempt first –
It’s better to attempt first those questions on which you are very confident and you can attempt in a minimum time.Please do not start with Seating Arrangement/ Puzzle type’s questions because once you stuck in these questions, you will lose your valuable time.
Data Interpretation:
This section contains the basic mathematical questions. Before exercising such questions, it is better to go through the basic mathematical formulae and learn some short cuts to solve the questions in lesser time. In this section, the questions act as Calculation Instruments. This section is extremely scoring and the right understanding of the problem can help the aspirants to sail through this section. The most important questions from this section are on the topics such as Number Systems, Fractions, Ratio and Proportion, Time & Work, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Problems on Ages,Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Average, Time & Distance, Mensuration, Partnership andData Interpretation.
Data Analysis and Interpretation contains Pie charts, Bar Diagrams and graphs. It is one of the time consuming concept.So it’s better to do at leastfivequestions of this type a day to speed up your calculations.
Don’t try guesses in this section,Speed up your calculation and Learn Square up to 30 and multiplication tables up to 20 are some key points to score well in this section.
General English:
SBI PO English exam is tough when you compare with other competitive exams and this is the section where many aspirants are not able to score minimum cut off marks. As you all read English books, chat with your friends in English and of course watch English movies. But you cannot get score good marks in English section. Most of the students face difficulty in this section. This is a test principally to determine candidate’s ability to remember main ideas and significant details. The most important questions from this section are on the topics such as Grammar, Comprehension, Error Correction, Vocabulary and Synonyms & Antonyms.
  • Read English newspapers daily.
  • Improve your vocabulary by knowing 10 new words everyday along with its Synonyms and Antonyms.
  • Watch good English news channels.
  • Can refer the book ‘Wren n Martin’.
General Awareness + Computer + Marketing:
This is the most important section of SBI PO Exam. This section acquires more importance because this is the only section which can be attempted quickly and at the same time, very high marks can be scored in this section. The most important questions from this section are on the topics such as Banking Knowledge,Current Affairs, Oscar Awards, Organizations and Headquarters, Important Days, Famous Persons and their Roles, Award Winners, Books and Authors Games and Cups and Abbreviations.The most important questions for Computer Knowledge are on the topics such as Computer History, Computers-Generations, Internet, Founders and Inventors, MS Office (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PPT, and MS Outlook), Operating System, Computer Hardware & Software and Abbreviations for Computer terms, Storage Devices,Computer organization & Microprocessor, Latest changes in Technology, Data Base Management Systems and Computer Networks.

Apart from this study material, few tips:
  • Listen and read National news on daily basis.
  • Go through the General Awareness books such as Competition Master, Competition Success Review or Pratiyogita Darpan on monthly basis.
  • Study the last budget passed by the Central Government.
  • Aware of all changes around the world 6-7 months before the date of the Exam.
  • Daily interaction with computer will give you guys an additional advantage while attempting the questions of Professional Knowledge Section.
Some Key Points to crack this Exam:
  • Keep Practicing – Practice as much as you can do for sections such as Data Interpretation and Reasoning as it will take time to solve questions of these sections. You have to be quick in solving mathematical calculations.
  • Get the detailed information about the syllabus – There will be two papers, first is Objective type test and second is Descriptive type test. You need to have a look at the sections and their topics of both these papers so that you can start your preparation well
  • Focus on each section – The selection process is based on the score of your exam in each section. Keep in mind that you have to clear the cut off marks of each of the sections.
  • Get an idea of questions from previous year’s papers – Practice from previous year’s question papers will give a clear idea about the difficulty level of questions and pattern of question paper.
  • Last time Revisions – After you have finished your course, go for one more reading. This will help you in memorizing the facts properly. It will be better if you prepare short notes as well. This helps in revision at a later stage when time is less.


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 USEFUL TIPS FOR DESCRIPTIVE SECTION

ESSAY WRITING:
You are asked to write an essay in around 250 words. The most major problem faced by the students is that they don’t even understand what the question was about. There are few tips how to write Essay writing:

Read the essay question carefully and highlight the key words.
Ø  Finish any necessary reading or research as background to the essay and write notes in your own words.
Ø  Brainstorm ideas in response to the question and jot down any relevant points.
Ø  Then develop a thesis (idea/ Argument) that encapsulates the responses to the question.
Ø  Write a plan for the response and order ideas in a logical sequence.
Ø  Write the introduction and open up the discussion  and introduce the thesis
Ø  Write the main body of the essay and ensure each point is given a new paragraph.
Ø  Write the essay conclusion and summarise the main ideas.
Ø   Edit the draft (i.e.) check for spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Ø  Finally, write the final copy and present a clean, neat copy.
PRECIS WRITING:
            In this section you will be given a paragraph and you need to write a summary of it. Writing a précis means making an intelligent summary of a long passage. To write a précis one should have a clear understanding of the passage. Some general considerations are to be follows. They are:

Learn with shortening in your words, text of written work useful writing tips, essential thoughts, ideas or fact on how to write a précis writing format withpreciswritingexamples.wordpress.com.
Ø  It is generally accepted that a precis should be a third of the passage given. If the original passage has 300 words, the précis should not be more than 110 words in length.
Ø  A precis should be in the language of the precis-writer. The original passage is not to be reduced in length by just removing unimportant or unnecessary sentences and by reproducing the rest as the precis. It should be a brief gist or summary of the passage expressed in the writer’s own words.
Ø  A precis should be full i.e. it should contain all the essential thoughts, ideas or fact in the original passage. It should not contain repetitions or observations that are not relevant to the main theme of the original.
Ø  A precis is always written in Reported Speech. The passage given may be a speech made by a person in Direct Speech, but the precis is to be in Reported Speech and in the Third Person and in the Past tense.

COMPREHENSION:
            The comprehension is the simplest section. It is exactly like Reading comprehension in the objective paper. The following are the some of the tips for reading comprehension:

Reading comprehension is the ability to read text, process it and understand its meaning.
Ø  An individual's ability to comprehend text is influenced by their traits and skills, one of which is the ability to make inferences.
Ø  If word recognition is difficult, students use too much of their processing capacity to read individual words, which interferes with their ability to comprehend what is read. There are a number of approaches to improve reading comprehension, including improving one's vocabulary and reading strategies.
Ø  You have to remembering word meanings, following the structure of a passage, finding answers to questions answered explicitly or in paraphrase, recognising a writers purpose, attitude, tone and mood, and drawing inferences from the context.
Dedication and smart preparation is a key for success in SBI PO exam. While most of the student sitting for PO examination put in lot of effort toward exam preparation, good strategy acts as a differentiator between the successful and unsuccessful candidates. 



Strategies to Crack SBI PO
------------------------------------------------------------------
---Data analysis and data interpretation---

Most important thing to crack this section is - Calculation speed.
Almost everybody can solve this section but only few of them can it quickly. Most of you use pen paper mode for practice and don't track your timing. This is a blunder. Time management is most important.
If you always try to find exact answer to each question. Then think again.
Use estimation techniques while solving charts and graphs questions.
---English---

Have you studied in a Hindi medium or local language school ? If yes then I am also one of you.
It doesn't matter how weak you are in English language. All you need is speed reading and practice. I am making an assumption that you are an average student and able to understand English newspapers and TV channels. If not, then its time to work on basics.
Here is detailed Study Guide for English section.
Most common question types :-
Reading comprehensions
Fill in the blanks
Vocabulary
Para jumbles (Skip these questions as they are time consuming)
Finding grammatical errors
---Reasoning---

Reasoning is the most time consuming section. Most of the candidates fail due to this section. Ask yourself, how much time do you devote to this section ?
Common question types in Reasoning
Sitting arrangement questions (Linear)
Round table sitting arrangement questions
Syllogism
Data sufficiency
Logical reasoning
---General awareness, Computers and Marketing---
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