State Bank of India has announced 2,000 vacancies for probationary officers to be selected on the basis of written exams, group discussion and interview. The first written exam (preliminary phase I) to be held in June 2015 will comprise 100 objective type questions in English language, quantitative aptitude and reasoning ability areas. Total marks in this test will be 100.
Candidates will be required to clear a cut-off in each area to qualify for the phase II exam which would have objective type questions in four areas with a total of 200 marks. The areas include English language, test of general aptitude, marketing and computers, test of data analysis and interpretation and test of reasoning (high level). In addition to the objective type test, there will be a descriptive test of one hour of a total of 50 marks. Two written tasks (letter writing and essay) will also be conducted. However, the descriptive test would a qualifying test wherein the candidate will only be required to secure the passing marks.
The phase III would be group discussion (20 marks) and interview (30 marks). The aggregate marks of candidates qualifying in both objective test and descriptive test will be arranged in descending order in each category and then qualifying candidates will be sent for group discussion and interview. The qualifying marks in group discussion and interview will be decided by the bank later.
Like any other aptitude exam, in which time is a huge constraint, SBI PO demands smart work blended with knowledge of concepts. Since there is negative marking, it is safe to leave a question than to attempt it and get it wrong. One should try to eliminate two or three wrong options to get to the right answer.
Knowledge of English vocabulary and general knowledge can be enhanced by reading newspapers on a daily basis. The passages in the reading comprehension section and questions on general awareness are more based on banking, business and economics. Therefore, reading newspapers on these topics will help candidates crack these sections better.
To score good marks in quantitative aptitude section, one has to be quick in solving mathematical calculations and also needs to have a good command on topics like ratio, percentage, and average as in data interpretation section mostly questions come on the basis of these topics. Do practice mock tests.
Dates for you
Online preliminary exam June 20, 21, 27 and 28, 2015
Online main exam August 1, 2015
Conduct of GD and interview 3rd Week of September, 2015
(The author is head academics, bank exams, TIME)