How to Prepare for SBI PO Exam 2019
Shristi Kirti, 11 Apr 2019, #SBI PO

How to Prepare for SBI PO Exam 2019 - With the thought of competitive examinations, what bothers the candidates most is how to prepare for the exam. They keep on looking for tips and tricks to help themselves with the preparation. Some candidates believe in self studies while others solely rely on coaching institutes for preparation. Many candidates also take experts’ advice to add value to their preparation strategies. Why wouldn’t they? After all, there are thousands of students competing for the same exam and each one strives to succeed. Since SBI PO is one of the most opted banking jobs, candidates do not leave any stone unturned to qualify it. While they prepare for the exam, all they need is a plan incorporated with all basic key points that will help them yield better results.
After talking to many aspirants and interviewing the SBI PO toppers, Careers360 is here with the preparation guidelines to help all those who are to appear in the SBI PO exam. These guidelines aim to answer all preparation related queries of the candidates making them understand as to how to prepare for SBI PO exam. These preparation tips include strategies, tips and tricks suggested by the experts, and toppers that will ensure success in the SBI PO 2019 exam.

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How to Prepare for SBI PO Exam (Pre-examination Tips)

To ensure a good preparation for the SBI PO exam, candidates must go through the following tips that will undoubtedly help them meet their purpose. The tips are as follows:

  • Get acquainted with exam pattern and syllabus.

  • Pick best books for SBI PO preparation

  • Prepare and follow a study schedule

  • Spend ample time on the weak subjects

  • Ensure the conceptual clarity

  • Practise previous years questions papers and take mock tests

1) How to Prepare for SBI PO - Get acquainted with exam pattern and syllabus

Knowing what to study is more important than how to study. So it is very important for the aspirants to know the syllabus and exam pattern of SBI PO. By going through the exam pattern, candidates will be able to know the various sections from where the questions can be asked. Not only this, but through SBI PO exam pattern, candidates will be able to understand the marking scheme of the exam. It is very important for the candidates to understand the weightage given to each section, since it will help them while attempting questions wisely in the exam.

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As per the exam pattern of SBI PO, the test is conducted in three phases - prelims, mains, and interview. The table below contains the exam pattern for both prelims and mains exam:

SBI PO Exam pattern - Prelims


Number of questions


Marks allotted

English Language


20 minutes


Reasoning Ability


20 minutes


Quantitative Aptitude


20 minutes


SBI PO Exam pattern - Mains


Number of questions


Marks allotted

English Language


40 minutes

200 marks

General/Economy/Banking Awareness


35 minutes

Data Analysis & Interpretation


45 minutes

Reasoning & Computer Aptitude


60 minutes

Along with the exam pattern, SBI PO syllabus is what must be known to the candidates. Syllabus of SBI PO contains the names of all the topics from all the subjects that must be studied by the candidates for the exam.

SBI PO Syllabus 2019 – Prelims

English Language

Quantitative Aptitude

Reasoning Ability

Paragraph Completion

Mixture & Allegation

Seating Arrangement

Reading Comprehension

Profit & Loss


Para jumbles

Number System

Coding Decoding

Cloze Test

Data Interpretation

Logical Reasoning

SBI PO Syllabus 2019 - Mains

General/Economy/Banking Awareness

Data Analysis & Interpretation

Reasoning & Computer Aptitude

English Language

Banking and Financial Awareness

Permutation and Combination

Linear Seating Arrangement

Paragraph Completion

Current Affairs

Bar Graph

Computer Fundamentals/Terminologies

Para jumbles

General Knowledge

Data Sufficiency

Directions and Distances

Reading Comprehension

Financial Awareness


Operating System

Para jumbles

2) How to Prepare for SBI PO - Pick best books for SBI PO preparation

It is important for the candidates to choose the best books available in the market. There are many books available on the online shopping sites also from where candidates can get their books. Best books for SBI PO is very important from the preparation point of view as it contains valuable informative content written by experts. These books are referred by candidates who have already appeared in SBI PO exam and have cracked it with excellent rank. The list of some of the best books for SBI PO are given below:

Best books for SBI PO

Quantitative Aptitude

  • NCERT books

  • Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations (S.Chand) R.S.Agarwal

  • Fast Track Objective Arithmetic (Arihant) Rajesh Verma.


  • 501 challenging Logical reasoning problems.

  • Verbal Reasoning By R.S. Agarwal.

  • Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey.

  • A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning (S.Chand) by R.S.Agarwal.

  • A new approach Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning (Arihant) by BS Sijwali.

General English

  • Descriptive General English by S P Bakshi and Richa Sharma

  • High School English Grammar by Wren & Martin

  • Word Power made Easy By Norman lewis

  • Objective General English By R. S. Agarwal and Vikas Agarwal

3) How to prepare for SBI PO - Prepare and follow a study schedule

Many times it happens that candidates who start preparing for the exam makes a study schedule but fail to follow it. Consistency in maintaining the schedule each day till the day of exam can give better results. The schedule may include from the time to wake to the time to retire to bed. Along with it, allotment of time for each topic or subject that is to be completed each day. By following the study schedule each day, candidates will complete the syllabus well before time and get sufficient time for revision.

4) How to prepare for SBI PO - Spend ample time on the weak subjects

Candidates must make sure that they prepare those subjects well in which they think they are weak. For this, candidates must give a bit of extra time to these subjects. Spending extra time does not mean that you keep on studying the same subject throughout the preparation. Keep track of other subjects as well and ensure that you do not waste time one one particular topic or subject. Wasting more time on one topic/subject will be risky for preparation strategy especially when the time is less in hand.

How to prepare for SBI PO - Ensure the conceptual clarity

The concept of a particular topic must be clear in the head of the candidates. In an Interview with Careers360, SBI PO topper of 2016 exam - Haris.A. Khan said that conceptual clarity is a must to crack exam. Candidates must clear their concepts and learn the approach to questions like puzzles and seating arrangement because a wrong approach may land you up wasting a lot of valuable time. Also, candidates must not simply rely on tricks and shortcuts which might seem easy at first but might end up with a lot of memorised tricks which will lead to confusion during the exam.

How to prepare for SBI PO - Practise previous years questions papers and take mock tests

Preparing from previous years question papers and taking mock tests are vital to analyse your preparation. Where preparation from previous years question papers will provide you an idea about the level of questions asked in the exam, taking mock tests will let you know where you stand in terms of speed, accuracy etc. To know the potentiality of answering the actual question papers in allotted time frame, mock tests can be effective. Not only does it helps the candidates practise for the exam, but also exposes them to the actual exam like environment. By taking the mock tests, candidates will also know all the instructions that are given before writing the online exam.

How to Prepare for SBI PO 2019 exam - Lifestyle tips while preparation

Along with the preparation of SBI PO exam, candidates must also take care of their health. Since the level of stress may increase due to pressure of cracking the exam, it is important that the candidates maintain their mental health. They must include the following activities in their routine to remain absolutely stress free while preparation:

  • Wake up early in the morning and sleep on time at night.

  • Ensure that you take a sound sleep.

  • Drink sufficient water and take proper meal

  • Spare at least half an hour to listen to some good music

  • Play some sports or watch movies as per your liking

  • Meditate

  • Do not stay back at home all the time. Go out and take some fresh air

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