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SBI PO 2020 Preparation: Tips, Strategy & Guide, how to crack


SBI PO 2020 Preparation: Tips, Strategy & Guide

The number of candidates for SBI PO 2020 will be in lakhs, because this exam is considered very popular among the youth. Therefore, it is not enough to just participate in this race, but for this, you will have to work hard at the level of the competition. So here we are telling you some such main points, which are very important to understand for preparing for SBI PO: Prepare yourself : Before preparing, it is important to understand whether you want to become a probationary officer? If yes, then make it a goal. You start your preparation only after making up your mind because it takes time and you should have patience for it. Why do you want to become a probationary officer: Once you have made up your mind, make sure to look at the work profile, salary and perks so that it can be understood what the benefits are in this job and how much salary can be paid. It should not happen that you start preparing for it with incomplete information. The candidates preparing for the State Bank of India Probationary Officer Recruitment Examination (SBI PO 2020) have given some tips for the preparation of Prelims Exam.

SBI PO 2020 Preparation: Tips, Strategy & Guide, how to crack
SBI PO 2020 Preparation: Tips, Strategy & Guide, how to crack

Exam Pattern for SBI PO 2020:

First of all you should know the examination pattern of SBI PO which will help you better to crack the exam.

SBI PO Prelims Exam:

This test is of 1-hour duration, with 3 sections (different timings for each section) and the pattern is as follows:  
S.N. Subject (multiple choice) No of Que Marks Time
1 English Language 30 30 20 Min
2 Numerical aptitude 35 35 20 Min
3 Reasoning ability 35 35 20 Min
Total 100 100 60 Min

SBI PO Mains Examination:

The Mains exam consists of Objective Tests of 200 marks and Descriptive Test of 50 marks. Both Objective and Descriptive Tests will be online. Immediately after the objective test is completed, the descriptive test is started. Here is the pattern of main exam:  
S.No. Name of Tests No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
2 English Language 35 40 40 minutes
3 Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
4 General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
5 Descriptive English Test 3 50 30 minutes
Total 155 200 3 Hours 30 minutes
  Note: In both the prelims and mains exam, there will be penalty for every wrong answer. Apart from this, there is sectional timing as well, but there will be overall cut-off in both exams. There will be no sectional cut-off.

Preparation tips for SBI Probationary Officer Exam 2020

Understand the exam pattern and syllabus:

Start your preparation only after fully understanding the exam pattern and syllabus. This is most important for any exam, as it will let you know about the topics and division of marks in each section.

Create a strategy:

We can assume that the prelims exam is held in October and Mains in November, therefore the candidates are advised to take the prelims and mains together, and prepare accordingly. Because Quant, Reasoning and English are common in both Prelims and Mains exam, but GA and descriptive test is an added feature in Mains exam. Therefore, read Daily Current Affairs for 20-25 minutes and give 1-2 hours to each section on daily basis. Apart from this, you can start writing Essay, because you will not have time to prepare for the descriptive test after the prelims exam. Therefore, you should take a comprehensive target, in which the preparation of mains along with all the sections of prelims is going on simultaneously.

Previous Year Paper:

Do check the previous year's paper, and also see which topics are getting the most and most frequent questions. Also, find scoring areas. Try to solve the previous year's papers, because they are just like the upcoming exam. To see the trend of the exam, you can also check the papers of other exams, such as IBPS PO, etc.

Practice :

Start your practice. Solve the questions of all important topics according to the previous year's paper and trends. You have time and you can do anything. There is no exercise option and it will only increase your skills with speed.

Mock test:

Once you practice with important topics, start giving mock tests. There should be mock test with its analysis. Do the analysis after the mock, you will also get to know about your preparation. When there are only a few days left for the exam to begin, you should not give more mock tests, rather you should pay more attention to the analysis of the mock tests you have given earlier. Through their analysis, you try to know your weaknesses and try to overcome them. If you feel difficulty in an important topic, then try to overcome it with the help of Video Tutorials.


Revise what you are learning from time to time, so that you do not forget the new things as well as the old things you have read.    

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