The pattern of SBI P.O. examination is indicated below:-
Phase-I: Preliminary examination is objective test with multiple choices (MCQ). This is of 100 marks and conducted online. The duration is one hour. There are three sections, English language-30 questions, Quantitative aptitude-35 questions, Reasoning ability-35 questions. It is of qualifying nature.
Phase-II: Written examination of 250 marks. It consists of objective test and descriptive test.
Objective test is of 200 marks of two hours duration. It consists of four sections of 50 marks each. These sections are: English, General Awareness, Data Analysis and Interpretation and High-level Reasoning. Descriptive Test is of one hour duration consisting of letter-writing and essay-writing.
From my personal experience I can say that six months serious practice will surely help any average-intelligent candidate to qualify the examination. A candidate must practise the complete paper within time-limit, every day. He/She has to identify the weak areas and strong areas, and practise accordingly. Various periodicals are available to study General Awareness portion.
Best of Luck!!
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