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Dear experts, here is the SBI PO Preparation Plan 2016 for all the aspiring candidates. Get list of most important books and tips for SBI PO. This article is helpful for SBI PO 2016 aspirants. Check Now SBI PO Cutoff 2016. These all series free study notes help you better for your all govt jobs, ssc jobs and bank examinations.


Recent News update : 15th October, 2016 (15.10.2016)  : Last Minute Tips and Tricks for IBPS PO Pre Exam 2016 (Held on 16 Oct. 2016)


SBI PO 2016 Recruitment Notification


Dear mm readers,
With Notifications for SBI PO 2016 are expected to be out in a few weeks, candidates need to start preparing for the same. It is expected that SBI will recruit over 2500 Probationary Officers in 2016. Like the preceding year it is expected that SBI will keep the paper pattern same and the examination will be held in 2 stages.

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Last Minute Tips for IBPS PO Pre (Preliminary) Exam 2016

Hello Reades. Today Good news that after this step you will qualify your Phase -1 exam of IBPS PO. Yes. This is very important step for your success. So, today we are updating special notes point for your IBPS PO Pre Exam as Last Minute Tips for IBPS PO Pre (Preliminary) Exam 2016.

Read here detailed information for the last minute tips for IBPS PO 2016.
We all know about the Preliminary phase of the IBPS PO Exam 2016 is starting from tomorrow. 

Before you appear for the exam, take proper note of following –

Time Management –
Time Management is the main key point in every IBPS Online Exam.
So manage your time carefully because this parameter is imperative to clear the exam. Remember you don’t need to solve all the questions given in Online Exam. Select the questions you solve first carefully, keeping in mind your stronger areas. Try to first attempt the questions which are less time consuming.

Speed and Accuracy are other essential factors that will help you make it to the merit list. Try to solve the questions (especially in Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning and General English Section) within a minute.

Please keep in mind that there is Negative Marking of ¼ marks per question for each Wrong Answer.

Remember this exam is just Qualifying in nature. The marks scored in this phase will not be included in the final merit list.

Candidates are required to obtain a minimum score in each section to clear the Sectional Cut-Off and also a minimum total score to clear the Overall Cutoff in the online test to be shortlisted for the mains phase of this exam.

Last Minutes Remember Note Tips for IBPS PO Pre Exam 15th October 2016.

1. English Language
  • Time to be spent on the section - 10-15 Minutes
  • Number of Good and safe attempts- 18-20 MCQs


2. Quantitative Aptitude
  • Time to be spent on the section - 25-30 Minutes
  • Number of Good and safe attempts- 20-25 MCQs


3. Reasoning Ability
  • Time to be spent on the section - 20-25 Minutes
  • Number of Good and safe attempts- 18-20 MCQs


Section – SubjectsHigh priority Areas
General Awareness1- Banking Awareness theory
2- RBI Functions And Power
3- Latest RBI Monetary Policy Important Highlights
4- Economy Current Affairs
Reasoning Ability1- High Level Reasoning ( Assumptions And Syllogism)
2- Sitting Arrangement
Quantitative aptitude1-BOSMAS / simplification
2-Data interpretation (DI)
3- Time And Distance , Time And Work ,
4- Profit And Loss, Percentage Etc
English Language1- Grammar Rules And Sentence Improvements
2 – Comprehension Daily practice
Computer Knowledge1-MS Office 2007 (or 2010 or 2013)
2-Internet related topics
3-Basic Computer Concepts
3- Basic Programming Concepts

Check IBPS PO
section for more free tips, quiz and study notes download.

Latest News Update : 13th august , 2016 (13.08.2016) Friday. SBI Clerk Recruitment Notification issued by recruitment Department and This is big news for you that SBI PO vacancy coming soon and you start your pre preparation for SBI PO Exam. MM team update available as SBI PO 2016 Cutoff (Preliminary and Main Exam) - Check here.
Phase 1: There will be 100 questions in the paper.
35 from Quantitative aptitude and Data Interpretation
35 from Reasoning
30 from General English
Phase 2: Candidates who clear the cutoff of "phase-1" will be eligible for phase-2 examination. The constituents of Phase 2 will be

Must check: How to Crack SBI Clerk Exam 2016 Ultimate Guide Tips for Bank Exams

Differences in Paper Pattern of SBI PO and IBPS PO

Both papers though constitute of 200 questions which are to be solved in a time span of 120 minutes, there is an elementary change in the constituents of the examination.
  • In IBPS PO speed maths constitutes a large no of questions but in SBI PO speed maths is limited and more questions from data interpretation are asked
  • In general Awareness Section, questions of marketing awareness comes in SBI PO. This section is absent from IBPS PO.
  • In reasoning Questions on data Sufficiency are more in SBI PO, You need to practice them a lot.
  • Usually the level of difficulty of SBI is similar to that of IBPS PO, but cutoff’s are high following lesser vacancies.

How to Prepare quick for SBI PO Exam

While attempting SBI PO 2016 exam you will have 200 questions to solve and 120 minutes (The pattern very much similar to IBPS PO). It is definitely a race against time. It this scenario, the key to success is“Time Management and Question Selection”. Further in this post, we will guide you on what all aspects you must take care of while appearing for SBI PO 2016
  • We advice you to first attempt the section which is your area of strength. For example, it you are good with maths then attempt the quant section first and try to score maximum.
  • As a general and widely followed approach, it is suggested to start with GK+Banking+ Marketing+Computer section as 50 questions of this section can be easily attempted in maximum 10-15 minutes depending on your reading speed. In this way you will be left with around 105 minutes to spend on 3 sections which averages around 35 minutes per section.
  • Manage your time smartly and make right choices when deciding which question to attempt.
  • Do not let your ego come into play when you are stuck at some question, just leave it there and move on to next one.
  • Be smart, do not try to solve each and every question because not every question in the paper is supposed to be solved, some questions are put in the exam paper as a barrier with only purpose to engage you and waste your time. So be reasonable and identify those type of questions wisely so that you do not stumble upon them.
  • English Section:- If you have healthy reading habit and possess good reading speed, you can definitely save some precious amount of time in this section which can be better utilized in any other section. This section can be seen as broadly divided into two parts with comprehensions on one side and rest (FIB, para-jumbles, sentence correction etc.) on the other side. Now its up to you to judge how you want to approach this section because you are the best judge of your knowledge and strengths. As a word of advice, if you are good with comprehensions then attempt them first and vice-versa
  • Accuracy level matters very much. Do not attempt questions in haste and remember negative marking is there, so focus on question selection.
  • Quant and Reasoning section: To perform well in these sections, practice as much as you can and again, chose questions wisely in these sections because the chances of tangling in a question are highest in these sections.

How to Prepare Data Analysis & Interpretation in SBI PO Exam

  • Data Interpretation questions are based on facts, tables, pie charts and diagrams. The more you practice such questions, the more will be comfortable in solving them. It is expected that 25-30 questions will be from this section.
  • Data Analysis: This is a tricky section this year. Introduced in 2014 for the first time on the content of this section. As per our experiences and advice from coaching institute experts we have prepared the following probable list of type questions that may possibly be covered this section.

Questions from Data Analysis in SBI PO Exam

What Topics can be there in Reasoning

As per Notification of SBI, this year reasoning will be of high level. So according to our study and predictions these topics will constitute the syllabus.

SBI PO Exam is an examination held for recruiting Probationary Officers. It marks the Junior Management Level direct entry in the Bank for young graduates. Exam for SBI PO is conducted each year for appointing officers in the Bank. Candidates in a huge number appear for this exam but only the best ones are selected as SBI PO. What makes a difference here is the SBI PO Preparation. A candidate should be aware of the exam pattern, important books and preparation tips in order to make the SBI PO Preparation effective. Here we will cover all the major aspects of SBI PO Preparation so that the candidates can perform upto best of their potential and crack the exam.


With Notifications for SBI PO 2016 are expected to be out in a few weeks, candidates need to start preparing for the same. It is expected that SBI will recruit over 2500 Probationary Officers in 2016. Like the preceding year it is expected that SBI will keep the paper pattern same and the examination will be held in 2 stages.
Phase 1: There will be 100 questions in the paper.
35 Questions from Quantitative Aptitude
35 Questions from Reasoning
30 Questions from English

Also read : IBPS PO Syllabus 2016 (Pre & Main) with Exam Pattern


Phase 2: Candidates who clear the cutoff of phase 1 will be eligible for phase 2 examination. The constituents of Phase 2 will be-
Important Sections for SBI PO Exam 2016-2017
(10-15 Questions General Awareness + 10-15 Banking Awareness + 10-15 Marketing Awareness + 10-15 Computer Awareness)

How to attempt the complete paper

Must read : IBPS Bank PO Interview 2015 Preparation guide
While attempting SBI PO 2016 exam you will have in front you 200 questions to solve and 120 minutes on the clock to solve them. It is definitely a race against time. It this scenario, the key to success is “Time Management and Question Selection”. Further in this post, we will guide you on what all aspects you must take care of while appearing for SBI PO 2016… Also read most important article know about Salary Structure of Clerk Job In PSU Banks.
  • We advice you to first attempt the section which is your area of strength. For example, it you are good with maths then attempt the quant section first and try to score maximum.
  • As a general and widely followed approach, it is suggested to start with GK+Banking+ Marketing+Computer section as 50 questions of this section can be easily attempted in maximum 10-15 minutes depending on your reading speed. In this way you will be left with around 105 minutes to spend on 3 sections which averages around 35 minutes per section.
  • Manage your time smartly and make right choices when deciding which question to attempt.
  • Do not let your ego come into play when you are stuck at some question, just leave it there and move on to next one.
  • Be smart, do not try to solve each and every question because not every question in the paper is supposed to be solved, some questions are put in the exam paper as a barrier with only purpose to engage you and waste your time. So be reasonable and identify those type of questions wisely so that you do not stumble upon them.
  • English Section:- If you have healthy reading habit and possess good reading speed, you can definitely save some precious amount of time in this section which can be better utilized in any other section. This section can be seen as broadly divided into two parts with comprehensions on one side and rest (FIB, para-jumbles, sentence correction etc.) on the other side. Now its up to you to judge how you want to approach this section because you are the best judge of your knowledge and strengths. As a word of advice, if you are good with comprehensions then attempt them first and vice-versa
  • Accuracy level matters very much. Do not attempt questions in haste and remember negative marking is there, so focus on question selection.
  • Quant and Reasoning section: To perform well in these sections, practice as much as you can and again, chose questions wisely in these sections because the chances of tangling in a question are highest in these sections.

How to succeed in Data Analysis & Interpretation

  • Data Interpretation questions are based on facts, tables, pie charts and diagrams. The more you practice such questions, the more will be comfortable in solving them. It is expected that 25-30 questions will be from this section.
  • Data Analysis: This is a tricky section this year. Introduced in 2014 for the first time on the content of this section. As per our experiences and advice from coaching institute experts we have prepared the following probable list of type questions that may possibly be covered this section.

What type of questions can be there in Data Analysis

What Topics can be there in Reasoning

As per Notification of SBI, this year reasoning will be of high level. So according to our study and predictions these topics will constitute the syllabus:
  • Arrangement Questions: 15 Marks (10 Of multi Hierarchy and 5 of Single Hierarchy
  • Relationship Questions: 3-5 Marks
  • Questions related to Assumption, conclusion and Inference: 10-15 Marks
  • Pattern Following problems: 5 Marks
  • Symbol Questionnaire problems: 5 Marks
  • Questions related to Syllogism: 3-5 Marks
  • Other: 5-10 marks

How to prepare for Reasoning

In reasoning the questions are either single or in form of multiple questions. Try to solve the multiple questions first and figure out the simple questions.  The points you must take care while attempting reasoning section are:
  • Don’t waste much time on questions where you have any doubt as this may result in you getting stuck and lose time.
  • Refrain from solving very lengthy questions if it looks difficult at first sight. First solve those you are confident about and then come back to solve these, if time allows
  • Practice the ‘assumption, conclusion and inference type questions’ properly. They may constitute a large part of this section.
  • Practice puzzle and sequence following questions. If you properly attempt these questions you can add at least 10-15 marks to your score card.
  • Practice syllogism questions as there is hardly any aptitude exam in which these questions are not asked in reasoning section.

What can be there in General Awareness section

In SBI PO exam, GA section is not purely based on questions from general knowledge or current affairs, but instead it is a mix of:
  • Questions related to General Knowledge/Current Affairs ( last 6 to 12 months)
  • Questions Related to Banking Awareness
  • Questions related  to Marketing knowledge
  • Questions related to Computer Awareness.

Expected Interview Questions and Answers Free PDF : IBPS PO-Clerk-SBI-RRB Aspirants.

Phase 2: Descriptive Exam  

In SBI PO exams a descriptive test is also held which is worth 50 marks and has a cut-off of its own. The probable contents and expected marks distribution for this section are as follows:-
  • Comprehension 5-10 marks
  • Letter (Formal and Informal) 10-20 marks
  • Essay writing 10 marks
  • Précis Writing 10 marks
  • Summary 5 marks

 Read : How To Prepare For IBPS Exams Without Coaching Classes?


SBI PO Exam Pattern / SBI PO Exam Tiers

Books For SBI PO Exam / Important Books For SBI PO Preparation

If you prepare with maths tricks to solve questions books as better books list then we provide Best Books For Bank Exams and Other Govt Jobs Exams. You check here some most important and better books list for your bank competitive exams given below.
(Book -1) : Magical Book On Quicker Maths by K. Kundan and M. Tyra
(Book -2) :  Bank Clerical Cadre Common Written Exam by T.S. Jain
(Book -3) :  Comprehensive Guide to IBPS CWE Bank PO Exam by Disha Experts
(Book -4) :  Bank Clerical Cadre Common Written Exam by Lal Singh
(Book -5) :  Practice Book On Quicker Maths by K. Kundan and M. Tyra 

Books are keys to success for any competitive recruitment exam. Books for IBPS PO and IBPS clerk is same, So we suggest candidates preparing for clerk exams to follow above mentioned PO books. You can find detailed list of IBPS Clerk books here

IBPS Specialist Officers Exams Books List (CWE)

Agriculture Field Officer Exam

Book - CWE-IBPS Bank Agriculture Field Officer Exam Complete Book by Priyanka Prakashan.

IT Officer Exam

Book - IBPS CWE Common Written Examination: Specialist Officers I.T. Officer Online Exam Practice Work Book by Kiran Prakashan

Law Officer Exam

Book - IBPS Specialist Officer CWE LAW Officer Online Exam Practice Work Book by Kiran Prakashan

Finance Executive Exam and Chartered Accountants

Book - A Complete Reference for IBPS CWE: Specialist Officers Finance & Chartered Accountants Scale-2 by G.K. Publishers

Marketing Officer Exam

Book - How to Prepare for CWE-IBPS Bank-Marketing Specialist Officer Exam: Complete Book by Priyanka Prakashan

HR Officer Exam

Book - CWE-IBPS Bank-HR Specialist/Personal officer Complete Book by Priyanka Prakashan

Best Books List for IBPS PO Clerk SBI RRB RBI exam

Important Tips For SBI PO Exam For Aspirants

Here are some tips on how to crack the SBI PO exam. These will help the candidates in their SBI PO Preparation.
Study According To The Exam Pattern
  • Go through the pattern of SBI PO exam and frame you strategies accordingly. No extra work is required.
Cover Entire Syllabus
  • Make sure that you haven’t missed anything that was in the syllabus. Be 100% prepared from your side.
Solve The Mock Test Papers
  • The more you will practice the better you will become. Solve the mock test papers and analysis your mistakes.
Give Equal Attention To All The Sections
  • All the sections are equally important and require equal attention and hard work. Don’t over do any section.
Make Notes
  • While studying from the book, keep writing down the points that you think are important. Making notes helps a lot during the revision.
Discuss With Your Friends, Teachers
  • Exchanging ideas with each other is a very effective way of learning new things. Interact with your friends and teachers and try and learn from them and vice-versa.
Make Seperate Notebooks For Different Subjects
  • If you keep on writing in the same notebook about all the subjects, then at the end it will just become a pile of confusion.
Stay Calm And Composed
  • There’s no need to panic. Just make sure that you SBI PO Preparation is going well and be cool.
Get Enough Sleep And Food
  • Maintaining your health is an aspect that is often overlooked by the candidates. It plays a very important role in your preparation and should be properly taken care of.
Eliminate All The Negative Thoughts
  • Don’t let any kind of negativity enter your mind. It’s effects are adverse and can destroy your confidence for nothing.
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Keep up with these points during your preparation for SBI PO and you will be on the road of success. Just Update : 1st July 2016 (01.07.2016) Today Good news for Readers you stay tuned with team mm for Best Books for Bank Exam Preparations And Much more previous year old/sample question papers of SBI PO Pre and Main Exam available here. You stay tuned with team mm for your better career in banking.

If you have any queries regarding SBI PO Preparation, please ask in the comments below.

By : Rajesh Jain.


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