SBI PO Exam Pattern 2016

SBI PO Exam Pattern 2016 – State Bank of India is one of the major recruiters of the country which rolls out vacancies for fresh applicants every ye

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SBI PO Exam Pattern 2016 – State Bank of India is one of the major recruiters of the country which rolls out vacancies for fresh applicants every year to complement its official requirements to the posts of the Probationary Officers (PO) and the Clerical Jobs. This examination sees participation of lakhs of candidates. If we go by date, around 25 lakhs candidates participated in the SBI PO exam and around 40 lakhs candidates participated in the Clerk examination. This exponential increase in the number of participation has forced the SBI to bring changes to the SBI PO exam pattern and thus it changed the pattern from last year.

SBI PO Exam Pattern 2016:

SBI has decided to expand the recruitment process by including comprehensive entrance examination systems which has been divided into phases of examination which has been explained below:
  • Phase 1: Preliminary Examination
  • Phase 2: Main Examination
  • Phase 3: Descriptive Test and Personal Interview
The candidates should note that their participation in every other stage except the Phase 1 is subject to their qualification through a cutoff score which the SBI brings out just after the examination depending upon the constitutional affirmative policy.
All the phases of the examination can be understood by following analysis.

Phase 1: SBI PO Preliminary Exam Pattern 2016

Important highlights for the Exam pattern followed in the preliminary exam are as follows:
  • The Preliminary examination is an objective type examination where the candidates need to select one correct option out of given four options.
  • The total mark of the exam is 100.
  • For every correct response provided, the candidates would be awarded 1 mark and for every wrong response ¼ mark willet deducted. However no mark will be deducted for any response.
  • The test would be conducted online and every response should be marked using the mouse.
  • The total time allotted is 60 minutes.
  • The candidates should note that there are three sections in the Preliminary examination which has sectional cutoffs which the candidates need to clear. The three sections are as follows:
Serial No.
Name of section
Number of Questions asked in the section
Total marks in the section
Time allotted
1
English Language
30
30
A total of 1 hour (no fixed timing for any section)
2
Quantitative Aptitude
35
35
3
Reasoning Ability
35
35
Total
100
100

Phase 2: SBI PO Main Exam Pattern 2016:

The candidates who score above the SBI PO Preliminary Cutoff Score 2016 will be allowed to take the SBI PO Main Exam 2016 which will follow a completely different exam pattern, the highlights of which has been given below:
  • The Main Examination is also an objective type examination. Some of the questions are also descriptive.
  • The total marks for the exam is 250 marks.
  • The objective questions are divided into four sections of 50 marks each whereas there is a descriptive section which carries 50 marks.
  • The total time allotted for this examination is 120 minutes.
  • For every correct response provided, the candidates would be awarded 1 mark and for every wrong response ¼ marks will get deducted. However no mark will be deducted for any response.
  • The section wise pattern for the Main exam has been given below for a better understanding.
Serial No.
Name of section
Number of Questions asked in the section
Total marks in the section
Time allotted
1
English Language
50
50
A total of 2 hours (no fixed timing for any section)
2
Data Analysis and Interpretation
50
50
3
Reasoning Ability
50
50
4
General Awareness, Marketing, and Computers
50
50
Total
200
200

Descriptive Section Pattern:

Along with the objective type question, the Main Exam will have questions in the descriptive format as well. Following are the important points to ponder for the written examination:
  • The Descriptive section will carry 50 marks and would also be an online test.
  • The question will be displayed on the monitor below whom a space would be provided where the candidates will have to type the answer using keyboard.
  • The duration for this test would be 60 minutes. So, the total timing for the MAIN Exam would be 3 hours.
  • This test would judge the writing skills of the candidates where the focus would be on letter writing, comprehension and essay.

Phase 3: Group Discussion and Personal Interview

The candidates who clear the cutoff score for the Main Examination would then be called for a group discussion and personal Interview test where the candidates will have to face an Interview board.
The final merit list would be released on the basis of the candidate’s performance in the Main and Interview.

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