SBI PO Exam Syllabus- Prelims & Mains

SBI PO Syllabus: State Bank of India has released the official notification for Probationary Officer posts. It’s high time, the candidates interested in the posts can begin with their preparation for the recruitment examination. For helping the candidates, we have provided the detailed exam pattern and syllabus for the Prelims and Mains Exam.

SBI PO Pre Exam Syllabus

The syllabus of the SBI PO 2022 Prelims exam and the mains exam is quite similar having slight changes in some topics.

Majorly the syllabus for prelims includes Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language. The same has been subdivided further into various topics based on the previous year’s questions of SBI PO Prelims exams. 


Reasoning Ability

Quantitative Aptitude

English Language



Cloze Test 


Profit & Loss

Reading Comprehension


Mixtures & Alligations

Para jumbles

Data Sufficiency

Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices

Paragraph Completion


Work & Time

Fill in the blanks

Seating Arrangement

Time & Distance

Multiple Meaning /Error Spotting



Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere



Data Interpretation



Ratio & Proportion, Percentage


Blood Relations

Number Systems


Input Output

Sequence & Series


Coding Decoding

Permutation, Combination & Probability


SBI PO Mains Exam Syllabus


The SBI PO Mains Examination comprises four sections:

  1. Data Analysis & Interpretation
  2. Reasoning & Computer Aptitude
  3. General/Economy/Banking Awareness
  4. English Language


Here’s the table that explains what is covered in the SBI PO Mains syllabus: 


Data Interpretation & Analysis


English Language

General/Economy/ Banking Awareness

Computer Aptitude

Data Sufficiency

Blood Relations

Reading Comprehension

Financial Awareness

Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies

Line Graph



Current Affairs


Pie Chart

Circular Seating Arrangement


General Knowledge

Keyboard Shortcuts

Bar Graph

Linear Seating Arrangement

Verbal Ability

Static Awareness

Computer Abbreviation

Radar Graph Case let

Double Line-up

Word Association

Banking and Financial Awareness

Microsoft Office

Missing Case DI


Sentence Improvement


Computer Hardware

Let it Case DI

Input Output

Para Jumbles


Computer Software

Tabular Graph

Verbal Reasoning

Cloze Test




Directions and Distances

Error Spotting



Permutation and Combination

Ordering and Ranking

Fill in the blanks


Number System


Data Sufficiency


Operating System


Coding and Decoding


Basic of Logic Gates


Code Inequalities


Course of Action


Critical Reasoning


Analytical and Decision Making


SBI PO Syllabus: Group Exercise and Interview 

The last & final phase of the PO exam – Group Exercise & Interview process is for the successful candidates who qualify the first two phases of SBI PO exam.

Candidates can get tips to prepare for SBI PO Group Discussion at the linked article.

Also, to know the SBI PO Previous Year Cut Offs, candidates can visit the linked article.


Once the candidate clears all the phases of the exam, they automatically receive the Letter of Appointment from SBI stating the joining formalities, joining date, place of joining, etc.

Candidates can know about the SBI PO Recruitment & Exam Pattern 2022-2023 from the linked article.

SBI PO Syllabus 2023- FAQs

Q1. What are the subjects in the SBI PO 2023 exam?

The Mains Examination of the SBI PO exam comprises 4 sections: Data Analysis & Interpretation. Reasoning & Computer Aptitude. General/Economy/Banking Awareness.

Q2. What is the negative marking scheme in the SBI PO exam?

There will be no sectional cut-off. However, there will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer.

Q3. What is the structure of the SBI PO Descriptive Test?

The descriptive test consists of two questions, one letter writing and one essay each of 25 marks making a total of 50 marks. Candidates need to score passing marks in the descriptive test as well to qualify for the SBI PO mains exam.

Q4. What is the total number of questions in the SBI PO Preliminary & Mains exams?

What will be the total number of questions in the SBI PO Preliminary & Mains exams? Ans. The Prelims exam will have a total of 100 questions while there will be 155 questions in the SBI PO Mains exam excluding Descriptive Paper.