Prepare for SBI PO Exam 2015 in 8 Weeks [Prelims Study Plan]

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By now, most of you would be busy in submitting the online registrations for 2000 PO jobs in SBI.


With the last date to apply fast approaching – some common questions are often asked which are: ‘How to prepare for the upcoming sbi po exams 2015’, ‘What is the syllabus’ & ‘What are the important topics’


We’ve tried to address each of the questions with a detailed study plan for the SBI PO prelims exam scheduled in the month of June 2015.But before proceeding further, let us look at the exam syllabus first.


SBI PO Prelims Syllabus

The highlights of SBI PO recruitment`s preliminary test are

  • 100 questions
  • 1 hour time limit
  • Only 3 sections.

This objective paper will not have GK/ General awareness questions.So you can concentrate only on the 3 core subjects.


For all those who are appearing for the first time, we have given a complete book list to kickstart your study.


Quantitative Aptitude: This section will have 35 questions picked from the following chapters:

  • Numbers – Basics of Number Systems; HCF & LCM; Simplication; Number Series
  • Arithmetic – Averages & Allegations; Ratio & Proportion; Percentage, Profit & Loss; Simple & Compound Interest; Age Problems; Speed, Time & Distance; Time & Work
  • Modern Math – Probability; Permutations & Combinations
  • Geometry – Mensuration (question around area, perimeter and volume)
  • DI – Data Interpretation & Data sufficiency

One of the common question here is whether DI will be part of this section as the section only says “Quantitative Aptitude’.


It is very likely that DI will be part of QA as most PO exams including IBPS PO refer to this section as “Quantitative Aptitude” but a significant portion of it is dedicated to DI questions.


Reasoning: It will have 35 questions asked from the below topics:

  • Analytical Reasoning – Seating Arrangements, Grouping, Selection, Matching etc
  • Other Verbal Reasoning - Blood Relations, Coding-decoding, Input-Output, Critical Reasoning (Statement-Assumption, Strong & Weak Arguments, Courses of Action), Direction Sense, Venn diagrams.
  • Non-verbal reasoning – Has not appeared in PO exams recently and is a low priority topic

While each correct answer fetches you 1 mark, the level of questions would only be of easy to moderate level.


English: This section shall contain 30 questions from the following areas:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Grammar
  • Parajumbles
  • Cloze Test & Fill in the blanks
  • Vocabulary

It is necessary for candidates to score pass mark in each of the above three papers.

Books you can Use:

Before moving with the SBI PO study plan, we thought of providing a list of books that will help individuals who are looking to self study from home.


All the books listed below are very popular among candidates.They have received many positive reviews & rated as cheap & best on Flipkart and Amazon.


Guides & Practice Stuff:
* SBI PO Exam Guide (for Prelims & Main Exam) – Rs.312 – Buy Online
* Buy online SBI PO Prelims Mock Tests (online sets) for Rs.499 (read their review)

Quantitative aptitude
Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Arihant publications – Rs.317 – Buy online

Objective English by Hari mohan prasad – Rs.329 – Buy online

1. Analytical reasoning by M.k pandey – Rs.158 – Buy online
2. Non-Verbal reasoning by prabhat-javad – Rs.215 – Buy online


Only if you qualify in the preliminary test, you will be shortlisted for the main exam. Therefore we are giving details of prelims first so that you don't get diverted.


SBI PO Study Plan

Based on the syllabus & importance of topics, a detailed 8-week study plan has been created along with the ideal time to spend on each.


Note about color codes: The colors on topics tell you the expected no. of questions that could be asked from that area.


Time allotment: The no. of hours given in the table is for a week & not for a day.


The plan has been created assuming 25% of the time for learning and 75% for practice.


For example,if 8 hours has been mentioned for a set of topics, it is recommended that one spends 2 hours on learning the concept and 6 hours in practicing them.


Colour Code

Expected Number of Questions  (0-3)

Expected No.of Questions (3-6)

Expected No. of Questions     (>6)

Quantitative Aptitude



Week 1

Number Systems, Simplification, Number Series
(5-6 hours)

Analytical Reasoning, Logical Inequalities
(7-8 hours)

Week 2

Averages & Alligations, Ratio & Proportion, Age Problems
(5-6 hours /week)

(2-3 hours)

Reading Comprehension + Vocabulary Practice
(6-7 hours)

Week 3

Percentage, Profit & Loss, Simple & Compound Interest
(3-4 hours)

Blood Relations, Input-Output, Coding-Decoding
(8-9 hours)

Grammar & Sentence Correction
(3-4 hours)

Week 4

Speed, Time & Distance                Time & Work
(3-4 hours)

Data Sufficiency, Statement - Conclusion, Arguments, Assumptions, Courses of Action
(7-8 hours)


(2-3 hours)

Week 5

Mensuration, Probability & PnC
(5-6 hours)

Venn Diagrams, Direction Sense, Non-Verbal Reasoning
(2-3 hours)

Cloze Test, Fill in the Blanks
(3-4 hours)

Week 6

Data Interpretation & Sufficiency
(9-10 hours)

4-5 Full Length Mock Tests + Analysis
(8-10 hours)
(1 hour for each test + 1 hour for analysis)

Week 7

8-10 Full Length Mock Tests + Analysis
(16-20 hours)

Week 8

8-10 Full Length Mock Tests + Analysis
(16-20 hours)


As you can see from the table, the final weeks are completely allotted only for practicing.This is mainly to improve your speed & accuracy which is very much required going into the prelim exam.


If you want to create a more personalized plan, you can use Oliveboard’s study planner & save your plan.Click here to create your own personal SBI PO Prelims exam plan.


To compete with millions of candidates & emerge successful in the upcoming SBI PO recruitment exam, one has to devote time in advance.

We believe the above syllabus & study plans will help you in managing that time effectively to crack the test.

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Shubhnish said...

thanks u varun and to share such usful content because everybody have pleathora of books n material but what is more needed is proper guidence.