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SBI PO 2016 Selection Procedure

SBI PO 2016 Selection Procedure

Like every year, SBI is conducting Probationary officer Exam 2016 in the month of July. This exam is very important for all those who dream about their career in the banking domain. One has to qualify SBI PO Exam 2016 to take up Probationary Officer Job role in the bank which is one of the best career offering high emolument, benefits and other allowances.

The important dates of SBI PO Exam 2016 are given in the below table for your guidance.

SBI PO Recruitment Activities

Important Dates

Online registration through SBI’s official website

4th May, 2016 to 24th May, 2016

Download Call Letters or, admit cards for SBI PO Preliminary Exam

14th June, 2016 onwards

Pre-Exams Training for shortlisted eligible candidates

From 20th June, 2016 to 25th June, 2016

SBI PO Preliminary Exam

2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th July, 2016

SBI PO Preliminary Exam result Declaration

18th July, 2016

Download Call Letters or, admit cards for SBI PO Main Exam

21st July, 2016 onwards

SBI PO Main Exam

31st July, 2016

SBI PO Main Exam result Declaration

16th August, 2016

Download Call Letter for SBI GD & Interview

22nd August, 2016

SBI GD & Interview Conduct

1st September, 2016

Declaration of Final result

30th September, 2016

The official website of SBI can be referred for all the latest updates on SBI PO Exam 2016. Here is the link for you: https://www.sbi.co.in/careers/

Selection Procedure of SBI PO Exam 2016

It is very important to know how SBI selects potential and suitable candidates through its SBI PO Exam process. There is a rigid procedure that is followed every year to hire capable probationary officers. Here is the complete and crisp detail on SBI PO Exam 2016 selection procedure to help you in preparing for this exam.

SBI PO 2016 Exam shall be carried out in three preeminent phases. Candidate must qualify in all three phases to actually get into his/her dream job as a PO in the bank. The SBI PO 2016 Exam phases are mentioned below:

  1. Preliminary Examination
  2. Main Examination
  3. Personality Test or, GD & Interview Phase

The first two SBI PO examinations are conducted in an online mode. These are objective type examinations that offer four choices; out of which candidate need to choose/mark the correct one.

Now, let us discuss each phase in greater detail so that you are well aware of the SBI PO selection procedure that shall be followed in 2016 exam and this will finally help you in preparing a very productive study plan.

The table below shows highlights of SBI PO preliminary Exam 2016:

SBI PO Preliminary 2016 Exam Pattern

Sections asked

Total Marks allotted

Total Questions asked

Mode

Time Allotted

Marking Scheme

English Language

30

30

Online

60 Minutes

Negative marking is applicable.

Reasoning Ability

35

35

Quantitative Aptitude

35

35

Certain Points to keep in mind about SBI PO Preliminary Exam 2016

  1. The most important thing is that there is sectional cutoff in SBI PO Preliminary 2016 Examination which means that candidate need to qualify in all the three mentioned above sections with the minimum marks.
  2. The total time allotted is 60 minutes (1 hour) for SBI PO Preliminary 2016 Examination. There is no fixed time for any section; you can start with any section and end with any.
  3. This is an online examination that means you are required to mark all the answers on the computer system; you must make sure that you mark responses carefully.
  4. It is advisable to read all the instructions conscientiously before starting SBI PO preliminary exam.
  5. For every right response, 1 mark is awarded to the candidate and for every wrong answer, 0.25 marks are deducted. In case no response has been marked, then no mark shall be deducted.

An aspiring candidate who will clear SBI PO Preliminary exam 2016 shall be eligible for the SBI PO Main Exam 2016.

Here is the sneak peak of major Points to keep in mind about SBI PO Main Exam 2016

  1. SBI PO Main Exam 2016 shall be divided into two prime sections:
  • Objective Test
  • Descriptive Test
  1. Both the SBI PO objective and Descriptive tests shall be conducted online. Objective test will have multiple choice questions, while Descriptive test requires writing on computer through the keyboard on specific questions asked.
  2. Objective test is further comprised of 200 questions in total organized in 4 major sections. You are required to pass in every section as there is sectional cut off criteria.
  3. Objective test will have defined time limit for each of its section.
  4. The total time allotted is 180 minutes (3 hours) for SBI PO Main 2016 Examination. For first two hours you are required to complete objective test; for the next 1 hour, you are required to write descriptive paper.
  5. For every right response, 1 mark is awarded to the candidate and for every wrong answer, 0.25 marks are deducted. In case no response has been marked, then no mark shall be deducted.

Now, let us focus on the highlights of SBI PO Main Exam 2016 through the table shown below:

SBI PO Main 2016 Exam Pattern

Sections asked

Total Marks allotted

Total Questions asked

Time allotted for each section

Total Time Allotted to the test

Mode

Marking Scheme

English Language

40

35

40

2 Hours

Online

Negative marking is applicable.

General Awareness (Banking Domain Knowledge)

40

40

40

Reasoning and Computer Awareness

60

45

60

Quantitative Aptitude (Includes data interpretation and analysis)

60

35

60

Descriptive Test

50

3

1 Hour

Major Points to keep in mind about SBI PO Main Exam Descriptive Test

  1. SBI PO Main Exam Descriptive Test carries 50 marks and one can easily score full marks through a good consistent practice session on questions that are expected in the exam. The important things that must be focused for attempting this test well are mentioned below:
  • Formal letter writing
  • Paragraph Writing
  • Precise/ synopsis Writing
  • Summary Writing for comprehensions
  • Essay Writing
  1. SBI PO Main Exam Descriptive Test is just to check your English writing skills. So, make sure you work a lot on your writing skills that too in an online mode.
  2. Work on your English vocabulary to give your writing a very strong and crusty impression.  
  3. You must practice by write directly on the system to keep your writing speed in check and to enhance it on daily basis.
  4. If two candidates are securing same marks in the SBI PO Main Examination 2016, then rank preference shall be given to the candidate who has secured highest marks in SBI PO Exam 2016 Objective test rather than Descriptive test.

Now, let us focus on the highlights of SBI Personal Interview and GD phase

After a candidate has qualified in SBI PO main exam, he will be called for the final Personal Interview and GD round.

Here are some pointers that will help you in qualifying SBI Personal Interview and GD phase with amazing marks.

  1. Try to learn current affairs especially, on the banking domain and recent national and international events through news channels, newspapers and magazines for the GD round.
  2. Do not try to yell or, shout in the SBI PO Exam GD round as it deducts your marks. You must be very crisp, confident and precise on your view point on the topic.
  3. First, try to listen clearly in both the rounds so that you explain exactly what is desired from you.
  4. For SBI PO interview round, just be confident; wear a slight smile throughout the interview; dress formally and present yourself smartly.   

How the final assessment shall be done in SBI PO Exam 2016?

SBI has certain rules on which the final assessment for the candidates is made. The mentioned below rules are to let you know about the SBI PO Exam 2016 final assessment procedure well.

  1. The marks obtained in the SBI PO preliminary Exam will not be added in the final assessment. Candidates just have to qualify this phase to give further rounds.
  2. The marks obtained in the SBI PO Main Exam (Of both the objective and Descriptive tests) will be added in the final assessment along with the marks obtained in the SBI GD and Interview round.
  3. Ranks are given to each candidate as per the final marks obtained and every year SBI releases merit rank list of those candidates who finally make it for the post of Probationary officer.

You can take a complete free mock test on SBI PO Exam 2016 which is based on the above discussed pattern by clicking on the given link provided here

An aspiring candidate must go through the complete advertisement on SBI PO Exam 2016 that was recently published by SBI. Here is the link for you: https://www.ibpsexam.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/SBI-PO-Recruitment-.pdf