How to prepare for SBI PO 2020? Complete SBI PO Prelims Preparation Strategy.


How to prepare for SBI PO 2020? Complete SBI PO Prelims Preparation Strategy.

Who is this exam suitable for?

  • Must be aged between 21 and 30 Years
  • Graduate (any stream) and Final Year Students can Apply but must pass all exams Before interview
  • Open to working anywhere in India
  • Operations-centric job
  • You love sales and marketing

Let's explore some Common Myths

  • You need coaching to crack this exam - NO (False)
  • SBI will be sold/privatized - NO (False)
  • After cracking SBI life will be non-stop fun - NO (False)
  • It's a pure "Sarkaari Naukri" - NO (False)
  • You should focus 100% on SBI PO only - NO (False) 
  • Only commerce/Engg people crack it - NO (False)

Salary & Scope for Growth

  • Starting Basic Pay = Rs 27,620
  • +DA, HRA, other Allowances etc.
  • -PF, NPS, Taxes, Loans etc.
  • Gross Pay = Rs 47,000 to Rs 60,000
  • Net Pay = Rs 39,000 to Rs 48,000
  • Almost All SBI Chairman were SBI POs
OM Prakash Bhatt (SBI PO 1972), Arundhati Bhattacharya (SBI PO 1977), Rajnish Kumar (SBI PO 1980)
Just a few chairmen, among many more who started as an SBI PO...

Exam Structure (3 Main Phases)

  • Phases-I: Preliminary Examination
  • Phases-II: Main Examination
  • Phases-II: GE & PI
  • DV & Medical Examination 
  • Circle Allotment
  • Joining

Best Mocks to Buy ( At-least 2 Sources )

  • #1 = Oliveboard
  • #2 = Gradeup, Testzone, Practice Mock, Testbook
  • Test their FREE material First!
  • Analysis is KEY
  • Choose best to help with other Exams too (Like IBPS, SEBI, RBI etc.)

Your 1st Mock Test (Cold Mock)

  • Calculation of baseline metrics & Type knowledge 
  • Google "Free SBI PO Mock Test"
  • Try for both Prelims & Mains
  • 4 Pillars : Quant, Reasoning, GA & English
  • Equal Division?
  • Optimize to YOURSELF

Phase-I: Prelims (1Hour)


Name of test

No. of Questions




English Language






20 Minutes


Quantitative Aptitude


20 Minutes


Reasoning Ability


20 Minutes




1 Hour

  • Qualifying in nature (last year 71 cutoff)
  • 10x of no. of vacancies will make it
  • No sectional cut-off, only aggregate

PRELIMS: English Strategy

  • Target = 24+
  • 1st Scan: Close Test, Fillers (double/single), Sentence Error, Vocab, Spotting Errors.
  • 2nd Scan: Sentence Improvement, Reading Comprehension, Match the Column
  • 3rd Scan: Para-jumbles, Perfect Starters, Perfect Endears, Paragraph Conclusion.

 PRELIMS: Quantitative Aptitude Strategy 

  • Target = 27+
  • 1st Scan: Simplification & Approx., Number series, QE, Avg., Ratio & Prop., Profit & Loss, Age problem
  • 2nd Scan: Data Sufficiency, Partnerships, Time & Distance, SI & CI, Atleast 1 DI
  • 3rd Scan: Mixtures & Allegations,
  • Pipes & Cisterns, Boats/Streams/ Trains problems, Mensuration etc.


  • Be ready for unpredictability, Target = 25+ 
  • 1st Scan: Syllogism, Direction Sense, Blood Relations(non puzzle), Coding-Decoding, Inequalities
  • 2nd Scan: Data Sufficiency, Alpha Numeric Symbol Series, Machine Input-Output
  • 3rd Scan: Order & Ranking, LR, Seating Arrangement, Puzzles


PRELIMS: Exam Day Tips

  • SELF BELIEF & Good sleep - calm your brain
  • Forget Books on Exam Day
  • Make Friends on exam day
  • 30 mins before exam stop talking (Zone)
  • Your well-laid plans will get derailed on exam day. Be ready for surprises
  • Write Exam Debrief & start for Mains

Best Books to buy for SBI PO 2020

  • M. Tyra's Magical Book on Quicker Maths
  • Quantitative Aptitude by R.S Aggarwal
  • Quantitative Aptitude Quantum Cat
  • Reasoning by R.S Aggarwal
  • Analytical Reasoning By MK Pandey
  • English Grammar Wren & Martin
  • Disha-English Topic Wise Solve

Notes Available Now FREE 

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