Feb 10, 2013

How to Prepare for SBI Probationary Officer Exam 2013?

State bank of India Employment NewsState Bank of India recently released employment notification for very attractive and impressive 1500 Probationary Officer Vacancies. The candidate selected as probationary officer in SBI will never have to look back again for another job and almost settle down in life. He draw approximately 8 lakhs per anum. In addition to it the bank will bare 100% medical facility to the employee and 75% medical expenses to his family members. Probationary officer post in State Bank of India is considered is better than any Software Company or Corporate office job. Attractive salary, Job Security, loan facility at nominal interest rates and much more perks are there that would tempt any person to it.

Selected candidates will go under 2 year probationary period. After that, depending upon the performance shown during this period he would reach higher level.

Details of vacancies in SBI

Total posts to be filled: 1500 (SC-225, ST-112, OBC-405, Gen-758)

How to apply for SBI PO Recruitment Test 2013?

Candidate has to upload his details first in Bank’s Website www.statebankofindia.com orwww.sbi.co.in and submit. Take a print out of system generated fee payment challan and pay the fee in any branches of State Bank of India. Once you pay the application fee the process of Application will be completed.

After the three days of payment of fee you will receive a SMS and an email too confirming application. Reprint the application confirmation form and fee payment receipt and keep them for future reference. If a candidate is selected for interview these printouts have to be shown. There is no necessary to send them to the bank through post.

If the applicant is a government employee and is selected for interview he has take no objection certificate from competent authority before attending the interview.

State Bank of India Probationary Officer Selection Process

Candidate writing the written test has to qualify each test separately. Only those descriptive papers will be evaluated who qualify in Objective type test. Final selection is done depending on the marks scored in the written test (Objective + Descriptive) and Group Discussion test and Interview.

Marks are calculated at the ratio of 300:100. Written test marks calculated at the ratio 250:75 and Group discussion and Interview at 50:25.

Preparation Plan for SBI PO 2013

While you prepare for SBI Probationary Officer posts you have to concentrate on all of the parts equally because negligence on any part would keep you away from these prestigious jobs.


Objective Type Test
Concentrate on Grammar. Questions on Grammar, Vocabulary and comprehension will come. As each part to be qualified separately, if you prepare on Grammar and Comprehension minimum required marks can be scored. Vocabulary is vast so increase it gradually while learning grammar and comprehension.

General Awareness
Marketing and Computer Knowledge are covered in general awareness. Read newspapers and magazines like “Banking Services Chronicle” etc. regularly. Note down points like recent changes, improvements in banking sector. Learn basic details like evolution and development of State Bank of India. These can be found easily in business magazines, internet and websites like www.wikipedea.org.
Learn latest punch lines of brands and tag lines of products etc. Keep yourself ready on basics of computers, role of information technology in banking sector and banking management. Remember this section you can score high with nominal effort.

Data Analysis and Interpretation
Start with basics of Arithmetic, mathematics properly for interpretation of data. Candidate should know percentages, averages, ratios, tables, squares and cubes etc. These will help you in gaining time. Practicing with old question papers and model papers too will improve your speed and accuracy.   

As far as reasoning is concerned concentrate on logical reasoning. Read the questions two to three times to understand and recognizing the answer properly.

Descriptive Test

It is intended to test the written and communication skills of the candidate. Questions will be on Comprehension, précis writing and essay writing. Candidate has to use these skills while performing his duty. So qualifying descriptive paper is a must to be selected for SBI Probationary Officer Posts.

Take any standard grammar book and practice it. Write at least 2 essays on the contemporary issues. Read any English news paper in grammar, vocabulary, comprehension and essay writing perspective.


Group Discussion

Candidate’s initiative, expression of thoughts and understanding ability are tested in group discussion. 20 marks are allotted for group discussion, so it should be carefully faced.
Avoid speaking loud, irrelevant talk, intervening continuously others while others are speaking. Remember, candidates with cool and soft communication with proper expression of thoughts and arguments can score high in group discussion. It is always better to control your emotions while discussing with others.


Candidate’s personality is tested here. Try to explain about yourself as much and properly as possible with proper language and with right use of words. Prepare on with basic details of State bank of India. Questions commonly asked from candidate’s hobbies. Leadership qualities, problem solving, crisis management etc. are tested here.

Positive attitude, spontaneity and answering actively with smile will help you in succeed in Interview.

Finally once again the details of State Bank of India Probationary Officers Recruitment Details in short

Applications should be filled in online only and they start from 30th January to 23rd February, 2013.
Written test is conducted on 28th April, 2013.
Written examination is conducted in 80 centers throughout India.
Websites for details of this recruitment is www.statebankofindia.com and www.sbi.co.in


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