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SBI PO Exam 2017: Exam Pattern & Important Books

Read about Important Books for SBI PO here...

Like in SBI PO 2016, the State Bank of India (SBI), is conducting SBI PO 2017 exam this year. SBI, the largest national bank of India is conducting SBI PO for recruitment of probationary officers for 2313 vacancies throughout the country. The exam will be held on April 30th, 2017. If you are preparing for SBI PO, then it's time you start your preparation right away and stay ahead of the competition.

In this article, we shall try to help you find the best books for SBI PO exam 2017.

The exam is framed into three stages,

  • The Preliminary Examination.
  • The Main Examination.
  • The Interview

The exam structure of SBI PO Prelims is as follows:

Name of section Number of Questions asked in the section Total marks in the section Time allotted
English Language 30 30
1 hour
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

The Mains Exam has two parts:

1. Objective Test

2. Descriptive Test - The Descriptive Test in an SBI PO exam is completely based on the application of English language and covers letters, paragraph writing, essay writing and reading.

Number of Questions asked in the section Total marks in the section Time Duration 
Reasoning and Computer Aptitude 45 60 minutes
Data Analysis and interpretation 35 45 minutes
General/Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 35 minutes
English Language 35 40 minutes
Total 155 3 hours
Descriptive Test 50 30 minutes

There are plenty of books, blogs and websites out there to help you prepare for the bank exams but “which one do I prepare from” is the most common question in your mind. Finding out which of these resources are reliable and useful and which of these are a waste of time can be challenging. So we have come up with the following list of the mos recommended books to help you crack SBI PO Exam.

Here is the list of Books for Quantitative Aptitude & DI Section of SBI PO exam:



Fast Track Objective Arithmetic (Arihant)

Rajesh  Verma

Quantitative aptitude for competitive examinations

 R S Agarwal

Aptipedia - Aptitude Encylopedia


Arithmetic for General Competitions


Advance maths for General Competitions


 Data Interpretation Magical Book Series


Here is the list of Books for the Reasoning Section in SBI PO exam:



A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal & Non-Verbal (Arihant)

BS Sijwali

A modern approach to verbal and non-verbal reasoning

R.S. Aggarwal

Analytical Reasoning 

MK Pandey.

Here is the list of Books for Verbal Section of SBI PO:

Books Authors
Word Power made Easy Norman lewis
Objective General English  R. S. Agarwal and Vikas Agarwal
Descriptive General English S P Bakshi and Richa Sharma
High School English Grammar Wren & Martin

You can also prepare for SBI PO from Bank Naukri's SBI PO Preparation Guide. This course is desined by India's best Banking & Aptitude Experts and it has helped hundreds of candidates crack the SBI PO exam over the years.

 All the Best!

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