SBI PO Mains Preparation 2022 | Score 125+ Marks | Study Plan

SBI PO Mains Preparation
SBI PO Mains Preparation

After providing SBI PO Prelims Preparation Strategy and Study Plan, we are back with one more awesome article on SBI PO Mains Preparation 2020. Your common question on “How to Prepare for SBI PO Mains Exam” will be solved today. We will see SBI PO Mains previous year cut off, set a realistic target for upcoming exam and see best books for each section of SBI PO Mains Paper. So, keep patience till the end if you want to crack SBI PO in First Attempt.

You can score 125+ Marks in SBI PO Mains with pure self-study. You just need proper guidance and best books for SBI PO Mains which I will provide you for free. So, be self enlightened and utlilize this strategy for SBI PO Mains. And read article on SBI PO Prelims Preparation if you have missed it due to some reasons.

SBI PO Mains Preparation 2020

SBI PO Final Merit List= SBI PO Mains Marks + GA & Personal Interview Marks

75% Weightage is given for SBI PO Mains Marks and 25% Weightage is for GA and PI

SBI PO Mains Preparation is very crucial because it will decide whether you will make it through or not. Prelims exam is just qualifying in nature, so even if you just clear the cut off, there is no harm. But in case of SBI PO Mains Strategy, you must aim to score minimum 30-40 marks above the cut off to be confirmed about being in the merit list.

So, SBI PO Preparation Strategy is designed to give more importance on Mains Exam. Combined Preparation of Prelims and Mains facilitates:

  • More time for SBI PO Mains Preparation
  • We can give more emphasis on common topics of Prelims & Mains
  • We get more time for revision after completing whole SBI PO syllabus

So, let us begin with SBI PO Strategy and Study Plan to score 125+ Marks (Out of 250)

SBI PO Mains Cut Off (For Reference Purpose)

SBI PO Mains Cut Off is provided to give you a basic idea of marks required to clear SBI PO Mains. Also you will get a clear idea of how many marks you must score to be on a safer side.

SBI PO Cut Off Marks for Mains Exam 2019:

Category SBI PO Mains Cut-Off (Out of 250)
General 104.42
SC 82.50
ST 77.63
OBC 94.28
EWS 100.89
LD 86.51
VI 101.75
HI 75.36
D & E 75.14

SBI PO Mains Cut off Marks of previous 5 years are also in the same range. So, it is seen that scoring 125+ Marks in SBI PO Mains Exam 2020 will be a safe score.

SBI PO Mains 2020 Realistic Target Setting

We need to have a systematic plan of attempting questions in SBI PO Mains exam to seek guaranteed success. So, we will set a realistic target of questions to attempt in SBI PO Exam. These minute but very important things must be considered while SBI PO Mains Preparation. It is also necessary to skip the questions which are too time-consuming. So, we must have a systematic strategy to leave certain amount of questions which are difficult or time consuming.

You have to solve 155 Questions for 200 Marks and Descriptive Paper of 50 Marks (which together constitute the stage 2 of SBI PO exam). So based on your strong areas, you must solve sufficient number of questions which will yield you 125+ marks.

SBI PO Mains Pattern 2020

Understand the number of questions and marks alloted for each section, so that you can design your ideal attempt accordingly. This is overview of SBI PO Exam Pattern:

Sections of SBI PO Mains Number of Questions Marks Allotted Time Duration
Reasoning and Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 Minutes
Data Analysis and Interpretation 35 60 45 Minutes
General Awareness (Economy and Banking Related) 40 40 35 Minutes
English Language 35 40 40 Minutes
Total 155 Questions 200 Marks 3 hours

Don’t keep your attempt very high. Negative marking can ruine your score.

SBI PO Mains Preparation for Data Analysis and Interpretation

List of SBI PO Exam Topics for Data Analysis & Interpretation:

  • Line Graph
  • Tabular Graph
  • Bar Graph
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Let it Case DI
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Pie Charts
  • Charts & Tables
  • Missing Case DI
  • Radar Graph Caselet
  • Probability

Best Books for SBI PO Data Analysis & Interpretation:

  • Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Kumar Verma
  • How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma 
  • Magical book on Quicker Maths by M Tyra

SBI PO Mains Preparation for Reasoning

List of SBI PO Syllabus Topics for Reasoning:

  • Syllogism
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Circular Seating Arrangement
  • Linear Seating Arrangement
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Double Lineup
  • Scheduling
  • Directions and Distances
  • Input-Output, Analytical and Decision Making
  • Blood Relations
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Ordering and Ranking
  • Code Inequalities
  • Data Sufficiency

Best Books for SBI PO Reasoning:

  • A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-Verbal by B.S. Sijwali & Indu Sijwali
  • Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey (Analytical reasoning)
  • A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal

SBI PO Mains Preparation for Computer Aptitude

List of SBI PO Exam Topics for Computer Aptitude:

  • Computer Abbreviation
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Computer Hardware
  • Microsoft Office
  • Computer Software
  • Computer Fundamentals
  • Number System
  • Operating System
  • Basic of Logic Gates
  • Memory
  • Internet
  • Networking

Best Books for SBI PO Computer Aptitude:

  • Computer by Rani Ahilya Lucent
  • Objective Question Bank of Computer Awareness for General Competitions by Arihant
  • Objective Computer Awareness by R Pillai Arihant

SBI PO Mains Preparation for English Language

List of SBI PO Exam Topics for English Language:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Grammar
  • Verbal Ability
  • Vocabulary
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Word Association
  • Para Jumbles
  • Error Spotting
  • Cloze Test
  • Fill in the blanks

Best Books for SBI PO English Language:

  • Objective General English by SP Bakshi
  • High School English Grammar & Composition by Wren and Martin
  • Word Power Made Easy by Normal Lewis
  • Descriptive General English by SP Bakshi & Richa Sharma
  • Newspaper Editorials

SBI PO Mains Preparation for General Awareness

List of SBI PO Exam Topics for General Awareness:

  • Banking Terminologies Knowledge
  • Banking Awareness
  • Financial Awareness
  • Static Awareness
  • General Knowledge
  • Current Affairs

Best Books for SBI PO General Awareness:

  • Banking Awareness by Arihant
  • Banking Awareness by RPH Editorial Board Ramesh Publishing House
  • Banking Awareness for SBI/IBPS Bank Clerk by Disha Publications

These all books will be helpful for Prelims + Mains Preparation!


We have seen SBI PO Preparation Strategy along with best books for each section of Mains Paper. Now its your duty to complete the SBI PO Syllabus and study as per topic-wise weightage of SBI PO Mains Exam. “Self Preparation” along with rigorous revision can yiled you success in SBI PO exam with preparation of 8-9 months.

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