What are the best books to prepare for the SBI PO prelims exam?

The SBI PO prelims exam is the first stage of exams conducted by the State Bank of India to select the required candidates for the position of probationary officer. The SBI PO is an exam that is very challenging and comes out every year with a completely new set of questions to test the aspiring candidate’s abilities. The SBI PO exam is held only once a year. Due to the high-level benefits that are available in the SBI PO, there are thousands of students who appear for the exam every year.

Let us look at why the SBI PO exam is one of the most awaited exams in the banking industry. 

Perks of Being an SBI Probationary Officer.
 

  • A medical claim of 100% for the officer and 75% for family members.
  • Furniture allowance.
  • Petrol allowance.
  • Travel Allowance.
  • House rent allowance.

Apart from this, an SBI PO officer also receives a salary of Rs 52,000 - Rs 55,000 in-hand every month. To crack the SBI PO prelims exam, you have to be aware of the exam pattern. 

SBI PO Prelims Exam Pattern.

The SBI PO prelims exam pattern is given below in the table:-

SubjectNumber of QuestionsMarks AllottedTime Provided
English Language303020 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude353520 minutes
Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
Total10010060 Minutes.

Note:- For every question that is answered wrong in the SBI PO prelims exam, there will be a deduction of 0.25 marks. 

Preparing for the SBI PO exam prelims is a very competitive task. Only when you have a clear cut idea of what to study, how much to study and in-depth knowledge about the SBI PO syllabus, will you be able to score a high rank in the SBI PO prelims exam. As the SBI PO prelims date nears day by day, it is important you have everything organized for your exam. One such factor that deserves attention is the books that you have to refer to for the SBI PO prelims. Let us look at the most important books to prepare for the SBI PO prelims.

Books for SBI PO prelims exam - Reasoning.

The reasoning ability section of the SBI PO prelims exam carries 35 marks. This is one of the sections that are easy to handle. With the right kind of preparation, students can score 30+ marks in this subject section. Some of the important topics to be covered for cracking the Reasoning section of the SBI PO prelims exam are:- order & ranking, alphanumeric series, input-output, coding-decoding, inequality, syllogism, blood relation, direction & distance etc. All these subject parts are easy. Once you understand the basics of the subject, then you can catch on to the idea very easily.  The books to prepare for the Reasoning section of the SBI PO prelims are given below. 

Name Of BookPublisher
Bank PO Reasoning Chapter wise Solved PapersArihant Experts
Computer Awareness for General Competitive Exams (Objective with Subjective)Arihant Experts
Chapter wise Solved Papers 2000-2015 Bank PO REASONINGArihant Experts

Books for SBI PO prelims exam - English.

The English section of the SBI PO prelims is easy when compared to the other two sections. The more the candidate is keen on exploring the language, the more proficiency the candidate gains. Students should practice the subject topics like grammar, fill in the blanks, error spotting, sentence correction etc. The vocabulary part of the student will be put to test in sections like the synonyms & antonyms, spot the error and fill in the blanks. Students should develop a daily reading habit of at least 1 hour. They should focus on increasing their reading speeds so that they can easily finish the comprehension section. Let us look at a few books that are the best recommended by experts.

Name Of BookPublisher
Objective General English R S Aggarwal
Bank PO English Language Chapter wise Solved PapersArihant Experts
Objective English for Competitive ExaminationHari Mohan Prasad, Uma Sinha.

Books for SBI PO prelims exam - Quantitative Aptitude Preparation.

This section of the SBI PO prelims exam is very much connected to calculations and arithmetic techniques. This is often considered one of the toughest sections of the SBI PO exams. The questions that are referred to in this section are Simple & Compound Interest, Probability, Profit & Loss, Time & Distance, Data Interpretation, etc. Consistent practice of questions in this section is the way to gain knowledge. Let us look at a few books that will aid your SBI PO prelims exam preparation.

Name Of BookPublisher
Bank PO Quantitative Aptitude Chapter wise Solved PapersArihant Experts
Chapter wise Solved Papers 2000-2015 Bank PO Quantitative AptitudeArihant Experts
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationsR S Aggarwal
Shortcuts in Quantitative Aptitude with 4 eBooks for Competitive ExamsDisha Experts

upGrad Jeet’s Innovative SBI PO Prelims Course.

upGrad Jeet wishes to empower the youth of India with the best exam study courses. This is why the SBI PO prelims course by upGrad Jeet is one of the best study courses. It contains all the necessary aspects that need to be addressed when you start your SBI PO prelims preparation. You also get to learn from very experienced teachers who have dedicated many years of their lives to the passion of guiding each student. The course makes itself fit for any student. The concepts and the questions mentioned in the course can be understood easily by any student irrespective of previous study experience. 

Since the SBI PO prelims date has been announced, you should be focusing on attempting more mock tests. upGrad Jeet has a well-defined mock test series to help you overcome your exam fears and approach each SBI PO prelims exam question with confidence. We wish you all the best for the exam ahead.