Banking is a lucrative job aspired by lakhs of applicants. Every year lakhs of aspirants attend the exam. So, there is tight competition for these exams. The candidates apply for all the notifications whether it is of State Bank of India (SBI) PO/SO/Clerk, IBPS PO/SO/Clerical cadre, or that of IBPS Regional Rural Bank posts, Insurance exams, RBI. Some times they are unaware of the differences in the exam pattern, regardless of subjects. A better understanding of important topics and examination level will really help candidates to score well. So, here we are comparing the SBI PO and IBPS RRB PO exams.
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SBI PO Vs IBPS RRB PO: General Comparison Details
|Name of Exam||SBI Probationary Officer||IBPS RRB Probationary Officer|
|Notification 2020||April 2020||June-July 2020|
|June 2020||01.08.2020, 02.08.2020, 08.08.2020, 09.08.2020 and 16.08.2020|
|Exam Date Mains||July 2020||13.09.2020|
|Personal Interview||September 2020||October 2020|
|Age Limit||21 years and 30 years||18 years and 30 years|
|Educational Qualification||Graduates from any discipline||
Preference will be given to the candidates having a degree in Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Science, Agricultural Engineering, Pisciculture, Agricultural Marketing and Cooperation, Information Technology, Management, Law, Economics or Accountancy.
|Salary Scale||Basic pay of Rs. 27,620/-||Basic pay of Rs.14500- 25700/-|
|Examination Fees||General/ EWS/ OBC 750/- (App. Fee including intimation charges)||Rs. 600/- (except SC/ST/PWD candidates)|
SBI Probationary Officer
|Name of test||No. of Questions||Marks||Time Duration
|English Language||30||Total Maximum
|Quantitative Aptitude||35||20 minutes|
|Reasoning Ability||35||20 minutes|
- Objective Test: The objective test of 3 hours duration consists of 4 Sections for a total of 200 marks. The objective test will have separate timing for every section.
|Subject||Number of Questions||Marks||Time Duration|
|General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness||40||40||35 minutes|
|Data Analysis and Interpretation||35||60||45 minutes|
|Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude||45||60||60 minutes|
|English Language||35||40||40 minutes|
- Descriptive Test: The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with two questions for 50 marks will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay).
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- Roles and Responsibilities of Probationary Officer.
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SBI SO 2020 OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION
IBPS RRB Probationary Officer
|Name of test||Medium of Exam||No. of Questions||Marks||Time Duration
|Quantitative Aptitude||Hindi/English||40||40||Composite time of
Note: Candidates have to qualify in the tests by securing minimum cut-off marks.
|Subject||Medium of Exam||Number of Questions||Marks||Time Duration|
of 2 hours
Note: The candidates can choose either Hindi or English language for the language tests.
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SBI PO Vs IBPS RRB PO: Comparison based on Topics and Level of Exam
Level of Exams
Form the previous year analysis, candidates can expect a moderate to difficult level questions for RRB PO. And some sessions will be moderate randomly.
SBI PO exam is regarded as a tough exam among the banking exams. It is expected to be moderate to difficult and more close to a difficult level than RRB PO.
Important Topics to be concentrated
|Quantitative Aptitude||Reasoning Ability|
|Approximation- 5 to 10||Arrangement – max 4(Out of these, 3 will be Medium and 1 will be Hard)
More chance to ask circular arrangement with some facing inside and some facing outside)
Puzzle like floor arrangements will be asked of 8 or 9 people.
Most probably the hard puzzle will be of 4 variables.
|Quadratic Equation- 5||Blood relation – equation-based|
|Number series (Most probably wrong number series will be asked) – 5||Direction/Ranking: 2 or 3
If there are three questions, then the chance of coded direction is high.
|Data Interpretation – 5 to 10(One will be of moderate level and another one will be tricky or of more calculations)
May ask Pie charts/ table DI questions associated with ratio and proportions)
|Coded Inequalities – 5 marks|
|Miscellaneous – 12 to 18||Optional topics:
Syllogism – 5 marks
The coded syllogism is asking nowadays or conventional type syllogism questions with percentages in conclusions may ask.
Machine Input-Output – 5 marks
Data sufficiency – 5 marks.
In PO level exams, one should not concentrate more on simplification and miscellaneous questions. The optional topics for reasoning can be asked or not, but still, it is important to learn and easy to crack.
IBPS RRB PO
There will be only 3 or 4 sub-questions under a compounded question. Candidates can expect new question patterns. These changes are unpredictable. So, the candidates should be thorough with the basic concepts and practice more mock test series to crack the questions.
|Quantitative Aptitude||Reasoning Ability|
|Simplification/ Approximation- 10 marks||Arrangements – 3/4 questions|
|Quadratic Equation- 5 marks||Blood relation – 1/3/5
If only one question- it will be like ‘Pointing a ….’
If there are 3 questions, it will be a normal blood relation and if there are 5, it may be coded or as an equation.
|Number series – 5||Direction/Ranking: 1 or 3 questions|
|Data Interpretation – 5||Coded Inequalities – 5 marks|
|Miscellaneous – 15 marks||Syllogism – 5 marks|
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- GK calendar for 2020.
- Monthly current affairs.
- Weekly Vocabulary test based on Hindu Editorial.
- Reasoning topic-wise quiz.
- Quantitative Aptitude topic-wise quiz.
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