SBI PO preparation requires special effort and hence I will tell you about best books for SBI PO. In the last post I have told you about the important books for IBPS Clerk. For preparation of SBI PO or for any competitive exam it is very important for you to study from best available books.
If you do not prepare from quality books and study material it will be difficult for you to qualify the exam as competition is quite tough in this exam and fraction of mark can decide your fate.
Study from good books will ensure you few extra marks which will give you the chance for the final selection in this exam.
So, if you want to prepare seriously for this exam go through the list of books and prepare in the way I have suggested you in the end of this article.
Best Books for SBI PO
Before starting your preparation, you must have a clear idea about the exam pattern and syllabus of this exam. SBI PO is a three stages exam which are Preliminary, Main and Group Discussion & Interview.
In preliminary examination there will be three sections of total 100 questions. The three sections and number of questions are English section which will have 30 questions whereas Quantitative Aptitude section and Reasoning section will have 35 questions each.
In main examination there will be four sections namely Reasoning and Computer Aptitude, Data analysis and Interpretation, General/economy/banking awareness and English language. The objective test of 3 hours duration consists of 4 Sections for total 200 marks. The objective test will have separate timing for every section. The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with two questions for 50 marks will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay).
Now I will tell you section wise books for each section: –
In SBI PO English section will be part of both preliminary and mains exam. I am giving you details of some of the best books for English Language. Standard of the questions remains quite high. You must go through the following books.
High School English Grammar and Composition by Wren and Martin – details here
Objective General English by R. S. Aggarwal – details here
English is Easy by Chetananand Singh – details here
English for Bank Exams (Preliminary and Mains) S Chand Experts – details here
Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis – details here
The level of questions remains of moderate and difficult level and through preparation is required.
Quantitative Aptitude & Data Analysis and Interpretation
In this section questions remain of moderate and difficult Here is the list of important books for this section.
Magical Book on Quicker Maths (BSC publication) – details here
Data Analysis and Interpretation by Arun Sharma (TMS Publication) – details here
Quantum Cat by Sarvesh Kumar Verma – details here
NCERT Books of 8th and 10th level
Reasoning is the most difficult section of the entire exam. You need to prepare thoroughly for this section. Here is the list of important books for this section.
Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S Agarwal – details here
A new Approach to Reasoning of Arihant Publication (B S Sijwali & Indu Sijwali) – details here
Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey – details here
Model paper and previous years papers in BSC monthly magazine
Computer, Banking, General, Economy and Financial Awareness
Manorama Yearbook – details here
Pearson General Knowledge Manual – details here
Banking Awareness by Arihant Publications – details here
Objective Question Bank of Computer Awareness for General Competitions – details here
Monthly Magazines and Newspapers
Previous years papers
It is also very important to go through previous years papers. You can refer following book: –
IBPS and SBI Bank PO Solved Papers Pre and Main – details here
How to prepare for SBI PO
In my view 8-9 months preparation is good enough for SBI PO. After 9 months preparation you should be clear about most of the topics covering entire syllabus of SBI PO Exam. However, preparation for competition exams is a continuous process and your objective should be to continue regular preparation till you get the final selection.
Apart from reading these books, candidates should also regularly read one newspaper such as The Hindu, The Times of India, The Indian Express etc along with one financial newspaper such as Economic Times. You should note down important news and points in a register on a regular basis.
The reading should be focused on developments in India and the World regarding the banking and finance sector. While reading also note down difficult words and build your vocabulary.
Also go through NCERT books of 8th and 10th standard on all these subjects and go through the relevant syllabus.
You should also regularly read monthly magazines such as Banking Services Chronicle, Pratiyogita Darpan, Competition Success Review etc. You need to regular practice by doing practice sets as well as previous year papers given in these monthly magazines. Banking Services Chronicle is the best monthly magazine for preparation of Bank PO.
Initially your focus should be to learn all the concepts and also practice of the questions after learning the concepts. SBI PO is a difficult exam so you should prepare all sections of pre as well as main exam simultaneously. Every day you should divide your day in such a manner that you can touch all the sections.
Speed and accuracy are very important to get success in the exam. The higher the marks you get in the main exam the better your chances will be to qualify the exam.
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