Tips to prepare for General Awareness for SBI PO


SBI PO 2019 is going to be conducted in July. Candidates are in full swing and warming up themselves for one of the biggest recruitment drives for banking jobs. Among other sections, General Awareness also is an integral part of the SBI PO exam. You can easily score well in this section by making regular reading and revision a habit as you don’t need to solve anything. You just check the question and mark the answer if you know it. However, to score well in the exam, it is vital that you follow the right strategy for SBI PO General Awareness preparation. To help you prepare well for the General Awareness section, here are some tips and tricks.

SBI PO 2019 General Awareness Section Overview:

Total Questions    


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Marking System

•    1 mark for each correct answer

•    0.25 negative mark for each incorrect answer

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SBI PO General Awareness Syllabus

Having knowledge of the syllabus is the first step in the preparation process of any exam. When it comes to SBI PO, GK section further covers different sections including static GK, current affairs, and banking and economy. To score well in this section, you need to focus on all the areas and read the best SBI PO books. Given below is an overview of the syllabus covered in the General Knowledge section:

Current Affairs

This covers current affairs and news of the last six months. National events, International events, New appointments, Sports and Awards are some of the topics from which questions are asked.

Static GK

Questions in static GK revolve around currency, thermal power stations in India, national parks, temples, stadiums in the country, forests, art and culture, and capitals of countries. Questions in this section are asked to test your knowledge and retention capability.

Banking and Economy

As you are appearing for a banking exam, having knowledge of the economy and banking is vital. Questions in this section cover topics like GDP, CRR, Repo Rate, IPO etc. Though the questions in this section are simple and straight forward, you can answer them correctly only if you have worked on your basics of banking and Indian economy. 

Preparation tips for SBI PO GK Section

Make reading a habit

Make reading a habit and include time for reading newspapers, magazines and General Knowledge books. With easy access to the internet, you can also check current affairs on your phone while travelling. Download different news apps like In Shorts, Times of India and other mobile apps for SBI PO exam preparation. You can cover around 80% of GK syllabus if you regularly read the newspaper for just six months.

Make notes

Keep a journal with you in which you can make notes of important events, important dates, venue of recent World Summits and new committees made by the government. Keep going through these notes regularly to remember them. It will save your revision time and help you quickly recall the information during the exam.

Solve mock tests and previous year questions

Though GK section has more questions around current affairs solving SBI PO online mock tests will help you understand the type of questions asked in this section. You will also get a better understanding of banking and static GK questions and will be able to prepare yourself accordingly. Solving online mock tests designed as per the latest trends will also help you quickly answer the questions in the final exam.

Get the best books

Though there are hundreds of books available for different exams, you cannot go through all of them. To ensure that you are well prepared for the exam, get only the best books. You can also check information on the internet. But when surfing the internet for SBI PO exam preparation, make sure you don’t get distracted and choose only a few selected websites.

SBI PO Books for General Knowledge:

  • Banking Awareness by Arihant Publications

  • Static General Knowledge by Arihant Publications

  • Newspapers and Banking Services Chronicle (BSC Publications) for Current Affairs

  • Pratiyogita Darpan Magazine

Don't depend only on one source

Both relying on just one source and over-diversifying the study material is risky. Make a list of the best resources, books, mobile apps and notes to give your preparation in the right direction. Ask your teachers or experts for the best magazines, newspapers and books to strengthen your SBI PO preparation.

Final notes:

SBI PO 2019 is just a few weeks away. This is the time you speed up your preparation and get ready for the final match. General Awareness section doesn't need a lot of time to solve all the questions. But this is possible only when you are prepared well for the exam and this can be done by staying updated with the current affairs, regularly solving mock tests and revising the facts and important updates. 

All the best!