SBI PO Books and Preparations 2019 Tips

March 28, 2017

There exists a proverb “ Jack of all trades master of none”. Well, in this case, the proverb does not fit into the scenario. For any SBI PO aspirant, their motive should be to master all the sections to clear the sectional cutoff. Having said that, let’s look into what books one should refer to and the preparation strategies that can be adapted to excel in SBI PO exam 2019.


With the availability of a wide range of books in the market, it can be confusing for any aspirant to choose a particular one for themselves.  To help candidates understand better, let’s break down the important books based on the exam structure.

 Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation, and Analysis :

  1. Quantitative Aptitude for competitive exams by Arun Sharma
  2. How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma
  3. Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma
  4. Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams by RS Aggarwal

Reasoning Ability:

  1. A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal
  2. A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-Verbal by B.S. Sijwali and Indu Sijwali

English Language:

  1. Word Power Made Easy by Normal Lewis
  2. Objective General English by SP Bakshi
  3. The Hindu or The Economic Times

General Awareness with Special Awareness on Banking / Economy

  1. Static General Knowledge by Arihant Publications
  2. Current Affairs can be prepared from monthly magazines such as Banking Services Chronicle (BSC Publications), Newspapers etc.

Computer Awareness:

Objective Computer Awareness for General Competitive Exams by Arihant Publications

SBI PO Descriptive English:

  1. Descriptive English (For All Competitive Examinations) by S.J. Thakur and S.K. Rout
  2. Descriptive General English (Old Edition) by S.P. Bakshi and Richa Sharma


SBI PO is one of the most competitive exams and the quicker the preparation is, the better it is for the aspirants to have a good preparation. Here are some tips to get you started:

STEP #1: Check where you stand at present

It is really important to analyze one’s strengths and weaknesses in the different sections of the exam. It is not necessary that from day one, an aspirant will do well in all the sections. You can pick up some best-selling books based on the latest exam pattern and make a study plan to begin your preparation. If you think you’ve enough knowledge to crack SBI PO, take a mock test and see where you stand!

STEP#2: Mend the gaps and brush up your weaker sections:

There are sections of higher weightage such as Quantitative Section (weight age 10 or more marks) which can be easy to solve for most candidates. All they need to do is to think logically and answer the tricky questions. A great way to practice the Quant section is by solving questions from beginner’s level to an advanced level.

For sections that are tough, like ‘Find the error’ in the English language, ‘Floor based Puzzle’ in Reasoning section or ‘Caselet DI’ in Quantitative Aptitude section, these sections need you to give more time in preparing. Invest at least 45 minutes to brush up the basics. For sections with lower weightage, aspirants can invest 30 minutes for them.

Step #3: PRE VS MAINS:

It has been found that most aspirants tend to prepare for mains only after they are done with their prelims. This may not always be the right strategy for everyone considering there is very less time left after the SBI prelims exam. Having said that is important to strategize a study plan in advance to attend all the concerns beforehand. Wishing you all the best!

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