SBI PO Books: Best Books for SBI PO Prelims & Mains 2021 Exam Preparation

SBI PO Books: Best Books for SBI PO Prelims & Mains 2021 Exam Preparation

ByAkash Mishra  |  Updated on: Apr 1, 2021SBI PO 2021 Notification PDF to be out soon for Probationary Officers vacancies. The direct link to apply online for SBI PO 2021 will be released by the State Bank of India. Stay tuned to get latest updates on SBI PO 2021 recruitment here.
SBI PO 2021 Notification PDF to be out soon for Probationary Officers vacancies. The direct link to apply online for SBI PO 2021 will be released by the State Bank of India. Stay tuned to get latest updates on SBI PO 2021 recruitment here.
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SBI PO Books For Preparation

For banking exam preparation like SBI PO, a major problem that the candidates face is, which Books should they follow to revise the basic and advanced level concepts? Apart from online preparation through mock test or study notes, one should refer to certain important books that will help them cover their SBI PO syllabus and good quality questions to analyse their level of preparation.

After receiving a lot many queries from a number of candidates asking about the best books that should be followed for carrying out SBI PO 2021 exam preparation. Today we are sharing a list of the best books from renowned authors which will help you prepare in a better way. These books will help you crack the SBI PO exam and to clear all your basic doubts.

SBI PO Books for Prelims and Mains 2021

The SBI PO prelims examination is of qualifying in nature. Thus, the marks obtained in this section will not be counted for the final selection. However, it is important to crack the overall cutoff to qualify for the next round of selection. The following sections are included in the preliminary examination of the SBI PO exam:

  • English Language
  • Reasoning Ability
  • Quantitative Aptitude

Whereas SBI PO mains examinations include the following sections, where you need to crack the overall cutoff to qualify for the interview round.

  • English Language
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • Reasoning and Computer Aptitude
  • General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness

In this post, we are giving you an idea about the SBI PO 2021 Exam paper pattern and are telling you about the best books for each subject to boost up your SBI PO 2021 preparation.

SBI PO Books for Quantitative Aptitude

This section is the most time-consuming. You have to maintain speed and accuracy to score well in this section. You can't waste your time here. This section requires practice and only practice holds the key to success. So, practice as much as you can. While attempting questions set the timer in your mobile and evaluate your own speed. 

 SBI PO Prelims (Quantitative Aptitude)SBI PO Mains (Data Analysis & Interpretation)
Time Limit20 Minutes45 Minutes
Number of questions35 Questions 35 Questions
Maximum Marks35 Marks60 Marks

 Syllabus: -

  • Number series,
  • Approximation,
  • Square root and cube root,
  • Simplifications.
  • Partnerships, Percentage, Ratio and proportions, Average & Ages Ratio & Proportion. Profit and loss, Simple interest and compound interest, Time and Work, Time and Distance, Average, Mensuration, Permutation and combination, Data tables, Probability, Pie Charts, Bar Graphs, Line Graphs, Mixed graphs, Case study.

Important Books for SBI PO Quantitative Aptitude

Here is a list of important books that may help you to speed up your preparation for the quantitative aptitude section of the SBI PO exam.  

  • Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations R. S Agarwal (S. Chand Publication)
  • Data Interpretation by Arun Sharma (TMH Publication)
  • Magical Book on Quicker Mathematics by M Tyra (BSC Publication)
  • Quantum Cat by Sarvesh Kumar Verma

Out of the aforementioned books, "Magical Book on Quicker Mathematics by M Tyra" and "Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations R. S Agarwal" are basic in nature and will help you clear your concepts efficiently. Students can consult other books can be consulted for advanced studies. So, based on the level of your banking exam preparation, choose any one of the aforementioned books and start your SBI PO 2021 exam preparation. 

Preparation Strategy:

SBI Main exam has a section dedicated to majorly Data Analysis & Data Interpretation. Most of the students find it difficult to solve the DI section. In order to be good at Data interpretation Section, you need to have better clarity of some topics listed below:

1) Learn shortcuts for multiplication, square and division.
2) Master your percentage calculation.

3) Understand the use of percentage to do fraction conversion with ease.

Along with the above-mentioned books, you can go through the various videos on youtube related to Quantitative Aptitude to get better clarity on various topics. There are various videos on YouTube for Quantitative Aptitude which are for either CAT, GMAT or other exams; go through them to get better clarity of topics. Practice more to develop a good speed and accuracy over the calculations.

Attempt quizzes from the link given below:

Quantitative Aptitude Quiz

SBI PO Books for Reasoning and Computer Aptitude

The reasoning section is becoming difficult every year and we can expect the same this year. First of all, understand the basic concepts of each topic. Practice different types of questions from previous year papers, online study material and understand the logic used behind them. As per last year's trend, this year also we can expect the following exam pattern:

 SBI PO Prelims (Reasoning Ability)SBI PO Mains (Reasoning & Computer Aptitude)
Time Limit20 Minutes60 Minutes
Number of questions35 Questions 45 Questions
Maximum Marks35 Marks60 Marks

Syllabus: -

  • Coding & Decoding,
  • Inequalities,
  • Syllogisms, Puzzles (Especially Seating Arrangement),
  • Blood Relations, Direction Sense Problems, Data Sufficiency Problems,
  • Series Problem,
  • Input-Output/ Sequential Output Tracing,
  • Statement-Assumption/Conclusion/Argument/Course of Action,
  • Ordering and Ranking.

Important books for SBI PO Reasoning Ability Preparation

Here is the list of books important for the preparation of the Reasoning and Computer Aptitude section of the SBI PO exam

  • A modern approach to verbal Reasoning by R.S Agarwal
    (Verbal Reasoning - Blood Relations, Coding-decoding, Input-Output, Critical Reasoning (Statement-Assumption, Strong & Weak Arguments, Courses of Action), Direction Sense)
  • Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey
    (Analytical Reasoning – Seating Arrangements, Grouping, Selection etc.)
  • A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-Verbal by BS Sijwali, Indu Sijwali
  • How to Crack Test of Reasoning: In All Competitive Exam (English) by Arihant Publication

Again, if you are looking to clear your basic concepts, "A modern approach to verbal Reasoning by R.S Agarwal" will help you with it. You can pick any one of the other mentioned books for advanced preparation. 

Attempt quizzes from the link given below:

Reasoning Ability Quiz

SBI PO Books for English Language

Most of the aspirants don't take English preparation seriously. But aspirants who are aware of SBI PO's exam pattern knows the importance of this section. So you have to give an equal amount of importance as you plan to give to the Quant and the Reasoning section.

 SBI PO Prelims SBI PO Mains 
Time Limit20 Minutes40 Minutes
Number of questions30 Questions 35 Questions
Maximum Marks30 Marks40 Marks

 Syllabus -

  • Vocabulary, Synonyms, Antonyms, Error detection, Grammar, Idioms, and Phrases, Para jumbles, Cloze Test, Fill in the blanks, Reading Comprehension. 

Important books for SBI PO English Language Preparation-

  • High School English Grammar and Composition by Wren & Martin
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
  • Objective General English by SP Bakshi (Arihant Publication)
  • Mirror of Common Errors
  • Use in order to increase your vocabulary.

To score well in the English language section, good command over grammar and vocabulary is important. Hence, the books "High School English Grammar and Composition by Wren & Martin" and "Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis" become important for this. For topic-level preparation and practice, "Objective General English by SP Bakshi" will be helpful.

Along with the aforementioned books, develop a habit to read a newspaper (The Economist and The Hindu are recommended), it will not only improve your vocabulary but also improve your reading speed that would benefit you during the exam.

Preparation Strategy -

  • The prerequisite for improving your English is that you must know most of the meaning of English words i.e. your vocabulary must be very vast. Without this, you may not be able to read as you will find it difficult to read.
  • For the grammar section, we will suggest you have a good hold on Tenses. 
  • In order to have a good grip on the reading comprehension or comprehension part of the exam, your reading speed must be good enough. It can be improved by reading the newspaper, books, and articles over the internet.

Attempt quizzes from the link given below:

English Language Quiz

SBI PO Books for General/Economy/Banking Awareness

General awareness can prove to be a game-changing section if you prepare it well. Daily newspaper reading is a must if you want to excel.

This section is not asked in the SBI PO Prelims phase. 

SBI PO Mains 
Time Limit35 Minutes
Number of questions40 Questions
Maximum Marks40 Marks

Syllabus - 

  • Current Affairs,
  • Awards & Honours Sports,
  • Finance, Agriculture,
  • Indian Economy, International-Economy,
  • UNO, Marketing, Indian Constitution, etc.
  • History of Banking,
  • current affairs of the last six months,
  • countries/currencies, Books & Their Authors, Banking Terms,
  • RBI, Fiscal-Monetary Policies,
  • Static gk. 

Important Books for SBI PO General Awareness Preparation

Banking Awareness :

  • Banking Awareness Handbook of Banking Information by N.S.Toor 
  • Banking Awareness by Arihant Publication

Static GK :

  • Static GK General Knowledge by Arihant
  • Lucent General Knowledge

Current Affairs :

  • Newspaper
  • Daily News (TV or Internet)
  • Monthly Magazines

Preparation Strategy :

  • Keep yourself updated with the current happening all around the world especially in the financial, economy and banking sector. 
  • While preparing for GK Section try to keep a map with you; the country's map as well as the world's map and where ever you encounter a new place try to locate it on the map. It will help you to memorize it better. 
  • We will publish a GK Tornado, for SBI PO Main exam preparation this will cover each and everything required for your exam.

Attempt quizzes from the link given below:

Current Affairs Quiz

Financial and Banking Awareness Quiz

Static GK Quiz

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  • The best books for SBI PO preparation are mentioned here. Check the list of the books which is best for SBI PO exam preparation section-wise. Also, check the preparation strategy to how to best utilise the SBI PO books. 

  • To crack the SBI PO Exam in the first attempt, you must a comprehensive and well-designed study plan for the exam. Understand the syllabus and exam pattern properly and analyse how much time is needed for the preparation. Check the list of SBI PO books and design a time table as per the books. Comprehensively understand all the topics and subjects. Also, seek help of experts for better tricks and conceptual clarity. 

  • Preparing with the right set of books and practising a lot of mock tests will make it less difficult for you to crack the SBI PO exam.

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