You must be busy preparing for the SBI PO Exam 2016. But don’t forget that your preparation should be based on new pattern announced for the SBI PO Mains 2016. There is no change in the Preliminary exam pattern. The exam selection procedure is also same. It will include three phases Preliminary Examination, Main Examination, and Group Discussion & Personal Interview.
The changes announced by SBI in the pattern of the SBI PO main examination 2016:

1. SBI has reduced the number of questions in the mains exam from 200 questions to 155 questions. This is a positive change because now candidates have to solve less number of questions.

2. The number of questions for each section are also changed. There won’t be 50 questions for each section. According to new pattern, there will be:

45 questions in Reasoning Ability section
40 questions in General Awareness section
35 questions in English Language section
35 question in Quantitative Aptitude section

3. SBI has increased the exam time from 2 hours to 3 hours, with introduction of time limit for each section. Now candidates need to attempt questions based on the time limit allocated by SBI for each section. The time limits for each section are:

Reasoning Ability section: 60 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude section: 45 minutes
English Language section: 40 minutes
General Awareness section: 30 minutes

4. SBI has also announced changes in the marks allocated for each section. In the new mains exam pattern, the marks allocated for each section are:

Reasoning Ability: 60 marks
Quantitative Aptitude: 60 marks
General Awareness: 40 marks
English Language section: 40 marks

The Descriptive Test will be of 30 minutes duration. It will of 50 marks and will include letter and essay writing.
The good thing about new exam pattern is that the number of questions are reduced, and time is allocated for each section. Noticeable thing is that the quantitative aptitude section includes less number of questions i.e. 35, but the marks allocated are highest i.e. 60 marks. So you need to prepare yourself well in quantitative aptitude, as it can help you score better. Your time management techniques are of use for prelims only, it will not work in main exam. Now, you need to plan everything according to marks and time-limit allocated for each section.

Brush up your basics, revise your notes, appear for mock test and try solving questions based on new time allotment. All you need to do is practice, practice, and practice, to get employed as a PO with SBI.

Good Luck for the Exam!