[SBI PO Books] Best Books for the Preparation of SBI-PO / SBI Associates PO Prelims and Mains Examination

Pattern of SBI PO 2017 Examination :

According to New Notification by SBI, SBI PO 2017 Exam Will be conducted in 3

phases : Prelims, Mains,  Group Discussion. 


Structure of Preliminary Examination :

S.N.Name of TestsNo of QuestionsMarksDuration
1.English Language3030

Composite time
of 1 hour
2.Quantitative Aptitude3535
3.Reasoning Ability3535

Note:- The marks obtained in the Preliminary examination will not be considered for preparing the final merit list and the marks obtained in the Main Examination will only be considered for short listing for interview. 


New Structure of SBI PO Mains Examination:

Examination consisting Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 50 marks. The Objective Test will be online. Immediately after online Objective Test, Descriptive Test will be administered. Candidates will have to answer Descriptive Test on paper/Pen mode.

(i) The Objective Test 
with 3 hour duration consists of 4 Sections.


Name of Test

No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Reasoning & Computer Aptitude
60 Minutes
Data Analysis & Interpretation
45 Minutes
Banking Awareness
35 Minutes
English Language
40 Minutes

3 Hours

The candidates are required to qualify in each of the Tests by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.

(ii) The Descriptive Test with 30 Minutes duration  By Typing on computer (50 marks) will be of “Descriptive Test: of English Language (Letter writing & Essay)”. The candidates are required to qualify in the Descriptive Test by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.


Group Discussion (20 marks) & Interview (30 marks)

The aggregate marks of candidates qualifying in both the Objective Tests and Descriptive Test will be arranged in descending order in each category. Adequate number of candidates in each category, as decided by the Bank will be called for Group Discussion and Interview. The qualifying marks in Group Discussion & Interview will be as decided by the Bank.

Also Read  :

Books Recommended for SBI PO / 
SBI Associates PO Exam

English Language & Comprehension

This Section consist of 
Vocabulary (synonym, antonym), Sentence correction, Fill in the blank, Sentence arrangement / sentence completion etc.

English Section is a very important section but it is not very difficult section, you can go through any Good English Grammar and composition book.

If you are looking for a multipurpose Book For English Grammar and Composition then I will Suggest to choose any one of the mentioned below, these books are also useful for CSAT, SSC, SBI, IBPS PO/CLK and many other Exams.

1. Objective General English by SP Bakshi (Arihant) / Here 
Just Go for it. Beautifully Written and lot of practice questions are included. This is best Book I have gone through.

2. Lucent General English / Here 

Amazing book for SSC CGL English, A must have book. Beautifully Written and lot of practice questions are included.

3.Objective English for Competitive Exams by Tata McGraw Hill / Here
This is another Good book for all the Exams. 

4. Objective General English by R. S. Aggarwal / Here

This is another great book by RS Aggarwal.

This Book covers Verbal ability and Comprehension Part very well. In depth and detail.

6. Compulsory English for Civil & Judicial Services ( Mains) by Tata McGraw Hill / Here
I found this book quite useful for various exams.

Some Other Best Book of English

1. A Mirror Of Common Errors (English+Hindi) 
by Ashok Kumar Singh / Here (Excellent book)
2. A Handbook of Spotting Errors by Hari PrasadHere

For Vocabulary Building & English Complete Command

Best Books till Date, If you strictly follow these books and try to improve your English I can bet you will improve very quickly within a couple of months and in 6 months your English will be at a different level.

1. Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis / Here

2. How To Read Better & Faster by Norman Lewis / Here

3. Speak Better Write Better English by Norman Lewis / Here

4. Better English by Norman Lewis / Here

5. The Comprehensive Word Guide by Norman Lewis / Here

6. 30 days to More Powerful Vocabulary by Norman Lewis / Here

More Books By Norman Lewis Click Here / Here

General Awareness, 
Computer  & Marketing

This section consist of 3 sub sections:

1. General Awareness
2. Computer Knowledge
3. Marketing Aptitude
4. Economy

1. General Awareness Books

For this section you have to Read current affairs from Newspapers, magazines or Online. For this section there are not specific books so you have to keep yourself update by newspapers and magazines only. Although there are many books in the market buy don't buy them because they will be not useful for this section so better to read Current affairs from Newspaper and magazines.

2. Computer Awareness Books

For this section you need A book with Computer awareness basics for banking exams Which covers following Topics :

Computer History & Generations
Computer Hardware
Computer Softwares
Networking & Internet
Databases Management
Operating Systems
Microsoft Office Knowledge

Here are the few best books for this section, these covers whole syllabus. This section consists 40-20 questions. These Books have basics as well as lots of questions for practice. So choose any one of these for this section.

1. Computer Literacy And Knowledge for Bank PO and Bank Clerk Exam by Kiran Publications / Here
This is best book for this section without any doubt. Covers theory part and lots of Questions.

This is also Very Good book covers all the topics.

3. More Computer awareness books Here  or  Here

3. Marketing Knowledge for SBI PO
For this section you again need to go through some Good basic books. Here are some very Good books which covers theory as well as Lots of questions for Practice.

1. Marketing Aptitude / Knowledge For SBI PO & SBI Clerk Exams by Kiran Publications / Here

This is a very good Book and best of all the books for this section, with lots of questions and previous papers.

2. Marketing Aptitude by Arihant Publication / Here

This is A good book with very good concepts and lots of questions.

3. Marketing Aptitude Test for Competitive Exams by BSC Publications  / Here

Another Good by BSC publications, Strong Basics and good questions for practice.

 4. Objective Marketing Aptitude / Knowledge - 2250+ Objective Questions by Kiran Publications / Here

Another Good Collection of Questions by Kiran Publications.

More Marketing Aptitude books : Here or Here

4. Economy, Banking & Financial Awareness

In this section they ask most of the current affair questions realeted to Economy, Commerce, Market and various Institutions.etc RBI, SEBI, IRDA etc.

So You have to cover:

1. Current updates about Economy that you do from Newspapers or Internet regularly.
2. For Basic and static understanding of Economy you can read these 2 wonderful books:

(i) Indian Economy - Ramesh Singh
Although this book is for Civil Services Exam but the quality of this book is so good that it is useful for almost every exam where questions related to Economy and banking are asked. So this is a multipurpose and a must have book. So choose this one + one more from the given below So this combo will work great.

(ii) The Indian Economy - Sanjiv Verma 

It's an Amazing book. Brief and to the point type.

For Typical Banking & Financial Awareness you can read these books :

Now Comes Very Specific Books for this Section

1. Money, Bankingand Finance by BSC Publishers / Here

This is a very very Good book covers every thing about Indian Banking System. A must Have Book.

2. Principles and PracticesOf Banking by Indian Institute Of Banking & Finance(IIBF) / Here

Another classic book by IIBF, this is a book with a great depth. Very useful one.

Now very Specific Questions Books about this section :

3. Banking And Financial Awareness (Covering General Banking & Socio-Economic Awareness) IBPS Bank PO/SO/MT,IBPS Clerk, RRBs Office Assistant & Officer Rbi,SBI PO & Clerk by Kiran Publication / Here

Very Good book with lots of questions.

4. BankingAwareness by Arihant Publications / Here
Good book Clear and Concise with lots of questions.


Another Very Good Book by BSC Publication. 

Data Interpretation & Analysis

This section consists of 50 questions of Data Interpretation & Analysis. For solving Data Interpretation & Analysis  one need to understand and analyse the problem then to answer the questions. Fast calculations, percentage, ratio, proportion, loss & profit etc are the basic concepts are needed to solve this section. This section need more and more Practice.

This book is a Amazing book with Very good basics and shortcuts and lot of Questions for practice. It covers almost whole syllabus, Book is very Useful for SSC, IBPS, and all other exams. Trigonometry, Mensuration, Geometry and many other topics are give very good quality and depth. 

Go for this book its not very costly, covers almost everything, written nicely and the book you were looking for.

2. Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Arihant / Here

This book is also very good book Covers whole syllabus and shortcuts are given. Book is written very beautifully and have very good basics. I will say this is one of the best book.

Data interpretation is also included.

3. Quantitative Aptitude Numerical Ability by Kiran Publication / Here

This book is another brilliant book for Quantitative Aptitude & Numerical ability with all formulas, shortcuts and lot of fully solved questions. Data interpretation is also included. This is one of the best book for SSC CGL for Quantitative Aptitude.

Some Other Good Books

1. QuantitativeAptitude by R. S. Aggarwal / Here

Hindi Edition / Here

2. Magical Book On Quicker Maths by M.Tyra / Here

Hindi Edition / Here

3. Quantitative Aptitude by Abhijit Guha (Tata McGraw Hill) / Here

Data Interpretation

(Charts, Graphs, Tables, Data Sufficiency etc)

For This section and great practice follow one of these books

1. Data Interpretation Data Sufficiency by Arihant / Here 
(best without any Doubt, also very useful for SSC, Bank Exams etc)

Hindi Edition / Here

2. Data Analysis Interpretation Data Sufficiency by Kiran Publication /  Here  (Best book)

Hindi Edition / Here

3. An Advanced Approach to Data Interpretation by R.S. Aggarwal / Here (Good Book)

4. Data Interpretation by BSC Publishers / Here ( Really Good Book)

High Level Reasoning

This section consists of Coding-Decoding, Direction based tests, Dictionary (Alphabet) test, Maths operations, inequalities, Sitting arrangement, Eligibility Test, Odd pair, Data Sufficiency, Input output, assumption-inference-conclusion, Course of Action, Cause effect, Strong/weak argument, Syllogism, and non-verbal (image based).

A lot of practice is needed to fetch good marks in this section, here are some of the required books for this section:

Logical Reasoning, Analytical Ability, General Mental Ability, Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning etc

R.S. Aggarwal Reasoning
 + Analytical Reasoning M. K. Panday is the Best Combination, because R.S. Aggarwal Reasoning Covers Some part very Good + Lots of Questions for practice But it lacks in Analytical Reasoning part so for this Part Analytical Reasoning M. K. Panday is very very useful. These are also very useful for SSC, Bank Exams etc

1. Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoing by R. S. Aggarwal  / Here

This is the best book in Reasoning with lots of Questions and solid basics.
Covers Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning
Covers Analytical and Logical Reasoning.
If you Want to choose only Verbal Reasoning Part by R. S. Aggarwal then Choose this One :

This Book is Best Book Available for Analytical Part with lots of questions for Practice. Best Part of this Book is the Great Conceptual Approach and problem solving methods. Syllogism, Statement, assumptions, Input output, Puzzles ect are the some topics which are explained Very Well. This Book is Very much needed for every Exam where Reasoning is asked whether its UPSC CSE exam or bank Exams or SSC Exams. This is one time investment and provides Great material. 

3. New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-Verbal by Arihant  / Here

This book is also very Good covers almost all the topics of Reasoning, nicely written and have lots of questions for practice.

4. Competitive Reasoning Verbal and Non Verbal Fully Solved: Question Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability by Kiran Publication / Here

Hindi Edition / Here

Believe me this book is better than RS Aggarwal Reasoning book, reason is this book is up to date and have very good basics and includes last few years previous questions and standard of difficulty is very good. Book is written in a very lucid manner and very easy to understand the concepts and practice. Fully solved and lots of question for practice.


These days in Reasoning they ask maximum questions form Puzzle part so some of the books here to tackle this section :

Magical Book On Puzzles Paperback  by K Kundan (Very Helpful)

Practice Papersets

Practice Papersets are very important for Improving speed, Accuracy and analyzing the performance So in this Part I will mention some Practice sets that will be very helpful in your Preparation. Here are some :

For SBI/ SBI Associate PO

1. Solved Papers Bank PO Exam (English) 6th Edition by Arihant Publication

2. SBI PO Exam - 20 Practice Sets by Arihant Publication

3. Associate Banks of SBI PO Examination : 15 Practice Sets with Solved Paper by Arihant Publication

4. SBI PO Online Exam State Bank Of India And State Bank Associates - Self Study Guide - Cum - Practice Work Book (With CD) by Kiran Publication

5. Target SBI Associates & SBI Bank PO Practice Workbook with CD : 3 Past Papers 15 Practice Sets (English) 3rd Edition by Disha Publication

for More 
Search Here

Buy Solved Papers Bank PO Exam 6th  Edition: BookBuy SBI PO Exam - 20 Practice Sets 4th Edition: Book

For SBI/SBI Associate Clerk

Or these specific ones :

1. State Bank of India Clerical Cadre Recruitment Exam 2014 / State Bank of India Clerical Cadre Recruitment Exam - 10 Solved Papers /State Bank of India Clerical Cadre Recruitment Exam 2014 - 20 Practice Sets (Set of 3 books) by Arihant Publication

2. SBI & Associates Clerical Cadre Recruitment Exam 2015 : 20 Practice Sets with Solved Paper 2014 by Arihant Publication

3. 20 Practice Set For SBI Clerk Exam by Arihant Publication

4. SBI Assistants Clerk Online Exam - Superfast Practice Sets (With Solution Book) by Kiran Publication

5. SBI Bank Clerk - 101 Speed Tests by Disha Publication

for More 
Search Here


IBPS PO : Chose any one of these

My Preference : Kiran > Arihant > BSC > Disha

1. 20 Practice Sets IBPS CWE PO/MT Online Exam by Arihant Publication

2. 30 Practice Sets For Bank PO / MT IBPS (CWE) Pattern by BSC Publications

3. IBPS Bank PO/MT Probationary Officer / Management Trainee CWE III Practice Work Book (50 Sets)(With CD )  by 
Kiran Publications

4. Target IBPS CWE Bank PO / MT Exam Practice Workbook (With CD) : 15 Practice Sets - 3 Past Papers by Disha Publications

for More Search Here

IBPS Clerk : Chose any one of these

Practice set for IPBS Clerk by Arihant Publication

  Or these specific ones :

1. 50 Practice Sets IBPS Bank Clerk Recruitment Exam by Arihant Publication

2. 20 Practice Sets for Online IBPS Bank Clerk CWE by Arihant Publication

3. IBPS Bank Clerk CWE ONLINE Exam Practice Work Book by Kiran Publication

4. 20 Practice Sets For IBPS (CWE) Bank Clerk Exam Fully Solved by BCS Publication

for More Search Here

IBPS Regional Rural Banks (RRB)


Or these specific ones :
1. IBPS CWE  Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) Office Assistant Recruitment Examination : 15 Practice Sets by Arihant Publication

2. IBPS RRBs - Gramin Bank Office Assistant (Multipurpose) CWE Online Exam Practice Work Book by Kiran Publication

for More Search Here

Books for IBPS Specialist Officers (SO)


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