SBI PO Mains Data Analysis & Interpretation Preparation Tips 2017


SBI PO Mains Data Analysis & Interpretation Preparation Tips: State Bank of India will be conducting its second round of recruitment process i.e SBI PO Mains 2017 in a few days.How to Prepare for SBI PO Mains Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude Section 2017

SBI will definitely be muddling up the questions to see, if a candidate is mentally prepared for the exam.

But, Are you prepared enough??

Solely cramming formulas and studying day and night won’t be of any good. To help you in a better way, OnlineTyari experts have amalgamated essentials tips (Topic-wise) which will definitely help you attempt SBI PO Mains in an efficient manner.


SBI PO Mains: Data Analysis & Interpretation Section

SBI PO Mains exam will contain 4 sections namely Reasoning & Computer Knowledge, English Language, Data Analysis & Interpretation and General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness. Each section will have a separate time window. Questions on Data Analysis & Interpretation will test your ability to interpret and comprehend graphical data and then answer the questions that follow.

Name of the Section Questions Marks Time Slot
(in mins.)
Reasoning & Computer Knowledge 45  60  60
Data Analysis & Interpretation 35  60  45
General/Economy/Banking Awareness 40  40  35
English Language 35  40  40
 Total  155  200  180 minutes

As we can see from the above table, a total number of 35 questions will be asked from Data Analysis & Interpretation section. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one fourth of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score. The question is still the same, Are you prepared enough??


SBI PO Mains Data Analysis & Interpretation Preparation Tips

Although most of the candidates are afraid of maths section, it is just a myth that you cannot score well in SBI PO Maths section (unless you have Arithmophobia 😃). Based on previous year mains exam, the list of important topics is as under:

  • Data Interpretation (Bar Graph, Line Graph, Pie-chart)
  • Missing Data Interpretation
  • Caselette
  • Inequality
  • Probability
  • Time & Work
  • Data Sufficiency

These topics are expected to cover a major chunk of SBI PO Mains Data Analysis & Interpretation section. Precise information can be viewed from the below-mentioned pie chart:DI

Let us now touch the core of this article which will help you acquire useful tips on SBI PO Data Analysis & Interpretation section.

Data Interpretation (Bar Graph, Line Graph, Pie-chart)

To master this area, you need to combine skills with strategy. This section tests your ability to interpret and comprehend graphical data and then answer the questions that follow.

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What is essential is that you need to have an idea of all the types of questions that are asked, so that you can attempt them in the correct manner.

  • A candidate must be thorough with Table (at least up to 50), Squares, cubes, Square roots, percentage to fraction conversion & vice versa.
  • Some of the mathematics areas which you must be good at are time & work, percentage, averages & ratio proportion.
  • Another important aspect is that you need to be aware of the options given. In certain questions, the exact to the point answer is not necessary. The options are spaced in such a manner that approximations can be done. Thus looking at the options before answering the questions saves plenty of your time.

Missing DI

  • Take into consideration a range of values possible to be fit in the blank. Choose the most appropriate value as per the conditions are given in the question.
  • If the question involves extensive calculation, use the approximation method to solve the questions. Finding exact values is only necessary when the answer options are very close.
  • Attempt questions on data interpretation in the order in which they appear. It is usually seen that answer of the previous question is useful in next question.


In caselets data are given in the form of a paragraph. No charts/graphs are provided with the data. Caselets vary considerably in length, in the amount of information contained, in different sentences and paragraph.

  • While reading a caselets it’s always advisable to underline the important fact and figures and if necessary make your own table/chart/graphs for solving the questions.
  • Caselets can be asked in Mains Data Interpretation section and it’s similar to the Reading Comprehension part in English Usage section.
  • The best way to mastery caselets is to practice.


  • Last year, inequalities questions were asked in a different way in SBI PO Mains. It covered different Quant sections like quadratic equations, time and work, time speed and distance, mensuration, etc. They involve 2 statements naming Quantity 1 and Quantity 2. (Since it was the first-of-its-kind question, many students faced difficulty in attempting it).
  • Just solve both the quantities and answer them accordingly. Also, try to figure out if you can assume the answer of other quantity by solving only one.


  • Always remember that the probability of an event can only be between 0 and 1 and can also be written as a percentage.
  • Most of the SBI PO Mains probability questions are expected to be based on Permutation & Combinations. So, make sure you go through P & C well.
  • The best way to mastery probability is to practice.

Time & Work

Time and Work problems are most frequently asked problems in quantitative aptitude. To solve these problems very quickly, you should understand the concept of Time and Work and some shortcut methods. Do remember these important pointers:

  • If a man can do a piece of work in 5 days, then he will finish 1/5th of the work in one day.
  • If a man can finish 1/5th of the work in one day then he will take 5 days to complete the work.
  • If a man 5/6th of work in one hour then he will take 6/5 hours to complete the full work.
  • If A works three times faster than B then A takes 1/3rd the time taken by B.
  • Always use short tricks & practice Time & work questions regularly.

Data Sufficiency

  • Read the given problem. Don’t assume anything except universal facts.
  • Take the first statement and combine it with the main statement. Try to find the answer.
  • If you are unable to find the answer using 2nd step then combine the second statement and combine it with the main statement and try to find the answer.

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  • If you are unable to find an answer using the second statement then add both statements with the main statement and try to find answer
  • If even now you can’t find the answer, simply tick both statements are insufficient.

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To score better in SBI PO Mains Data Analysis & Interpretation Section, keep the following points in your mind:

  • It is advisable to learn tables and squares till 50, cube till 15, cube roots up to 10 and fractions up to 15. With the exam pressure in your head, it would act as a booster if you know the answer to any of the questions beforehand.
  • Use tips tricks or direct formulas that can be used to conclude the answer.
  • Solve various math puzzles like sudoku which will help in logical building.
  • Dedicate time to each topic one by one and keep switching topics as well so that you don’t get bored with one subject.
  • Learn the basics by studying from reference books. Read and understand the basics behind each topic. This way you will be able to grasp the concepts which will help you in solving the questions easily.
  • Solve previous year’s question papers to understand the pattern of questions which are asked in the exam.

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  • Give 2-3 hours to Quantitative Aptitude Preparation daily. Solve mock tests daily to help you improve your speed as well as accuracy.
  • Lastly, Revise whatever you learn throughout the week.

We hope this article provides you with useful information on SBI PO Mains Data Analysis & Interpretation Preparation Tips 2017.
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