SBI PO Mains Exam Analysis, Review: 4th June 2017

SBI PO Mains Exam Analysis, Review: 4th June 2017

SBI PO Mains Exam Analysis: The State Bank of India (SBI) is known for setting a benchmark for all banking exams conducted throughout the year. Today, the mains examination for recruiting probationary officers in SBI was held.

This article will outline the detailed analysis for SBI PO Mains Examination. SBI PO Mains Exam analysis will provide insights about the nature of questions asked in the paper.


SBI PO Mains Exam Analysis, Review: 4th June 2017

The pattern of Mains Objective Exam was MCQ based. There was 4  sections: Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, English Language, Data Analysis & Interpretation and General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness.

Each section will have separate time slots for each paper of the Mains examination. Let us formulate SBI PO Mains pattern in the table below:

 Name of the Section Questions Marks Time Slot
(in mins.)
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 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

There was penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests. 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.

Moving further in our SBI PO Exam Analysis, here is our detailed section-wise analysis of SBI PO Mains Paper to understand how many questions were asked from each topic.

SBI PO Mains Exam Analysis of Reasoning & Computer Knowledge Section

We begin our section-wise review of the paper with the reasoning section. The level of Reasoning was Moderate to Hard. The topic-wise breakdown is as follows:

 Topic Name  Questions
Puzzles/ Seating Arrangement  23
New Pattern Symbol based questions  4
Input- Output (New Pattern)  5
Alphabet (In form of puzzle)  3
Data Sufficiency  3
Analytical Reasoning 8

New types of symbol based questions were introduced. No questions were asked from Computer Aptitude Section.

SBI PO Mains Exam Analysis of English Language Section

Moving to the next section i.e english section. This section had 35 questions.The level of English was Difficult. The topic-wise breakdown is as follows.

Topic Name  Questions
Reading Comprehension (new pattern)  10
Error detection  10
Jumbled Paragraph  2
Phrasal Replacement  5
Identify the correct Paragraph 4
Double Fillers 4

Pattern of English Language was quite different. Most candidates found the english section quite difficult.

  • There were 2 sets of Reading Comprehension, containing 5 questions each.Reading Comprehension was not actually a passage they rather gave it in form of 5-6 statements (pointers).
  • Also, there were two types of error detection, 4 questions were based on the conventional pattern and 4 questions were based on a new pattern where there were multiple errors in one sentence and candidate have to identify all the parts with errors in them.

A lot of candidates got to see some new changes in the jumbled sentences, where starting sentence was already provided and rest of the arrangement had to be found by the candidate.

SBI PO Mains Exam Analysis of Data Analysis & Interpretation Section

The Next part in our section-wise review of the paper is quant section. The Quantitative Aptitude Section in SBI PO Mains had a Moderate Difficulty Level.

Topic Name  Questions
Data Interpretation  15
Data Sufficiency  4
Questions related to new pattern Inequality (Quantity I, Quantity II )  5
Misc. (SI,CI, Speed &Time, Profit and Loss, Time and Work, Averages, Ages, Ratio etc. – In form of D.I)  6
Probability(In form of D.I)  5

In miscellaneous, 1 question from Mixture and Alligation, 1 question from partnership and 4 questions from mensuration, 3 questions from time, speed and distance was asked in the form of data interpretation.

SBI PO Mains Exam Analysis of General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness

The Next part in our section-wise review of the paper is General Awareness section. Most of the Questions asked in this section were based on Current Banking Affairs. Around 5-6 questions were also asked from Banking Awareness.

SBI PO Mains Exam Analysis of Descriptive Paper

This section involved 2 questions, Letter and Essay Writing. Following topics of Essay and Letter writing were asked under Descriptive Test of SBI PO Mains exam 2017.

Letter Writing (150 words)

  • Write a letter to your branch manager that you’ve deposited some amount but it is still not credited into your account.
  • Write a letter to editor expressing your concern over reading his/ her book on how to reduce stress and anxiety.

Essay Writing (150 words)

  • Write an essay on the positive and negative impact of technology.
  • Write an essay on effect of social media and its consequences on our population.

The paper had a Moderate Difficulty Level, which can be expected, being the Mains Examination. The overall expected Cut Off is 60-70.

Let us move ahead to our next section, which is, the number of good attempts in SBI PO Mains Examination.


SBI PO Mains Good Attempts

Let us now try to calculate the safest attempts. Below mentioned is the no. of good attempts of SBI PO Mains.

Name of Section Good Attempts
Reasoning Ability & Computer Ability 19-21
Data Analysis & Interpretation 10-13
English Language 24-27
General Awareness 27-29
Overall  70-80
Here we conclude our article on SBI PO Mains Exam Analysis, Review. Stay connected for more information regarding SBI PO Recruitment. To excel in Bank Examinations, download the Best Banks Exam Preparation App for free.

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