SBI PO Prelims 6th May 2017 (Shift 1) Exam Analysis, Review


SBI PO Prelims 6th May 2017 (Shift 1): The State Bank of India has now commenced Day-III of SBI PO Preliminary Examination. As we have stated earlier, the shortlisted candidates from the first phase will be called for the next round, Mains Examination.

Here we begin our SBI PO Prelims 6th May Exam Analysis for Shift-1, where will discuss about the difficulty level of the paper as well as the number of good attempts essential for qualifying for mains exam.


SBI PO Prelims 6th May 2017 (Shift 1) Exam Analysis

To give a little preface to new users, the SBI PO Prelims Exam was composed of 3 sections i.e. Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability and English Language.

Section Name Number of Questions Maximum Marks
English Language 30 30
Numerical Ability 35 35
Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

The total time was 1 hour i.e. 60 minutes. Hence, Speed, Accuracy and Planning is surely needed to have good number of attempts with maximum accuracy.

The Overall Difficulty Level of SBI PO Prelims 6th May (Shift-I) was Moderate. Let us dig a bit deeper and understand the construct of the paper section-wise.

SBI PO Prelims 6th May Analysis for English Language Section

  • Good Attempts: 22-24 Questions
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

For SBI PO Prelims 6th May Paper (Shift 1), the English had a moderate difficulty level. The table below tells about the number of questions from each topic.

Name of the Topic No. of Qs
Reading Comprehension 10
Cloze Test 10
Phrase Replacement 10
Total 30

Similar to previous weekend, the section was divided in 3 sections – Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test and Spotting errors, with 10 questions each. While Phrase Replacement Questions were easy to solve, both Reading Comprehension and Cloze Test Questions were tricky and time consuming.

SBI PO Prelims 6th May Analysis for Reasoning Ability Section

  • Good Attempts: 20-22 Questions
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

Compared to previous week, SBI candidates found today’s reasoning section to be more challenging. The topic-wise distribution was as follows.

Name of the Topic No. of Qs
Puzzles (Floor based, linear arrangement, etc.) 23
Blood Relation & Direction Sense 5
Coded Inequalities 5
Miscellaneous 2
Total 35

The section was predominantly filled with questions based on Puzzles, with 50% easy and 50% challenging questions. The rest of the section had a moderate tone.

SBI PO Prelims 6th May Analysis for Quantitative Aptitude Section

  • Good Attempts: 21-23 Questions
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate 

The quant section for SBI PO Prelims 6th May (Slot 1) had a proper mix of moderate to challenging questions.

Name of the Topic No. of Qs
Series 5
Data Interpretation (Table & Bar Graph) 10
Inequalities 5
Approximation 5
Miscellaneous 10
Total 35

Questions based on Profit and Loss, Simple Interest, Ages, Partnership and Time and Work were a bit challenging but DI Questions were a major score booster.

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We conclude our article on SBI PO Prelims 6th May (Shift 1) Analysis here. Overall, SBI PO Prelims paper was moderate. Stay connected for more information regarding SBI PO Recruitment 2017.

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