SBI PO Prelims 7th May 2017 (Shift 1) Exam Analysis, Review

SBI PO Prelims 7th May 2017 (Shift 1) Exam Analysis, Review

SBI PO Prelims 7th May 2017 (Shift 1): The State Bank of India has now commenced Day-IV 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 7th 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 7th 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 7th May (Shift-I) was Moderate. Let us dig a bit deeper and understand the construct of the paper section-wise.

SBI PO Prelims 7th May Analysis for English Language Section

  • Good Attempts: 23-25 Questions
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

For SBI PO Prelims 7th 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

The English 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. Still, we expect candidates to do well in this section.

SBI PO Prelims 7th May Analysis for Reasoning Ability Section

  • Good Attempts: 19-21 Questions
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

The reasoning section followed a similar trend of being a bag full of surprises for a lot of candidates. The topic-wise distribution was as follows.

Name of the Topic No. of Qs
Puzzles (Floor based, linear arrangement, etc.) 20
Blood Relation & Direction Sense 5
Coded Inequalities 5
Miscellaneous 5
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 with the exception of Blood Relation and Direction Sense Questions being easier in comparison.

SBI PO Prelims 7th May Analysis for Quantitative Aptitude Section

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

The quant section for SBI PO Prelims 7th 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 7th 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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