SBI PO Prelims Previous Year Exam Analysis: Section-wise Difficulty Level

SBI PO Prelims Previous Year Exam Analysis: Section-wise Difficulty Level

SBI PO Prelims Previous Year Exam Analysis: The State Bank of India conducted SBI PO Prelims 2016 on 2nd, 3rd, 9th & 10 July 2016 July and here is the complete exam review. Our article on SBI PO Previous Year Exam Analysis will help aspirants to get a flavour of the nature of the questions asked in 2016 recruitment examination.

Today we are going to share with you the Detailed SBI PO Previous Exam Analysis & review highlighting the level of difficulty of each section.


SBI PO Prelims Previous Year Exam Analysis

Before beginning our exam review of SBI PO Prelims, let us talk about the basic exam pattern. The Written Examination consisted of 100 Questions were divided into 3 sections i.e Reasoning, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude.

 Name of the Section  Number of Questions  Marks
 Reasoning Ability  35  35
 Quantitative Aptitude  35  35
 English Language  30  30
 Total  100  100

Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude Section consisted of 35 Questions, English Section consist of 30 Questions. There was a 0.25 negative marking for every wrong attempt.

The Difficulty Level of the examination was Moderate. The Sets of Complex Arrangement/ Puzzles and Sitting Arrangement were there. Reasoning Section was moderate to Tough, rest sections were moderate.

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

SBI PO Exam Analysis of Quantitative Aptitude Section

The Quantitative Aptitude section was Moderate and calculative . Candidates having good arithmetic knowledge and practice attempted 17-19 questions easily.

Name of the Topic No. of Qs
Series 5
Data Interpretation 10
Quadratic/Linear Equation 5
Time and Work 2
Time and Distance 2
Simple/ Compound Interest 2
Age, Ration & Proportion 2
Arithmetic 2
Speed Calculation 5

Questions based on Data Interpretation dominated the section of Quantitative Aptitude in SBI PO Exam.

SBI PO Exam Analysis of Reasoning Aptitude Section

The reasoning section was Moderate to Tough. Candidates having good verbal /non-verbal knowledge and practice attempted 15-17 questions easily.

Name of the Topic No. of Qs
Complex Arrangement 10
Puzzles 10
Sitting Arrangement (Linear) 5
Inequality 5
Direction Sense 3
Blood Relation 2

Questions based on Puzzles and Blood relation dominated the section of reasoning ability in SBI PO PO Exam.

SBI PO Exam Analysis of English Language Section

This section was Moderate. Attempting 16-18 questions were considered as good attempts.

Name of the Topic No. of Qs
Reading Comprehension 10
Cloze test 5
Parajumble 5
Spotting the Error 5
Fill in the blanks (dual) 5
Total 30

Clearly, Reading Comprehension section dominated the English Language section. We conclude our article here. For Section-Wise preparation of SBI PO Prelims, refer to the following links:

  • SBI PO Prelims English Language Preparation: Click here.
  • SBI PO Prelims Reasoning Ability Preparation: Click here.
  • SBI PO Prelims Quantitative Aptitude Preparation: Click here.

Owing to the extreme competition for limited vacancies, we recommend all SBI PO Aspirants to avoid over-attempting and negative marking at all times.


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