How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for SBI PO Prelims 2016

How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for SBI PO Prelims 2016

The State Bank of India will conduct SBI PO Preliminary Examination on 2, 3, 9 and 10 July 2016. To help candidates secure more marks in SBI PO Prelims, we will be focussing at providing preparation tips on How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude Section. To read about Reasoning and English Preparation Tips for SBI PO Prelims, refer to the links below.

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In this article, our primary focus will be on How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for SBI PO Prelims 2016 and qualify for the next level, SBI PO Mains Examination. Before we start with our discussion regarding SBI PO English Language Preparation Tips, let us revisit the exam pattern of SBI PO Prelims so we all are on the same page.


SBI PO Prelims Exam Pattern 2016

The pattern of SBI PO Preliminary Examination will be objective. There will be 3 sections in total – Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language and the exam will be a Computer-Based Test (CBT).

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

Each question carries 1 mark and the Prelims Exam has 100 questions. The Total Time for solving this paper will be 1 Hour (60 minutes).

SBI PO Prelims will be qualifying in nature, which means, while creating the final merit list, marks secured in SBI PO Prelims will not be considered. We hope you are now up to speed on the exam pattern of SBI PO Prelims.


SBI PO Quantitative Aptitude Preparation Tips for Prelims Examination

Do you find QA Section a real menace? If Yes, join the club. Among the total applicants appearing in various recruitment examinations, 6 out of 10 agree that solving Quantitative Aptitude Questions is an actual challenge for them.

But, speaking from an absolute objective tone, Scoring Well in Quantitative Aptitude Section will make the necessary difference between getting qualified or rejected in a recruitment examination.

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So, in order to improve your skill at solving QA Section in SBI PO Prelims, here is a comprehensive exam strategy.


Preparation Tips and Exam Strategy for SBI PO Quantitative Aptitude Prelims Exam

For SBI PO Preliminary Examination, there will be 35 Questions in total from the following topics.

  • Simplification
  • Quadratic Equation
  • Approximation
  • Number Series
  • Data Interpretation – Line Graph, Bar Graph, Mixed Chart, Pie Chart etc.
  • Miscellaneous

In order to secure good marks in QA Section of SBI PO Prelims, follow these preparation tips thoroughly.

1. Start with Number Systems

Regardless of the Recruitment Examination, try to begin with Number Systems so you can learn the basic concepts of Quantitative Aptitude. You will get to revisit some of the most elementary methods and understand how to solve questions on HCF, LCM, Factorization and Number Play with the most simple approach.

2. Learn Squares, Cubes and Fractions

It is advisable to learn tables and squares till 30, cube till 15, cube roots upto 10 and fractions upto 15. With the exam pressure in your head, it would act as a booster if you know answer to any of the following before hand.

3. Regularly Solve Math Puzzles

Preparation should never amount to a heightened stress level. Make sure your study timetable for Quantitative Aptitude Section for SBI PO Prelims include mathematical quizzes and games like Sudoku which will help building in logic building.

4. Regular Mock Test Practice 

After you complete a particular section of Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus, do test your approach towards solving questions with the help of online mock tests and practice papers. You need to track your progress to know whether you are getting the logic and approach correct or not.

5. Time Management in Calculative Questions

This is a very specific query. How to solve questions involving calculations? As we have stated above, learning shortcut methods like memorizing squares, cubes and common fraction to decimals can be great in such questions.

But, if there is a chance that error can occur, you may skip such questions and devote that time towards solving questions from other topics. Remember, the question to time ratio is less than 1.

6. Assess Yourself

After attempting a few mock tests and practice test series, you should analyze where you lack and where a scope of improvement exists. Even a small marginal boost of score can help you move forward to SBI PO Mains Examination.

7. Maintain Composure

There will always be a few questions which will be impossible to solve at the time. Do not get emotionally attached to any question. Solving a difficult question would fetch you the same marks as a difficult one. So invest your time in questions that are worth it. Else, drop them.

We conclude our article on How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for SBI PO Prelims 2016.

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