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SBI PO Prelims 2017 Day 3 analysis

06 th May 2017 was the third day of the SBI PO exam. The exam pattern was on the same lines of the previous slots conducted on 29 th and 30 th April 2017. The paper had 3 sections, 5 options per question. As per the notification, one mark was allotted for each correct answer and a 0.25 marks deduction for every wrong answer.

The difficulty of this exam can be rated as Moderate. While most of the questions were easy to moderate in terms of the level of difficulty, we think they could be solved with accuracy and at a good speed.

The fundamental key to succeed in these types of exams is to identify the difficult or time consuming questions and attempt them last.

Section wise break-up:



No of Questions



1 English Language 30 30 60 mins
2 Reasoning Ability 35 35
3 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
Total 100 100

The section-wise analysis is given below:

English Language

On the whole, the English section was moderate; however some questions were easy to answer. The best technique is to pick the right topic first with which you are comfortable and you can easily score good marks. To maximize your score in this section you should attempt sentence improvement & cloze test (multiple blanks) questions first. Reading comprehension can be left for last. Today we saw some critical reasoning based questions like TONE of the passage, CENTRAL IDEA of the passage, INFERENCE based & CONTEXTUAL meaning questions. A few questions looked tricky but overall it was manageable.



No. of Question

Level of Difficulty

1 Reading Comprehension 10 Moderate
2 Cloze test 10 Moderate
3 Phrase Replacement (Sentence Correction) 10 Easy-Moderate

Good Attempts:  20-24 with 90% accuracy.
Good Score: 18-22 Marks
Time Taken: 15 – 20 minutes.

Reasoning Ability:

Reasoning is usually a major score maker for the students. The overall level of difficulty was moderate. A variety was seen in terms of the questions asked. However students are always required to devote a little more time in this section. In this section, the best approach was to first solve blood relations, directions, inequalities and then move on to linear arrangement and floor arrangement, leaving the remaining ones to solve last. In order to achieve the overall cut-off, students are required to focus on this section.



No. of Questions

Level of Difficulty

1 Sitting Arrangements (Linear) 5 Medium
2 Floor Arrangement 5 Medium
3 Scheduling 5 Medium
4 Puzzle (Order and Ranking) 5 Medium
5 Inequalities ( 3 Direct, 2 Individual) 5 Medium
6 Puzzle (On date of birth) 3 Medium
7 Direction Sense 1 Easy
8 Blood Relations 1 Easy
9 Coding Decoding 1 Easy
10 Miscellaneous 4 Medium

Good Attempts: 24- Questions with 85-90% accuracy
Good Score: 20-22
Time: 25 minutes

Quantitative Aptitude:

As expected, the Quantitative Aptitude was Moderate. There were few questions which were really good for the aspirants to solve and test their conceptual understanding. In order to score maximum in the Quant section the trick was to start with approximations and number series and then move on to your strong areas. Some speed breaker questions like ones from topics like probabilities were also seen.




No. of Question

Level of Difficulty

1 Data Interpretation (Tabular and Line Graph) 10 Easy- Medium
2 Number Series( Missing Terms) 5 Medium
3 Approximation and Simplification 5 Easy
4. Quadratic Inequalities 5 Medium
5 Ages 1 Easy
6 Ratio and Proportions 1 Easy to Medium
7 Miscellaneous* 8 Medium to Difficult

Please note: * Miscellaneous included one question each from topics like Probabilities, Averages, Percentages, Profit and Loss, Time Speed and Distance,  Simple and Compound Interest , Time and Work & Mensuration.

Good Attempts: 21-23 Questions with 85-90% accuracy
Good Score: 19-22
Time: 20 minutes

Conclusion:  We estimate a total of 58-62 attempts with 90% accuracy to give the aspirants, the best way forward.

All the best!!


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