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SBI PO Prelims 2017 Day 4 analysis

Students from all over the country had appeared for this exam and this was the preliminary step in their expedition of becoming a Probationary Officer in the prestigious State Bank of India. The most anticipated SBI PO Prelims 2017 now comes to an end. The fourth day of SBI PO exams is now over. As usual, 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.

Overall difficulty of the exam can be termed as moderate. While the paper was doable, with sheer practice and good speed you can easily attain a good score.

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

One of the tricks to crack the English section is to have a good reading speed. Overall, the English section was moderate; however some questions were direct and easy to answer. The best technique is to choose the appropriate topic first which you are at ease with and that will help you to easily score good marks. To maximize your score in this section you should attempt sentence correction & cloze test (multiple blanks) questions first. Reading comprehension can be left for last but the comprehension should be read with full attentiveness. 4 questions of the passage had synonyms and antonyms which could have been solved easily.



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:  17-20 with 90% accuracy.
Good Score: 15-19 Marks
Time Taken: 15 – 20 minutes.

Reasoning Ability:

If practiced well, reasoning ability can be the most important section that can get you maximum scores. For the fourth day, the level of difficulty was moderate. 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 since they were time consuming. In order to achieve the overall cut- off, students were required to focus on this section and give it maximum time to solve.



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) 5 Medium
7 Direction Sense 1 Easy
8 Blood Relations 1 Medium
9 Coding Decoding 1 Easy
10 Miscellaneous 2 Easy

Good Attempts: 19-23 Questions with 85-90% accuracy
Good Score: 20-23
Time: 25 minutes
A variety was seen in terms of the questions asked. However students are always required to devote a little more time in this section.

Quantitative Aptitude:

Quantitative Aptitude is one section where a variety of questions are asked every year. You should invest full concentration and a little more time in this section. Typically the Quantitative Aptitude part was easy to moderate. There were a few questions which tested quick calculation ability of the students. In order to score maximum in the Quant section the trick was to start with data interpretation, simplification and number series and then move on to approximation and miscellaneous portions. For quantitative aptitude, practice matters the most for scoring well within a limited time frame.




No. of Question

Level of Difficulty

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

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

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

In the end!!

The results are likely to be announced on 17th May 2017. The expected overall cut-off may range from 54 to 59. Candidates securing marks above prescribed cut-offs by the bank are eligible for main examination and subsequently for group discussion (GD) and personal interviews (PI) rounds. The call letter/admit card for main examination will be available for download May 22, 2017 onwards, and the main examination will be conducted on June 4, 2017.


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