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As everyone is aware, Quantitative Aptitude is one of the most scoring sections in SBI PO Prelims and Mains exam. We interviewed Mr. Deepinder Singh , a G.N.D.U. graduate with over 7 years teaching experience so that he can share his insights.


He shares his experience & provides tips on how to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for SBI PO in 1 month. Here is what he had to say:

Q1. Which are the topics which are asked in Quantitative Aptitude in SBI PO exam?

Mr. Deepinder:

I am listing the topics which are covered in SBI PO exam:

  • Simplification
  • Quadratic Equation
  • Data Interpretation
  • Number series
  • Miscellaneous like: percentage and average, ratio and proportion, profit and loss, time and work, SI and CI, time speed disance, etc.

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Q2. What according to you is the best strategy to prepare for Quant in limited time period for SBI PO exam?

Mr. Deepinder:

Preparing for Quant for SBI PO requires a thorough practice of complete syllabi. However, if time is limited, you will have to be very selective on distributing time among different topics.

Based on my experience, I am listing Topic wise strategy which must be followed to prepare in limited time for SBI PO.

Simplification: As per exam pattern, this section carries a lot of weight age. A large number of questions are asked from this topic. These problems are easy to solve. You must prepare a mixture of problems comprising of BODMAS Rule, Square and Cube Roots, Approximation, Surds and Indices, Percentage and Decimals. You can solve this section first as questions are easy and only require mental calculation.

Number Series: Nearly 5 questions come from this topic. This topic is easy but you need a lot of practice to master it. Since this topic is based on a variety of different patterns, you must solve a wide variety of questions to get a grab of this topic.

Quadratic Equations: These questions come in the range of 0-5 depending on who has set the paper. You should practice large no of questions on this topic as it is easy and scoring.

Data Interpretation: As nearly 5-10 questions come from this section, practice a variety of questions on Line Graph, Bar Graph, Pie Chart, Bar Chart and Data Tables. In this type of questions, you can rely on Visual Approximation for arriving at a correct solution quickly. We hop you know various time saving tips for data interpretation by now. Learn tables so as to ensure speedier calculation. Do practice questions on missing data. They are very easy but might not strike you if you have not tried them earlier. Data interpretation questions are basically questions on averages, percentages and ratio proportion.

Miscellaneous: This section comprises of large number of topics. You need to prepare topics selectively from this section based on their weight age.

All this might seem too much to chew, but don’t worry. You have studied all this till class 10th so its not tough. You just need quick revision and practice. Utilize your 1 month’s time well.

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Q3. Please share topics covered under Miscellaneous section with their Weight age perspective From Exam point of view?


Since a large number of topics are covered under this section, I am listing the topics based on their weight age in the exam.

Highly Scoring: These include Percentages, Profit and loss, Ratio and Proportion, Interest and Averages. Generally 5-6 questions are asked from these topics.

Tricky Topics: These comprise of Algebra, Permutation and Combination, Probability, Mixture and Alligation, Mensuration & Geometry, Time and speed, Time and work. Nearly 6-7 questions based on these topics are asked in the exam.

Less Important Topic: This includes Data Sufficiency.


We hope that Mr. Deepinder’s views enlighten the aspirants as to how to prepare for Quant for SBI PO exam.

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