SBI PO Mains exam was held on 4th May 2017. A lot of students appeared for this exam and this brings them closer to their dream of getting a job in one of the most reputed bank- State Bank of India.

Overall the exam put up a tough fight in front of all the candidates who qualified Prelims and appeared for the Mains. Only, General Awareness section was quite a relief for the candidates as it was relatively easy.

Through this post, PrepLadder presents to you comprehensive exam analysis of SBI-PO’17 Mains, with an improved strategy for IBPS PO’17:

 

SBI-PO Mains’17 Exam Pattern

Section

No. of questions

Maximum Marks

Time allotted

Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude

45

60

60 minutes

Data Analysis and Interpretation

35

60

45 minutes

General/Economy/Baking Awareness

40

40

35 minutes

English

35

40

40 minutes

Total

155

200

3 hours

 

The SBI PO Mains exam was divided into 2 categories:

(A) Online Objective Test

(B) Online Descriptive Test

Online Objective Test was divide into 4 sections. We will discuss the detailed exam analysis of all the sections one by one:

 

(I) Reasoning and Computer Aptitude

Maximum questions-45

Maximum marks- 60

Time allotted- 60 minutes

Reasoning section appeared to be Difficult.

Topic

No. of questions

Diffiult Level

Input-Output

5

Difficult

Sitting Arrangement & Puzzles

23

Difficult

Puzzle (Alphabet)

3

Difficult

Data Sufficency

2

Difficult

New pattern symbol based questions

4

Difficult

Logical Reasoning

8

Moderate- Difficult

Total

45

 

  • There were NO questions on Computer Aptitude.
  • There were NO questions on Syllogism.
  • New type Machine Input-Output was introduced.
  • There was a new pattern question based on Shelf and Photo Frames. It was very calculative.

 

(II) English Language

Maximum questions- 35 questions

Maximum Marks- 40 marks

Time Limit- 40 minutes

The level of English section was quite difficult.

Topic

No. o questions

Level

Reading Comprehension (2 sets)

10

Difficult (lengthy)

Double Fillers

4

Moderate

Jumbled paragraph

2

Moderate

Phrase Replacement

5

Difficult

Error detection

10

Moderate-Difficult

Identify the correct paragraph on given topic

4

Difficult

Total

35

 

  • Reading Comprehension was quite lengthy.
  • This time there was no vocabulary based questions in English.
  • In para jumble, first and the last sentence was given and you were to arrange the remaining sentences in between.
  • There were 2 types of Error detection: 4 questions based on the conventional pattern & 4 questions were based on the new pattern and there were multiple errors in one sentence and candidates were asked to identify all the parts with errors in them.

 

(III) Data Analysis and Interpretation

Maximum questions- 35

Maximum marks- 60

Time limit – 45 minutes

The level of this section was Moderate-Difficult. This section appeared to be very calculative to many candidates.

Topic

No. of questions

Level

Data Sufficency

4

Difficult

Caselet DI

5

Difficult

Mathematical Inequality

5

Difficult

Pie-chart (1 set)

5

Difficult

Missing DI (2 sets)

10

Difficult

Miscellaneous

6

Miscellaneous- Difficult

Probability

5

Difficult

  • 1set of Missing DI was based on Profit & Loss and the another was based on Time and Work (including 1 line graph which depicted individual days of people and table depicted no. of days worked by people on Project X)
  • The pie chart was based on Boats & Streams. There were 2 pie-charts; one for upstream distance and another for downstream distance. There was a table for stream speed.

 

(IV) General Awareness

Maximum questions- 40

Maximum Marks- 40

Time allotted- 35 minutes

Topics

No. of questions

Banking Awareness

31

Insurance

2

Finance

2

Economy

3

Static GK

2

 

SBI PO Mains Exam Analysis  2017: Descriptive Paper

Maximum Marks- 50

Time allotted- 30 minutes

Word Limit- 150 words

 

Letter Writing (150 words)

The candidates were asked to write a letter on any 1 of the following topics

  • Write a letter to the editor expressing concern over the impact of irrelevant news through social media.
  • Write a letter to an author thanking him for authoring a book on ‘fighting depressions’.
  • Write a letter to your branch manager regarding Non-Credit of the amount deposited in ATM.
  • Write a letter to your sibling giving advice related to stress and anxiety.

 

Essay Writing (150 words)

The candidates were asked to write an essay on any 1 of the following topics:

  • Why Technology being a power is a menace?
  • Write an essay on the effect of social media and its consequences on our population.
  • Travelling is better than watching movies and documentaries.

 

 SBI-PO Mains’17 Overall Exam Analysis

Sections

Good Attempts

Reasoning and Computer Aptitude

18-21

Data Analysis and Interpretation

7-11

English Language

16-19

General Awareness

25-30

Total

74-78

 

If you are worried about the result, go through the expert cut-off predictions and patiently wait for the result. Frankly speaking, the students with the high number of attempts doesn't mean high score. Accuracy plays a key role. The exam was not difficult for a single person. All the candidates who participated in SBI PO Mains exam attempted the same paper. Hence the cut-off might be low compared to our expectations.

Don’t waste your time worrying about what went in the exam, rather focus and target IBPS PO keeping in mind the latest trend adopted by State Bank of India.

Someone has rightly said,

“Don’t stop when you are tired. Stop when you are done”

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