SBI PO Mains Exam Analysis, Review and Expected Cut Off (04-June-2017)

Dear Readers,

Dear Aspirants, SBI PO Mains Recruitment Exam is over, Now it's time for exam the much awaited SBI PO Mains Exam Analysis & Review (4th June 2017) . A lot of students have appeared for this exam today and this brings them to a step closer in their journey of getting a Job in the most sought after Banking Recruitment in State Bank of India. Without wasting any moment, let's get straight to the analysis for which you are all waiting for.

Overall exam did put up a tough fight in front of all candidates.
And just as we say expect the unexpected from SBI, even this year SBI bombarded the exam with new pattern questions in all sections. G.A was a sight of relief as it was relatively easy.

SBI PO Mains 2017 exam had two parts; first was the objective test of 200 marks which had 4 sections Data Analysis and Interpretation, English Language, Reasoning and Computer, and General Awareness(with special refernce to banking) for a duration of 3 hours and each section had its alloted time limit. Second was a descriptive test of 30 minutes which had Letter and Essay writing collectively for 50 marks

SBI PO Mains 2017-18 Exam ANALYSIS (OVER-ALL):

English Language 15-18
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 17-21
Data Analysis and Interpretation 8-11
Genral Awareness26-30


This section had 35 questions for 60 marks and time limit of 45 minutes. The level of quantitative aptitude was moderate to difficult. There were three sets of DI. There were 1 questions from Mixture and Allegation, 1 questions from patnership and 4 questions from mensuration.
  • Pie Chart 
  • Missing DI
  • Line Graph
The questions were:

TopicNo. of QuestionsLevel
Questions related to new pattern Inequality (Quantity I, Quantity II )5Difficult
Data Sufficiency4Difficult
Data Interpretation 15Difficult
Miscellaneous (SI,CI, Speed &Time, Profit and Loss, Time and Work, Averages, Ages, Ratio etc.)6Moderate-Difficult


This section had 35 questions for 40 marks and time limit of 40 minutes. The level of English was Difficult. There were two types of error dection, 4 questions were based on the conventional pattern and 4 quetsions were based on a new pattern where there were multiple errors in one sentence and candidate have to identify all the parts with errors in them. Phrase Replacement was of 3 sentences. There was a new type introduced in Jumbled sentences where they already gave you the starting and ending sentence rest of the arrangement was to be found out by the candidate.  There were two Reading Comprehension of new type with 5 questions in each of them. Topic of RC was Banking and Economy and other one was related to Noise in production in corporate world.

TopicNo. of QuestionsLevel
Reading Comprehension (new pattern) 10Difficult
Double Fillers4Moderate-Difficult
Identify the correct paragraph on a given topic 4Difficult
Error Detection10Moderate-Difficult
Jumbled Paragrah 2Moderate-Difficult
Phrasal Replacement5Difficult


This section had 45 questions for 60 marks and time limit of 60 minutes. The level of reasoning was difficult. There were NO questions of computer aptitude. There no questions of syllogism  and there were 2 quetsions of Coding-Decoding in data sufficiency. New type of Machine Input-Output was introduced.  Following were types of puzzles asked in reasoning section of SBI PO Mains exam:
  • Month related (3 variables) 
  • Blood Relation Puzzle (3 question)
  • Circular Puzzle 
  • Linear (8 people facing north) (moderate among all others)
  • New Patten Puzzle (Calculation based- shelf and photo frames)

The questions were:
TopicNo. of QuestionsLevel
Sitting Arrangement and Puzzles 
Alphabet (puzzle type)
New Pattern Symbol based questions
Input- Output
Moderate- Difficult
Data Sufficiency 

This section had 40 questions for 40 marks and time limit of 35 minutes. This section was the one where candidates sought solace as it was relatively easy. Bankersadda's G.K Power Capsule helped students a lot as many questions asked were coverd in the capsule already. Most of the questions were from current affairs.

This section was of 50 marks with a time limit of 30 minutes.

Letter Writing (150 words)
a) Write a letter to your branch manager as you've deposited some amount but it is still not credited into your account
b) Write a letter to editor expressing your concern over impact of irrelevant news through socia media
c) Write a letter to your sibling giving them advise related to stress and anxiety.

Essay Writing  (150 words)
a) Write an essay on the positive and negative impact of technology.
b) Write an essay on effect of social media and its consequences on our population. 

Surprises from SBI PO Mains Exam 2017

  • Exam was full of new surprises and new pattern questions.
  • G.A section was a sigh of relief as it was of easy-moderate level
  • Reasoning and English section had many questions of new pattern
  • New trend in descriptive section of 150 words for both Essay and Letter Writing

All the best for upcoming Exams !!!!


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