SBI PO Mains 2017 Exam Pattern & Strategy

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SBI PO Mains exam is scheduled on 4th June'17. Now all the selected candidates must put all their effort in adding a finishing touch to their preparation for SBI PO Mains 2017 exam, a step that will bring them closer to become a PO in State Bank of India. Here we bring you a section-wise strategy to make sure you don't leave a notch in your preparation for SBI PO Mains.

The level of SBI PO Mains 2017 is expected to bring a tough fight for candidates appearing in it, so it is better that you step up the level of your preparation to crack SBI PO Mains 2017. The cut-off for SBI PO Prelims exam 2017 is 51.50. With SBI and other banking examination increasing the level of Mains or Phase-II exam making it at par with CAT examination, it is expected with a tough level of questions the cut off for Mains exam won’t be sky high. But that is not a sigh of relief as with SBI be prepared to face the unexpected.

After completion of Phase-I SBI PO Prelims Exam 2017, now candidates will go through an online examination which is Phase-II Mains exam that will be a 3-hour objective test having 4 sections. The Phase-II also has a Descriptive Test of 30 minutes for 50 Marks that will be a test of English Language: Letter and Essay Writing. All candidates will be required to qualify in both these exams of Phase-II to go on to the next level.

So without any ado, here in this article, we are providing you with some useful tips and tricks that can help you tackle Phase-II, SBI PO Mains exam 2017.

The objective test of 3 hours duration consists of 4 Sections for total 200 marks. The objective test will have separate timing for every section.

SL. No.Name of TestNo. of QuestionsMarksDuration (Minutes)
1.Reasoning & Computer Aptitude456060
2.Data Analysis & Interpretation356045
3.General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness404035
4.English Language354040
Total1552003 HOURS

From the above description, it is clear that SBI PO Mains 2017 is having a differential marking system, which means not every question is of the same weightage. But you need to be very careful as don’t get tempted to only go for questions which may bag you more marks and neglect the easy ones. If not done correctly they may cost you more marks as well. The penalty for each wrong answer is 1/4th the weightage of that particular question. It is best that you master Topic management skills by thoroughly testing yourself and you can do so by taking up the real challenge to face the actual competition through Adda247 Test Series for SBI PO Mains 2017. This can be your leverage to step up the preparation. 

Preparation Strategy for Different Sections of SBI PO Mains 2017

Reasoning & Computer Aptitude

Reasoning is a game of wits and presence of mind! Yes, it is true and it might seem as the greatest of the challenge after English Section’s surprises but yet this one can easily be dealt with. You just need correct practice and hardwire your brain to quickly make decisions of what to attempt and what to leave. With correct approach, you can easily score well in this section. So now for SBI PO Mains exam, do practice Reasoning Ability daily for at least 2-3 Hours. Practice more and more Puzzles and Seating Arrangement as they will comprise of a larger number of questions in this section. You can practice toughest of puzzles through Adda247’s SBI PO Mains Test Series and special Challenger Series for Puzzles. Click Here to get Study Notes of Reasoning for SBI PO Mains 2017.
  • Practice all different Types of Puzzles and Seating Arrangement daily (Circular Arrangement, Square Arrangement; Blood Relation, Age, Colour, Floor, Comprehension type Puzzles) 
  • Practice Computer Aptitude Question (Number Conversions
  • Brush up your skills to solve Logical Reasoning and Data Sufficiency 
  • Speed up in solving questions of Blood Relation, Input-Output, Direction Sense and the miscellaneous portion of Reasoning. 
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Data Analysis & Interpretation

This is undoubtedly the most scoring section of SBI PO Mains 2017 examination; you’ll have 35 questions for 60 marks. DI can be very calculative so in this time you should brush up your skills and enable yourself to do speedy calculations to save time. Make a habit of practicing Data Interpretation questions on a regular basis daily for 2-3 Hours. Revise your notes and practice daily, then you can surely score well in this section as well.
  • Practice daily different sets of DI (Bar, Tabular, Missing DI, Caselet, Web/Radar, Pie Chart, Mixed Graph) 
  • Make a habit of doing speedy calculations 
  • Learn and revise tips and tricks of Average, Ratio & Proportion, Partnership, Work & Time, Percentage, Probability, Data Sufficiency, Permutation and Combination and Inequality. 
  • Practice daily quizzes on Adda247 app or Bankersadda to cover important topics and step up your level of preparation. 
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General/Economy/Banking Awareness

G.A section requires you to be in touch with many subjects such as Banking and Finance, Static Awareness, and to have a thorough and awareness of important happenings worldwide. Yes! This is the big elephant in the room for some candidates as it requires you to be well prepared with Current Affairs of past 2-3 months especially. To score maximum in G.A section refrain from taking chances and only mark answers if you are sure about them, make a habit of reading newspapers daily and read Daily G.K Updates on Bankersadda or Adda247 app. You can also refer to bankersadda capsules to prepare well for this section. You can develop a habit of reading news and take notes from
  • Read daily G.K. Updates and News Papers regularly to keep you updated of important news and happenings from exam point of view. 
  • Study Banking and Financial Awareness which may include important guidelines, terminology, facts and figures, committees etc. 
  • Brush up your facts regarding static general awareness which may include important sites and places of all states, dams, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, forts and historical monuments, Airports, Ports, Stadiums etc. 
  • Practice daily with Current Affairs Quiz, Banking Awareness Quiz, General Awareness Quiz and Static Awareness Quiz on Adda247 app or Bankersadda. 
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English Language

English Section has transformed banking exams and it all started with SBI PO exam last year. It is more dynamic testing candidate’s practical approach more and more with its level at par with CAT examinations. Don’t expect any rudimentary pattern for English Language section and be prepared to face the unexpected in SBI PO Mains 2017, although with correct practice you can actually score well in English. It is just a language, and a language’s essence is in its grammar! There it is, the answer to all your troubles, brush up your knowledge of grammar portion, this can help you easily understand and be fluent in English Language. Along with learning grammar and its rules; it is very important that you build up a good vocabulary. Learn new words and their usage daily from The Hindu word list on Adda247 app or Bankersadda.

Plan your day to cover all important topics and then test yourself at least once everyday to make the most out of this time to crack SBI PO Mains 2017. You can test yourself with Adda247 Test Series for SBI PO Mains 2017 which covers all the topics of new pattern English Language as well to give a complete round of practice of all the sections.

Focus on practicing Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test, Phrase Replacement, Jumbled Sentences, Sentence and Para Connectors, Phrases and Phrasal Verb, Sentence and Para Fillers, Paragraph Completion, Paragraph Restatement, Word Usage and Vocabulary questions and Errors.
  • Learn and Revise Grammar Rules 
  • Build up Vocab and practice questions daily 
  • Keep practising a Reading Comprehension daily 
  • Practice both conventional and New pattern questions for English Language Section 
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Your hard work combined with a refined and smart approach will surely sail you through this phase and help you become a PO in this SBI PO 2017 Recruitment.

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