Important Topics Expected in SBI PO Prelims- Based on Last 2 Year’s Exam Analysis

Its time to speed up your preparation for SBI PO Prelims 2020. SBI has released the admit cards and to give a finishing touch to your preparation you must go through these important topics expected in the upcoming State Bank of India’s Probationary Officer’s recruitment prelims exam based on the exam review and analysis of the last 2 years. For any competitive exam’s preparation, it is very important for an aspirant to know “what has been the trend in this recruitment exam? what type of questions were asked previously?” without the knowledge of last year’s exam analysis your preparation will remain incomplete. Hence, here we are discussing important topics expected in this year’s SBI PO Prelims examination- based in last 2 year’s exam analysis. Let us first look at the Important dates of the SBI PO 2020 Exam.

SBI PO Exam: Good Attempts 2019 & 2018

Subject Good Attempt 2018 Good Attempt 2019
English Language 21-26 22-25
Reasoning Ability 14-17 27-32
Quantitative Aptitude 18-23 19-23
Total 58-64 59-64

Overall in both these years, the difficulty level of the exam was moderate.

English Language: Expected Topics

The following table shows the details of topics asked in the English Language Section of SBI PO Prelims held in 2019 and 2018. Based on the last two years analysis of the SBI PO prelims exam it is expected that the following topics are important and can appear in this year too:

SBI PO Prelims 2019 English Language SBI PO Prelims 2018 English Language
Reading Comprehension (Moderate)

  • Questions were based on inference, Vocab, and fill in the blanks.
Reading Comprehension ( Moderate-Difficult)
Error Spotting ( Easy)

  • The sentence was divided into several parts, candidates had to choose the correct one.
Error Spotting (Moderate)
Phrase Replacement ( Easy-Moderate) Phrase Replacement (Moderate)
Fill in the Blanks (Easy-Moderate) Double Fillers (Easy-Moderate)
Cloze Test ( Easy-Moderate)

  • Based on the topic- Artificial Intelligence.
Sentence Rearrangement (moderate)
Identify the correct sentence (Moderate)

 Quantitative Aptitude: Expected Topics

SBI PO Prelims 2019 Quantitative Aptitude  SBI PO Prelims 2018 Quantitative Aptitude
Data Interpretation (Moderate) Data Interpretation: (Moderate)

  • Caselet DI
  • Tabular+bar Graph
  • 2 Pie Chart DI
Quadratic Equation (Easy-Moderate) Quadratic Equation (Moderate)
Missing Number Series (Easy-Moderate) Missing Number Series (Moderate)
Arithmetic Word Problems (Moderate)

  • Time & work, Simple and Compound Interest, partnership, profit and loss, time speed and distance, mensuration, etc.
Arithmetic Word Problems (Moderate-Lengthy)
Caselet (Moderate)

This topic held a separate weightage of questions than DI.

  • Based on Pizza Distribution
Quantity-1, Quantity-2 (Moderate)

Reasoning Ability: Expected Topics

SBI PO Prelims 2019 Reasoning Ability  SBI PO Prelims 2018 Reasoning Ability 
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement (Moderate)

  • Floor based Puzzle
  • Box Based puzzle
  • Triangle Based Puzzles
  • Linear Arrangement Puzzle
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement (Lengthy)
Coding-Decoding  (Moderate) Coding-Decoding (Moderate)
Blood Relation  (Moderate)

  • Family-based Tree Puzzle)
Blood Relation (easy-moderate)
Alphabet (easy) Alphabet (easy-moderate)
Syllogism (Moderate) Data Sufficiency (Moderate)
Direct Sense (easy)

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The above mentioned detailed exam analysis of the year 2018 and 2019 is for candidates to get an overview of the important topics that are asked in the question paper, in the prelims exam. Let us discuss the changes that have been observed in the sections of this exam in the past two years so that candidates can prepare themselves accordingly:

  • English language section: The level of the English language section was seemingly easier in the year 2019 than in 2018. The number of questions from reading comprehension was increased. Also, topics like Phrase replacement and fill in the blanks held more weight than the previous year. The exam pattern for the English language section remains the same this year too. Candidates should focus on the topics which held more weightage in the year 2019 than 2018 as there are chances that those topics will hold equal or more weightage of marks/questions this year too.
  • Quantitative aptitude section: The number of questions from arithmetic topic was twice in the year 2019 that in the year 2018. This means that now arithmetic is one of the most important topics that every candidate must focus on as it carries more weightage of marks and questions now. The exam pattern of the quantitative aptitude section remains the same this year which means that there are chances that arithmetic will hold an equal or more amount of weightage than the year 2019.
  • Reasoning ability: The number of questions from the coding-decoding topic was increased in the year 2019. Puzzles and seating arrangement topics also saw an increment in terms no. of questions in the year 2019 than 2018. Questions from syllogism were asked in 2019. As the exam pattern remains the same this year too there are chances that the topics which held more weightage in the year 2019 than in the year 2018 are likely to appear and carry an equal or more amount of weightage in the year 2020 as well.

Candidates are advised to prepare for the above important topics with excellence and secure their chance of scoring maximum in the SBI PO Prelims Examination 2020.