SBI PO 2018 Exam Strategy | How To Crack SBI PO 2018

Dear Students, the State Bank of India recently announced a huge number of vacancies for the post of Probationary Officers this year. The total number of vacancies this year is 2000 and the examinations for the recruitment process is scheduled to be held in the month of July and August. The registrations for the online application have already started on 21st of April 2018 and the last day to fill up the forms is 13th of May 2018.

SBI, that has always been known for changing the pattern of its examinations with setting up a new trend for the other banking examinations to be conducted throughout the year, once again changed the face of its pattern for clerk examination that is now being followed in the PO examination as well. From the introduction of sectional timing in prelims examination to the elimination of sectional cut-off from the same, SBI has blown everyone’s mind once again with a changed pattern of SBI PO Prelims Examination 2018. Now that the changes have already been introduced in the SBI Exam Pattern, all that you need to do is to have an ace up your sleeve so as it bears fruit during the time of examination.

Also, SBI PO is one of the most sought-after jobs in the government sector as it provides one with a handsome salary along with a lot of perks and facilities that no other bank provides. From job security to experience-based promotion, the State Bank of India provides you with a great number of benefits that include lesser working hours, a pay that is on par with the corporate sector, medical, housing, loans, childcare etc.

Now that you know how gratifying this job with SBI could be, get your priorities straight and start preparing for the exam right away. Before getting your feet wet, you must always be cognizant of what the examination pattern for the exam is, and how you should plan your preparations so as you are able to do with the syllabus well ahead of the time when the examination takes place.

SBI PO Preliminary Examination Pattern 2018:

Sr.No. Name of Tests No. of Qs Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 20 minutes
2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 1 hour (60 minutes)
SBI PO Main Examination Pattern 2018: 

Serial Number Section No. of Question Max. Marks Duration
1. English Language 35 Total
40 minutes
2. Data Analysis and Interpretation 35 45 minutes
3. Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude 45 60 minutes
4. General/Financial Awareness 40 35 minutes
Total 155 3 hours

SBI PO Prelims 2018 Strategy

English Section

In the English Section, you have got enough of the time to solve the questions efficiently, i.e., 20 minutes for 30 questions. Earlier, students used to have a mindset of doing with the English section within 10-15 minutes and thereby solving the questions of the Quantitative Aptitude or the Reasoning Ability Section that are comparatively complex and time-consuming. But, to their dismay, this strategy won’t be working anymore as 20 minutes out of the total 60 minutes have to be given solely to English Section as per the SBI Notification.

  • Practice more and more questions with the Adda247 Mobile App.
  • You still have 2 months to grasp the maximum of the basics of this language so, make the best out of these 2 months so as you manage to attempt the maximum number of questions in this section in the examination.
  • Do keep in mind that accuracy should be the priority while attempting this particular section, as, many of you would try to attempt the maximum number of the questions in this section that kind of gives you the maximum average time for each question (20 minutes for 30 questions).
  • Those who think they are weak in English can choose to attempt Reading Comprehension as they will have enough of time to read and understand it thoroughly. The good thing about the RC is that it doesn’t test English grammar, and one can do it easily by making use of her/ his common sense. 
  • The Reading comprehension too should be attempted in a way that you attempt questions based on vocab and phrases first and then the questions that need a deep penetration through the paragraphs. 
  • The important topics for cloze test are subject-verb agreement, preposition, and verbs. These topics may help you deal with some other questions too that will be based on grammar. So make sure that you have these topics at your fingertips when you are to attempt the examination.

Quantitative Aptitude Section

Earlier, students used to spend 25-27 minutes (on an average) on this section, but unfortunately, that is not going to be the case this time. As SBI has already restricted the time to do this particular section to just 20 minutes, you really need to break your back in order to attain good or satisfactory marks in Quantitative Aptitude Section.
  • This section needs the maximum of your hard work and travail as the questions asked in this section are calculative and very time-consuming and you will have only 20 minutes for a total of 35 questions.
  • The key is to attempt the quizzes on Adda247 App on a regular basis, without skipping a single day.
  • In the examination, attempt the questions on Quadratic Equations, Simplification, and Approximation, and Number Series first as you would be able to solve the maximum number of questions within minimum time.
  • After having attempted all these questions efficiently, go for Data Interpretation. In every DI 3 questions are always doable and the rest two are a bit tricky and calculative. So, try to attempt at least those 3 questions with accuracy.
  • Rest of the questions will be based on arithmetic miscellaneous topics like CI & SI, Time and Work, Pipes, and Cisterns, Partnership, etc. Time will be running short and if you are left with some, then attempt these questions too in the end.

Reasoning Section

This section is still a big sigh of relief to the students as, even before the introduction of sectional timing, students would give 20 minutes on an average to this particular section. Reasoning Ability is an onerous section, and with the increasing complexity of questions, it becomes hard for one to give it the cold shoulder. The only way to make the grade in this particular section in the forthcoming exam of SBI PO Prelims is to practice and only practice with all your heart and soul.
  • Attempt the maximum number of questions in Reasoning Section in minimum time by attempting the difficult puzzles in the end. 
  • Start with the questions that are not in the form of puzzles, you can choose to start with questions based on inequalities, direction and distance, syllogism, coding-decoding, alphanumeric series, and other such random topics. 
  • Then try to start with puzzles that appear easy to be solved and proceed with moderate and difficult puzzles in a similar way. 
You still have ample of time to prepare yourself for the examination in accordance with the new pattern of SBI PO Prelims Exam. You just need to be determined, keep your nose to the grindstone all these months and there you go. Don’t let these changes get on your nerves, as baking examinations introduce such novel changes to the pattern of exam every year and you should always keep yourself ready to adapt to such changes. Keep practicing and things will definitely come up roses eventually.

All the best for your preparations!!
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