SBI PO Prelims Exam Analysis, Review 2018: 1st July-1st Slot

Dear Aspirants,


SBI PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2018:

SBI PO is the most sought-after job in the banking industry. Several aspirants are burning candles at both ends to get a seat for themselves in this prestigious bank. Today was the first day of the first phase of this exam, i.e., prelims. Many students appeared for this exam and the competition will be very tough this time. Therefore, it is necessary that one gets aware about the type of questions being asked in the exam so that you get an idea about how to plan your strategy to attempt the questions in the exam and manage your time accordingly.

SBI introduced the sectional timing of 20 minutes for the first time this year,  and as this is the SBI Probationary Officer Recruitment Prelims Examination, its important for all banking aspirants to go through the review once. Exam analysis and review can help the aspirants who are yet to appear in upcoming shifts of SBI PO Prelims to get an idea of the difficulty level and expected pattern of questions in Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, and English Language sections. The examination held in this shift was of Moderate to Lengthy level.

SBI PO Exam Analysis 2018: Section-wise Analysis

Subject Good Attempt Time
English Language 16-19 20
Reasoning Ability 17-21 20
Quantitative Aptitude 19-23 20
Total 57-61 60

Quantitative Aptitude (Moderate)

Among all three sections of today’s 1st slot, the quantitative aptitude section was comparatively easier but the level was Moderate. Wrong Number series was asked in this shift of SBI PO Pre exam. One can easily attempt questions if they have practiced well. Questions based on Caselet DI, Bar Graph and Pie+Tabular DI were there is this slot. 
No. of Questions
Data Interpretation (Pie+Tabular, Bar Graph, Caselet)
Wrong Number Series
Quantity-1, Quantity-2
Arithmetic Word Problems

English Language (Moderate)

English section was of moderate level, when compared to prelims exam of SBI Clerk held yesterday, the level was up on the tougher side in 1st slot of SBI PO Prelims.  There were only 5 question in the set of Reading Comprehension out of which 1 question was of vocabulary. Given the sectional timing of 20 minutes, many aspirants reported that they were not able to attempt RC or all 30 questions in this section, so it is important that candidates choose wisely what to attempt and what to skip. Questions related to connecting sentences were also asked in this slot.
Topic No. of Questions Level
Reading Comprehension  5 Moderate
Phrase Replacement 8 Moderate
Connecting Sentences 5 Easy-Moderate
Sentence Rearrangement 6 Moderate
Sentence Starters 6 Moderate
Total 30 Moderate

Reasoning (Moderate-Lengthy)

The level of reasoning was Moderate to Lengthy. Puzzles were time-consuming but apart from puzzles, there were other questions in which students could score. Each set of the puzzle had around 4 questions.

There were 3 puzzles and Seating Arrangement which are given below:-
  • Box Based Puzzle, 2 Variable
  • Linear arrangement, North-South 7 person each row, 2 Variable
  • Month Based Puzzle
Topics No. of Questions Level
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement 14 Lengthy
Coding-Decoding 4 Moderate
Blood Relation 1 Easy-Moderate
Inequalities 5 Easy-Moderate
Machine Input Output  5 Moderate
Data Sufficiency 3 Moderate
Direction  2 Easy-Moderate
Single Question of Coding 1 Moderate
Total 35 Moderate-Lengthy

SBI PO Prelims: Video Analysis

Keep up your calm and confidence and you’ll surely do well in the exam!

All the best for next slot !!


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