The SBI PO 2019 Main Examination held on the 20th of July 2019, as per the feedback received from our students, was along expected lines with regard to unexpectedness, or in simple words, was mind-boggling!
The overall examination can be rated as tough. Data Interpretation and Reasoning sections were very difficult, while the English and General Awareness sections were easy to moderate and thankfully, as per expectations. The overall cutoff is predicted to be lower than that of SBI PO 2018 examination.
Surprise elements seem to have become a norm in all Bank exams, and the SBI PO 2019 Main exam was no exception to this. Certain unforeseen factors that popped up out of the blue created problems for candidates in terms of accuracy of answering and time management.
SBI PO 2019 Main Exam - New Models / Pattern of questions:
- Funnel based DI
- Scattered Graph (DI)
- Missing series with comparisons
- Coding – Decoding with Fill in the Blanks
- Direction sense with symbols & Notations
- Two new puzzle types – Box based puzzle, Linear arrangement(2 rows)+qbr(12 houses: 6 houses in each line and length of each door
- Input & Output – 6 numbers with six digits
- PFQ with sentence rearrangement
- Word Replacement – One word in each of the three sentences was given in bold font. Student has to choose a word from the options which will replace all the three words without changing the meaning of the given sentences.
The SBI PO 2019 Main exam pattern is given below. There was no mention of marks assigned per question in any of the sections.
(A) Objective Test:
|S.No||Name of Tests||No. of Qs||Duration|
|1||Reasoning & Computer Ability||45||60 Minutes|
|2||Data Analysis & Interpretation||35||45 Minutes|
|3||General Economy / Banking Awareness||40||35 Minutes|
|4||English Language||35||40 Minutes|
The section wise analysis of the above mentioned session, as reported by our students, is given below.
This section can be rated as very difficult and time-consuming.
There were five DI sets (details given in table below). All these sets were difficult and time-consuming.
There were three questions each on Missing number Series. Three series were given with a missing number in each. Student has to identify the three missing numbers and get the relationship between them. The difficulty level of these question types can be pegged between moderate and difficult. There were two sets of caselet based quant questions on Probability and Geometry.
|Topics||No. of questions||Difficulty Level|
|Time & Work based DI (Missing data)||3||Difficult|
|Funnel based DI (Missing Data)||5||Difficult|
|Line Graph (Based on shares)||5||Difficult|
|Scattered Graph (Density of population, Land area of village, Gender Ratio)||4||Difficult|
|Caselet based DI (Based on Four students writing exam, short questions carry 5 marks each, long questions carry 10 questions each, for each spelling half mark will be deducted)||5||Difficult|
|Missing Series with comparisons||3||Moderate - Difficult|
|Caselet based quant questions (Probability, Geometry)||10||Moderate - Difficult|
A student could therefore, have solved around 10 to 12 questions in 45 minutes, if he chose judiciously. This again, is a clear indication of the difficulty level of this section.
This section can be given a 'very difficult' tag.
Overall, this section has been rated as both very difficult and time-consuming. No question was asked from Computers, a trend noticeable in the last couple of years.
The following table gives the topic wise break-up of various question types.
|Topics||No. of questions||Difficulty Level|
|Puzzle (Blood Relations with Linear Arrangement, Two Square Arrangement(SBI PO 2017 Main exam model), Box based puzzle, Linear arrangement(2 rows)+qbr(12 houses :6 houses in each line and length of each door is given, Circular Arrangement + Pentagon)||22||Difficult – Very Difficult|
|Direction sense with symbols (NEW MODEL)||3||Difficult|
|Direction sense with symbols (IBPS PO 2017 Main exam model)||1||Moderate|
|Input / Output (NEW MODEL)||5||Difficult|
|Coding-Decoding wih Fill in the Blanks (NEW MODEL)||3 - 4||Difficult|
|Data Sufficiency (5 Statements) (IBPS PO 2018 Main Exam model)||2||Moderate - Difficult|
|Critical Reasoning||7 - 8||Moderate - Difficult|
There were a total of 22 questions on puzzles, out of which 17 questions were very difficult to crack. The set of 5 questions based on Linear + Blood Relations is of moderate level. (RRB PO 2018 Main exam model). The questions on Input-Output, Direction sense based on symbols and Coding-Decoding were presented in a different format, away from the common presentation.
About 14 to 16 questions could possibly be solved in 60 minutes.
Let us take a look at each question type of the English section.
PFQs with Sentence Rearrangement – This year, new pattern of PFQ was asked. Five sentences were given. Each sentence is in jumbled order. Student has to arrange the parts of the sentences first and then arrange the paragraph.The difficulty level can be pegged between moderate to difficult.
Word Replacement – One word in each of the three sentences was given in bold font. Student has to choose a word from the options which will replace all the three words without changing the meaning of the given sentences.
Fill in the Blanks(2 Blanks) – Each sentence with two blanks had to be filled with a pair of words to be picked from the 6 choices given in two columns. This was asked in IBPS Clerk 2018 Main exam.
Reading Comprehension – There were 5 to 6 RC passages with approximately 20 questions. All the pasages were easy to read and questions ranged from easy to moderate.
Thus, 25 to 28 can be considered as good number of attempts.
|Topic||No of Questions||Difficulty Level|
|Reading Comprehension (IBPS PO 2018 Main exam model)||20 ( 5 to 6 small passages)||Easy - Moderate|
|PFQ with Sentence Rearrangement (NEW MODEL)||5||Moderate - Difficult|
|FIB ( 2 Blanks;2 columns) (IBPS Clerk 2018 Main exam model)||5||Easy to Moderate|
|Word Replacement (NEW MODEL)||5||Moderate|
This section was the saving grace in the entire paper.
As reported by our students, about 23 to 25 questions were on Current Affairs (based on Jan to June 2019 events), 8 to 10 questions on Banking Awareness, 4 to 5 questions on Union Budget and 2 questions on Economic Survey. Thus, students who are regularly following the current affairs could have easily attempted 30+ questions.
(B) Descriptive Test:
This section carried Letter and Essay writing. There were three letters given and the candidate had to write a letter from among them. Among the 3 essays given, one had to be chosen by the test-taker. What was noteworthy was that both the letter and essay were to be written in 150 words each.
Letter writing [20 Marks, 150 words] -
- A letter to be written to your branch manager to increase the number of cash counters in the branch.
- A letter to be written to the branch manager regarding replacement of a lost cheque book.
- A letter to be written to college senior, thankin him for ‘Career Guidance’.
Essay writing [30 Marks, 150 words]-
- Effect of E-commerce on Retail businesses
- Importance of Financial Inclusion
- The measures to be taken while doing online transactions.
Note: The above analysis was written based on the feedback given by our students.