Analysis of SBI PO 2017 Prelim Exam

The following is the detailed analysis of the SBI PO Preliminary Examination conducted in April / May 2017 (All slots).

Snapshot of the Exam:

Duration of Exam 60 Minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 35 Questions
Reasoning Ability 35 Questions
English Language 30 Questions
Total Questionss 100

No of choices per question – 5. Negative Marking – 0.25 of the marks assigned to each question

The analysis of the above mentioned session, as reported by our students, is given below. The difficulty level and topic wise break up was same for exams held across all slots.

Quantitative Aptitude:

According to the feedback received from our students who appeared for this exam, this section can be rated as easy to moderate.

The 10 questions on DI were straightforward and quite easy to attempt. Questions on number series and simplifications reportedly ranged between easy to moderate for all the slots.

The individual questions in this section were based on topics of ages, ratio, time and work, alligations, profit and loss, partnership, percentages, simple and compound interest etc. Though the questions were not direct ones, students found them to be tricky. An in-depth knowledge of concepts was mandatory in order to solve them. Questions on Quadratic Comparisons were reportedly easy.

Topic No of Qs
Data Interpretation ( Line & Table ) 10 ( 2 Sets)
Quadratic Equations (Comparisons) 5
Number Series (Missing number) 5
Simplifications 5
Individual Questions (Ages, Ratio, Time & Work, Percentages, Profit & Loss, Partnership, Alligations and Simple & Compound Interest) 10

Good number of attempts: 20 to 22


This section has been given an 'Easy - Moderate ' tag.

The emphasis here was on puzzles, which ranged from easy to moderate. There were 23 questions on puzzles in one of the slots and 20 in other slots – Linear, Floor, Distributions, Month & Date based.. Questions were also asked from topics like Symbol-Notation based conclusions, Blood Relations, Coding-Decoding and Direction Sense. No question was asked from Syllogisms.

The topic -wise split of questions as reported by our students, is given below.

Topic No of Qs Difficulty level
Puzzles (Linear, Floor, Distributions, Month & Date based) 23 ( in most of the slots) and 20 (in few slots) Set based Easy to Moderate
Blood Relations 2 to 3 Set based Moderate
Symbol-Notation based conclusions 5 3 Set based and 2 Individual Easy to Moderate
Coding – Decoding 1 to 2 Individual Easy
Ranking 2 to 3 Individual Easy
Direction Sense 2 to 3 Individual Easy

Good number of attempts: 18 to 20

English Language :

The English section comprised 30 questions, the break-up of which is listed below. This section was of easy to moderate difficulty level.

Topic No of Qs Difficulty level
Reading Comprehension 10 Moderate
Phrase Replacement 10 Moderate
Cloze test 10 Easy - Moderate

There was a lone RC passage with a total of ten questions; out of these, six to seven were a mix of those based on ideas contained in the passage, and the remaining three to four were based on meanings and opposites of words used in the text. The passage can be termed as 'moderate'.

Grammar questions on 'Phrase Replacement' were of moderate difficulty level and had not been much of a hassle to attempt.

The Cloze Test passage that appeared in the exam (as reported by our student) was presented in a very hitherto unseen and unusual manner. The fill-ups had already given and candidates were expected to find the most appropriate word from among the choices. If the fill- up as given for that blank in the passage was appropriate, option 5 which said 'No change required' was to be marked.

Good number of attempts: 13 - 15

Over all, the difficulty level of the paper can be tagged as Easy to Moderate across all slots