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|
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.
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|
|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|
|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