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)
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

Reasoning:

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