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Preparation Plan for SBI PO Prelims 2017 Exam – Tips/Tricks/Guidance for All Sections

SBI PO 2017 Prelims Preparation Plan

Overview: State bank of India (SBI) is a multinational banking organisation that provides 1428747500.01f6b8e7a6bc4675b83489ae8640c4c4investment banking, insurance, savings and many other services to the customers. More than 2.3 lakhs employees have been working in this organisation. They are well known for their services and to provide such services they keep on recruiting candidates who are skilled and capable of working in any environment.

SBI PO 2017 Exam Pattern:

SBI has made done some major changes in SBI PO Exam pattern and SBI PO syllabus 2017. The Exam Pattern of SBI PO consists of three phases –

Phase-I –> Preliminary Examination

Phase-II –> Main Examination

Phase-III –> Group Discussion & Interview

To know about SBI PO 2017 Exam Pattern: CLICK HERE

Preparation Plan for SBI PO 2017 Preliminary Examination: SBI PO Preliminary Preparation plan is quite detailed, elaborate and descriptive and it has in total of three subjects which as follows:

  • English Language
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Reasoning Ability

Tips for cracking each section are:

<—Reasoning Ability preparation plan for SBI 2017 PO Prelims Exam–>

Reasoning is a test of observing our mental and problem solving ability. Reasoning is not like numerical skill where you learn some formula and solve question by applying that formula. Understand the question before solving it. Don’t take much time for single question. You have to be very careful while answering these questions. Practice similar questions from previous model papers or previous year’s exam papers are the key to do well in this section. The most important questions from this section are on the topics such as

  • Seating Arrangements
  • Syllogism
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Directions
  • Blood Relations
  • Analogy
  • Classification
  • Series problems
  • Ranking
  • Data sufficiency

Which questions you have to attempt first –

It’s better to attempt first those questions on which you are very confident and you can attempt in a lesser time. Please do not start with Seating Arrangement/Puzzle type’s questions because once you stuck in these questions, you will lose your valuable time.

<–Quantitative Aptitude preparation for SBI 2017 PO Prelims Exam –>

This section contains the basic mathematical questions. Before exercising such questions, it is better to go through the basic mathematical formulae and learn some short cuts to solve the questions in lesser time. In this section, the questions act as Calculation Instruments. This section is extremely scoring and the right understanding of the problem can help the aspirants to sail through this section. The most important questions from this section are on the topics such as

  • Number Systems
  • Fractions
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Time & Work
  • Percentage
  • Profit & Loss
  • Simple Interest & Compound Interest
  • Average
  • Time & Distance
  • Mensuration
  • Partnership
  • Bar graph, Pie-chart and Probability

Data Analysis and Interpretation contains Pie charts, Bar Diagrams and graphs. It is one of the time consuming concept. So it’s better to do at least five questions of this type a day to speed up your calculations.

Don’t try guesses in this section, Speed up your calculation and Learn Square up to 30 and multiplication tables up to 20 are some key points to score well in this section.

<–English Language preparation for SBI PO 2017 Prelims Exam–>

SBI PO English Exam is tough when you compare with other competitive exams and this is the section where many aspirants are not able to score minimum cut off marks. As you all read English books, chat with your friends in English and of course watch English movies. But you cannot get score good marks in English section. Most of the students face difficulty in this section. This is a test principally to determine candidate’s ability to remember main ideas and significant details. The most important questions from this section are on the topics such as

  • Grammar
  • Comprehension
  • Error Correction
  • Vocabulary
  • Cloze Test and Fill in the blanks
  • Para jumbles
  • Synonyms & Antonyms.

Apart from this study material, few tips from Engistan’s side:

  • Read English newspapers daily.
  • Improve your vocabulary by knowing 10 new words everyday along with its Synonyms and Antonyms.
  • Watch good English news channels.
  • Can refer the book ‘Wren n Martin’.

If you have any doubts related to SBI PO 2017 Exam, your doubts will be cleared by our experts or fellow SBI aspirants in the discussion forum.

All the best Guys. .!!

27 Comments on Preparation Plan for SBI PO Prelims 2017 Exam – Tips/Tricks/Guidance for All Sections

  1. sir,
    what about descriptive exam?? will nt be there in priliminary test??

    thank you for your info

    • Naveen Sachdeva // April 29, 2015 at 2:10 pm // Reply

      SBI PO Prelims Exam will contains questions from the below subjects —

      English Language
      Quantitative Aptitude
      Reasoning Ability

      And, MAINS Exam contains Descriptive test. Main Examination will consist of Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 50 marks. Both the Objective and Descriptive Tests will be online.

      To know more about the Exam pattern of Prelims and Mains Exam, please refer the below link —

  2. please suggest me how to manage time in all section of sbi po exam .
    which book i “ll prefer. . can u please give me some guidance.

  3. Arindam Singhi // April 30, 2015 at 12:24 pm // Reply

    Sir please send me some study material of sbi po exam, is guessing idea is gud or bad.

  4. siddharth rathod // May 2, 2015 at 12:59 pm // Reply

    I want to know by u how much necessary time for po exam preaparation in daily

  5. plz recommend the book for sbi po exams

  6. Ankit Agarwal // May 9, 2015 at 9:45 am // Reply

    Hello sir, if it is possible than please share some important notes and study material………..

  7. i want to know the preferable materials recommended foe sbi po recruitment

  8. i want to know the preferable materials recommended for sbi po recruitment

  9. Amit Bharti // May 10, 2015 at 9:29 am // Reply


    you tell about primary Exam what about main ?
    plz tell

  10. How to solve idoms n phrase ane error finding

  11. krishnaraj // May 25, 2015 at 6:32 pm // Reply

    i have the doubt in the cut-off marks have for each section or general cut-off .

    • Naveen Sachdeva // June 8, 2015 at 6:50 am // Reply


      Cut-off will be decided later by SBI. Cut off marks will be different for General and rest of the reserved categories. SBI PO Cut off can be defined as the minimum marks needed to be eligible for next round of selection for the post of probationary officer. If a candidate scores marks equal to or more than the cutoff, he/she will be considered valid for personal interview and group discussion.

      Below are the factors that will be considered while preparing the SBI PO Prelims 2015 Cut-Off’s —

      Number of candidates appeared in the Exam
      Exam difficulty level
      Pass percentile
      Number of seats/posts
      Reservation norms

      From a student point of view, we will advise to do as much questions CORRECTLY in the Exam keeping in mind that he/she has to qualify in each of the three sections by securing passing marks. Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by the Bank (approximately 20 times the numbers of vacancies subject to availability) will be short listed for the Main Examination.

  12. How many questions we need to attend to qualify?
    What is cut off for obc in phase 1?

  13. Ravi singh // May 30, 2015 at 1:23 pm // Reply


  14. prachi bansal // June 3, 2015 at 6:32 am // Reply

    English section ki preparation kaise kre
    isme koi be topic solve nhi hota plz guide me

    • Naveen Sachdeva // June 8, 2015 at 6:42 am // Reply


      Below are some tips that will help you to score good marks in English section —

      Read English newspapers daily.
      Improve your vocabulary by knowing 10 new words everyday along with its Synonyms and Antonyms.
      Watch good English news channels.
      Refer the book ‘Wren n Martin’.

      And, most importantly start focusing first on topics such as Error Correction, Fill in the blanks, Grammar portion, Vocabulary. These topics are comparatively easy as compared to re-arranging the sentences and other topics. Then, practice questions of other topics.

  15. Hello sir ‘ what is the base of bank po examination . Plese tell me sir

  16. Dev Narayan Ray // June 17, 2015 at 1:24 pm // Reply

    plz suggest for the preparation of english to crack this section and how many scores are legible to qualify in this section.if u provide this .it will be grateful job.

    thank you

  17. Pranjal Sharma // March 10, 2016 at 11:33 am // Reply

    I want to give po examination in 2016.How to apply for it and the rest details please.

  18. sanskriti kalia // March 19, 2016 at 2:35 pm // Reply

    the mains exam of SBI PO Contains only DI??

  19. pls send the previous year prelims question papers of sbi p.o.

  20. Hello,
    I GANESH MURMU, a 1st yr engineering student (Information Technology). I want to crack SBI PO exam 2020. So,I want start my preparation from now. So, how can I prepare myself during this 4 yrs for my sbi exam ?

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