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SBI PO 2015 MAINS Exam Analysis,Section & Topic wise

SBI PO 26th July 2015 MAINS Exam Analysis

State bank of India (SBI) has conducted the SBI PO MAINS Examination on 26th of July 2015 for all those candidates who had earlier qualified their Preliminary examination and called for the mains examination.
There were 200 questions in the Objective paper (4 sections of 50 questions each) which was later followed by the Descriptive Exam.

Below is the analysis of each section:-

Reasoning section Analysis of SBI PO Mains 2015 —
Questions from Data Sufficiency, Statement and Argument, Higher Reasoning, Input & output, Comparison of rank, Syllogism, Puzzles, all formed a part of this section. Puzzles were difficult, Input/Output was also difficult but Syllogism was doable, Critical Reasoning was easy. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate.

Here is the number of questions from each topic:

Topic No. of Questions
Input-Output 5 Questions
Syllogism 5 Questions
Puzzles 2 questions of 6 marks each
and 1 question of 5 marks
Data Sufficiency 5 Questions
coding and decoding 5 Questions
Miscellaneous (Ranking Test, Direction Test, Blood Relation, etc.) 8 Questions

General Awareness/Computer/Marketing —
This section consisted of questions from Static G.K. (Banking), Current Affairs, Computer Awareness and Marketing. The Questions were mainly from the current happening of 3-4 months but also included some static questions. The Marketing questions were analytical and the computer part was doable. Overall this section was easy.

Here is the number of questions from each topic:

Topic No. of Questions
Current Affairs 15 Questions
Banking Awareness 15 Questions
Computer Awareness 10 Questions
Marketing 10 Questions

Current affairs Questions asked in SBI PO Mains 2015

  • World peace day or international peace day September 21
  • Agartala is the capital of Tripura
  • CEAT Indian cricketer of the year award Ajinkya Rahane
  • India under 19 team Coach Rahul Dravid
  • Life insurance Corporation gets clearance to do business in Bangladesh
  • The Constitution (100th Amendment) Act, 2015 is Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) between India and Bangladesh
  • Jim Corbett national park located in – Uttarakhand
  • Krishna Poonia is an Indian -Discus Thrower
  • The Omkareshwar Dam is a dam on – Narmada River
  • 68 Cannes film festival critics prize(Indian Film) – Masaan
  • Forward Markets Commission to merge with – SEBI
  • Volkswagen is a – “GERMANY” Car Manufacturer
  • Katasraj temple in which country- Pakistan
  • Maximum amount of Pension in APY- Rs. 5000
  • Which country agreed to lend 1165 crore for Odisha transmission system improvement project – Japan
  • PM Suraksha Bima Yojana Age Limit- 18-70
  • Who is Irvin rose-American Biologist
  • Omkareshwar dam – Madhya Pradesh
  • Indian IT company ranked 57th in US- TCS

Data Analysis and Interpretation —
This section was heavily dominated by the questions revolving around percentages. Questions from Line Graph, Bar Graph, Pie Chart and Table were asked in this section. Questions from Quadratic Equations were there. As compared to the last year’s SBI PO Exam, this section was lengthier and more difficult.

Here is the number of questions from each topic:

Topic No. of Questions
Probability, Permutation & Combination 5 Questions
Data Sufficiency 5 Questions
Number series 5 Questions
Line graph 5 Questions
Table Chart 5 Questions
Arithmetic Questions (Time & Work, Average, Speed & Distance, Ratio & Proportions, etc) 10 Questions

English Language —
Overall this was moderate. The section comprised of questions based on Antonyms/Synonyms, Error Spotting, Reading Comprehension, FIB (2 blanks), Para-jumbles and Cloze test. The difficulty level of the Reading Comprehensions was difficult to moderate. The 10 blanks cloze test was a tad bit difficult. The difficulty level of Error spotting, FIB and Para jumbles was easy to moderate.

Topic No. of Questions
Reading Comprehension 2 passages with 10 questions each
Para jumbles 5 Questions
Error Spotting 5 Questions
Fill in the Blanks 5 questions with double spacing
Cloze Test 10 Questions
Sentence Improvement 5 Questions

Overall Analysis of SBI PO MAINS 2015 Exam —

Section Total Questions Good Attempts Level of difficulty Approximate time taken
Reasoning Ability 50 22-25 Moderate 35 min
General Awareness/ Computer/ Marketing 50 30-35 Easy 20 min
Data Analysis and Interpretation 50 12-18 Difficult 40 min
English Language 50 25-28 Easy/Moderate 25 min
Total 200 86-116 Moderate 120

Descriptive Paper:-

The Descriptive paper includes just two questions, one was Letter Writing & the other was Essay Writing. It was mainly based on the current happenings of the world. The descriptive paper was a real test for the students as they have to type their answers.

Below are the letters and essays asked in the Exam —


  • Write a letter to the bank manager to share an innovative idea on File management system in banks
  • Write a letter to the newspaper editor on how to stop crime in city
  • Write a letter to your old teacher to thank him/her for making you a good human being


  • Pros and cons of ‘one rank one pension’ scheme
  • Over-dependence on monsoon for farmers
  • Ethical problems of e-commerce

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2 Comments on SBI PO 2015 MAINS Exam Analysis,Section & Topic wise

  1. pls suggest topics for sbi po descriptive 2016

  2. LAVA KUMAR PN // June 2, 2016 at 6:37 am // Reply


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