SBI PO 2018 Preparation Tips by T.I.M.E. - As a huge number of candidates would take SBI PO 2018 prelims exam on July 1, 7 and 8, there would be areas where many of the aspirants would feel stuck or they may need a better strategy than their own. To give them a better clarity on how to prepare for SBI PO 2018, so that they can make the best use of their time, Careers360 here brings expert tips to prepare for SBI PO 2018 from Pradeep Pandey, Academic Head and Sunil Dua, Senior Regional Head, T.I.M.E. Read the article (SBI PO 2018 Preparation Tips by T.I.M.E.) to know what you must focus on in which section and how.
Although the number of candidates attempting to crack the exam is very huge, serious competition comes from the top 20% of the exam takers. To meet this challenge, three months of rigorous and structured learning is required to crack SBI PO 2018. Apart from gaining knowledge in the various fields, the candidate is also required to take some mock tests to be able to improve in certain other areas as well.
Time is a big challenge to overcome in this exam as it is very difficult to correctly attempt all 100 questions in 60 minutes or all 155 questions in stipulated 180 minutes. It is almost certain that some of the questions will be left unattempted by the candidates. Therefore it becomes imperative to be able to make the right choice between leaving and attempting a question as the examination carries negative marking too.
Section-wise preparation tips for SBI PO 2018
How to prepare for General English
In the English Language section, Vocabulary and Grammar are areas that a candidate does not focus on till he takes a decision to take this exam. With a result, the candidate is completely at sea when he begins to prepare for this exam. It is very difficult for him to improve his vocabulary in such a short period of time without taking the help of mnemonics to be able to find the meanings of the words he has never come across in his life.
Reading Comprehension is another area where, despite being familiar with the format, the candidates find the text quite technical and difficult to interpret. The para jumble questions also require the flow of idea to be identified before putting them in the right order. Verbal Reasoning is another completely unfamiliar area for the candidates and therefore they need to start from the basics.
Tips to prepare for General Awareness
General Awareness and knowledge of Economy and Banking is also unknown to most of the candidates because of the lack of reading habit.
The essentials of cracking the exam begin with reading a newspaper for at least one hour every day followed by a well-planned strategy of enhancing the knowledge, knowing the pattern of the exam, learning tricks/shortcuts to be able to optimize the time allotted and finally attempting several close-to-real mock tests.
How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude
Quantitative Aptitude measures the numerical ability and accuracy in mathematical calculations. The questions range from purely numeric calculations to problems of arithmetic reasoning, graph and table reading, percentage analysis, categorization, and quantitative analysis. The level of test in broadly up to X class. In the previous SBI PO exams, there were questions on Approximations, Data Interpretation (almost all of them involved a lot of calculations.) while the Individual questions from Arithmetic, P&C, Probability (elementary level), Number Series, Quadratic comparison were also asked.
There was variation in topics in some slots for example; in some slots there were 5 questions on Number series whereas in some slots questions on Quadratic comparisons were given instead of questions from Number series. Judicious selection of question is the key to excel in the exam. A good practice of a significant number of MOCKs is essentially required before the exam.
Tips to prepare for Reasoning
This section does not require any kind of mathematical expertise. The reasoning is completely a skill-based area. Questions on puzzles (Linear, Days and Colour based, Floor etc.), Direction Sense, Blood Relations, Ranking, Deductions, Symbols-Notations, Coding-Decoding, and Input-Output are easy to moderate difficulty level. Variation in topics in some slots is very common off late in the SBI PO exam. Here too, candidates must take a lot of MOCK tests before the exams.