SBI PO 2020 Preparation Tips During the Lockdown by Expert from T.I.M.E
Things have changed a bit in the recent time as the world is combating a new challenge which has put the world in a standstill. And in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, several banking exams, recruitment processes and result declarations have been postponed. But now, with the countries unlocking themselves, the economic activities have started gearing up and soon we may expect the SBI PO exam announcements. The challenge now is how to start preparing for the entrance exam and manage time in this lockdown period. The lockdown period can be easily utilized to keep oneself busy with the entrance preparation .As there is a lot of time these days when people are at home , one has to properly divide time for each area and keep some time for yoga and exercise as well. For a healthy mind we need a healthy body. Breaks should also be taken while studying to overcome the monotony. Also , one should work on 2 to 3 three areas daily based on chapter completion rather than just the number of hours spent on studies. Daily and weekly goals should be based on chapters and not on number of hours with the books everyday. Daily output should be measured and reviewed every week and routine should be made accordingly. The real challenge is how to keep oneself motivated during the preparation. Read the complete article by Amit Poddar, Sr. Regional head, T.I.M.E. Delhi who provides vital preparation tips related to SBI PO entrance exam.
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According to the exam pattern of SBI PO, there are two levels for the exam- Preliminary and the mains exam. After one clears both the levels, one is called for the interview process. Three areas are tested in the Prelim exam viz. English. Quantitative and Reasoning ability. And the areas tested in the mains exam are Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, Data analysis and Interpretation, GK/GA, English and descriptive writing. So, the task in front of the aspirants is huge as they need to work on all the areas. A lot of students tend to ignore the mains exam initially and focus only on the preliminary, which is in no way the right approach as the gap between the prelim and mains can be of only a few weeks. The preparation for prelim and mains should be done together thinking that you will crack the prelim exam. Optimism is the key to success for any entrance exam. In this lockdown period, there is no dearth of time and devoting around 6 to 8 hrs judiciously can help you get your dream career and a dream job at India’s largest bank SBI.
Section wise preparation tips
English section is all about antonym, synonym, para jumble, passages, fill in the blank, cloze test, error identification, etc. The passages may be based on the areas like Business, economics, Technology, Modern History, Philosophy, etc. So, one has to practice at least 2-3 passages daily and work a lot on para jumble, vocab and grammar as they prepare for SBI PO 2020. Reading comprehensions and para jumble are skill based questions and the aspirants need to practice a lot of questions to reach a good accuracy level. To improve vocabulary one should depend on roots, prefix, suffix, etc. as smart work and intelligent guess work can help crack even tough words given in the exam. Common sense plays a vital role in tackling grammar questions than only remembering the rules of grammar. Preparing for this section is like taking medicines and one has to practice RCs,Vocab,etc. on a daily basis.
General/ economy/Banking awareness questions can be dealt with properly, only if a student has given time to daily newspapers and magazines while they appear for SBI PO 2020. A good reading habit will not only help you ace the English section but also the GK section. Gk capsules and ppts prove very helpful as the students prepare for current affairs.In this section candidates can score high marks if one is confident about the answers. So, be thorough with the last six months current affairs at least and go through some static GK as well. In the last few years about 70 % – 80 % of the questions asked here were on Current Affairs and the remaining on Banking Awareness, Union Budget, Monetary policies, FDI etc.
The Quantitative ability section in the prelim exam is mostly based on quadratic comparison, simplification, data interpretation, number series, Ages, Percentages, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Boats & Streams, Probability, Geometry & Mensuration, Mixtures & Alligations etc. To do well in this section, one has to be clear on the concepts and very good in speed and accuracy. Learning some faster calculation tricks and Vedic Maths can be certainly of some help.
Reasoning section requires thorough preparation as these are relatively newer areas for most of the students. The questions are normally based on coding decoding, blood relations, symbols notations, word formation, critical reasoning, odd man out, puzzles, direction sense, input output, syllogism, deductions, etc. Computer knowledge is also tested in the mains exam, so one is expected to be thorough with the software and hardware aspects of computers.
Descriptive Test - This section carries Letter and Essay writing. Normally ,there are three letters given and the candidate has to write a letter from among them. Among the 3 essays given, one has to be chosen by the test-taker. What is noteworthy is that both the letter and essay is to be written in 150 words each. One should know the exact format of letter writing and essays to do well in this section. A good reading habit and some practice can help help students score well in this section.
Time management plays a very important role in SBI PO exam. Hence, students must pad up their preparation by taking at least ten to twelve mock tests. Analyzing the mock and identifying the strengths and weaknesses should be the next step.This can also help aspirants come up with the right strategy to be applied in the actual exam. As all of us are unique individuals, we should not just believe in hearsay and just copy and paste what others do. Devising one’s own strategy is the most important factor which can help you sail through this exam.
SBI PO Exam Pattern 2020 for Preliminary Exam
Number of Questions
SBI PO Exam Pattern 2020 for Mains Exam
Number of Questions
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude
Data Analysis & Interpretation
General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness
Subjective/ Descriptive Test
English Language (Letter Writing & Essay)
SBI PO Exam Pattern 2020 for Group Exercises & Interview
SBI PO marking Scheme
There will be a negative marking of one-fourth of the marks assigned to a particular question in the objective test. There is no negative marking in the subjective part of the Mains paper.
The analysis of the SBI PO 2019 Prelim exam held on the 9th of June 2019 (Slot 1) has been presented below, so that the aspirants this year can plan their studies accordingly. If we analyse to the SBI PO & Clerk Prelim exams that was held last year, it is seen that there was no change in the structure and there was time limit for each sections.
Snap shot of the Exam:
No. of questions
Total no. of Questions
No of choices per question – 5
On answering incorrectly, candidates would lose 0.25 of the marks that were allotted to each question
SBI PO Exam Analysis as per the inputs that were given by the candidates.
This section can be rated as moderate and was time consuming There were no new type of questions that were asked.
In this section, questions were not asked from the following topics:
Data Sufficiency and Data Comparison.
There were fifteen questions (3 sets) on Data Interpretation ( five questions each on Table, Pie Chart and Caselet). According to the input provided by the students, questions on caselet were time-consuming. Also five questions each on wrong number series and Quadratic Comparisons. It was easy to solve questions on wrong number series and Quadratic Comparisons
There were ten individual questions and were either easy, difficult or moderately difficult.
Hence a student could easily solve at least sixteen to eighteen questions in twenty minutes.
No. of Questions
Data Interpretation (3 sets. Pie Chart + Table, Bar Graph and Caselet)
Number Series (Wrong number)
Individual Questions(Ages, Percentages, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Boats & Streams, Probability, Geometry & Mensuration, Mixtures & Alligations etc..)
As per the inputs that were provided by the students some of them found it easy while others found it difficult.
There were twenty questions on Puzzles (Linear Arrangement (five persons all facing North) + Distribution, Comparisons (7 persons and their ages), Distribution), which were of easy to moderate level of difficulty. Square Arrangement (Persons sitting at the middle facing centre and persons sitting at the corners facing outside). There were four questions on Symbols & Notations, five questions on Coding - Decoding and three questions on Blood Relation. Most of the questions were once again moderately difficult there was one question on Odd Man Out which the candidates found it easy.
In twenty minutes, candidates could at least twenty to twenty four questions.
Topic- wise Break Up
No of Qs
Square Arrangement (Persons sitting at the middle facing centre and persons sitting at the corners facing outside), Puzzles (Linear Arrangement (5 persons all facing North) + Distribution,Comparisons (7 persons and their ages), Distribution)
Coding – Decoding
Symbols & Notations
Odd man out
English Language :
Students found the English Language section as easy.
The only Reading Comprehension passage was conventional in its presentation and there were eight questions which were asked. There was 1 Vocab based questions and 1 question on FIB. The passage was based on Economy.
There were five questions on wrongly spelt words.
There were seven Error Identification Questions. All these five questions were easy to solve.
Candidates had to answer two questions on Matching the sentences which were given in two columns.
Also there were three questions on Fill in the blanks(Single blank).
There were 5 questions on Para Jumbled Sentences. Five sentences to be rearranged to form a meaningful paragraph.
Easily, students could solve seventeen to nineteen questions.
Topic wise break up for English Language Section
No of Questions
Para Jumbled Sentences
Wrongly spelt words
Match the sentences given in two columns
Fill in the Blanks (Single Blank)
Over all, the paper can be rated as easy to moderate.
Good Attempts and Expected Cutoffs:
16 - 18
22 - 24
17 - 19
55 – 61
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Questions related to SBI PO
I have done B.Sc in hotel management so, can i seat for bank exams like SBI PO, SBI clerk, IBPS PO, IBPS clerk, RRB, etc.
Yes, you can. As far as bank exams(Probationary and Clerk posts) are concerned , any candidate in age group of 20-30 can sit for the exam if he/she has a valid undergraduate degree in any discipline from a recognized university. Based on your category reservation ,you will get age relaxation too which you can check in detail in the exam's eligibility section. Coming to RRB ,the following are the exams:
RRB Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC) Exam
Under Non-Technical Popular Categories, there are many posts like:
Goods Guard an dmany more.
Junior Accounts Assistant Cum Typist .
Senior Clerk Cum Typist Deg
RRB Junior Engineer (JE) Exam
RRB Assistant Loco Pilot (ALP) Exam
RRB Group D Exam/RRC Level 1 exam
So in railways , you can apply for non technical posts which require either graduation or 12th qualification. Technical posts will require technical degrees such as engineering as qualification ,so you may not be eligible for that. The average age limit for the various exams is at 18 minimum and about 32-33 years at maximum. Similar to bank exams , the age relaxation is provided to some reserved categories. Therefore , kindly go through the complete eligibility criteria for all posts to find out which is apt for your level of qualification.
All the best
Does ibps po/ sbi po and mens objective and descriptive exam happen in 1 day?
Both IBPS PO and SBI PO exams will have a descriptive section along with the objective section. The descriptive test will begin immediately after the objective section so yes it will happen on the same day ie., on the mains exam day. The descriptive section will have both essay writing and letter writing questions for which you will be given 30 minutes to complete . The total marks for this section in IBPS PO is 25 and in SBI PO it will be 50. Both the questions will be usually based on current affairs, government schemes and policies, latest news, ethical subjects and more.
All the best
What are the questions asked in computer aptitude in sbi PO? Do they really ask about the basic computer definitions or it is just the aptitude and reasoning questions?
The SBI PO Reasoning and Computer Aptitude section in the Main Exam, consists a total of 45 questions to be completed in 60 minutes. Below are the different categories from which Reasoning and Computer Aptitude questions are asked:
Order and Ranking
History and Generation of Computers
Introduction to Computer Organisation
Computer Hardware and I/O Devices
Number System and Conversions
MS Office and Short cut keys
Basics of DBMS
Computer and Network Security
Just practice previous year papers to know the type and pattern of questions.
All the best
which book is best for SBI po banking preparation please ask me
Some best books for SBI PO are enlisted below for different sections :-
Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma
Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal
The Complete Success Package – Bank PO by Arihant Publications
Quantitative Aptitude Test by NK Singh
Data interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma
Reasoning by MK Pandey
Verbal- Non Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggrawal
Guide to Banking General Awareness by R.Gupta
Manohar Pandey Book by Arihant Publications
Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey
English by SP Bakshi
English Language by Wren & Martin
Essential English Grammar by Murphy
General English by R.S.Aggarwal
Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
Manohar Pandey Book by Arihant Publications
Guide to Banking General Awareness by R.Gupta
Banking Awareness by Arihant Publication
Banking Awareness by Javed Siddiqui
The Pearson General Knowledge Manual by Edgar Thorpe
Objective Computer Knowledge & Literacy by Kiran Publication
Computer Awareness by Arihant Publication
For Interview part :-
How to crack Bank Interview By Gautam Majumdar (Arihant Publication)
Banking Awareness for SBI & IBPS Bank Clerk/PO/RRB/RBI Exams by Disha Experts
Banking Awareness by Arihant Experts
For complete list and preparation tips kindly check out the link given below :-
I hope this information helps you.
which is the best book for SBI po banking exam please ask me sir
Some of the best book for SBI po banking 2021 are given below
- Quantitative aptitude for competition examination by R. S Aggarwal
- Quantitative Aptitude test by N. K Singh
- Arthemetic for general competition
- Objective English by edgar thorpe
- Word power made easy by Norman Lewis
- Objective general English by R. S Aggarwal
- A modern approach to Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning by R. S Aggarwal
- The hand on guide Analytics Reasoning and Logical Reasoning by peeyush Bhardwaj
Hope this information will help you