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Last Minute Tips for SBI PO Prelim 2017 Exam

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Dear ACians,

We are providing you Last Minute Tips for SBI PO Prelim 2017 Exam which is going to be held on 29,30th April,6 and 7th May 2017.

Although every year SBI has raised the bar of exam, but you should keep your calm and stay confident as this will help you score well and get through this phase of the exam.

All of you are almost done with your preparation and all you need is a final magical touch. So keeping in mind this, here are some of the tips for SBI PO Prelim 2017 Exam.

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Pattern For PRELIMS

SBI PO Prelim pattern

Key points

1.Time Management: This is the most important and crucial thing. If you can time the time well you can easily crack PRE. Almost all the questions are solvable but require different time frame,now its upto you which one you choose to go for.Keep a check on the amount of time you take for a particular question and do not spend too much of your time on any question, instead move on to the next question.

2.Speed:You must attempt the question paper in two rounds. While attempting each section – first attempt the questions, for which you are sure and which can be done in less than a minute. Leave tougher questions for the second round. This way, you will not miss any easy question in the paper and will be able to optimize the score.

3.Accuracy:There is a penalty of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer. Hence accuracy plays an important role. For now you will be well aware of your strong and weak areas and accuracy in those areas. Try to attempt those questions in which you are sure of your answer.

You will have to clear cutoff of each and every section along with the overall cutoff in order to Qualify for MAINS.

Last Minute Tips for SBI PO PrelimENGLISH LANGUAGE

This section has 30 questions. The paper generally include questions on

  1. Reading Comprehension (10)
  2. Cloze test (5)
  3. Fill in the blanks (5)
  4. Spotting the Errors (5)
  5. Para Jumble (5)

In the reading comprehension section there are also questions on synonyms and antonyms.

Topic wise Preference

  • First Attempt: Spotting Error, Fill in the blanks, Cloze Test, Para Jumble
  • Time consuming: Reading Comprehension


This section consist of 35 questions from various topics like puzzles (Circular seating arrangement, linear seating arrangement, floor based), Syllogism(Expected), Inequality, Coding – Decoding (Expected), Blood Relation, Direction Sense

Topic wise Preference

  • First Attempt: Syllogism (if asked), Inequality, Coding Decoding(If Asked), Direction Sense, Blood Relationship
  • Time consuming: Seating Arrangement, Puzzle


It has 35 questions from topics like

  1. Data Interpretation (10)
  2. Number Series(5)
  3. Quadratic Equations(5)
  4. Simplification(5)
  5. Miscellaneous questions(10)

This is just the rough estimate of the type of questions we are expecting

Topic wise Preference

  • First Attempt: Simplification / Approximation, Quadratic Equation, Number Series
  • Time consuming: Data Interpretation, Miscellaneous Questions

Miscellaneous questions includes –Age, Ratio & Proportion, Time and Speed, Profit Loss, Average, Simple & Compound Interest

Time Management 


5 minutes flexible depending on individual preference, as you are the one who know yourself better


  • Go with a plan.
  • Read all the questions properly.
  • Never Give Up during exam.
  • Do not lose your confidence.
  • Do not guess the answer.
  • Choose questions wisely.
  • Do not get stuck with particular question.
  • Take Proper Sleep.

Take a print out of your admit card and photo identity proof(Original as well as photostate) in advance as waiting for the last moment is not what ACians do and do reach the exam centre well ahead of time to avoid any unnecessary tension.

Just believe in yourself and you will be able to pass this examination with flying colours. Don’t try to pull an all-nighter before the paper. You need to be alert during the actual paper and cannot afford to be all drowsy during it.

Self-belief and hard work will always earn you success

Thanks Gaurav

All the Best !!!!!!!!!