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Some Points to Remember during SBI PO Main Exam 2016

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Hello Readers
Now its the time for SBI PO Main Exam 2016. We all have seen the level of exam in SBI Clerk Main exam where all students reported that it was of PO level. So we can have an idea that SBI is going to be stricter in its PO recruitment process too. But no need to worry if you have prepared accordingly and remember


Please note the point: Unlike SBI Clerk, PO exam has a single cutoff for all the students.

We know that year by year the difficulty level of the paper is rising. But it is not only for you, it is for all the students who are going to write the exam. So do not have negative thoughts that you will be not able to clear the exam.

As we saw the reviews of SBI Clerk 2016, we can easily predict that what level of exam you are to take on this 31st. Believe in yourself and your efforts.
With the new pattern there is no need to manage time in the Main exam. But yes there is a need to manage time and questions in each sections. There will a certain sequence given in which only you can attempt the sections, you cannot choose the sequence of sections by your own.
You have to choose the questions which are easily solvable and do not require much time. So you must give some time to find these questions. This is not a time wastage but a time investment. In fact investment towards your high attempts.

Click here to know the pattern and topics that came in SBI PO Main exam 2015.
Click here to know the topics that came in SBI Clerk Main 2016 exam.

There will not be exactly the same pattern, but will match nearly.

The way in which you can attempt sections are:

Reasoning Section

We very well know that hard puzzles will be there in this section.
First attempt all other questions leaving puzzles. Carefully attempt the statement – assumptions/conclusions/courses of actions, etc questions.
4 puzzles might be expected in the exam. First give 2-3 minutes to observe the puzzles and find which can be easy to solve. Linear arrangement puzzle (north-south sitting) is generally easy. You can start with that. Go on writing the details on your rough sheets and make connections.
In SBI Clerk Main exam, we saw some triangle and dots questions in this section.
SBI introduces new topics each time. So in PO Main exam also it is expected that some new type of questions can be asked. Do not attempt these new questions at first place. Attempt them only if you get time at last or you are nit able to solve other questions.

Quant Section

According to the syllabi of SBI PO Main exam, only Data Interpretation questions are going to be asked. But if we see the last year’s pattern, some other topics like number series, quadratic equations, data sufficiency and probability were also asked.
So extra topics can be expected this time also.
Find these topics (if any) and first solve these if you have good grip over these topics.
Next like the puzzle, find an easy DI like the one which contains less calculation. It is not mandatory to solve each question of the DI. Leave the questions which you find to be more calculative.
No doubt, that large calculations will be there. So do large calculations with accuracy and not in hurry because one mistake will lead to wrong answer and wastage of time too in calculation.
Some tips:
If you want to calculate 46% of something (like 462) which (50 – 4)%. Just do its half (462/2) = 231 and then subtract 4% of 462 from 231 which is easy rather to calculate 46×462.

GA section

The section will contain 40 questions. Do attempt with accuracy. Do not guess the answers. Sometimes we get confused in two options out of 5 and then mark one of those two options by guess. Do not do that. Much time does not mean that you have to mark all questions. Relax after marking questions which will give you strength to solve next section.

English section

Most of the students do not solve the reading comprehension questions because time does not permit. But now you have time. Read the passages in full concentration. Mark the answers when you are very sure. Time is more in this section too so do not mark all answers. Accuracy is more important than attempts.

Last is the Descriptive Section. You have 30 minutes. Choose the correct topic on which you know points. Write the points in rough before writing the actual exam so that you write only the important points.

  • Do not waste your time on any particular question if you stuck in between.
  • Do not forget to take the Admit Card with photograph affixed, Photo Identity Proof in original and a photo-copy of it (Ration Card and E-Aadhar Card are not accepted). Your name in ID Proof must exactly match with the one you have in your Admit Card.
  • Wear light colored cloths.
  • Please reach the exam venue well before time even you have exam centre nearby because the faculty at centres is always strict. For a 9 AM exam, you will not be allowed to enter the centre after 9:30 AM.
  • Last but not the least, please do not forget to share your exam experience with us.

All the best from AffairsCloud team