SBI PO Prelims 2018 highlights: The preliminary examination of the State Bank of India (SBI) Probationary Officer (PO) has commenced today on July 1, 2018. The exam will next be conducted on July 7 and 8. The registration for the same began on April 21 and the last date for submission of applications was May 13. A total of 2000 vacancies are available. The examination will be held in three phases i.e. Preliminary examination, Main examination and Group Exercise and Interview. The candidates who are shortlisted after Preliminary examination will have to appear for Main examination. The candidates shortlisted after the main examination will be subsequently called for a group exercises and interview.
The preliminary examination paper consists of objective type questions. It is an online test of 100 marks and the duration of the same is one hour. It consists of the following three section — English language: 30 questions (20 minutes), Quantitative aptitude: 35 questions (20 minutes) and Reasoning ability: 35 questions (20 minutes).
SBI PO Prelims 2018: The State Bank of India (SBI) Probationary Officer (PO) detailed analysis, cut-off. Follow here for latest updates and developments.
Expected sectional cut-off
English Language: General (8.5 to 10.5), OBC (5.5 to 7.5), SC (5.5 to 7.5) and ST (5.5 to 7.5)
Quantitative Aptitude: General (10 to 12), OBC (6.5 to 8.5), SC (6.5 to 8.5) and ST (6.5 to 8.5)
Reasoning Ability: General (6 to 8), OBC (3.5 to 5.5), SC (3.5 to 5.5) and ST (3.5 to 5.5)
English Language section analysis
5 questions were asked from reading comprehension. There was one vocabulary based question and the difficulty level was moderate. 8 sentence correction (phrase replacement) questions were asked, which were again of moderate level. There were 6 pars jumbles and sentence starters. 5 sentence connection questions were framed, which were of easy-moderate level. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate.
All the sections, except English Language, were available in both English and Hindi. Every correct answer will fetch 1 mark, while every incorrect answer will reduce the score by 0.25. The overall difficulty level and pattern of the exam was almost similar to that of the last year's exam. Linear Arrangement questions were time taking. Data Arrangement sets were moderate, not easy.
SBI PO prelims 2018 slot 1: Paper analysis
This year for the first time sectional time limit was introduced. The first shift is over and as per reports the overall difficulty level of the exam was moderate. Quantitative Aptitude section was the easiest and reasoning was a bit time consuming. The first section was English, followed by Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude.
SBI PO Mains 2018
The exam will consist of objective test of 200 marks and descriptive test for 50 marks. Both will be conducted online. The duration of the objective test will be three hours. Questions will be framed from the following four sections:
— Reasoning and Computer Aptitude: 45 questions (60 minutes)
— Data Analysis and Interpretation: 35 questions (45 minutes0
— General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness: 40 questions (35 minutes)
— English Language: 35 questions (40 minutes)
Descriptive test: The duration of the test will be 30 minutes. It will have two questions for 50 marks will be a test of English language (letter writing and essay). One fourth marks will be deducted for wrong answers in both prelims and mains. In case a question is left blank, there will be no penalty for that question.
The facility of scribe would be allowed to a person who has disability of 40 per cent or more (who have physical limitation to write), if so desired by the person.
Suggestion for GD/PI round
Those who will clear the main examination after prelims will then be called for GD/PI rounds. When it comes to preparing for Group Discussion and Interview, we suggest you brush up on a lot of general knowledge and banking awareness questions. Learn to share your ideas in a more conducive and comfortable manner rather than just making yourself be heard.
Attempting mock test
Those who will be appearing for the exam on July 7 and 10, should not try attempting any new topic at the last moment. It will only create confusion and make you nervous. If you want to revise or check your preparation for the last time, just attempt one or two mock tests. They are the best in giving you a detailed result of where you stand along with highlighting your strong and weak points. This will give you enough confidence to sit for the final examination.
Maintaining speed and time
It is very important for candidates to divide thier time frame for each topic in the examination hall. Don’t ponder upon one question for a long time. Speed and accuracy are vital for good performance. Ensure that your calculation speed while answering data interpretation and logical reasoning is apt. Knowing your calculations and tables do go a long way in helping you achieve better results.
Items banned inside the hall
The exam is being conducted in three shifts. There are few items which are not allowed inside the hall such as mobile phones, pagers or any other communication devices. Carrying the same will lead to disqualification of the candidates.
No entry without call letter
All those who are appearing for this exam should keep in mind that it is mandatory for them to carry their call letters at the examination centre. It will contain details such as examination venue, exam duration, roll number, name and other information. Candidates should keep in mind that if they fail to carry the same, they will not be allowed to enter the examination hall in any case.
SBI PO 2018: Selection procedure
The examination is held in three phases i.e. Preliminary examination, Main examination and Group Exercise & Interview. The candidates who are shortlisted after preliminary examination will have to appear for the main examination. The candidates shortlisted after the main examination will be subsequently called for a group exercises and interview.
SBI PO prelims 2018: Exam begins
The preliminary round of the State Bank of India (SBI) Probationary Officer (PO) online examination has started from today, July 1, 2018. The exam will next be conducted on July 7 and 10. It is being conducted to fill up a total of 2000 vacancies. The registration for the same began on April 21 and the last date for submission of applications was May 13.