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SBI PO 2017: Time Management Tips & Strategy by Toppers


SBI Bank PO exam is scheduled to take place in a couple of months. This post is considered as one of the most prestigious ones. A lot of graduates appear, though a very few actually make it. SBI has changed its pattern of exam for the Mains, the pattern remains the same in preliminary exams. You can allot different amount of time for each section as per your convenience.

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The time allocation given for each section in this article is after researching at our end by interviewing various toppers of SBI PO. Below are the time management tips for SBI Prelims (online):

  • Reasoning: 20 Minutes
  • English: 10 Minutes
  • Quantitative Aptitude: 28 Minutes
  • 2 Minutes to review

Your own style of time allocation depends on the areas where you perform better. If you are strong in Math, chances are bright for you to quickly finish answering the questions in that particular section. So, you may end up spending less time in the Quant section. Thus, allowing you more time in the sections which may be a challenge for you.

If you already have a strategy in place, you may just stick on to that.  However, you may use this time allocation strategy as a guideline. Mock tests, online SBI Bank PO papers help to improve speed. Self-assessment helps to improve your ability to clear the sections in stipulated time. Always, save sometime for mock tests on a regular basis. You are best person to prepare a time management strategy to overcome your weaknesses.

SBI PO Mains Exam consists of the below sections along with a descriptive section too:


Name of Section

No. Of Questions

Total Marks

Exam Duration


Reasoning & Computer Knowledge



60 Minutes


Data Analysis & interpretation



45 Minutes


General/Economy/Banking Awareness



35 Minutes


English Language



40 Minutes




3 Hours

  • Start with something that is easier for you. English Language followed by reasoning & computer knowledge should be good to go. Test of English language has been allotted 40 Minutes of duration for 35 questions. As per the toppers guidance, this section can be finished in 30-35 Minutes.
  • General/Economy/Banking Awareness needs to be allocated 35-40 Minutes.
  • Reasoning and Computer Knowledge is allocated 60 Minutes. Allot more time for Reasoning than for Computer Knowledge. The time you saved in English language could be used here in this Reasoning section. Ideally, this section can be wrapped up in 60-65 Minutes.
  • If you are thorough with reasoning as well, then it is a time saver. You could use the saved time in Data Analysis & Interpretation. If you take a look at the pattern, duration for this section is 45 Minutes for 35 questions which means there are chances that the questions can be tricky, so prepare for the worst.

The time management duration mentioned here is purely based on the data of the candidates who perform well. Just in case, you are not performing well in any of the sections, you must focus on those areas while preparing next time. All the Best.

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