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SBI PO Exam Reasoning Preparation Tips

SBI PO is an examination conducted by the State bank of India for the recruitment of Probationary Officers. It is one of the most prestigious and sought after banking jobs in India, with over 10 lakh aspirants every year. In this article, you will be provided with the necessary information and tips to tackle the reasoning section of this exam.

The SBI PO examination is conducting in three phases:

  • Phase 1 : Preliminary Exam
  • Phase 2 : Mains Exam
  • Phase 3 : GD and interview

SBI PO Reasoning Section Pattern

There are various sections In the SBI PO examination and in order to clear this examination, you need to clear the individual cut-offs for the various sections. The pattern for the reasoning section is as follows:

Prelims Pattern

  • No. of questions : 35
  • Total marks : 35

Mains Pattern

The reasoning section is clubbed with the computer knowledge section in the mains exam of SBI PO.

  • No. of questions : 45
  • Total marks : 60
  • Total time : 60 minutes

SBI PO Preparation Tips for Reasoning Section

Important Topics

Reasoning is a test of one’s mental aptitude and problem solving skills. Unlike mathematical skills, it cannot be learnt by application of formulas. The only strategy to tackle the reasoning section effectively is to practice as many questions as possible. But with adequate practice, it can become the most scoring section in the exam. The most important questions from this section are on the topics such as:

  • Seating Arrangements
  • Syllogism
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Directions
  • Blood Relations
  • Analogy
  • Classification
  • Series problems
  • Ranking
  • Data sufficiency


Suggested tips

Previous year’s trends suggest the following weight age of marks for the different types of questions in the reasoning section:


Average no. of questions

Blood relations




Seating Arrangement (linear)




Mixed arrangement






Direction Sense



  • For Coding-Decoding and alphabet series, it is better if you write down the alphabets and then attempt to solve these questions.
  • Use Venn diagrams to solve Syllogism questions.
  • Blood relations questions check your cognitive skills and are relatively easy topics.
  • Seating arrangement, Assertion and reasoning and directions constitute a major portion of reasoning and must be practised thoroughly.

So, the basic mantra to score well in the reasoning section is to practice, practice and practice.


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How to crack SBI PO Mains 2016: General/ Economy/ Banking awareness

“Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed!”. This quote itself conveys the importance of awareness. It is highly important for an individual to be aware of his/ her surroundings for all round development. If an individual is good enough at his field of interest, it not enough. He/She should also be well aware of all the events taking place in his/ her surroundings.

In this article, we will help you in your preparation for performing well in the general/ economy/ banking awareness of SBI PO Mains 2016.

General Awareness has become a vital section in all of the banking examinations. This section in the SBI PO Mains 2016 showcases an individual’s knowledge on general awareness and current affairs in national and international domain. It checks if an individual keeps up with happenings around the world. While most exams check only your general awareness, the same section also includes questions from banking section.

You can often encounter students asking questions like “How to prepare for general awareness section?”, “How to manage time in the general awareness section?” etc.

Remember, you cannot achieve a goal without a strategy. You need a proper plan to prepare in order to achieve anything. Here are the basic steps involved:

  • Taking a look at the topics involved
  • Follow smart tips for preparation and practice questions from the topics mentioned above.

Topics asked in general awareness:

1. Current affairs: National current affairs, International current affairs, Sports current affairs, Science, Technology, Space and Defense current affairs, Current affairs yearbook, People in News/ Awards, Economy current affairs etc.

Tips for preparation for current affairs in SBI PO Mains:

Look at the following topics, prepare and pratice as many questions as possible from the following sections:

National current affairs:

  • Union and State Elections
  • Government schemes
  • National news: announcements by different ministries, ideation and execution of pet projects of union ministry
  • States in news: major announcements, initiatives and schemes undertaken by state governments.
  • Safety operations: Launches by union and state government for various festivals, occasions and calamities/ disasters.
  • First in India- For example: first village with cent percent literacy, first airport powered by solar energy etc.
  • Recent rankings announced
  • Official/ Unofficial visits by PM Modi
  • Union budget
  • Schemes announced by union as well as state goverments.
  • Information related to census.
  • India’s ranking in different indices
  • Information about committees

International current affairs:

  • New appointements in foreign countries
  • Countries in limelight: ISIS in Syria, Nepal     , Paris attacks etc.
  • International summits
  • News about UNO, G-20, OECD, G4 etc.
  • Calamities: Hurricanes, earthquakes, terrorist attacks etc.

Sports and games:

  • News about cricket, tennis, grand pix, athletics, football, shooting badminton etc.
  • Important news and venues related to sports events (Past, present and future events)
  • Sports awards
  • Grand pix venues and winners for the current year
  • Tennis events like Wimbledon, Roland garos etc.

Science and Technology:

  • News about ISRO, NASA, SPACE X etc.
  • Satellite launches by ISRO (Mostly recent ones)
  • Defence news headlines
  • Defence agrements
  • Defence exercises/ defence transactions of India with various countries

Current affairs yearbook:

  • Execution/ implementation of different projects by government
  • Schemes of government
  • Departments of government and their functions

People in news/ awards:

  • National and intenational appointments
  • Death of prominent personalities
  • Books and authors
  • Awards
  • Movie and entertainment
  • Incumbents holding prominent designations

Economy and current affairs:

  • News about important organizations: RBI, SEBI etc.
  • FDI limits in various domains
  • Banking schemes launched
  • Export and import news
  • RBI Monetary review
  • RBI Announcements
  • Manager acquisitions and Buyouts

2. Banking awareness: This section is divided into two sections:

a. Banking theory

b. Banking awareness

Prominent areas of banking awareness:

  • History of banking
  • Prominent organizations: RBI, NABARD, World Bank etc.
  • RBI’s role in Indian banking system
  • Various kinds of accounts and interest rates
  • Foreign exchange reserves of India
  • Economic / financial concepts and terms
  • Non-banking financial companies
  • Acts, committies and legislation
  • Banking services: Assets, liabilities and working capital of a bank
  • Types of markets, money and banking instruments
  • Reverse Mortgage Loans
  • Priority Sector Lending
  • Banking abbreviations, terms and concepts
  • Headquarters of different banks

3. Static GK:

  • Agriculture seasons and various crops in India
  • Terrorist groups
  • White revolution
  • National parks/ sanctuaries
  • States, capitals and union territories
  • Dams and other projects
  • Major fault lines
  • Occasions and festivals
  • Rivers and townships
  • Prominent days
  • Currencies
  • Famous sports persons

Tips on how to prepare:

  • Read newspapers on a regular basis to gather important information about recent events.
  • Watch and follow news for regular and important updates about national and international events
  • Attend and appear online mocks and quizzes for practice.

We hope this article will help you. Stay tuned for more updates. We wish you good luck!

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Top 10 tricks to crack SBI PO Mains 2016: Reasoning and Computer Aptitude

With the SBI PO Mains 2016 ahead on the way, we would suggest you “Be ready to give your best”. Every aspirant who dreams of craking SBI PO Mains considers it a task which is “next to impossible”. But, there is no sort of impossibility associated with SBI PO Mains. All you need is a smart preparation plan, some genuine practice and confidence and you are all set to go!

Reasoning is an area which is completely based on logic. It is a blend of mathematical skill where logical abilities and is one of the most scoring sections in the SBI PO Mains 2016. The only strategy to score well in the reasoning section is practice, practice and practice. The following list contains some of the important topics in this section:

  • Blood relations

  • Syllogism

  • Statements and conclusion

  • Missing character

  • Directions

  • Seating arrangements

  • Ranking

  • Data sufficiency

  • Puzzles

  • Non- verbal reasoning

  • Coding- decoding

  • Analogy

  • Classification

Tips to score well in “Reasoning” section:

a. Questions from chapters like syllogism, coding- decoding or inequality are less time consuming. You can start from these questions as after solving these you will be left with ample time to solve rest of the questions from other sections.

b. For the questions from the topic “data sufficiency”, read the instructions and understand them. In some of the cases, the order may change but not the instructions, thereby changing the answer options. So, you need to answer this segment after proper understanding of the instructions.

c. Practice some of the “input- output” type questions which are asked in the bank PO exams on a mandatory basis. You can a few questions of this category from the previous year papers.

d. Solve logical questions as they will give you an idea of different types of logics. Wherever you feel you are unable to grasp the logic, try to translate the logic of the situation in an easier way by which you can understand eg- pictorial representations etc. This method will make life simpler!

e. If you are not confident enough about questions from puzzle and seating arrangement topics, avoid them to the most possible extent as they are time consuming.

Now, let us come to the section of “Computer aptitude” . This section tests the ability of the individual to understand the basics functionalities of a computer. As we all are well aware of, both public and private sectors heavily rely on computers for all kinds of work and transactions. So, it is the “urgent need of the hour” on the part of SBI to make sure that every candidate stepping in has a sound knowledge of computer aptitude.


The following topics are generally asked in the computer aptitude section:

  • History of Computers

  • Generation of Computer

  • Memory

  • MS Word

  • MS Excel

  • MS PowerPoint

  • Operating System

  • Internet


Tips to score well in “Computer Aptitude” section:

a. Go through various resources on computer knowledge.

b. Read different notes from online computer teaching classes.

c. Browse online for various lecture session for computer coaching.

d. Solve questions and tests related to computer aptitude.


We hope this article will be helpful for you. Stay tuned for more updates. Good luck!



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How to crack SBI PO Mains 2016: Preparation tips for data analysis and interpretation

With the SBI PO Mains coming in on 31st July 2016, all the aspirants aim to “hit the bull’s eye”. But for this to happen, they need to plan a sophiscated preparation keeping in mind all the sections of the examination pattern. This will give them immense confidence and make them all set for the target to achieve their goals in  2016. 

Data interpretation is a calculation prone area which generally includes a lot of calculations and approximations. Students need to analyze given data, interpret and calculate. It basically consists of graphs, charts, tables etc. and your task is to interpret them and derive conclusions/ observations. So, the real challenge is to solve these “Mental Exercisers” in the minimal amount of time using some smart approaches rather than going for lengthy ones.

In this article, we will give you some preparation tips for creating wonders in "Data analysis and Interpretation".

In the SBI PO Mains examination, data analysis will have the time limit of:

  • Number of equations- 45 minutes
  • Total marks- 60 minutes
  • Total time- 60 minutes

Moreover, in order to perform well, you need to have the idea of the syllabus and the important topics included:

Syllabus for Data Interpretation(DI):

  • Tabulation
  • Bar graphs
  • Pie charts
  • Line graphs
  • Mix graphs

Preparation tips for Data Interpretation(DI):

The common questions which strikes a candidate’s mind while solving DI questions are “How to solve these questions in less time?”, “What could be the shortcut tricks to solve these questions?”, “How to score well in this section?” etc. Well, we have the right suggestions for you:

a. Amplify your calculation skills: Intensify your calculation skills. Data interpretation demands accuracy along with pace. But, both of these factors can be enhanced by one key- i.e. practice. As the saying goes, “practice makes a man perfect”, this is 100 percent true for this category. Practice mental calculations because that will make you more profound as compared to manual calculations on paper.

b. Learn to come up with approx values: For questions from topics like averages, fractions, percentages etc., the candidates can easily make assumptions and get rid of silly errors. This makes sure your approach towards solving the particular question is correct.

c. Careful analysis of the data: The data given in the questions should be carefully analyzed. The correct analysis will give you appropriate results and in turn, good scores.

d. Close attention to details: Pay close attention to details and do not make assumptions without reading the questions properly. This process will make you solve data analysis and interpretation questions efficiently.

e. Regular preparation matters!: Regular and systematic preparations can make a drastic and remarkable difference. Preparation makes you confident and handy while solving the questions and also makes you fast and quick in your response.

We hope that this article helps you in every possible way to score well in the section of data analysis and interpretation of SBI PO Mains 2016. Stay tuned for more useful updates. Good luck!

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Tips and Tricks to crack SBI PO 2017 mains examination : English Language

English language, a language which acts a “communication window” and has widespread applications in every sector. The aspirants who have appeared for SBI Prelims and have a hardcore ambition of cracking the SBI PO Mains 2017, they have to proficient enough in the “English Language” section along with the other sections. English language tests check your degree of compatibility with the language.

The English language section usually consists of a few prominent topics like:

a. Reading Comprehension

b. Error spotting

c. Para Jumbles

d. Cloze test

e. Grammatical correction of sentences

In this article, we have come up with a few tips which will help you to “hit a home run” in the English language section:

Reading comprehension:

·         For the section of reading comprehension questions in the SBI PO Mains 2017, read the questions first and trey to figure out the sentences in the passage to answer them. This process is time saving and you need not read the entire passage. However, if you are asked questions based on the theme of the passage, skim through the passage in one shot. In this way, you will get a brief idea regarding the central idea of the passage.

  • Try to be familiar with quite a few English words so that you can instantly answer the synonyms and antonyms questions.
  • Read English newspapers on a daily basis to improvise your command over English language and to enhance your reading and writing capabilities.
  • Whenever you come across new words, try to find out the meanings, note them and try to use them in sentences. Try to learn 10 new words with their meanings on an everyday basis.

Error spotting:

·         You have to be very flexible with English grammar for this section. If you are proficient in grammar, only then you would be able to spot out the blunders in the sentences. For most of the questions, error will be with the syntaxes of “subject- verb agreement”. Also, there can be many questions from subject tense agreement.

Para Jumbles:

·         To answer this segment, you need to be familiar with structure and formation of sentences.

Cloze test: 

  • Go through different types of words. Those will help you in enhancing your skills in English language.

Grammatical correction of sentences:

·         For this segment, you need to have a good idea of grammar. Go through different materials for grammar (for example- Wren and Martin etc.) and keep practising questions based on grammar correction. Moreover, also try to have a sound knowledge of vocabulary as it is also required.

We hope this article will help you and make you deliver the best of your preparation in the SBI PO Mains 2017 examination. Stay tuned for more updates. Good luck!

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How to crack SBI PO Mains 2016- Descriptive test

Do you feel scoring well in the objective test alone is good enough to crack SBI PO Mains? The answer to this is a big "NO", of course. Scoring well in the descriptive test is equally important in addition to objective test. The descriptive test also plays a crucial role as this test is highly essential to determine one’s writing capabilities.

The descriptive test will be held online and you have to attend the test with your personal computer. But, the urgent need of the hour is candidates should take it in the right spirit. The term ‘description’ itself provokes the feeling of nervousness in the candidates. And the moment it gets combined with english language, the fear gets even more ignited. What can be the solution for this? Of course the answer is sincere efforts and confidence. In this article we give you a few tips to overcome your fear for the above:

Top Tips to Crack SBI PO Mains - descriptive test paper

a. In the letter writing segment of the test, try to maintain the correct format . An examiner seeks for correct format/ syntax in a letter and accordingly awards marks.

b. Everything in a letter should be written on the left hand side. For formal letters use “ Dear/ Respected Mam/ Sir” and for informal ones use “Hello”, “Hi” or “Hey”.

c. For essay writing, you need to improvise your writing skills and you can do it by reading newspapers, articles etc.

d. Make a habit of writing your own articles on any topic. This will make you flexible to write and boost your confidence.

e. Practice grammar and vocabs to have a good command over your language.

f. In the examination, select a topic about with which your are comfortable. Try to highlight the important points of the topic which will seek the attention of the evaluator.

i. Try to make the start and the conclusion of your essay catchy. It makes you essay a pleasant one to read and gets hold of everybody’s attention.

We wish you good luck! Stay tuned for more updates.

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Top 10 tips to crack SBI PO Mains 2016 (Objective test): Success at your doorstep!

Every day you come across hundreds of success stories which inspire you. You get to learn so much from those. But, have you ever thought of creating a story of your own success? This can be done with hard work and smart preparation. The candidates who have appeared for the SBI PO Prelims must be aspiring for the same for the next but major step- SBI PO Mains 2016. The SBI PO Mains 2016 will be held on 31st July, 2016.

                                Behind every success story there is a smart strategy. Keeping this in mind, we present you this article to help you prepare well for the SBI PO Mains 2016.

Top ten tricks to crack SBI PO Mains 2016:

a. Improvise your vocabulary and grammar by going through various materials (handy grammar books like Wren and Martin).  This will help you to shine in the section of “English language”.

b. Read good newspaper articles and magazines which will help you improve your general awareness/ current affairs. This will also help you improve your abilities in English. Whenever you come across a new word, find out the meaning, remember it and try to use it in sentences.

c. Solve last few years’ SBI PO Mains papers which will make you handy at practising as well as give you an idea of a critical area where you should focus.

d. Keep a notepad with you and note down top 10 headlines of a day regularly. This will help you stay updated with the current affairs. Practice from sections like current affairs of last 6 months, topics related to finance and economics, history of banking, banking terms and fiscal and monetory policies.

e. Practice questions from different areas of reasoning abilities. Look at the previous year papers, make a note of the common topics from which questions have been asked every year and give some priority to these topics while practising.

f. Watch and listen to several news broadcasts and talk shows on television and pronounce them. This will help you in the group discussion rounds of SBI PO Mains 2016.

g. From the quant section, pratice questions from some of the important topics like Number Systems, Number Series, Simple Interest and Compound interest, Time and Work, Time and Distance, Profit and Loss, Percentage, Average, Ratio and Proportion, Data interpretation, Probability etc.

h.  From the reasoning section, pratice questions from some of the important topics like Blood Relations, Syllogism, Statement and Conclusion, Missing Character, Directions, Seating Arrangements, Ranking, Data Sufficiency, Puzzles, Non- verbal Reasoning, Coding- Decoding, Analogy, Classification etc.

i. For scoring well in computer knowledge section, stay updated with basic knowledge about computer and practice questions from sections like hardware, software, MS Office, keyboard shortcuts, Internet etc.

j. Last but not the least, learn time management skills. Try to manage your time spent on different types of questions and try to manage it.


We hope that these tips will help you to crack the SBI PO Mains 2016. Prepare well and do it!

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SBI PO Prelims result date: Expected on 18th July 2016

State Bank of India (SBI) has managed to smoothly commence the SBI PO Prelims examination 2016 (Phase 1). SBI had conducted the exams in online mode on 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th July. It is expected to announce the results on 18th of July 2016 at the link: www.sbi.co.in . All the SBI PO aspirants have high expectations from this result as this result will help them as a “gateway” for the SBI PO Mains 2016. The examination pattern of the Prelims exams ranged from easy to difficult and were a wide range of question of all types. Selected candidates will be called up for the SBI PO Mains scheduled on 31st July, 2016.

Steps to check the SBI PO Prelims Result 2016:

Given below are the steps to check SBI PO Prelims Result 2016:

a. Log in to the official website of SBI PO www.sbi.co.in  or PO result likn page.

b. You will find a link which says check your SBI PO Prelims Result 2016. Click on the link.

c. A pop up or a new window will appear in front of you. Enter the necessary details (roll number and password or roll number and date of birth).

d. After using any one of those combinations (given in point ‘c’), click on the submit button.

e. Your SBI PO prelims result will appear on the screen along with your score card.

f. Download the result and the score card and keep these documents with you for future reference.

A message “Congratulations – You have been shortlisted for the SBI PO main examination (Phase-II) to be held on 31-07-2016. You can download your call letter from banks website from 21-07-2016.” will be displayed on your score card if you have cleared the exam of SBI PO Prelims.

Expected cut- off marks for SBI PO Prelims 2016:

The candidates will have to secure minimum qualifying marks in each of the three sections. Along with this, they also have to secure the overall cut off marks to crack the examination.

The cut- off marks are as follows:

i. General: 47. 5

ii. OBC: 42. 25

iii. SC: 37. 25

iv. ST: 19. 75

We wish you good luck! Hope for the best and stay tuned for more updates.

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Analysis of 4th slot of SBI PO Prelims- 9th July

Here is the end of the final slot of SBI Prelims held today i.e 9th of July. SBI has finally managed to conduct all the four slots on 9th July in a smooth and efficient manner. We have now come up the analysis of the 4th slot to help you get some idea on the composition of the 4th slot of SBI PO Prelims 2016.

The pattern of all four sections were as follows:


No of questions

Maximum marks


Quantitative Aptitude



1 hour

English language



Reasoning ability




The overall analysis is important, no doubt, but the in detail analysis will help you even more. Detailed analysis will give you an idea of the composition of all the sections in detail.

Detailed analysis # English Language: (Difficulty level : difficult> moderate> easy)

a. Reading comprehension- 10 questions (moderate)

b. Close test(technology based)- 5 questions (easy)

c. Parajumble (Moderate)- 5 questions (moderate)

d. Spotting error- 5 questions (moderate)

e. Fill in the blanks- 5 questions (easy)

Detailed analysis # Reasoning ability: (Difficulty level : difficult> moderate> easy)

a. Puzzle (7 questions, different boxes with different shapes)- 5 questions – moderate

b. Puzzle (Months)- 5 questions – moderate

c. Linear puzzle (8 people sitting and facing North South in same line- moderate

d. Puzzle(8 persons)- 5 questions (moderate- tough)

e. Comparison puzzle – 5 questions (moderate)

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Analysis of the third slot: SBI PO Prelims 2016- 9th July

The third slot of SBI PO Prelims 2016 conducted on 9th July has come to an end. The test was an organized one with a good set of questions. The total time to attempt the entire paper is 1 hour.

A quick look at the overall analysis based on multiple students’ views from different areas:


Level of difficulty

Good Attempts

Quantitative Aptitude


22- 25

Reasoning ability

Moderate- Difficult

15- 20

General English



Detailed analysis: English- The level of difficulty of English was moderate. The topic of reading comprehension was a decent and most debated one i.e. “Women empowerment”.


No of questions

Level of difficulty

Reading comprehension on “Women empowerment”






Fill in the blanks (Double filler)



Cloze test (based on technology)



Para- jumbled (based on technology)



Detailed analysis: Quant- The level of quant was from moderate in this slot.


No of questions

Level of difficulty

Data interpretation (Bar graph/ Table)

2 sets (10 qs)

Easy, Moderate

Number series



Quadratic equations









Detailed analysis: Reasoning- The level of questions from reasoning section was moderate to difficult. Please note that no questions were asked from “Coding – Decoding” and “Syllogism”.


No of questions

Level of difficulty




Blood relations



Puzzles (7 people 3 different standards and 7 different likes/ 7 people different profession/ 8 people sitting and facing north south in same line/ puzzle on books/ box puzzle)


Difficult, Moderate- difficult, Difficult, Easy, Moderate.

We hope this information will help you to gear up for the upcoming SBI PO Exam. Stay tuned with us for more updates. Good luck!

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