Section-wise Important Topics/Questions for SBI PO Prelims 2016

Most Important Topics for SBI-PO Prelims 2016, Important topics for SBI-PO Prelims: English, Reasoning Ability & Quantitative Aptitude

As the SBI PO prelims exam is round the corner, most of the candidates are searching for a quick revision plan. While you revise, you need to get an idea of important topics for which you need to devote a bit extra time for revision.

This year SBI has announced 2200 vacancies for the Probationary officer post. This is a nice chance to get into a reputed bank keeping the huge benefits of an SBI PO. If you get your preparation right, there is a good chance that you may qualify. To clear the cut offs and get a good score, concentrate on the important topics from each section as listed below.

Important topics from SBI-PO Prelims 2016 perspective:

  1. Important topics/questions for SBI-PO Prelims: Reasoning Ability

Reasoning ability is a test of  intellectual and problem solving ability. This section will comprise of 35 questions. Make your concepts clear for this section. Try to solve as many questions of different type as possible.

The following list highlights the topics important from SBI-PO Prelims examination perspective.

  • Seating Arrangement
  • Syllogism
  • Series Problems
  • Coding Decoding
  • Direction Sense Test
  • Blood Relations
  • Analogy
  • Classification
  • Ranking
  • Data Sufficiency

Always start with questions which appear easy to you and do not get stuck in lengthy and confusing questions. You can score high in this section if you attempt questions in correct order.

Recommended order of attempt is as follows



3.Coding – Decoding

4.Miscellaneous Questions

5.Linear Arrangement

6.Circular Seating Arrangement


If you wish to attempt the questions in a different order, test it well via mock tests before the actual exam. It is wrong to go undecided and waste precious time during the exam.

  1. Important topics/questions for SBI-PO Prelims : Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative Aptitude is highly scoring, yet a time challenging section. This section comprises of 35 questions. The key to score high in QA is first attempt questions which are easy. Do not get stuck in lengthy calculations as it would waste valuable time. Try to practice questions of each type. Memorize all the formulas.

Here is a list of important topics that you can’t afford to skip while preparing:

  • Data Interpretation
  • Number Systems
  • Number Series
  • Simple Interest & Compound Interest
  • Time & Work
  • Time & Distance
  • Profit & Loss
  • Percentage
  • Average
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Probability


Expert analysis suggests that Quant questions be attempted in the following order:

1.Data Interpretation :Questions based on DIare usually easy to solve , most scoring and do not involve heavy calculations. Hence, these can be attempted with a fresh mind, earliest in this section.

2.Simplification/ Approximation: These questions carry high weight age so they must be attempted at an earlier phase in the examination.

Miscellaneous Questions: These includes a variety of topics like profit and loss, percentage, ratio and proportion, Average, Time and Distance, probability, etc. You must attempt these questions based on your level of preparation.

  1. Important topics/questions for SBI-PO Prelims: English

This section comprises of 30 questions. It is true that most candidates are either weak or average in this section. Those who feel that their English vocabulary is not good, can focus on the following topics while preparing for SBI-PO Prelims 2016:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Grammar
  • Cloze test
  • Para jumbles
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Error Correction

Recommended order of attempt is as follows:

1.Fill in the Blanks

2.Cloze test

3.Sentence Improvement


5.Antonyms & Synonyms

6.Reading Comprehension

You can improve your English Language by developing a habit of reading an English newspaper/magazine daily. You should also practice a variety of questions on various topics to enhance your English language.Improve your vocabulary and grammer.

The SBI PO Prelims 2016 will be held on 2, 3, 9 and 10 July 2016.

Last minute tips for SBI PO 2016:

  1. Go through the complete syllabus at least twice and make notes for each section.
  2. Revise the important topics.
  3. Manage your time properly.
  4. Take a look at the exam centre and reach there well before time on exam date.
  5. Solve previous years papers and take as many mock test series as possible .

All the best for the exam.


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