SBI PO Exam Paper Trend Analysis
PO exam is seen as one of
the most sought after exams among the Indian youth. Thus, no wonder that about
15,00,000+ candidates take the exam every year.
As per the
of the exam, it is conducted in two phases:
Phase-I- consists of Two separate tests:
Objective Test of 200 marks, comprising of 4 sections- English Language,
Awareness+Computers+Marketing Knowledge. The test duration is 2 hours, and
the total number of questions are 200 (50 from each section).
Also, the notification makes it clear that, in order to qualify for the
further stages of the exam, it is mandatory to qualify in each of the sections
of the objective paper. The qualifying marks are decided by the SBI each year.
Thus, it is necessary that you practice on different sections well. Because,
doing very well in some sections, while not being able to answer the sufficient
number of questions, can break your dream.
Descriptive Test of English language, comprising of Essay writing, precise
writing, letter writing and comprehension. The paper carries 50 marks. However,
the evaluation for this paper is conducted only for those candidates who qualify
in the objective test.
Phase II- it includes two rounds:
Group Discussion (GD)- which is of 20 marks.
Interview- of 30 marks.
The Candidates need to qualify both- phase I and phase II separately.
For the final merit list, the marks secured in the Written Test (out of 250
marks) are converted to out of 75, and marks secured in GD and interview are
converted to out of 25.
The final merit list is prepared after aggregating the converted marks of
Written test and GD and Interview (out of 100) for each category. The final
selection is made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category.
Trend Analysis of Objective Test
Over the years, there have been few changes in the trends of the questions
asked in the SBI PO exam. A general analysis of the SBI PO papers of 2010 and
2013 show that- while the diversity of the questions have been limited in the
recent exams, the level of difficulty has gone up.
BANKPOCLERK.COM presents an analysis of the SBI PO exam of 2010 and 2013:
A) English Language
The Paper of 2010 included about 15 questions (30%) from the Comprehension
section. While the other parts were evenly divided among different constituents
of the section. Here is the pictorial representation of the weightage given to
different parts of the English paper.
In contrast, the SBI PO exam of 2013 had a greater proportion of the
Comprehension part. Out of the 50 questions from English Language, the
comprehension part had 20 questions (40%). Also, there were no questions on
Idioms and Phrases. However, the weightage of other parts was more or less
similar to that of the previous year paper.
Here is a pictorial representation of the analysis of the English Language
section of 2013 exam.
Please note that, since a good amount of proportion is given to the
Comprehension part, it might not be much useful to spend much time in books for
English. Rather, you must work on your skills, instead of mugging things up.
The exam notification of the SBI PO exam mentions that the reasoning section
of the exam contains the high level reasoning. Thus, many candidates view this
section as one of the most difficult ones in the SBI PO exam.
Based on an analysis of the 2010 exam, it is observed that the maximum
weightage was given to the section of Inference, Non-Verbal Series, Course of
Action, Data Sufficiency, Statement & Conclusion, Puzzle Texts and Mathematical
Below is the pictorial representation of the 2010 paper-
In contrast, the 2013 paper saw a sea change, in the form of
exclusion of the purely mathematical sections. Now, more emphasis is given to
the reasoning parts, like- sitting arrangement and other components of
C) Data Analysis and Interpretation
Over the years, the section of data analysis and interpretation has become
most crucial. This is because, you can fetch maximum marks out of this section,
if your concepts are clear. An observation of the 2010 SBI PO paper tells us
that the most crucial areas in this section were the Table Chart (38%) and Line
Bar (18%). Other than these, questions were also asked from Probability (10%),
Pie chart (10%) and Data Sufficiency (10%).
A detailed representation of the data analysis and interpretation section of
the SBI PO 2010 is given below:
In contrast, the 2013 paper contained a less variety of questions. However,
the increased weightage of the crucial areas mean higher level of difficulty.
Again the highest proportion was accorded to Table Charts (30%), followed by
Line Bar diagrams and Pie charts (20% each). The difficulty level of the exam
was enhanced by the inclusion of some question on Mixed graphs.
Surprising, there were no questions on progression, calendar and some other
sections that were included in the 2010 paper.
D) General Awareness, Computer and Marketing
Needless to say that the proportion of Economy related question is very high
(22%). However, even greater proportion is accorded to the questions on Computer
knowledge (30%). what is interesting to note is that, many questions have been
asked from miscellaneous issues of general awareness. Thus, it is important to
keep oneself aware of the current events.
Here is a pictorial representation of the 2010 SBI PO General awareness section:
In Contrast, the 2013 paper was mainly based on three section- Economy (36%),
Computer Awareness (26%), and Marketing Knowledge (24%). Unlike the 2010 paper,
the proportion of other areas was very limited.
Below is the representation of the 2013 SBI PO General Knowledge section:
Based on this pie chart, it can be observed that- to be able to clear the SBI PO
exam, it is very important to read about current events in the economic sphere.
Also important is to have a awareness of the computers and marketing section.
You may choose to ignore the trivial sections on 'books and authors' or 'awards
and prizes', but one cannot take chances with the economy, computer and
marketing aspects of the paper.
We wish the candidates All the Best for their preparations.
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