SBI PO Prelims

The competitive examination for recruitment in the public sector bank is conducted by the State Bank of India. The examination is held in three phases which include the Prelims, Mains and the Group Discussion and Personal Interview. The exam conducting authority declares the results and announces the cutoff for the same. Only those candidates who qualify the Prelims will be eligible to apply for the Mains. And those candidates who qualify the Mains will be eligible for the final round. The final results will be based on the performance in Mains as well as the GD and PI.

The State Bank of India has announced the SBI PO Prelims results. The SBI PO Prelims were held on 4th June 2017. The conducting authority also released the marks secured by the candidates in addition to the cutoff score for the Mains exam. A total of 2313 vacancies have been announced by SBI.

About 6,376 candidates have qualified for the final round of Group Exercise and Personal Interview in 2017. The result is declared for only those candidates who appeared in the preliminary examination which was held between 29th April-30th April 2017 and 6th May-7th May 2017.The examination conducting authority has announced cut off marks for the same with the result only.

A. Syllabus for Prelims:

In order to appear for the examination, the candidates need to prepare the syllabus in advance. The prelims examination is divided into one paper of three subjects, which include English, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability. The table below shows detailed subject wise questions and time taken for the same:

SectionQuestionsTime taken
Quantitative aptitude3525
Reasoning Ability3520

The list of chapters in English include:

  1. Fill in the Blanks (0-5 questions): These are vocabulary based blank type questions. Answers can be easily chosen by understanding the context of the sentence.
  2. Comprehension (7-10 questions): This will be one passage of comprehension on topics likeBanking & Economy, Business, Geo-politics, Governance, Education, Technology, Transport and Social Issues. There could be a few questions on vocabulary as well. This includes meaning of phrases, antonyms and synonyms. A thorough reading of the passage is required.
  3. Para Jumbles (0-5 questions): In this section, a set of 6 questions need to be rearranged in order to form a meaningful paragraph. The questions will form a single test and the passage could beon a general topic. Use of connectors will be helpful in these questions.
  4. Cloze Test: (5-10 Questions): This will be a single passage with about 5 to 10 blanks. Words used are moderate and the topic could be banking or economy. Understanding the crux of the passage is important.
  5. Error Spotting: (5-10 Questions): This could be a grammar-based test with long sentences, you will have to detect the errors. Important topics include Tenses, Subject-Verb Agreement, Article-Noun Agreement, Correct Part of Speech, Correct use of Prepositions, Parallelism, Phrasal Verbs, Easily Confusable Words, Contextual Usage, Sentence Construction, Degree of Comparison, Conjunctions, Finite and Non-finite verbs.
  6. Word Association Pair: (0-5 Questions): This section will give you four words and you will have to determine which pair is synonymous or antonyms. This is a test of vocabulary.
  7. Phrase Idiom Meaning: (0-3 Questions): The phrases will be given to you and you will have to select the appropriate meaning of the same.
  8. Spellings: (0-3 Questions): Choose the word which is correctly spelt or wrongly spelt from the available options.
  9. Sentence/ Paragraph Completion: (0-5 Questions): A paragraph or sentence will be provided to you with one part missing in it. The missing part will be in one of the options given to you. You can choose the correct option to complete the sentence.
  10. Phrase Replacement/ Sentence Correction: (0-5 Questions): This section is vocabulary based. The questions test you on the order of words, phrasal verbs and standard construction of sentences.

Detailed syllabus for quantitative aptitude is as follows:

  1. Simplification: (5-10 Questions): This question will have problems based on BODMAS rule, decimals, surds, indices, approximation, percentages and fractions.
  2. Number System: (0-1 Questions): Here the problems will be on divisibility and remainder, integers, multiples and factors.
  3. Average:(1-2 Questions): This includes questions related to average money expenditure, average temperature, average height/ weight/ marks etc.
  4. Percentage:(1-2 Questions): Questions related to basic percentage problems.
  5. Ratio and Proportion:(1-2 Questions): Problems on simple ratios, compound ratios, proportions etc.
  6. Interest:(1-2 Questions): Questions based on compound interest, simple interest and a mix of both.
  1. Number Series:(5 Questions): Problems based on finding the missing term or the wrong term, completing the series. These are based on AP, GP, and AGP patterns.
  2. Profit and Loss: (1-2 Questions): Questions on successive selling, discount & MP, dishonest dealings and partnerships.
  3. Speed, Time and Distance: (1-2 Questions): Average speed, relative speed, problems based on boat, stream and trains.
  4. Algebra:(0-6 Questions): About 5 problems based on Quadratic equations in which you have to determine the relation between x and y. Sometimes questions based on ages maybe asked and inequalities are also asked.
  5. Mensuration:(1-2 Questions): Problems related to rectangle, circle, square, cone, cylinder, semi-circle.
  6. Data Interpretation:(5-10 Questions): Problems here consist of line graphs, pie charts, tables, bar graphs and other infographics. Missing data type questions are also asked.
  7. Time and Work:(1-2 Questions): Problems based on Work Efficiency, Pipe & Cistern, Work and Wages.
  8. Permutation and Combination:(0-1 Questions): Problems based on Basic Selection and Arrangement Problems
  9. Mixture Problems:(1-2 Question): Problems based on making a mixture of two or more entities/mixtures.
  10. Probability:(0-1 Question): Basic questions on probability
  11. Data Sufficiency:(0-5 Questions): Data sufficiency problems on almost all topics mentioned above.

Detailed syllabus for reasoning ability is as follows:

  1. Inequalities:(5 Questions): This includes direct mathematical inequalities. There could be a few complex expressions and about 2-4 conclusions, which are to be deduced from the given statements.
  2. Ordering and Ranking:(0-5 Questions): This includes puzzles on ordering by age, rank, boxes of different colors, floor etc.
  3. Directions & Distances:(2-5 Questions): Moderate to difficult problems on distances.
  4. Coding & Decoding:(0-5 Questions): These are less likely to appear. Questions in this chapter are asked wherein a few statements will be given which are coded in a meaningless language and the questions will be based on the code.
  5. Blood Relations:(2-3 Questions): Family Tree and Coded Blood Relation Problems.
  6. Syllogisms:(0-5 Questions): Problems with 2-3 statements and 2-3 conclusions. Questions will ask you whether the conclusions follow or not. These are mostly possibilities based questions but negative statements are also possible.
  7. Circular Seating Arrangement: (5-7 Questions) This includes Uni-Directional and Bi-Directional problems (i.e. facing inside, outside or in both directions). Sometimes, tough Square/Rectangular/Hexagonal Table problems also asked. These questions may be paired with Blood Relations or some other Double Line-Up information along with Circular Arrangement information.
  8. Linear Seating Arrangement:(5-11 Questions): The problems here involve single row or two rows facing each other and floor based questions. This can include a double line up type problems with information sorting.
  9. Double Line Up: (0-6 Questions): Requires clean charting, proper technique and step-by-step solving.
  10. Scheduling:(0-6 Questions): Similar to Double Line-Up problems.
  11. Grouping and Selection: (0-5 Questions): Problems on teams and committees asked but is less likely to appear.
B. How To Check SBI PO PrelimsResult:
  • Candidates need to check the result on the official website.
  • On the website, candidates should enter the Roll number and date of birth or the SBI PO registration number and Date of birth.
  • After providing the details, the candidates need to click on the submit button.
  • You can now view your results.
C. SBI PO Cut-off 2017 For Preliminary Exam

SBI PO Cut-off 2017 For Preliminary Exam - Section-Wise

SectionMaximum MarksGeneralReserved Categories (OBC/SC/ST/VI/OH/HI)
English Language306.505.75
Reasoning Ability3510.254.00
Quantitative Aptitude358.757.00

SBI PO Cut-off 2017 For Preliminary Exam - Overall And Category Wise

CategoryOverall Cutoff marks (out of 100)
Other Backward Classes48.25

Previous Year Sectional Cut-off for SBI PO Prelims

SectionMax. MarksGeneralOBC/SC/ST/VH/OH/HI
English Language308.755.756.003.25
Quantitative Aptitude357.255.754.253.5
Reasoning Ability357.

Previous Year Overall Cut-off for SBI PO Prelims Cutoff


D. A detailed analysis of the examination held in 2017 is as follows:

SectionTotal QuestionsDifficulty levelGood AttemptsGood ScoreApproximate time taken
English Language30Moderate17-1915-1715
Quantitative Aptitude35Easy-Moderate16-1814-1625
Reasoning Ability35Easy-Moderate20-2218-2020

A subject wise breakup of examination held in 2017 is as follows:

English Language for SBI PO Prelims 2017:

TopicNumber of questionsLevel of Difficulty
Reading Comprehension (Based on Cyber Security): There were 3-4 vocabulary-based questions.10Moderate
Sentence Correction (Phrase Replacement)10Easy- Moderate
Cloze Test (Based on increasing education cost)10Easy- Moderate

Quantitative Aptitude for SBI PO Prelims 2017:

TopicNumber of questionsLevel of Difficulty
Number Series5Easy
Comparison of Variables5Easy
DI (Table)5Easy-Moderate
DI (Line Graph)5Easy-Moderate
Time and Work1Moderate
Simple Interest & Compound Interest1Moderate
Time, Speed and Distance1Moderate
Mixture and Alligation1Moderate
Ratio and Proportion1Easy-Moderate
Profit, Loss and Discount1Easy-Moderate
Age Based1Easy

Reasoning Ability section of SBI PO Prelims 2017:

TopicNumber of QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Blood Relations2Easy
Ranking Arrangement2Easy
Coding Decoding1Easy
AR (Data Arrangement - number of candies based)5Easy- Moderate
AR (Data Arrangement - Date of birth and ranking based)5Moderate
AR (Linear Arrangement - 8 Persons Facing North, Age given)5Moderate
AR (Data Arrangement- Puzzle Based)5Easy-Moderate
AR (Floor based Arrangement - 4 boxes, 4 fruits)3Easy
Mathematical Inequalities5Easy-Moderate

E. Online mock test

If you seek coaching for the preparation of the SBI PO Prelims, you will be well aware of the mock tests. Mock tests help you write an examination within the environment of the examination and allow you to self-assess your performance. The mock tests should be taken when you have completed the syllabus and are ready for the examination. The test will have questions similar to the examination and it will have time duration of one hour. Based on the score in the mock test, you will be able to judge your preparation and see if you need to spend additional hours on any specific subjects.

In order to prepare for the examination, you need to get the latest syllabus on hand and then plan the course of your study. If you are proficient in any of the subjects, you can prepare for it in the last few days and concentrate on the other subjects. Appearing for the online mock tests will be of great help.

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