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SBI PO Prelims 2018: Paper Analysis and Expected Cut Off

By: Sakshi Awasthi on July 02, 2018

The SBI PO 2018 preliminary examination was conducted on July 1, 2018. The remaining slots of the examination will be conducted on July 7 and July 8, 2018. The State Bank of India has conducted the SBI PO examination for 2,000 posts of Probationary Officer across the country. The SBI PO registration commenced on April 21, 2018, and the last date for the registration was May 13, 2018. The examination was conducted yesterday in four-time slots i.e. 2 slots each in morning and evening.

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SBI PO Paper Analysis:

The question paper comprised of 100 questions and the time duration was 60 minutes. The candidate will be awarded 1 mark for each correct answer and 0.25 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer.

Shift 1:

English Language:

This section carried 30 questions. The section was moderately difficult.

Topic

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

Reading Comprehension

5 Questions

Moderate

Vocabulary

1 Question

Moderate

Sentence Correction and Phrase Replacement

8 Questions

Moderate

Jumbles and Sentence Starters

6 Questions

Easy

Connection and Relation

5 Questions

Easy-Moderate


The candidate scoring between 15 to 17 marks will be considered a good score.

Quantitative Aptitude:

This section carried 35 questions and was moderate on difficulty meter.

Topic

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

Number Series

5 Questions

Moderate

Comparison of 2 Quantities

5 Questions

Moderate

Simplification

5 Questions

Moderate

Pie Chart

5 Questions

Moderate

Bar Graph

5 Questions

Easy-Moderate

Caselet

5 Questions

Moderate

Quantity based questions

5 Questions

Easy-Moderate


The candidate scoring between 15 to 17 marks will be considered a good score.

Reasoning Ability:

This section comprised of 35 questions and was moderately difficult.

Topics

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

Directions

2 Questions

Easy-Moderate

Blood Relations

1 Question

Easy-Moderate

Data Sufficiency

5 Questions

Moderate

Data Arrangement- Box Based

5 Questions

Moderate

Data Arrangement- Month Based

3 Questions

Moderate

Linear Arrangement

5 Questions

Moderate

Coding and Decoding

1 Question

Moderate

Input-Output

5 Questions

Moderate

Mathematical Inequalities

5 Questions

Easy- Moderate

Set Based Coding - Decoding

3 Questions

Moderate


The candidate scoring between 19 to 21 marks will be considered a good score.

Shift 2:

English Language:

This section carried 30 questions. The section was moderately difficult.

Topic

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

Reading Comprehension

6 Questions

Difficult

Vocabulary

1 Question

Moderate-Difficult

Sentence Correction and Phrase Replacement

14 Questions

Moderate

Para Jumbles

5 Questions

Easy-Moderate

Fill in the blanks

4 Questions

Moderate


The reading comprehension was comparatively time-consuming.

Quantitative Aptitude:

This section carried 35 questions and was moderately difficult.

Topic

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

Number Series

5 Questions

Easy-Moderate

Comparison of 2 Quantities

5 Questions

Moderate

Simplification

5 Questions

Easy

Pie Chart

5 Questions

Moderate

Bar Graph

5 Questions

Moderate

Caselet

5 Questions

Moderate

Quantity based questions

5 Questions

Easy-Moderate


Topics such as Pie Chart, Bar Graph and Caselet were calculative and time-consuming.

Reasoning Ability:

This section comprised of 35 questions and was moderately difficult.

Topics

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

Directions

2 Questions

Easy-Moderate

Blood Relations

3 Question

Easy

Data Sufficiency

5 Questions

Moderate-Difficult

Data Arrangement- Box Based

5 Questions

Moderate

Data Arrangement

5 Questions

Moderate

Linear Arrangement

10 Questions

Moderate

Coding and Decoding

1 Question

Moderate

Alphabet Based

1 Questions

Easy-Moderate

Alphanumeric Series

1 Questions

Easy- Moderate

Set Based Coding - Decoding

3 Questions

Moderate


Topics such as Linear Arrangement and data Arrangement were quite lengthy.

Shift 3:

English Language:

This section carried 30 questions.

Topic

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

Reading Comprehension

7 Questions

Moderate

Vocabulary

2 Question

Moderate-Difficult

Sentence Correction and Phrase Replacement

6 Questions

Moderate

Jumbles and Fill in the blanks

5 Questions

Moderate

Statement Connection

2 Questions

Moderate

Spot the Error Questions

5 Questions

Moderate


This section was moderately difficult.

Quantitative Aptitude:

This section carried 35 questions. This section was time taking and the overall difficulty level was between easy to moderate.

Topic

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

Number Series

5 Questions

Moderate

Data Sufficiency

5 Questions

Easy-Moderate

Simplification and Approximation

5 Questions

Easy-Moderate

Pie Chart

5 Questions

Easy-Moderate

Table

5 Questions

Moderate

Installment

1 Questions

Moderate

Simple Interest and compound Interest

1 Question

Easy-Moderate

Profit, Loss and Discount

1 Question

Moderate

Ages

1 Question

Easy

Mensuration

1 Question

Moderate

Linear Equation

1 Question

Easy

Partnership

1 Question

Easy- Moderate

Time, Speed and Distance

1 Question

Easy- Moderate

Time and Work

1 Question

Easy- Moderate


Reasoning Ability:

This section comprised of 35 questions and was quite lengthy. The difficulty level of this section was moderate. 

Topics

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

Directions

2 Questions

Moderate

Blood Relations

3 Question

Moderate

Data Sufficiency

5 Questions

Moderate-Difficult

Data Arrangement- Box Based

5 Questions

Moderate

Data Arrangement

5 Questions

Moderate

Linear Arrangement

10 Questions

Moderate

Coding and Decoding

1 Question

Moderate

Alphabet Based

1 Questions

Moderate

Alphanumeric Series

1 Questions

Moderate-Difficult

Set Based Coding - Decoding

3 Questions

Moderate


Shift 4:

English Language:

This section carried 30 questions. The section was moderately difficult.

Topic

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

Reading Comprehension

5 Questions

Moderate

Vocabulary

2 Question

Moderate-Difficult

Sentence Correction and Phrase Replacement

6 Questions

Moderate

Phrases or Word Replacement and Fill in the blanks

5 Questions

Easy-Moderate

Statement Connection and Cloze Test

2 Questions

Moderate

Spot the Error Questions

5 Questions

Moderate


Quantitative Aptitude:

This section carried 35 questions and was between east to moderately.

Topic

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

Number Series

5 Questions

Moderate

Comparison of 2 Quantities

5 Questions

Moderate

Simplification

8 Questions

Easy-Moderate

Pie Chart

5 Questions

Moderate

Bar Graph

5 Questions

Moderate

Data Sufficiency

5 Questions

Easy-Moderate

Quantity based questions

7 Questions

Easy-Moderate


The questions based on number series were moderately difficult.

Reasoning Ability:

This section comprised of 35 questions and was quite lengthy. The difficulty level of this section was between moderate to difficult. 

Topics

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

Blood Relations

3 Question

Moderate

Data Sufficiency

5 Questions

Moderate

Data Arrangement- Box Based

5 Questions

Moderate

Data Arrangement

5 Questions

Moderate

Linear Arrangement

10 Questions

Moderate

Coding and Decoding

1 Question

Moderate

Alphanumeric Series

1 Questions

Moderate-Difficult


SBI PO 2018 Section-wise Expected Cut Off:

Section

SBI PO 2018 Prelims Expected Cut Off

English Language

  • General – 8.5 to 10.5
  • OBC – 5.5 to 7.5
  • SC – 5.5 to 7.5
  • ST – 5.5 to 7.5

Quantitative Aptitude

  • General – 10 to 12
  • OBC – 6.5 to 8.5
  • SC – 6.5 to 8.5
  • ST – 6.5 to 8.5

Reasoning Ability

  • General – 6 to 8
  • OBC – 3.5 to 5.5
  • SC – 3.5 to 5.5
  • ST – 3.5 to 5.5


 

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