SBI PO Prelims are qualifying exams held by the State Bank of India. More than 30 lakh candidates write the preliminary exam from which about 50,000 are selected for the main exam.
Since the SBI PO is a major recruitment exam that all candidates aspiring for bank job attend, the competition is intense. This has led to the need for more preparation efforts on the part of the candidates.
Smart preparation, which entails managing time wisely and a good preparation strategy, is necessary for a candidate to pass the prelims and move on to the next level.
Here are some smart tips and tricks for each section to help candidates pass this initial hurdle.
To manage time judiciously, the evergreen concept that applies in any situation is, prioritizing your tasks. This is true for the SBI PO prelim preparation too.Â With the right management of time, you can easily score the sectional and the overall cut-offs in the preliminaries.
Here are some time management tips:
English language: The questions in this section range from easy to moderate level of difficulty. Of the total 30 questions in this section, attending those related to cloze test, sentence improvement, fill in the blanks, and spotting error first help you score better. The Para Jumble and reading comprehension should be done next as they are time-consuming.
Reasoning ability: Of the 35 questions in this section which has a difficulty level of easy and moderate, better scores can be gained if you
Numerical ability: The 35 questions have a moderate level of difficulty. Number series, quadratic equations, and approximation/simplification should be attempted first. The time consuming miscellaneous (age, profit/loss, simple/compound interest, average, time/speed and ratio/proportion) and data interpretation questions should be done later.
To become familiar with the pattern of questions and to identify your strengths and the level of preparation you need, taking the online mock tests helps a great deal. Once you have put in your best effort towards the preparation, stay relaxed and calm during the exam. You will then be able to answer more accurately and quickly too. All the best!