How to Crack SBI PO 2018

How to Crack SBI PO 2018

SBI PO Preparation 2018

SBI has released the Probationary Officer notification 2018, there are total 2000 vacancies for this year. Candidates can fill the registration form online for SBI PO 2018 recruitment until 13th May 2018. For more information we have a separate article for SBI PO Recruitment 2018 Vacancy, Important Dates & Eligibility Criteria.

In this article, we are going to tell you all about topic wise preparation plan that you can apply to crack the SBI PO Exams 2018. We will illustrate how to crack Pre & Main Exam in which you can ace these exams to have the career that you have been waiting for.

How to crack Pre (Phase 1) Exam?

Quantitative Aptitude

This section is the most important section from a scoring point of view. Generally, the level of questions asked in this section is from easy to moderate covering the following topics:

  • Quadratic Equation – Generally, 5 questions are asked from this topic which is based on comparisons. These questions are quite easy to solve if you know the shortcuts and have practiced them well.
  • Simplification/Approximation – Generally 5 questions are asked from this topic. Since these questions are based on BODMAS rule, they require a lot of calculations.
  • Number-Series – Generally, 5 questions are asked on this topic. Out of 5 questions, 2 are easy, 2 are moderate and 1 is of difficult level.
  • This is the most important topic as 10 questions are asked from this topic. The questions range from easy to moderate level.
  • Miscellaneous – Approximately, 10 questions are asked from topics like Percentage, Profit & Loss, CI, and SI etc. The questions are generally of moderate level.
  • It is suggested that an aspirant should go for those questions first which they are strong in. Moreover, one should start with Quadratic Equation and then proceed to Simplification, Number Series, and Miscellaneous questions. The questions of DI should be attempted at last as they are time-consuming.


Reasoning is considered to be a scoring section and helps a lot in getting more marks compared to other two sections. This section immensely helps in securing the overall cut-off marks. Given below are some tips which will be very helpful in securing good marks.

  • It is advised to go for those questions first which are not in the form of puzzles; you can start with questions of Syllogism, Inequalities, Blood Relation, Order & Ranking and Coding-Decoding.
  • Puzzle and Seating Arrangement – The questions of this topic range from moderate to difficult level. Puzzles are based on Linear arrangement, Floor arrangement, Order & Ranking and Comparison based on 3-4 parameters. Seating Arrangement questions also contain 3-4 parameters with various types like – all the members are facing inward the circle/square table, all the members are facing outside the circle/square table or some members facing inside and some members facing outside etc. therefore, you must be very careful while solving the puzzles and seating arrangement.
  • Pay attention to words like ‘who’, ‘only’ and ‘not’ etc. as these words help a lot in gathering hidden information in the question.
  • In case, one gets stuck in a particular puzzle or arrangement then he should immediately move to other puzzle because it’s of no use to keep trying solving the puzzle and waste the precious time. You should always remember that you don’t have to solve all the questions; you should always concentrate on clearing the cut-off first.
  • Coding-Decoding – Generally, 5 questions are asked from this topic. For the last two years, SBI has been asking questions based on latest pattern so, you must practice the questions based on the latest patter. One example of such question is:


Study the following information carefully and answer the question given below:

In a certain code language, ‘Given Work Long Time’ is written as ‘@E4 *G4 #k4 %N5’; ‘Garden Small On Earth’ is written as ‘$L5 %N6 ^N2 &H5’ and ‘Teacher Love Student’ is written as ‘@R7 *E4 $E4’.

  1. Which of the following may be the code for ‘Transport’?
  • @T9 (b) *T9   (c) #T9   (d) @T11   (e) None of these
  1. In the given code language, what does the code ‘#E5’ stand for:
  • WHOLE  (b) WORK   (c) WALKS   (d) BOOK   (e) NEWS


In the year 2017, the questions asked were based on Reading Comprehension, Para Jumbles, Cloze Test, Error Spotting and Double Fillers but last year’s questions were based on only on Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test and Phrase Replacement (10 questions from each) therefore, it can’t be predicted which type of questions would be asked this year so, you need to be well prepared and online practice these types of questions as much as you can.

You should also read English newspapers, articles and magazines regularly as this will help you increase your reading speed, grasping and analytical capacity.

S No. SBI PO Prelim Study Material Download
1 SBI PO Prelim Exam 2017
2 SBI PO Prelim Practice Set 1
3 SBI PO Prelim Practice Set 2

 How to crack Main (Phase 2) Exam?

 Quantitative Aptitude

The questions asked in this section are little different than the question of Pre exam. The questions are completely based on analysis of data or data handling. If one has to score good marks in the main exam then he needs to have a clear concept and more and more practice of data handling. In this section, 35 questions are asked consisting of Data Interpretation and Data Analysis.

  • Data Interpretation – There are various sub-topics in DI like Bar Graph, Line Chart, Pie Chart, Radar Chart, Tabulation, Mix Chart and Caselets etc. For the past few years, questions are asked from Caselets, Mix Chart, Radar Chart and Tabulation. Nearly, 25 questions are asked from these making it the most scoring part of Quant so, you need to practice these types of question a lot.
  • Data Sufficiency – These days 3-4 statements data sufficiency questions are being asked so, you need to practice these a lot.
  • Data Analysis – This is the newly added part in the syllabus of SBI PO Main exam. In this type of questions, two different values coded as Quantity 1 and Quantity 2 are given and one has to compare both the values.
  • From scoring point of view, it is suggested to start with the Data Sufficiency and further proceed to DI. An aspirant must always take a quick glance on all the questions of this section and should attempt Mixed DI and Caselets at the last.


This section consists of questions based on Input-Output, Coding-Decoding, Arrangements, Puzzles, Syllogism, Distance & Direction and Decision Making etc.

  • One should start with easy topics like Input-Output, Syllogism and Blood Relation etc. as these topics are less time consuming and easy to solve compared to tough puzzles and questions based on seating arrangements.
  • The puzzles and arrangements generally contain 3-4 parameters and are time consuming therefore, these should be attempted at last i.e. after securing the cut-off marks.
  • One should practice form mock tests and study materials that contain questions of the latest pattern so that they get acquainted to the type of questions they would be facing in the exam.
  • Try to learn and practice the short-cuts to solve the questions of Syllogism and Input-Output etc. as this will of great help in solving the questions in very less time with higher accuracy. 


Over the years, SBI has been experimental as far as the Main exam of English is concerned. After thorough analysis of previous year papers, we have come to the conclusion that the questions asked are based on Reading Comprehension, Para Jumbles, Double Fillers, Error Spotting and Phrase Replacement etc.

  • Generally, two RCs are given of five questions each. It should be noted that these days, questions based on Vocabulary are not asked; the emphasis is given on reading based questions. The pattern of question asked in Reading Comprehension has changed a lot. Nowadays, a passage is divided into 4-5 parts and then the questions are asked individually from each part which most of the time takes lot of time and appears to be very confusing while eliminating the options.
  • Para Jumbles of latest pattern are asked wherein the first and last sentences are given and the aspirants are asked to complete the sequence of sentences in the proper order.
  • The Error spotting part consists of questions based Subject-Verb Agreement, Error in the usage of tense and Use of prepositions and Nouns etc. so one has to be well versed in English grammar. These days, a sentence is given which is divided into three parts and one is asked to find the part containing the error.

Therefore, one should practice questions of ‘Common errors’ and question based on latest pattern and make a habit or reading English newspapers, articles and magazines regularly.

  • A new type of question is being asked wherein an inference is given with three paragraphs as options and one is asked to find the paragraph(s) from where the inference has been inferred. Such type of question requires a good analytical ability because the options given are very close so, one has to possess a very good analytical ability and the understanding. This can be enhanced by reading variety of stuffs like Newspapers, Blogs, Articles etc. and summary writing.
  • We suggest an aspirant to go for the questions on Error Spotting, Fillers and Phrase Replacement first because these are comparatively easy to solve and are less time consuming. You should not try to attempt the questions of Reading Comprehension first because it takes a lot of time to read the whole passage and then choose the correct option.
  • An aspirant should take as much Online Mock Tests as he can and participate in English quizzes etc.

General Awareness/Banking/Economy

This section gives a lot of relief to the aspirants as they do not require any special brilliance or more time to tick the correct answers. However, this section is not a cake walk because many times, aspirants fail to secure the sectional cut-off marks due to their negligence and improper approach towards the preparation of this section.

Questions from three sub-sections are asked in this section viz. General awareness, Economy and Banking. Moreover, the bulk of questions asked are from current affairs. Therefore, one has to prepare all these three sub-sections well so that he secures the cut-off marks easily and score high to come in the merit list. Below given are some methods that will be helpful while preparing for this section:

  • An aspirant should analyze the previous year papers in order to understand the pattern of questions and prepare accordingly.
  • The questions of General Awareness consist of events of national & international importance, sports, awards, films, new appointments, books & authors, state news and any trending news etc.
  • The Static GK part consists of question based on Sports awards, Trophies, Abbreviations, Country-capital, Country-currency, Geography and Indian culture etc.
  • Banking and Economy part consist of question based on Newly launched banking schemes, Policies or guidelines issued by the RBI, Current data such as policy rates, growth rate, development rate and rankings of India on various indexes, Schemes of various banks, Money market, Capital Market, Budget, Name of mobile-apps launched by banks, New technologies launched like UPI, and e-banking and Bank tie-ups etc.
  • An aspirant must read newspapers on the daily basis so that he remains aware what is going on in the world.
  • An aspirant should participate in Online GK quizzes and take Mock tests.
  • An aspirant should read daily current affairs from a variety of sources like weekly/monthly magazines and study materials etc.
S No. SBI PO Mains Study Material Download
1 SBI PO Mains Exam 2017
2 SBI PO Mains Practice Set 1
3 SBI PO Mains Practice Set 2

An aspirant should keep revising whatever he has studied so that he doesn’t forget them in the exam.

How to crack Descriptive Exam?

In the Group Discussion, the ability of an aspirant is assessed based on certain parameters such as communication skills, persuasive skills, leadership quality, knowledge, analytical ability and confidence etc.  Since the candidates do not have any idea about the topic of discussion thus, it becomes mandatory to be updated with the information of trending news, current affairs and latest happenings in society, country, politics, literature, science, sports films etc.

Descriptive test is conducted in order to check an aspirant’s writing skills and his capability to understand, analyze and summarize things. In this test, candidates are asked to write letters and essays as these put their knowledge of English language and General Awareness to test. So, it is very important for an aspirant to improve his writing skills by practicing more and more to get good marks and come up in the merit list.

The keys to effective writing are:

  • Reading habit plays a vital role in enhancing your skills and understanding of English language. Reading helps a lot in developing ideas and opinions so, you must read English newspapers and articles on daily basis.
  • Grammar, use of punctuations and spellings are very critical in the Descriptive test so, you must take these seriously so that your marks don’t get deducted.
  • Essays are generally asked on trending topics or topics which have a lot been talked about, therefore, it is very important for an aspirant to brush up his knowledge of current affairs and stay updated about what’s going on around the world.
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