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SBI PO 2016 Exam Analysis and Expected Cut Offs


SBI PO 2016 Exam Analysis includes explanation of types of questions asked, difficulty level of exam, and expected cut offs. Analysis of SBI PO 2016 Preliminary Exam can be viewed here after exam is held on the scheduled dates in July. Whenever mains exam is conducted, analysis of SBI PO 2016 Mains as well can be seen here.

For the lacs of candidates who appear in State Bank of India Probationary Officers Recruitment process, exam analysis plays an important role in understanding where they stand compared to other candidates in general. Although exam analysis is only a for-reference-purpose-only article, it is quite useful in making plans for next stage of the selection process and other Bank PO Exams.

SBI PO 2016 Exam Analysis

Date of SBI PO 2016 preliminary exam 2, 3, 9, 10 July, 2016
Date of SBI PO 2016 main exam 31 July 2016

Exam pattern of preliminary exam to be held on 2, 3, 9, 10 July 2016
Total questions – 100
Maximum marks – 100
Total time – 1 hour

Name of test Questions Marks
English language 30 30
Quantitative aptitude 35 35
Reasoning ability 35 35
Total 100 100

Expected cut off of SBI PO 2016 Preliminary Exam

Detailed analysis and expected cut off of SBI PO 2016 are being updated day-wise.

In the meantime you can refer to last year’s analysis.

SBI PO 2015 Exam Analysis

SBI PO 2015 Analysis is available here for the candidates who want the status of the previous year exam. The exam was conducted on July 26, 2015 into 10 am to 1 pm slot. The Pattern of the exam was divided into the two parts i.e. Objective and Subjective. Candidates had to qualify the Cutoff of both the exam to clear the final Cutoff. Both the exams were necessary for the Candidates to attempt and qualify. Candidates can check more detailed Analysis of SBI PO 2015 in the below post.

Analysis of SBI PO –Exam Pattern for Objective Exam

For the purpose of the Analysis, Candidates must have the knowledge of the Exam Pattern of the exam. The Exam Pattern is the structure of the exam that is necessary for the Candidates before starting the preparation of the exam. This pattern is released by the State Bank of India Officially on its Official Website. The details of the Exam Pattern are as follows:
Negative Marking was there in the exam.

  • There were total 4 sections in the exam i.e. Data Analysis and Interpretation, Reasoning Ability, General Awareness/Computer Knowledge/Marketing and English etc.
  • Each section of the exam consists of 50 Questions and there were total 200 Questions in the exam.
  • The total duration to solve 200 Multiple Objective Type questions was 120 minutes only.
  • As in the case of Negative Marking, 0.25 marks were deducted for the wrong answer and 1 mark is added for the right answer.
  • The Mode of the exam was Online.

Analysis of SBI PO – Exam Pattern for Subjective Exam

  • The total duration to solve the Subjective exam was 1 hour only.
  • There were 2 sections in the exam i.e. Essay writing and Letter writing.
  • Essay writing and the Letter writing was focused on the Current and descriptive topics.

SBI PO Analysis – Subject-wise Exam Analysis

The Detailed Analysis of SBI PO 2015 according to the different subjects is hosted here for the Candidates. This Analysis report is prepared by Our Experts after getting all over view of the previous year exam. Candidates can check the Analysis of different subjects i.e. Number of Sections covered, Number of questions available, level of questions in the exam.

The Analysis available here is categorized into 3 parts depending upon the level of the difficulty of the sections. i. e Moderate, Moderate-easy and Moderate- difficult. The Number of Good Attempts, Good Score and approximate time taken by the students is also available here according to different sections.

Analysis of SBI PO – Data Analysis and Interpretation

According to our experts view, this section was on easy-moderate level in the exam.The Number of good attempts in this section was 35 – 38 questions which will provide the better score of 30-32 questions. The Approximate time taken by the candidates for this section was 35-40 minutes. The chapters which were focused in the section are:

  • PI Charts
  • Line Graphs
  • Tables
  • Number Series
  • Comparison of Variables
  • Probability
  • Case –let based Data Interpretation
  • Data Sufficiency

SBI PO Analysis – Reasoning Ability

The Reasoning Ability Section was of Moderate- difficult level. The level of questions in this exam was of CAT exam level. Due to the difficulty level, 30-32 questions were considered as the good attempts in 35-40 minutes of the approximate time period. The Chapters of the Reasoning Ability which were focused are as follows:

  • Matrix
  • Circular Arrangement
  • Input-Output
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Strong –weak Arguments
  • Mathematical Inequality
  • Inference
  • Syllogism
  • Coding –Decoding
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Course of Action
  • Sitting Arrangement based upon Blood Relation

Analysis of SBI PO – General Awareness/Computer Knowledge/Marketing

Into this section, the Questions from the 3 different domains were asked which were of the Moderate level. The Number of Good Attempts of 20 -22 questions in 15-18 minutes of approximate time will be considered good. The Score of 18-20 marks will be considered good for this section. The domain on which this section was focused is as follows:

  • Banking Awareness
  • International Affairs
  • Geography
  • Personality
  • Polity
  • Films
  • Sports
  • International Days
  • Marketing
  • Computer Subjects

SBI PO Analysis –English

The English section of the previous year section was of Moderate-easy level. The Pattern of this section was slightly different from the previous years. There will be total 30-32 questions in 18-20 minutes of the time period was considered as the Good attempts. The Chapters of the English on which this section was focused is as follows:

  • Cloze Test
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Para Jumble
  • Sentence Correction
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Error Spotting

SBI PO Analysis – Changes Introduced

From the previous year of the SBI PO exams, the State Bank of India has introduced various changes in the Pattern of the exam. Instead of the Objective and Subjective parts of the exam, there will be two parts of the Exam i.e. Preliminary and Mains.

Candidates who will qualify the Preliminary level of the exam will only be able to attempt the Mains level of the exam. After qualifying the Mains exam, Candidates will be eligible for the Interview process. The List of the Shortlisted candidates, as well as the Cutoff List for the different category Candidates, will be released by the State Bank of India.

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