SBI PO 2017 Prelims Exam Analysis First Shift – 29th April

SBI PO 2017 Prelims Exam Analysis


SBI PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2017 : Dear Aspirants, Today State Bank of India has conducted the Prelims Examination for the Recruitment of Probationary officer for the Year 2017. The Exam will be conducted in total 4 Slots. As the first Shift of SBI PO Prelims Exam is over now, here we are giving you the detailed Analysis of the first shift for SBI PO Prelims Exam 2017.

Post name –  Probationary Officer 

Total Vacancies – 2313



SBI PO Prelims 2017 Exam Pattern :

The examination is consisting of three section namely Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability and English Language. Total Marks allotted for the paper is 100 marks. Negative marking of 0.25 will be applied on each wrong answer. 

SBI PO 2017 Prelims Exam Pattern
Subjects Questions Marks Time Allotted
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 Composite Time
of 1 Hour
Reasoning Ability 35 35
English Language 30 30

Read the examination review given below of First Slot for SBI PO Prelims 2017 which is conducted from 9:00 a.m – 10:00 a.m.


Reasoning Ability : [Moderate-Difficult]

Puzzles – 4 Sets (20 Questions)

  • Linear Arrangement (8 persons facing north selling candy)
  • Floor Puzzle [ 8 people living on 8 floors studying different engineering subjects]
  • Puzzle - 8 persons having birthday in 2 different dates 10,27 of 4 different months
  • Puzzle - 8 persons born in 8 different years

Inequality - 5 Questions

Blood Relation & Direction Sense – 5 Questions

Coding decoding, Alpha Numeric Series & Order Ranking - 5 Questions

Note : No Syllogism was asked in the exam


Puzzle Asked : 

Q. 8 persons M, N, O, P , Q ,R, S,W have their birthdays on 10th and 27th of four different months i.e March, April, May, June not necessarily in the same order. M has birthday on 10th of a month which is having 31 days. Only one person has birthday before N. Number of persons between M and N is one less than the number of persons between N and W. O and P were held in same month having 30 days ,but not in April. R has birthday after S. Only three persons have birthday between N and Q. O was held before P.

Q. There are eight persons namely A, B, C, D, E, F,G and H has born in the same month of different year i.e. 1969, 1972, 1978, 1981, 1989, 1997, 2000 and 2005. Their age are considered as on the same month of 2016.G is born in even number year, but not born in the year, which does not divisible by 4.A is 36 years old now.B is 17 year older than F, who is 8 years younger than A. There are eight year gap between age of E and age of D. H is nine year younger than C, but not born in 2005. E was born earlier than G.


English Language :  [Moderate]

Reading Comprehension – 1 Set (10 Questions) [Based on Cyber Security]

Note : Synonym and Antonyms (4 Questions) are also asked in Reading comprehension

Cloze Test – 10 Questions [Word correction (New Pattern)]

Phrase Replacement – 10 Questions 


Phrase Replacement Question :

Q. As contrasted with the honeybee, the yellow jacket can sting repeatedly without dying and carries a potent venom that can cause intense pain.

(a) As contrasted with the honeybee.

(b) In contrast to the honeybee’s.

(c) Unlike the sting of the honeybee.

(d) Unlike that of the honeybee.

(e) No Correction required.


Pattern of the Cloze Test :

This is not the same Cloze Test which was asked in exam, but only to show you the Pattern of Cloze Test.


Quantitative Aptitude :  [Moderate]

Simplification/Approximation – 10 Questions

Number Series – 5 Questions

Data Interpretation – 2 Set (10 Question) [Tabular (Male & Female ratio with Percentage) and line graph]

Quadratic Equations - 5 Questions

Miscellaneous  – 10 Questions  (based on Compound/Simple Interest, Time & Work, Pipes and Cisterns, Profit Loss, Probability , Age, Mixture Allegation, Partnership, Average, Boats & Stream etc. )


Number Series Asked in First Shift :

1 ) 14, 8, 9, 14.5, 30, ?

2 ) 77, 85, 69, 101, 37, ?

3 ) 20, 29, 54, 103, 184, ?

4 ) 5, 7, 18, 47, 103, ?

5 ) 7, 8, 18, 57, ?, 1165


Solution : 

1 ) ×0.5+1....×1+1....×1.5+1....×2+1....×2.5+1

2 ) +8.... -16....+32.... -64.... +128

3 ) +3.....+5...... +7.....+9....+11 


4 ) +9....+18.....+27......+36

5) ×1+1.....×2+2..... ×3+3..... ×4+4


Note : Overall difficulty level of the SBI PO Prelims exam 2017 is Moderate-Difficult.

1 ) No major changes was seen in the in the English section apart from Phrase correction which was something new for the candidates. Cloze Test is based on word correction type. Rest topic were same as compare to previous bank exams.

2 ) Reasoning is of Moderate level and out of 4 Puzzles, two were doable but time taking. Rest topics are doable which were based on coding decoding, Inequality, Direction sense, blood relation, Order ranking etc.

3 ) Quantitative Aptitude was the easiest section in all the three sections and of Easy to Moderate level. Number Series and Quadratic equation are the topics in which candidate can secure full marks. 

As the cut off is applied on both Sectional and overall, So candidates must secure the minimum marks in all the three section in order to qualify the prelims examination. Cut off will be decided by the SBI later.


Overall Good Attempts : 55-60


Quantitative Aptitude : 20-25

Reasoning Ability : 17-20

English Language : 18-22


Please Share your exam experience in the comment section below, we will update the Analysis. Stay Tuned..!!

All the Best..!!



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  • nantha kumar

    rc based on which topic

  • nantha kumar

    share cloze test and error also

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    • 007

      5 7 18 47 105 ? whats d logic?

  • Reading Comprehension Asked : in First Shift SBI PO Prelims

    OVER a couple of days in February, hundreds of thousands of point-of-sale printers in restaurants around the world began behaving strangely. Some churned out bizarre pictures of computers and giant robots signed, “with love from the hacker God himself”. Some informed their owners that, “YOUR PRINTER HAS BEEN PWND’D”. Some told them, “For the love of God, please close this port”. When the hacker God gave an interview to Motherboard, a technology website, he claimed to be a British secondary-school pupil by the name of “Stackoverflowin”. Annoyed by the parlous state of computer security, he had, he claimed, decided to perform a public service by demonstrating just how easy it was to seize control.
    Not all hackers are so public-spirited, and 2016 was a bonanza for those who are not. In February of that year cyber-crooks stole $81m directly from the central bank of Bangladesh—and would have got away with more were it not for a crucial typo. In August America’s National Security Agency (NSA) saw its own hacking tools leaked all over the internet by a group calling themselves the Shadow Brokers. (The CIA suffered a similar indignity this March.) In October a piece of software called Mirai was used to flood Dyn, an internet infrastructure company, with so much meaningless traffic that websites such as Twitter and Reddit were made inaccessible to many users. And the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s e-mail servers and the subsequent leaking of embarrassing communications seems to have been part of an attempt to influence the outcome of the American elections.
    Away from matters of great scale and grand strategy, most hacking is either show-off vandalism or simply criminal. It is also increasingly easy. Obscure forums oil the trade in stolen credit-card details, sold in batches of thousands at a time. Data-dealers hawk “exploits”: flaws in code that allow malicious attackers to subvert systems. You can also buy “ransomware”, with which to encrypt photos and documents on victims’ computers before charging them for the key that will unscramble the data. So sophisticated are these facilitating markets that coding skills are now entirely optional. Botnets—flocks of compromised computers created by software like Mirai, which can then be used to flood websites with traffic, knocking them offline until a ransom is paid—can be rented by the hour. Just like a legitimate business, the bot-herders will, for a few dollars extra, provide technical support if anything goes wrong.
    The total cost of all this hacking is anyone’s guess (most small attacks, and many big ones, go unreported). But all agree it is likely to rise, because the scope for malice is about to expand remarkably. “We are building a world-sized robot,” says Bruce Schneier, a security analyst, in the shape of the “Internet of Things”. The IoT is a buzz-phrase used to describe the computerisation of everything from cars and electricity meters to children’s toys, medical devices and light bulbs. In 2015 a group of computer-security researchers demonstrated that it was possible to take remote control of certain Jeep cars. When the Mirai malware is used to build a botnet it seeks out devices such as video recorders and webcams; the botnet for fridges is just around the corner.

  • Puzzle asked in today’s Shift :

    Ram, Manoj, Shiva, Aman, Rajeev, Vijay, Ravi and Rakesh are eight employees of an enterprise and they will attend a seminar in the four months (May, June, August & September). The seminar held in each month on 8th and 20th date. Only two seminars held in a month. None of the person can attend the seminar after Shiva. Aman does not attend the seminar in the month of 31 days. Rajeev and Ravi attends seminar after Aman on date 20th of different months, while Ram & Manoj attend the seminar before Aman and Manoj attends after Ram in the same month. Rakesh does not attend the seminar in the month in which either Rajeev attends or Shiva attends.