SBI PO Prelims 2017 Exam Analysis Second Shift – 30th April 2017 (2nd Slot)


SBI PO  Exam Analysis 2nd Slot (30th April) :  Hello Aspirants, Today State Bank of India has conducted the Prelims Examination for the Recruitment of Probationary officers. The examination was started from yesterday and conducted in different centers across the country. The Exam will be held in total 4 Slots. As the Second Shift’s Exam is over now, we are providing you the SBI PO Prelims Exam 2017 detailed Analysis for the 2nd Slot.


SBI PO Prelims 2017 Exam Analysis First Shift


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

Day 2 : Read the examination review of SBI PO Prelims given below for the Second Slot held on 30th April 2017 which is conducted from 11:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m.


Reasoning Ability : [Moderate-Difficult]

Puzzles – 4 Sets (20 Questions)

  • Linear Arrangement (8 persons facing north having different age)
  • Floor Puzzle [8 people living on 8 floors with one variable]
  • Comparison Based Puzzle 
  • Puzzle Based on Seminar conducted on two dates of Different Months

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


Q. M is the father if J, M is having 2 children's  J and T. Q is the brother in Law of J. Then How is T related to Q ?


English Language :  [Moderate]

Reading Comprehension/Passage – 1 Set (10 Questions) [ lengthy passage based on E bay's Cyber security]

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

Cloze Test – 10 Questions [Word correction]

Phrase Replacement/Sentence Correction – 10 Questions 


Cloze Test asked in Second Shift : [ Article came from THE ECONOMIST]

ON THE face of it, American higher education is still in rude health. In worldwide rankings more than half of the top 100 universities, and eight of the top ten, are American. The scientific output of American institutions is unparalleled. They produce most of the world’s Nobel laureates and scientific papers. Moreover college graduates, on average, still earn far more and receive better benefits than those who do not have a degree. Nonetheless, there is growing anxiety in America about higher education. A degree has always been considered the key to a good job. But rising fees and increasing student debt, combined with shrinking financial and educational returns, are undermining at least the perception that university is a good investment.

Concern springs from a number of things: steep rises in fees, increases in the levels of debt of both students and universities, and the declining quality of graduates. Start with the fees. The cost of university per student has risen by almost five times the rate of inflation since 1983, making it less affordable and increasing the amount of debt a student must take on. Between 2001 and 2010 the cost of a university education soared from 23% of median annual earnings to 38%; in consequence, debt per student has doubled in the past 15 years. Two-thirds of graduates now take out loans. Those who earned bachelor’s degrees in 2011 graduated with an average of $26,000 in debt, according to the Project on Student Debt, a non-profit group.

More debt means more risk, and graduation is far from certain; the chances of an American student completing a four-year degree within six years stand at only around 57%. This is poor by international standards: Australia and Britain, for instance, both do much better. At the same time, universities have been spending beyond their means. Many have taken on too much debt and have seen a decline in the health of their balance-sheets. Moreover, the securitisation of student loans led to a rush of unwise private lending. This, at least, has now been curbed by regulation. In 2008 private lenders disbursed $20 billion; last year they shelled out only $6 billion.


Quantitative Aptitude :  [Moderate]

Simplification/Approximation – 10 Questions

Number Series – 5 Questions

Data Interpretation – 2 Set (10 Question) [Tabular (Complex DI having percentage of Voters) and line graph]

Quadratic Equations - 5 Questions

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


Number Series asked in Second Shift : (Same Pattern as previous shift)

1 ) 13, 12, 22, 63, ? 

2 ) 399, 390, 365,  316, 235,   ?

3 ) 29,  36, 25 , 38 , 21,?

4 ) 7,  9,  41,  98, 175,  ?

5 ) 13,  7,  8,  13, ?,  75


Note : Overall difficulty level of the SBI PO Prelims Exam conducted in Second Shift is Moderate-Difficult, No change in pattern as compare to previous shifts held today.

1 ) In English section, 10 questions came from Phrase correction topic which was something new for the candidates. Cloze Test is based on word correction type and . 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. 


Overall Good Attempts : 58-62


Quantitative Aptitude : 22-25

Reasoning Ability : 18-20

English Language : 19-22


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