Tips To Solve Important Maths Questions of SBI PO Exam

The Quantitative Aptitude section forms an important part of the SBI PO exam pattern. Read this article to learn a few quick tips to solve important Maths Questions under the Quantitative section of the SBI PO exam.

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Every candidate who appears the SBI PO exam knows the importance of Quantitative Aptitude section and the weightage it carries as per the SBI PO syllabus.

The quantitative aptitude section is one of the toughest sections in the Bank PO examination and candidates require thorough preparation to score more in this section as the solutions are lengthy and solving them is time-consuming.

For candidates who are willing to check the detailed bank exam syllabus for the quantitative aptitude section, they can visit the linked article.

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Quantitative Aptitude for SBI PO Exam

The Quantitative Aptitude section primarily consists of 35-50 questions, respectively in SBI PO Prelims & Mains examination.

For the banking sector, it is important that the syllabus of Quantitative Aptitude for SBI PO exam must be such that every candidate acquires the knowledge of all the important topics. 

Candidates can get the detailed list of topics which are a part of the quantitative aptitude syllabus, along with some sample questions at the linked article.

The table given below gives a list of commonly asked questions in the SBI Probationary Officer prelims and main examination based on the analysis of the previous year question papers:

Quantitative Aptitude for SBI PO – Important Topics
Topic Number of Questions Asked
Data Interpretation 10-20
Number Series (Missing/ Wrong) 3-5
Simplification/ Approximation 3-5
Quadratic Equations 3-5
Word Problems (Profit & Loss, Probability, Boat & Stream, etc.) 10-15
Problems on Age 1-2

As the SBI PO exam is around the corner, we decided to post an article on how to help the candidates in focusing on the important topics of Quantitative Aptitude section, as this section can make a big difference in their final score.

This article is framed by keeping in mind the latest SBI PO syllabus and exam pattern and after analysing the previous year papers, we discovered the most common and important topics of the Quant section. 

The links given below shall help candidates prepare the different topics which are a part of the SBI PO quantitative aptitude syllabus:

SBI PO Quantitative Aptitude Sample Questions

Although SBI has removed the sectional cut off for the online computer-based examination, yet candidates must make sure they prepare themselves with each and every topic under the numerical ability section to score more in the exam.

Interested aspirants can also check the maths tricks and shortcuts to ace the quantitative aptitude section in the upcoming competitive exams at the linked article.

This post will have questions related to these topics and presented at your disposal. Further, we have covered the important topics followed by the examples which are mentioned as below:

Data Interpretation

The candidate analyzes and determines the information of the given problems.


Find the required information from the Pie chart below and answer the following questions.

SBI PO Syllabus - Data Interpretation Pie Chart

If the population of A is 64000, you are required to find out the population of D’s BPL when D’s poverty scale is 48% of its total population?

  1. 30900
  2. 31000
  3. 32000
  4. 32750
  5. 30720

Answer- 5

The Data Interpretation topic is extremely important with respect to both SBI PO Prelims and Mains examination. Learn more about Data Interpretation for bank exams and get a better understanding of the topic at the linked article.

Number Series

Elementary based problems which can be solved by applying a simple logic on it.


98/3 % of 769.002 + 24% of 160.89 – 67.9900=?

  1. 220
  2. 224
  3. 225
  4. 226
  5. 227

Answer: (4)


Divide the question into parts,

(98/3 % of 769.002) + (24% of 160.89) – 67.9900

⇒ 98/3 % of 769.002 = 33% × 769 = 254.77 = 255 —– (1)

⇒ 24% of 160.89 = 24% × 161 = 38.64 = 39 —– (2)


255 + 39 – 68 = 294 – 68 = 226

Solve more questions based on number series and know the type of series questions which may be asked in bank exams at the linked article.

Time & Work

Again an elementary stage problem in which work and effort of individuals are calculated in accordance to the problem.


A builder appoints three construction workers Akash, Sunil and Rakesh on one of his sites. They take 20, 30 and 60 days respectively to do a piece of work. How many days will it take Akash to complete the entire work if he is assisted by Sunil and Rakesh every third day?

  1. 10 days
  2. 15 days
  3. 25 days
  4. 30 days
  5. 45 days

Answer- 2


Total work done by Akash, Sunil and Rakesh in 1 day = {(1/20) + (1/30) + (1/60)} = 1/10

Work done along by Akash in 2 days = (1/20) × 2 = 1/10

Work Done in 3 days (1 day of all three together + 2 days of Akash’s work) = (1/10) + (1/10) = 1/5

So, work done in 3 days = 1/5

Time taken to complete the work = 5×3 = 15 days

Another form of time and work questions may be asked in the form of pipes and cistern based word problems. Candidates can prepare for the Pipes and cistern questions and learn more about the concept at the linked article.

To explore more about the SBI Syllabus, click at the linked article.

Speed, Time & Distance

It can be one of the most time-consuming questions in the competitive exams, as it requires many calculations.


While going to office, Ramesh travels at a speed of 30 kmph and on his way back, he travels at a speed of 45 kmph. What is his average speed of the whole journey?

  1. 45 kmph
  2. 36 kmph
  3. 32 kmph
  4. 42 kmph
  5. 47 kmph

Answer- 2


When distance travelled is same, then average speed = 2ab / (a+b); (where a and b are two different speeds) therefore,

The Average Speed = Therefore, Average Speed = 2 x 45 x 30 / 45 + 30, solving this we get 36 kmph

Apart from these, there are a few more important topics of Quantitative or Maths section for SBI PO Syllabus 2019 which includes questions from both SBI PO Prelims & Mains Syllabus:

  • Profit and Loss
  • Interest
  • Percentage and average
  • Ratios and Proportion
  • Probability

For the reference of candidates, tricks for cube, square and multiplication have been given at the linked article to help them save some time while solving the SBI PO quantitative aptitude section.

As mentioned above, we have analysed the exam pattern of SBI PO examination and with this, we conclude presenting our view which is focusing specifically on the candidate’s improvement in SBI PO preparation and overall scores.

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