SBI PO Mains Exam Analysis

On 4th August 2018, the SBI PO Mains 2018 Examination was conducted by SBI for candidates who had cleared the SBI PO Prelims exam 2018. Post the Prelims exam, the SBI PO Mains exam is considered the most awaited exam for applicants who wish to become a Probationary Officer (PO) in State Bank of India (SBI). In this article, we bring you a detailed review of the SBI PO Mains exam analysis 2018.

SBI is regarded as one of the foremost banking companies which conduct competitive bank exams in the banking industry. We hope this review of the SBI PO Mains 2018 exam will help you to get insights for the upcoming SBI PO Mains exam 2019 and other bank exams.

SBI PO Exam Pattern 2018

The pattern of SBI PO Main Exam 2018 was divided into two parts:

  1. Objective Test
  2. Descriptive Test
  1. Objective Test: This test consists of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and is divided into four sections – English Language, Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis & Interpretation and General/Economy/Banking Awareness. The composite total of this test is of 200 marks which are timed at a duration of 3 hours.
  2. Descriptive Test: This section is primarily a written test of 30 minutes with two questions of 50 marks which tests the candidates’ writing ability in the form of essay and letter writing.

As per the SBI PO Mains exam 2018, the overall level of the exam was difficult. Here we bring a detailed SBI PO Mains analysis of 2018 exam for your reference.

Objective Test

In this test, we bring forth the section-wise SBI PO analysis of the Mains exam 2018:

  • English Language: In 2018, this section comparatively had a difficult set of questions and applicants had a tough time attempting it. Many questions were there which had a completely new pattern. There were two Reading Comprehensions in this section. One of the passage was of a conventional type which was based on a Business Economist viewpoint focusing on the differences between invention and innovation and testing the applicant’s vocabulary skills.

    The other Reading Comprehension passage had a new pattern wherein there were 4-6 paragraphs which were marked as Statement A/B. There were a total of 9 questions in this passage which particularly tested the grammatical skills and sentence or phrase replacement awareness of the examinee.

    There were a few questions on Sentence Completion and Sentence Improvement and a new pattern of Cloze test with fill in the blanks option. Applicants had to identify the correct phrase to fit into the right space from the options given below the respective question.

  • Reasoning & Computer Aptitude: Under this section, the level of questions ranged from moderate to difficult. It mainly comprised of Critical Reasoning questions on puzzles, coding and decoding and seating arrangements like Blood Relations, Floors/Buildings based puzzle, circular arrangement, random arrangement of variables, linear seating arrangement, etc.
  • Data Analysis & Interpretation: This section mainly comprised of moderate to difficult questions. It consisted of 5 sets of Data Interpretation questions like Bar Graph, Caselet of Time & Work, Caselet of Venn Diagram and Discount-based, Data Sufficiency, Quantity Comparison, Partnership Caselet, etc.
  • General/Economy/Banking Awareness: This section had 40 questions which were moderate in nature. It consisted of questions about Current Affairs based on events that happened 2-3 months prior to the exam. As per the applicants who took the exam, they mentioned that the SBI PO Mains exam 2018 had a few or rather no questions based on banking awareness.

Descriptive Test

This section primarily consisted of two questions of 50 marks which needed to be answered in a duration of 30 minutes. Given below is the SBI PO analysis of Mains exam 2018 descriptive section:

  • Letter Writing: Under this category, candidates had to write a letter of 150 words on the following subject:

    a) Letter to Branch Manager explaining about a failed UPI transaction
    b) Letter to the Editor for Books and Magazines subscription

  • Essay Writing: Under this category, candidates had to write an essay of 150 words on any of the below topics:

    a) Essay on Bitcoins
    b) Essay on issues during the Monsoon season
    c) Essay on Assignments/Projects

Upon completion of the SBI PO Mains exam analysis, we hope you have had a fair idea about the type of questions being asked during the 2018 exam. It is advisable for you to do the SBI PO Prelims exam analysis 2018 paper before you sit for the SBI PO Prelims exam 2019. Hope this article proves beneficial while preparing for the SBI PO Mains exam 2019 and you can also refer to BYJU’S study materials which have updated course content for your ready reference. Stay tuned to our SBI exams page for more updated info.

Good Luck with your preparation!

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