SBI PO 2021 is conducted for the recruitment of probationary officers at various branches across India. The official notice for SBI PO 2021 is expected to be released around April or May 2021 tentatively.
The exam is conducted in 3 levels – Preliminary, Mains, and Interview. Check SBI PO Cut off
Prelims exam of SBI PO 2020-21 prelims was conducted on January 4-6, 2021 and the mains were conducted in January 29, 2021. The dates for SBI PO 2021 is yet to be released but tentatively, it will be conducted in the latter half of the year.
While you have ample time to prepare, a rapid last-minute preparation for 60 days can be very effective if done correctly.
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SBI PO 2021 Preliminary Exam pattern
SBI PO 2021 Preliminary exam consists of 100 questions. It is conducted in online mode. It is divided into 3 sections- English, Quantitative Ability, and Reasoning Ability. Each correct answer is awarded 1 mark while ¼ marks are deducted for every wrong answer. Duration of the paper is 1 hour. Section, total number of questions, and total marks are given below.
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English Prep Tips
SBI PO 2021 English Language Preparation Plan
In the English language section of SBI PO 2021 exam, the questions are mainly asked from Reading Comprehension, Para Jumbles, Cloze Test, Fill in the Blanks, Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement & Sentence Correction, Word Association Pair etc. These questions aim to test your comprehension and usage skills. Below are some tips you might need to improve your vocabulary and grammar.
- First of all, judge yourself by giving a mock test. Based on your score in English, you can give time for preparation accordingly. If you score pretty good, not more than 2 hours should be given. If your score is okay or around previous years cut off, give 3-4 hours to English daily. If your score is lower than previous years cut off, you’ll have to put in more effort and give more than 4 hours to English daily.
- Candidates are constantly advised to read newspapers and learn new words daily to improve their vocabulary. Only contextual meaning should be understood. Because of this, during the exam, if you ever stumble on a new word, you'll understand the contextual meaning and won't have any difficulty in answering the question.
- Candidates are advised to start conversing in English with friends and family. This will help in becoming more confident. Also, listen to English news channels and English songs, watch English movies, and read novels. This will only help you in becoming more acquainted with English
- Reading comprehension needs speed and accuracy. Try to read newspapers as fast as you can. Then read it again to understand each line. Often people try to read the sentences quickly but do not pay much attention to the information given.
- Practicing mock tests and previous question papers help you acquire speed and accuracy. Try and give at least 1 mock test every day. you can find mock tests and previous years question paper online, you can also refer books. Below are some books and name of their authors are given:
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|Objective English for Competitive Examinations
||Hari Mohan Prasad, Uma Rani Sinha
|Objective General English
||R. S. Aggarwal, Vikas Aggarwal
Quant Prep Tips
SBI PO 2021 Quantitative Ability Preparation Plan
In the Quantitative Ability section of SBI PO exam, the questions are mainly asked from Data Interpretation, Averages, Time Speed & Distance, Mensuration, Interest, Percentage, Algebra, Time & Work, Approximation, etc. 35 questions are asked in SBI PO 2021 Preliminary quantitative section. Preparation tricks and tips are given below:
- Topics which you are comfortable with and can solve quickly: These topics should not be given preparation time. However, while giving mock tests and practice papers, answer the questions from these topics first. You’ll gain speed and accuracy.
- Topics which you are comfortable with but take time to solve: These topics should be given more time for preparing than above. Practice questions from these topics every day for an hour or so. No more than 1 hours should be given. At the time of giving the paper, do these types of questions second.
- Topics you have done before but forgot the method: Since you have already done these types of questions, you just need to revise the method and work on it.
- Topics you are not comfortable with: Everybody knows that students have a tendency of not putting time and effort in the topics that they find difficult. These types of questions should be given most of the effort and time. Give these topics at least 3-4 hours every day.
- Bank exams have most number of questions from Profit and Loss, Compound and Simple Interest, Average, and Data Interpretation. Practice more questions from these topics.
- The topics given above are quite easy. Learn all the common formulas as some of the questions are directly based on formulas.
- Last, practice as many mock tests as you can. You’ll gain speed and accuracy and can perform even better in the preliminary exam. Also, whenever you’re giving a mock test, try to score marks more than previous years cut off.
Books that candidates might want to refer to are given below:
|Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations
||R. S. Aggarwal
|Magical Book on Quicker Math
|Quantitative Aptitude Test
||N. K. Singh
Reasoning Prep Tips
SBI PO 2021 Reasoning Ability Preparation Plan
Most students call Reasoning Ability the toughest part of the SBI PO exam. In this exam the questions are based largely on Seating Arrangements, Syllogisms, Puzzles, Input-Output, Coding & Decoding, Ordering & Ranking, Inequalities, Directions & Distances, Blood Relations, Verbal Reasoning etc. even though this section is called the toughest, they are pretty easy once you get learn the tricks. Some tricks are given below:
- Circular seating arrangement, linear seating arrangement, grouping and selection, double line up, scheduling, blood relations, and syllogism are some of the toughest topics candidates will encounter in the exam.
- Circular seating arrangement and linear seating arrangements can be done by practical approach. At the early stages of your preparation of this section, try to imagine the seating arrangement around you. This will help you get a clear picture about these types of questions.
- Scheduling, and grouping and selection questions can be solved with the help of a table. Make tables and group things related to the row heading and you’ll be able to answer correctly. A sample question is given below:
- Seven lectures are scheduled to be held in a week, there is only one lecture each one of the seven days of the week, starting from Monday and ending on Sunday.
- Chemistry is taught either on Wednesday or on Saturday. Three lectures are scheduled to be held between Chemistry and English. Two lectures are scheduled to be held between English and Computer. Lecture on Physics is scheduled on the day which is immediately next to the day when lecture on Biology is scheduled. Lecture on Psychology is scheduled to be held after Mathematics (not necessarily immediately after Mathematics). Lecture on Psychology is not scheduled for either Saturday or Sunday.
Below are some books you can refer to:
|A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning
||R. S. Aggarwal
|A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non- Verbal
||BS Sijwali, Indu Sijwal
|The Hand on Guide to Analytical Reasoning and Logical Reasoning
Preparation for SBI PO involves enhancing your speed and accuracy with each topic. With a rapid study plan for 60 days, you can achieve this more effectively and ace the exam smoothly.