How to Prepare Quantitative Aptitude for SBI PO?

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Apr 2, 2019

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State Bank of India has released official notification for SBI PO 2019 recruitment. SBI PO 2019 Application Form is available on the offical website till April 22, 2019.

  • SBI PO 2019 Exam Pattern includes prelims, mains and group discussion & interview.
  • The preliminary exam contains three sections- Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and English language.
  • Quantitative section is considered the toughest, challenging and time consuming section in SBI PO Prelims and Mains by many candidates.
  • However, with sufficient practice this section can also be excelled and this section only makes the difference in ranking of the candidate.

The only way to excel in SBI PO Quantitative Ability section like a pro is developing an in-depth understanding of logics and regular practice. The more you practice, the better clarity of logics will be built in your muscle memory.

Read 60 Days Preparation Plan for SBI PO 2019


SBI PO 2019: Quantitative Aptitude Preparation Tips

Spend about 3-4 hours every day for practicing calculation. Go ahead with basic calculations like addition, subtraction, multiplication and fractions. Additionally, learn the multiplication tables, squares, cubes and core fractions. Practice previous year papers and mock tests.

Some topics in this section are easy to solve, scoring and less time consuming while others might take more time than usual and the questions might be tricky too. The table given below consists of the topics from which questions are frequently asked.

Check Updated SBI PO Syllabus

Bar Graphs Average Quadratic Equations Problems on Ages
Simplification Mensuration Number Series Linear equations
Pie-Charts Ratio Probability Mixture & Allegation
Line Graphs & Tabulation Time & Distance Time & Work Simple and Compound Interest
Fractions Percentage Profit & Loss Data Sufficiency
Permutation & Combination Numbers -- --

Here are some important tips & tricks that might come in handy:

SBI PO preparation

Proper Planning: Candidates should diligently plan and design a strategy for each section of the SBI PO exam.

Time Management: Proper time management leads to increase in efficieny and productivity. Make sure enough time is allocated to each topic.

Go through Mock tests: Test your approach towards solving questions with the help of online mock tests and practice papers. Candidates need to pass individual sections and thus they cannot avoid any of the them and move to the other.

Set a goal: Categorization and division of topics as per the assigned time help in achieving your set target. Don’t give too much attention to one part of the syllabus and ignore the other.

Practice: Keep practicing multiple type of questions, as the saying goes, “practice makes a man perfect”. This will boost your confidence.  

Make use of Techniques: Quant section may include lengthy calculations. So, to accentuate your speed and save time, practice a lot of shortcut techniques and use them while solving questions.

Read and Be confident: Make a habit of practicing multiple questions covering every topic daily. Stay composed at all times.

Be Healthy: All the aspiring candidates should remain calm and composed. Don’t try to mug up your formulae as a night owl.

Read How to Prepare English for SBI PO?


SBI PO 2019: Quantitative Aptitude Question Type-wise Preparation Strategy

As Quantitative Aptitude section is vast and questions will be asked from a wide range of topics, you should look at it as an opportunity, as there will be a lot of easy questions which can be used to maximize your score.

Type 1: Easy and less time-consuming topics

In order to maximize your score, you should prepare these topics well:

Topics Expected Number of Questions
Simplification 5
Number series 5
Averages/ Percentages/ Profit & loss/ Ratios & Proportions 5

Type 2: Difficult/Tricky yet less time-consuming

To attempt such questions, you must know the relevant shortcuts. These are the topics where you are very likely to make a silly error due to not comprehending the question well.

Topics Expected Number of Questions
SI & CI 1-2
Time & Work 2-3
Time, Speed & Distance 1-2
Quadratic Equation 2-3
Mixtures & Alligations 1-2

Type 3: Easy and more time-consuming topics

Such questions should be solved later. As these topics are very easy and you definitely know how to solve these problems but there are a very few shortcut methods which can be applied to such questions.

Topics Expected Number of Questions
Permutation & Combination 2-3
Probability 1-2
Data Interpretation 5-10

Tyoe 4: Difficult/Tricky and more time-consuming

It is not at all necessary that you try and attempt all 100 questions. In the SBI PO Prelims, it is important to clear all the sectional cutoffs and the overall cutoff. The scores of SBI PO Prelims are just qualifying and will not matter in the final selection. So, the most intelligent strategy for these types of questions is to skip them ot attemt solving them at the end so you can spend more time on other sections.

Topics Expected Number of Questions
Algebra 1-2
Surds & Indices 2-3
Geometry & Mensuration 1-2
Progressions 1-2

Read How to Prepare Reasoning Ability for SBI PO?


SBI PO 2019 Quantitative Aptitude Books/ Study Material

If you want to crack SBI PO Exam, buy books according to the syllabus and written by a good author. These books will help you in SBI PO Preparation.

Preparation Books for SBI PO Quantitative Aptitude Name of Author ISBN Number
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations R.S. Aggarwal 8121924987
Magical Book on Quicker Maths Tyra 8190458922
Quantitative Aptitude Test N. K. Singh 8174826270
Arithmetic for General competition Neetu Singh 8193254538
Data Interpretation Magical Books Series NA 9383186070
Advance math for General Competitions Rakesh Yadav 8192921735

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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.

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