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SBI PO Prelims 2019 Answer Key with Solutions, Question Paper & Analysis

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Jun 10, 2019

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SBI (State Bank of India) concluded the preliminary exam for the first few batches who had applied for the post of Probationary officer. The level of difficulty of the paper was easy to moderate, hence the cut off will be high this year. SBI PO Prelims 2019 Answer Key along with solutions will be available on this page.

SBI PO Result will be declared tentatively in the first week of July 2019.

The paper is divided into 3 parts – English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability. This time, the Quantitative Ability section was considered to be the most difficult of the three. While Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability were easier as compared to previous years. The exam was conducted in online mode and the time given to students was one hour.  The bank sets cut off marks for Preliminary exam and candidates who score marks equal to or more than the cut off marks are then called for the SBI PO Main exam.

SBI PO Prelims 2019 Number of Good Attempt

Candidates had one hour to complete the exam. There were three sections- Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, and English Language. There were 30 questions in English language section and 35 questions each in the rest of the two sections.

Section Number of Good Attempt
English Language 23-26
Reasoning Ability 30-34
Quantitative Aptitude 21-27

SBI PO Prelims 2019 Answer Key and Question Paper

SBI PO PRELIMS Answer Key and Question Paper will be updated when released by SBI. Candidates must remember that the calculated scores will not be 100% correct. It is important for all applicants to follow the marking scheme of SBI PO Prelims 2019. As SBI is the exam authority, it will release the official answer key. Candidates can challenge the answer key if they find any discrepancy. The challenges against the answer key will be referred to the exam board constituted by SBI.

How to download SBI PO Prelims Answer Key?

The official answer key of SBI PO Prelims will be released by the exam authority within a week after the examination. Candidates eagerly waiting for the answer key can follow these below steps to download the official answer key.

  • Visit the official website of SBI PO i.e. and Click on the link of SBI PO Prelims Answer Key.
  • Candidates have to provide their Registration ID and Date of Birth and click on the download button.
  • The answer key will be generated in the PDF format.
  • Download the answer key to calculate the probable scores.

SBI PO Prelims 2019 Section-Wise Analysis

After getting a brief idea of the overall analysis of SBI PO Prelims 2019 Exam, let us now move forward to have a look at the section wise analysis.

Prelims - English Language (Easy-Moderate) 

English Section was a sigh of relief in SBI PO Prelims 2019. We are sure that students can score nice marks even if they do not read the reading comprehension and they can easily score well in cloze test. Cloze test was with a little twist where they gave a word in front of the blank and asked if the given word is appropriate then select option (e) otherwise select the appropriate from the rest of 4 options. There was one new topic of Phrase Replacement which was not so difficult. There were 3-4 vocab questions in Reading Comprehension.

Topic No of Questions Difficulty level
Reading Comprehension 6 Moderate
Cloze test 5 Easy
Sentence correction 5 Easy
Error detection( grammatical) 5 Easy
Single Filler 5 Easy
Spelling error 5 Easy
Total 30 Easy

Prelims - Reasoning Ability (Easy-Moderate) 

Reasoning section was a big score maker for the students in this examination. It was of easy to moderate level. There were no questions of syllogism. We have seen variety in terms of questions asked. You need to invest a little bit of extra time on reasoning.

There were 4 puzzles and Seating Arrangement which are given below: -

  • Linear arrangement in parallel rows, 12 people
  • Floor-based puzzle
  • Circular seating arrangement, two variables
  • Box-based puzzle
Topics No. of Questions Level
Puzzles & seating arrangements 20 Moderate
Inequality 5 Easy
syllogism 5 Moderate
Blood Relation 3 Easy
Alphabet based 2 Easy
Total 35 Moderate

Prelims - Quantitative Aptitude (Easy-Moderate) 

What an easy exam it was. If we talk in terms of the level of difficulty, then the paper was not at all difficult. Quant was of Easy to moderate level. The trick was to solve DI, Simplification, and Series first and then move on to the Misc. portion. Missing Number series was asked in this shift of SBI PO Pre-exam. One can easily attempt questions if they have practiced well. Questions were asked of following types:

  • Line Graph
  • Pie chart
  • Caselet
Topics No. of Questions Level
Series 5 Moderate
Data Interpretation 15 Moderate
Quadratic equations 5 Easy
Misc. 10 Moderate
Total 35 Moderate

SBI PO Prelims Previous Cut Offs

To get qualified for further rounds of SBI PO recruitment process, a candidate must score more than or equal to the cut off.

The following table gives the SBI PO 2018 cutoff for SBI PO Pre-examination

Category Cutoff-score
General 56.75
OBC 54.25
SC 49.00
ST 43.00
OH 45.25
VH  49.00
HI 14.75

The following table gives the SBI PO 2017 cutoff for SBI PO Pre-examination

Category English Language Reasoning Ability Quantitative Ability Overall Cut Off Marks
General 8.75 7.00 7.25 47.50
OBC 6.00 4.25 4.25 44.50
SC 6.00 4.25 4.25 38.75
ST 6.00 4.25 4.25 29.25
PwD 6.00 4.25 4.25 36.00 (OH) 37.00 (VH) 15.75 (HI)

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