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SBI PO 2020 Prelims detailed Section-wise Exam Analysis

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Mar 19, 2021

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SBI PO is conducted every year by State Bank of India to recruit probationary officers for different branches across the country. There are three stages of the exam which are prelims, mains and interview. The SBI PO 2020 Prelims was conducted on December 31, 2020 and January 2-5, 2021. The Mains was conducted on January 29, 2021 and the result was released on March 16, 2021. The interview admit card was released on February 20, 2021 and available for download till March 3, 2021.

Highlights of SBI PO prelims exam:

  • SBI PO prelims exam has three segments- English language, Reasoning and Quantitative aptitude.
  • Each segment has 20-minute time limit and there is a total of 100 questions.
  • The difficulty level of the prelims exam overall was moderate to difficult in 2020.
  • The sectional cut-off for the exam has been removed after 2019. However, the time limit is still there.
Prelims Pattern

SBI PO 2020 Prelims exam pattern

There is one mark per question and for every wrong answer, there will be 0.25 negative marks. There is no deduction for unattempted questions.

Subjects Total Marks Time
English Langauge 30 20 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 35 20 minutes
Reasoning Ability 35 20 minutes
Difficult Phase

SBI PO 2020 Prelims Overall difficulty level

The overall difficulty of the exam was moderate to difficult. The following are good attempts for each segment:

Topic Good Attempt
English Language 20-22
Reasoning Ability 18-20
Quantitative Aptitude 18-21
Total 56-63

Keeping this in mind you can prepare for the upcoming SBI PO exam easily. Below are links that you can refer to for better preparation:

Prelims Analysis

SBI PO Section-wise Prelims exam analysis

We have provided a more detailed section-specific analysis for each of the topics here.

English Language

Reading Comprehension 6-7
Para Jumble 5-6
Fill in the Blanks 5
Phase Replacement 4
Idiom Based Questions 3-4
Word/Sentence Rearrangement 5

Maximum marks is lost by candidates in this section as the options are rather confusing. For SBI PO 2020, the English language section in the prelims paper for all the shifts all day was considered comparatively easy by the candidates.

The difficulty level of the reading comprehension, phrases and idioms, and double fillers were easy to moderate. The other segments like sentence rearrangement, error detection, phrase replacement were easy. Check A detailed preparation strategy for SBI PO English language.

Quantitative aptitude

Data Interpretation 10-12
Quadratic Equations 5-6
Simplification/ Approximation 5-6
Wrong/ Missing Number Series 5
Miscellaneous Arithmetic Questions 10-11

It is generally the toughest section of the SBI PO exam. However, if you have enough practice and accuracy at solving this segment, it can be very scoring. In SBI PO 2020, the DI, Quadratic Equation, questions were easy to moderate. The approximation questions were easy. Missing number series was moderately difficult.

Reasoning

Puzzle and Seating Arrangement 20-21
Syllogism 5
Blood Relations 2-3
Order and Ranking 2-3
Miscellaneous 5

As per the students, the reasoning section was tough. The questions were time-consuming and lengthy, making it difficult to be attempted completely. There were five different types of puzzles- seating arrangement, month-based, classification, order and sequence which were the most difficult.

In totality, the Puzzles section was moderately challenging. Blood relation questions were easy so were alphabet-based questions. Syllogism and number-based questions were moderate to easy.

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Day Wise Analysis

SBI PO 2020- Day-wise exam analysis

The exam was conducted from January 4-6, 2021. The set of question paper was different for each shift and day hence the difficulty level varied slightly too.

SBI PO 2020 Prelims- Day 1, January 4, 2021

Shift Good Attempts
Shift 1 62-65
Shift 2 61-67
Shift 3 64-66
Shift 4 65-67

SBI PO 2020 Prelims- Day 2, January 5, 2021

Shift Good Attempts
Shift 1 63-68
Shift 2 65-70
Shift 3 69-72
Shift 4 68-71

SBI PO 2020 prelims- Day 3, January 6, 2021

Shift Good Attempts
Shift 1 66-69
Shift 2 67-71
Shift 3 69-73

The SBI PO prelims exam result has been declared and the cut-off has been released. The exam is highly competitive and every year more candidates opt for it. The exam analysis let you get a clear idea about the overall difficulty level so that you can prepare accordingly. The SBI prelims marks is not considered for final merit list, but it is nevertheless important to qualify for the mains.

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

Comments


3 Comments
F
fauzia shahid
What was the difficulty level of the SBI prelims exam in 2020?
J
jaya garg

Hi. The difficulty level of the prelims exam overall was moderate to difficult in 2020. The sectional cut-off for the exam was removed after 2019. However, the time limit is still there and candidates have to complete their exam within the time limit.

Y
yash raj singh
When the SBI prelims exam was conducted in 2021?
J
jaya garg

Hi. The SBI PO 2020 Prelims was taken in December 31, 2020 and January 2-5, 2021 while the Mains was taken on January 29, 2021. The result for the same was announced on March 16, 2021.

N
nafisa khatoon
Which is the most difficult section in SBI PO prelims exam?
J
jaya garg

Hi. The quant is the toughest section of the SBI PO exam. But, if you do more practice, you can accurately solve all questions of this segment. In SBI PO 2020, the DI, Quadratic Equation, questions were easy to moderate. The approximation questions were easy. Missing number series was moderately difficult.