How to crack Quants Section in SBI PO Prelims:

Strategy Revealed

The State Bank of India (SBI) is likely to hold online preliminary exams to recruit 2,313 Probationary Officers (PO) on April 29 and 30 and May 6 and 7, 2017.

The competition for the posts is going to be tough as a large number of candidates are expected to apply for the job, considered to be most coveted in the banking sector in the country.

Having said that, it is important to realise that apart from your mental ability and interest, success in most of the examinations, depends largely on how well you prepare for it. To prepare well, you need to understand the pattern of the examination and accordingly devise a strategy.

The preliminary examination is one-hour long objective type test in which candidates are asked 100 questions. Each question carries one mark and there are three sections in the exam. There are 30 questions from English section, while the other two sections– Reasoning Ability and Quantitative Aptitude—contain 35 questions each.

A candidate must clear the sectional cut off for all the three sections and then clear the overall cut off (as decided by the bank) to crack the prelims examination. It is also important to remember that 0.25 mark is deducted for every wrong answer and so wild guesses must be avoided.

Candidates should work out a proper strategy for all these three sections and put in effort accordingly. Candidates should devote more time in areas where they are relatively weaker. But at the same time other sections should never be ignored. It is important because you need to clear the sectional cut-off in all the three sections. But scoring well in your areas of strength will help you to clear the overall cut-off required for qualifying for the second phase of the exam.

Before trying to take a look at the preparation strategy for the three sections separately, candidates should keep a few points in mind that will help them in dealing with the test at a broader level.

In Prelims exam, quantitative aptitude section, you get 35 questions.

Number Series – 5 Qns

Simplification/approximation – 5 Qns

Data Interpretation and Data Analysis – 10 Qns

Algebra – 5 Qns (may or may not be asked)

Application Problems & Miscellaneous – 10 to 15 Qns

This analysis is given you to provide overall idea about Quants section but this may subject to Change.  This part is one of the main scoring parts in the examination. So in one hour, try to devote 20-25 minutes for this section.

Simplification/Approximation – 5 Qns

Solve these questions in 3-4 minutes and this part is very easy but might be calculative. So you need to have lot of Practice to solve this quicker.

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Data Interpretation – 10 Qns

This part is one of the major testing area in any bank examination. These topic provides have 30% of marks in Quants section. To Master in this topic you need to have clear idea about the following topics.

  1. Percentage
  2. Ratio and Proportion
  3. Average

Different types of DI expected for Prelims

  1. Table
  2. Bar
  3. Pie
  4. Line
  5. Mixed type

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Algebra- 5 Qns

This is easiest part in any of the bank exam ad you can take upto 3 minutes to solve it. This type of questions are solved by us in VI standard itself

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Number Series – 5 Qns

Two types of Number series questions usually asked from this topic.

  1. Missing Numbers
  2. Wrong Numbers

You need to be careful on this topic because this section is Time consuming if you don’t have enough practice.

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Application Problems – 10 Qns

This part in Quants contain multiple topics. I suggest you to prepare any of the 4 topics thoroughly.


Time and work

Profit and Loss


Permuatation and Combination

Time and Distance

Mixture and Allegations

Simple and Compound Interest


Preparing Quantitative Aptitude for SBI PO Exam? Important Points to Keep in Mind!

1. Time Management: It is the most important module for cracking any exam. The practice is the only key which will help you improve your efficiency and reduce time in solving the question. When you attempt mock test, analyse time taken by you to solve the question individually. Then analyse what was the hindrance which resulted in consuming more time. After these, try to remove these hindrances.
2. Don’t get stuck to a particular question: Many of the students take it to the heart when they are not able to solve easy question.
What does happen when you solve easy question?
I am sure, most of the students made silly mistakes in easy questions. Example: In an exam if you write once 2+2 = 5, even if you try hundreds of times, you will always write the same. Aspirants always try to find the error in their solution and I am pretty sure you will never find any error in it. So, leave that question and marked it for review and at the last solve it again forgetting all past data of that question.
3. Individual Cut-off: In Banking exams, you have to clear individual cut-off also. So, first you distribute your 50 minutes for all sections, then utilize remaining time in solving questions which have been marked for review.
4. Overall Cut-off: In Banking exams, qualifying of both individual and overall cut-offs are necessary.
How to clear overall cut-offs?
First, you must know the subject at which you are good, this subject will help you clearing over-all cut-off.
5. How to select questions in exam?
Aspirants are always confused in exam and they do not attempt question guessing if question is lengthy, it must be hard. But it is always not like that. If you have studied and know the topic of that question, at least read it and give an attempt.
6. What should not be attempted?
Practice makes a man perfect. If you have practiced daily, you would have known topics in which you are weak. So, do not attempt the questions of that topic first because at the time of solving these questions, you will not be confident and it will lead either solving incorrect or not solve resulting waste of time and wrong penalty.

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