SBI PO Prelims: Expected Cut Offs & Exam Analysis

The SBI PO Prelims 2016 was similar to last year’s pattern with minor surprises thrown in. Only the Reasoning section threw a few surprises – Candidates were surprised by the absence of Syllogism & Coding-Decoding while they were unpleasantly surprised with the increased number of Analytical Reasoning Questions that made this section relatively more difficult than the same paper last year. Expected Cut-Offs & Detailed analysis follow.

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English Section:

No real surprises over here. The section could be termed Easy-Moderate. The brak-up of the questions were as follows:-

Reading Comprehension: 10 Q
Parajumbles – 5 Q
Error Spotting – 5QCloze Test – 5Q
Fill in the Blanks – 5Q

Quantitative Aptitude:

This section was of Moderate difficulty with no real surprises at all. The typical pattern of prior exams was followed here.

DI – 10Q
Number Series – 5Q
Simplification & Approximation  – 5Q
Quadratic Equations  -5Q
Arithmetic & Miscellaneous – 10Q


This section was relatively more difficult with the attempts of several candidates being lower than what they had anticipated. The presence of increased Analytical Reasoning questions instead of the typical Syllogism or Coding-Decoding section, where students solved this in quick time, made this section lengthy and hence more difficult given the limited time.

Seating Arrangements +
Analytical Reasoning: 25 Q
Inequalities – 5Q
Direction Sense – 2Q
Blood Relation – 3Q

Expected Cut-Offs:

With similar vacancies this time around compared to last time and the fact that the paper was relatively more difficult than last time, cut-offs can be expected to be slightly lower than last time around.

*This is only an estimate

Section Expected Cut-Off (Gen)*
Reasoning 7(+/-1)
Quant 8.5(+/-1)
English 6(+/-1)
Total 44.5 (+/-2)