SBI PO Prelims- Time Management Strategies by Toppers

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SBI PO Time Management Tips : State Bank of India has released the SBI PO notification for 2022, and soon the admit card for SBI PO Prelims exam will also be released. Though SBI has changed the pattern for the Mains exam this year, the pattern of the Preliminary exam is still more or less the same. It means you can allocate different amount of time to each section of the exam as per your convenience and aptitude in a particular section and hence can maximize your score.

Oliveboard has tracked the performance of the toppers (Top 5% of our users) over a period of time and thereby has come up with a ‘Time Allocation Module’ adopted by most of the toppers. Here is what we found out :-

1) Reasoning: 22 minutes
2) English: 11 minutes
3) Quant: 27 minutes

Points to note :-

  1. This allocation is strictly indicative and is based on those users who are already performing well. Please do not take it as a face value. If you are not performing well in one or more sections, please make sure you focus on strengthening your aptitude in those sections. Register Now and attempt a FREE Mock test now
  2. Your own strategy for time allocation will differ according to your strength and weakness. For example, someone from a Maths background who is quick at calculations will spend much lesser time in the Quant section and will spend more time in others. Similarly, people with strong vocabulary, high reading speed, clear concepts in English grammar and high comprehension level will definitely finish the English section earlier than others.
  3. If you already have a time allocation strategy that is working for you, continue using the same and you need not deviate.
  4. Use this only as a guideline if you are unsure of your allocation

Now the questions arises- How I devise my own time allocation strategy? relax, because we are here to help!
Oliveboard Mock Test not only help you to get acquainted with all the different types of questions that you possible can get in the exam, but also help you to analyze your strong and weak areas. Once you are done taking a mock test on Oliveboard website, please analyze it. This feature will help you to know various important information- Time spent in each question and topic, your accuracy in different sections and topics, your strong and weak areas and so on. Once you have identifies your weak section, you can choose to allocate a bit more time to it and vice versa. Also, you can work more hard on the weak section till the exam.

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SBI PO Exam Pattern 2022

SBI PO Prelims Exam Pattern

The SBI PO exam pattern for 2022 is given below. A new exam format for the SBI PO Prelims test was introduced in 2018. The feature of a 20-minute sectional time limit for each portion of the SBI PO Prelims has been incorporated. However, there has been no change in the total time duration.

Section No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
English Language 30 30 20 Minutes
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 Minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20 Minutes
Total 100 100 60 Minutes
  • Category wise merit list will be drawn on the basis of the aggregate marks scored in the Preliminary Examination.
  • There will be no sectional cut-off.
  • Candidates numbering 10 times (approx.) the numbers of vacancies in each category will be short listed for Main Examination.

SBI PO Mains Exam Pattern

This year the mains exam pattern has been changedfollowing are the details of SBI PO mains exam pattern.

  • Main Examination will be conducted online and will consist of Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 50 marks.
  • The Descriptive Test will be administered immediately after conclusion of the Objective Test and candidates will have to type their Descriptive Test answers on the computer.
Test Name of the test No. of Qs. Max. Marks Duration
I Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 40 50 50 min
II Data Analysis & Interpretation 30 50 45 min
III General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness 50 60 45 min
IV English Language 35 40 40 min
  Total 155 200 3 hour
  Descriptive Paper-English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) 2 50 30 min
  Grand Total   250 marks  

Note :

  • Negative marking of 1/4th will be applicable in both prelims and mains exam.
  • Sectional Marks will not be maintained for both Preliminary & Main Examinations

Check SBI PO previous year exam pattern here

Check the complete preparation strategy here.

How I Cracked SBI PO Exam: Section-Wise Strategy by Topper

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