SIDBI Grade A 2016 Exam Analysis & Cut-Offs

The SIDBI Grade A exam was conducted all across India on a single day – January 24th. The following analysis is based on the second slot of Jan 24th. The paper was Easy to Moderate with very few surprises. The generally common Input-Output type of questions were missing (as was predicted by Oliveboard’s mock tests) and there were some question sets that had more than 5 questions associated with it. With a large number of candidates writing the exam for very few vacancies & an easier exam, the cut-off is expected to to be high. Find below, a detailed analysis and expected cut-offs for the exam. Click here to prepare for LIC AAO | Railways RRB | IBPS PO | SBI PO | IBPS SO

Section Questions Difficulty Level Expected Cut-off
Reasoning 50 Easy 13.50 (+/-1)
English Language 40 Easy 11 (+/-1)
Quantitative Aptitude 50 Moderate 12 (+/-1)
General Awareness 40 Moderate 13.50 (+/-1)
Computer Knowledge 20 Easy 12 (+/-1)
Total 200 Easy-Moderate 122 (+/-5)

The cut-offs above do not include the Descriptive portion.


The reasoning section was easier compare to PO level exams. There were no input-output type of questions and there were 4 puzzles out of which one set of 3 questions was based on comparison. The other topics that were covered were Syllogism, Linear & Circular arrangements, Grid type puzzles, Blood Relations, Critical Reasoning, Direction Sense.

English Language:-

No surprises at all here. The passage was based on Business Education followed by 10 questions out of which only 2 were Synonyms and Antonyms based. The rest of the topics were Parajumbles, Fill in the blanks, Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement & Cloze Test (based on Marketing).

Quantitative Aptitude:

This was a relatively more difficult section although it could be at best termed Moderate level of difficulty. There were 4 DI sets – one Pie Chart with 7 questions along with Line graphs, Bar Graphs and Caselets. The other questions included Data Sufficiency, Quadratic Equations, Simplification, Number Series & Miscellaneous question types. There were no questions on Probability.

General Knowledge:

This section was based largely on Banking related questions and Current Affairs. Most questions were from the last 4 months only.

Computer Knowledge:

This section should have been easy for most students. Most questions revolved around hardware, OS, Microsoft Office and acronyms such as HTTPS, HTML, BIOS etc.