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Strategy to crack SBI PO Mains


If you have been selected in the Mains, you are in the top 2-3% or so of the candidates who applied within your category. While many of you being in the top 3% may not need any inputs on exam strategy, here are a few minute distinguishing parameters that you may need to tackle. Since SBI PO Mains is a battle of the toppers, every mark will count.

Here are other issues to be tackled:-

1. Start taking mock tests during the actual exam slot time:

During the last few days, take at least one mock test a day or every two days during your actual exam time. This way you will train your mind to be alert during this particular time of the day. Most of the people take tests late in the night or early in the morning on whenever they feel the most active but this choice is not available to you on exam day. If you are a working professional, you should try this at least during weekends and whenever possible.

2. Attempting a 3.5 Hour (210 min) Exam:

The new 3 hour pattern is very difficult for several who are used to only 1 hour or largely 2 hour exams. It takes a lot of mental strength to not allow your focus to slip throughout the 3 hour exam. Add to this you have 30 minutes of Descriptive Section also immediately after the objective exam. Most people would get tired after 90-120 minutes and will be at lower efficiency for the final hour of the exam. Needless to say, the ones who can manage this entire 3 hours+ time frame without getting mentally tired will be positioned to score a few extra marks. Here’s what you can do:
Unlike the SBI Clerk Mains exam where GK was the first section, the SBI PO Mains will probably follow a Reasoning -> Quant-> GK-> English order of sections. While one can continue the rigorous focus on the first two sections, one can use the GK section (35 minutes) to recharge for the final section of the exam which is English. GK should be easily completed in 15-20 minutes (instead of tiring yourself with unnecessary revisiting and multiple revisions) which would give 15-20 minutes time for you to take your mind of the stress of the exam. One of the ways is to just close your eyes and relax while the timer runs down to the English section.

3. Attempting sectional pattern:

The new sectional pattern will make all time strategy unnecessary as everything has been pre-decided. No more getting anxious about the order in which to attempt and the time to be spent on each section. For those who were struggling to find the answers to “Which order of sections should I follow?”, “How much time should I spend in each section?”, this new pattern might be a mini-blessing in disguise while for many of you who are adept at creating dynamic exam & time strategies for exams, this might be a not so welcome change.

One can treat each section as a different exam altogether and break each section into mini sections. Like in previous exams, attempt the topics which you are strong at first within a section before attempting the other questions. For eg: if DI is not your strength, then attempt all the other non-DI questions first and then attempt DI (as there is no getting away from DI on the SBI PO Mains). The confidence you build in solving questions of your strength first will create a positive momentum to solve the areas where you believe you are not as strong.

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