SBI PO 2017 Prelims Exam Analysis Second Shift – 29th April 2017


SBI PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2nd Slot : Dear Aspirants, Today State Bank of India has conducted the Prelims Examination for the Recruitment of Probationary officer for the Year 2017. The Exam will be conducted in total 4 Slots. As the Second Shift of SBI PO Prelims Exam is over now, here we are giving you the detailed Analysis of the 2nd shift for SBI PO Prelims Exam 2017.

Post name –  Probationary Officer 

Total Vacancies – 2313

SBI PO 2017 Prelims Exam Analysis Second Shift


SBI PO Prelims 2017 Exam Pattern :

The examination is consisting of three section namely Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability and English Language. Total Marks allotted for the paper is 100 marks. Negative marking of 0.25 will be applied on each wrong answer. 

SBI PO 2017 Prelims Exam Pattern
SubjectsQuestionsMarksTime Allotted
Quantitative Aptitude3535Composite Time
of 1 Hour
Reasoning Ability3535
English Language3030

Read the examination review given below of Second Slot for SBI PO Prelims 2017 which is conducted from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM


Reasoning Ability : [Moderate-Difficult]

Puzzles – 4 Sets (20 Questions)

  • Linear Arrangement (8 persons facing north with age)
  • Floor Puzzle [ 8 people living on 8 floors working in different hotels]
  • Puzzle - Box Arrangement
  • Week Based Puzzle

Inequality - 5 Questions

Blood Relation & Direction Sense – 5 Questions

Coding decoding, Alpha Numeric Series & Order Ranking - 5 Questions

Note : No Syllogism was asked in the exam


Q. Blood Relation Question : A is the sister of B, B is the mother of C and C is the father of D. Z is the grandmother of D. How is z related to C ?


Puzzle asked :

A, B, C, D, P, Q, R, S seated straight line facing north.All have different ages 14, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 26, 31, but not in same order. B sit extreme on the end of the line. Three people sit between B and 16 yr old. 23 yr old sits second left of Q. Q sits right of 16 year old but not immediate. Two persons sit between 23 year old and D. Three persons sit between 26 yr and C. C sits right of 26 year. Neither B nor D are 26 yr old. The difference of ages of neighbors of D is 5. Oldest is not neighbor of D. D is not oldest. P sits right of 31 year old. More than one person sit between 31 and 19 year old. A sits second right of R.


English Language :  [Moderate]

Reading Comprehension – 1 Set (10 Questions) 

Note : Synonym and Antonyms (4 Questions) are also asked in Reading comprehension

Cloze Test – 10 Questions [Word correction (Technology based)]

Phrase Replacement/Sentence Correction – 10 Questions 


Passage Asked in 2nd Shift :

ABOUT 1.3 billion people use one or other version of Microsoft’s Windows operating systems, and well over a billion have downloaded Mozilla’s Firefox web browser. Minor variations aside, every copy of these products—like all other mass-market software—has exactly the same bits in it. This makes such software a honeypot for hackers, who can write attack code that will cause precisely the same damage to, say, every copy of Windows 7 it infects. Worse, the bad guys can hone their attacks by practising on their own machines, confident that what they see will be what their victims get.
This computing monoculture—which also extends to the widespread use of particular pieces of hardware, such as microprocessors from Intel and ARM—has long been the bane of technologists. In the face of a near constant onslaught from hackers, antivirus software is frequently several steps behind the foe. Symantec, one of the commercial pioneers of online security, estimates that antivirus software now stops only 45% of attacks. The firm recently declared that this approach was “dead” and a new one was needed.
Michael Franz, a computer scientist at the University of California, Irvine, agrees. And he believes the answer is to learn from nature. Lots of species are composed of individuals which are, the occasional set of identical twins apart, all slightly different genetically from each other. Sexual reproduction ensures this. Indeed, it is probably the reason sex evolved in the first place, for it means that no bacterium or virus can wipe out an entire population, since some are almost certain to be genetically immune to any given pathogen.
Applying the idea of genetic diversity to software is not a new idea. High-security systems, such as the fly-by-wire programs used in aeroplanes, are designed from the outset with code that differs between installations. But this approach is too costly for large-scale use. Some mass-market software companies have instead introduced modest diversity to deter attackers, such as randomly choosing the starting addresses of big blocks of memory, but this is not enough to defeat a determined hacker.


Quantitative Aptitude :  [Moderate]

Simplification/Approximation – 10 Questions

Number Series – 5 Questions

Data Interpretation – 2 Set (10 Question) [Tabular and line graph]

Quadratic Equations - 5 Questions

Miscellaneous  – 10 Questions  (based on Compound/Simple Interest, Time & Work, Pipes and Cisterns, Profit Loss, Probability , Age, Mixture Allegation, Partnership, Average, Boats & Stream etc. )


Q. The time taken for covering a distance of 'X' Km by downstream is equal to 'X-18' by covering upstream. Upstream speed is less than 6 km/hr than that of down stream. If the speed of the boat in still water is 15 km/hr. What is the value of 'X'.

Q. B is 20% efficient than A. B started the work & do it for x days. And then B is replaced A . And A completed the remaining work in x+8 days. Ratio of work done by A & B is 2:3. In how many day A & B working together to complete the whole work?

Q. A sum of Rs. 91,00 is borrowed at 20% per annum compounded annually. If the amount is to be paid in two years, the amount will be ?


Number Series asked in 2nd Shift :

1 ) 6, 7, 16, 51, ?, 1045

2 ) 16, 25, 50, 99, 180, ?

3 ) 4, 7, 17, 41, 86, ?

4 ) 72, 79, 65, 93, 37, ?

5 ) 12, 7, 8, 13, 27, ?


Solutions :

1 ) ×1+1.....×2+2..... ×3+3..... ×4+4

2 ) +9....+25....+49.....+81

3 ) +3....+10.....+24......+45


4 ) +7.....-14....+28.....-56.....+112

5 ) ×0.5+1....×1+1....×1.5+1....×2+1....×2.5+1


Note : Overall difficulty level of the SBI PO Prelims exam Second Shift 2017 is Moderate-Difficult, No change in pattern as compare to previous shifts.

1 ) No major changes was seen in the in the English section apart from Phrase correction which was something new for the candidates. Cloze Test is based on word correction type. Rest topic were same as compare to previous bank exams.

2 ) Reasoning is of Moderate level and out of 4 Puzzles, two were doable but time taking. Rest topics are doable which were based on coding decoding, Inequality, Direction sense, blood relation, Order ranking etc.

3 ) Quantitative Aptitude was the easiest section in all the three sections and of Easy to Moderate level. Number Series and Quadratic equation are the topics in which candidate can secure full marks. 

As the cut off is applied on both Sectional and overall, So candidates must secure the minimum marks in all the three section in order to qualify the prelims examination. Cut off will be decided by the SBI later.


Click Here to view SBI PO First Shift Exam Analysis & Questions asked


Overall Good Attempts : 55-60

Quantitative Aptitude : 20-25

Reasoning Ability : 17-20

English Language : 18-22


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