SBI PO Prelims 2017 Exam Analysis Third Shift – 30th April 2017 (3rd Slot)


SBI PO  Exam Analysis 3rd Slot (30th April) :  Hello Aspirants, Today State Bank of India has conducted the Prelims Examination for the Recruitment of Probationary officers. The examination was started from yesterday and conducted in different centers across the country. The Exam will be held in total 4 Slots. As the Third Shift’s Exam is over now, we are providing you the SBI PO Prelims Exam 2017 detailed Analysis for the 3rd Slot.


SBI PO Prelims 2017 Exam Analysis First 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

Day 2 : Read the examination review of SBI PO Prelims given below for the Third Slot held on 30th April 2017 which is conducted from 2:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m.


Reasoning Ability : [Moderate-Difficult]

Puzzles – 4 Sets (20 Questions)

  • Linear Arrangement (8 persons facing north having different age)
  • Floor Puzzle [8 people living on 8 floors with one variable]
  • Comparison Based Puzzle 
  • Puzzle Based on People meeting in Seminar conducted on two dates of 4 Different Months

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


Puzzle asked  :

Eight people Q, R ,S ,T, W, X, Y and Z have meeting on 8th and 15th of four months January, August, September and November .R has meeting on 15th of the month which has 30 days. Three people have meeting between R and S. Further it is known that no person has meeting between Q and S. Q doesn’t has meeting in the month of August. W and S has meeting on same date of consecutive month. T and W has meeting in the same month. X and Z has meeting on the same date and X has meeting before Z.X has meeting on 8th of August.


English Language :  [Moderate]

Reading Comprehension/Passage – 1 Set (10 Questions) [ based on South Korea's Cyber Attack]

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

Cloze Test – 10 Questions [Word correction - technology affect China Literature]

Phrase Replacement/Sentence Correction – 10 Questions 


Cloze Test asked in Third shift : (Article From THE ECONOMIST)

Calligraphy has been a revered art form in China for centuries. Children are taught to write with brushes; endless copying of characters is a rite of passage in their schooling. Writing is a feat of memory. Mastery requires learning thousands of unique characters. Despite these ordeals, literacy rates have increased from around 20% in 1949 to over 95% now. But computers, smartphones and tablets are posing a new obstacle to progress. Penmanship is on the decline. Reading skills may follow. Pundits the world over blame a reliance on computers for shoddy handwriting and spelling. In China the problem is particularly acute. The number of primary schoolchildren with severe reading difficulties is rising, according to a 2012 study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The authors linked poor reading scores to increased use of keyboards.

One reason is that learning to write is so arduous. Because Chinese uses ideograms, or characters, rather than an alphabet, to represent each syllable, it takes six years of primary education to master the 3,000 or so characters required to read a newspaper. Nowadays Chinese can use keyboards to type a word in pinyin, a Romanisation of Chinese words that reflects sounds but not appearance. They then select the right character from a list. This process does not reinforce how to write the separate strokes that make up a character, and may even disrupt the process of remembering, says Wai Ting Siok of the University of Hong Kong. Ms Siok predicts that on current trends literacy levels will begin declining within ten years.

The problem is already evident. A government body helped to launch a popular television spelling show that pits middle-school students against each other to write difficult words; in one episode in July more than 50% of the adult audience incorrectly drew a two-character word meaning “gossip”, feiwenOver the past century some have campaigned to raise literacy by replacing characters with an alphabet. That remains unlikely. Homophones are so common in Chinese that many different words would be spelled the same. And China views its script as near-sacred. Abandoning its written form would be entirely out of character.


Quantitative Aptitude :  [Moderate]

Simplification/Approximation – 10 Questions

Number Series – 5 Questions

Data Interpretation – 2 Set (10 Question) [Tabular (Percentage of Voter in 5 Polling Booths) and line graph]

Quadratic Equations - 5 Questions

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


Number Series asked in 3rd Shift :

1 ) 325, 316, 291, 242 ,161, ?

2 ) 15, 8, 9, 15, ?, 82.5

3 ) 6, 7, 28, 64 ,110, ?

4 ) 11, 10, 18, 51, ?, 995

5 ) 31, 38, 27, 40, 23, ?


Note : Overall difficulty level of the SBI PO Prelims Exam conducted in Third Shift is Moderate-Difficult, No change in pattern as compare to previous shifts held today.

1 ) In English section, 10 questions came from Phrase correction topic which was something new for the candidates. Cloze Test is based on word correction type and . 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. 


Overall Good Attempts : 57-60


Quantitative Aptitude : 22-25

Reasoning Ability : 18-20

English Language : 19-22


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