Monday, 17 April 2017

How to be ready for SBI PO 2017 Exam when you have just a few weeks to prepare

Probationary Officer (PO) is one of the most prestigious and popular jobs in India now, especially among candidates who want to carve a future in nationalized banks. A PO holds the position of an Assistant Manager during probation and is part of the junior management team (otherwise known as the Scale 1 Officer). The State Bank of India (SBI) conducts the recruitment exam every year for the post of PO and sets the exam pattern for the same.

Before a candidate starts his/her Bank Exam Preparation, understanding the pattern and sections of the exam are important. The exam has two phases – Preliminary exam and Main exam. Once they clear both the exams, candidates will be eligible for group discussion and interview.

Phase 1- Preliminary Exam

The preliminary exam is the first step of the SBI PO exam. It’s an online objective test of 100 marks for a duration of 1 hour. Only the candidates who qualify for this exam will be shortlisted for the main examination. It consists of 3 sections- English language, Quantitative Aptitude & Reasoning Ability.

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Phase 2- Main Exam

Once candidates clear the preliminary exam, they are eligible to appear for the main exam. It’s also an online exam with 200 marks for objective questions and 50 marks for the descriptive section.

How do I plan my Exam Preparation?

The 3 main mantras to crack this exam are- Speed, Accuracy and Time Management. This will also help in choosing the easy questions first and not waste time with difficult ones. Smart work always has an edge compared to hard work.

Here’s a brief plan on how you should be spending time the next 10 weeks for the SBI PO Exam. The first step is to cover the entire syllabus and give equal importance to all sections.

Quantitative Aptitude
Week 1
Simplification, Number series, squares, cubes, square & cube roots
Analytical Reasoning

Week 2
Averages & Alligations, Ratio & Proportions, Age based problems
Syllogism, Input- Output
Reading comprehension + Vocabulary Practice
Week 3
Profit & Loss, Simple & Compound interest, Speed, Time & distance, Time & Work
Blood relations, Coding- Decoding
Grammar and Sentence correction
Week 4
Probability, Mensuration, PnC
Direction sense, Logical inequalities
Para jumbles
Week 5
Data interpretation
Puzzle test, Sitting arrangement
Cloze test, fill in the blanks
Week 6
Quadratic equations
Ranking test, Mathematical equations
Sentence improvement
12-15 Full-length Mock tests + Analysis of each paper
(1-hour test- 2 hours’ analysis)

The last 3 weeks are very crucial to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. Focus on solving more mock papers once you complete the syllabus. More than taking up mock tests, analysis of each paper post the test results will make the difference. The more you practice, the better you will get in each of the sections. While analysing each mock paper, keep a book beside you and keep making notes of important shortcuts and points which can come in handy for revision just before exams.

There are enough online test links and books that you can refer for preparation. If you are looking to give it your best shot and focus fully on clearing the exam, it is advisable to join professional coaching institutes. TalentSprint is one such reputed institute which provides expert coaching for competitive exams. TalentSprint has a pool of experts who can guide you in the right direction and provide the required training to clear an exam.

Cracking SBI PO may not be a cake-walk, but with your committed efforts and a well-planned approach, it is definitely possible to crack the exam. Good luck!

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