Important Topics for SBI PO Prelims


Towards the nearing of the exam date, “Important Topics for SBI PO” is said to be the most frequent searches on Google. Just like any competitive exam, candidates may feel anxious or confused. Either cause some candidates might have missed out preparing an important topic or to help segregate the topics that are important for the last minute preparation to crack the upcoming bank exam. With the perks of bank jobs, the exam is becoming more and more competitive over the years. In this article, we will discuss the important topics that will help the candidates in their preparation for the SBI PO Prelims exam.

Experts have done a careful analysis of the previous year papers and have prepared this data. Let’s look at the topics section-wise:

  • Reasoning Ability:

This section tests the candidate’s intellectual and problem-solving ability. It consists of 35 questions.

  • Seating Arrangement
  • Syllogism
  • Series Problems
  • Coding Decoding
  • Direction Sense Test
  • Blood Relations
  • Analogy
  • Classification
  • Ranking
  • Data Sufficiency

Tip: Start with the questions that are easy. Do not get stuck with the lengthy ones. This section is a high scoring section. A recommended order to attempt this section is given below:

  1. Syllogism
  2. Inequality
  3. Coding-Decoding
  4. Miscellaneous Questions
  5. Linear Arrangement
  6. Circular Seating Arrangement
  7. Puzzle
  • Quantitative Aptitude:

The Quants section is a high scoring section, if the candidate has practised well and is accurate with the calculations. This section consists of 35 questions. Although it is a high scoring section, it is a time-consuming one. The key to score is to answer all the questions that the candidate is sure of, first.

  • Data Interpretation
  • Number Systems
  • Number Series
  • Simple Interest & Compound Interest
  • Time & Work
  • Time & Distance
  • Profit & Loss
  • Percentage
  • Average
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Probability

Tip: Practice this section well. Polish all the topics that the candidate is good at, so that the candidate can confidently select the right answer. The recommended order to follow:

  1. Data Interpretation – This section is easy to solve and doesn’t need heavy calculations, hence solving it with a fresh mind would speed it up.
  2. Simplification/ Approximation – This section carries high weightage of marks and hence it has to be answered at the early stages of the exam.
  3. Miscellaneous Questions – The topics in this section may vary. Attempt this section based on your preparation.
  • English Language

This section consists of 30 questions. Those candidates, who feel their English is not up to the mark, should prepare well for the exam. The candidate should always remember sectional-wise cutoff is required to get shortlisted. The important topics will help the candidates in their preparation.

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Grammar
  • Cloze Test
  • Para Jumbles
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Error Correction

Tip: The English Language can be developed by reading the newspaper on a regular basis. Learning new words and practising frequent mock tests will help to improve this section. The recommended order is given:

  1. Fill in the Blanks
  2. Cloze test
  3. Sentence Improvement
  4. Para Jumbles
  5. Antonyms & Synonyms
  6. Reading Comprehension

This analysis will help the candidates in their preparation for the Bank Exams. The candidates can also refer to the Byju’s Bank exam YouTube links to have a better understanding of the topics.

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