SBI PO Mains 2016: Exam Pattern, Safe Attempts & Important Tips

prepare for SBI PO main exam,SBI PO main pattern,SBI PO main exam tips,SBI PO main exam online mock testsWith the SBI PO preliminary exam coming to an end, the journey towards an officer job in State bank of India has only reached half way.After the prelims results, the action shifts to phase II in SBI PO recruitment 2016, which is the main examination.So here we explain on how to prepare for SBI PO main exams with the available books & mock tests.


According to the review shared by candidates, reasoning & quantitative aptitude were found to be tough.Overall, the paper was of medium difficulty.


The SBI PO prelims results got released on July 18 & cutoffs were on expected lines compared to previous years.


SBI PO Main Exam on July 31 – See Pattern

The SBI PO main examination pattern is changed from this year onwards.Make sure to understand the paper structure first as we explain it below.



Some of the important points you need to note are:

  • Negative marks of 0.25 will be reduced for each wrong answer in objective test
  • Objective paper is for 3 hours & total marks are 200 for 155 questions.

Descriptive test should also be answered online, on the same day immediately after completing the objective papers

Time Limit for Each Section: Gone are the days when you can choose any section to answer.As part of the revised pattern, there is a time limit for each section within which  the questions should be answered.


Once the duration set for that specific paper is over, the system will automatically proceed to the next section.


In what order should I attend the papers?

The exact order is not known since this being the 1st time.But in SBI clerk mains, the following sequence was followed:

  • General awareness > English language > Reasoning > Maths

Hence you can expect the same order in SBI PO mains as well.


SBI PO Mains Study Materials

Qualifying in SBI PO mains is not important but you need to score more in order to get shortlisted for the next stage of selections.


We are listing some relevant reference stuff for SBI PO mains that will not only help you prepare but also practice extensively.

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Cutoffs to Score in SBI PO Mains

To qualify in SBI PO mains, candidates should pass in each objective test paper by securing the necessary sectional & total cutoffs.Similarly, the descriptive test will also carry a separate cutoff.


The total score in both tests would be taken into account in preparing the merit list for GD/ interviews.


The SBI PO previous year cutoffs on total score were

  • 124.25 – General
  • 110.75 – OBC
  • 89 – SC
  • 79 – ST

With a new pattern in place for SBI PO 2016, we can expect few changes in the qualifying marks.


Therefore, candidates should concentrate on getting as many answers correct since accuracy plays an vital role in sbi recruitments.


Aim for 90+ attempts: Of the total 155 questions, aim to attend atleast 90+ questions correctly with 100% accuracy to stay in safe zone.


How to Prepare in 10 Days?

exams date With the main exams scheduled to happen on July 31, there are only 10 days remaining to get prepared.


So a common study plan for SBI PO main exams wont help as the time is less & each person will prefer to study at their own pace during these days.


Steps to Follow: Hence we are giving some steps that you can follow to maximize the preparations within this short duration.


# 1: The two easy-to-score papers are: General awareness, Marketing, Computers & General Awareness.Start by preparing them first.


# 2: Look at your preliminary test scores & find which sections you need to improve.


# 3: Practice questions from those sections everyday for atleast an hour.Don't think of revising them on the last day.

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# 4: Reasoning section carries the maximum duration of 60 minutes.So questions could be of higher level which means you need to allot more time in practicing different types of reasoning problems.


Preparing for Descriptive Test:

This 1 hour test shall have Letter writing & Essay question only.It carries 50 marks & you need to qualify in this test separately as well.


Checkout SBI PO descriptive test previous year question, cutoffs & paper pattern


Since descriptive test should be attended only on computer, follow these methods to practice.


1) Letter Writing: Open a MS-Word document & start writing letters to make yourselves comfortable in typing.You may also refer our article on how to write letters in SBI PO exams 


2) Essay Writing: Read an article from newspapers or online news websites & try typing them in your own words.See the correct format of writing essays in exams 


Since we only have limited time in hand, make sure to spend more time in doing practice exercises & revisions.

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