SBI PO 2017 How I Cracked SBI PO Reasoning Aptitude Preparation 10 Ways

How I Cracked SBI PO Exam while just studying 4 hours a day for 3 months along with a 10-hour job which consumed a lot of my energy and made it into the blue corridors of this banking behemoth. Here are my cents for cracking this examination. I am sharing writing 10 ten ways to crack qualify sbi po exam which is just going to happen in next month. you have to follow just these simple step by step 10 guidelines after that you will be able to crack sbi po exam.

i) Avoid static GK completely. Learn the concept of opportunity cost and you will get a lot of clarity behind this hack of mine.
ii) Quantitative Aptitude section is majorly about Data Interpretation cases. Become quick in simple calculations and it will save you a lot of time in the main examination.
iii) Learn tables, square roots and cube roots. For bigger numbers, learn the tricks from YouTube to calculate it real fast. Remember, a second saved is a second earned.
iv) For every subject, focus more on quality rather than quantity.
v) Revise GK Capsules for last three months after prelims results are out. Don’t just cram the bullets, dig deep into them and go through every point again and again.
vi) Clarity of mind is extremely essential during the exam. I was clear about focusing on accuracy and thought about nothing else during the mains exam.
vii) Give a lot of mocks. And give them as if you are appearing for the real examination. It will eliminate a lot of problems that you might face on D-day.
viii) Solve a lot of time bound quizzes. It will keep a good check on your speed and accuracy.
Play it smart. You can not master every topic in the syllabus.
ix) During preparation, don’t think about how much others are studying. Their preparation is beyond your control.
Don’t waste time picking up a grammar book and cramming all the rules. Rather give time to reading, consume a lot of articles daily and it will have compounding effects over a period of time.
x) Do not reveal about your preparation to anybody, most importantly, relatives. This way you will be away from all the negativity and bullshit failure stories that they preach.
Read a lot of banking awareness and get into minute details of every topic.
Remember, the battle rests inside the mind. Condition it for success and things will work out your way.

All the best.

How To Prepare For SBI PO 2017

As we all know SBI has published notification for SBI PO 2017, and the exam date for SBI PO  Preliminary Examination is 30th April 2017. Regarding the Important date of SBI PO, you can check here. In this post, we are going to share how to prepare for SBI PO 2017 yourself.

SBI PO has now become a 3-stage process with the advent of the Prelims, Mains and GD-PI stages. Therefore each stage needs specialised treatment.

IBPS PO 2017 Notification has been out. check here

How To Prepare for SBI Prelims – / How To Prepare For SBI PO 2017

For English for SBI prelims go over the rules regarding sentences from Wren and Martin and read the Editorial of The Hindu on a daily basis. This should suffice. For Maths use any standard aptitude book. I used Quantum Cat by Sarvesh Verma. For Reasoning, I searched and learned all the topics from Internet. You can also use any standard book like R.S.Agarwal or BSC publications books.

As Prelims exam is starting from last week of April means candidates have less than 80 days from today i.e., 06-02-2017 for preparation, so the main focus should be on how to prepare within this time frame and for this one have to make better subject wise planning with the positive attitude. And then how they are going to approach the exam.


  • For English

As the cumulative time period for Prelims is just 1 hour, you can’t afford to give more than 10mins to this section. Ten questions will be from Reading Comprehension out of which four will be vocab based questions. Skip reading the whole article, just do the four vocab based questions and move over. Also, skip the Para jumbles as they are highly treacherous by nature.But POSITIVELY ATTEMPT all the remaining questions which will be from Errors, Cloze Test, Fill in the blanks. So 19 questions in <10mins.

  • For Math 

Solve the quadratic ( 5 questions) first. They are very easy. Then move on to the series questions(5). Give each question 30 secs. If you are not able to find out the series logic within that, move on. Then go to the DI section(10 questions). There will be 2 DIs. Attempt both or the easier one. Then move to the Arithmetic questions. Attempt 7–8 out of the 10. They will be based on topics such as Averages, Ratio & Proportion, Profit & Loss, Time Speed and Distance, Time and Work, Mensuration. If there is time left do 2–3 simplifications. Give this entire section 25–30 mins. Attempt 20.

So you would have attempted 55–60 questions in 1 hour. Always remember there is no extra credit in topping the Prelims. You just have to cross the cutoff. The cutoff generally hovers in the 45–48 region and is totally dependent upon that year’s paper. Last year cut off was  47.5 (2016 paper)

  • For Reasoning

Coding-Decoding and syllogisms are now missing conspicuously from this section. So be wary of this. The crux of this section is Puzzles (Linear+Circular Seating Arrangement, three variable sorting, Floor sorting, etc). Expect 20–25 questions from these. But be very careful. Puzzles can easily eat up a lot of time if you get stuck in them. So move on to other questions if you are unable to solve them. Also, there would be ten questions from Inequalities, Direction Test, Blood Relations. Do them as they are usually easy pickings. Give this entire section 20–25 mins. Attempt 15–20

In this post, we have shared How To Prepare For SBI PO 2017, especially for Preliminary Examination. In next post, we will share subject wise planning for Preliminary Examination. if you have any query regarding SBI PO exam then feel free to comment below.

Sbi Po recruitment 2017 Apply Online

SBI has released notification regarding  SBI PO recruitment 2017. The application process for applying begins from 7th February 2017. All the eligible candidates have to register themselves by going through official SBI website. Any eligible candidate, who aspires to join State Bank of India as a Probationary Officer, is required to register on-line for the Recruitment Process. The examination will be held in two phases preliminary and main. Candidates who will qualify in preliminary examination and shortlisted will have to appear for the Main Examination, and shortlisted candidates in the main examination will subsequently be called for a Group Exercises & Interview.

Read here, How to Prepare For SBI PO in less than two months

SBI PO 2017
SBI PO 2017

Prospective candidates will have to apply to after carefully reading the advertisement regarding the process
of examinations and interview, eligibility criteria, online registration processes, payment of prescribed
application fee/ intimation charges, the pattern of examination, issuance of call letters, etc. and ensure that they
fulfil the stipulated criteria and follow the prescribed processes.


Important Dates for SBI PO 2017 is as follows. 

 Activity                                                                                                             Date

  • On-line registration including Edit/Modification of                                   07-02-2017 to 06-03-2017                                           Application by candidates
  • Download of call letters for online Preliminary Examination                     15-04-2017
  • Online Preliminary Examination                                                                     29-04-17 & 30-04-17, 6-05-17 & 07-05-17
  • Result of online Exam                                                                                       17-05-2017
  • Download Admit card for SBI main exam                                                      22-05-2017
  • Mains exam date                                                                                                04-06-2017
  • Declaration of results                                                                                        19-06-17
  • Download call letter for interview                                                                  26-06-2017


(A) Essential Academic Qualifications: (AS ON 01.07.2017)
Graduation in any discipline from a recognised University or any equivalent qualification recognised as such by
the Central Government. Those who are in the Final year/Semester of their Graduation may also apply
provisionally subject to the condition that, if called for an interview, they will have to produce proof of having passed
the graduation examination on or before 01.07.2017. Candidates having integrated dual degree (IDD) certificate
should ensure that the date of passing the IDD is on or before 01.07.2017. Candidates possessing qualification of
Chartered Accountant may also apply. Continue reading “Sbi Po recruitment 2017 Apply Online”