SBI PO 2021 Preparation Tips

SBI PO is a dream for many aspiring candidates’ Here we  will discuss  about various tips and tricks for SBI PO preparation before the exam. This piece will help you to plan for the exam accordingly and stay at the top of your preparation and productively spend your time.

First and foremost thing that aspirants have to do while starting preparation for SBI PO exam is to go thoroughly through the syllabus and exam pattern. It will give you a clear idea of the paper and the topics to be asked in the examination and decide the study plan accordingly for the exam.

Prelims Exam

Subject Number of Questions Marks Duration
English Language 30



20 Minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 35 20 Minutes
Reasoning Ability 35 20 Minutes
Total 100 1 Hour


Analyze and make a study plan for  SBI PO 2021 Preparation Tips after getting all the details about the Exam. Focus on the important and difficult topics first since it takes time. Also cover the topics in which you are weak. Such domains need more attention and time for preparation.

Here are some of the preparation strategy you can follow for individual subjects for SBI PO Exam:

Reasoning Ability:

This section tests the reasoning ability, logic, judgment and other skills related to presence of mind and analytical ability of a candidate .Since there are no exact formulas to solve the questions of this section, rigorous practice is the key. As much as you practice, you get an idea of how to solve them and what and how the assumptions are to be made.Donot over assume and go through the questions very well. Make your own formulas to solve questions.

The most important topics of this section are: Syllogism, Coding-Decoding, puzzles, inequalities , Analogy, Classification, Sitting Arrangements,  Series problems, Ranking,  Statement and Conclusions, Directions, Blood Relations, Data sufficiency, Assumptions and Direction Sense Test.

Sectional Analysis of reasoning

Topics No. of Questions Level
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement 25 Moderate
Syllogism 5 Moderate
Blood Relation 4 Easy
Number based 1 Easy-Moderate
Alphabet Based (to make a meaningful word) 1 Easy
Alphabet Pairing 1 Easy
Total 35 Moderate


General English:

The English section is the most scoring section. This section is very important but also quite difficult at the same time. Candidates need to develop consistent reading habits and practice the grammar portion regularly. From the exam point of view, with consistent preparation for English, candidates can perform well in it in relatively less time as compared to other sections in both SBI PO Prelims and Mains.

  1. Make it a habit of reading English newspapers, magazines,etc everyday which will inadvertently help you to achieve your ends. Also pen down any new word you come across and find their synonyms and antonyms.This also helps you understand the sentence structure better thus making it easy to solve the comprehension based questions in English.
  2. Language and Grammar holds the major portion of the SBI PO Prelims English Paper. This portion can be mastered by memorizing some standard rules and practicing their applications in different sentences..

Last year paper analysis of English

Topics No. of Questions Level
Reading Comprehension 8 Easy-Moderate
Phrase and Idioms Replacement 5 Easy-Moderate
Error Detection 5 Easy
Double Fillers 5 Easy-Moderate
Sentence Rearrangement (paragraph) 5 Easy
Arranging parts of a single sentence 2 Easy
Total 30 Easy-Moderate

Quantitative Section:

The basic idea here is to get your concepts clear. To get your concepts clear you need to have good analysis as well as practice is a must.

  • First focus on accuracy and speed
  • Learn shortcuts for various complex calculations, this will reduce your calculation time.
  • Time yourself for various types of questions; this practice would strengthen your concepts.
  • Learn time management. Don’t waste more than necessary time on a particular question, that would affect your performance in other questions.

Last year paper analysis of English

  • Topic No of questions Level
    DI 12 Easy-Moderate
    Quadratic Equation 06 Easy-Moderate
    Approximation 06 Easy
    Miscellaneous Word Problems 11 Moderate
    Total 35 Moderate

Analyze & Practice Previous Year Exam Papers

Go through the SBI PO previous year question papers and analyse the exam strategy that have been followed in all these years.

a) Attempt those papers, check your score, analyze where you stand and then start working on your performance.

b) Sometimes, the aspirant thinks that he is having enough knowledge on a particular topic. But attempting the questions in a particular time frame with accuracy is not very easy. It will come with regular practice.

c) So, practising papers help you figure out the list of topics you need to understand and clear the basics, Increase speed and accuracy, Start from scratch.

Take Mock Tests

Taking SBI PO Mock Tests on a regular basis, and especially after the completion of the full syllabus, is highly important.

  • a) This will give you an idea about the nature of the questions asked in the exam and then you can prepare accordingly.
  • b) Also, you will get to know where you stand and how much you are likely to get in the actual exam. You can then work on weak concepts and improve on them. Analyzing your paper after every test and identifying your strengths and weaknesses is very important.
  • c) Taking mock tests also helps in getting used to the pressure of taking the exam.