SBI PO Prelims Exam Analysis 5 January 2021- All Shifts

SBI PO Prelims Exam Analysis 5 January 2021: Institute of Banking Selection Personnel will conduct the State Bank of India Probationary Officer (SBI PO) exam on 4, 5, 6 January 2021.

The exam will be conducted in multiple shifts in computer-based mode. Once the exam is conducted, candidates can check the exam analysis provided here. The SPO exam analysis will help you understand the type of questions asked, difficulty level, topic-wise weightage of marks, and a number of good attempts for various shifts.

SBI PO Exam Pattern:

The preliminary examination of the SBI PO 2020 exam will comprise of Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Language. Here is the detailed syllabus of the SBI PO Prelims exam:

S.No.Name of SubjectsNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1English Language303020 minutes
2Quantitative Aptitude353520 minutes
3Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
Total1001001 hour

SBI PO Prelims Exam Analysis of 5th January 2021- Shift-4 Good Attempts

As per the students who have appeared in 5th Jan’s 4th shift, the level of the SBI PO Prelims exam was moderate.

SubjectGood AttemptTime (in min.)
English Language20 -2620 minutes
Reasoning Ability24 – 3020 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude23– 2620 minutes
Total65 – 7260 minutes

English Language (Easy-Moderate)

The level of English Language was easy to moderate in 4th shift of SBI PO Prelims. The passage was based on the use of the internet in different departments.

TopicsNo. of QuestionsLevel
Reading Comprehension7Easy-Moderate
Fillers Single3Easy-Moderate
Error Detection5Easy-Moderate
Phrase Replacement5Easy-Moderate
Sentence Rearrangement2Easy
Word Swap3Easy-Moderate
Total30Easy-Moderate

Quantitative Aptitude (Easy-Moderate)

The level of quantitative aptitude was easy to moderate.  There were 2 sets of DIs asked.

  • Pie Chart + Table
  • Tabular DI
TopicNo. Of questionsLevel
DI10Easy-Moderate
Quadratic Equation05Easy
Approximation05Easy
Miscellaneous Word Problems15Easy – Moderate
Total35Easy – Moderate

Reasoning Ability (Easy-Moderate)

There were 4 sets of Puzzles and Seating Arrangement which are given below:-

  • Linear Seating Arrangement of 6 people + colours
  • Floor and flat based puzzle
  • Box based puzzle- 10 boxes
  • there was one more puzzle
TopicsNo. of QuestionsLevel
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement20Moderate
Syllogism5Easy –  Moderate
Alphabet based2Easy
Direction Sense3Easy
Inequality3Easy
Miscellaneous2Easy
Total35Easy- Moderate

SBI PO Prelims Exam Analysis of 5th January 2021- Shift-3 Good Attempts

As per the students who have appeared in 5th Jan’s 3rd shift, the level of the SBI PO Prelims exam was moderate.

SubjectGood AttemptTime (in min.)
English Language21 -2620 minutes
Reasoning Ability25 – 3120 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude24– 2720 minutes
Total65 – 7160 minutes

English Language (Easy-Moderate)

The level of English Language was easy to moderate in 3rd shift of SBI PO Prelims. The passage was based on telecommunication.

TopicsNo. of QuestionsLevel
Reading Comprehension7Easy-Moderate
Word Swap5Easy-Moderate
Error Detection5Easy-Moderate
Phrase Replacement5Easy-Moderate
Cloze Test5Easy
Miscellaneous3Easy-Moderate
Total30Easy-Moderate

Quantitative Aptitude (Easy-Moderate)

The level of quantitative aptitude was easy to moderate in this shift as well.  Students have shared that the DI were time-consuming and lengthy. There were 2 sets of DIs asked.

  • Line Graph
  • Pie Chart + Tabular DI (this DI was calculative)
TopicNo. Of questionsLevel
DI10Easy-Moderate
Wrong Number Series06Easy
Approximation06Easy
Miscellaneous Word Problems13Easy – Moderate
Total35Easy – Moderate

Reasoning Ability (Easy – Moderate)

There were 4 sets of Puzzles and Seating Arrangement which are given below:-

  • Box based puzzle – 9 boxes
  • Order and ranking based puzzle on weight
  • Linear seating arrangement
  • There was one more puzzle.
TopicsNo. of QuestionsLevel
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement20Moderate
Coding Decoding5Easy
Blood Relation2Easy-Moderate
Alphabet based2Easy
Direction Sense2Easy
Miscellaneous4Easy
Total35Easy- Moderate

SBI PO Prelims Exam Analysis of 5th January 2021- Shift-2 Good Attempts

As per the students who have appeared in 5th Jan’s 2nd shift, the level of the SBI PO Prelims exam was moderate.

SubjectGood AttemptTime (in min.)
English Language21 -2620 minutes
Reasoning Ability25 – 3120 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude23– 2620 minutes
Total64 – 7260 minutes

English Language (Easy-Moderate)

The level of English Language was easy to moderate in 2nd shift of SBI PO Prelims.

TopicsNo. of QuestionsLevel
Reading Comprehension8Easy-Moderate
Phrase Replacement3Easy-Moderate
Error Detection (identify the correct sentence)5Easy-Moderate
Fillers4Easy-Moderate
Cloze Test5Easy
Match the column5Easy-Moderate
Total30Easy-Moderate

Quantitative Aptitude (Easy – Moderate)

The level of quantitative aptitude was easy to moderate.  Students have shared that the DI were time consuming and lengthy. There were 2 sets of DIs asked.

  • Double Bar Graph
  • Bar Graph
TopicNo. Of questionsLevel
DI10Easy-Moderate
Wrong Number Series05Easy-Moderate
Quadratic Equation05Easy
Miscellaneous Word Problems15Easy – Moderate
Total35Easy – Moderate

Reasoning Ability (Easy – Moderate)

There were 4 sets of Puzzles and Seating Arrangement which are given below:-

  • Classification puzzle of 6 people and their posts
  • Linear seating arrangement- 5 facing north and 3 facing south
  • Floor based puzzle – floors and place
  • Parallel lines seating arrangement
TopicsNo. of QuestionsLevel
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement20Moderate
Number based1Easy
Syllogism5Easy-Moderate
Alphabet Pairing2Easy
Inequality5Easy
Blood Relation2Easy
Total35Easy- Moderate

SBI PO Prelims Exam Analysis 5th January 2021, Shift-1: Overall Good Attempts

SNoSectionGood AttemptsDifficulty level
1English Language24-25Easy
2Numerical Ability21-23Easy to Moderate
3Reasoning Ability24-25Easy to Moderate
Overall Good Attempts69-73Easy to Moderate

SBI PO Prelims Exam Analysis: Section-Wise & Topic-Wise Analysis of Shift-1

For helping the aspirants who are preparing for the upcoming bank exams, here is the detailed section-wise and topic-wise analysis. Go through the complete analysis carefully and know which topics were asked in the SBI PO Prelims Exam on 05th January 2021. The candidates can revise accordingly for the upcoming bank exams.

SBI PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2021: Quantitative Aptitude

The Quantitative Aptitude section is one of the time-taking sections in the SBI PO Prelims Exam and the candidates must prepare and practise on their speed to score good marks in this section. In the SBI PO Prelims Exam Shift 1 on 5th January 2021, the quantitative aptitude section was of Easy to Moderate level and some of the topics that were a part of the question paper in 1st shift is as follows:

Questions Asked in Data Interpretation

  1. Pie Chart (Year and Product Sold)- 5 Questions
  2. Tabular DI (2 tables with different years)- 5 Questions (Lengthy and Tricky)

Missing Number Series: 4 Easy Questions and 2 Tricky Questions

Arithmetic: Questions were asked from Ratio, Ages, Boats, Mensuration, Profit & Loss

TopicQuestions AskedDifficulty Level
Data Interpretation10Moderate
Missing Number Series06Easy to Moderate
Approximation06Easy to Moderate
Caselet03Easy
Arithmetic10Easy to Moderate
Total35Easy to Moderate

SBI PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2021: Reasoning Ability

The reasoning ability section is the second most lengthy section in the SBI PO Prelims Exam and is one of the most scoring sections in the exam. The overall difficulty level of questions asked in the 1st Shift exam from Reasoning Section was of Easy to Moderate Level. Given below is the SBI PO Prelims Exam 1st Shift Analysis for the reasoning ability section for the reference of candidates preparing for the SBI PO Prelims Exam 2020-21

There was no question asked from syllogism, inequality, direction.

Meaningful Word: BETRAYING 

Question Asked from Puzzle

  1. Floor puzzle (9 floor, 9 people)- 5 Questions (Easy)
  2. Tabular puzzle (Purchasing cars on a different occasion)- 5 Questions (Moderate)
  3. Scheduling (Month & Dates)- 5 Questions (Slightly Difficulty)
  4. Circular Arrangement (6 people and colour inward)- 5 Questions (Easy)
  5. Linear Unknown uni-direction- 4 Questions
TopicQuestions AskedDifficulty Level
Puzzle Arrangement24Easy to Moderate
Coding-Decoding (Conventional)06Easy to Moderate
Blood Relations03Easy
Number Based01Easy
Alphabet Based (to make a meaningful word)01Easy
Total35Easy to Moderate

SBI PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2021:English Language

Difficulty Level: Easy

A total of 30 questions were asked in this section and the overall difficulty level for this section was Easy. Following is a topic-wise break-up of the detailed SBI PO Exam Analysis for the English section.

TopicNumber of Qs
Error Spotting5 questions
RC (AI)7-8 questions
Sentence Rearrangement5 questions
Fillers3-4 questions
Word Replacement5 questions
Sentence Correction5 questions

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