Monday, November 10, 2014

SBI Associate PO 2014: First Day Analysis

The SBI Associate PO began on November 9th across the country and there were no surprises - if at all any, students were pleasantly surprised that the paper was simpler than the IBPS PO & SBI PO earlier this year.

The detailed analysis of the paper is shared below. For 10 mock tests of SBI Associate PO in the new pattern, click here.

Section Number of Questions Question Types Difficulty Level Good Attempts
Data Interpretation 50 35 Questions on DI + 5 on Data Sufficiency + 5 on Probability + 5 on Number Series Moderate 26-30
Reasoning 50 10 Q on Seating Arrangment, 5 Q on Input-Output, 5 Q on Syllogism, 5 Q on Inequalities, 5 Q on Data Sufficiency, Blood Relations, Coding Decoding & Direction Sense Easy-Moderate 35-38
General Awareness 50 Most questions were on Banking Awareness with 10-12 Questions each on Computer Knowledge & Marketing. Easy-Moderate 28-30
English 50 2x10 Q on Passages, 10 Q on Cloze Test, 5 Q on Parajumbles, 5 Q on Correct Usage, 5 Q on Fill in the blanks Moderate 32-34

The DI portion was a little calculation intensive but the section overall was much simple than the other PO exams held this year. Reasoning was fairly simple. Many people found one of the RCs a little tricky in the English/Language section. Overall around 120+ attempts should be a good number.

Some of the Questions (from both slots) of the Descriptive Section are as follows:-

  • What are the lessons learnt from the various sporting leagues coming up in India such as the Indian Football & Kabaddi Leagues
  • Who benefits the most from FDI in Retail - Farmer, Consumer or Investor
  • Role of Banking Sector in CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)
Paragraph Writing
  • Turning Point in your Life
  • Disadvantages of a Nuclear Family
  • Importance of setting personal goals in life
  • All that glitters is not gold
Letter Writing
  • Write a letter to your Bank Manager requesting him to unblock your Debit card which was blocked due to entry of the wrong PIN multiple times. 
  • Write a letter to your parents asking them to send Rs. 15,000 for an educational tour conducted by your college.
  • Write a letter to the Consumer Forum complaining about the lack of good facilities at your coaching center despite the center charging hefty fees. 
Precis Writing- one of them was on Code of Conduct in Business.