The SBI PO Mains exam has been conducted today by the State Bank of India across the country. The recruitment exercise to fill 2,313 vacancies of Probationary Officers (PO) started on February 7 with nearly 27 lakh aspirants filling the application form. Out of them, some 20 lakh took the Prelims exam held in April & May. Based on the PO Prelims result declared on May 16, a limited number of them were selected for PO Mains exam. Check the complete review of SBI PO Mains 2017 exam below.
SBI PO Mains exam was conducted as an objective test for 200 marks, followed by a descriptive test of 50 marks. The objective paper further comprised of four sections with total 155 questions, while two questions formed the subjective (descriptive) test. The candidates were given 3 hours for the objective test and 30 minutes for the descriptive test.
In the objective paper, Reasoning & Computer Aptitude section had 45 questions (60 marks); Data Analysis and Interpretation had 35 questions (60 marks); General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness had 40 questions (40 marks) and the remaining 35 questions were under English Language section, accounting for 40 marks. The negative marking remains applicable in SBI PO Mains exam and 1/4th marks assigned to a particular question will be deducted from total score for wrong response to it.
Based on the candidates’ response, English and General Awareness sections were modetate, while questions in Reasoning and DI sections were difficult. The Reasoning section was quite lengthy & tricky, while only descriptive section was easy, as per the first response from the candidates after taking the exam. The section-wise distribution of questions and difficulty level in SBI PO Mains 2017 was as follows:
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude: There were around 26 questions on sitting arrangement & puzzles, 8 questions from Logical Reasoning and 2 questions from Data Sufficiency. Also, 5 questions were from Input Output, based on the new pattern. Overall, the candidates found it difficult to solve this section.
Data Analysis and Interpretation: The test had 15 questions on data interpretation, 5 on quantity based problems, 5 on probability and 4 from data sufficiency, apart from other miscellaneous questions. The section was equally difficult.
General / Economy/ Banking Awareness: Most of the questions were from current banking affairs, hence the candidates who had been keeping a tab on the current ongoings were able to perform well in this section. The section was moderate, as compared to others.
English Language: The section had 10 error detection (spotting errors) questions, 4 double fillers and 2 para jumble questions. Also, there were 2 sets of Reading Comprehension, each having 5 questions. The difficulty level of the section was moderate to difficult.
The descriptive test had 2 questions, letter and essay writing. The candidates had to answer both the questions in 150 words.
SBI PO Mains 2017 Expected cut off
Based on the difficulty level of PO Mains 2017 exam, the overall cut-off (expected) may remain from 68 to 70 marks. The section-wise cut-off may remain in the range 9-11 marks for Reasoning, 7-10 for DA, 15-17 for GA and 8-10 for English. Last year, the general category cut off was 70, while it was 60 for other categories.
SBI PO Mains result is scheduled to be announced on June 19, however, it may get announced one or two days earlier to the fixed date as it was done in the case of Prelims results. Based on the SBI PO Mains 2017 cut off, the candidates will be called for Phase 3 exam. The Phase 3 exam comprises of Group Exercises for 20 marks and Interview for 30 marks.
The final selection to the post of PO will be done on the basis of the merit list comprising of the Phase 2 & 3 marks. The marks secured by the candidates in written test (out of 250 marks) will be converted to out of 75 marks and similarly, the Phase 3 marks will be converted out of 25. The final merit list will be drawn out of 100 marks.