Analysis of SBI PO Mains


SBI PO Mains exam concluded last week. Below is the section-wise analysis of the exam and you can see the questions asked in GA section at the end of this post.




Expected cutoffs

No of questions Marks Time Cutoff
SC/ ST/ PWD/OBC General
English 50 50 120 minutes 10 13
General Awareness 50 50 11 15
Data Interpretation 50 50 10 13
Reasoning 50 50 10 13
Overall 200 200 72 85
Descriptive English 50 60 mins 18 21


Section 1: English Language
Overall, the English section was easy to moderate and a well prepared candidate could attempt 25-30 questions. Topics from which the questions were asked:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Jumble Sentences
  • Spotting the error
  • Cloze Passage
  • Fill in the blanks

Section 2: General Awareness, Marketing & Computers

Overall, this section was easy and a well prepared candidate could attempt 31-35 questions. Topics from which the questions were asked:

  • General Awareness:  Static G.K (Banking), Schemes/ reforms of past 3 months, banking related terminologies,and National Current Affairs.
  • Marketing: Marketing Basics.
  • Computers : MS Office, Hardware, Software, and Input-Output Units.

Section 3:  Data Analysis & Interpretation

Overall, the Data Analysis & Interpretation section was moderate to difficult and a good number of attempts in this section were 16-20. Topics from which the questions were asked:

  •  Line Graph
  •  Bar Graph
  •  Pie Chart
  •  Tables

Section 4: Reasoning

Overall, the Reasoning section was  moderate. A good number of attempts in the exam were 25-30. Topics from which the questions were asked:

  •  Syllogisms
  •  Machine input/output
  •  Puzzles (Seating Arrangement)
  •  Logical Reasoning(Course of Action, Statements & Assumptions)
  •  Inequalities

Descriptive Section:


  • Letter to your manager regarding haphazard in maintenance of files and give some innovative methods to curb them.
  • Letter to the editor of a newspaper regarding cyber crime in your city and suggest some steps to curb the problem.
  • Letter to the aged teacher to thank him for help in your success as a human being.


  • Pros and cons of One rank One pension
  • Ethical problems in e-commerce
  • India’s over dependency over monsoon

Note: The above information is based on memory of our students and faculty who appeared in examination.

General Awareness Questions:

  • PM Suraksha Bima Yojana Age Limit? – 18-70
  • Omkareshwar Dam is located in which state ? – Madhya Pradesh (Narmada River)
  • Which country is first to launch facial ATM? – China
  • Modi launched which bank in China? – ICICI Bank
  • FMC merged with – SEBI
  • The International Day of Peace is observed on – 21st September
  • Which company was ranked 57th in US brands survey – TCS
  • Katasraj temple in which country? – Pakistan

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  • Shivani

    what is the expected overall cut-off?


    I think overall cutoff is going to be slightly higher than given here, just because all those people who qualified for mains have scored more than 47.5 (general category) in the pre exam and I think they all would have prepared even better for the mains. Also the time was 120 mins, overall more time for reasoning and DI. So I think cutoff will be a bit higher.

    • Vinodh Kumar

      But difficulty level in DI drags the cutoff down I think. But one should wait and see how the final cutoff will fare out.