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SBI PO Mains Exam Analysis 2017 & Expected Cut Off (4-June-2017)

SBI PO Mains Exam 2017 was conducted today, i.e. 4th June 2017. In this post, you can go through the detailed exam analysis of SBI PO Mains Exam 2017. We have also shared the expected cut off of SBI PO Mains 2017 based on the overall level of difficulty of this exam.

This SBI PO Mains 2017 Exam analysis will help you identify the changing trends of SBI PO exam, and will also prove to be helpful for the upcoming IBPS exams.  

This exam analysis of SBI PO Mains has been updated based on the reviews shared by the grade up users who appeared for this exam. If you come across any anomaly/ error, do let us know in the comments. We will update the errors at the earliest.

SBI PO Mains 2017 Exam Analysis

SBI PO Mains exam was conducted in 2 stages, namely, Objective (Duration - 3 hours) as well as Descriptive test (Duration - 30 minutes). Overall level of this exam was Difficult.

SBI PO Mains Exam Analysis: Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude

Total Number of Questions - 45
Total Marks of this section - 60
Overall level of this section - Difficult
Questions in this section were asked from following topics -
  • There were 3 questions from Data Sufficiency, with 3 statements. 
  • 3 Questions from Input Output, based on new pattern. This question was quite hard.
  • Almost 10 - 15 questions from Logical Reasoning. This also involves approximately 5 questions  from decision making based problems. 
  • 3-4 Coded Questions, for instance (@ means 3m to south, P@Q)
  • There were many questions from linear arrangement. There was 1 question with all people sitting in a single row facing south, another with people sitting in 2 separate rows and distance between them was given. 
  • Another arrangement was box/ square based where people in the smaller box/ square were facing inside and the ones in big box/square were facing outside. 

SBI PO Mains Exam Analysis: Data Analysis and Interpretation

Total Number of Questions - 35
Total Marks of this section - 60
Overall level of this section - Difficult
Following questions were asked from this section -
  • 1 set of double pie chart based on Boats and Streams.
  • 2 Missing DI sets, one was based on Profit and Loss and the other was based on Time and Work. 
  • 1 set of Caselet DI
  • 5 Questions from Data Sufficiency
  • 5 Questions from Quantity based problems (Mathematical inequality). 

SBI PO Mains Exam Analysis: English Language

Total Number of Questions - 35
Total Marks of this section - 40
Overall level of this section - Moderate to Difficult
Pattern of English Language was quite different. Questions from following topics were asked in this section -
  • 2 sets of Reading Comprehension, containing 5 questions each. One RC was based on German economy. 
  • Questions were also asked from Double Fillers and Spotting Errors. Few questions involved errors in phrases. 
  • There were 2 para jumbles where first and last sentences were given. 

SBI PO Mains Exam Analysis: General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness

Total Number of Questions - 40
Total Marks of this section - 40
Overall level of this section - Moderate
  • Most of the Questions asked in this section were based on Current Banking Affairs.
  • Some of the questions asked in this section of SBI PO Mains exam included -
    (a) Most of the questions were figure based, fir instance questions were asked from proposed budget of different items. 
    (b) How much black money brought back?
    (c) Committee based questions
    (d) SBI Mingle based questions

SBI PO Mains Exam Analysis: Descriptive Test

Total Number of Questions - 2
Total Marks of this section - 50
Overall level of this section - Moderate
This section involved 2 questions, Letter and Essay Writing. Following topics of Essay and Letter writing were asked under Descriptive Test of SBI PO Mains exam 2017 –

Letter Writing (150 words)
  • a) Write a letter to your branch manager as you've deposited some amount but it is still not credited into your account
  • b) Write a letter to editor expressing your concern over impact of irrelevant news through socia media
  • c) Write a letter to your sibling giving them advise related to stress and anxiety.

Essay Writing  (150 words)
  • a) Write an essay on the positive and negative impact of technology.
  • b) Write an essay on effect of social media and its consequences on our population.


Surprises from SBI PO Mains Exam 2017

  1. Exam was full of new surprises and new pattern questions.
  2. G.A section was a sigh of relief as it was of easy-moderate level
  3. Reasoning and English section had many questions of new pattern
  4. New trend in descriptive section of 150 words for both Essay and Letter Writing

SBI PO Mains Expected Cut Off 2017

As per the level of this exam, the sectional as well as overall cut off of SBI PO Mains is expected to range as mentioned below –
Name of Section Expected Cut Off
Reasoning Ability & Computer Ability 10 - 12
Data Analysis & Interpretation 10 - 12
English Language 8 - 10
General Awareness 15 -17
Overall Expected Cut off 75 - 77
Here is the cut off of SBI PO Mains exam conducted last year for reference purpose –

SBI PO Mains 2016 Overall Cut Off

SBI PO Mains 2016 Objective Test Overall Cut Off

Category Overall Cut off Marks (out of 200)
General 70
OBC 60
SC 60
ST 60
OH/VH/HI 60


SBI PO Mains 2016 Descriptive Exam Overall Cut Off

Category Cut off Marks for Descriptive (Out of 50)
General 20
OBC 17.5
SC 17.5
ST 17.5
OH/VH/HI 17.5


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