SBI PO Exam Strategies by Maninder Bains

Give me six hours to chop don a tree
And I ill spend the first four sharpening the axe
-Abrahim lincon
That is what planning and preparation means!

Hi fellows ,

My preparation start with Strategy Formulation. I pick the previous exam papers and make a list that have questions which usually comes in every exam,

Reach the conclusion that instead of going from one side of RS Aggarwal to other side, it’s better to concentrate on the chapters which play imp roll or have higher weightage in the exam

I came to conclusion that in Quantitative Aptitude, If I work on my calculation speed it will cover the DI part by default, which is enough to crack the exam it comes in 15 marks and cut off as even not that much. So quantitative aptitude sectional cutoff covered by by DI.

Marks allocation in SBI PO

  • Quadratic, linear and probability ----5 marks
  • Calculation based questions ---10
  • Series - 5
  • Time and work, Time and distance, Alligation - 4-5
  • Data sufficiency - 5
  • Data interpretation - 15


  • Syllogism 5 questions are always there
  • Machine input is always there  - 5 marks
  • Sitting arrangement - 5 marks
  • Coding Decoding - 5 marks


I spent much time in practicing the comprehension part as u don’t need to cram any grammar rules to crack it ………………..15 marks

Plus jumbled sentences to be arranged in serial numbers ………5 marks

In GK I follow Economic Times ,and mostly concentrate on the news related to banking

As I m from IT background I never prepare for the computer section, but for the people from different fields I want to tell that it is just the basic knowledge of computers don’t afraid of it.

So according to me planning is the key ,concentrate on the chapters which contains more marks rather than spending much time on others from which less questions are asked

And revision is must , I seen my friends not revising the things at regular level, revise everything u studies before exam
Practice the sample papers solved many exam papers and evaluate myself , in start i as only able to score 20 marks but with practice i very soon start getting good marks

540,50,70,90,100 have to fail many such exams at practice level to get to success and finally get crack the sample paper before cracking the real online exam.

On the day of exam in exam hall :most imp thing is to back yourself,if exam is tough that is so for all the candidates s ,just do the questions which u have practiced at home and never compare number of question with last yr cut off...judge the exam paper on its merit only,keep baking yourself that u ill definitely get success..:)

Test Series for SBI PO

As SBI PO is an online exam, I highly recommend you to take an online test series. You can try, quality of tests is really good. 

About my attempts

I have given clerk exam in 2011 and get good marks but at same time I got job in pvt company so I stop giving all the exam

In 2013 I appear for PO clerk and get both of them cleared ..:)

MY SCORE IS IN PO 43 MARKS 75 written and 65 in interviews

About interviews preparation go for mock interviews question asked are basic but u have to get rid of phobia through mock interviews .:)


All the best

This article is written by Maninder Bains and it is part of April article writing contest.

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  1. raman ...when u r going to publish other articles??

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  3. Raman sir what about sbi clerk notification?is there clerk recruitment for 2014?plz help us..i got 59.40 from ap but 59.60 for reserve list ..any chance in next allotments?

  4. hi there series question from last year sbi po 2013 paper

  5. hi raman there is series from DI section in the last year po 2013 paper

  6. Ramandeep sir jee, agar kisi ne thoda change karke do bar form fill kar diya to kya uska dono form reject hote hai? Sir jee plzzz reply karna plzzzzzz

    1. aisa kuchh nahi hota hai,,, everything is computerised so they r not gonna check manually,,,, u will appear for only one ,,, so other one will automatically cancelled after written exam ,,,, i have given ibps SO exam like this(slightly change in month of my DOB and everything was same) and got my scorecard so there is nothing to worry be cool and prepare for exam

  7. mr. Raman plz clear me onething , in SBI PO Math section whether all 50 question would be related to DI or some other.

  8. Sir how i will get online test series ?

  9. Plz tell me somebody the upcoming SBI exam is based on online or written.
    RAMANDIP sir this quiry is not for you.

  10. Sir r u going to join PNB or not?

  11. Hi ramandeep bhaiya, many many happy return of the day. Happy Birthday to u ramandeep. Everyone please wish ramandeep sir birthday. Thanks ramandeep bhaiya for all ur support. Wish u all the success in your life. U reach new heights. But please always be the same as u r right now. Again thanks and all the best. Enjoy

  12. hey, when you will post full length test series for sbi po in test panda???

  13. hey, when you will upload full test for sbi po in test panda???

  14. Mr Ramandeep singh,
    I am sorry to say but you don't seem to actually look at or comprehend what you are publishing as 'articles' in your blog. This article is another such example. This so called strategy plan by Mr Bains is a sure shot way of getting yourself booted out of the SBI PO exam. Author doesn't seem to be acquainted with the current format of the examination which is not what he formulated strategies for. This looks to me strategies for IBPS PO exam which is vastly different from SBI's one. Author just replaced IBPS with SBI. Now that could prove lethal for gullible souls which unfortunately are so many in our country. Its a shame really that you let all this happen. I come here for quality advice from you but you seem to have lost the touch.

    1. yes I had just share it for ibps ....i hav never given sbi po....i guess sir ne galti se sbi po naam rakh dia dost

  15. What r d basis grounds on which bank reject the candidates in medical test???

  16. So sir currently you are working in Panjab National Bank ???

  17. So Sir currently you are working at Panjab National Bank ?

  18. tell me about testpada details

  19. ok hope my article will published soon


  21. Hi Raman

    I was going through the cut-off marks for SBI 2013 and it mentioned 151 was the marks of the last candidate who qualified for gd and interview so how do say that it is 115-120 marks?? Bit confused

  22. Raman Sir, i just want to clear 1 doubt... in SBI PO quant section it is written that " Data analysis n Data Intepretatn"... does Data Analysis mean other topix of QA? coz in this article u hav mentioned marks allocatn of other topix of QA also... whereas SBI PO 2013 contained ques of only DI, although it was notified "Data analysis n Data Intepretatn".
    Sir plz clear this... maths me kewal DI aega ya sab kuch... plz rpy !!!

  23. sirmy name is bhargav and i am from surat i've been given allahabad bank in clerk. allahabad bank has given only 14 postings in gujarat. is there any chance that they would give me post in any other city? My overall score is 63%.
    Please reply

  24. I am attempting the SBI PO 2014 exam for the 2nd time this year I think I lost out earlier due to time management also i feel i took lot of time in reasoning I also need to work on my general awareness. I am quite comfortable with concepts just need to brush up few areas of reasoning. I am planning to join test series of career power and focus more on giving tests rather than again going through all concepts. Kindly recommend me what kind of strategy i should follow considering just 2 months are left and I am working also so I can devote time early in the morning about 2 hrs. Kindly suggest what should be done to crack the exam

  25. sir plz provide ibps bank po general eligibility criteria. how much % required in graduation.plz give me informtion

  26. Mr. Manindar,

    Are you serious? You cleared PO Exam by scoring 75 marks (out of 200)?


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