SBI PO Mains 2017: Candidates say paper lengthy, and difficult

The Central Recruitment and Promotion Department of the State Bank of India successfully conducted  SBI PO (Probationary Officer) Mains 2017 exam today, June 4. According to the notification, around 46,000 candidates were eligible to take the exam.

Although the response was generally mixed, many candidates felt that SBI PO Mains 2017 was difficult, where the trickiest problems involved lengthy calculations. Even the English Language section had tricky questions, and it was more difficult than previous years’ exams. 
PaGaLGuY spoke to candidates who took SBI PO Mains 2017 today, to know what they had to say. 

V Chandra Shekhar, said, “I attempted 90 out of 155 questions. It was my worst attempt so far. English and General Awareness sections were moderate, but Reasoning, and Mathematics were difficult. Only the Descriptive section was easy.” 

There were two sections in today’s SBI PO Mains 2017 paper. Subjective or descriptive, and objective test, which had 155 questions worth 200 marks, covering the following sections: Reasoning and Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis and Interpretation, General/Economy/Banking Awareness, and English Language. 

SBI po mains 2017 exam review; only descriptive test was easy

Another candidate Vaibhav Sharma, from Dehradun, said, “Reasoning was lengthy and tricky; coding – decoding was in a new pattern with number format; puzzles were tough. Even English was lengthy, and not just reading comprehensions but overall too, including fill in the blanks.”

Sharma continued, “Quant completely took my case, it was both calculative and logical. I was so confused as to which questions I must attempt and which to leave. General awareness was Banking- and Economy-based.”

SBI PO Mains 2017 exam review; candidates say paper difficult and lengthy

According to a poll conducted on PaGaLGuY, as of June 4, 3pm, 55% of the 117 candidates said that the paper was difficult. 

Carin, a candidate from Mumbai while trying to recollect the questions asked in SBI PO Mains 2017 paper, said, “Reasoning, and English questions were original, new and different but were manageable. GA was moderate. Quant had DI(3) based on time, and work and boats and puzzles, around 5 on Data Sufficiency.”

Carin continued, “I cannot recall all English (letter, and essay) questions but there was a letter to the manager regarding non credit of amount deposited in ATM, and if travelling is better than movies and documentary. Overall, I would say today’s paper was hard since it was too calculative.”

SBI PO Mains 2017 was conducted for a total of 2,313 vacancies including last year’s backlog, according to SBI.

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