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Crack SBI PO Exam in First Attempt
Crack SBI PO Exam in First Attempt

You might have read multiple articles related to SBI PO exam. Articles related eligibility, preparation strategy, cut off, syllabus, pattern, etc help you in your SBI PO Preparation. But today’s article will be an overview of complete SBI PO preparation. In short, we will tell you 12 important tips and tricks of SBI PO Exam which you must follow during your complete SBI PO Preparation. What differentiates a smart aspirant from hard-working aspirant are these smart tips which may seem simple, but are the foundation of SBI PO Exam Preparation.

How to Crack SBI PO 2020 in First Attempt

Many aspirants keep on asking about “How to Crack SBI PO Exam in First Attempt”.So, I have written this article which will be helpful for freshers as well as experiences candidates. In order to crack SBI PO in First Attempt, you need to:

  • Understand the exam pattern and syllabus thoroughly
  • Be mentally prepared to clear SBI PO Exam in First Attempt
  • Work Smart along with Hard Work
  • Believing in Practice and Revision

So, we will discuss 12 tips to Crack SBI PO Exam in First Attempt which will include preparation tips, time management tips, common mistakes to avoid during preparation, etc and much more. So, keep patience till the end of this article.

“Life is too Short to do all Mistakes yourselves. So, learn from other aspirant’s mistakes”

1. You must follow SBI PO Detailed Strategy for Prelims and Mains

First thing first. We have made detailed articles on SBI PO Prelims Strategy and SBI PO Mains Strategy. A to Z Books and Sources along with important chapters are provided in this detailed guide. So, go through these SBI PO Preparation Strategy which are made by All India Toppers.

Considering the difficulty level of the SBI PO exam and increasing competition, there is no option to detailed preparation. If you think that you can clear SBI PO exam in 2-3 months of time span, then you are completely wrong. So, be mentally prepared to work hard to get the Class 1 Post.

2. Be mentally prepared to study 5-6 hours daily

SBI PO Syllabus and Types of questions asked from Syllabus are too diverse and vast. Moreover, just completing the syllabus is not sufficient.

You need sufficient practice of each and every type of question thoroughly to be capable enough to solve:

  • 100 questions in just 60 Minutes= SBI PO Prelims 
  • 155 High Level Questions in 180 Minutes= SBI PO Mains

So, in order to master SBI PO Prelims and Mains topics, minimum 5-6 hours of study is must on daily basis. You can be a student or working professional, that doesn’t matter if you can manage to complete daily targets.

Also Check: SBI PO Mains Cut Off 2020 (Last 5 Year Analysis)

3. One single book for SBI PO Exam: Those days are gone

Even today, many aspirants ask me one single book for SBI PO examination. But thats not possible considering the diverse nature of SBI PO Mains and Prelims exam (and ofcourse increasing competition). You need to study from various genuine sources for each section of SBI PO exam. If you will check SBI PO Detailed strategies, you will get special books for each section of SBI PO Prelims and Mains.

Especially in case of SBI PO Mains, it becomes necessary to score 20-30 marks above cut off to be in All India Rank. So, in that case, there is no option to study from SBI PO Special Books.

4. Understanding the SBI PO Exam Pattern is the very Crucial

If you are not aware about the SBI PO Exam Pattern then how can you plan your 5-6 months of preparation plan? It’s necessary to have a bird’s eye view of SBI PO exam in order to manage your preparation and set daily targets. Check this inforgraphic on SBI PO Exam Pattern:

SBI PO Exam Pattern 2020

SBI PO Prelims Exam Pattern: 

Sections of SBI PO Prelims Questions Marks Alloted Time Duration
English Language 30 30 20 minutes
Quantitative Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 60 minutes

SBI PO Mains Exam Pattern: 

Sections of SBI PO Mains Number of Questions Marks Allotted Time Duration
Reasoning and Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 Minutes
Data Analysis and Interpretation 35 60 45 Minutes
General Awareness (Economy and Banking Related) 40 40 35 Minutes
English Language 35 40 40 Minutes
Total 155 Questions 200 Marks 3 hours

Read detailed article on SBI PO Exam Pattern to understand every minute detail related to SBI PO exam.

Also Check: SBI PO Prelims Cut Off 2020 (Last 5 Year Analysis)

5. Manage time as per SBI PO Weightage for Prelims and Mains (Syllabus)

I will tell you 1 harsh reality of SBI PO Exam:

You selection is not dependent on the level of knowledge you have, but it depends on number correct questions you do at the time of exam

So, instead of doing a PhD in particular subject, its necessary to analyze weightage of each and every topic of that subject and then manage time accordingly. This is called as smart work. And you need not worry, because our team has done research of SBI PO exam syllabus and previous year question papers (and latest exam trends) to calculate weightage of each topic in SBI PO Prelims and Mains Exam.

SBI PO Prelims Weightage for English Section:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze Test
  • Spotting the Errors
  • Para-Jumble
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Vocabulary Based Questions
  • Sentence Connector
  • Sentence Completion

SBI PO Prelims Weightage for Quantitative Ability

  • Number Series
  • Simplification
  • Quadratic Equation
  • Data Interpretation (Bar, line, Pie)
  • Average & Percentage
  • Profit and Loss
  • SI & CI
  • Time & Work (Boats and stream, Pipe and Cistern)
  • Time Speed and Distance
  • Mensuration
  • Problem on Ages
  • Ratio Proportion

Check SBI PO Weightage of each and every section of Prelims and Mains Examination and make a systematic plan accordingly.

SBI PO Prelims Weightage (And Syllabus Analysis): Click Here

SBI PO Mains Weightage (And Syllabus Analysis): Click Here

This is one of the crucial step if you want to Crack SBI PO 2020 in First Attempt!

6. Study for SBI PO Prelims and Mains in Comprehensive Manner

SBI PO Prelims and Mains exam have some overlapping syllabus which needs to be covered with perfection. After completing this common syllabus, focus on SBI PO Mains Exclusive syllabus. So, now your SBI PO Mains Syllabus will be completed. After completing the Mains syllabus, focus completely on Prelims Exam (for upcoming 2 months) till exam.

In short, your strategy must be designed in such a way that Prelims and Mains Syllabus must be completed before SBI PO Prelims examination. So, that once Prelims is over, you can do rigorous practice of SBI PO Mains Exam.

7. SBI PO Prelims is just Qualifying in Nature (But Highly Competitive)

SBI PO Preliminary Exam is qualifying in nature. Means you need to clear SBI PO Exam to qualify for the stage 2 Exam. Moreover, your SBI PO Prelims marks will not be considered in Final Merit List.  Due to this fact, many aspirant neglect SBI PO Prelims preparation and fail to qualify even prelims exam.

You must remember that maximum competition is for the SBI PO Prelims exam. And number of aspirants who will clear Prelims is pre-defined. So, if you want to come in those successful candidates, you cannot negelect prelims preparation. So, study for SBI PO Prelims and Mains in comprehensive Manner.

8. Focus on next SBI PO Exam for which you have at least 8-10 months of preparation time

SBI PO Exam Peparation (Prelims and Mains) need atleast 8-9 months of preparation time to cover the syllabus with proper revision. So, aim upcoming SBI PO Exam which has mimum 8-9 months of preparation time.

9. Focus on IBPS PO along with SBI PO Exam

IBPS PO exam is similar to SBI PO exam in terms of Pattern, Syllabus, eligibility, etc with very minute variations. So, if you are preparing for SBI PO exam, IBPS PO Exam must also be on your radar. 

10. Do not underestimate SBI PO Exam over other exams like UPSC

It is generally seen that SBI PO exam is underestimated over other competitive exams like SSC CGL, UPSC CSE or UPSC CDS exam. And those aspirants who underestimate SBI PO exam will never clear it due to their casual nature. So, take each stage of SBI PO Exam seriously and try to score minimum 25-30 marks above cut off (especially in Mains) so that you clear the Final Merit List without any hesitation.

11. Pattern and Type of Questions in SBI PO are the same for every attempt. So, utilize it

If you will analyse SBI PO Previous year papers, you will notice that type of questions asked in Prelims as well as Mains are almost same with minute variations. So, utilize this positive side of SBI PO exam.

Whenever you study any particular topic, make sure that you cover all the types of questions asked from that topic. Also check SBI PO Previous Year papers to check whether your preparation is going on right track or not.

12. Solve minimum 10 previous year papers before attempting the actual SBI PO Exam

At the end, your marks in SBI PO Prelims and Mains will depend on how efficiently and quickly you solve questions. So, practice of different types of questions become equally important. So, its recommended to take Minimum 10 Full Syllabus Tests (that too in time constraint) before you face actual SBI PO exam.

Previous year question papers and mock papers are available free of cost on google. You just need to be dedicated enough to executive 10 Mock Tests at your end.

12. Hard work can easily beat talent in SBI PO Exam!

Even if you have scored 40% Marks in 10th and 12th Grade, you can clear SBI PO exam with flying colors if you are dedicated enough to work hard in proper direction. This exam is mostly about Practice and Revision. The whole syllabus of SBI PO Prelims and Mains can be completed in 4 months (Approx.) and in next 3-4 months, you need to practice these topics till you master each and every section of SBI PO exam.

So, definitely Hard Work can beat Talent in SBO PO exam!

Also Check: SBI PO Age Limit 2020 (Must Know Eligibility Details)


Hopefully your common question of “How to Crack SBI PO 2020 in First Attempt” is cleared in this detailed guide. Actually there is nothing special about 1st attempt or last attempt. The attempt you will prepare as per detailed strategy, that will be your last Attempt (as you will clear Exam in that Attempt!)

And if you still have any doubts in clearing SBI PO Exam in First Attempt, do let our core team know in the comment section below. Your doubts will be solved within 24 hours.

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