The State Bank of India releases notification on its official website for the recruitment of posts from clerical cadre to probationary officers’ cadre. Every year, SBI PO recruitment for the post of probationary officers takes place, and the exam involves three stages – Prelims, Mains and Group Discussion & Personal Interview. The Prelims and Mains stages are conducted online and both are objective papers. However, the number of questions, difficulty levels and the duration of the exam vary.
Those who wish to clear the SBI PO Exam in their first attempt can start their preparation even before the official notification is released. To know more about updates on the SBI PO Exam, its notification, the number of vacancies, application fees, pattern, syllabus and so on, check the linked article.
Among the banking exams, the pattern and the type of questions asked in the SBI PO is a bit different, and harder than the IBPS, RRB Bank Exams. To clear any bank exam in the very first attempt, the candidate has to have a proper strategy to clear it, especially when the competition is really high. This article will provide some useful tips and tricks for candidates to crack the exam on the first attempt.
In order to crack SBI PO in the first attempt, candidates must have an effective preparation strategy and commitment to follow the same. Let us look into a few tips to crack SBI PO in the first attempt and study for the exam effectively.
- Syllabus and Exam Pattern – The first and foremost step to start preparing for any exam is to get acquainted with the syllabus and the exam pattern. Try to understand the expectations from the candidate at each stage. The Prelims level has objective type of questions (MCQs) whereas the Mains stage involves both objective and descriptive tests.
- Identify your strengths – Among the three subjects, namely English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability, identify a subject or area where you feel confident about answering easy to difficult questions. Attempt these types of questions first in the exam hall.
- Work on Weaknesses – The candidate should always spend more time with the weaker areas. Strategise some tricks to solve questions in the weaker areas, and allot more time in the timetable for weaker areas during the initial stages of preparation. For example, if a candidate feels less confident in the English language, then he/she can develop a reading habit that will help in solving the reading comprehension questions faster than before.
- Prepare and follow a timetable – You can be an early bird or night owl. However you are, prepare a timetable which can be followed. Don’t include minute things in the timetable, as it takes time to note them down. Try to stick with the plan. The candidate must have a day, week and month plan for preparing for the SBI PO Exam.
- Set realistic goals – Set yourself realistic goals and if you achieve them, reward yourself. Subjects like Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning ability will need much focus during practice, and taking breaks in between preparation will help you focus better.
- Importance of Practice – This is an important step to clear any bank exam. Try to practise a lot of questions before the exam, as it will help in better understanding the exam pattern and type of questions asked. While practising mock tests or previous year papers, try to attempt every question. But during the exam, remember that there is a negative marking for wrong answers. Therefore, attempt section-wise questions about which you feel confident and involve less time.
- Don’t waste much time on one question – The candidate would have prepared well with dedication and best strategy, but he/she has to be very careful during the actual exam. If you cannot solve a problem and you feel you are stuck, do not waste time on that and immediately move on to the next question. Try attempting easy to moderate questions first and then, if time is left, attempt the difficult ones.
The candidates can utilise these tips while preparing for the exam and during the exam. Check updates regarding the SBI PO Admit Card from the linked article. Admit card is an essential document to be carried by the candidates during Prelims and Mains to get entry into the exam hall.