State Bank of India (Associate Banks) PO Exam Analysis (November 09, 2014)


SBI PO (Associate banks) Exam-2014 flagged off on November 09, 2014. The Objective Test was computer based test. Immediately after the online Objective Test, Descriptive Test was administered. Candidates have to write the answers on the answer sheet (Offline) provided to them on Paper/Pen mode.

There were 200 questions in Part A (objective paper), which had to be answered in 120 minutes and Part B (descriptive paper), which had to be answered in 60 minutes. There were four sections in the Objective Test – Reasoning, Data Interpretation, English Language and General Awareness with special reference to Computer Knowledge and Marketing Awareness. All the other sections, except the English language section, were available bilingually, that is, in both English and Hindi. Each question had 5 options. One-fourth or 0.25 of the marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer. The exam is being conducted in two time slots – morning and evening.


Part A

The detailed break down of the paper is as follows:

SectionTotal QuestionsLevel of difficultyGood AttemptsGood ScoreApproximate time taken
Reasoning 50Moderate34-3630-3235-40
General Awareness/Computer/Marketing50Moderate30-3225-2715-20
Data Analysis and Interpretation50Moderate-Difficult32-3428-3040-45
English Language50Easy – Moderate36-3833-3520-25
Total200 132-140116-124120


Expected Cutoffs

Reasoning Ability (Out of 50)13 – 159 – 11
Data Analysis & Interpretation (Out of 50)12 – 149 – 11
General Awareness/Marketing/Computer Knowledge (Out of 50)13 – 159 – 11
English Language (Out of 50)13 – 159 – 11
Overall Objective Test (Out of 200)90 – 10080 – 90



This section primarily saw questions that were moderate in terms of difficulty. This section was a bit time consuming. Questions from Data Sufficiency, Statement and Argument, Input & output, Syllogism, Inequality Comparison, Sitting arrangement, all formed a part of this section.


The detail breakup is as follows:

TopicsNumber of Questions
Inequality Comparison5 + 3
Data Sufficiency5
Arrangement+ Comparison (problem based on age)5
Height Arrangement5
Sitting Arrangement (Circular + Linear)11
Blood Relation3


General Awareness/Computer/Marketing 

This section consisted of questions from Static G.K. (Banking), Current Affairs, Computer Awareness and Marketing. The section was dominated by General Awareness. Questions based on Computer Awareness were easy. Candidates who have kept themselves abreast with current affairs of the past six months would have easily answered 15-17 questions on General Awareness. Overall difficulty level of the section was moderate.


Data Analysis and Interpretation

Exam Setters focused on all the type of questions to test the exam takers. Majorly questions appeared from Probability, bar charts and pie charts. This section was lengthier and time consuming. A careful internal selection of questions in each set helps a student in answering more questions within the stipulated time. Overall difficulty level of the section was moderate to difficult.

The detail breakup is as follows:

TopicNo. of Questions
Probability (Set)3
Number series (Wrong Number)5
Data Sufficiency (Two statements)5
Data Interpretation (Bar Graph)5
Data Interpretation (Pie Chart)5
Data Interpretation (Table 2 Sets)11
Data Interpretation (Line Graph)6
Data Interpretation (Caselet 2 sets)10


 English Language

The overall level of difficulty of this section was easy to moderate thereby making candidates, who feel it easy to score in this section, anxious.  The section comprised of questions based on Phrase Replacement, Error Spotting, Reading Comprehension, FIB (2 blanks), Para-jumbles and Cloze test. While the passages were not difficult to read, the choices were quite close and required careful examination.


The detail breakup is as follows:

TopicNo. of Questions
Phrase Replacement5
Sentence Completion (2  blanks)5
Error  Spotting5
Reading Comprehensions (2 sets)20
Para Jumble5
Cloze test10

Part B

Part B of the test was descriptive in nature.  There were five different types of questions in this section. Choice of topics was given for most writing tasks. It was also an ‘above average’ paper as the candidates were expected to display not only good grammar and good handwriting but also general awareness and effective expression.


The details of this part are as given below:


TopicDescriptionMarks Allotted
Letter writing1 letter with a choice of 3 topics (2 formal and the other informal)10
Paragraph Writing1 task with a choice of 3 topics8
Précis Writing1 passage10
Reading Comprehension1 passage with 5 questions10
Essay Writing1 essay with a choice of 3 topics12



Expected Cutoffs

Descriptive Test (Out of 50)20 – 2218 – 20


Disclaimer: All information on cut-offs, analysis, answer key and scores are based on independent analysis and evaluation made by Career Launcher. We do not take responsibility for any decision that might be taken, based on this information.


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