Last minute Tips for SBI PO Prelims 2021: Check last minute Exam Strategy

By Amrit Gouda|Updated : November 19th, 2021

Last-minute tips for SBI PO Prelims 2021: SBI PO Prelims Exam will commence from 20th November 2021. Only a few days are left for the exam. Students usually prepare dedicatedly and honestly but due to a lack of a last-minute plan, they tend to fail on the actual exam day. So there must be a doubt in the mind on "how to prepare for the SBI PO prelims exam at the last minute?"

In this article, We are going to share the last-minute tips for SBI PO Prelims 2021 as well as the Exam Day strategy for SBI PO Prelims Exam. These SBI PO Prelims 2021 last-minute tips & exam strategies will help you all give the final touch to crack SBI PO 2021 exam. Do go through these last-minute SBI PO Prelims tips to make sure that you do not miss out on the Do's and don’ts for the SBI PO Prelims exam.

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Exam Strategy for SBI PO Prelims Exam

We know that 3 subjects will be asked in the exam i.e, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, and English Language. There is a sectional timing of 20 minutes which means you have to attempt each subject in that particular time itself.

As per the previous year's exam analysis, here is a list of topics with approximate question distribution which is expected to come in the exam. The topics are mentioned in the sequence which you should follow in the exam. 

English Language

S. No.TopicNo. of questions
1Cloze Test or Fillers5/7/10 Q
2Phrase Replacement4-5 Q
3Error Spotting4-5 Q 
4Sentence Improvement/Correction4-5 Q 
5Para Jumble5 Q
6Reading Comprehension 7-10 Q 
7Sentence Connector4-5 Q
8Sentence Completion4-5 Q

Quantitative Aptitude 

S. No.TopicNo. of questions
1Simplification & Approximation5 Q
2Data Interpretation10-15 Q 
3Number Series4-5 Q  
4Arithmetic topics10-12 Q 
5Data Sufficiency4-5 Q
6Quadratic Equation/Quantity based question 4-5 Q 
7Caselet4-5 Q

Reasoning Ability

S. No.TopicNo. of questions
1Coding-Decoding4-5 Q
2Inequality3-4 Q
3Puzzles & Seating Arrangement10/15/20 Q 
4Input-Output4-5 Q 
5Syllogism3-4 Q
6Data Sufficiency0-4 Q
7Miscellaneous Questions (Blood Relation, Direction Sense, Order & Ranking, Series, etc.)3-5 Q 

Attempt the topics in the mentioned sequence. We can expect different topics in different shifts in the exam. So, practice and be prepared for all the above-mentioned topics. Try to attempt 60-70 questions in the exam with accuracy.

Safe attempts will be decided after considering the exam level, but we must say try to attempt 20 questions in English and 20-25 in Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability.

You can practice the most expected questions for the upcoming SBI PO prelims exam with the SBI PO Test Series designed by the experts of BYJU'S Exam Prep.

Last-Minute Tips to Crack SBI PO Prelims Exam

We have already shared various strategies for the SBI PO Prelims exam 2021. These last-minute tips are essential to achieving a good score in the exam.

Keep a clear understanding of the following -

1. Structure of Exam

  • It is crucial that you are very clear with the pattern of the exam.
  • You should be well aware of exactly what you’re going to face in the exam hall.
  • We have already discussed the SBI PO syllabus and the SBI PO exam pattern. Go through it to have a clear understanding of the pattern of the exam.

2. Exam Cutoff

  • Remember, the cutoff in the SBI PO Prelims exam is applicable only at the Overall level
  • So, make sure that you attempt questions accordingly, keeping both these factors in mind.

3. Minimum Number of Attempts

  • A major question that daunts many students is, ‘Attempting how many questions would be considered as a safe attempt for SBI PO exam?’. For this, it is essential that you are very clear with the SBI PO previous year cut-off. Have a look at the table below 
  • Understanding the previous year's cutoff is essential because, given the level of competition, the cutoff is only expected to rise.
  • So, your minimum safe attempts should be at least 5-10 questions more than last year’s cutoff, provided you attempt these questions accurately.
  • Go through the SBI PO previous year's question paper once to revise everything.

4. Question Selection

  • Go for the less time-consuming topics first. These are -
    1. English Language - Cloze test, spotting errors, fillers, vocab questions from RC.
    2. Quantitative Aptitude - Number Series, Simplification/ Approximation, Data Interpretation.
    3. Reasoning Ability - Syllogism, Inequality, Coding-Decoding, Blood relations, direction sense, etc.
  • Attempting a good number of questions from the beginning will also boost your morale.

5. Time Management & Speed

  • This is one of the most important parameters to clear SBI PO prelims.
  • This is another important parameter that you need to take care of in the prelims exam.
  • Prelims exam is basically a test of time management, speed, and accuracy.
  • Make sure that you maintain proper speed since the start of the exam to ensure that you attempt sufficient questions in the exam.

6. Accuracy and Negative Marking

  • What is the point of attempting 60+ questions if you cannot attempt them accurately?
  • Accuracy will play a key role in determining your score for the prelims exam.
  • Make sure that you attempt questions accurately since you'll end up losing more marks than you would score if you commit errors. 
  • Every wrong answer can cost you 0.25 marks as a penalty, i.e you would be awarded negative marks of 0.25 for every wrong answer, which in turn will cost you for your correctly marked answer. 
  • This is why accuracy is crucial while attempting questions. 

7. Stay Calm

  • Do not panic even if you come across any new pattern-based question in the exam.
  • Stay calm and go over the question for a minute. If nothing clicks in this time frame, leave that question and move on to the next.


We hope you all have prepared well and are ready to face the challenge tomorrow. We advise you not to start anything the new night before the exam. It is time to keep your mind calm and compose so that you can appear for the exam with confidence.

Do not take stress, as this will ruin everything that you have prepared in the last few months for SBI PO Exam. Meditate a while to calm your mind and avoid tension and stress. Do not forget to take the print of the admit card and other documents that will be required at the time of the exam.

Keep your documents like admit card, photo, Self Declaration form, ID proof, and photocopy of ID proof, etc. We wish you all the luck and hope everything will be good.

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SBI Clerk Prelims FAQs

  • Focus on time management, speed, and accuracy. Do not start any new topic. Relax and revise important concepts and formulas.

  • Go through the previous year's paper and cut-off. Analyze the previous year's exam. Do not take stress on the last day. Just relax and take proper sleep.

  • First, go through all the questions and locate the questions to attempt first. Ideally, you should first attempt number series, simplification, and approximation and quadratic equation.

  • Do not start any new chapter at the last minute. Do not overburden yourself. Just relax, revise important tips and formulas and take proper sleep. Go through previous year cut-off and analysis for the last time.

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