SBI PO Prelims Exam 3rd Shift Analysis 5 Jan 2021: Question Asked, Attempts, Difficulty Level

By Akshay Khandelwal|Updated : January 5th, 2021

SBI PO Prelims Exam Shift 3 Analysis 5th January 2021:  As we are writing this article the SBI has successfully conducted the 3rd shift of today's SBI PO Prelims exam 2020. SBI Probationary Officer exams 2020 are scheduled to be held on 4th, 5th, and 6th January 2021, where there are 4 shifts each on the first two days and 2 shifts on the last day. Lakhs of students are going to be appearing in this year's SBI PO Prelim Exams. In this article, we are providing you with the SBI PO exam analysis 2021 Shift 3 of 5th January 2021 Prelims exam held from 2 PM to 3 PM. 


SBI PO is one of the most important exams in the banking sector of India. This year SBI is conducting exams for the recruitment of 2000 posts for the probationary officers in its cadre. In this article, we are providing you with the SBI PO Prelims exam analysis of shift 3 of 5th January 2021. The SBI PO Exam analysis and review is based on the feedback provided by the many aspirants who have appeared in the SBI PO Prelims exam shift 3.

We have cross-referred the feedback provided by all those exam takers and are trying our best to provide you with an accurate SBI PO Prelims exam analysis 2020. SBI PO Prelims exam analysis is helpful for every aspirant who is preparing for all the banking exams.

SBI PO exam analysis of 2020 provides students with useful insights. Aspirants can use the SBI PO Prelims exam analysis as a benchmark to compare their performance with other students of the same shift. To students who are yet to appear in the SBI PO exam 2020, exam analysis gives them useful insights about the exam.

Check also: 

  • SBI PO Prelims Exam Analysis Shift 1
  • SBI PO Prelims Exam Analysis Shift 2
  • SBI PO Prelims Exam Analysis Shift 4
  • Click here to download SBI PO Pre Memory-based papers, 4th Jan | All shifts

Now that we know the benefits of the exam analysis, let's now discuss the SBI PO Prelims Exam Analysis Shift 3 in detail:

Following are the Exam Reporting Time for SBI PO Prelims Exam 2021:

ShiftReporting TimeStart of Examination
Shift-18:00 AM9 AM -10 AM
Shift-210:30 AM11:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Shift-31:00 PM2 PM- 3 PM
Shift-43:30 PM4:30 PM- 5:30 PM

SBI PO Prelims Exam 5th Jan 2021: Exam Centre Guidelines

  1. Candidates appearing in the SBI PO Prelims exam are required to wear a mask during the examination. 
  2. Applicants are allowed to carry a personal transparent water bottle, personal hand sanitizer (50 ml), gloves & a transparent pen inside the SBI PO exam center.
  3. Aspirants must have installed Arogya-Setu app on their smartphone and that app should show his/her COVID 19 risk profile.
  4. At the exam center, the registration of the applicants will be done with the help of photo capture.
  5. In the exam hall, two separate dropbox will be provided for the rough sheets and call letters. Students are required to drop these in their designated boxes. 

SBI PO Prelims Exam Review 2021 (3rd Shift): Key Highlights

  • A candidate is required to attempt 100 questions of Quant, Reasoning, and English.
  • The total time allotted for the SBI PO Exam is 60 minutes. 
  • There are three sections in the exam, they are
    • Reasoning Ability
    • Quantitative Aptitude
    • English Language
  • In SBI PO Prelims exam there is a sectional timer of 20 minutes for each section.  
  • The sequence of the sections in the SBI PO Prelims Shift 3 was as follows:
    1. English Ability
    2. Quantitative Aptitude
    3. Reasoning Ability
  • In the English section, there are 30 questions and in both the reasoning and quant section, there are 35 questions each. 
  • The overall level of the SBI PO Prelims Exam Shift 3 was Moderate

SBI PO Prelims Exam 3rd Shift 5th Jan 2021: Good Attempts


Good Attempts

Quantitative Aptitude


Reasoning Ability


English Language


Overall Good Attempts 


Overall Difficulty Level in each section of RBI Assistant (Shift 3):

Section Name

Difficulty Level

Overall Level of the exam

Quantitative Aptitude

 Moderate  Moderate

Reasoning Ability

 easy to Moderate

English Language

 Easy to moderate

SBI PO Prelims Section-wise Exam Analysis 2021: (4th Shift)

SBI PO Prelims Exam Analysis Reasoning Ability (Shift 3)

Following topics were asked in the Reasoning section of this exam:

Topic Name

Number of questions

Puzzles and Seating Arrangement

Linear Arrangement facing north and south (12 people)- 5 ques (Easy)

Box based puzzle, 9 people, 9 boxes- 5 ques- easy

Scheduling Puzzle(6 days, 6 people liking fruits)- 5 ques (Moderate)

Year based Puzzle, the base year 2021, 8 people- 5 ques (Difficult)

Total questions: 19

Blood relation

Total questions: 2

Level: Moderate

Family tree-based


total questions: 5

Chinese type coding

level: easy


total questions: 3

REDUNDANT: Meaningful word (2, 4th, 6th and 9th)

COMPLEXION- the word was given

The number 592613478 was given (even+1, odd-1 and then arrange in ascending order

 Order and ranking

 Total questions: 3

6 people were given, height based

Level: Easy

Direction sense

Total questions: 3

Level: easy


SBI PO Prelims Exam Analysis Quantitative Aptitude (Shift 3)

Quantitative Aptitude Section consisted of the following topics -

Topic Name

Number of questions


Total questions: 6

Based on square roots, a calculation based

Level: easy

Wrong Number Series

Total questions: 6

Wrong number series were asked

Level: Easy to moderate

Data Interpretation

there were two DI

Pie chart+ Tabular- 6 ques (Moderate)- 2 ques were difficult and rest was easy

Line chart- 6 ques (Easy)

Total questions: 12

Miscellaneous (Arithmetic)

Total questions: 11

Level: Moderate

Based on, profit and loss, ages, boat and stream, time speed and distance, etc.


SBI PO Prelims Exam Analysis English Language Shift 3 (Shift 3)

English Language section comprises of topics mentioned below -

Topic Name

Number of questions

Reading Comprehension

 Total questions: 7

Theme: Social media

One question FIB

Vocab based questions

Level: Moderate

WORD Rearrangement

Total questions: 5

Five sentences were given

Level: easy

Cloze test

Total questions: 6


Sentence Correction

 Total Questions: 5

Level: easy

Error Spotting

 Total questions: 5

Grammatical and contextual error based

Level: easy

 Idiom/phrase usage

Total questions: 2

Level: Moderate

one phrase or word was highlighted, and students had to find the correct sentence with that word/phrase.


This is all about the SBI PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2020, Shift 3. For more details stay tuned with us.  

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  • No, a candidate may choose to wear the gloves during the exam but they are not compulsory. 

  • No, candidates are not allowed to switch between sections during the exam.

  • The total time allotted for the exam is 60 minutes. 

  • There is only overall cut off for SBI PO Prelims Exam 2020.

  • The overall level of the SBI PO Prelims shift 3 was moderate.

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