SBI PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2022


The SBI PO Prelims exam 2022 is supposed to be held on 17th/18th /19th/20th of December 2022. This year the recruitment is for a total of 1673 vacancies. The SBI PO Exam 2022 is considered as one of the prestigious banking exams.

The previous year’s questions are very important if you’re preparing for any competitive exams. Thus the reading and evaluating exam analysis becomes a very important step. In this article, we’ll see SBI PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2022 for 17th of December, Shift 1.

But before that, let’s look at the Exam Pattern of SBI PO Prelims Exam 2022.

Exam Pattern

Phase 1

The Preliminary Examination consisting of an Objective Test for 100 marks will be conducted online. The test will have 3 Sections (with separate timings for each section) as follows.

Sr. No.TestMarksDuration
1English3020 Minutes
2Quant3520 Minutes
3Reasoning3520 Minutes
 Total1001 Hour

Analysis of SBI PO Prelims Exam 2022

Quantitative Aptitude

TopicNo. of Questions
DI (Bar, Venn Diagram)15 Q
Quadratic Equations5 Q
Simplification5 Q
Arithmetic10 Q
Total35 Q

The Quant section was moderate overall. Among the 3 Data Interpretation questions, 1 was a bit calculative & 2 were on the easier side. The level of questions in Quadratic Equations & Simplification was easy. In the arithmetic section, 1 or 2 questions were asked from Average(2), Profit & Loss(1), Simple Interest(2), Partnership(1), Time & Work(1), and Percentage(1).


TopicNo. of Questions
Puzzle & Seating Arrangement1. Scheduling2. Linear Row Arrangement3. Box4. Post based + 1 variable16 to 17 Q
Blood Relation3 Q
Inequality3 Q
Coding-Decoding5 Q
Misc2-3 Q
Total35 Q

The Reasoning section was long as usual, and you needed to solve the questions quickly. Among the 4 puzzles asked, 1 was a bit lengthy. No Questions were asked from Syllogism. The overall difficulty of the reasoning section was moderate.


TopicNo. of Questions
RC (IMF)7-8 Q
Phrasal replacement4-5 Q
Error detection5 Q
Cloze test5 Q
Parajumbles5 Q
Word swap3-4 Q
Total30 Q

English was the easiest section in the exam. Questions asked from all the topics were on the easier side. Thus it was necessary to attempt a maximum number of questions from this section.

Thus, no different types of questions were asked. The question types largely remained the same as compared to the previous years.

Good Attempts & Previous Year Cut-offs

The overall exam difficulty was moderate. Hence, a good attempt could be anywhere around 65 to 68 questions with good accuracy.  

Good Attempts for Quant: 20 +

Reasoning: 24 + &

English 22 +

The Previous Year Cut-offs for last 2 years have been 58.5 & 63 respectively for General Category students. Thus, the cut-off will be around the range of 60 to 65 for this year as well. If you’re scoring somewhere around this mark, then you should start preparing for the Mains exam right away.

Key Takeaways

1.      Overall exam was Moderate level

2.      1 Calculative DI

3.      Reasoning a bit lengthy

4.      English was easy

5.      No different types of questions

6.      Practice & Revision is the key

What Next?

If your attempt is around 63 to 68 with good accuracy then you must start preparing for the Mains.

Main Examination will be conducted online and will consist of Objective Tests for 200 marks and a Descriptive Test for 50 marks. The Descriptive Test will be held immediately after the Objective Test and candidates will have to type their Descriptive Test answers on the computer.

There will be separate time for each section as follows:

TestName of the TestNo. of QuestionsMarksDuration
IReasoning & Computer Aptitude405050 Minutes
IIData Analysis & Interpretation305045 Minutes
IIIGeneral/Economic/Banking Awareness506045 Minutes
IVEnglish Language354040 Minutes
 Total1552003 Hours
Descriptive TestLetter Writing & Essay25030 Minutes
 Total 250 

As you can see Test I, II & IV is similar to the ones in the Prelims exam. Hence, for these sections, you should practice more questions of higher difficulty. Because in Mains the level of questions is difficult for all the sections.

General Awareness

It is important that you cover current affairs of at least last 6 months before appearing for the Mains exam. The BeePedia magazine will give you all the important current affairs related to General /Banking /Economic Awareness. It is also to the point which may help you in revising it again and again.

Descriptive Test

The 50 marks in this section can be a game changer for you. If practiced properly, this section can fetch you very good marks. It is necessary to write at least 1 Letter & Essay every week before the Mains exam. This will help you to get used to writing. For important essay topics, keep checking our IxamBee YouTube Channel.

All the Best!

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