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How to Prepare Quantitative Aptitude for SBI PO?

Last Updated - February 13, 2017

SBI has released a recruitment notification for filling in 2403 Probationary Officers’ posts. SBI PO Preliminary Exam 2017 will be conducted in a 4-day window, April 29, 30 and May 6, 7, 2017.

Quantitative Aptitude is an important part of all major competitive exams. Quantitative Aptitude Test is based on mathematical calculations. It evaluates problem solving skills and numerical ability. 

To score better in this section, the candidate needs to practice hard and analyze on the theoretical aspect rather than going hard on the examples and learning formulas. One has to be quick in solving mathematical calculations.

So, in order to improve your skill at solving QA Section in SBI PO Exam, here is a comprehensive exam strategy.


SBI PO: Quantitative Aptitude Preparation Tips

Spend about 3-4 hours every day for practicing calculation. Go ahead with basic calculations like addition, subtraction, multiplication and fractions. Additionally, learn the multiplication tables, squares, cubes and core fractions. Practice previous year papers and mock tests.

Some topics in this section are easy to solve, scoring and less time consuming while others might take more time than usual and the questions might be tricky too. The table given below consists of the topics from which questions are frequently asked.

Bar GraphsAverageQuadratic EquationsProblems on Ages
SimplificationMensurationNumber SeriesLinear equations
Pie-ChartsRatioProbabilityMixture & Allegation
Line Graphs & TabulationTime & DistanceTime & WorkSimple and Compound Interest
FractionsPercentageProfit & LossData Sufficiency
Permutation & CombinationNumbers----

Here are some important tips & tricks that might come in handy:

SBI PO preparation

Proper Planning: Candidates should diligently plan and design a strategy for each section of the SBI PO exam.

Time Management: Proper time management leads to increase in efficieny and productivity. Make sure enough time is allocated to each topic.

Go through Mock tests: Test your approach towards solving questions with the help of online mock tests and practice papers. Candidates need to pass individual sections and thus they cannot avoid any of the them and move to the other.

Set a goal: Categorization and division of topics as per the assigned time help in achieving your set target. Don’t give too much attention to one part of the syllabus and ignore the other.

Practice: Keep practicing multiple type of questions, as the saying goes, “practice makes a man perfect”. This will boost your confidence.  

Make use of Techniques: Quant section may include lengthy calculations. So, to accentuate your speed and save time, practice a lot of shortcut techniques and use them while solving questions.

Read and Be confident: Make a habit of practicing multiple questions covering every topic daily. Stay composed at all times.

Be Healthy: All the aspiring candidates should remain calm and composed. Don’t try to mug up your formulae as a night owl.

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SBI PO: Quantitative Aptitude Question Type-wise Preparation Strategy

As Quantitative Aptitude section is vast and questions will be asked from a wide range of topics, you should look at it as an opportunity, as there will be a lot of easy questions which can be used to maximize your score.

Type 1: Easy and less time-consuming topics

In order to maximize your score, you should prepare these topics well:

TopicsExpected Number of Questions
Simplification5
Number series5
Averages/ Percentages/ Profit & loss/ Ratios & Proportions5

Type 2: Difficult/Tricky yet less time-consuming

To attempt such questions, you must know the relevant shortcuts. These are the topics where you are very likely to make a silly error due to not comprehending the question well.

TopicsExpected Number of Questions
SI & CI1-2
Time & Work2-3
Time, Speed & Distance1-2
Quadratic Equation2-3
Mixtures & Alligations1-2

Type 3: Easy and more time-consuming topics

Such questions should be solved later. As these topics are very easy and you definitely know how to solve these problems but there are a very few shortcut methods which can be applied to such questions.

TopicsExpected Number of Questions
Permutation & Combination2-3
Probability1-2
Data Interpretation5-10

Tyoe 4: Difficult/Tricky and more time-consuming

It is not at all necessary that you try and attempt all 100 questions. In the SBI PO Prelims, it is important to clear all the sectional cutoffs and the overall cutoff. The scores of SBI PO Prelims are just qualifying and will not matter in the final selection. So, the most intelligent strategy for these types of questions is to skip them ot attemt solving them at the end so you can spend more time on other sections.

TopicsExpected Number of Questions
Algebra1-2
Surds & Indices2-3
Geometry & Mensuration1-2
Progressions1-2

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SBI PO Quantitative Aptitude Section Study Material

If you want to crack SBI PO Exam, buy books according to the syllabus and written by a good author. These books will help you in SBI PO Preparation.

Preparation Books for SBI PO Quantitative AptitudeName of AuthorISBN Number
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationsR.S. Aggarwal8121924987
Magical Book on Quicker MathsTyra8190458922
Quantitative Aptitude TestN. K. Singh8174826270
Arithmetic for General competitionNeetu Singh8193254538
Data Interpretation Magical Books SeriesNA9383186070
Advance math for General CompetitionsRakesh Yadav8192921735

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