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Thursday, 26 January 2017

Time Management for SBI PO Prelims 2017

SBI PO Prelims is very near and one needs to follow the right strategy to crack this exam. There are 100 questions to be attempted in 60 minutes making both “Time Management” and “Adequate Practice” an important criteria for the selection in Mains.
There are 3 sections with the following number of questions
·         English – 30 Questions
·         Maths/Numerical Ability – 35 Questions
·         Reasoning – 35 Questions

Time Management Strategy
One should ideally begin with his/her strength. The more comfortable you are with a particular section, the easier and faster you would be able to do it.

However, if there is no particular choice and you feel you are equally good in all the three sections, please start with English. This can be done in the least time and you will feel relaxed that around 30 questions have been attempted.

Strategy for English:                                                                                         Ideal Time Allocation: 15 mins
1.       Start with the Cloze Test, error finding etc. This is the least time consuming
2.       The ease of RCs depends on the number of genres of book you have been exposed to. To attempt RC, one has to read the comprehension thoroughly. There are 2 RCs. Our suggestion would be to see the topic of the RC and attempt only when you are comfortable with the genre.
For example a student who has read enough books on Economics would find RCs on finance, business etc. easy compared to others
3.       Paragraph Jumbling – This can be tricky and time consuming.
a)      If you have attempted both RCs, you can very well  leave this
b)      If you have attempted only one RC and you have doubts in other questions as well, try attempting it but a little faster

Strategy for Numerical ability/Quantitative Aptitude:                           Ideal Time Allocation: 20 mins
1.       Begin with the Arithmetic part - Ratio and Proportion, Percentage, Partnership, Average, Profit and Losses, Simple Interest and Compound Interest, Mensuration, Time and Work, Time and Distance.
2.       Attempt only those questions in which you have no practiced fairly.
3.       Probability questions are direct and can be attempted, provided you are clear with the concepts.
4.       Never stick to any question. If you feel while reading the question, that you might get stuck, leave it for now and come back later, if time permits

Strategy for Reasoning:                                                                                   Ideal Time Allocation: 20 mins
1.       This is the trickiest part, though not really tough.
2.        Attempt Blood Relations, Age problems, Directions Test, first as they are not very complicated.
3.       The verbal Reasoning Questions on Syllogism can be attempted next. Use Only Venn diagram to solve them. Venn diagram makes it quick and easy to solve.
4.       Analogy, Series completion, Data Sufficiency and Dice Questions can sometimes be tricky and difficult. Attempt if you feel like but don’t get stuck.
5.       Arguments, Conclusion, Course of Action, Cause – Effect are always dicey and one can never be sure of the answer.
6.       Logical Reasoning questions are easy only if done in a systematic manner. Try to make tables and solve. If you do it randomly or just by match making, it can become a hard nut to crack.

The current day competitive examinations test the candidate's clarity of concept, speed of calculation and accuracy of the solution.
Practice a lot. Attempt at least 8-10 Full length Test before actually sitting in the exam
Be fast, be accurate and try to be very systematic. Don’t move from one question to other, or one section to another randomly.

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