SBI PO Prelims has 3 sections: Quantitative Ability, Reasoning Ability and English Language.
Detailed syllabus of each is as follows:
- Quantitative Ability: Simplification, Interest, Percentage, Ratio and Proportion, Average, Problems on Ages and more.
- Reasoning Ability: Arrangement and Pattern, Classification, Analogy, Series, Coding & Decoding, Direction and Distance, Blood Relations, Order and Ranking and more
- English Language: Reading Comprehension, Fill in the Blanks, Spellings, Phrase or Idiom Meaning, Synonyms & Antonyms and more
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Because this section involves mathematics and takes most of your time, your focus should be on solving the problems efficiently in the beginning. Even if it takes time, practise upto perfection. Practise as many questions as you can in the conventional way. As and when you get a grip on the subject, you can go for short cuts. Memorise tables, square roots, cube roots, conversion from percent to fraction, etc. Solve sample papers on Mathematics. In the beginning, do not worry about the time it takes. As you practise, you will get the hang of the subject and it will be easier for you.
Reasoning Ability has 35 questions. Comparison of data, Data Analysis, taking clues, interpreting missing data, coming to conclusions and making future projections will be covered under this Category. The questions here are interlinked and so if you get one formula correct, cracking the next few questions will be easy. So it's important to memorise and practise formulae. You should cover topics like Data tables, Data Charts, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Graphs, Data Comparison and Analysis.
As this is the most tricky section, this needs a lot of practise. Solve as many sample papers as possible to get the hang of the section. Make notes when required. Regular practise can help you understand and solve the questions easily as time goes on.
English has 30 marks.
Books you can learn from are:
1.Word Power Made Easy (by Norman Lewis)
This is the go-to book to improve your vocabulary. It is not a book to be read but a book to work with daily to enrich your vocabulary.
2. High School Grammar and Composition( by Wren and Martin)
It is a very good book for people who want to improve their grammar skills. It helps to understand and conceptualise different aspects of grammar and it is a must have book for anyone with poor grasp on verbal ability or who wants to make up with the basics of english.
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