How to prepare for SBI PO Prelims 2020?

SBI is going to conduct PO Prelims Exam on 31st December 2020, 2nd, 4th & 5th January 2021. In this article, we have given some very useful tips with which you can crack prelims exam SBI PO 2020. These tips are also useful for prelims exams of SBI Clerk 2020.

Updated: Dec 23, 2020 15:12 IST
SBI PO Prelims 2019: Tips and Strategies
SBI PO Prelims 2019: Tips and Strategies

“How to prepare for SBI PO 2020?” or “How to crack SBI Clerk Prelims 2020”, these are some of the most searched questions on the internet nowadays. Question and answer website ‘’ is also flooded with similar questions like “How do I prepare myself for SBI PO exam without coaching?” or “How to prepare for the SBI PO preliminary in 9 days and crack it?” In this article, we have tried to answer all these questions by giving some useful tips for the preparation of SBI PO Prelims 2020.

You must have heard from teachers of different coaching centres that 3 months are enough for the preparation of SBI PO recruitment exam. But, it doesn’t mean that one can’t crack the online preliminary examination of SBI PO Prelims 2020 with just 1-month of preparation. After getting important insight from teachers and subject experts of reputed coaching centres, we have provided very useful tips with which an average candidate can prepare well for prelims exam of SBI PO 2020 in less than 30 days.

1 # Analyse all the topics from the recent syllabus of SBI PO 2020:

For the preparation of SBI PO 2020 recruitment exam in less than 30 days, candidates must have a detailed analysis of the complete Syllabus of SBI PO recruitment exams 2020.

For example:

There are a number of topics in quantitative aptitude section like, Number series, Quadratic Equations, Percentages, Ratio and proportion, Average etc.

Each and every topic has specific types of questions which have been asked in previous SBI PO recruitment exams.

Suppose if we take an example of the topic Ratio (from Ratio and Proportion), then the types of questions which have been asked in previous year exam of SBI PO are as follow:

Type 1:

Q. In a school, there are 480 boys and 540 girls, Find the ratio of the number of boys to the number of girls.

Q. A number 4200 is divided into two parts in the ratio of 3:4. Find the first and the second part.

Type 2:

Q. A man earns Rs. 25000 per month. Out of which he saves Rs. 5000. Find the ratio of his expenditure to his savings, savings to his income and expenditure to his income.

Q. Three numbers are in the ratio 1/2 : 1/3 : 1/4. If their sum is 455, find the numbers.

Types 3:

Q. The monthly salary of ABC is in the proportion of 4 : 5 : 7. If C’s monthly salary is 309 more than that of A, then B’s annual salary is ____?

Q. Annual income of A and B are in the ratio of 7:6 and their annual expenditure bear a ratio of 6:5. If each of them saves Rs. 9000 per month, what is the annual income of A?

SBI PO Syllabus 2020: Detailed Syllabus for Prelims & Mains Exam

This is just an illustration (and due to this reason we have not provided options and answers to the questions).  
The analysis is broad. But once you understand it you know how much you need to study on a daily basis to cover the complete syllabus.

2 # Attempt mock tests on a daily basis & analyse the result:

Whether you have studied one topic or complete syllabus, you must attempt the mock test on a daily basis if you want to crack SBI PO prelims.

There are several advantages of attempting a mock test on a daily basis. When a candidate attempts 1 to 2 full-length online tests on a daily basis then, he or she learns

• time management

• about his or her preparation level

• where he or she stands

• some important concepts from which questions can be asked

Just attempting mock tests will not help much if you don’t analyse results. While doing analysis keep these factors in mind:

Attempted questions

Unattempted questions

Wrong questions

Time consuming questions

Time consuming sections

Learn your weak points after attempting each mock test and try to remove it. After few attempts you will find that your performance will increase day by day.

How will SBI PO preparation help you in other exams?

3 # Revision is extremely important

After learning any topic revising it is very important. If you want to crack SBI PO recruitment exam 2020 is less than one month, then you need to revise each and every topic on a daily basis.
It means you need to create short and to the point notes which should be easy to revise.
You need to revise all the basic formula, questions, examples and important concepts daily this will take a lot of efforts and pressure will increase with time.

4 # Get acquainted with the latest exam pattern of SBI PO Recruitment 2020:

As per latest SBI PO 2020 notification, 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):

Name of Test

No. of Questions


English Language


20 Minutes

Quantitative Aptitude


20 Minutes

Reasoning Ability


20 Minutes

Total (100 Marks)


1 Hour

It means there is a fixed time to attempt each section and to solve maximum correct questions; candidates need to build the strategy accordingly.

5 # Learn from analysis of previous year exam

Analysis of previous year SBI PO prelims exams will help you to understand about level and variety of question. After going through the analysis you will learn about most important topics for the exam and you will also learn about some important questions.

For example:

In prelims exam of SBI PO Recruitment 2017, 100 hundred questions were asked. More detail about each section is given below:

Section Name

Total Question

Level of Difficulty

Reasoning Ability


Easy to Moderate

Quantitative Aptitude


Easy to Moderate

English Language



Further analysis of the Quantitative Aptitude section is given below:

SBI PO Exam 2018: Complete Detials about Recruitment Process

This is just an illustration and candidates need to understand the section-wise analysis. After going through the analysis you will learn about most important topics for the exam. You can learn the complete analysis of the SBI PO 2017 recruitment exam from the links given below:

SBI PO Prelims Exam 2017: Detailed Exam Analysis and Review

SBI PO Prelims 2018: Exam analysis

These are some important tips on how to prepare for SBI PO prelims exam 2020 in less than one month. With hard work and dedication, any average candidate can crack this exam.

Further analyse of the Quantitative Aptitude section is given below:

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