SBI PO Mains 2019 Exam Analysis & Review: Difficulty Level - 'Tough'

Find the detailed exam analysis of SBI PO Mains 2019 Exam Analysis held online on 20th July 2019. The paper was conducted online mode and divided into two tests- Objective MCQ Test and Descriptive Test with separate timings for each section. There was negative marking of 1/4th marks for wrong answers. So, let’s look at the type of questions asked in this exam.

SBI PO Mains 2019 Exam Analysis & Review: 20th July- Difficult Level
SBI PO Mains 2019 Exam Analysis & Review: 20th July- Difficult Level

SBI conducted the Probationary Officer (PO) 2019 Mains Exam for total 2000 Vacancies. In this article we are going to share the detailed Exam Analysis of SBI PO Mains 2019 Exam conducted online on 20th July 2019.

SBI PO Mains 2019 Exam Analysis & Review

SBI PO Mains examination consisted of objective tests for 200 marks and descriptive test for 50 marks. Both the objective and descriptive tests was conducted in online mode. The objective test had separate timing for every section. Candidates needed to answer descriptive test by typing on the computer. Descriptive test was administered immediately after the completion of the objective test. As per the feedback shared the candidates, questions asked in the exam was of ‘Difficult’ Level and was quite tricky to attempt. Let’s look in detail the type of questions asked in the exam, their difficulty level and the number of good attempts to clear cut-off marks this year:

SBI PO Mains 2019 Objective Test - Exam Analysis

S. No.

Sections - Topics

No. of Questions/ Maximum Marks


Difficulty Level

(Number of Good Attempts)


Reasoning and Computer Aptitude – Series (Missing Number), Partnership, Input Output (5 to 6 Steps), Coding Decoding (Condition Based), Blood Relation Puzzle + Linear Arrangement, Box Based Puzzle, Coded Direction, Statement – Inference, Assumption and Conclusion, Circular Arrangement and Pentagon Puzzle, Data Sufficiency, Caselet based quant questions (Probability, Geometry)

45/ 60

60 minutes


(30 to 35)


Data Analysis and Interpretation – Triangular, Caselet and Data Based Sets, Time & Work-based DI (Missing data), Funnel based DI (Missing Data), Line Graph (Based on shares), Scattered Graph (Density of population, Land area of the village, Gender Ratio), 

35/ 60

45 minutes


(20 to 25)


General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness

40/ 40

35 minutes

Moderate to Difficult

(25 to 30)


English Language – 5 RCs (16 Questions – Inference based), Fill in the Blanks (Double Fillers), Sentence Improvement, Idiom and Phrases, Sentence + Paragraph Rearrangement

35/ 40

40 minutes


(22 to 25)


155/ 200

3 hours


(95 to 105)

SBI PO Mains 2019 Descriptive Test - Exam Analysis

Questions Asked in Letter & Essay Writing – Descriptive Tests of SBI PO Mains Exam were:

Letter Writing

1. Write a Thanking note to college senior for Career Guidance.

2. Write a letter to the Bank Manager to increase the number cash counters in the branch.

3. Write a letter to the Bank Manager regarding the replacement of a lost cheque book.

Essay Writing

1. E-commerce - Impact on Retail Businesses.

2. Internet Banking - Precautions and measures to be taken while doing online transactions.

3. Imporatance of Financial Inclusion

Highlights of SBI PO 2019 Mains Exam:

- Both Objective Test and Descriptive Test were conducted in Online Mode across different cities.

- There was negative marking of 1/4th marks for wrong answers.

- There was no sectional cut-off.

- Category wise merit list will be drawn on the basis of the aggregate marks scored in the Main Examination.

Phase-III of SBI PO 2019 Exam: Group Exercises (GE) & Interview

Candidates who are shortlisted after the Main Examination will be subsequently called for Group Exercises & Interview. Candidates numbering up to 3 times (approx.) of the category wise vacancies will be shortlisted for the Group Exercise & Interview from the top of the categorywise merit list subject to a candidate scoring the minimum aggregate qualifying score.

The above analysis will help you to assess your rank among the thousands of candidates, who have appeared for the SBI PO Mains 2019 Exam held on 20th July 2019.

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