SBI PO 2021 Mains Exam Analysis (2nd Jan 2022): Moderate to Difficult Level Question Paper, Check Good Attempts

SBI PO 2021 Mains Exam Analysis (2nd Jan 2022): Find the detailed exam analysis of SBI PO Mains 2021 Exam Analysis held online on 2nd January 2022. Let’s look at the type of questions asked in the Objective MCQ Test and Descriptive Paper. 

Archana Shandilya
Jan 5, 2022, 11:11 IST
SBI PO 2021 Mains Exam Analysis (2nd Jan 2022)
SBI PO 2021 Mains Exam Analysis (2nd Jan 2022)

SBI PO 2021 Mains Exam Analysis (2nd Jan 2022): State Bank of India (SBI) conducted the Probationary Officer (PO) 2021 Mains Exam for the recruitment of 2056 Vacancies. Candidates who were shortlisted after Preliminary Examination appeared for the Mains Examination. In this article, we are going to share the detailed Exam Analysis of the SBI PO Mains 2021 Exam conducted online on 2nd January 2022.

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SBI PO Mains 2021 Exam Analysis & Review

SBI PO Mains examination consisted of the objective test for 200 marks and the descriptive paper for 50 marks. Both the objective and descriptive tests were 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 by the candidates, questions asked in the exam were of ‘Moderate to Difficult’ Level. 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 2021 Objective Paper- Exam Analysis

S. No.

Sections - Topics

No. of Questions/ Maximum Marks


Difficulty Level

(Number of Good Attempts)


Reasoning and Computer Aptitude

45/ 60

60 minutes

Moderate to Difficult

 (15 to 20)


Data Analysis and Interpretation

35/ 60

45 minutes


 (10 to 15)


General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness

40/ 40

35 minutes

Moderate to Difficult

(20 to 25)


English Language

35/ 40

40 minutes


(20 to 25)


155/ 200

3 hours

Moderate to Difficult

 (65 to 75)

SBI PO Mains Exam Analysis 2022: Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude Section


No. of Questions

Linear Seating Arrangement with Blood Relation – 10 Persons


Concentric Circular Seating Arrangement – 12 Persons (6 Couples)


Month Based Puzzle – Only 4 Months given & Age of 8 Persons Given


Machine Input Output


Reverse Syllogism


Logical Reasoning


Coded Direction based on Data Sufficiency


Chinese Coding-Decoding


Alphabet Based Puzzle


Coded Inequality


Ranking Based Puzzle


Question on based on MEAT Word (Multiple of 3s & Arrangement)



45 (60 Marks)

SBI PO Mains Exam Analysis 2021: Data Analysis & Interpretation


No. of Questions

Bar Graph Data Interpretation (Shows, Persons Watching, Remaining Shows, Theaters, Episodes related)- Missing


Case let DI (Based on Departments; A, B, C Companies, Number of Employees & New Employees Data)


Case let DI (Based on 2 Trains)


DI (Based on Time & Work)


Data Sufficiency


Quantity Comparison


Number Series


DI (Based on SI & CI)



35 (60 Marks)

SBI PO Mains Exam Analysis 2021: English Language Section


No. of Questions

Reading Comprehension

(Topics - Child Care & Women; Coloured Cotton vs White Cotton)


Error (New Pattern)


Cloze Test


Match the Column


Word Interchange


Para Fillers



35 (40 Marks)

SBI PO Mains Exam Analysis 2021: General/Economy/Banking Awareness


No. of Questions

Current Affairs -  General/Economy/Banking

Samudraayan Project

70th Miss Universe - Harnaaz Sandhu

47th Ramsar Site- Haidarpur

Booker Prize (Author- Damon Galgut & Novel- The Promise)

Which country gave Royal Gold Medal to Bal Krishna Doshi?

AUKUS Submarine Deal related

Omicron- Numerical value in Greek word

Elon Musk- Magazine

FIDE World Champion- Magnus Carlson

Powerful Brand Tech Amazon

American Tennis Player


GA & GK - General/Economy/Banking

IMPS Limit

PM Mitra Park Scheme (textile)

Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) Framework

1st & 2nd Quarter GDP Rate

Which association released NSO- GDP- Q1-20.1%, Q2- 8.4%?

Whole Sale Prize Index

SFURTI Yojna- Scheme of fund for regeneration of traditional industries

Bank Merged with BOB 2019

The stake of SBI in JIO Payment Bank

Defence (FDI)

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna related

7th Schedule of Indian Constitution

Total number of branches in PSB & PSU

CRPC Full Form



40 (40 Marks)

SBI PO Mains 2021 Descriptive Paper - Exam Analysis

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

Formal Letter Writing (150 Word Limit)

- To HR Manager to apply for the post of HR Executive

- To Editor, Famous Actor Passed Away

- Letter To Manager for Employee Training

Essay Writing (200 Word Limit)

- Advantages of Privatisation of Banks

- Gender Stereotyping

- Importance of Education for Economy

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Highlights of SBI PO 2021 Mains Exam:

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

- There was a 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 2021 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 category-wise 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 2021 Exam held on 2nd January 2022.

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  • Q1. What was the Difficulty Level of SBI PO Mains 2021-22 Exam?
    Moderate to Difficult
  • Q2. What are the number of good attempts in SBI PO Mains 2021-22 Exam?
    65 to 75 Questions
  • Q3. Was there be any negative marking in SBI PO 2021 Mains Exam?
    Negative Marking Of 1/4th Marks For Wrong Answers in Objective Paper


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