SBI PO 2016 – Exam strategy | What to attempt and what to leave in upcoming SBI PO Prelims exam?

With almost a week to go for the SBI PO Prelims, we’d like to share some tips on Exam strategy.

What should be your strategy?
The strategy or approach to any competitive exam largely consists of answers to the following 3 questions:-

1) Which section should you attempt first or what order of sections should you follow?
There is no one correct answer to this or the other questions that follow. It is typically suggested that one attempts the section they are strongest in first, finish that section in quick time & then move onto the second relatively comfortable section. This way, one builds confidence & momentum that will help in solving the remaining sections.
The drawback in trying to solve your weakest section first is that if things do not go as planned, one gets nervous quickly and this can adversely affect the mind & subsequently the performance during the rest of the exam.

2) How much time to spend in each section?
This again depends on your strong and weak sections. One should always allocate more time to the weakest section and least time to the strongest one. Generally the students invest more time in Reasoning because of nature of questions asked (Puzzle Test, Seating Arrangements, etc) and less time to English language section.

3) How many questions to attempt in each section?
A. The obvious answer to this is to attempt as many as you possibly can. The actual number would also depend on the difficulty of the exam on the day.

After following steps, within each section identify and solve the easy questions first and then only move to the relatively more difficult ones. Remember, all easy as well as the difficult questions carry the same marks. So smart candidates are those that can quickly observe and attempt the easy-pickings.

Do not get carried away and let your ego take over while solving questions. If you are stuck at something, just leave the question & move on instead of proving to yourself that you can solve it. Many candidates do this and hamper their chances of securing greater marks in exams. The one way to get out of this is to give yourself a time limit, say for example 60 seconds, and if any question takes more than this, you leave it & move on. You can always bookmark and return to a particular question in case you have time left.

Having suggested the above, it is strongly suggested to try different approaches and follow the one that actually works for you. If something else is working for you which is different from the ones discussed above, stick to it.

All the best!

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