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November 10, 2014

SBI Associates PO Online Exam 2014 Review


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Hi All ,

I Saurav Ranu from Dehradun appeared for SBI Associates Probationary Officers Online Exam Dated 9th November 2014 (IInd Shift). Exam was easier if compared to SBI PO & IBPS PO 2014. My attempts are 124 with hopefully good enough accuracy to clear the cut off :).

As I did in the IBPS PO started with the GA Section ( 15mins , 32 attempts ) ; then I did Quantitative Aptitude ( 35 Mins , 20 attempts ) ; then English ( 16 mins , 29 attempts ) ; then Reasoning ( 40 mins , 37 attempts ) ; last 14 mins I again did Aptitude 6 more questions solved.
Honestly I expected exam to be as tough as was SBI PO but surprisingly it was of moderate level.

* GA : Many questions were from Banking , very few from Current Affairs . Some questions were very easy & direct . But Marketing & Computer questions were not direct . Attempt them carefully . 2-3 questions were from Life Insurance related to policies.
  1. What does B stands for in ECB ? - Borrowings
  2. What is the full form of RRB ? - Regional rural Bank
  3. What is the upper limit of PPF ? - 1.5 lakh
  4. What is the oldest currency in the world? - Pound sterling
  5. Which among the following is not an output device ? - Scanner
  6. Who is the author of the book Final Test: Exit Sachin Tendulkar ? - Dilip D' Souza
  7. What will Inflation result in ? - Decrease in economic activities of a country
  8. Which among the following is a volatile memory ? - RAM
  9. Question based on the definition of GNP (Gross National Product)
  10. What is windows explorer ?
  11. What is the extension used for MS word ? - .doc,.docx
  12. What is the first step of buying ? - need recognition
  13. In which of the following areas there is no 100% FDI in railways ? -  
  14. who is water resource minister ? - Uma Bharti
  15. the 5000 ₹ overdraft in Jan dhan will be applicable only if the account is active for how many months.
  16. The slogan " I have a dream" is given by which American activist in his public speech ? - Martin Luthor King
  17. which PSU is responsible for insurance over export? - ECGC
  18. IRDA related with ? Insurance
  19. UBI declared Vijay Mallaya as defaulter because ?
  20. Kailash Satyarthi Nobel Peace Prize winner 2014 from India realted to which Andolan ? - Bachpan Bachao
  21. EPFO increased to ? - 8.75%
  22. What is "C" in CAR ? - Cash
  23. Which one of the following Country - Capital not matched correctly ? - OMAN - DUBAI
  24. Total products & services in an called as ?
  25. FIFA suspended who for biting ear of a player ? Suarez
  26. Which one is not incuded in OSI model ?
  27. ISDN full form ?

*Quantitative Aptitude : was easier to my expectations . 5 sets of DI were not very difficult.
  • 5 sets of DI's(language,pie chart, bar graph and line chart and tabular)
  • 5 series questions
  • 5 questions probability (coloured balls)
  • 5 data sufficiency ( 1 question based on Partnership )

* Reasoning : was also moderate. Inequalities & Syllogism were of Clerk level.
  • Circular Sitting arrangement with some facing inward some outward
  • Puzzle based on floor,
  • one puzzle based on linear sitting arrangement
  • Question based on Machine Input
  • 5 questions on inequalities
  • 5 questions on syllogism
  • 5 questions on Data Sufficiency
  • logical reasoning

Machine Input given to be solved  : Pr 12 Fo 55 Me 42 In 27 de 83 31 No Re 90 Sc 68

First Step : 90 Pr 12 Fo 55 Me 42 In 27 De 83 31 No Re 68 Sc

Last Step was : 12 27 31 42 55 68 83 90 Sc Re Pr No Me In Fo De

Question : Among P Q R S T U , P is younger only to U & S . S is not eldest. U is 2nd eldest. R is elder only to T. The one who is third eldest is 33 yrs old.

Right Order was : Q U S P R T

(A) If R is 23 years old & the eldest is 14 yrs older to R then wt is the age of eldest? - 37

(B) What could be the age of U among following  ? - 34

Syllogism :

(A) Some N is A . All A are M . All N are P.

(B) All C are T . Some T are V.

(C) All Ride are T. All T are Rythm. Some T are also Lyrics.

(D) No L are B . All D are L . All C are B.

Inequalities :

1. H>G>=R>S>=T=U

2. A=Y
3. J>K>=L=M>=T

4. H>G>=R>S>=T=U

Question : What is relation of M with S ?

(A) M is sister of R. P is daughter of R . L is brother of P. L is Son of S.

(B) V is father of R , R is father of C , C is son of S , C is nephew of M.

Question : There are five floors . P Q R S T lives in these floors.

T lives on floor 3 . Two people lives b/w Q & P. Q lives above of P. S lives on even numbered floor. R does not live immediately one floor above or below of T.

Right sequence was : 1-R , 2- P , 3 - T , 4-S , 5-Q
* English Language : was not like SBI PO's & IBPS PO's. One could do well with some efforts.
  • Cloze test
  • 2 comprehensions
  • Para jumble ( easy )
  • Sentence correction ( easy )
  • Fill ups - double
Descriptive Test -
  • Essay:
    • Role of banking sector in CSR activities.
    • Merits and demerits of the self attestation of documents.
  • Paragraph writing
    • Cleanliness is godliness
    • All that glitters is not gold
    • Disadvantages of a nuclear family.
  • Letter writing
    • Write a letter to bank manager to unblock your debit card blocked after attempting wrong pin.
    • Write a letter to the  editor of the newspaper for complaining against the lack of security in parks of your society.
  • Precise writing was related to Business code of conduct.

That's all friends. Overall paper was moderate , if you have prepared well you will find it easy. My total attempts are 124.  Please ignore the mistakes in review if any. Now I'm eagerly waiting for the results of SBI Clerk , IBPS PO & SBI PO Asso. Im hopefull to clear atleast one of them. Finger Crossed. ALL THE BEST to all for SBI Asso PO.

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  1. nice review ..any guesses about the cut off to be called for the interview??

  2. Given gk is 2 nd shift gk or combined both shift gk.

  3. i think in CAR , c is capital......CAPITAL ADEQUACY RATIO

  4. i think CAR is capital adequacy ratio

  5. Gud Review..Helpful..Thanks..

  6. awsum review dude but let me tell you ki everyone is saying sbi associate paper is easier than SBI and IBPS PO which is really unexpected bcoz this is SBI "dad of ol banks :p" and i hope ki this pattern is followed in every shift bcoz my exam is in last day last shift....
    and thanks for your review dude ALL THE BEST...

  7. saurav what memory u ve got yaar.. ufff.. thank u

  8. good review, any ven diagram based DI is there
    and how much length of the reading comprehension?

  9. Best review I had ever been gone through................... Thanks a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. series based questions are find out the next number or wrong number?

  11. nice review bro.. from your review i am a bit more confident..

  12. No friend he is right.. it is Cash Adequacy Ratio!

  13. Thanks gaurav ..whats ur memory...nice review

  14. in maths paper ,i see other 40 questions,can anyone tell me what was asked i n remaining 10 questions?

  15. what were word limits amd total marks allocated to essay and papragraph ?

  16. No,bro,,its Capital Adequacy Ratio.

  17. Is the input same for all five questions???

  18. One more GA Question :
    "DOCOMO" full form......

  19. Essay : 150 words ( 12 marks ) & para : 130 words ( 8 Marks )

  20. Yes be confident. Exam is very much doable

  21. probabaility is tough or easy

  22. One comprehension vry lengthy & one Medium . I never try to do lengthy comprehension , instead I prefer to invest that time in DI or Reasoning. No venn diagram DI

  23. Hi Saurav, Many thanks for meticulous review.
    Is current affairs of 2 months is enough to prepare?

  24. Is the input same for all five questions???

  25. Do Communication Over the Mobile Network

  26. Not much questions frm CA , i think 3 months will b enough

  27. Moderate. But I only did 5 sets of DI + 1 series question

  28. cover 3 months Anjali

  29. what about marketing questions

  30. Okay,Thank you :)
    can you please suggest how to prepare for essays?

  31. :) thnx . I was embarrass when I cud nt answer it in exam. I use docomo sim but did know the full form ... hehe

  32. even me same sim but dont know i just googled it now

  33. Marketing questions were nt direct . Marketing sets available on Gr8ambitionz are enough

  34. thanks again saurav. :-)

  35. i think current affairs are very few in this exam

  36. Ha ha,It was amusing :)

  37. Well Im not good at it. I also dont feel confidenence writing essays. Nether I prepared for it. But I wud suggest to prepare well for essays too. You can try reading some articles in english newspapers.

  38. My dear Saurav... First of all hats off to your memory power and thankful to you for the detailed analysis. It wouldn't count even if there are mistakes in your review but the efforts to bring all your 2.50 hrs exam experience with questions data is out standing.... :)..
    I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.. :) :)

  39. Is it possible to get full Mark in paragragh writing?

  40. suggest me how to tackle main villan di which question i should attempt first


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