Every year, lakhs of students take the SBI PO Prelims exam, qualify it, and appear for the mains examination. About 50% of these candidates are filling the form only for the sake of filling it. Out of the remaining candidates, 25% are not preparing for the exam seriously. So, you have only about 5 lakh aspirants to compete against who have seriously prepared for the SBI PO exam. About 8% of these candidates will be able to clear the Prelims exam. This means if you prepare well, there is a pretty decent chance of qualifying for the exam. It is not a difficult exam. It has limited competition and with a focused preparation in one month, you can crack it easily.
In this article, you will learn about a few tips that will help you prepare for the SBI PO in one month.
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The first step that you need to take is to go through the syllabus for the SBI PO prelims exam and identify the topics that are your strong areas and the ones that are your weak areas. Then, create a plan for studying for the next two weeks. Spend more time on the topics you are not confident about and less on the ones you are. Focus more on arithmetic because it is an important part of the prelims examination. It is important to note that the level of the SBI PO prelims exam will be somewhere between easy to moderate. Apart from the overall cutoff, you will also have to clear the sectional cutoffs to qualify for the Mains examination. That is why you cannot ignore any topic or section completely or else you won’t score well.
The last two weeks of your preparation time should be dedicated to practice tests and mock exams. There are a lot of online platforms that offer prelim mocks. After you have taken them, analyze them properly and work on the gaps in your knowledge before moving on to the next mock exam. Make sure that you don’t waste a lot of time on a topic that has less weightage in the prelims exam. Don’t focus on the quantity of the mock exams you have taken. It is a common mistake that many Prelims aspirants make. You have to focus on the quality of the mocks, analyze the rests, and make the best use of them.
Once you have gotten through the syllabus and get an understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, you must start creating a proper timetable for the whole month. Make sure that you consider all the practical aspects like office hours (if you are working), daily routine, convenience, and needs while creating your timetable. After you have done that, it is crucial that you follow it religiously, so make sure that you create a realistic timetable that you can follow. The easy topics will be done within 10 to 12 days if you practice them daily and attentively. The rest of the days can be spent mastering the more difficult topics, revising, and taking mock tests.
Two sections of the Prelims exam will require you to read and understand the theory. For the English language section, you should develop the habit of reading regularly. This way, you will be able to understand the rules of grammar and know how to use them. You will also have to work on improving your vocabulary and increasing the speed of reading to answer the Comprehension and Para jumbles tests without spending a lot of time on them. For the Reasoning Ability section, you have to cover certain topics that require you to understand the theory and then start solving questions. So, every day, spend a few hours reading.
If you don’t have your basics cleared or have no idea about the theory behind the concepts, identifying what is asked in the question will become difficult for you. However, you shouldn’t spend a lot of time on the basics. Start with the easy topics and complete them as soon as you can. Difficult topics will take more time. While you are reading and understanding, make sure to highlight important points like steps to solve problems, formulas, tricks, specific rules, shortcuts, etc. For the Quantitative Aptitude section, you must clear the basics, or else you won’t have any idea of what the topic means.
Make sure that you have properly memorized all the formulas that you might have to use in the Quantitative Aptitude section. Practice them so that you are able to remember them during the exam. For the Logical Reasoning section, you will need to know the steps that will solve the question. For the English Language section, you won’t be able to memorize all the grammar rules. But, they should be somewhere in your mind and you must be able to identify an error in a particular sentence.
Memorizing all the information won’t be easy for you. However, it will be less difficult if you practice them side by side. Put aside any days that you can for practice because the only way you will be able to clear the prelims exam is through your ability to solve the questions. Every day, practice for three to five hours. Start with the examples and then move to the questions of increased difficulty. While you are practising, remember that apart from accuracy, you also need speed. You will have 20 minutes to finish each of the sections. So, you will have to maintain a balance between accuracy and speed. The more practice you do, the better you will get at solving questions. Make sure that you solve questions from previous years as well. This way, you will know the nature of questions that are asked in the paper and you can focus on those specific questions.
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