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SBI PO Prelims 2017 Answer Key with Solutions, Question Paper & Analysis

Last Updated - May 03, 2017

SBI (State Bank of India) completed the preliminary exam for the first few batches who had applied for the post of Probationary Officer on April 29 and 30. The level of the difficulty of the paper was easy to moderate which means, the cut off this year may be high. SBI PO Prelims 2017 Answer Key along with solutions is available on this page.

The answer key comprises correct answers to the questions asked in the question paper. With the help of answer key, candidates can calculate the total marks and analyze their exam performance. The answer key will be taken into consideration for preparing SBI PO Prelims Result. SBI PO Result will be declared on May 17, 2017. The answer key is needed to the solved steps and answers for the questions. Check SBI PO Prelims 2017 Answer Key, Question Paper and Analysis in this article.

The paper is divided into 3 parts – English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability. This time, Reasoning Ability section was considered to be quite difficult, but the other 2 sections were of average difficulty. While Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability contained 35 questions of 1 mark each, English Language portion contained 30 questions with a total of 30 marks. There were no questions asked on syllogism for Reasoning.

The exam was conducted in online mode and was of 1 hour duration. The bank sets cut off marks for Preliminary exam and candidates who score marks equal to or more than the cut off marks are then called for the SBI PO Main exam.

SBI PO Prelims 2017 Number of Good Attempt

Candidates had one hour to complete the exam. There were three sections- Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, and English Language. There were 30 questions in English language section and 35 questions each in the rest of the two sections.

SectionNumber of Good Attempt
English Language13-16
Reasoning Ability19-22
Quantitative Aptitude21-23

SBI PO Prelims 2017 Answer Key and Question Paper

SBI PO PRELIMS Answer Key and Question Paper will be updated soon as soon as it is available. Candidates can write us if they feel any of the answer is not correct. They will have to keep in mind that the calculated scores will not be 100% correct. It is important for all applicants to follow the marking scheme of SBI PO PRELIMS 2017. As SBI is the exam authority, it will release the official answer key. Candidates can challenge the answer key if they find any discrepancy. The challenges against the answer key will be referred to the exam board constituted by SBI.

How to download SBI PO Prelims Answer Key?

The official answer key of SBI PO Prelims will be released by the exam authority within a week after the examination. Candidates eagerly waiting for the answer key can follow these below steps to download the official answer key.

  • Visit the official website of SBI PO i.e. and Click on the link of SBI PO PRELIMS Answer Key.
  • Candidates have to provide their Registration ID and Date of Birth and click on the download button.
  • The answer key will be generated in the PDF format.
  • Download the answer key to calculate the probable scores.

SBI PO Prelims 2017 Section-Wise Analysis

After getting a brief idea of the overall analysis of SBI PO Prelims 2017 Exam, let us now move forward to have a look at the section wise analysis.

Prelims - English Language (Easy-Moderate) 

English Section was a sigh of relief in SBI PO Prelims 2017.  Students were relieved to see that 10 Ka Dum continued in this exam as well. You just need to pick the right topic for yourself and you can easily score good marks.

We are sure that students can score nice marks if they have even read the RC and they can easily score well in cloze test. Cloze test was with a little twist where they gave a word in front of the blank and asked if the given word is appropriate then select option (e) otherwise select the appropriate from the rest of 4 options. There was one new topic of Phrase Replacement which was not so difficult. There were 3-4 vocab questions in Reading Comprehension.

SBI PO 2017 Answerkey
TopicsNo. of QuestionsLevel
Reading Comprehension10Moderate
Cloze Test10Easy
Phrase Replacement10Moderate


Prelims - Reasoning Ability (Easy-Moderate) 

Reasoning section was a big score maker for the students in this examination. It was of easy to moderate level. There were no questions of syllogism. We have seen variety in terms of questions asked. You need to invest a little bit of extra time on reasoning.

There were 4 puzzles and Seating Arrangement which are given below: -

  • Linear
  • Floor
  • Order & Ranking based (Date of Birth based) Puzzle
  • Comparison based Puzzle
SBI PO 2017 Answerkey
TopicsNo. of QuestionsLevel
Puzzles & seating arrangements23Moderate
Direction sense2Easy
Blood Relation2Easy
Order and Ranking2Easy
Total35 -

Prelims - Quantitative Aptitude (Easy-Moderate) 

What an easy exam it was. If we talk in terms of the level of difficulty, then the paper was not at all difficult. Quant was of Easy to moderate level. The trick was to solve DI, Simplification, and Series first and then move on to the Misc. portion. Missing Number series was asked in this shift of SBI PO Pre-exam. One can easily attempt questions if they have practiced well. DI was asked of following types:

  • Line Graph
  • Tabular DI
SBI PO 2017 Answerkey
TopicsNo. of QuestionsLevel
Data Interpretation10Moderate
Total35 -

SBI PO Prelims Cut Off 2017

The minimum qualifying marks in each section of the SBI PO exam is termed as SBI PO sectional cut off. To get qualify for further rounds of SBI PO recruitment process, a candidate has to score minimum qualifying marks in each section and the overall cut off.

The following table gives the SBI PO 2017 cutoff for SBI PO Pre-examination

CategoryEnglish LanguageReasoning AbilityQuantitative AbilityOverall Cut Off Marks
PwD6.004.254.2536.00 (OH)37.00 (VH)15.75 (HI)



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