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SBI PO & JA Preparation Tips & Strategies

With the Preliminary Examination for SBI Probationary Officer and Junior Assistant scheduled within a week of each other, I am sure a lot of you are preparing for both together. Therefore, even in our columns, we are trying to address the strategies needed to crack these exams together. In our previous article we looked in depth preparation of the English Language section. In this week’s column, let us do a deep dive in to the Reasoning Section.

When it comes to the Reasoning Section, some question types make an appearance in both the PO and the JA Preliminary Examinations; however, the big difference is the difficulty level of the questions. The questions in PO Exam are a level higher than the ones in the JA Prelims Exam.

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Though we cannot be certain, basis the last few years examination patterns, we expect the coverage of both these exams as follows

As highlighted multiple times in our column here, the big change this year is the introduction of the Sectional Time Limits and the removal of the Sectional Cut-Offs. Most aspirants tend to spend lesser time in English Language section and use that additional time in the Reasoning Section; this year around, however, it is not possible. As a result, the scores in Reasoning section could come down. Basis our analysis, a good attempt is around 16 to 18 questions in PO Prelims Exam and around 18 to 20 questions in JA Prelims Exam with high accuracy of course.

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Preparation Guide for SBI PO & JA - Sections Wise Highlight

Based on attempt strategy of thousands of students who took the SBI PO and JA Prelims Mock Tests on Conduira Online platform. We suggest you follow the strategy below to tackle the time pressure and still emerge victorious in the Reasoning Section.

1. Start with the questions based on topics such as Inequalities, Number/Alphabet Series, Blood Relations, Directions Data Arrangements and Ranks/Positions. In the first 8 to 10 minutes. Target to attempt at least 10 to 12 questions from these areas. These questions are often direct, take lesser time and allow you to score faster and accurately.

2. In the next five minutes, try to attempt 5 to 6 Syllogisms, Coding or Input-Output based Questions, if they make an appearance. However, SBI PO keeps experimenting with newer models of these question types and if that happens this year again, we suggest you leave them and move forward. In the amount of time you have and under the pressure you would be in, trying to decode a new pattern is generally not the wisest strategy.

3. The last 8 to 10 minutes, choose 1 to 2 sets from among the Logical Reasoning Puzzles. Your goal is to choose the two easy puzzles that can be solved within 5 to 6 minutes each. Ideally, choose puzzles like ones you might have practiced earlier.

a. Linear Arrangements puzzles are often easier than Circular Arrangements based puzzles, and Comparisons based puzzles are easier than those based on Blood Relations.

b. Avoid puzzles that also have numerical data as they tend to be difficult and time-consuming. Also avoid puzzles that have multiple parameters or have very little data or have clues that give you negative information.

c. Further, do not try to complete all the questions in a set – attempt the easier ones and leave the difficult ones.

d. Make sure you run through the clues at the end of the puzzle to make sure that all the conditions are satisfied.

Given the sectional time limits, time management and question selection strategy would become extremely crucial in both the Reasoning and Numerical Ability sections. At the risk of repeating myself, ensure that you are taking multiple mock tests to make sure you try out different strategies and finalise one. There should be as little confusion as possible on the final day of the exam in terms of your strategy. Attempting 20 Questions in 20 minutes is a difficult job in itself – you do not need to complicate it by putting yourself under further pressure.

Lastly, multiple websites, including our own website, Conduira Online offers free Live Sessions on our YouTube Channel on different topics for SBI PO and JA Preliminary and Mains Examinations. Do check them out – they might just be the last-minute push you need.

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Bank of Baroda Manipal PO PGDBF Admission Notification for 2018

What is the programme?

Bank of Baroda has released the official notification of BOB Manipal Admission 2018 for around 600 students. The online application process for the BOB PO Post has started on June 12, 2018. The last date to apply online for the BOB Manipal PO post is July 2, 2018. As per the information available, the tentative exam date of BOB Manipal PO PGDBF exam is July 28, 2018.

What are the important dates?

Schedule of Events Dates
Starting date for Online Registration 12.06.2018
Online Payment of Application Fees/ Intimation Charges 12.06.2018 to 02.07.2018
Last date for Online Registration including Edit/ Modification of Application by candidates (including far-flung areas) 02.07.2018
Download of Call letters for Online Examination (Tentative) After 18.07.2018
Date of Online Examination (Tentative) 28.07.2018

What is the admission process?

The selected candidates will be imparted with the necessary knowledge and skills required to be good all-round bankers through a -9- (nine) months Post Graduate Certificate in Banking and Finance course in Baroda Manipal School of Banking. On successful completion of the course, the candidate would be awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in Banking & Finance and will be offered appointment in the Bank as Probationary Officer in Junior Management Grade / Scale-I. Candidates shall be selected through a selection process consisting of an online exam (objective + descriptive) followed by Psychometric Assessment, Group Discussion, and Personal Interview.

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IBPS RRB(Officer Scale 1 and Office Assistant) Notification 2018 


The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has released the IBPS RRB-VII Notification. As per the notification, the candidates can apply for -- Office Assistant (Multipurpose), Officers Scale I and Officers Scale II & III posts. Candidates can apply online only from June 8 to July 2, 2018, and no other mode of application will be accepted. The IBPS RRB VII Exam is for the recruitment of Group A – Officers (Scale I, II and III) and Group B – Office Assistants (Multipurpose). The exam for the same is to be conducted in August 2018.

Important Dates:

Exam Events Important Date
Start of Online Applications & Fee Payment  8th June 2018
Last Date for Online Application & Fee Payment  2nd July 2018
Download of Call Letters for Pre-Exam Training

 Officer Scale I – July 2018

 Office Assistant – July 2018

Date of Pre- Exam Training

 Officer Scale I – 30.07.2018 to 04.08.2018

 Office Assistant – 06.08.2018 to 11.08.2018

Download of Call letters for Prelims

 Officer Scale-I – July 2018

 Office Assistant – August 2018

Exam Date for Online Prelims Exam

 Officer Scale-I – 11.08.2018,

 12.08.2018 and 18.08.2018 (if required)

 Office Assistant- 19.08.2018,

 25.08.2018 & 01.09.2018

Results for Online Prelims Exam

 Officer Scale-I – September 2018

 Office Assistant- September 2018

Download of Call letters for Mains

 Officer Scale-I, II& III –September 2018

Office Assistant- September 2018

Exam Date for Online Mains Exam

 Officers (I, II & III) – 30.09.2018

 Office Assistant - 07.10.2018

Declaration of Results  October 2018
Download of Call letters for Interview  November 2018
Interview for Officer Scale I, II, III  November 2018
Provisional Allotment  January 2019

The number of vacancies:

There are a total of 5249 vacancies for Office Assistants & 3312 vacancies for Officers Scale I.

Application Fees:

Intimation Charges Payable from 08.06.2018 to 02.07.2018 (Online payment) both dates inclusive, shall be as follows:

Officer (Scale I, II & III)

  • For SC/ST/PWD candidates: Rs. 100/-
  • For all others: Rs. 600/-

Office Assistant (Multipurpose)

  • For SC/ST/PWD/EXSM candidates: Rs. 100/-
  • For all others: Rs. 600/-

Procedure to Apply:

  • Candidates are first required to go to the IBPS's authorized website and click on the Home Page to open the link "CRP for RRBs"
  • Click on the appropriate option "CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE FOR CRP- RRBsOFFICERS (Scale-I, II and III)" or "CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE FOR CRP- RRBs- OFFICE ASSISTANT (Multipurpose)" to open up the On-Line Application Form.
  • Candidates will have to click on "CLICK HERE FOR NEW REGISTRATION" to register their application by entering their basic information in the online application form.
  • After that, a provisional registration number and password will be generated by the system and displayed on the screen. Candidate should note down the Provisional registration number and password.
  • An Email & SMS indicating the Provisional Registration number and Password will also be sent. They can reopen the saved data using Provisional registration number and password and edit the particulars if needed.

Online Exam:

The structure of the Examinations which will be conducted online are as follows:

Preliminary Examination (objective): Office Assistant (Multipurpose) and Officer Scale - I

Candidates (for both posts) have to qualify in both the tests by securing minimum cut-off marks. Adequate number of candidates in each category, depending upon requirements, will be shortlisted for Online Main Examination.

S. Number Name of the Test Medium of the Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks  Duration
1 Reasoning Hindi/English 40 40 Composite time of 45 minutes   
2 Numerical Ability/Quantitative Aptitude  Hindi/English 40 40
  TOTAL   80 80

Mains Examination (Objective): Office Assistant (Multipurpose) and Officer Scale - I

S.No Name of the test Medium of the test Number of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning Hindi/English 40 50 Composite time of 2 hours    
2 Numerical Ability/ Quantitative Ability Hindi/English 40 50
3 General Awareness Hindi/English 40 40
4 (a) English English 40 40
4 (b) Hindi Hindi 40 40
5 Computer Awareness Hindi/English 40 20
  TOTAL   200 200

IMPORTANT NOTE: The candidates can select either 4 (a) or 4 (b).

Penalty applicable for Prelims and Mains exams for all posts: There will be a penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by the candidate; there will be no penalty for that question.


The candidates who have been shortlisted in the main examination for the post of Officers Scale I and in the single level examination for the post of Officers Scale II and III under CRP - RRB - VII will subsequently be called for an interview to be coordinated by the NABARD and IBPS.


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