SBI PO exam is indeed a tough nut to crack and doing so in 30 days is not an easy task. However, it is not impossible either. With correct strategies, tips, and resources, you can pass the exam even with a month of preparation. Whether you are a beginner or have attempted the SBI PO Exam before, you can pass the preliminary exam with 30 days of meticulous preparation.
The fact of the matter is that the preliminary exam is simpler than the main exam. Ideally, you should be preparing for the preliminary as well as the main exam simultaneously. The reason for this is that if you qualify for the main exam, you would not get a lot of preparation time before the exam. Another advantage of preparing for the main exam along with the prelims is that you would be easily able to crack the prelims with such a level of preparation. But with 30 days left for exams, how can you prepare efficiently for both exams? Let us see the ideal way to get on with the last 30 days.
1. Plan your strategy:
With one month left, you must plan for every hour of the next 30 days. Your strategy for the next 30 days will depend on your current level of preparation. You must take a few mock tests at this point and refer to memory-based papers to determine where you stand currently. Plan accordingly. You may refer to unlimited mock tests provided by Oliveboard. Divide the month into two parts. For the first 15 days, cover any syllabus that still needs to be done. Next 15 days, focus on revision and taking mock tests.
2. Target to finish a good number of mock tests:
The aim for this month should be to give over 10 mock tests and properly analyze them. The number of mock tests should increase as you get closer to exams to get into the habit of giving regular tests. This will also boost your self-confidence and improve your speed and accuracy. However, mock tests should be given in all seriousness as you would give the exam. Aim to get at least 95% in your mock tests. As you go on taking mock tests, make sure that your accuracy and speed are increasing every day. Time and assess yourself.
3. Prepare smartly for each section:
As you are buckling up on your preparation in the last month, you need to follow the correct strategy for each section of the preliminary exam. Simultaneously you must also prepare for the General Awareness section of the main exam. So divide your time accordingly. With only 30 days left for the exam, you must study for 12 hours daily. Also, do not compromise on your sleep as you need your cognition to work at the optimum level for exams. Let us see how you can divide these hours to study smartly.
A. Quantitative Aptitude:
Study quant for 5 hours every alternate day for the first 15 days. Practice DI and Simplification/Approximation regularly. You are sure to get 5 questions from this. Also, you will get 5 questions from Quadratic Equations and Number Series. You should practice all these topics diligently. Consequently, in the exam, you will not waste time calculating and thinking about what to do. Daily practice will increase your speed and accuracy. As you know, the SBI PO Exam is all about speed and accuracy.
During the exam, keep the word problems for later as they take up time to read. For the last 30 days, focus on word problems from chapters like profit-loss and average.
Dedicate 5 hours every alternate day for reasoning. Practice syllogisms and inequality really well. Both are important and not very difficult. But you do need to practice them well daily so that you increase your accuracy and speed. This will also help you avoid confusion during the actual exam. You will also get 5 questions from Coding and Decoding. Lastly, puzzles asked in this section can be of many types. Practice 5 puzzles daily of each type. In prelims, you usually would get simpler puzzles in exams of 2 or 3 variables. You might also get a difficult puzzle in the exam. So be strategic about the puzzles you leave out and the ones you attempt. Attempt the puzzles last in the exam and only if you are sure about them.
C. English language:
Dedicate 2 hours daily to this subject. Read 1 or 2 comprehensions every day for 30 minutes. This will help you in both prelims as well as mains. Read editorials which will also help you in General Awareness. English is all about reading and if you are an avid reader, you can ace this section easily.
D. General Awareness:
Practice General Awareness for 1 hour daily to help you get ready for the main exams. Read 2-3 well-reputed English newspapers daily. You must have good knowledge about current affairs from at least 100 days before the exams. Focus on technology and Banking News. Check out daily updates on credible websites.
4. Revise and Analyze:
After you finish your study session each day, make sure that you dedicate 30 minutes to revise and analyze your progress of the day and plan the study session for the next day. We cannot stress enough the importance of going through the previous years’ questions papers, practising and analyzing mock papers, and memory-based papers. If you are not at the beginner level and have attempted the SBI PO exam before, you can attempt some high-level questions at this point. However, if you are a beginner, stick to the basics.
Remember 8-9 lakhs aspirants appear every year for this exam. Each of the aspirants has 24 hours daily for the next 30 days. It is your level of dedication, hard work, and smart planning that will determine whether you can crack the exam in 30 days or not. Keep in mind that it is not an impossible task. Many aspirants have successfully passed the exam in their first-ever attempt. Read their stories and listen to their advice for motivation and the correct way to approach your exam preparation. If you believe in yourself, you can most certainly do it.