IBPS PO, SBI PO and SSC CGL- Level of Quantitative Aptitude Questions

IBPS PO, SBI PO and SSC CGL Level of Quantitative Aptitude

The importance and overall prominence of Quantitative Aptitude in various Government Exams, like IBPS PO, SBI PO and SSC CGL, is well known. The questions asked from this section contribute to a major proportion of the online examination overall weightage. There are certain cases where scores achieved in Quantitative Section in various exams act as the tipping point between cracking or failing a recruitment exam. Hence, if one is preparing for a government examination with a hope of cracking it, a good understanding of several Quantitative Aptitude concepts is necessary.

But the amount of time and hard work one puts in Numerical Ability/ Quantitative Aptitude depends on the Recruitment Examination one is appearing for. So, in this article, we are going to discuss the differences in Pattern, Syllabus and Difficulty Level of Quantitative Aptitude Questions in IBPS PO, SBI PO and SSC CGL Recruitment Examination.

Differences between IBPS PO, SBI PO and SSC CGL

Let us begin the exam comparison on the basis of total marks distribution in IBPS PO, SBI PO and SSC CGL Written Examination. The other comparative scales are on the basis of the difficulty level of questions, type of quant problems and exam strategy/ study plan for each paper.


Difference #1: IBPS PO, SBI PO and SSC CGL – Marks Distribution Comparison for Quantitative Aptitude Section

Each aspirant must know the overall marks allocated for Quantitative Aptitude Section in major recruitment exams. Since we are taking into account 3 exams, namely, IBPS PO, SBI PO and SSC CGL, we’ll discuss the number of questions in these exams only.Untitled-1From the information provided above, the marks distribution and percentage allocated for quantitative aptitude questions are as follows.

Exam Name Percentage of Quantitative Aptitude Section   Total Number of Questions
 IBPS PO  Prelims  35%  35 out of 100 Questions
 SBI PO  Prelims  35%  35 out of 100 Questions
 SSC CGL  Tier-I  25%  25 out of 100 Questions

From the figures above, we can clearly see that both IBPS PO Prelims and SBI PO Prelims have a larger percentage of Quantitative Aptitude Questions than SSC CGL Tier 1.


Difference #2: IBPS PO, SBI PO and SSC CGL – Question Type & Difficulty Level Comparison for Quantitative Aptitude Section

Here, we will talk about the type of problems and the level of difficulty faced by candidates while solving them.

  1. Due to the difference in the syllabus of each exam, one cannot compare the level of questions asked in Quantitative Aptitude Section of SSC CGL Tier 1, SBI PO and IBPS PO.
  2. In IBPS PO and SSC CGL Examination, problems based on Quantitative Aptitude are mostly around Arithmetic Abilities. However, in the case of SBI PO, most questions are based on Data Analysis and Data Interpretation, like Tables, Charts, Graphs, Reports etc. with little to no emphasis on Arithmetic Abilities.

The reason behind such an exam pattern for SBI PO is – A bank executive has to deal with large volume of data on a daily basis. He/ She needs to possess the ability to Read, Interpret, Analyse, Consolidate, and Summarise large volumes of data in the form of Reports, Tables, Charts, and Graphs.

Hence, SBI PO Examination emphasizes more on Data Interpretation and Data Analysis. However, you can still expect a few questions on Arithmetic Abilities in SBI PO Recruitment Examination.


Difference #3: IBPS PO, SBI PO and SSC CGL – Study Plan/ Exam Strategy for Quantitative Aptitude Section

Since we now can make out that the level of questions and overall composition of quantitative aptitude section of IBPS PO, SBI PO and SSC CGL is quite different, the exam strategy or study plan varies.

IBPS PO and SBI PO Study Plan for Quantitative Aptitude

  • In SBI PO and IBPS PO Examination, one also has to deal with concepts of Probability and Permutation and Combination. These subjects have been rated as the most confusing ones by a number of Bank Exam Aspirants.
  • Your focus should be improving your mathematical prowess over DI concepts as Geometry and Trigonometry based problems will not be asked in SBI and IBPS PO Prelims Exam.
  • The difficulty level of arithmetic questions is relatively higher and are calculation-based. Try and push yourself on how to prepare and how to attempt such questions.

When we talk about IBPS PO vs SBI PO, the quantitative aptitude questions asked in IBPS PO are based more on logic and skill whereas SBI PO will be more calculation based.

SSC CGL Study Plan for Quantitative Aptitude

  • Your main focus should be towards scanning all the questions first. There are always a few questions in quantitative aptitude section which can be solved or attempted by simple inspection.
  • Practice questions based on the concepts of Trigonometry and Geometry. They might appear in SSC Combined Graduate Level Exam (Tier 1) more than other topics.
  • Since quantitative aptitude has equal weightage among 4 sections, dedicate time to other sections too.
  • Even though you might find questions easy to solve, try not to over-attempt as there are a few tricky ones embedded which may lead to losing valuable marks.

One Similar aspect shared by IBPS PO, SBI PO and SSC CGL is – in each written exam, there are always a few questions which are lengthy and time-consuming. The best exam strategy for such questions would be to skip as each question carries same marks. 


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