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SBI Junior Assistant Exam : Practice Paper- 1 for Preliminary Examination 2023

Preliminary Examination consisting of Objective Tests for 100 marks will be conducted online. This test would be of 1 hour duration consisting of 3 Sections as follows:

Sr.No.Name of testNo. of QuestionsMarksDuration
1.English Language3030Composite Time of 1 hours
2.Quantitative Aptitude3535
3.Reasoning Ability3535

Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests and those who rank sufficiently high will be merit listed for the Main Examination. The number of candidates to be shortlisted from the Preliminary Examination for the Main Examination will be 20 times (approx.) the number of vacancies in each category.

Here is The Practice Paper

Section 1: English Language (30 marks) Directions: Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:

Passage: The Indian economy is in a state of flux, with a range of challenges and opportunities that need to be addressed. In recent years, India has made significant progress in various areas such as technology, infrastructure, and human development. However, there are still many areas where progress has been slow or inadequate. One of the biggest challenges facing India is the issue of poverty and inequality. Despite recent economic growth, a large proportion of the population still lives below the poverty line. This requires urgent attention from policymakers and stakeholders.


  1. What is the current state of the Indian economy?
  2. In which areas has India made significant progress in recent years?
  3. What is the biggest challenge facing India?
  4. Despite recent economic growth, what is the status of poverty in India?
  5. Who needs to address the issue of poverty and inequality in India?

Section 2: Quantitative Aptitude (35 marks) Directions: Solve the following problems:

  1. A person sells a watch at a profit of 20%. If he had sold it for Rs. 20 more, he would have gained 25%. Find the cost price of the watch.
  2. The ratio of the present ages of A and B is 2:3. If their ages are in the respective ratio of 4:5, then what will be the ratio of their ages after 10 years?
  3. Find the average of the first 20 natural numbers.
  4. A tank can be filled by two pipes A and B in 12 hours and 15 hours respectively. If both the pipes are opened simultaneously, how much time will it take to fill the tank?
  5. The difference between the compound interest and the simple interest on a certain sum at 20% per annum for 2 years is Rs. 150. Find the sum.

Section 3: Reasoning Ability (35 marks) Directions: Answer the following questions:

  1. If ‘A’ is coded as ‘Z’, ‘B’ is coded as ‘Y’, ‘C’ is coded as ‘X’ and so on, then how will ‘PURPLE’ be coded?
  2. In a certain code language, ‘JUMP’ is written as ‘KNQN’. How will ‘LEAF’ be written in the same code?
  3. If ‘football’ is called ‘cricket’, ‘cricket’ is called ‘basketball’, ‘basketball’ is called ‘hockey’, ‘hockey’ is called ‘tennis’, and ‘tennis’ is called ‘volleyball’, which game is played with a bat?
  4. A word is represented by only one set of numbers as given below: PENCIL: 7 3 1 9 5 8. How is ‘PEN’ written in that code language?
  5. How many such pairs of letters are there in the word ‘REFLECTION’ each of which has as many letters between them in the word as in the English alphabet?

Best of luck with your practice!

Answer Sheet is Available Here

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