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About SBI Clerk Exam

  • SBI Clerk Exam is a two-staged online examination attempted to secure a job in various branches under State Bank of India.
  • It is administered by State Bank of India.
  • The posts offered by SBI are of Junior Associates (Customer Support and Sales) and Junior Agricultural Associates in Clerical Cadre.
  • There are approx. 20,000 vacancies available all over India.
  • The exam is conducted in two stages: preliminary and mains.
  • The candidates that clear the preliminary exams are qualified for the mains examination.
  • The preliminary exams are conducted in the month of May/June while mains are conducted during July.
  • No interviews are done for selection of candidates for the post of Clerical Cadre.
  • The post is provided in various places depending on the marks and rank secured.
  • The salary for the post is around 20,900.

Who Accepts SBI Clerk Exam

  • SBI Clerk Exam score and rank is only accepted by SBI and depending upon it the post is assigned to various branches across the country.


  • The application fee for SC/ST/PWD/XS is Rs.100.
  • The application fee for General and OBC is Rs.600.


  • The candidate needs to be a citizen of India.
  • The candidate should not be below 20 years and not above 28 years.
  • The minimum educational qualification required is graduation degree for Junior Associates.
  • For the post of Junior Agriculture Associates, one must have graduation in Agriculture or its allied branches.

Important Dates

  • The online registration starts from the month of April till the month ends.
  • The candidate needs to register online and make payment within the mentioned period.
  • The applicants are required to print their application form before the month of May.
  • The preliminary exam is held between May to June.
  • The results of the preliminary exam are displayed in the month of June.
  • The mains exam is held in the month of July.
  • The result of mains exam is displayed in August.
  • The candidates need to prepare for an interview held at the end of August.
  • The final selected candidate’s list is displayed between September/October.

Application Procedure

  • The students can register for SBI CLERK EXAM online in the month of April.
  • There are five sections in the form that are to be filled.
  • Candidate needs to fill up the basic details and upload a recent photograph.
  • The post of interest is to be selected, and necessary field of education is to be filled.
  • Before payment, one needs to check for error as no corrections are entertained.
  • The payment can be done via Debit/Credit/Net Banking.

Exam Pattern

  • The exam takes place in two stages: preliminary and mains.
  • The preliminary exam is of 1 hour while mains is 2 hours 40 minutes.
  • Preliminary Exam:
    • Consists of 100 questions carry one mark each.
    • Questions asked from English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning Ability.
    • Candidates need to qualify in each section.
  • Mains Exam:
    • Consists of 190 question of 200 marks.
    • Questions asked from General/Financial Awareness, General English, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude.
Preliminary Examination Sections Number of Questions Marks
English Language 30 questions 30 marks
Numerical Ability 35 questions 35 marks
Reasoning Ability 35 questions 35 marks


Mains Examination Sections Number of Questions Marks Time
General/Financial Awareness 50 questions 50 marks 35 minutes
General English 40 questions 40 marks 35 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 50 questions 50 marks 40 minutes
Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 questions 60 marks 40 minutes
  • There is a negative marking associated with each question.
  • ¼ of the marks of the question is deducted as negative marking.
  • Reasoning:

    • This section is an easy scoring section
    • Most of the questions are of comprehension reasoning.
    • It may also contain logical question related to the seating arrangement, blood relation, etc.
  • English:

    • The topics of this section are errors, comprehension, cloze test, etc.
    • Comprehension is lengthy, so time management is the must.
  • Quantitative Aptitude:

    • This section determines the selection of the candidate.
    • This section is time-consuming, so the time from the previous section is to be saved.
    • The questions of this section are tough in the whole paper.
    • Usually, questions related to data interpretation and simplification are asked.
  • General Awareness:

    • Candidate should be updated with latest facts and news.
    • The maximum question in this section is from current affairs.
    • Topics are Banking & finance, current affairs, Science & Technology, etc.
    • This section has a negative marking.
  • Financial Awareness:

    • Knowledge of RBI & its role, main function, banks in India, policy rates, etc. (can be seen in an official page) are to be prepared.
    • Apart from the syllabus, a candidate needs to be aware of news from last six months.
  • Computer Knowledge:

    • The syllabus is not so vast.
    • The daily life requirement operations in the computer are checked.


  • There are two stages, and one need to clear both the stage to get the job.
  • The cut off for preliminary exam varies from 47 to 50.
  • The cut off depends upon various factors such as difficult, the number of applicants, etc.


  • The results of the preliminary exam are displayed in the month of June.
  • The result of mains exam is displayed in August.
  • The final selected candidate’s list is displayed between September/October.

Important Websites

Preparation Tips

  • Reasoning:

    • Topics to focus: Making series/analogy, Number Series questions, Coding, and decoding, Logical Reasoning Problem Solving, Passage and conclusions type questions, Comprehension Reasoning,
    • It is one of the most scoring sections of the exam.
    • First of all, collect the study materials related to the exam like previous year question papers, important books, sample question paper, etc.
    • Learn all the formulas and revise it again and again.
    • Make short notes of tricks of all the sections.
    • Practice more and more no of the question. The more you practice, the better you get.
    • During the exam don’t panic and solve the questions with full concentration.
  • General knowledge:

    • Topics to focus: Current Affairs of last six months, Indian Economy Questions, Marketing, Awards &Honors Sports, Finance, Indian Constitution, Agriculture, History of Banking, Banking Terms, RBI Functions, Fiscal-Monetary Policies, etc.
    • Read newspapers, magazines, etc.
    • Watch news channels.
    • Solve previous year GK question paper of SBI to know the pattern and section from which most questions are being asked.
    • Make notes of current affairs.
    • Involve yourself in group discussions regarding current topics.
  • English:

    • Topics to focus: Fill in the Blanks, Comprehension Passage, phrases, and idioms, Spotting Error Questions, Preposition, Sentence Rearrangement Questions, etc.
    • Improve your grammar and vocabulary by reading the newspaper, magazines, nobles, etc.
    • For basic grammar go for any Standard English grammar book.
    • Watch English TV series and movies.
    • Watch English news channels.
    • Practice previous year question paper to improve your comprehension skills.
    • Write blogs, a diary to improve your writing skills and sentence forming skills.
  • Quantitative Aptitude:

    • Topics to focus: Data Interpretation, Sequence & Series, Number System, Quadratic Equations, Sequence & Series, Ratio, Proportion Percentage & Averages, Simplification, etc.
    • Solve lots of sample question paper.
    • Check your speed by attending mock tests.
    • Solve previous year question papers to get acquainted with question pattern.
  • Computer skills:

    • Topics to focus: Basic of Computers, Operating System Functions, Basic internet knowledge and protocols, Computer Basic Questions, Network basics (LAN & WAN), Generations of the computer, Input & Output Device, Shortcuts & Basic knowledge MS Word, MS Excel, MS power point, Computer Shortcuts, etc.
    • Practice all the concerned programmes in your computer.
    • Explore various uses of these programmes.
  • Smart Work:

    • In today’s competitive scenario smart work pays more than hard work.
    • The examination has a time limit with difficulty evenly distributed, so it is advised to have a strategy before the examination.
    • One need to prepare the time to be given for each question of different sections and utilising certain time saved for attempting the difficult question.
  • Check on Preparation:

    • It is always necessary to know whether the study plan prepared is doing the needful work.
    • One can take up mock test and appear once a week and know the pro SBI CLERK EXAM.
    • The areas of focus are to be marked and improved.
    • The stronger areas are also to be revised as to get maximum efficiency from such areas.
  • Familiarise with Each Section Instructions:

    • Each section is allotted its time.
    • The questions of a section are to be attempted when the time for the section is given.
    • The section contents and the way of writing answers in them should be well prepared.
    • In doing so, the efficiency is maximised as one gains confidence and stays calm during the examination.
  • Minimise the Stress:

    • There is always an immense pressure during the day of examination.
    • One need to stay calm and relaxed while attempting the paper.
    • This helps to take a correct decision under difficulty and think clearly for an answer.
    • Proper sleep and diet are recommended to keep the stress level low.

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