SBI Clerk Preparation – How to Prepare for SBI Clerk

In this post I am going to tell you about SBI Clerk Preparation plan and how one should prepare for this exam. SBI Clerk is one of the most popular exams of our country and among the bank exams it is considered as a very important exam.

In this article about SBI Clerk Preparation I am going to tell you about following things:

  • Eligibility Criteria for SBI Clerk
  • Exam Pattern
  • Syllabus
  • How much time is required for SBI Clerk Preparation?
  • What should be the daily schedule for SBI Clerk Preparation?
  • Level of competition in SBI Clerk
  • Why SBI Clerk Job is so attractive?
  • Job Profile of a SBI Clerk
  • Conclusion

Eligibility Criteria for SBI Clerk

To be eligible for SBI Clerk one should have a graduate degree from any recognized university. Final year students can also apply provided they have to submit proof of passing the graduation examination at the time of interview.

To be eligible for SBI Clerk the minimum age is 20 years and the upper age limit is 28 years. There is relaxation in age as per the government norms.

Exam Pattern

Before starting SBI Clerk Preparation you must know about the SBI Clerk Selection Process. The selection process includes written test and Personal Interview. The duration of the objective type written test is 2 hours 15 minutes.

Those interested in SBI Clerk Preparation should be well aware of the Exam pattern of the SBI Clerk. Here we are explaining in brief about the exam pattern of SBI Clerk.

Pattern and test duration of SBI Clerical exam:

  • General Awareness, total 40 questions of 40 marks.
  • General English, total 40 questions of 40 marks.
  • Quantitative Aptitude, total 40 questions of 40 marks.
  • Reasoning Ability, total 40 questions of 40 marks.
  • Marketing Aptitude/ Computer Knowledge, total 40 questions of 40 marks.

Hence there will be five papers each of 40 questions. Overall there will be 200 questions of 200 marks.

Negative Marking in SBI Clerk:

There is also negative marking. In one of my earlier articles I have guided my students about how they can tackle negative marking. Negative marking means that for every wrong answer there is a negative marking of 1/4th or 0.25. This means that if you attempt four wrong questions your one mark will be deducted.


Reasoning: Verbal and Non verbal reasoning viz. Number series, Coding-Decoding, Analogy, Blood Relations, Syllogism, Calendar problems, Sitting arrangement, Ranking test, Visualization, statement and assumptions, Venn diagram, Input-Output, Decision making, Logical reasoning etc.

English Language: Synonyms and Antonyms, Comprehension, Cloze test, Word arrangement, sentence arrangement, Fill in the blanks, Error correction, One word substitution, Idioms and phrases ,word meanings etc.

Quantitative Aptitude: Simplification, Average, Percentage, Time and work, Time and Distance, Profit and loss, Simple interest and Compound interest, Problem on ages, Data interpretation, Data sufficiency, Quadratic equation etc.

General Awareness: Current affairs (National & International), Major financial and economic news, important days, Awards and honors, Books and authors, Sports, Abbreviations, Scientific aspects, Special emphasis on banking awareness and many more daily updates.

Marketing and Computer Knowledge: Marketing basics, basics of computer, shortcut keys, Input, Output, Internet, MS Office (MS word, MS excel, MS Power Point), Computer architecture, Computer abbreviations etc.

How much time is required for SBI Clerk Preparation?

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There are no set time limits in competitive exams however to all my students I would like to tell that if you are determined for success you can get it quickly. But you have to be full of focus and must follow a strict time table for this exam. If one is determined and can follow a strict routine for preparation he or she can have very good command over all sections of the exams in six months. In my view six months preparation is sufficient. But that does not mean that you will qualify it in the first attempt. You can qualify the exam in first attempt itself but since it is a competitive exam hence there is no guarantee of success. Even if you fail the best strategy is to continue your preparation and try to improve your preparation and speed as much as you can. If you have will power and determination you are bound to get success.

What should be the daily schedule for SBI Clerk Preparation?

For six months of SBI Clerk Preparation you must follow a very strict preparation schedule. You must study at least 1 hour for each section every day. Initially you must learn the concepts and later focus on increasing speed and solving practice sets and previous papers.

Every day candidates should read at least a good English newspaper thoroughly. English newspaper reading can help improve you General Awareness and English language. Therefore devote time towards reading newspaper. It also increases your capacity to read faster which also help during the exams.

Important for SBI Clerk Preparation

Time Management, Accuracy and Speed

These three words are key to success in SBI Clerk exam, if you can manage and allocate your time properly for section wise preparation you can prepare well. Accuracy is also very important as you cannot compromise with accuracy at any cost. Speed is also very important for a good SBI Clerk Preparation, but initially you should try to learn the concepts and once you have confidence in your preparation you should focus on increasing the speed.

Level of competition in SBI Clerk

Competition is quite tough in SBI Clerk exam. But it is also true that if you can prepare as suggested above you will surely get success sooner or later. As far as level of competition is concerned every year lacs of students appear in SBI Clerk Exam and only a few thousands get selected.

Why SBI Clerk Job is so attractive?

SBI or State Bank of India is the most prestigious bank of the country and SBI Clerk job is considered as best clerical job in the banking industry. In SBI you get attractive salary, perks and allowances and at the same time you have very good chance of faster promotions.

Job Profile of a SBI Clerk

SBI Clerk normally works in front office seats and is responsible for providing excellent customer service to the customer. Now-a-days SBI is also using for its clerical staff for various marketing and cross selling jobs.

Conclusion: I hope I have provided you sufficient information on SBI Clerk. With the help of this article I am sure you will be able to manage your SBI Clerk Preparation in a much better ways. However tips suggested by me are based on my experience. You can form your own ways also for SBI Clerk Preparation. But one thing is sure that for getting success in SBI Clerk you have to be very determined and should prepare in a much focused manner. If you have any queries do post your comments.

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