Learn How to Prepare for SBI Clerk Quantitative Aptitude Section. Learn about detailed syllabus, books, time management, and study plan for this section.
In this series of articles we are talking about SBI Clerk Preliminary Examination. Hence today I am going to tell you about the 3rd section of this preliminary examination.
In the SBI Clerk Quantitative Aptitude Section of Preliminary Examination of Clerk, there will be 35 questions on Quantitative Aptitude of 35 marks. There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks. For Quantitative Aptitude section I would like to suggest you to avoid guess work. In QA section you can achieve 100% accuracy if you solve the question using proper method. Guess only when you have almost no time and answer seems apparently correct.
Syllabus for SBI Quantitative Aptitude Section:
The level of the questions in this section is going to be easy. Most of the questions will be simple and straight forward. In this section the questions will be from 8th and 10th standard level books. There will be a range of topics but broadly the questions will be from series, data sufficiency, percentage, mixture and Alligation, average, time & Distances, problems on trains, boats and streams, simple interest, compound interest, mensuration, volume, area, circles, permutation and combination, number system, time and work, pipes and cisterns, simplifications, profit and loss, height and distance, ratio and proportion, surds, data interpretation, chart and graphs etc.
Which book should be referred for SBI Clerk Quantitative Aptitude Section?
If you really want to master your QA for this exam or for any other bank exam, you must refer to R. S. Agarwal Quantitative Aptitude book. In my view this is the best available book and you have to refer it. I too had cracked many competitive exams and have read this book at least 10 times. You need to solve this book again and again. It covers almost all the topics. There are other good books also which I will also suggest you at the end of the post. But this one is really a must read.
Time Management during the Exam: About time management I have also told you in my earlier posts also. There will be only 60 minutes time in preliminary examination. One hour time is very less time and you cannot afford to waste a single minute. Those who will manage their time properly will have better chances to qualify. You should allocate your time like this, English – 15 minutes, Numerical Ability – 20 minutes and Reasoning – 25 minutes.
However this is my personal view. If you want to allocate time differently you may go for that. But please do some time management planning otherwise 60 minutes will finish in no time. You can solve the QA section easily in 20 minutes but for that your preparation should be very good. In practice sets try to solve 35 questions in 15 minutes. Again I will say that if one can master entire book of R S Agarwal, he or she can easily score high marks in this section.
How to increase speed for SBI Clerk Quantitative Aptitude Section: Speed and accuracy are the key for this section. But to achieve that you need to devote some time to learn the concepts. You will also need to practice on a daily basis from the previous papers as well as from mock tests. Develop a habit of solving questions in your mind. Since the level of questions is not going to high, ability of calculation in mind will help you saving precious time. I can share my experience which may help you. I was never a good student of math but when I started my preparation for competitive exams within 3-4 months I got very good command on this section. Initially I solved R S Agarwal book by making notes. Later on I started reading it like a novel and solved it many times by doing calculation in mind only. This kind of practice helped me a lot in preparation of competitive exams as well as in general life. Now I do not need calculator for calculations or writing on notebook. Most of the time I try to solve questions in mind only. The purpose of sharing is that you can also develop this kind of habit which will help you a lot.
SBI Clerk Quantitative Aptitude Section
Like the earlier two sections this section also requires lot of efforts and practice. With efforts and regular studies you can master this section. But let me tell you frankly that you should not adopt shortcut for success. Make full and sincere efforts and you will see how easy it is to master this section or any other section. Let us now make a study plan for SBI Clerk Quantitative Aptitude Section.
- Prepare each and every topic of syllabus.
- Study from quality books only, poor books will waste your time and spoil your preparation.
- Try to do most of the calculation in your mind only.
- R S Agarwal book is a highly recommended book for this section.
- Initially try to learn the concepts and then practice from previous papers and mock test.
- Daily give 2 hours for preparation of this section.
- Analyze questions which you could not solve and learn them so that you can do them correctly, next time.
- Do not waste your time. Competition is tough, the more you work hard, the better chance you will have. Do meaningful things; it will give you energy and confidence which helps in your preparation.
- Once you have decided to appear in any competitive exam, give your 100%.
As I have told you that poor quality books will spoil your preparation. Therefore select good books only. Some of the very good books for QA section of Bank Exams I have mentioned below. If you wish you can purchase the books directly from Amazon by clicking the links given of each book.
Quantitative Ptitude for Competitive Exams
Publication: S Chand
Author: Dr R S Agarwal
Author: M Tyra