Prepare Yourself for the upcoming SBI Clerk Exam


The State Bank of India is a leading Public Sector Bank of the country and is one of the most prestigious organisations in terms of career prospect and growth. Every year SBI conducts recruitment to appoint candidates at Officer and Junior Associate posts. 

In terms of vacancies, the maximum number of vacancies are released under the clerical cadre and comparatively less for Probationary Officer and Specialist Officer posts. Discusses below are the best ways and tips in which an aspirant can prepare for the SBI Junior Associate or clerk exam. 

Aspirants who missed an opportunity to apply for the 2020 recruitment can now move ahead and start their preparation for 2021. Those willing to apprehend the standard of exam or the types of questions asked, can visit the SBI Clerk free mock test page and clarify all their doubts. 

SBI Clerk Exam Pattern & Syllabus

The first and foremost step to start the exam preparation is to analyse the exam pattern and syllabus. Once a candidate knows what needs to be prepared, scheduling a table table becomes easy.

Thus, given below is the exam pattern for clerical cadre post for Prelims and Mains examination:

Prelims Exam Pattern
Section No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20 minutes
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
English Language 30 30 20 minutes
Mains Exam Pattern
Section No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
English Language 40 40 35 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 minutes
Reasoning Ability 50 60 45 minutes
General Awareness 50 50 35 minutes

Of the two phases the preliminary exam is only qualifying in nature and the final merit list of the applicants is released based on the marks scored by them in the Mains examination. 

Top Tips for SBI Junior Associate Examination

Given below the key tips which will help you with your exam preparation for SBI Clerk 2021:

  • Strategise a Time Table – Based on the syllabus and subjects included, sort out a strict study plan and follow it to the core. Ensure sufficient time is dedicated for preparation of each subject
  • Set Achievable Goals – While strategising the time table, set goals which are achievable. Do not overburden yourself with too many things to study at the same time and systematically manage the time
  • Refer to Online/Offline Assistance – The bank exam syllabus is comprehensive and candidates facing problem in understanding the concepts or willing to know tricks to simplify the solutions must look for online or offline assistance
  • Turn to Video Lectures – At times when candidates opt for self study, they may have some doubts. In this case, they must look for online video lectures where the explanation is more interactive and understandable
  • Focus is the Key – The number of hours you study does not count if that study period is not focussed learning. Concentration is the key to understand any concept 
  • Get Your Concepts Clear – With the increasing competition, the conducting bodies tend to increase the difficulty level of the exam, however, the topics are the same. Thus, getting your concepts clear is a must
  • Analyse Previous Year Papers – Solving papers from previous years will help a candidate analyse their performance and growth. Also, help them understand the exact exam pattern and types of questions asked
  • Stay Regular and Disciplined – Since the syllabus is exhaustive, it is important that a candidate does not skip their studies and does not become careless. Regularity with preparation is important
  • Revise – To ensure that you do not forget the things learnt the previous day, make revision a habit. Important formulas, tricks and equations must me on fingertips as they will simplify the solution for you

Apart from all this there are small last minute tips which one must always follow. Download the admit card on time and ensure that there are no errors in it, reach the exam centre timely, carry all the required documents along as these small things can be a cause of last-minute panic and affect your performance in the exam. Candidates willing to know more about the admit card, exam venue and rules to be followed, cand visit the SBI Hall Ticket page.Furthermore, although a clerical cadre post, SBI Clerk offers many opportunities of career growth and promotions will help an employee grow in the organisation. Thus, aspirants must work hard and prepare themselves well enough to crack the exam.