The SBI Clerk examination is conducted annually for the recruitment of clerks in the organisation. The examination is conducted in two phases, preliminary and mains. The official dates for the exams are not yet released. The pattern for this exam is expected to remain the same as there has not been made any official announcement regarding change in pattern.
A candidate only qualifies for the mains exam if he/she clears the preliminary examination. The SBI Clerk prelim exam is expected to be conducted in October/November. The Mains exam is expected to be conducted in December.
Both the Preliminary and Mains exams will be Online MCQ based exams.
This paper will be of 100 marks with a duration of 1 hour. The exam can be attempted in Hindi or English.
The paper will be having 3 sections namely English Language which will be of 30 marks containing 30 questions., Reasoning, and Numerical ability, which will be of 35 marks having 35 questions. Each section will have a duration of 20 minutes.
Common characteristics between Preliminary and Mains exam
Each correct answer will be awarded 1 mark and 0.25 marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer. There will be 5 options for each question out of which the correct responses have to selected and submitted.
Detailed Preliminary Syllabus
English Language- Reading Comprehension, Cloze test, Fillers, Spotting errors, Sentence improvement, Filling the blanks.
Reasoning- Puzzle and arrangement, Inequality, Syllogism, Coding-Decoding, Blood relations, Direction senses, Order and Ranking.
Numerical Ability- Number series, Simplification/Approximation, Quadratic equation, Data interpretation, Data sufficiency, Miscellaneous.
The Mains exam will be of 200 marks with a duration of 2 hours and 40 minutes. The syllabus of Preliminary and the Mains exam are similar. The Mains exam contains an additional section namely General/Financial awareness.
This paper will contain General English of 40 marks having 40 questions and a duration of 35 minutes, Reasoning Ability and Computer aptitude of 60 marks having 50 questions and a duration of 45 minutes, Quantitative aptitude with 50 marks and 50 questions and a duration of 45 minutes, General/Financial awareness with 50 marks having 50 questions and a duration of 35 minutes.
Detailed Syllabus for Mains exam
General English- Reading comprehension, Sentence rearrangement or para jumbles, Sentence correction/error finding, Spell checks, Fillers, Cloze test.
Quantitative aptitude- Simplification, Number series, Data sufficiency, Data interpretation, Quadratic equation, Time, Distance and work, Partnership, Profit and loss, Simple and compound interest, Mixture and allegation, Ratio and proportion averages and percentages.
Reasoning ability- Internet, Machine Input/Output, Syllogism, Blood relation, Direction sense, Inequalities, Puzzles, Coding-Decoding, Ranking, Statement and assumptions.
General/Financial awareness- Current affairs-banking industry news, books and authors, obituaries, new schemes of central and state government.
Static GK– Country-Capitals, Currencies, headquarters of financial organisations, dance forms, nuclear and thermal power stations.
Banking/Financial terms, Static awareness, Banking and Financial awareness.
Computer Awareness- Basics of Computer Hardware, software, Generation of computers, DBMS, Networking, Internet, MS Office, Input-Output devices, Important abbreviations.
The SBI Clerk exam is like most of the banking examinations. The detailed SBI Clerk syllabus with weightage and pattern has been given below, hope these are helpful for all the aspirants.
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