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    Updated : 31-Aug-2017
    Quantitative aptitude preparation for SBI Clerk Exam

    SBI is one of the oldest and largely trusted financial institutions of India. State Bank of India announces notification for the recruitment of Probationary Officer post through their online mode and various other channels. Desired Candidates can apply online directly. Below are the details to be furnished for the online submission-

    • Filling up basic information
    • Uploading of photograph & signature
    • Preview the Application before final submission
    • Application Fee Payment

    Quantitative Analysis for SBI Clerk

    Make priority of these chapters first. These chapters make the most repetitive appearances in the exam and are expected to count for a major chunk of the marks. Around 60% questions on Quantitative Analysis for SBI Clerk Preliminary paper mostly comes from these chapters.

    1. Number Series 
    2. Simplification 
    3. Data Interpretation (DI)

    Strategy to prepare for SBI Clerk Quantitative

    Simplify: Because it covers almost 30-40% of the Quantitative section. These questions will be relatively easier than the other questions in this section. Learn how to make quick calculations by practicing more questions and by looking up shortcut tricks. It will not only save your time but also help you score more. Problems will be on BODMAS, Square and Cubes, Values approximation, Decimals, Surds and Indices, and Percentage.

    Number Series : For IBPS clerk exam, Solve around 300 questions on Number Series based on various patterns. You will gain confidence and start analyzing patterns more quickly. Make sure to remember every pattern and how to solve difficult ones and for that practice as much as possible. Devoting more time for topics needing more practice, will actually help you to crack the subject with good scores.

    Data Interpretation: Practice daily 1 set each on Tabulation, Pie Chart, Line Graph, Bar Graph and Miscellaneous DI questions which include word problems. Around 5-10 questions will surely be from this topic which we have been talking about. Almost all DI questions are based on three concepts of Mathematics viz. Percentages, Averages and Ratios. So, you should be prepared to practice Average, Percentage and Ratio questions also.

    Scoring Chapters for IBPS Clerk Exam

    Questions from these chapters are somewhat not that difficult. You may find few problems on this in the paper but you won’t find too many difficult questions. So if you can solve these questions, you can easily score a lot. Solving questions on these chapters correctly in the exam is very important to crack Quant for SBI Clerk Prelims.

    1. Average
    2. Percentages
    3. Profit and Loss
    4. Interest
    5. Ratio and Proportions


    As you have less time left for the exam, we hope that you have some basic knowledge of the chapters we talked about. Simply make a habit to do one Mock test paper daily. Learn to solve these questions mentally as much as possible, as they will really help you save time as well. The best way to memorize how to solve these questions without calculating on paper is to practice them on the app.  Average, Percentage and Ratio concepts are used in Data Interpretation questions also, are a part of the question paper so don’t neglect these chapters.

    Tricky Chapters

    Spend a good amount of time on these chapters. At least 5-6 questions will come from these topics in Quant for SBI Clerk Prelims paper. The questions on these chapters can be tricky. Getting these problems right could mean the difference between selection and disqualification.

    1. Permutation and Combination
    2. Probability
    3. Speed, Time & Distance
    4. Algebra
    5. Time & Work (including Pipes & Cisterns)
    6. Mensuration
    7. Mixture Problems


    Around 5-6 questions will come in the exam. Practice these topics on regular basis.

    Permutation & Combination: Arrangements of letters of a word is asked often. So you should emphasize more on this. Also practice arrangement of boys and girls in a row.

    Speed, Time & Distance: Problem on Trains, Boat and Stream, Average Speed are mostly asked in the exam but they tend to be tricky. So make sure you have your basics clear and you practice these problems sufficiently before the exam.

    Time & Work: Work Efficiency and Pipes & Cisterns types of questions are frequently asked. Learn shortcut methods to make sure that you don’t get confused in the basic concepts.

    SBI Clerk Salary Allowances

     Clerk cadre employees will be eligible for reimbursement of various perquisites, Provident Fund, Gratuity, and Pension under New Pension Scheme. Medical, Leave fare and few other facilities are as per the guidelines of the Bank issued from time to time.

    Some of the allowances that the SBI bestows on its Junior Associates in clerical cadre are as followed:

    – DA Benefit - When inflation is high, DA goes up and when inflation falls, DA goes down respectively.

    – House Rent Allowance (HRA): This allowance depends on the place of posting and cadre. Employees posted in metros like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata etc. are given a better HRA in comparison to those posted in other cities.

    – Junior Agricultural Associates can be eligible to get an additional amount, called Special Pay which is reckoned for DA, HRA and superannuation benefits.

    – Other than the above discussed pointers, SBI Clerk Salary also includes various perquisites like Furniture Allowance, House Maintenance Allowance, Books & Magazine Allowance, Briefcase Allowance, Reimbursement of Telephone Bills etc.

    Perks of Being an SBI Clerk Junior Associate

    The different perks of being an SBI Clerk Junior Associate are as under followed:
    – Flexible work hours and working in shifts.
    – Travelling and changing challenges.
    – No door-to-door sales.
    – Stable work environment.
    – Upward mobility.
    – Encash privilege leaves.

    Here are some quick tips to crack the examination:

    • Revision is mandatory: Do not try anything new just before a day of the main examination. Revise the books that you already have gone through before. 
    • Practice Speed: The main factor in competitive examinations is speed. Completing papers with a set time-limit and test yourself that on which topics you have a strong and a weak hold. If you are doubtful regarding any question, do not waste your time. Rather, move on to other questions and in the end try attempting it.
    • Negative marking: Avoid the negative marking during the examination; mark an answer only if you are totally confident about it. If you will just make wild guesses, it might lead to negative marking. 

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