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  • SBI Clerk Examination Tips and Tricks

    Updated : 16-Sep-2017
    SBI Clerk Examination Tips and Tricks

    State Bank of India is the most trusted bank in India and also one of the most trusted one as well. To get a job profile in any SBI sector is very difficult and those you get the chance of securing a job has to go through an exam made for the particular job level. State Bank of India releases notification for the recruitment for the post of clerk. To apply for the clerk post’s examination, the candidates have to apply it through the SBI official website. The procedure of filling the important details is given below:

    • Fill up the information asked
    • Uploading of signature & photograph
    • Check all the information that you filled
    • Pay the required fee

    Name of the exam: SBI clerk

    Exam conducting body: State Bank of India

    Exam level: all over India

    Average SBI clerk salary: 20,950 which will be increasing according to your work experience.


    • All candidates who have completed graduation from a recognized university and board.
    • Age criteria: age of the candidate should be between 20 to 28 years.
    • The candidate must be able to write in English and Hindi
    • The candidates should also know the language of the sate from where they are applying
    • Candidates who are in their final semester can also apply


    The various stages of selection of SBI clerk examination are given below

    • Prelims examination
    • Mains examination

    SBI Clerk Prelims examination

    To be eligible for any job in SBI sector the aspirants has to give the prelims examination. This is an objective exam and is of a total of 100 marks. Prelims exam consists of reasoning aptitude, English aptitude and quantitative aptitude sections. The candidates have to pass in each of the three section of the exam to qualify.

    SBI Clerk Mains examination:

    To sit for the mains exam the aspirants has to first clear the prelims examination. Mains exam is much more difficult and the questions are very tricky from the of prelims exam. The total numbers of marks are 200 in the mains exam which has to be completed in less than 2 hours and 40 minutes. One fourth marks will be deducted for each wrong answer as negative marking is one of the main reasons why most of the students fail to clear the exam. So if you will leave all the guessing game out f the examination hall, it would be better for you.  There are five sections in this exam namely general awareness section, English section, quantitative section, computer ability section and reasoning aptitude section.


    SBI clerk exam consists  of 100 questions and the allotted time is not more than 2 hours so the students has to prepare a strategy before going into the examination hall. This exam won’t only test your cognitive qualities and aptitude but also important things like time management. The important points to keep in mind before the exam are given below:

    • Improve your reading quality:

      The general knowledge section has all the current affairs related questions. Read newspaper, magazines, and books and also watch TV news channels on daily basis to get all the information related to current affairs from around the globe. This will not only help in your general knowledge section but also in English section as you will read the current affairs in English.
    • How Syllabus of PO and clerk differentiate:

      The syllabus of clerk exam is very less compared to that of probationary officer exam but the two are not same syllabus wise. The types of question mentioned in the exam in not at all the same as the level of the two jobs is different so the level of syllabus would also be different. Therefore, do not believe in any kind of rumor and check the official syllabus for the SBI official site.
    • Practice should be done on daily basis:

      There are many sites that offer sample paper and also provide previous year papers, so download them and test your ability. Also try mock tests online to upgrade yourself in terms of time management. Before two weeks of the exams or when you finish your preparation, start these mock tests and by this you will only get better. Divide your topics and the start from the difficult topic to the hardest one.
    • Get useful resources:

      Just before you start with you exam’s preparation, you need to collect all the books and notes necessary for the preparation of this exam. Get rid of all the hurdles and doubts. Keep a notebook handy so you can mark and note down all the information needed.
    • Keep enough time to study:

      You need to study hard and long to clear this exam as its preparation won’t be done in the last few weeks. It requires patient preparation over months. So start the preparation early and it would be easier for you to be good in speed, accuracy and time management.
    • Answer carefully:

      As negative marking is allowed so stop guessing, just leave the question as it is. Answer the question only if you are sure and feel confident about it. But if still you are confused between two option and you know one of them is correct just rethink it and answer the question
    • Be relaxed and Stress-Free:

      Be calm and stress free before the exam so you won’t commit and silly mistake. Don’t be awake all night long before the exam thinking you can prepare the last topics in an hour or two, instead take a long sleep and enter fresh in the examination hall.

    So at last you need to prepare as long and as hard as you can before the exam to top it. There is no shortcut in this exam’s preparation and hard working should be your mantra. Hope you found all the necessary information and tips to clear SBI clerk exam, if you have any queries please let us know in the comments.

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