The most awaited notification of State Bank of India (SBI) is finally out. Yes! SBI Clerk 2020 notification has been released. Interested candidates can apply after 20th January 2020. And here comes the great opportunity for you to become a part of the largest bank of the nation which is the ultimate dream of every bank job aspirants. So never miss the chance. Being one of the most sought after exams in the country, it demands a soul hearted hard work and commitment from the aspirants. But before starting your preparation, it is very important to have a clear picture about the examination pattern and syllabus. And in this article, we are going to discuss the same. Before that let us have a look at some other details of SBI Clerk 2020 examination.
SBI Clerk 2020 –At a Glance
|Name of posts||· Junior associate
· Junior agricultural associate
|Total number of vacancies||More than 8000|
|Name of organization||SBI (State Bank of India)|
|Application fee||Rs. 600 for general/ OBC category candidates
Rs. 100 for SC/ ST/ PWD and other reserved categories
|Exam phases||Preliminary exam
|Educational qualification||Graduation in any discipline|
|Selection process||Exams and personnel interview|
|Age limit||20 years to 28 years as on 1-4-2020|
SBI Clerk 2020-Important Dates
|Online application form available date||20th January 2020|
|Last date to submit application form||10th February 2020|
|Admit card available date||6th June 2020|
|Prelims exam||23,24 and 30 June 2020|
|Prelims exam result||June 2020|
|Admit card for mains||23rd July 2020|
|Mains exam||5th august 2020|
|Mains exam result||August 2020|
|Interview||4th week of august 2020|
|Final result||September 2020|
SBI Clerk 2020-Eligibility
Graduation in any discipline from a recognized university is the basic educational qualification required. The age of the candidate must be between 20 and 28 years. For reserved categories age relaxation will be provided.
SBI Clerk 2020 Vacancies
SBI Clerk is one of the most sought after exams in the country. The huge number of vacancies itself is the key factor that attracts thousands of aspirants towards this exam. SBI hasn’t made any official announcement regarding the vacancies of this year yet. Still over 8000 vacancies are expected.
Last year the number of vacancies was 8904.
Keep checking the official website of SBI and Entri blog for more updates regarding SBI Clerk 2020.
SBI Clerk 2020-Exam Pattern
- SBI Clerk examination comprises two stages- Preliminary and mains.
- Both the exams are conducted online.
- The preliminary examination consists of 100 objective type questions.
- The time duration of preliminary examination is one hour.
- The preliminary examination carries a total of 100 marks.
- There will be 5 different topics for the prelims each carrying 20 marks.
- Candidates will have to score the qualifying marks for each topic.
- The time duration of SBI clerk mains examination is 2 hours and 40 minutes.
- SBI clerk mains examination carries 190 objective type questions with 200 marks.
Preliminary Exam Pattern
|Name of the test||No. of questions||Marks||duration|
|English language||30||30||20 minutes|
|Numerical ability||35||35||20 minutes|
|Reasoning ability||35||35||20 minutes|
Main Exam Pattern
|Name of the test||No. of questions||Marks||Duration|
|General/ financial awareness||50||50||35 minutes|
|General English||40||40||35 minutes|
|Quantitative aptitude||50||50||45 minutes|
|Reasoning ability and computer aptitude||50||60||45 minutes|
|total||190||200||2 hours and 40 minutes|
NB: there will be a negative marking of ¼ marks for each wrong answer.
Based on the marks of mains examination, the eligible candidates will be invited for an interview which is the final stage of the recruitment process. Candidates are supposed to score the qualifying marks in the interview to get selected for the job.
SBI Clerk 2020-Syllabus
As we already mentioned SBI Clerk preliminary exam is an objective type exam with 100 questions. There will be three papers which are English language, numerical ability and reasoning respectively. The time duration of the exam is one hour. Now let us have a look at the syllabus of SBI Clerk preliminary examination.
|Numerical ability||English language||Reasoning|
|Number series||Reading comprehension||Puzzle and arrangement|
|Simplification/ approximation||Cloze test||Inequality|
|Data interpretation||Spotting errors||Coding decoding|
|Data sufficiency||Sentence improvement||Blood relations|
|miscellaneous||Fill in the blanks||Direction senses|
|Order and ranking|
SBI Clerk mains exam has 4 sections. They are,
- Reasoning ability
- Quantitative aptitude
- English language
- Banking and computer awareness
There will be 190 questions with a total of 200 marks. The time duration is two hours and 40 minutes.
The table below explains the syllabus of SBI Clerk mains examination.
|Reasoning||Quantitative aptitude||English language||General economy/ banking awareness||Computer awareness|
|Logical reasoning||Simplification||Reading comprehension||Financial awareness||Internet|
|Alphanumeric series||Profit and loss||Grammar||Current affairs||Memory|
|Ranking/ direction/ alphabet test||Mixture and allegations||Vocabulary||General knowledge||Keyboard shortcuts|
|Data sufficiency||Simple interest and compound interest
Surds and indices
|Verbal ability||Static awareness||Computer abbreviation|
|Coded inequalities||Work and time||Word association||Banking and financial awareness||Microsoft office|
|Seating arrangement||Time and distance||Sentence improvement||Computer hardware|
|Puzzle||Mensuration, cylinder, cone, sphere||Para jumbles||Computer software|
|Tabulation||Data interpretation||Cloze test||Operating system|
|Syllogism||Ratio and proportion percentage||Error spotting||Networking|
|Blood relations||Number systems||Fill in the blanks1q||Computer fundamentals/ terminologies|
|Input output||Sequence and series|
|Coding decoding||Permutation, combination and probability|
Best Books for SBI Clerk Exam Preparation
To make your efforts effective, it is really important to choose the best preparatory materials available. So here we are suggesting a list of books for each topic for you.
|Magical book on quicker mathematics by M. Tyra||BSC Publication|
|Data interpretation by Arun Sharma||TMH Publication|
|Quantitative Aptitude by R.S Aggarwal||S. Chand publication|
|Topic-wise solved papers for IBPS/ SBI Bank PO/ Clerk prelim and mains (2010-2016) quantitative aptitude||Disha Experts|
|A new approach to reasoning verbal and non verbal||Arihant publication|
|Modern approach to verbal reasoning by RS Agarwal||S. chand publication|
|Analytical reasoning by M.K Pandey||BSC Publication|
|Bank clerk reasoning chapter wise solved papers 2003-till date||Kiran Prakashan|
|Plinth to paramount (both volumes)||KD Publication|
|English grammar and composition by wren and Martin||S. Chand Publication|
|Objective English by S.P Bakshi||Arihant Publication|
|Word power made easy by Norman Lewis|
|Bank clerk English language chapter wise solved questions||Kiran Prakashan|
|Objective banking and financial awareness||Dhankar publication|
|Banking awareness (objective with subjective)||Sangram keshari rout|
|Banking awareness (English, paperback)||RPH Editorial Board|
It is important to go through the theory of all papers. Practice as many previous year question papers as you can. It will help you to get familiarized with the exam pattern and sharpen your analyzing power. When it comes to English paper, your reading skills matter a lot. So develop your reading habit and enhance your vocabulary. Have a deep knowledge on sentence grammar rules and tenses. And for the general awareness, get updated with the current affairs. Reading news paper is inevitable. Also follow the static GK and banking awareness.