State Bank of India (SBI)has been conducting written examinations to recruit candidates for the posts of Probationary Officers and Clerks in various branches across the country. Every year over 20000 vacancies are announced in the posts of Clerks and Probationary officers. SBI Clerk had announced vacancies of 8300 posts as per the latest  SBI Clerk notification  in January 2018. SBI Clerk invites only graduates to fill up these posts.

The online registration for SBI Clerk 2018 was between 20th January & 10th February. Examination is online based. SBI Clerk examination is classified into two phases mainly- the Prelims & the Mains. The Preliminary exam is scheduled to be conducted during June-July 2018, while the Mains exam is scheduled to be conducted in August 2018.

We shall now discuss the Eligibility Criteria to apply for SBI Clerk (Junior Associate):

Eligibility Criteria

SBI invites mainly the graduates to apply for the post of Junior Associate.

Eligibility criteria will be based on –

  • Age
  • Educational Qualification
  • Nationality


The candidate should not be aged less than 20 years and not more 28 years.

Let us look at the age relaxation for each category:

Sl. No Category Upper Age Limit
1 SC/ST 33 years
2 OBC 31 years
3 With Disabilities (General) 38 years
4 With Disabilities (SC/ST) 43 years
5 With Disabilities (OBC) 41 years
6 Moved from Jammu & Kashmir 33 years
7 Ex-Servicemen/Physically disabled Ex-servicemen Actual tenure of service performed in defence + 3 years (8 years in case of disabled ex-servicemen from SC/ST category) with an age limit up to 50 years
8 Widows/Divorced women (without remarriage) GEN- 35 years

OBC- 38 years

SC/ST- 40 years


Educational Qualification:

The aspirant should be a graduate in any discipline from a recognized institution/university. At the time of registering for SBI Clerk exam, documents like the certificates showing that the candidate is a graduate, marks card with the percentage scored, should be ready.

The candidate should have the basic knowledge of operating the computer since the mode of SBI Clerk exam is online. In case of language expertise, the candidate should be able to read, write and speak the official language of the concerned State or Union Territory.



An aspirant applying for Junior Associate post should satisfy the following conditions related to Nationality or citizenship:

  1. Should be an Indian citizen
  2. Could also be a citizen of Nepal or Bhutan
  3. Could be a migrant from Tibet who came to India before January 1962 with a motive of permanently settling in India.
  4. Could be a Person of Indian Origin (PIO) who moved from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam or any East African countries, intending to settle permanently in India.

Note: Aspirants belonging to categories 2/3/4 must submit an eligibility certificate issued by the Indian Government favouring them.


Exam Pattern:

As mentioned earlier, SBI Clerk exam has two phases-

  • Preliminary
  • Mains

SBI Clerk Preliminary Exam:

This exam is of Objective test comprising 100 marks under online supervision. The test has 3 sections to be answered in 1 hour. The total time is split for each section in the following manner:

Sl. No. Test (Objective) Questions Marks Duration
1 English 30 30 20 minutes
2 Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 60 minutes


SBI Clerk Main Exam:

Sl. No. Test (Objective) Questions Marks Duration
1 English 40 40 35 minutes
2 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 minutes
4 General or Financial Awareness 50 50 35 minutes
Total 190 200 2 hours 40 minutes


The Mains exam is also online based. As we can see in the table, there are 4 sections in this test phase, comprising a total of 190 questions carrying a total of 200 marks and have to be answered in 2 hours and 40 minutes. An important note to the aspirants is that there is a penalty of 0.25 marks (negative) for every wrong answer.

Those selected via online exam would have to take a Language Proficiency Test (LPT). This test would be conducted in the official language or in the language of the concerned state. If an aspirant is not found proficient enough in the concerned language, he/she would be disqualified.

Once you have understood the exam pattern, you need to prioritize important topics to prepare as per the latest SBI Clerk Syllabus.

We shall now look at the main topic of this session- One month preparation plan for SBI Clerk.


One month Preparation Strategy for SBI Clerk

Preparing for an exam in one month’s time is not an easy task. However, we could help you set a last minute preparation strategy for SBI Clerk exam. So, let’s begin.

Each section has its own significance. We need to set the time the right way so we cover each section assuring no topics are missed out.

Let’s look at each section.

Quantitative Aptitude:

The ultimate way to score in this section is regular practice. You need to be well-versed with the concepts and work on it accordingly. It is suggested that you answer the questions which could be answered quickly. So make sure more time is not wasted on questions which you are not sure to answer. This is because, choosing the wrong answer could get you a penalty of 0.25 marks. You should maintain a good balance between Time Management and Accuracy.


This section is quite challenging to score for most of the candidates. Because of the tricky questions, aspirants take more time in solving the questions. To save time in this section, it is equally important that you practice all types of question papers. Regular practice is the ultimate solution to crack this section with a high score.


To score high in English, you should be well-versed with grammar and vocabulary. Vocabulary plays an important role in answering Reading Comprehension as well as Cloze Test. Regular practice is essential for Error Spotting, Odd one out, Para Jumbles, Word Replacement etc. However, if you can ace in grammar, answer the related questions and then take the Reading Comprehension. The prominent topics related to cloze test are- Subject-verb agreement, Preposition and Verbs. They can help you answer certain grammar related questions too.

Following is the tabular format of the one-month preparation plan for SBI Clerk.

35-Day Study Plan

Days Quantitave Aptitude Reasoning English
1 Number Series Alphabet series Comprehension
2 Estimation/ approximation Number series Questions based on words
3 Simplification Blood relations Rearranging sentences
4 Percentage Alphabet-Symbol-number series Filling in the blanks with phrases
5 Average Seating Arrangement & Puzzle Close test
6 Ratio & Proportion Ranking & Direction Revision test
7 Questions related to ages Alphabetic series Rearranging sentence
8 Data Interpretation (Tabular) Numbers Spotting errors
9 Revising the topics- week based Revising the topics- week based Cloze test
10 Test- week based Test- week based Fillers
11 Simple & Compound Interest Seating arrangement& Puzzle Comprehensible paragraph
12 Data Interpretation (Pie-chart) Syllogism Revision
13 Probability Coding & Decoding Improving sentences
14 Permutation & Combination Inequalities Questions on vocabulary
15 Approximation Questions on blood relation Questions on phrasal verb
16 A week’s revision Week’s revision Comprehension
17 Test of the week Test of the week Replacing the phrases
18 Quadratic Equation Direction & Ranking Test based on revision
19 Number Series Inequalities Para conjunction
20 Stream-Boat based questions Data Sufficiency Fillers
21 Partnership Seating arrangement & puzzle Replacing phrases
22 Data Interpretation (Bar-graph) Seating arrangement & puzzle Questions based on words
23 Week’s revision Week’s test Para conjunction
24 Week’s test Week’s revision Test
25 Quadratic Equation Syllogism & Puzzle Comprehension
26 Simplification Syllogism Paragraph
27 Data interpretation (Tabular) Coding & Decoding Cloze test
28 Number Series Inequalities Para conjunction
29 Miscellaneous Arithmetic questions Seating Arrangement & Puzzle Spotting Errors
30 Practice paper-1 Practice paper-1 Practice paper-1
31 Practice paper-2 Practice paper-2 Practice paper-2
32 Practice paper-3 Practice paper-3 Practice paper-3
33 Practice paper-4 Practice paper-4 Practice paper-4
34 Practice paper-5 Practice paper-5 Practice paper-5
35 Practice paper-6 Practice paper-6 Practice paper-6



Practicing only the previous year questions will not be enough to score in a particular section. It is equally important to attempt mock tests after solving practice papers for each section. You can find a lot of online mock tests. Mock tests have a time-frame in which you need to complete the test. This would give you more confidence in solving the real time question paper.

One month preparation plan has to be carefully set as certain sections need more practice. Quantitative Aptitude section has questions where you will have to be well-versed with the formulas. Regular practice is the ultimate key to ace the section. Likewise, in English, having a habit of regularly reading newspapers and magazines help you in improving vocabulary, thus making it easy to solve related questions like Comprehension. Each topic needs to be revised so as to score well in the section. After each test, it is important to analyse the weak areas, so you could improve in the next practice session.



In this session, we discussed topics related to SBI Clerk exam like the Eligibility and the exam pattern and most importantly the last minute preparation strategy for SBI Clerk exam.  Hope the preparation strategy comes into a great help and get you a high score.



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