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How to Prepare for SBI Clerk Exam 2019 Exam Without Coaching?

The State Bank of India has just released the vacancy notification for the recruitment of 8593 clerks. The candidates will be working as Junior Associates (Customer Support & Sales) in SBI after successful selection. The exam will be held by the SBI authorities in 2 rounds, the first round of which will probably take place in the month of June 2019.

The SBI Clerical exam is one of the most prestigious exams conducted by SBI and gets a lot of application just like SBI PO exam. Candidates can check out a few details about the exam below.

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SBI Clerk 2019 Notification at a Glance

Name of the OrganizationState Bank Of India
Job RoleJunior Associate
Job CategoryClerical Cadre Officer
Job LocationAcross India
Start Date12th Apr 2019
Last date3rd May 2019
Apply ModeOnline
Official Websitewww.sbi.co.in
SBI Clerk Exam Date June 2019

Check out complete SBI Clerk 2019 Notification here

SBI Clerk 2019 Age Limit

Candidates must have attained 20 years of age as minimum and must have not exceeded 28 years of age as on prescribed date in the SBI Clerk 2019. Candidates can avail permissible age relaxation based on their category as per the government order. Age relaxations for SBI Clerk 2019 Recruitment are as follows.

CategoryAge Relaxation
SC/ST5 Years
OBC (Non-creamy Layer)3 Years
PwBD10 Years
PwD+SC/ ST15 Years
Jammu & Kashmir domiciled people during the period 1.1.1980 to 31.12.19895 Years
Ex-Serviceman5 Years

SBI Clerk 2019 Educational Qualification

Candidates must hold A Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognized University as on prescribed date by SBI. Graduation Final Year candidates can also apply for SBI Clerk Recruitment 2019 provided they can submit proof for passed the graduate degree exam during their interview process.

SBI Clerk Application Fees

SBI Clerk Application fees for General and OBC candidates are Rs.750. For candidates belongs to SC, ST, PWD categories the fee is Rs.125. Candidates must pay their Application fee through debit card/ credit card/ Internet Banking by authorized payment gateway.

SBI Clerk Application Process-Complete Details

SBI Clerk 2019 Selection Procedure

SBI generally conducts a 3 Phase selection process for SBI Clerk Recruitment every year, for this year too, SBI will follow the same recruitment procedure. The SBI Clerk 3 phase selection processes are as follows

  • Phase I – Preliminary Exam (Online Objective Type Test)
  • Phase II – Main Examination (Online Objective Type Test)
  • Document Verification & Final Selection

SBI Clerk Prelims Exam Pattern

SectionNo of QuestionsMaximum MarksDurationNegative Marks
English Language303020 Minutes0.25 Mark will be deducted as penalty for every wrong answer
Numerical Ability353520 Minutes
Reasoning Ability353520 Minutes
Total1001001 hour

SBI Clerk Main Exam Pattern

SectionNo of QuestionsMaximum MarksDurationNegative Marks
General/Financial Awareness505035 Minutes0.25 Mark will be deducted as penalty for every wrong answer
General English404035 Minutes
Quantitative Aptitude505045 Minutes
Reasoning Ability& Computer Aptitude506045 Minutes
Total1902002 Hours 40 minutes

 SBI Clerk Phase I Syllabus

ReasoningLogical Reasoning
Alphanumeric Series
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test
Data Sufficiency
Coded Inequalities
Seating Arrangement
Blood Relations
Input Output
Coding Decoding
Numerical AbilitySimplification
Profit & Loss
Mixtures &Alligations
Simple Interest & Comclerkund Interest & Surds & Indices
Work & Time
Time & Distance
Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere
Data Interpretation
Ratio & Proclerkrtion, Percentage
Number Systems
Sequence & Series
Permutation, Combination &Probability
English LanguageReading Comprehension
Cloze Test
Para jumbles
Fill in the blanks
Multiple Meaning /Error Sclerktting
Paragraph Completion

SBI Clerk Phase II Mains Syllabus

Quantitative AptitudeTabular Graph
Line Graph
Pie Chart
Bar Graph
Radar Graph Caselet
Missing Case DI
Let it Case DI
Data Sufficiency
Permutation and Combination
Reasoning AbilityVerbal Reasoning
Circular Seating Arrangement
Linear Seating Arrangement
Double Lineup
Input Output
Blood Relations
Directions and Distances
Ordering and Ranking
Data Sufficiency
Coding and Decoding
Code Inequalities
Course of Action
Critical Reasoning
Analytical and Decision Making
English LanguageReading Comprehension
Verbal Ability
Word Association
Sentence Improvement
Para Jumbles
Cloze Test
Error Sclerktting
Fill in the blanks
General/ Financial AwarenessFinancial Awareness
Current Affairs
General Knowledge
Static Awareness
Banking and Financial Awareness
Computer AwarenessInternet
Keyboard Shortcuts
Computer Abbreviation
Microsoft Office
Computer Hardware
Computer Software
Operating System
Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies

SBI Clerk Exam Preparation 2019 at Home

Hopefully, candidates have now understood most parts of the exam including, exam dates, deadlines, fee details, and syllabus. Now, they need to move to the most vital step of the exam, i.e., exam preparation. SBI Clerk exam preparation for the current year needs to be completed in 2 months considering the exam will take place in the month of June.

Now, coming to the preparation part, here’s how candidates can proceed with the SBI Clerk Prelims preparation process at home without enrolling to any study center, coaching or special program.

English Ability

For the English ability section, candidates will be tested on their ability to understand Grammar rules and implement them into daily conversations. Candidates will be given objective questions with multiple options and they need to choose the right answer which correctly represents the sentence in its correct tense and form. For this a good knowledge of the English Parts of Speech, Synonyms, Antonyms, Jumble Words, Tenses, and Verbs is necessary.

Grammar rules are generally a little tricky and can be confusing initially, hence it is important to understand the concepts clearly. Practicing exercises at the end of each chapter. mock tests and previous years question papers can also be beneficial. Candidates should also spend an hour every day to write something in English, this will improve their English composition skills and help them score well in the Reading Comprehension section.

Reasoning Ability

For Reasoning Ability candidates again need to practice all the chapters in the syllabus and be fluent with the logical derivations. Candidates should also try to learn tricks and shortcuts to solve tricky questions so that they can attempt maximum questions in the given time.

Special focus shall be given to Data Sufficiency, Puzzles, Tabulation and Blood Relations.  Candidates should also practice tricky sections like Probability and Permutation and Combination very rigorously. Above all, this section should we dealt with logical sense and not by memorizing

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Numerical Ability

This section can score you good marks provided you can work on the problems very carefully and get the right answers within the given time. Candidates will only get 20 minutes per section which means they need to be fluent in formulas, tables, squares, and cubes of numbers up to 20. Candidates cannot waste time in thinking which formula can be applied to which sum, rather it should come in them instinctively and they should be able to derive answers in the shortest possible time. To make this happen, the role of mock tests and learning shortcut methods os indispensable.

Special focus is required for sections like Profit and loss, SI and Ci, Work, time & Distance, and Sequence and Series because these chapters are very scoring but tends to confuse people. so a little extra attention and practice can help solve that problem.

Financial Awareness

Goes without saying, that a bank recruitment exam will obviously have questions from financial awareness section. This is because the bank wants to hire candiday=tes who already have a sound knowledge about the domain they are going to work in the future. This will make it easier for bank authorities to explain the responsibilities of the selected candidates.

Banking Awareness section can be dealt with good books that cover all the chapters in banking. This section requires you to learn and understand the functioning of the bank and certain rules and regulations that the bank follows. This section may not require you to solve as many mock tests as the other sections of the exam, nevertheless, the books that you utilize for this section preparation must be read thoroughly without missing out on any chapter.

Computer Awareness

Computer awareness is something that every job sector needs its employees to know today. For banking related works, things are rapidly turning into digital format and people are preferring to do transactions online over visiting the bank physically. In such cases, the knowledge of computer is very necessary.

For SBI Clerk exam as well, candidates will be tested on their Computer Awareness. They should be well versed with various Computer shortcuts, hardware and software, how they function, MS Office and other fundamentals required to get bank work done. Candidates can get hold of a good book for this and also practice using computer to get a robust knowledge about the entire computer functioning.


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