SBI Clerk FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions for the SBI Clerk Exam

SBI Clerk FAQs: SBI releases the notification to recruit the candidates for the post of Junior Associates (Sales & Support). SBI releases this notification every year and it is also one of the most awaited recruitment notifications for the candidates preparing for the various bank exams.

Candidates preparing for the SBI Clerk examination often get stuck at some or the other queries related to the SBI Clerk examination. Many candidates have doubts related to the recruitment notification, eligibility, syllabus, exam pattern, selection process, salary, preparation etc., so we will help you with this SBI Clerk FAQs.

In this article, we will try to cover all the frequently asked questions related to the SBI Clerk exam which may arise in a candidate’s mind. Refer to these SBI Clerk FAQs for your queries.

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Q: What is the age criteria for SBI Clerical Cadre?

A: As on 01-01-2020, candidates should have

Minimum: 20 years

Maximum: 28 years

Q:  What is the age relaxation for the SBI Clerk exam?


S.No Category Relaxation
1 Other Backward Classes (OBC) 03 years
2 SC/ST 05 years
3 PWD (Gen/ EWS) 10 years
4 PWD (OBC) 13 years
5 PWD (SC/ST) 15 years


Q: What is the educational qualification for SBI Clerk?

A: Applicants should have completed any degree from any recognized university in any discipline.

Q: Can final year student apply for SBI clerk?

A: Yes, you can apply for the SBI Clerk 2020. But your eligibility is subjected to the condition that is when you are called for the document verification round, you should produce the graduation certificate.

Q: Is any experience required for SBI Clerk?

A: No, there is no need for any experience to appear for the SBI Clerk examination.

Q: What about the Application fee for SBI Clerk 2020?

A: For GEN/OBC: Rs. 750/-

     For SC/ST/PWD: Nil

Q: How can I pay my application for SBI Clerk 2020?

A: The application fee shall be paid through the online payment gateway as a Credit/Debit Card/Net Banking.

Q: Is there any offline mode to submit my application for SBI Clerk?

A: No, You can submit your application only through the online mode. Any other modes will get rejected by the board.

Q: What about the selection process for SBI Clerk?

A: The recruitment board will conduct the clerk exam in 2 phases. They are

(i) Prelims Exam

(ii) Mains Exam

Q: What is the Exam Pattern for Prelims & Mains?


Prelims Exam:

S.No Section No of Questions Max Marks Time Duration
1 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20 minutes
2 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
3 English Language 30 30 20 minutes
Total 100 100 60 minutes

 Mains Exam:

S.No Section No of Questions Max Marks Time Duration
1 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 minutes
2 Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 minutes
3 General English 40 40 35 minutes
4 General/Financial Awareness 50 50 35 minutes
Total 190 200 2 hours 40 minutes

Q: How many attempts are there for SBI clerk?


S.No Category Permissible Times
1 GEN 4
2 PWD (GEN) 7
3 OBC 7
4 PED (OBC) 7
5 SC/ST No restriction
6 PWD (SC/ST) No restriction

Q: Is there any negative marking in SBI clerk 2020?

A: Yes, 1/4th of the mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.

Q: In which language the SBI clerk exam will be conducted?

A: The exam will be available in Both English & Hindi(Bilingual). So candidates can choose their respective language whichever is convenient.

Q: Will there be an interview for SBI clerk 2020?

A: No, the interview was cancelled from SBI Clerk 2017 onwards.

Q: What is the salary of SBI clerk?

A: Basic Pay: Rs.11765/-

Special Allowance: Rs.911.79/-

Dearness Allowance (DA): Rs.5311.58/-

Transport Allowance (TA): Rs.425/-

City Compensatory Allowance (CCA): NIL

Total (Without HRA): Rs. 18,413.37/-

House Rent Allowance: Rs. 1,176.5/-

Gross with HRA: Rs. 19,589.87/-

Q: Will SBI Clerk conducted in Online or Offline mode?

A: SBI Clerk will only be conducted in the online mode.

Q: Are the candidates with a degree from distant learning eligible to apply?

A: Yes, if the university is recognized by the Government Of India then you are eligible to apply.

Q: Will the marks of SBI Clerk Prelims be considered for final selection?

A: The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added for the selection and only the aggregate marks obtained in Main Examination (Phase-II) will be considered for preparation of the final merit list.

Q: What is the Test of opted local language mentioned in the notification?

A: Those who qualify for selection and produce 10th or 12th standard mark sheet/ certificate evidencing having studied the specified opted local language will not be subjected to any Language test. In case of others (qualified for selection), specified opted local language test will be conducted after provisional selection but before joining. Candidates not found proficient in specified opted local language would be disqualified.

Q: How much is the Application Fee to apply for SBI Clerk? 

A: For General/ OBC/ EWS the application fee is Rs 750. For SC/ ST/ PWD/ XS there is no application fee. 

Q: How many times can I apply for SBI Clerk?

A: There is no restriction mentioned. So, provided that you fulfil all the eligibility criteria, you can apply for this exam.

Q: Can Diploma Students apply for SBI Clerk Exam?

A: No, the minimum requirement to apply for the SBI Clerk exam is a Graduation Degree.

Q: What is the Wait List in the SBI Clerk Exam & What is its validity?

A: A Wait List of up to 50% of vacancies (State-category wise) will be maintained. Candidates will be released from this waitlist on a quarterly basis against non-joining and resignation out of the current batch only, subject to the candidates securing minimum qualifying marks as may be stipulated by the Bank for selection. This Wait List will be valid for a period of one year from the date of declaration of the final result.

Q: I have applied for some other state will I get the exam center in my state?

A: No, your exam center will be in the state for which you have applied for.

Q: What are official languages for various states?

A: 1. Ahmadabad – Gujarati

  1. Bengaluru – Kannada
  2. Bhopal – Hindi
  3. Bhubaneswar – Oriya
  4. Chandigarh – Punjabi / Hindi
  5. Chennai – Tamil
  6. Guwahati – Assamese / Bengali / Khasi / Manipuri
  7. Hyderabad – Telugu
  8. Jaipur – Hindi
  9. Jammu – Urdu / Hindi
  10. Kanpur & Lucknow – Hindi
  11. Kolkata – Bengali
  12. Mumbai – Marathi
  13. Nagpur – Marathi / Hindi
  14. New Delhi – Hindi
  15. Patna – Hindi
  16. Thiruvananthapuram – Malayalam

We hope that this SBI Clerk FAQs has helped you resolve your queries and cleared you doubts regarding the SBI Clerk Exam.

Best Of Luck.

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