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SBI Clerk Exam Pattern 2020: Check Prelims and Mains Exam Pattern

SBI Clerk Exam Pattern 2020: State Bank of India has announced 8000+ clerical grade vacancies across India. Understanding SBI Clerk Exam Pattern will be quite essential for all exam takers. Exam pattern will you a proper idea about the examination and marking scheme of SBI Clerk. So let’s get started to understand the latest SBI Clerk exam pattern 2020.

The SBI Clerk apply online link was activated on 03-01-2020. The final date for the submission of the application form and the payment of the fee was closed on 2601-2020.

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SBI Clerk 2020 Important Dates

Check out the important dates related to the SBI Clerk exam for 2020.

Events New Dates
SBI Clerk 2020 Notification Released 2nd January 2020
SBI Clerk 2020 Online Application Start 3rd January 2020
SBI Clerk 2020 Online Application Ends 26th January 2020
Call letter for Prelims Examination 11th February 2020
SBI Clerk 2020 Exam Dates – Prelims 22nd February 2020

29th February 2020

1st March 2020 &

8th March 2020

SBI Clerk Result 2020 – Prelims 20th October 2020
Call letter for Main Examination 20th October 2020
SBI Clerk 2020 Exam Date – Mains 31st October 2020

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SBI Clerk 2020 Exam Pattern

Before a candidate starts his/her preparation for the SBI Clerk exam they should know about the exam details such as Eligibility Criteria, Application Process, Syllabus, Examination Pattern. Candidates should refer to the exam pattern which will help them in understanding the requirements of the exam and then the candidates can prepare accordingly.

In this article, we will discuss the complete exam pattern for the prelims as well as the mains examination of the SBI Clerk. We will also discuss the Language Proficiency Test which is held after the mains examination.

SBI Clerk 2020: Selection Process

The SBI recruitment board will conduct the recruitment drive in 3 phases. They are

(i) Prelims Exam

(ii) Mains Exam

(iii) Language Proficiency Test

  1. Preliminary Examination: Adequate number of candidates in each category will be shortlisted for Mains exam by SBI depending upon the requirements for Online Main Exam.

  2. Main Examination: Candidates should qualify each section as well as the overall cut-off in the main exam to be eligible for the Final Selection in the provisional allotment.

  3. Language Proficiency Test: The test for knowledge of specified opted local language will be conducted as a part of the selection process.
  4. Final Result: The Final result is declared on the basis of merit list in SBI Clerk Mains Exam. The marks obtained in the prelims exam will not be considered for the final selection. Marks obtained in the Mains exam will only be considered by the board for final selection.

  5. Provisional Allotment: The provisional allotment of the eligible candidates will be released on the official website. The provisional allotment depends upon the merit list. Further, the SBI will take the responsibility to inform the qualified candidates about their joining dates and procedure lies with the respective banks.

SBI Clerk Exam Pattern 2020: Prelims 

Prelims Exam is the initial stage for the selection process. Candidates should qualify the prelims round to attend the mains exam. The prelims exam consists of Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability & English Language. Quantitative Aptitude & Reasoning Ability comprises of 35 questions each and English Language section will consist of 30 questions. Totally the prelims will be conducted for 100 marks.

Sectional timing will be implemented for each section. 20 minutes will be fixed for each section. The candidates must attempt the sections in the same order and within the allotted time fixed by the examining body. The candidate can’t leave the existing section before the time allotted. The next section opens, only after the completion of the current section.

S.No Section No of Questions Max Marks 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

Note:

  • The prelims exam will be an Online Computer Based Test (CBT).
  • The Test will be available in Bilingual(Both English & Hindi) except for the English Language section.
  • The test is qualifying in nature and marks obtained in this stage will not be counted to make the final merit list for the SBI Clerk exam.
  • Each question is carrying 1 mark.
  • Candidates will be awarded +1 marks for every question marked as right.
  • Negative mark is applicable for every wrong answer.
  • 1/4th marks will be deducted for every question marked wrong.
  • No marks will be deducted for the unattempted questions

SBI Clerk Exam Pattern 2020: Mains

The SBI Clerk Mains pattern is the final stage for the selection process. This is a more important phase compared to the prelims exam because marks obtained in Mains will only be considered for the final selection. Provisional allotment will be made based on the marks obtained in the mains exam. So candidates should give more importance than the prelims exam.

The mains exam consists of 4 sections namely Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude, General English & General/Financial Awareness. The exam is conducted for 200 marks with 2 hours 40 minutes. Sectional Time is applicable to each section. The candidates must attempt the sections in the same order and within the allotted time fixed by the examining body. The candidate can’t leave the existing section before the time allotted. You can go to the next section can only after the current section gets over.

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

Note:

  • The Mains exam will be an Online Computer Based Test (CBT).
  • The Test will be available in Bilingual(Both English & Hindi) except General English section.
  • Each question is carrying 1 mark.
  • Negative mark is applicable for every wrong answer.
  • 1/4th of marks assigned to that question will be deducted for each wrong answer.
  • Candidates are required to score minimum percentage marks on aggregate (For SC/ST/OBC/PWD/XS candidates, 5% relaxation available thereon). Minimum qualifying marks on aggregate will be decided by the bank.
  • No minimum qualifying marks for individual subject are prescribed.

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SBI Clerk Exam Pattern: Language Proficiency Test

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.

Note: Candidates not found proficient in specified opted local language would be disqualified.

Dear aspirants, here we had provided you with the complete updated SBI Clerk exam pattern. Before going to start your preparation kindly refer to the prelims and mains SBI Clerk exam pattern and plan your studies accordingly.

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SBI Clerk Exam Pattern FAQs

Q: Is there any interview round for SBI clerk?

A: No, Only two stages are to be cleared by a candidate in the SBI Clerk exam i.e. Prelims and Mains.

Q: Is there any negative marking in SBI Clerk Exam?

A: Yes, 1/4th of the marks are deducted for each wrong answer.

Q: How many attempts are there for SBI Clerk Exam?

A: It will depend on your category,

    • Gen- 4 Attempts
    • Gen (PWD)/ OBC (PWD)/OBC – 7 Attempts
    • SC/SC (PWD)/ST (PWD) – No restriction

Q: Will the prelims marks be added while preparing the final merit list for the SBI Clerk exam?

A: No, the prelims examination is qualifying in nature and its marks will not be added for preparing the final merit list of the SBI Clerk exam.

Q: Are the SBI Clerk exam pattern for prelims and mains exam same?

A: No, the SBI Clerk exam pattern for prelims and mains exam is different. Candidates can check the article above to understand the complete SBI Clerk exam pattern.