How to Prepare for SBI Clerk Mains Exam?
How to Prepare for SBI Clerk Mains Exam? - State Bank of India (SBI) conducts the SBI Clerk exam in two stages - prelims and mains. Since the prelims exam is over and the result is awaited, candidates can meanwhile prepare for their SBI Clerk mains exam. Due to the lockdown across the country, all the scheduled dates are delayed, and this could be utilised in order to prepare for the test. However, SBI Clerk mains exam will be taken by only those who qualify the prelims stage. Before knowing how to prepare for SBI Clerk mains exam, candidates must know the mains exam pattern. As per SBI Clerk exam pattern, questions are asked from General/Financial Awareness, General English, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude. Thus, here in this article, we will know SBI Clerk mains exam strategies so that each section is prepared well. To know more about how to prepare for SBI Clerk mains exam, go through the article below.
Latest: SBI Clerk 2020 Result announcement date for prelims to be announced
SBI Clerk 2020 exam for prelims stage was held on February 22, 29, March 1 and 8. The mains exam date will be intimated by the authorities later after the declaration of SBI Clerk result 2020. Only those candidates will make it to the mains exam who will secure the minimum SBI Clerk cut off marks. Earlier the mains exam was scheduled on April 19.
SBI Clerk 2020 Important Dates
The table below contains the SBI Clerk exam dates and other important dates:
SBI Clerk Important Dates
Commencement of on-line registration of application
January 3, 2020
Closure of registration of application
January 26, 2020
SBI Preliminary Exam Admit Card
February 10, 2020
SBI Clerk Exam Dates (Preliminary)
February 22, 29, March 1 and 8, 2020
Declaration of Prelims Result (tentative)
To be notified
SBI Clerk Mains Exam Admit Card (tentative)
To be notified
SBI Clerk Exam Dates (Mains) (tentative)
To be notified
Declaration of Final Result
To be notified
SBI Clerk Mains Exam Preparation Tips
In order to prepare for SBI Clerk mains exam, candidates must:
Know the exam pattern
Go through the SBI Clerk syllabus for the mains exam
Pick SBI Clerk best books
Maintain a study schedule
Divide time slots to study each section
Take SBI Clerk mock test
Solve previous years SBI Clerk question papers
Read SBI Clerk exam analysis to know the level of exam
How to Prepare for SBI Clerk Mains - Exam Pattern
Before knowing the tricks and tips to crack the mains exam of SBI Clerk, candidates must know the exam pattern. By going through the exam pattern , candidates will be able to know the various sections from where questions are asked, total marks for each section and the sectional timing. This will help the candidates plan their preparation accordingly.
SBI Clerk Mains Exam Pattern
Number of Questions
Computer and Reasoning Ability
General/ Financial Awareness
2 hours 40 minutes
How to Prepare for SBI Clerk Mains Exam – Section Wise
There are various sections from where the questions are asked and each section has sectional timing. Thus, candidates must give equal time and effort in preparing each section individually.
How to Prepare English for SBI Clerk Mains Exam
Candidates must have a Conceptual clarity of the basis English Grammar rule.
Read good books and make a collection of difficult words to build your vocabulary
Look for the word meaning in the dictionary for Synonyms.
Know the Antonyms of each new word you learn.
Reading good books will also help you in solving sentence rearrangement.
SBI Clerk Mains Preparation Books English
S. P. Bakshi
English Grammar & Composition
Wren & Martin
Plinth to Paramount (Both Volumes)
Word Power Made Easy
Bank Clerk English Language Chapter-wise Solved Questions
How to Prepare for SBI Clerk Mains Exam - Quantitative Aptitude
Make sure that your basic concept is clear
Solving questions from quantitative aptitude is all about practise, so keep practising regularly.
Give ample time to those topics which you find difficult
Keep taking mock tests
Make sure that you practise a lot of questions from Percentage, Profit & Loss, SI & CI, and average since a lot of questions are asked from these topics.
Best Books for SBI Clerk Quantitative Aptitude
R. S. Aggarwal
Magical book on Quicker Mathematics
Topic-wise Solved Papers for IBPS/ SBI Bank PO/ Clerk Prelim & Mains (2010-16) Quantitative Aptitude
How to Prepare Reasoning Section In SBI Clerk Mains Exam
Here are certain SBI Clerk preparation tips to crack the Reasoning secretion of the mains exam:
Since this section contains the highest marks of all sections - 60 marks, attempting this section can fetch you good marks.
While practising questions from the Reasoning Ability sections, you must always keep a watch with you and target to complete at least 50 questions within 45 minutes.
After completing the test, do analyze your performance and try to solve all those questions which you could not solve while taking the practise test.
It is advised that you must practise questions from Puzzles and Arrangement regularly to increase your speed and accuracy.
Best Books for Preparing Reasoning
A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-Verbal
M. K. Pandey
Modern Approach to Verbal Reasoning
R. S. Agarwal
Bank Clerk Reasoning Chapter-wise Solved Papers 2003 Till Date
Tips to Prepare for General/Financial Awareness Sections
For General Awareness, you must acquaint yourself with all current affairs of the past six months.
Take quizzes and keep discussing events with friends and family to have a clear picture in your mind.
Best Books for SBI Clerk General Awareness/Computer Aptitude
Objective Banking & Financial Awareness
Banking Awareness (Objective with Subjective)
Sangram Keshari Rout
Objective Computer Awareness for General Competitive Exam
P. K Sinha
SBI Clerk Question Papers 2020
In order to prepare for the SBI Clerk, candidates must go through the previous years question papers. The SBI Clerk question papers will contain all the questions asked in the exa,. By solving SBI Clerk question papers of previous years, candidates will be able to prepare for their upcoming exams.
SBI Clerk Previous Years Question Papers
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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - How to Prepare for SBI Clerk Mains Exam?
Question: Is there any negative marking in SBI Clerk 2020?
Yes, 1/4th marks are deducted for each wrong answer.
Question: What are the cut off marks for prelims and Mains?
SBI Clerk Cut off for each stage will be released after the result declaration.
Question: Is there any sectional time limit in the SBI Clerk exam?
Yes, there is a sectional timing in the exam. For General/Financial Awareness and General English, candidates will be given a total of 35 minutes each while for Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude candidates will be given 45 minutes each.
Question: What are the best books to study SBI Clerk numerical ability?
Candidates must check the list of best books for SBI Clerk exam before preparing for the exam. Some good books to prepare numerical ability are by authors M. Tyra, R.S. Aggarwal, etc.
Question: How many marks are allotted to reasoning ability and computer aptitude in SBI Clerk mains exam?
The section of reasoning ability and computer aptitude in SBI Clerk exam is conducted for 60 marks and 50 questions.
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Questions related to SBI Clerk
At age 20 being from lower middle class family i feel so low have wasted years not doing anything and now feels lost Is comeback is possible as per my condition i am really depressed and feel like its over for me to shine again i am average student who wasted years and also having fear of preparing
Life is full of varied experiences, so don't be disheartened about anything, it may be easier said than done but remember that every phase in itself is fleeting, if you have dreams and want to achieve it then you have to work on yourself and all those things that's holding you back, we all have our own struggles in life and it's upto us how we cope or deal with it, having a positive mindset and attitude is highly important, else the journey ahead will be much more difficult to handle.
It's never too late to start afresh, let the past or whatever not so good thing happened rest in its deserving place, live for now which is the present moment, don't lose the self-belief ever, it's only thing that makes one keep going. Work diligently towards the dream you've, and if you seek any guidance regarding career or course, there are many experts here to help you out always.
All the best!
Sir I am 21 years old and still not having any goal i am graduate but from local college as i wasted 3 years not went to college neither done anything is as per my situation one who is weak in everything having low English can even crack sbi clerk in a year preparation from scratch i really doubt ?
First of all, keep your hopes high. You've got the chance on this Earth as a human, that means you are able to do what you aspire, condition is that you should be determined and dedicated hard worker.
Feeling lost and hopeless sometimes is common, but you need to keep your will power strong enough, so that you can prevent this sadness from overpowering your soul.
Confide in a person (you said you've no friends, no problem, make one or talk to any of your peer sibling/cousin). Believe me, opening your feelings infront of someone helps a lot. The person will comfort you and suggest you from his own point of view.
If you feel that you can't crack the desired exam, keep it aside for a while and give yourself a new headstart with that exam as a challenge of life and you can do whatever you want to do.
Minimum age required to be eligible for SBI Clerk is 20 years and you are only 21, so you still have a chance to begin your preparation because there are many people who qualify SBI Clerk like bank exams in their 1st attempt and that also in just 1 year preparation or even less, so even if you are starting from scratch you have plenty of time to prepare.
Follow the below tips to prepare for SBI Clerk :-
- First of all go through SBI Clerk syllabus and its exam pattern.
- Go through the previous years’ question papers and see the level of difficulty of the question paper so that you can prepare accordingly.
- You can take help of video tutorials available free on platforms like YouTube as well.
- Go through newspaper daily for General Knowledge and current affairs.
- Once you are done with syllabus go through mock test and identify weak areas and work on them.
For more detailed preparation tips for SBI Clerk by our experts, you should refer to the link given below :-
I hope this information helps you.
No i am feeling of ending life at age 21 really i cant tolerate the pain of not having goal i had beautiful past enjoyed my life but past few years was hell to me i lost everything my close one died my friends gone i miss life which was going in flow that coaching after school i feel its late now ?
It is really surprising to hear of being demotivated at a quite young age. As much as we discuss about this, the change and passion for success should come from within you. We can just answer your question.
So what if you wasted some years of your life? You cannot bring back a day from those years. Instead you will be adding extra days to those years as long as you feel demotivated or confused or upset. The world lives on thre Principle of "Survival of the Fittest". Only those are brave, strong and determined, can win the race. The world is so fast paced that it doesnt remember people who have not achieved anything.
So its time you pull up your socks rather than dwelling in the past. If you continue to do so, you will only be adding agony to your years. Today it has been some years and few months later it will be more than now. You will just keep counting the no.of years you wasted instead of buckling up and preparing yourself.
Problems do not confine themselves to a single person. Every Individual has his/her share of problems. Only those who fight back can really make it big. I personally think there is no point in crying over spilt milk while there is hot cup of coffee on the table.
As much as we discuss about this, it is you who has to pull up his socks and decide to move on and move ahead. If you think you are depressed, please see a Psychologist. But of it is just a phase, you need to buckle up.
Now you have to choose that whether you want to survive with these problems or want to overcome these problems as soon as possible.
So pull up your socks, tie up your shoes and start running to win the race. We want to see you at your success.
All the best for your life!!
my age is 20+6 months and i feel hopeless i cry all times i feel to quit my life but just for my family who supports me i am not quiting i am crying at present have no idea of what my life purpose is i play games and no study lost everything and feels i am late to start now with low confidence
see right now you are in perfect stage to start a new journey of life, let it be a higher study or preparing for government exams or preparing for any other entrance exams, see if you are graduated I suggest you to make your skills in certain courses like ms office, ms excel, accountancy, software related with official work, computer proficiency , communication skills etc. see due to corona pandemic our economics has gone through a serious condition and nation wide it will impact, so if you are only looking for government job it may be a problematic for you in near future and there is less chances of government bank or other post recruitment in coming years. so right now do some thing fruitful for a better future. you can start by following a routine, doing your every day works, also includes physical exercise atleast of 20 minutes which will help you to make your self feeling strong and read good books, journals to make refreshment.
Is age 20 is late to start all new i feel so low and depressed. is it possible for weak student like me to crack sbi clerk in 2 years preparation? I am stucked in past feels like lost no ray of hope i dont know what to do i am scared of newspapers feels it will be difficult for me ?
Actually it's better late than never but the best thing is you are not late at all for SBI PO preparation
Minimum age required to be eligible for SBI PO is 21 years and you are only 20, so you are not at all dear
Now , if you feel like you are very weak to prepare for SBI PO then let me tell you that there are lots of people who are average at studies but they work hard and clear even the most competitive examination like UPSC , so if you work hard and prepare will then you can definitely crack SBI PO
there are many people who qualify SBI PO etc bank exams in their 1st attempt and that also in just 1 year preparation or even less, so even if you are starting from scratch and you want to prepare in 2 years then you have plenty of time to prepare ,
Follow the below tips to prepare :-
First of all go through SBI PO syllabus and its exam pattern
Go through the previous years’ question papers and see the level of difficulty of the question paper so that you can prepare accordingly
You can take help of video tutorials available free on platforms like YouTube as well
Go through newspaper daily for General Knowledge and current affairs
Once you are done with syllabus go through mock test and identify weak areas and work on them