SBI Clerk Exam Pattern 2020 has been released by the State Bank of India (SBI) along with the notification on its official website, SBI Clerk 2020 exam pattern is released for two phases of the exam – prelims and mains. The exam pattern of SBI Clerk 2020 includes various sections, number of questions, total marks, subjects, and duration and the marking scheme of the exam. Before preparation, it is imperative for all candidates to go through the SBI Clerk exam pattern 2020 to know the structure and format of the online question paper. As per the SBI Clerk exam pattern, the preliminary exam will have 100 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) from English, Reasoning and Numerical Ability to be completed in 1 hour while mains exam of SBI Clerk will carry 190 questions to be answered in 2 hours and 40 minutes.To know more about SBI Clerk exam pattern 2020, go through the article below.
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SBI Clerk 2020 prelims exam is expected to be conducted in February/March while the mains exam is to be conducted on April 19. The application form of SBI Clerk 2020 is available from January 3 to January 26, 2020.

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SBI Clerk Exam Pattern 2020

SBI Clerk 2020 Important Dates



SBI Clerk notification

January 2, 2020 (Released)

Application form

January 3, 2020 (Released)

Last date to apply

January 26, 2020

Availability of SBI Clerk admit card

Prelims: February 20, 2020

Mains: April 10, 2020 (Tentative)

SBI Clerk exam

Prelims: February/March 2020

Mains: April 19, 2020

Highlights of SBI Clerk Exam Pattern 2020

  1. Medium of exam: The online question booklet will be provided either in English or in Hindi except for English language/General English paper.

  2. Question booklet: There will be different sets of question booklets and candidates will get any of the sets randomly.

  3. Mode of exam: The exam of SBI Clerk is conducted in online mode.

  4. Types of the question (MCQ): The question will be of objective type except the General English paper which is a descriptive test. Candidates have to choose the correct response from the given five options.

SBI Clerk 2020 Exam Pattern - Stages

As per the exam pattern of SBI Clerk, the test will be held in the following stages:

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  • SBI Clerk prelims exam

  • SBI Clerk mains exam

  • Local language test (for only those who did not study language in higher secondary)

SBI Clerk Exam Pattern 2020 - Prelims

The prelims exam of SBI Clerk is the first stage in the selection process. The exam is conducted in online mode wherein questions are asked from English Language, Numerical Ability and Reasoning Ability. The details related to SBI Clerk exam pattern for prelims are mentioned in the table below.

SBI Clerk 2020 Exam pattern - Prelims



Exam Mode

Computer-based mode

Exam Duration

1 hour (20 minutes for each section)

Exam Sections

English Language, Numerical Ability

Reasoning Ability

Total questions


Maximum marks


Section wise questions

English Language - 30

Numerical Ability - 35

Reasoning Ability - 35

Section wise marks

English Language - 30

Numerical Ability - 35

Reasoning Ability - 35

SBI Clerk Exam Pattern 2020 - Mains

All those candidates who pass in the online prelims exam will have to appear for the mains exam. The mains exam is objective in nature and questions are asked from General/Financial Awareness, General English, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude. The details related to the exam pattern of SBI Clerk is mentioned in the table below:

SBI Clerk 2020 Exam Pattern - Mains Exam



Exam Mode

Computer-based mode

Exam Duration

2 hours 40 minutes

Exam Sections

General /Financial Awareness, General English, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude

Total questions


Maximum marks


Section-wise questions

General /Financial Awareness - 50

General English - 40

Quantitative Aptitude - 50

Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude - 50

Section-wise marks

General /Financial Awareness - 50

General English - 40

Quantitative Aptitude - 50

Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude - 60

Section-wise timings

General /Financial Awareness - 35 minutes

General English - 35 minutes

Quantitative Aptitude - 45 minutes

Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude - 45 minutes

SBI Clerk Exam Pattern 2020 – language test of local language

Those who produce 10th standard mark sheet/certificate showing that they have studied official (local) language will not be subjected to any language test. In the case of others, language test will be conducted before final selection. Candidates not found to be proficient in official and/or local language would be disqualified.

SBI Clerk Syllabus 2020

Candidates who are willing to appear in SBI Clerk 2020 exam must go through the prescribed syllabus of SBI Clerk. Before starting the preparation, candidates must check the topics and section-wise weightage of each topic to be asked in the examination. Candidates must also prepare from the sample question papers and also take mock tests regularly.

SBI Clerk Prelims Syllabus


SBI Clerk Syllabus

English Language

Para jumbles, fill in the blanks, reading comprehension, cloze test, paragraph completion, multiple meanings, error spotting, sentence improvement, vocabulary, miscellaneous questions

Numerical Ability

Profit and loss, ratio & proportion, simplification, time & work, percentages, speed, time, distance, number systems, mixtures and allegations, data interpretation, simple & compound interest, mensuration, probability, permutation & combination, surds & indices, sequence & series, quadratic equations, miscellaneous arithmetic

Reasoning Ability

Coding-decoding, blood relations, syllogism, seating arrangement, data sufficiency, directions & distances, classification & analogy, input & output, mathematical inequalities, order & ranking, scheduling, double line-up, alphanumeric series, grouping & selection

SBI Clerk Mains Syllabus


SBI Clerk Syllabus

General/Financial Awareness

Banking/financial terms, static awareness, banking and financial awareness

Current Affairs - news on the banking industry, awards and honours, books and authors, obituaries, sports, latest appointments, Govt. schemes and policies

Static GK (Facts and info that does not change) - countries, capitals and currencies, constituencies of ministers, dance forms, cultural GK, nuclear and thermal power stations

General English

Reading comprehension, synonyms and antonyms, spell checks, fillers, cloze test, sentence correction/ error spotting, sentence rearrangements/ parajumbles

Quantitative Aptitude

Simplification, number series, distance, time, speed, quadratic equations, data interpretation, data sufficiency, profit & loss, partnership, time and work, mixtures and allegations, average, simple interest & compound interest, ratio & proportion, percentage

Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude

Direction sense, inequalities, blood relations, syllogism, puzzles, coding and decoding, ranking, statements and assumptions, machine input and output, networking (computers), internet, DBMS, basics of computer: hardware, software, generations of computers, MS Office, important abbreviations.

Best Books for SBI Clerk 2020

The most important thing while preparing for the SBI Clerk exam is to pick the best book which could help the candidates to ace up the exam preparation. By going through the best books, candidates will be able to cover all the topics and chapters from where the expected questions can be asked in the examination. Some of the books from where candidates can study are listed in the table below.

List of Books for SBI Clerk





Quantitative Aptitude

R. S. Aggarwal


Topic-wise Solved Papers for IBPS/ SBI Bank PO/ Clerk Prelim & Mains (2010-16) Quantitative Aptitude

Disha Experts


Magical book on Quicker Mathematics

M. Tyra


Data Interpretation

Arun Sharma


Analytical Reasoning

M. K. Pandey


A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-Verbal

Arihant Publication


Banking Awareness (Objective with Subjective)

Sangram Keshari Rout


Objective Banking & Financial Awareness

Dhankar Publication

SBI Clerk Sample Questions and Online Test Pattern

Candidates can check below the official pdf for sample questions as well as the online test pattern

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - SBI Clerk Exam Pattern 2020

Question: In how many languages will the SBI Clerk 2020 exam be conducted?


According to the SBI Clerk exam pattern 2020, except the English Language section, all the other sections will be conducted bilingually (both English and Hindi).

Question: Do I need to first clear the prelims exam and then appear for the mains exam orI need to appear in prelims and mains in a row?


You can take the mains exam only after passing the prelims stage of examination.

Question: Will the exam of SBI Clerk be conducted in online mode for only prelims stage or for both the stages?


As per SBI Clerk 2020 exam pattern, both the prelims and the mains exam will be conducted online mode.

Question: Is there any negative marking in case of wrong answers?


Yes, 1/4th marks will be deducted for each wrong response given by the candidates.

Question: Is there any sectional time limit in the SBI Clerk exam?


Yes, there is a sectional timing within which candidates must complete each of the given sections. For General/Financial Awareness and General English, candidates will be given 35 minutes each while for Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude candidates will be given 45 minutes each.

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tamil nadu vacancy for exservice man cut off sbi clerk , preliminary and main exam 2019 and 2020

Sanjay Khandelwal 14th Feb, 2020
Hello sir
The cut off of 2019 SBI clerk for preliminary examination was 61.25 that was for UR, ex servicemen's data is not available for 2019, for 2018  the state cut off for ex servicemen's in preliminary exam was 32.25 and in mains examination was 60.25 for Tamil Nadu . I will try to get 2019 data from other sources for ex servicemen's.

sir Exserviceman cut off mark for sbi clerk exampreliminary and main exam on 2019 and 2020

Sanjay Khandelwal 14th Feb, 2020
Sir can you tell me in which state you are applying or applied. Because cut off for preliminary exam of SBI clerk is based on state wise and also please mention the state you have chosen according to that I will be able to provide you the details. For example servicemen's in 2018 it was 60.15.

how to prepare for the sbi clerk? nd I dont have enough time? plzz suggest me?

Swati Umang 9th Feb, 2020

Hello! Hope you are doing good.

In order to clear any exam, the most important part is clearing the current affairs apart. So, revise as much current affairs as you can.

Also, at this point of time you should start giving mock tests or previous year's appears. This will help in trying to figure out the places where you lack.

Time management is the key in competitive exams so make sure to start giving previous year's test papers. Don't think about whether or not you know the topics or have revised. Everything will be good, once you strt giving test.

All the best


i appeared for the cat but my overall percentile was not so i m planning for the feb mat nd mah cet.but i have also applied for the sbi what should i do? should i preparing for the sbi clerk nd give up mat preparation? plzz suggest me?

Sampriti Student Expert 3rd Feb, 2020
You should appear for MAT and MAH CET. Just get some idea about what kind of questions are asked. If you score really well you can get a decent college which can build your career. But at the same time if you're thinking about SBI clerk then you must keep it also as an option. If you get through the interview you can definitely join and prepare for CAT alongside. It's always better to keep more options to choose from. There's not very much difference between the syllabus of SBI clerk and MAT/MAH CET. Only the banking awareness section of SBI is a little different but is easier to deal with. So you must appear for all the exams.

Good Luck

if i appear for SBI CLERK and get selected then can i appear for the subsequent SBI PO exam or is there any kind of restriction?

Shristi Kirti 27th Feb, 2020

Hello Nupur,

You can definitely appear for SBI PO examination even if you have got selected for the SBI Clerk exam. Not only this, you can appear for any other examination if you wish to. There is no such restrictions on it.

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