SBI Clerk Exam Pattern 2020 has been released by the State Bank of India (SBI) along with the notification on its official website, sbi.co.in/careers. 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.Latest: SBI Clerk Result 2020 for prelims to be announced soonCheck SBI Clerk 2020 Cut off For Prelims ExamSBI Clerk 2020 Admit Card For Mains (Download from April 10 tentatively)Check SBI Clerk 2020 Exam Analysis for Prelims exam 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 notification
January 2, 2020 (Released)
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
Medium of exam: The online question booklet will be provided either in English or in Hindi except for English language/General English paper.
Question booklet: There will be different sets of question booklets and candidates will get any of the sets randomly.
Mode of exam: The exam of SBI Clerk is conducted in online mode.
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.
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)
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
1 hour (20 minutes for each section)
English Language, Numerical Ability
Section wise questions
English Language - 30
Numerical Ability - 35
Reasoning Ability - 35
Section wise marks
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
2 hours 40 minutes
General /Financial Awareness, General English, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude
General /Financial Awareness - 50
General English - 40
Quantitative Aptitude - 50
Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude - 50
Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude - 60
General /Financial Awareness - 35 minutes
General English - 35 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude - 45 minutes
Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude - 45 minutes
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.
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 Syllabus
Para jumbles, fill in the blanks, reading comprehension, cloze test, paragraph completion, multiple meanings, error spotting, sentence improvement, vocabulary, miscellaneous questions
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
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
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
Reading comprehension, synonyms and antonyms, spell checks, fillers, cloze test, sentence correction/ error spotting, sentence rearrangements/ parajumbles
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.
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.
R. S. Aggarwal
Topic-wise Solved Papers for IBPS/ SBI Bank PO/ Clerk Prelim & Mains (2010-16) Quantitative Aptitude
Magical book on Quicker Mathematics
M. K. Pandey
A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-Verbal
Banking Awareness (Objective with Subjective)
Sangram Keshari Rout
Objective Banking & Financial Awareness
Candidates can check below the official pdf for sample questions as well as the online test pattern
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).
You can take the mains exam only after passing the prelims stage of examination.
As per SBI Clerk 2020 exam pattern, both the prelims and the mains exam will be conducted online mode.
Yes, 1/4th marks will be deducted for each wrong response given by the candidates.
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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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.
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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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