SBI Clerk Exam Pattern 2020
Updated on Jan 13, 2020 - 3:47 p.m. IST by Shristi Kirti
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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.
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 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

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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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Sir i was born on 17 srp 1991. Can i apply for sbi clerk. plz sir help me my categorie general.

Somrita Bhattacharya 22nd Jan, 2020


The age eligibility qualification for SBI clerk are as follows, Candidate should Not be below 20 years and not above 28 years as on 01.01.2020, i.e candidates must have been born not earlier than 02.01.1992 and not later than 01.01.2000 (both days inclusive).I regret to inform you this but you are not eligible

Best of luck


sir, i was born on 17 sep 1991. can i apply for sbi clerk? plz sir help me. my category general

Pooja Kaushik 22nd Jan, 2020
Hi Abhishek Singh,
The minimum age required is 20 years and the candidate's age should not be more than 28 years as April 1, 2020.
However there is an age relaxation of 5 years for those who belong to SC & ST category, 3 years to ODC & 10 years to PWD in case of general, 15 years to PWD in case of SC & ST and 13 years to PWD in case of OBC.

Hope it helps.

i hav pursuing my posr graduation so how to fiill sbi clerk form? what is date and passing result?

Vikrant Shukla 10th Jan, 2020

Hi Parth,

SBI has released the Clerk application form on January 02, 2020. You can fill it from January 03 to 26, 2020 in online mode from the official website of SBI. To know the steps on how to fill the application form of SBI Clerk 202 0, Eligibility criteria, Vacancies and Application fees visit this article - SBI Clerk 2020 . The SBI clerk result dates are not yet released.

I hope this helps!


hi i was born on 22-07-2000 am i eligible to apply for sbi clerk and iam in my final year in degree

Yashu Shrivastava 9th Jan, 2020


Sorry to inform you that you are not eligible for SBI Clerk Exam 2020.As per the SBI Clerk exam eligibility,a candidate age should be of 20-28 years as on January 1st,2020.Also the maximum age for exam is 28 years for General Category,which is 31 years for OBC and 33 for SC/ST category.

So you can appear for the exam next year.

I Hope You Will Easily Make The Exam

Best Wishes For You!!!


sir i was born on 17 dec 1991. Can I apply for SBI clerk 2020

Piyush Dixit 22nd Jan, 2020

Yes you can fill the application form of SBI because the age limit to apply for SBI Clerk is 20- 28 years. Only those candidates who successfully fill the application form will receive SBI Clerk admit card tentatively by Feb 10.

It is to be noted that SBI Clerk recruitment process involves two stages- prelims and mains.

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