SBI Clerk Exam: Preparation strategy to outsmart competition
The SBI bank clerical exam is one of the most competitive exams in India. Though lakhs of candidates appear in the exam every year, only a few thousands are selected for this entry level job in SBI.
So, what does it take to outsmart your competitors? How should you prepare to score high in the written exam? What can bring you competitive edge in this banking exam?
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Though experts say that cracking the clerical level exam for banks are not much difficult, they suggest candidates to have a planned and consistent approach towards preparation strategy.
Careers360 here brings section-wise and overall exam preparation tips from coaching experts to help candidates accentuate their SBI exam preparation. According to coaching experts, a section-wise division of whole preparation for SBI Clerk exam can immensely help candidates qualify in the objective-type test. They also stress on the importance of clarity of concepts and efficient time management to succeed in banking job exam.
With lakhs of candidates appearing in the exam, making it one of the most competitive recruitment exam, experts opine that candidates need to have a planned preparation strategy for the last week and on the exam day as well to crack it.
“A proper assessment of one's strengths and weaknesses in the test areas will help an aspirant channelize his/her efforts in the required direction. Thus, proper application of the results of this self-analysis will ensure success across a number of bank exams. In addition to this, thorough preparation will go a long way in yielding the desired fruit,” says Mr. Manek N Daruvala, director at T.I.M.E.
Plan your Preparation in synch with SBI Clerk pattern
SBI Clerk Selection Process includes written test and Personal Interview (PI). The PI is conducted after the results of written exam are announced. According to the SBI Clerk Paper Pattern, the duration of the objective-type written test is 2 hour 15 minute. The paper with 200 questions is divided into five sections – General Awareness, General English, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability and Marketing Aptitude/Computer Knowledge – carrying a total of 200 marks.
No of questions
Marketing Aptitude/Computer Knowledge
Marking scheme: While each correct answer carries 1 mark,every wrong answer invites a penalty of 0.25 marks.
Section-wise SBI Clerk exam preparation plan
The syllabus of a banking job exam comprises five different sections and the right approach to get perfection in all these areas is to divide your preparation according to the sections. Further, work more on your weak areas and simultaneously continue practicing those subjects where you have a good hand. But be sure that you are not ignoring any of these sections and give equal importance to all the subjects.
“The written exam for the banks consists of sections on Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, General Awareness, English & Basic Computers and candidate has to qualify in each of the sections individually. So, if you are weak in any of the above sections, you should immediately start working on the same,” Mr. Anil Nagar, director of Career Power Institute.
How much weightage to different sections: Analyze weak points (section-wise) and on the basis of them, give weightage to every section. Equally you have to have perfection in every section but it doesn’t mean you should give equal weightage to each section in last month of preparation. Give more importance to sections which need to be strengthened.
Daily practice and revision: More or less, the last-month of preparation for this competitive exam is based on revision and practice. At this moment, candidates are suggested to be focused and selective with their studies. Instead of studying all the topics, they should try to strengthen their weaknesses and utilize their strengths in the best possible way.
Group exercise for General Awareness: Nothing is more effective for enhancing General Awareness than discussing various topics with others and allowing a two way communication to understand view points of other. Even with a small group of 5 students, you can do this daily exercise, where every student comes up with 10-20 questions for discussion. After a group discussion of an hour or so, you will be able to learn at least 50-100 GS questions a day which will remain in your memory for longer.
Read Newspapers for General Awareness, English, Marketing: You cannot afford to skip questions based on General Awareness and Current Affairs while preparing for the banking job exam. You have to be aware of what are the major happenings in your country and the world. You cannot avoid reading a newspaper. Apart from that, an English newspaper improves your English and enhances your Marketing knowledge.
“The candidates should read newspapers regularly. An English newspaper reading can help improve their General Awareness, Marketing knowledge and English language. The idea behind setting a question paper is that the candidates are Graduates and they must know the basics,” says Mr. Javed R Siddique, director at BSC Academy.
Daily Mathematics and Reasoning Practice: In areas like Mathematics and Reasoning, you should have clear concepts and strong fundamentals. Besides this, you need to have accuracy and speed to cover Mathematics and Reasoning portions. Your calculation skills must be strong. Daily practice is a must for all these sections. Consulting a few good reference books to learn short cut to solve questions and calculation techniques is also a good option.
Last-week preparation strategy for SBI Clerk exam
In the last week of preparation, the candidate should be focused and very selective in terms of subjects and topics to be revised and studied. Study only those subjects where you need to improve. Practice of a few hours a day will work. Solving previous test papers will help you build and maintain confidence.
Solve test papers: The candidate appearing for this exam should possess commendable speed and accuracy level for solving questions. You can continue with solving previous test papers to polish your skills at every level.
“These exams are speed and accuracy based so my suggestion to students is that they should first gain clarity on basic concepts of subjects/topics and then practice questions from previous year papers with a focus on their speed and accuracy,” Hanumant Sabharwal, director, SmartPrep India.
Get involved in recreational activities: This is the time when exam is approaching and stress is obvious. The candidates need to be involved in some recreational activities in order to bust exam stress. Play your favorite sport, watch your favorite movie and listen your favorite song. You can also opt to visit an amazing destination around the town.
Don’t forget it’s a digital age: In this age of digital revolution, when the banking job exams are coming up in their newest online avatar, regular practice and time management are the key to crack any competition exam. Candidates, pursuing a bank job, cannot skip computer awareness and marketing knowledge. You can be more concerned with these parts in the last week.
“Many candidates may face problem due to lack of fluency in online test format. Computer awareness and marketing knowledge are compulsory parts of the recruitment process, so, the candidate should be well-versed with basic operating knowledge of computers and basics of marketing and technology to keep up with the competition,” says Ms. Neetu Singh, founder and director of Paramount Coaching Centre.
SBI Clerk exam-taking strategy
You have already practiced a lot. You have solved a number of test papers before entering the examination hall. You are not nervous but full of confidence. Still, experts suggest following some basic test-taking rules in the examination hall.
Read question paper: The first thing you can do with your question paper is to read it carefully, calmly and patiently.
Divide time: You should divide your 2 hour and 15 minute time according to your section-wise strengths and weaknesses. Now, make sure what to attempt first and what to leave for the last.
Accuracy: You cannot compromise with accuracy at any cost. Concentrate and do it carefully. If needed, revise your calculation, etc.
Speed: Time management part has to be totally taken care. You cannot come out of the examination hall, leaving your paper half-done only because the time allotted was not enough for you.
Revise: Make sure some time has been left with you after completion of all the answers to revise them.
Know all about SBI Clerk
India’s largest bank State Bank of India, with over 13,000 branches across the country, announces over 5,000 clerical vacancies in its branches across the country. Out of the total vacancies, over 2000 vacancies are for General candidates. Other vacancies are reserved for candidates belonging from SC, ST, OBC categories. In past years, top three states allotted with highest vacancies were Gujarat, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh.
SBI releases online Admit Card for written exam for the eligible candidates who apply for the computer-based exam in the respective year. The Result of the written exam is announced generally after two months of exam.
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Questions related to SBI Clerk
My dob is16/08/2000 Am i eligible for SBI clerk 2021?
Age limit for SBI clerk exam is candidate should be a minimum of 20 years and maximum of 28 years.
Therefore, candidate should have not born before January 02/01/1992 and not later than 01/01/2000.
Your dob is 16/08/2000 so you can eligible for SBI clerk 2021 exam.
Here is the link for SBI clerk 2020 information on careers 360 .From this link you get more information about exam.
All the best!
respected sir my DOB is 6 feb 1992 am I eligible for ibps clerk 2020-21 and sbi clerk 2021 please reply
Age limit criteria for SBI clerk and IBPS exam is candidate should be minimum of 20 years and maximum of 28 years.
Therefore, candidate should have not born before 02/01/1992 and not later than 01/01/2000 for SBI clerk 2020 and IBPS clerk 2020 exam.
According to your date of birth you are eligible for IBPS clerk 2020 and SBI clerk 2020 exam but not for 2021 exam.
However, there are certain age relaxation given by authority like
SC/ST :-5 years
OBC(non creamy layer) :- 3years
and many more you can check on below link
Hope this helps
hello sir I am born on 6 feb 1992 .am I eligible for applying for IBPS clerk 2020-21 and sbi clerk 2021
The upper age limit for IBPS clerk is 28 years as on September 1, 2020. So you are eligible for IBPS Clerk 2020. In 2021 your age will be 29 years as on September 1, 2021 which makes you ineligible but there are relaxations given for reserved categories. So check the following relaxation reservation wise
- OBC-NCL: 3 years Relaxation
- SC/ST: 5 years Relaxation
- PWD:10 years Relaxation
- Widows, Divorced women, women legally separated who have not remarried :9 years Relaxation
- Domicile of J&K from January 1, 1980- December 31, 1989: 5 years Relaxation
- Persons affected from 1984 riots: 5 years Relaxation
- Regular employees of union carbide factory, Bhopal retrenched from service( only applicable for Madhya Pradesh): 5 years
So, if you belong to any of these categories then you can claim relaxation. Relaxation is given for Upper age limit.
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.