SBI Associate Banks Clerk Exam - Pattern, Books & Preparing

sbi-associate-bank-clerk-exam-question-paper-pattern There is always a buzz among bank job aspirants whenever SBI recruitments are released.The 7000+ clerk vacancies in state bank of India`s associates is no exception.Some of the top queries asked by our readers were ‘What to prepare for sbi clerical exam, What is the question paper pattern for sbi associate banks clerk exam‘.


To help applicants in preparing for the SBI clerk exam & understand the structure of test paper better - we are detailing the exam pattern which takes you through

  1. Selection process
  2. Exam pattern
  3. Books
  4. Preparations 


The selection procedure for 7740 clerk posts in state bank group involves the following stages: Written test & Interview


As the ratio of 1:3 is to be followed, around 23000 candidates will be shortlisted for interviews across 5 associate banks


For final appointment your total marks in the above levels would be taken.The bank may also fix a cutoff based on the number of vacancies.Now let us see what these phases consist of.


About the Test:

Inorder to count yourself in the job race, qualifying in the written examination scheduled to be held on October 7 & 14th is necessary.

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According to the question paper pattern,

  • No. of sections: 5
  • Duration: 2 hours 15 mins
  • 200 questions, each carrying 1 mark
  • Total: 200 marks

Since the test comprises of objective type questions, 0.25 marks will be reduced for each wrong answer.

It is also necessary for applicants to pass in each paper to be considered for interviews.

On the basis of performance of others, bank will decide about the minimum marks to be secured by a candidate in each test.So its not possible to know this qualifying score before the exams. 


Since there are guides & solved papers available – preparing for sbi clerk exam won’t be a problem. Here are some top books which you can purchase over the internet itself.


* SBI Clerk Guide (with explanations) – Rs.187 – Click here to buy online

* SBI associates clerk exam (model papers & solved papers only) – Rs.176 – Buy online


What to prepare?

Based on above pattern here is a brief on the papers that you must prepare,


General awareness: This aims to test your GK quotient with questions on important events & current events from different sectors.So don’t concentrate only about banking terms but also look at the topics to cover for GK test.


English language: Proficiency in English language is one of the eligibility condition specified for SBI associate bank clerk recruitment.Hence it’s a must for you to posses’ basic written english skills.Checkout the chapters to cover for English test


Reasoning: For all those who have appeared in IT company recruitments, reasoning test may not be new.The correct answer is to be chosen from the given options by analyzing the question.Glance at the topics to cover for test of reasoning.


Marketing /Computer knowledge: Clerical employees of state bank of India will also have to indulge in marketing activities.To serve this purpose, few questions related to marketing & computers shall be asked.See the computer topics to cover 


Quantitative aptitude: How fast can you derive answers while working with numbers? A is a section that checks it.Most questions would be of school level maths & mind calculations are the key.Go through the topics to cover for aptitude paper.


Having known the clerk exam pattern as part of SBI associate banks recruitment, let your preparations begin!!

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