Preparing for SBI Associate Bank Clerk Interviews [Topics & Tips]

State Bank of India recently announced the written test results which was conducted as part of clerks recruitment in its associate banks.While being elated, candidates are equally concerned about preparing for SBI interviews. Since this is the final step leading to appointment in India’s largest banking group, stakes are high.


To help those aspirants getting ready for sbi associate bank interviews, here are some important tips & topics for preparations.


Under each section, we have provided some model common interview questions that would enable you to think & prepare a realistic answer during practice.


Know the Bank

It is always wise to research about your employer before heading for an interview session.Based on the bank you applied for, visit their website & read ‘About us’ section as they contain history, promoters & management.


Since this recruitment is in 5 sbi associate bank the direct links to profile page of each are: About state Bank of mysore, about State Bank of Travancore, about State Bank of Patiala, about State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur & about State Bank of Hyderabad.


Tip: Note down the important events, dates & names in a paper so can you go through easily at the final hour.


Current Affairs

How interested are you in knowing about the daily happenings would be tested.This is primarily done by questioning on important latest events including banking & finance news.


Newspapers are the best source of such info.So dont forget to read english papers till your interview day.


With new facilities being introduced by SBI its necessary for you to have some knowledge about them.The panel will also be impressed.


Few SBI oriented news items this week were

* What is ‘Mobicash Easy’? It is a mobile wallet service introduced by State bank of India in Mumbai & Delhi from Jan 1, 2013 that allows customers to transfer funds & make bill payments through mobile phones

* Online approvals for home loans are to be started soon by SBI

* The name of SBI mobile banking service is ‘State bank Freedom’ which currently has 54 lakh users.

* The Banking laws bill was passed this December in parliament paving way for new private banks.It also awards more powers to RBI.



For all those who are looking to get somekind of reference materials can make use of these books to prepare for SBI clerk interviews.


* Bank Interview Guide (with 20 mocks) Rs.119Buy online 

* Banking Awareness (for definitions used in indian banks)Rs.138Buy online 


Know the Job

Like in this SBI clerk interview experience shared by one of our reader you may have to encounter questions related to banking terms.So be very thorough of terminologies as they form part of all bank interviews.


Since all candidates would have prepared for banking awareness paper in IBPS CWE, it wont be difficult to go through the same books again.



What is demand draft?

Why are cheques crossed? (A: to make it a/c payable)

What changes were made recently to cheques? (A: CTS implementation)


Tip: Do you know the responsibilities of clerical employees? If not, then also consider reading job profile of bank clerks 


Know You

Nomatter what post, interviews start from ‘Tell me about yourself’.So prepare an answer that covers your studies, interests, experience (if any) etc.

Rather than reciting everything from your resume pick out points that are worth mentioning (checkout tips to answer tell me about yourself)

BE/Btech/Msc & other PG degree holders can also face yet another q – ‘Why did you choose bank job?’.

Since the reasons are best known to you, come up with an answer which is both realistic & convincing.(See how to answer why you chose banking)

Tip: Avoid replying ‘My childhood dream was to work in bank’, ‘My ambition was to become bank officer’, ‘I am not interested but my parents sent me here’.

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