SBI Clerk Mains: What Topics to Cover & What are the Safe Scores to Qualify?

The expectation around SBI clerk prelims results have finally come to an end.While many were disappointed about their results, some others are starting to race against time for the main examinations set to happen on June 25 & 26.With a new feature of sectional time limit, this exam is different from previous ones.Hence here is the information you were asking on the important topics, time management & pattern of SBI clerk mains.


The wait for long & impatient but eventually SBI clerk prelims results has brought a huge sigh of relief for lakhs of anxious candidates.As the main exam is to be held on June 25 & 26, there is very little time for preparations.


Qualifying with good scores in main exam is highly necessary for securing a job as junior associate/ junior agricultural associate in the bank.So put your heads down & concentrate on studying or practicing for the next 1 week.


SBI Clerk Mains Exam Plan

A lot of changes are incorporated in this years`s clerical exam including the number of questions & duration.




As you can see, each section has a time limit within which you need to complete answering all the questions in it.Even if you complete before the specified, you cannot move to another section.


But candidates should be careful as there is more time on hand.Dont attend all questions just because you have extra time unless you are sure of the answer.


Important Topics to Cover

Since there is only limited time, it is not possible to learn any chapter for the first time. Instead, you must allot more time for practising and trying out


General/ Financial Awareness: There are 50 questions for you to attend & each correct answer shall fetch you 1 mark.This is a section that can easily help you score marks if you have prepared well.

  • Awards & Honours,

  • Books & Authors

  • Appointments, Elections

  • Committees, Councils, Summits

  • Budget announcements (railway & general)

  • Banking development, new launches

  • Latest govt schemes

  • Banking terminologies

  • RBI policies

  • Terms used in financial sector

Safe attempts: 35+ questions with 100% accuracy can be considered as safe number of attempts.


General English: You will have prepared for english language in prelims itself.With 35 minutes allotted in mains, expect some tricky question in this section.

  • Reading comprehension

  • Cloze test

  • Synonyms/ Antonyms

  • Sentence completion

  • Spotting errors

  • Parajumbles

There is enough time available.So read the sentences patiently, understand them & then choose the right answer.


Safe attempts: 25+ questions with 100% accuracy can be help you post high scores.


Quantitative aptitude: Although the topics are similar to numerical ability, the level of difficulty could be slightly higher.


In 45 minutes, you need to answer 50 questions which means each question must be answered in 1.2 mins.

  • Number series

  • Data interpretation/ sufficiency

  • Time & Work/ Distance/ Speed

  • Simple/ Compound interest

  • Ratio, Averages, Profit/ Loss

  • Percentage, Simplifications

Safe attempts: 30+ questions with 100% correct answers.Try to attend maximum number.


Reasoning & Computer aptitude: Two subjects are put together under one section for a total of 60 marks & has a time limit of 45 mins.


Reasoning questions might have higher marks compared to computers which is why there is a difference in the total marks & questions.

  • Blood relations

  • Puzzles

  • Syllogism, Data sufficiency

  • Statement & Conclusions

  • Inequalities

  • Direction tests,

  • Coding/ Decoding

Safe attempts: 35+ questions with good accuracy will put you in safe zone.


SBI Clerk Mains: Safe Scores

Many were asking for SBI clerk mains expected cutoffs but with a new pattern & state-wise vacancies, cutoff scores could differ for each state based on the performance of individuals.


So if you could attend the following number of questions, you can be sure of clerical job in state bank of india

  • General awareness:  35 - 38

  • Quantitative Aptitude: 30 - 33

  • Reasoning/ Computer knowledge: 35 - 38

  • English: 25 - 28

Out of the total 190 questions, aim to accurately answer atleast 130+ questions (general category) to stay in SBI clerical race.


Though the sectional cutoffs are usually low, candidates should secure more marks to improve their total score & also the chance of moving to the next stage.


Practice Materials:

There is no use in buying bulky guides to learn the concepts for clerical mains as we only have less than 7 days.


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