SBI Clerk Important Dates, Selection Process, Eligibility, Application Form, Admit Card, Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, Syllabus, Tips and Tricks, Previous Year Papers

SBI (State Bank of India) is one of the oldest and most trusted Banks of India that offers recruitment to the youngsters who want to pursue their career in financial services. Through SBI CLERK Recruitment 2021, the bank will fill the vacancies for Junior Associates through its Special Recruitment Drive. This Bank job is considered to be one of the most secured jobs in India. The Online Registration for the Exam will begin from January, 2021 and will close by January, 2021. The examination is conducted in two parts: first Preliminary exam and then Mains exam. Aspirants can appear for the mains only if they clear the Prelims round of the Exam. The Prelim examination will be conducted in Feb 2021. The Mains examination will be held in May 2021. Every year a large number of aspirants apply for these bank post, aspirants take note that applications are to be filled in the online mode for this year’s SBI Clerk registration, for more details go through the article.  

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Key Highlight
of SBI Clerk
No of Questions:
Prelims: 100 Mains: 190
Prelims- 60 minutes Mains- 160 miinutes
Exam Fee:
GEN - Rs. 750/- SC/ST/PWD/ ex-service- NIL
Educational Qualificatiion:
Exam level:
Selection Procedure:
Prelims Mains LLT Final Selection
Exam Pattern:
English Language : 30 questions Numerical Ability : 35 questions Reasoning : 35 questions
Marking Scheme:
1 mark for each correct answer -1/4 mark for each wrong answer

Table of Contents

1. SBI Clerk Important Dates

2. SBI Clerk Selection Process

3. SBI Clerk Eligibility

4. SBI Clerk Application Form

5. SBI Clerk Admit card

6. SBI Clerk Exam Pattern

7. SBI Clerk Marking Scheme

8. SBI Clerk Syllabus

9. SBI Clerk Tips and Tricks

1. SBI Clerk Important Dates

  • SBI conducts the exam for probationary officer every year

  • The application form filling notification will be released in January 2021

​SBI Clerk Registration Period

  • Application form filling (Registration) will be started from January 2021

  • Application form (Registration) will be closed from January 2021

  • Application Fee Submission Period: During the registration period

  • Admit card for prelims will be released in February 2021

  • Prelims exam will be conducted in February 2021

  • Prelims result will be declared in April 2021

  • Admit card for mains will be released before the mains exam

  • The mains exam will be conducted in May 2021

  • The result will be declared for the mains exam after completion of the mains exam

2. SBI Clerk Selection Process

  • Prelims Exam

  • Mains Exam

  • Local Language Test (LLT)

  • Final Selection

3. SBI Clerk Eligibility


  • The applicant should be an Indian citizen OR

  • The subject of Nepal/Bhutan/Tibetan Refugee settled in India before 1962 OR

  • The persons of Indian origin who have migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African Countries, Zaire, Vietnam

  • The NRI candidates are not eligible

SBI Clerk Age Limit

  • The minimum age limit is 21 years

  • The maximum age limit is 28 years

  • The candidate age must lie between 2 January 1992 to 1 January 2000

  • Age Relaxation

    • GENERAL: 0 Years

    • ​OBC (Non-Creamy Layer): 03 Years

    • SC/ST/Persons domiciled in J&K from January 1980 to December 1989, Persons affected by 1984 riots: 05 Years

    • PwD GEN: 10 Years

    • PwD OBC: 13 Years

    • PwD SC/ ST: 15 Years

SBI Clerk Educational Qualification

  • Graduation Degree necessary to be eligible

  • Minimum 50% marks in 10/ 12/ graduation


  • Basic Knowledge of Computer

  • The maximum attempts for the candidates: No Limit


  • The SBI releases the information of the mandatory eligibility criteria on the official site in the notification

  • The aspirants should read the eligibility criteria carefully before applying for the exam to avoid circumstances

  • The main factor of change in eligibility is the age limit because the period in which DOB should lie remains the same but the dates contain this period changes

4. SBI Clerk Application Form

  • The candidates can apply on the official site only

  • The SBI invites application form to the candidates for filling the vacancies of Junior Associate

  • The SBI releases notification on the official site to fill the application form

  • This notification contains the information of registration period, required documents, vacancies, exam date, relevant eligibility conditions, etc

  • The application form filling will be started once the application form filling notification releases

  • The candidates are advised to read the eligibility criteria carefully before applying for the exam because the candidature of ineligible candidates will not be acknowledged

SBI Clerk Application Fee

  • Gen/OBC: INR 750/-

  • SC/ST/Other: NIL

  •  The application fee (exam fee or registration fee) can be paid via net banking, mobile wallets, IMPS, Cash card, debit card, credit card, etc

Application Form Filling Process (Registration Process)

  • The candidates are advised to fill the application form carefully and they should recheck the details filled by them before final submission

  • The application fee once submitted will not be refunded under any circumstances

  • The application form will be filled in the below simple steps

    • (a). Registration

    • (b). Upload Documents (Photo, Signature)

    • (c). Details (Personel Information)

    • (d). Preview

    • (e). Payment

  • The personal information of the candidates is required like educational qualification, experience, category, etc

  • The post, exam center preference, etc also asked on filling the application form

  • The candidate's photo and a signature will be required during the application form filling

    • Photo Size: 200×230 Pixels and 20-50 kb file size

    • Signature Size: 140×60 Pixels and 10-20 kb file size

  • The face and eyes should be visible on the photograph

  • The signature should be also clear. It will be matched in the future use

  • The candidates should read instructions carefully before application form filling

  • The candidates should note down the registration number and password for future use

  • They should print out the application form copy in a white blank paper to keep all the information with them for further use

5. SBI Clerk Prelims Admit Card

  • Candidates can download the admit card from the official site only

  • The admit cards will be released separated for prelims and mains exam

  • Admit card for prelims will be available to download before 7 days of the exam

  • The candidates should print the admit card on a white blank paper

  • The text and information printed on the admit card should be clearly visible

  • The candidates are advised to save a copy of the admit card for future use

  • The candidates should have clear information about the exam pattern and marking process before attempting the real exam. They are advised to make a wise strategy to acquire more marks than the cutoff

  • The admit card will be available to download till the exam

  • Adress and photograph of identity proof should be matched to the uploaded records

  • They should also carry two passport size photograph matches to the uploaded one

Steps to download SBI Clerk Admit card

  • The SBI provides a link on its official site to download the admit cards

  • Fill the credentials like registration number, roll number, password, date of birth, etc

  • Mostly these credentials are available on the printed copy of the application form

  • After filling the credentials, they will reach on the admit card

  • Now they can print or download the admit card

  • In case of forgetting the password, they can use the forget password option. The login information will be sent on the registered mobile number or mail

Information in the SBI Clerk Admit card

  • Roll Number/ User id and password

  • Name and address of the candidate

  • Registration number of the candidate

  • The venue of the examination center

  • Date and time of the examination

  • Date of Birth

  • Candidate's photograph and a blank space to affix the candidate's photograph matching to the uploaded one

  • Boxes containing space for signature and thumb impression of the candidate

  • A box for the signature of the invigilator

SBI Clerk Exam Day Instructions

  • The candidates are advised to follow all the instructions printed on the admit card

  • The instructions printed on the admit card should be clearly readable. Instructions make the candidate aware of attending the exam

  • Original copy and photocopy of a valid identity proof containing photograph and address is required in the examination hall

  • The candidates will be disqualified for misconduct in the examination

  • The candidate must have the same information and signature in each document

  • The exam conducting body will not acknowledge any change in time, date, center of the examination, etc

  • digital devices, earphones, unnecessary objects are not permitted to bring into the exam hall

  • The SBI will handle the situation and co-operate with the candidates in case of administrative or technical issue

The discrepancy in SBI Clerk Admit card

  • The candidates should cross-check the information in the admit card

  • They should make sure that there is no mismatch in the details of the admit card and identity proof

  • If there is any discrepancy, they should bring it in front of the SBI

6. SBI Clerk Exam Pattern

  • The correct understanding of exam pattern and marking process to answer the questions with a planned strategy directs towards the bright score

  • The SBI is responsible  to set up exam pattern and the marking process

  • The exam conducting body mention exam pattern and marking scheme on the notification of application form filling

  • The written exam is conducted in 2 stages

    • ​Preliminary Exam

    • Mains Exam

  • The exams will be conducted in online mode

  • It will be an objective type exam

  • Exam level will be national-level

  • It is a computer-based exam

  • Exam duration will be:

    • ​60 minutes for prelims

    • 160 minutes (2 Hours 40 Minutes) for mains

  • Paper will be available in both Hindi and English Language

  • Total questions will be:

    • ​100 in prelims

    • 190 in mains

  • Number of sections (Prelims)

    • 1. English Language: 30 questions in 20 minutes (1 Mark for each)

    • 2. Quantitative Aptitude: 35 questions in 20 minutes (1 Mark for each)

    • 3. Reasoning Ability: 35 questions in 20 minutes (1 Mark for each)

  • Number of Sections (Mains)

    • 1. Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude: 50 questions in 45 minutes (60 marks total)

    • 2. Quantitative Aptitude: 50 questions in 45 minutes (50 marks total)

    • 3. General/ Finance Awareness: 50 questions in 35 minutes (50 marks total)

    • 4. English Language: 40 questions in 35 minutes (40 marks total)

7. SBI Clerk Marking Scheme

  • The marking process remains the same in prelims and mains exam

  • 1 mark will be awarded for each correct answer

  • 1/4 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer

  • There is no negative mark or inclusive mark for unattempted questions

  • The exam will be conducted online, so marking two answers of a question is not possible in CBT

  • Negative marking not only prevents to gain mark but also shorten score by penalty

  • The candidates are suggested to mark the answers with accuracy to lessen the impact of negative marking

  • The four wrong answers mark deduction value is equal to the one right answer mark gaining value

  • To excel in the exam, candidates should focus on accuracy in solving the questions

  • The marking process is the same within each section

  • The implementation of knowledge works more than the only having information that answers the query "How negative marking affect the score that drives the candidates score below the cutoff?"

  • The SBI implements the marking scheme in the exam

  • The candidates have to clear sectional cutoff as well as overall cutoff

  • We should never mark guess based answer

  • Reduce time consumption to answer the questions during the exam

8. SBI Clerk Syllabus

General English: Reading comprehension including Synonyms and Antonyms, Sentence rearrangement or Para jumbles Sentence Correction / Error Finding, Spell Checks, Fillers and Cloze Test.

Quantitative Aptitude: Simplification, Number Series, Data Sufficiency, Data Interpretation, Quadratic Equations, Time and Work, Partnership, Profit and Loss, Measuration, Time, Distance and Speed – Trains, Boats n Streams, Simple and Compound interest, Mixture and Allegation , Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Averages.

Reasoning Ability: Machine Input/output, Syllogism, Blood Relation, Direction Sense, Inequalities, Puzzles – Seating Arrangement, Floor puzzle, Coding Decoding, Ranking, Statement and Assumptions /Conclusions.

Computer Aptitude: Basics of computer, different generations, hardware/software, DBMS, Networking, Internet, MS Office and Shortcuts used in MS Offices, Input/output Devices, their types and important abbreviations.

General Awareness:  Current Affairs: News on Banking Industry, awards and honours, books and authors, latest appointments, obititaries, new schemes of central and state governments, sports etc.

Static GK: Country-capital, Country-currency, headquarters of financial organizations (of insurance companies), constituencies of ministers, dance forms, nuclear and thermal power stations etc.
Banking and Financial terms.

9. SBI Clerk Preparation Tips and Tricks

  •  You need to finish three sections of SBI Clerk Prelims within 60 minutes, which means you need speed with accuracy in order to attempt 100 questions in total. The more you practice, the better chances you have of acing this exam.

  • Make mathematics and reasoning your strong subjects, practice questions to solve them within time to increase efficiency. You should lay emphasis not on mugging up the formulas but instead try understanding the concepts, so, you can modify the formulas according to the question requirement.

  • Remember negative marking is a factor here. Therefore, try not to attempt questions that put you in doubt. Although, the prelim exam will be of just qualifying nature and won’t be considered for the final merit list as only Main exam marks will matter, but you still need to secure the minimum qualifying marks in the prelims as set by the Indian Bank.

  • Manage your time properly; give an appropriate amount of time to each section. Try to improve your time by practicing as many online tests as possible. Youth4work provides online mock tests will time limit attached to each question; this way one can learn to finish the entire exam within the time limit.

  • Studying in a stretch for hours can be tedious and hard and also not so good. Therefore, try to study several times in regular sessions during a day. This will make learning easy and fun, also you will have enough time to brush up the already studied topics in between intervals.

  • It is very important to maintain proper health, so you don’t fall sick on the big day. Give your brain an appropriate time to refresh itself. Don’t rush too much information into your head than its limit allows. Take it slow and steady. And get at least eight hours of sleep each night.

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