SBI Clerk Exam: Frequently Asked Questions

Safalta Expert Published by: Himani Mehra Updated Sun, 13 Feb 2022 09:49 PM IST

SBI clerk or officially known as SBI Junior Associate Exam is conducted annually by SBI. In order to recruit dynamic and young individuals in junior-level associate posts. There are approximately 5000 vacancies as per the official notification. Already as per some estimates, 18.5 lack candidates have appeared for the examination. The exam comprises of prelims and mains exam. The selection of candidates is done state-wise. A candidate can apply for one state only, and there is no interstate movement of junior associates. The selected candidates are employed as cashiers or customer support staff in various branches.

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SBI Clerk Exam Highlights

Exam name 

SBI Clerk

Conducting Body

State Bank of India

Post

Junior Associates (Customer Support and Sales) or Clerk

Exam level 

National 

Vacancies

5000+

Exam category 

After Graduation

Number of times Conducted in a year

Once a year

Exam Pattern

Preliminary exam, Mains exam, and Local Language Test (LLT)

Exam mode 

Online- Computer Based Exam

Exam duration 

Preliminary exam- One hour
Mains-2 Hours 40 minutes

Marking Scheme

Prelims: 100 
Mains: 190

Language 

English and Hindi 

Exam purpose 

For the selection of Junior Associates (Customer Support and Sales)

Exam helpdesk

022-22820427

Official website

SBI

 

SBI Clerk Eligibility Criteria

The official notification contains eligibility criteria that each candidate must fulfill before applying for the exam. The eligibility criteria is as follows:

Parameter

Details

Nationality

Indian

Age Limit

Not below 20 years and not above 28 years

Educational Qualification

Graduation in any discipline from a recognised University or any equivalent qualification recognised as such by Central Government

Number of attempts

No Limit

 

SBI Clerk Prelims Exam Pattern 

  • The prelims exam is conducted for 1 hour.
  • The number of questions is 100.
  • There is a negative marking in the exam.

The exam pattern is illustrated below:

Subject

No. of Questions

Total Marks

Duration

English Language

30

30

20 minutes

Numerical Ability

35

35

20 minutes

Reasoning

35

35

20 minutes

Total

100

100

60 minutes

 

SBI Clerk Mains Exam

Those who qualify for the prelims exam. Are made to appear for the mains exam. The pattern for the mains exam is as follows:

  1. A total of 190 questions are asked.
  2. The duration of the exam is 2 hours 40 minutes.
  3. The maximum number of marks possible is 200.
  4.  1/4th of the mark assigned to the question will be deducted in case the answer is wrong.

The exam pattern is illustrated below:

Subject

No. of Questions

Total Marks

Duration

General/Financial Awareness

50

50

35 minutes

Quantitative Aptitude

50

50

45 minutes

Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude

50

60

45 minutes

General English

40

40

35 minutes

Total

190

200

2 hours 40 minutes

 
For detailed SBI Clerk Exam Pattern.

SBI Clerk Exam – Language Proficiency Test  

This is conducted for candidates to see their comfort with local languages.

 

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Check frequently asked questions on SBI Clerk Exam.

What is the age limit for SBI Clerk Exam?

Candidates should not be less than 20 years of age and should not be more than 28 years of age to be eligible for SBI Clerk Exam.

Can I appear for SBI Clerk Exam after passing class 12?

No, you cannot appear for SBI Clerk Exam after passing class 12. You should have completed graduation to be eligible for SBI Clerk Exam.

Is there any probation period for SBI Clerk?

No, there is no probation period for SBI Clerk.

How many marks are allotted for SBI Clerk Prelims Exam?

A total of 100 marks are allotted for SBI Clerk Prelims Exam.

How many attempts are there for SBI Clerk Exam?

There is no restriction on the number of attempts for SBI Clerk Exam. 

I have scored 58% in graduation. Am I eligible to appear for SBI Clerk Exam?

Yes, you are eligible to appear for the exam. There is no mention in the official notification regarding the minimum marks that you should score in your graduation to be eligible for the exam. You are eligible to appear for the exam if you have completed graduation.

What is the pattern of SBI Clerk Prelims Exam?

The pattern of SBI Clerk Prelims Exam is as follows:

Subject

No. of Questions

Total Marks

Duration

English Language

30

30

20 minutes

Numerical Ability

35

35

20 minutes

Reasoning

35

35

20 minutes

Total

100

100

60 minutes

What is the pattern of SBI Clerk Mains Exam?

The pattern of SBI Clerk Mains Exam is as follows:

Subject

No. of Questions

Total Marks

Duration

General/Financial Awareness

50

50

35 minutes

Quantitative Aptitude

50

50

45 minutes

Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude

50

60

45 minutes

General English

40

40

35 minutes

Total

190

200

2 hours 40 minutes

Is there negative marking in SBI Clerk Prelims and Mains Exam?

Yes, there is negative marking in SBI Clerk Exam. 0.25 marks are deducted for every incorrect answer.

What is the application fees for SBI Clerk Exam?

Candidates belonging to General/EWS/OBC categories have to pay Rs. 750 while those belonging to SC/ST/PwD/XS categories do not have to pay any application fees for SBI Clerk Exam.

Is there any interview in SBI Clerk Exam?

No, there is no interview in SBI Clerk Exam.

Is SBI Clerk a good job?

The SBI Clerk is a great job for the candidates aspiring to mark their career in a banking career. The SBI Clerk Salary is decent enough for an entry-level government job. The other benefits and growth opportunities too make it one of the most popular jobs in India.

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