Despite all the recent news of turmoil, the banking sector in India is booming at the moment. India’s only Fortune 500 bank, the State Bank of India recruits candidates for various clerical posts through the SBI clerk exam. The clerks, or Junior Associates as they are officially designated by the SBI, handle most of the day to day activities at an SBI Branch. If you are looking to get a job that allows you to grow and also offers job security, then this is the right option for you. Now, the SBI clerk exam is divided into two stages. The first stage is the SBI clerk prelims and the second and the final one is the mains. Here, we would be talking about all the things that you need to know about the SBI clerk prelims. So, without much further ado, let’s begin!
What is the SBI Clerk Prelims Exam?
As said before, the SBI clerk prelims are the first stage for SBI clerk recruitment. You have to pass the SBI clerk prelims exam to appear in the mains. Since 2018, they have removed the concept of cutoffs for the SBI clerk prelims. Now, they would select only a given number of candidates for the mains on the basis of the result in the SBI clerk prelims exam. This ‘given’ number would depend on the number of vacancies and it would be roughly 10 times the vacancies. This means that if there are 7000 vacancies for SBI clerk, then they would select 70,000 of the top candidates for SBI clerk prelims exam.
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When is the SBI Clerk Prelims Exam Date?
The SBI clerk prelims exam date 2019 is not yet known as the official notification for SBI clerk 2019 is not yet declared. However, it is expected that the SBI Clerk prelims 2019 would be during the month of March or April 2019. The exact dates are not known. We would update the information as soon as the official SBI clerk prelims exam date is announced.
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How to Apply for SBI Clerk Prelims?
Applying for SBI clerk prelims is really simple. The first thing that you need to do is check the SBI clerk prelims eligibility criteria like the age limit, educational qualifications and things like that. You can check out the eligibility criteria by clicking on the button below:
If you are eligible to apply, then you must go to the official website of SBI after the official notification is released. You would get a link on the page that would redirect you to the SBI clerk online application form. You would need to fill up the form, upload your photo and your scanned signature and then pay the fees online through net banking/ credit card.
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What are the Type of Questions Asked in the Exam?
Well, questions are asked on three different topics – English language, Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude which is basically mathematics. All the questions would be MCQ type. This means that you would be given a number of options for each question and you would need to select the right option from the given options. However, in the SBI clerk prelims exam pattern, not all the sections carry equal weight. To know about the details of the SBI clerk prelims exam pattern click on the button below:
The level of difficulty of the questions varies from year to year as well as from subject to subject. However, if you practice the right way then you can easily score good marks in the exam.
What Should I Study for SBI Clerk Prelims?
Well, there is no official syllabus for the SBI clerk prelims exam. However, the SBI always asks questions from a particular set of topics for all the subjects. Here is a glimpse of the syllabus for SBI clerk exam.
English – The English syllabus could be broadly divided into sections – grammar and comprehension. Grammar comprises the basics like the parts of speech, tense, synonyms, antonyms etc.
Reasoning – Reasoning can also be divided into two sections, verbal and non-verbal reasoning. In verbal reasoning, you would be given statements in the question and the answer should involve the understanding of the statements. The non-verbal section would require you to identify patterns and special characters.
Quantitative Aptitude – Quantitative aptitude or quant mainly deals with the mathematical problems like simplification, profit and loss, interest etc.
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How Much do I need to Score to Pass the Prelims?
Well, there is no SBI clerk prelims cut off anymore. Earlier, if you scored the minimum SBI clerk prelims cutoff, you would have been sure to get through to the next round. Now, you have to stay in the top 50,000 to 70,000 candidates to appear for SBI clerk mains. Therefore, it is very hard to come up with the SBI clerk prelims cut off. Just give it your best to ensure that you would pass through the next round.
When would the SBI clerk prelims result be declared?
Well, as said before, the official notification is not out yet for SBI clerk 2019. We expect the SBI clerk result prelims to be declared in May or June 2018, if the exam happens in March/April 2018. We would update the information as soon as the information is released.
So, these were some of the information that you should know about SBI clerk prelims. Just put your best foot forward and success would surely kiss your feet. For more such useful articles on SBI clerk exam, feel free to browse Topprnotes.