Preparation for SBI Clerk: Tips, Tricks, Eligibility, Exam Pattern and More

Below are the tips and strategy every aspirant must read while appearing for SBI Clerk Exam

Banking aspirants from across the country are always interested in knowing every detail about SBI vacancies. But before you move ahead and start preparing, candidates must understand SBI Clerk Eligibility criteria to begin with. The candidates who fulfill the eligibility criteria system by State Bank Of India (SBI) are the only ones considered for further recruitment procedures.

The general terms of application include age, educational qualification, and nationality. In order to be entitled to the recruitment process, candidates need to match this criteria. According to SBI, any graduate candidate from the age group of 20-28 years can apply for the exam. Candidates from the reserved categories are given little freedom in the upper age limit as per the government rules and participants have to show the OBC certificate declaring that they belong to the “Non-creamy layer”. EWS category students are required to produce the “Income and Asset Certificate” officially issued by the Government of India to apply for the reservation benefits. Students from the PwD category are needed to provide the “Disability Certificate” issued by Doctor/Medical or any relevant Authority in the district of residence.

For any candidate who is looking forward to the SBI Clerk Exam, he/she must have deep knowledge and understanding of SBI Clerk Exam Pattern. The SBI Clerk exam is held every year to choose the best candidates for the Junior Associates post. Aspirants need to clear both, SBI Clerk Prelims and Mains exams to be qualified for this position. Candidates who successfully clear the exam will be placed at the different locations spread across India.

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Aspirants who want to apply for the position of Junior Assistant must start the preparation for the upcoming bank exams. The number of aspirants applying every year for these exams has multiplied over the last few years and the competition has rapidly increased.

Below are the tips and strategy every aspirant must read while appearing for SBI Clerk Exam. Even though the competition will be tough, these preparation tips will come in handy.

1. Do Proper Analysis of the Syllabus and Exam Pattern

Candidates need to know the SBI Clerk pattern and marking style thoroughly. Research the topics and see which areas will consume more time to study and cut out an action plan to give appropriate time to each section.

2. Practice Mock Tests

Aspirants should practice a huge number of past years’ solved question papers. Focus more on the weak areas but do not fail to remember to brush up on your strong areas as well.

3. Create a Study Structure/Plan 

Make a well thought out study plan and stick to it religiously. Whenever you plan to study, make sure you create important notes as it will help recall useful information in the near future.

Speed is very crucial as aspirants have no time flexibility. Moreover, being accurate is also important as it prevents negative marking during such highly competitive exams.

4. Revision

Keep reading and remembering the important formulas, Technical terms, and current affairs topics. Avoid mugging up any new source of information at the last moment as you will not be able to keep it in your mind for very long. Make sure the important topics are always revisited at regular intervals of time.

5. Study Current Affairs

Having a good knowledge of current affairs is very important. Aspirants must read newspapers, articles or blogs daily or check out current affairs to be confident and to have a good idea about what is happening across the country.

6. Avoid Guesswork While Attempting the Question Paper

For each wrong answer, you will get negative marks of 0.25 during the SBI Clerk Prelims exam. Exercise discretion while eliminating options and refrain from marking questions on the basis of pure hunches. This may land you in serious trouble and take away your hard earned marks of other questions.

7. Don’t forget to carry essential documents


While appearing for the SBI Clerk Exam, aspirants should produce original and a copy of the photo identity (bearing precisely the same name as it appears on the call letter) such as Aadhar card / Pan Card / Voters ID/ Driving License for verification. Aspirants won’t be allowed to appear for the exam even if the authority finds them in doubt.

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