How to Prepare for SBI Clerk 2018 Exam? SBI Clerk Preparation Strategy

State Bank of India has just released the SBI Clerk 2018 Recruitment notification. The SBI Clerk Exam Pattern consist of 3 Phases such as Prelims, Mains & Local Language Test. A total of 8301 vacancies at stake! In this article, we will discuss the detailed SBI Clerk Preparation Plan 2018.


Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by the Bank (approximately 10 times the no. of vacancies, subject to availability) will be short listed for the Mains Exam from the list of all candidates arranged in descending order of aggregate marks scored. There is no minimum qualifying marks for individual subject as well as for aggregate (overall) score. The Prelims exam is bilingual i.e. available in both English and Hindi, except for the English section. There is negative marking for 1/4th mark for each wrong answer.


Given below is the complete Syllabus for SBI Clerk Prelims and Mains examination.


SBI Clerk Preliminary Exam Syllabus


The preliminary examination of SBI Clerk 2018 exam  will comprise of Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language. The detailed syllabus is as follows:




Quantitative Aptitude

Profit and Loss, SI & CI, Mensuration, Trigonometry, Algebra etc.


Analogy, Classification, Input and Output, Coding and Decoding, Blood Relations etc.


Double Fillers, Essay Writing, Reading Comprehension, Para jumbles, Cloze Test, Error Spotting, Paragraph Completion



SBI Clerk Mains syllabus 2018


The Mains Examination of SBI Clerk 2018 Syllabus will comprise of 5 sections: Reasoning, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, Banking Awareness, and Computer Aptitude. The complete syllabus is given below:




Quantitative Aptitude

Data Interpretation, Permutation and Combination, SI&CI, Mensuration etc. very similar to the preliminary exams but higher in level


Seating arrangement, Input and output etc. more or less similar to the preliminary exam

English Language

Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Vocabulary, Verbal Ability, Word Association, Sentence Improvement, Para Jumbles, Cloze Test, Error Spotting, Fill in the blanks

General and Banking Awareness

Current Affairs, General Knowledge, Static Awareness, Banking and Financial Awareness

Computer Aptitude

Internet, Memory, Keyboard Shortcuts, Computer Abbreviations, Microsoft Office, Computer Hardware, Computer Software, Operating System, Networking etc.



SBI Clerk Preparation Tips 2018


English Section


In the English Section, you have got enough of the time to solve the questions efficiently, i.e., 20 minutes for 30 questions. Earlier, students used to have a mindset of doing with the English section within 10-15 minutes and thereby solving the questions of the Quantitative Aptitude or the Reasoning Ability Section that are comparatively complex and time-consuming. But, to their dismay, this strategy won't be working anymore as 20 minutes out of the total 60 minutes have to be given solely to English Section as per the SBI Notification.


  • You still have 2 months to grasp the maximum of the basics of this language so, make the best out of these 2 months so as you manage to attempt the maximum number of questions in this section in the examination.
  • Do keep in mind that accuracy should be the priority while attempting this particular section, as, many of you would try to attempt the maximum number of the questions in this section that kind of gives you the maximum average time for each question (20 minutes for 30 questions).
  • Those who think they are weak in English can choose to attempt Reading Comprehension as they will have enough of time to read and understand it thoroughly. The good thing about the RC is that it doesn't test English grammar, and one can do it easily by making use of their common sense.
  • The Reading comprehension too should be attempted in a way that you attempt questions based on vocab and phrases first and then the questions that need a deep penetration through the paragraphs.
  • The important topics for cloze test are subject-verb agreement, preposition, and verbs. These topics may help you some other questions too that will be based on grammar. So make sure that you have these topics at your fingertips when you are to attempt the examination.


Quantitative Aptitude Section


Earlier, students used to spend 25-27 minutes (on an average) on this section, but unfortunately, that is not going to be the case this time. As SBI has already restricted the time to do this particular section to just 20 minutes, you really need to break your back in order to attain good or satisfactory marks in Quantitative Aptitude Section.


  • This section needs the maximum of your hard work and travail as the questions asked in this section are calculative and very time-consuming and you will have only 20 minutes for a total of 35 questions.
  • In the examination, attempt the questions on Quadratic Equations, Simplification, and Approximation, and Number Series first as you would be able to solve the maximum number of questions within minimum time.
  • After having attempted all these questions efficiently, go for Data Interpretation. In every DI 3 questions are always doable and the rest two are a bit tricky and calculative. So, try to attempt at least those 3 questions with accuracy.
  • Rest of the questions will be based on arithmetic miscellaneous topics like CI & SI, Time and Work, Pipes, and Cisterns, Partnership, etc. Time will be running short and if you are left with some, then attempt these question too in the end.


Reasoning Section


This section is still a big sigh of relief to the students as, even before the introduction of sectional timing, students would give 20 minutes on an average to this particular section. Reasoning Ability is an onerous section, and with the increasing complexity of questions, it becomes hard for one to give it the cold shoulder. The only way to make the grade in this particular section in the forthcoming exam of SBI Clerk Prelims is to practice and only practice with all your heart and soul.


  • Attempt the maximum number of questions in Reasoning Section in minimum time by attempting the difficult puzzles in the end.
  • Start with the questions that are not in the form of puzzles, you can choose to start with questions based on inequalities, direction and distance, syllogism, coding-decoding, alphanumeric series, and other such random topics.
  • Then try to start with puzzles that appear easy to be solved and proceed with moderate and difficult puzzles in a similar way.


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