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SBI CLERK 2018 PATTERN & SYLLABUS

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SBI Clerk 2018 Exam Pattern

Updated On - November 28th 2017

SBI clerk exam pattern is expected to remain same in the year 2018 as no official notification has been released for the change in the exam pattern. SBI clerk 2018 exam will be conducted in two stages namely preliminary and mains examinations. Aspirants who will qualify the SBI clerk 2018 prelims paper in October/ November 2018 will be eligible for the main examinations, which are expected to take place in the month of December 2018.

The common features & differences of the SBI clerk mains & prelims exam are as follows:

  • Both exams are MCQ based exams.
  • 1 mark is awarded for every correct answer & 0.25 marks deducted for every wrong answer.
  • QA, English and Reasoning ability syllabus is same for prelims & mains examinations.
  • General/ Financial awareness subject will be tested additionally in SBI main exams.
  • A language test will be conducted before the SBI mains exam, in order to test local language proficiency.
  • There will be 5 options for each question; students need to select the correct response and submit it online.
  • SBI clerk main & prelim examinations are computer based exams but the same are not done over the internet.
  • You cannot switch between the sections.

Exam Pattern Highlights Table:

Exam pattern highlights table for SBI clerk prelims exam 2018:

Exam Pattern Highlights for Prelims Exam
Exam modeComputer based test (CBT)
Number of papers1
Number of sections3
Question paper typeMCQ
Total marks100
Exam duration1 hour
Exam languageHindi and English

Exam pattern highlights table for SBI clerk mains exam 2018:

Exam Pattern Highlights for Mains Exam
Exam modeComputer based test (CBT)
Number of papers1
Number of sections4
Question paper typeMCQ
Total marks200
Exam duration2 hours 40 minutes
Exam languageHindi and English

SBI Clerk Exam Pattern 2018 for Prelims Exam:

SBI prelims exam will consist of 3 sections namely reasoning ability, English language and numeric ability. The questions type and marks will differ in each section.  All Questions are MCQ based. 1 mark awarded for every correct answer and 0.25 marks deducted for every wrong answer

1. SBI clerk exam pattern 2018 for reasoning ability:

  • Total weightage of this section is 35.
  • Nearly 20 minutes are allotted to attempt this section.
  • Questions will be asked on- seating arrangement, linear seating arrangement, floor based problems,
  • Statement based questions have been given priority in this section.

SBI clerk reasoning syllabus:

Reasoning Syllabus
AnalogyCoding & decodingBlood relations
Sitting arrangementsSeries completionSyllogism
Decision makingStatement reasoningAnalogy
Series completionClassification-

Recommended books:

Book namePublisherISBN/ ASNI
Topic-wise Solved Papers for IBPS/SBI Bank PO/Clerk Prelim & Mains (2010-16) ReasoningDisha9386320150
State Bank of India & Associates Clerical Cadre Recruitment ExamArihant9350751534
IBPS Bank Clerk (CWE VII) Prelims Study Books & Model Solved Question Papers Guide Paperback (English)Surya’s9788172544997

2. SBI clerk exam pattern 2018 for English language (prelims):

  • 30 questions will be asked in the English language section.
  • 20 minutes time given to attempt this section.

SBI clerk syllabus for English language:

Englidh Language Syllabus
VocabularySynonymsAntonyms
Word formationSentence completionComprehension
Theme detectionDeriving conclusionsPassage completion
Error detectionPassage correctionSpelling
GrammarIdiomsPhrases

Important books:

Book namePublisherISBN
Topic-Wise Solved Papers for IBPS/ SBI Bank PO/ Clerk Prelim & Mains (2010-16) – EnglishDisha9386323532
Bank PO English Language Chapterwise Solved PapersArihant9311124524
IBPS-VII Bank Clerk Preliminary Examination 2017Arihant9311130842

3. SBI Clerk exam pattern 2018 for Numeric ability:

  • 35 questions will be asked in total under this section.
  • 20 minutes are to be invested in attempting this section.

SBI clerk syllabus for Numeric ability:

Numeric Ability Syllabus
Number systemSimplificationRoots & Averages
Surds &IndicesPercentagesProfit & Loss
Ratio & ProportionPartnershipChain rule
Time & workPipes & CisternsTime & Distance
Problems on trainsBoats & StreamsAllegations & Mixtures
Simple InterestCompound InterestStocks & shares
Clocks & algorithmsMesurationsVolume & surface area
Permutation & combinationHeights & DistancesData Interpretation
Line GraphBar GraphPie charts
Tabulations--

Important books:

Book namePublisherISBN
Topic-wise Solved Papers for IBPS/SBI Bank PO/Clerk Prelim & Mains (2010-16) Quantitative AptitudeDisha9386320169
Bank Success Book: Score Well in SBI & IBPS, Clerk, PO & SO Exams 2017Banking CareersB01NCLFFT6
IBPS - CWE 2018 : Bank PO/MT Previous Year Papers & Practice PapersYour Book PublicationB06XRDGRCJ

SBI Clerk Exam Pattern 2018 for Main Examination

Although, the preliminary and main examination are both conducted on same pattern. The difficulty level of the exam would be higher for the main examination. The difference between the exam pattern of prelims & main examination is as follows:

  • The total time duration of the SBI Clerk main exam pattern is 2 hours 40 minutes.
  • An additional subject to the system is financial awareness.

1. SBI Clerk exam pattern 2018 for Financial/ General awareness:

  • 50 questions of MCQ type.
  • 35 minutes are awarded to attempt the section.

SBI clerk syllabus for financial/ general awareness:

Financial/ General Awareness Syllabus
Marketing AptitudeEconomyBanking & Finance
News from RBI, SBI, ICICI, HDFC, Monetary policyDemonetization-

Important Books:

Book namePublisherISBN
State Bank of India & Associates Clerical Cadre Recruitment ExamArihant9350751534
Financial Awareness for Competitive ExamsDisha9386146975
Banking Awareness for SBI & IBPS Bank Clerk/ PO/ RRB/ RBI ExamsDisha9386323494

2. SBI Clerk Mains exam pattern 2018 for General English:

  • 40 questions of MCQ type.
  • 35 minutes awarded for attempting the section.
  • Question distribution of various question types can be as follows:
TopicQuestions/ setsDifficulty level
Reading Comprehension1 set (10 questions in each set)Moderate
Cloze test10 QModerate
Parajumbles5 QModerate
Sentence improvement5 QEasy 
Spotting Error5 QModerate
Fill in the blanks5 QEasy to moderate

SBI clerk syllabus for English language (main examination):

There is no well defined syllabus for main examination. But certain type of questions can be asked. The following are the important topics for SBI Clerk main examination:

  • Comprehension
  • Cloze test
  • Sentence improvement
  • Spotting error
  • Sentence re arrangement

3.  SBI Clerk mains exam pattern 2018 for Quantitative aptitude/ numeric ability:

  • 50 questions of MCQ type.
  • Difficulty level is higher.
  • 45 minutes are awarded to attempt this section.

Topic wise distribution of questions:

TopicQuestionsDifficulty level
Number series5Moderate
Data Interpretation (Tabular /Bar Graph / Pie Chart / Missing DI)2 Sets -10 QsEasy to Moderate
Simplification10 QsEasy to Moderate
Quadratic Equation5 QsEasy
Data Sufficiency5 QsEasy
Miscellaneous Questions15 QsModerate

QA/ NA syllabus for SBI clerk exam:

QA/ NA Syllabus
Number systemSimplificationRoots & Averages
Surds &IndicesPercentagesProfit & Loss
Ratio & ProportionPartnershipChain rule
Time & workPipes & CisternsTime & Distance
Problems on trainsBoats & StreamsAllegations & Mixtures
Simple InterestCompound InterestStocks & shares
Clocks & algorithmsMesurationsVolume & surface area
Permutation & combinationHeights & DistancesData Interpretation
Line GraphBar GraphPie charts
Tabulations--

Important books:

Book namePublisherISBN
An Authentic Guide for IBPS Probationary Officer (PO) Exam 2014Kalinjar Publications9351720101
New Pattern IBPS Bank PO/MT 20 Practice Sets for Preliminary & Main Exam with 7 Online TestsDisha9386629607
20 Practice Sets IBPS Bank PO/MT Main Exam 2017Arihant9312140981

4. SBI Clerk mains exam pattern 2018 for reasoning ability & Computer aptitude:

  • 50 questions of MCQ type.
  • 60 marks awarded to this section.
  • 45 minutes time duration given to attempt this section.
  • No input/output questions will be asked under the computer aptitude section.
TopicNumber of questions
Syllogism5 Q
Inequality3 Q
Seating Arrangement (Circular – Inward Outward)5 Q
Linear Arrangement (North South)5 Q
Puzzle – Floor based5 Q
Coding Decoding3- 5Q
Miscellaneous Qs2 – 3 Qs
Data Sufficiency3- 4 Qs

SBI clerk syllabus for reasoning & computer aptitude:

For ReasoningFor Computer Aptitude
AnalogyFundamentals of Computer
Coding & decodingHistory of Computer
Blood relationsInternet
Sitting arrangementsMS office- Word, MS Power Point
Series completionMS Excel
SyllogismMemory
Decision makingInput/ Output device
Statement reasoning -
Classification

Important books:

Book namePublisherISBN
State Bank of India & Associates Clerical Cadre Recruitment ExamArihant1
Ultimate Guide for SBI and Associates Bank Clerk Prelim and Main ExamDisha1
101 Speed Tests for SBI Clerk Preliminary & Mains Exam with 5 Practice SetsDisha1

Exam day instructions for SBI clerk exam

  • Bring your own stationery at the exam center.
  • No electronic gadgets can be brought inside the hall.
  • Only analogue watch can be worn in the exam hall.
  • Stop marking answer once the exam time is over.
  • Coordinate with the invigilator at the time of attendance.
  • Present your SBI Clerk 2018 admit card when asked.
  • Do not talk with other students present in the exam hall.
  • Stay in the exam hall even if your exam is over, till the exam time is over for all the students.
  • Wear decent clothing at the exam center.

SBI Clerk language test

The language test will be conducted separately for all the aspirants who have not appeared or qualified the examination in class 10, indicating the proficiency in local language.

The students who fail in the language proficiency test will be disqualified.


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