SBI Clerk Exam Pattern

Syllabus for SBI Clerk Exam


Preliminary On Line Exam - 100 Questions Time - 1 Hour

Paper consists of MCQs and OMR


Sr Name of Test No. of questions Total Marks Time Division
1 English Language 30 30 20 minutes
2 Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 1 Hour

Expected questions as per topics.

Name of the Topic Expected Number of Questions
Reading Comprehension 10 Questions
Cloze Test 5-10 Questions
Spotting Errors 5-10 Questions
Sentence Improvement 5-7 Questions
Para Jumbles 4-5 Questions
Fill in the Blanks 5-7 Questions
Vocabulary 5-7 Questions

Numerical Ability Syllabus for SBI Clerk

Questions in the Numerical Ability Section may be asked from following topics:

Name of the Topic Expected Number of Questions
Number Series 5 Questions
Simplification/ Approximation 5-10 Questions
Quadratic Equations 4-5 Questions
Data Interpretation 5-10 Questions
Miscellaneous Arithmetic Question 10-15 Questions

  • Questions of Number Series are expected to be asked from common patterns like the combination of arithmetic operations, squares, double step etc based. So, identify the commonly used patterns of number series and practice them regularly to solve these questions in less time.

  • Simplification/ Approximation questions usually require the application of basic BODMAS rules. So, practice questions based on them regularly.

  • Based on the trend followed in the previous bank exams, you can expect quadratic equation based questions as well in some of the slots of SBI Clerk Prelims 2018. Practice formula as well as factorization based questions of quadratic equations properly.

  • Data Interpretation is a very important topic of SBI Clerk exam. Questions from this topic are mostly based on common operations like addition/ subtraction /multiplication/ division, ratio, average etc. Students are advised to have a thorough practice of Tabular/Line/Bar graphs for the prelims exam of SBI Clerk. Make sure that you check the graphs properly and interpret the correct values before solving the questions of this topic.

  • The Miscellaneous arithmetic questions will be asked from topics like Problem on ages, Profit & Loss, Time & Work, Partnership, Speed Time & Distance, Pipes & Cisterns, Mensuration, Boats & Streams, Probability, Mixtures, Simple & Compound Interest etc. Understand the basic concepts and formulas used for solving these questions and practice them on a regular basis.

Reasoning Ability Syllabus for SBI Clerk

Questions in the Reasoning Ability section may be asked from the following topics:

Name of the Topic Expected Number of Questions
Puzzles & Seating Arrangement 10-15 Questions
Inequality 4-5 Questions
Syllogism 4-5 Questions
Alphanumeric & Numeric Series 5-10 Questions
Coding - Decoding 4-5 Questions
Miscellaneous Problems 5-7 Questions

  • Puzzles and Seating Arrangement questions often scare a lot of students. However, once the correct approach to solve the questions is clear, solving them becomes quite easy. So, focus on the tips which one should take care of while solving these questions. Another important factor to score better in this topic is the regular practice

  • Questions of inequality are quite easy to attempt and direct inequality based questions are expected to be asked in the prelims exam of SBI Clerk.

  • Understand all the cases of Syllogism properly in order to solve these questions with ease.

  • There is no particular formula for solving Series based questions of the reasoning section. Practice the alphanumeric and numeric based series questions thoroughly to score full marks in this topic.

  • Sentence coding based questions are expected to be asked in the prelims exam of SBI Clerk 2018. So, prepare it accordingly.

  • Miscellaneous questions of reasoning section include topics like Blood Relations, Direction Sense, Order & Ranking etc. One must have a proper understanding of the approach to be adopted while solving these questions.



II Main Written Exam - Time 2 Hours and 40 minutes

Paper will be divided into 4 sections:-/p>

Sr Name of Section No. of questions Total Marks Duration Minutes
1 General Awareness 50 50 35
2 General English 40 40 35
3 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45
4 Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 60 45
Total 190 200 2 hours and 40 minutes

SBI Clerk Preliminary Examination Syllabus

Reasoning Ability Quantitative Aptitude English Language
Logical Reasoning Simplification Reading Comprehension
Alphanumeric Series Profit & Loss Cloze Test
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test Mixtures &Alligations Para jumbles
Data Sufficiency Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices Multiple Meaning / Error Spotting
Coded Inequalities Work & Time Fill in the blanks
Seating Arrangement Time & Distance Miscellaneous
Puzzle Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere Paragraph Completion
Tabulation Data Interpretation
Syllogism Ratio & Proportion, Percentage
Blood Relations Number Systems
Input Output Sequence & Series
Coding Decoding Permutation, Combination &Probability

SBI Clerk Mains Exam Syllabus

This comprises of Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language.Banking and Computer Awareness


Reasoning Quantitative Aptitude English Language General/Economy/ Banking Awareness Computer Awareness
Logical Reasoning Simplification Reading Comprehensionc Financial Awareness Internet
Alphanumeric Series Profit & Loss Grammar Current Affairs Memory
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test Vocabulary General Knowledge Keyboard Shortcuts
Data Sufficiency Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices Verbal Ability Static Awareness Computer Abbreviation
Coded Inequalities Work & Time Word Association Banking and Financial Awareness Microsoft Office
Seating Arrangement Time & Distance Sentence Improvement Computer Hardware
Puzzle Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere Para Jumbles Computer Software
Tabulation Data Interpretationc Cloze Test Operating System
Syllogism Ratio & Proportion, Percentage Error Spotting Networking
Blood Relations Number Systems Fill in the blanks Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies
Input Output Sequence & Series
Coding Decoding Permutation, Combination &Probability


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