SBI Clerk 2020 Exam Pattern & Syllabus : Prelim & Main Exam

First of all the last date for SBI Clerk 2020 is 26th January 2020. So if you haven’t done registration yet then do online registration first.

Selection Process For SBI Clerk 2020

Now if you have applied online already then you should know how State Bank of india selects candidates for the clerk post.

All the candidates who registered theirseleves needs to go through the same pattern. Every candidate have to face total 2 examination.

  • SBI Clerk Prelims Exam
    SBI Clerk Mains Exam

So First of all candidates need to face Prelim examination. To appear in the SBI Clerk Prelim Exam you have to achieve the exam call letter from the official website. The call letters of the prelim examination will be available on the portal from 11th February 2020.

After the exam, SBI recruitment board will publish the result of prelims. If you have achieved more marks then the cutoff then you are selected for mains exam.

Then, If you successfully clear the prelims exam you will be selected for further process. All the candidates who clears prelims exam are now qualified for the sbi clerk mains exam.

Candidates also have to Achieve the call letter for the mains which will be available in the second week of APRIL month.

If you have cleared prelims exam only then your call letter of sbi clerk mains exam 2020 will be available to Achieve.

After that State bank of india will release the result of mains examination. if candidate has achieved passing marks or more than cutoff marks, he or she is selected for the junior associate post.

So, Overview of selection process is

  • Call letter of prelims.
  • Prelims Examination.
  • Prelims exam result.
  • Call letter of Mains.
  • Mains Examination.
  • Mains Exam Result.

SBI Clerk Exam Pattern 2020

The Exam pttern of both exams are different. The Prelims exam contains 3 subject and mains exam contains 4 subjects. The structure of the both examination is also different.

The Main Purpose of prelims is to evaluate the general intelligence of the candidates. where the purpose of mains is to get the idea that the candidate is having subject based of filed based knowledge and have general idea about the job they are applying.

By conducting both examination the employer (SBI in this case) will know that is candidate really eligible for the post or not. So this exam pattern to select the candidate for junior associate post is perfect in most of the ways.


Prelim Exam Is to evaluate the general eligibility therefore the exam pattern includes English Language test, Numerical Ability & Reasoning Ability Test.

SBI Clerk Prelim Exam Pattern

Online Preliminary Exam consisting of Objective Tests for 100 marks will be conducted online. This test would be of 1-hour duration consisting of 3 Sections as follows:

Sl.Max. Marks Name of Test No. of Questions Duration
1. English language 30 30 20 min.
2. Numerical Ability 35 35 20 min.
3. Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 min.
Total 100 100 1 Hour

Each test will have a separate timing as mentioned above. There will be negative marks for wrong answers in the Objective tests. 1/4th of mark assigned for question will be deducted for each wrong answer. No minimum qualifying marks are prescribed for individual test OR for aggregate score. Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by the Bank (approximately 10 times the numbers of vacancies. subject to availability) will be shortlisted for the Main Exam from the list of all candidates arranged in descending order of aggregate marks scored.


The Mains Exam is to evaluate weather the candidate has knowledge about the field or not. also, the candidate can do the job perfectly or not. Therefore the test includes General / Financial Awareness, General English, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude as a subject.

SBI Clerk Main Exam Pattern 2020

Structure of Online Main Exam would be as follows:

Sl Name of Test No. of
1. General/ Financial Awareness 50 50 35 min
2. General English 40 40 35 min
3. Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 min
4. Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 min
Total 190 200 2 Hr. 40 min.

SBI Clerk Syllabus 2020

We divided Syllabus in two parts

  1. Prelims Syllabus
  2. Mains Syllabus

The reason behind separation is that the syllabus of both examinations are different. So readers usually get confused between 2 syllabus. That’s why we have separated it.

SBI Clerk 2020 Prelim Exam Syllabus

This is the syllabus of prelim exam of clerk recruitment in sbi. You have to prepare for all the subjects given here to clear the test. Atleast one question will surely appear from the below topics and it will be super unique. So don’t leave anything and make your mind to prepare whole syllabus before the test.

Reasoning Syllabus Numerical Ability Syllabus
English Language Syllabus
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 Miscellaneous
Coded Inequalities Work & Time Fill in the blanks
Seating Arrangement Time & Distance
Multiple Meaning /Error Spotting
Puzzle Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere
Paragraph Completion
Tabulation Data Interpretation
Ratio & Proportion, Percentage
Blood Relations Number Systems
Input Output Sequence & Series
Coding Decoding
Permutation, Combination &Probability

SBI Clerk 2020 Mains Exam Syllabus

This is the syllabus of main exam of sbi clerk. You will feel relaxed after clearing the prelims probably but don’t forget that there’s one more step you have to climb which is mains exam. We recommend you to start the preparation of whole main exam syllabus the next day of prelim. If you are having doubts about you may pass the prelims or not doesn’t matter. The preparation must be started.

Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus General English Syllabus General/Financial Awareness Syllabus Reasoning Ability Syllabus
Computer Awareness Syllabus
Simplification Reading comprehension including Synonyms and Antonyms Current Affairs – news on banking industry, awards and honors, books and authors,latest appointments, obituaries, new schemes of central and state governments, sports, etc. Internet
Basics of Computer: Hardware, Software, Generation of Computers
Number Series Sentence rearrangement or Para jumbles Static GK – country-capital, country-currency, headquarters of financial organizations (of insurance companies), constituencies of ministers, dance forms, nuclear and thermal power stations, etc. Machine Input/Output DBMS
Data Sufficiency Sentence Correction/ Error Finding Banking/Financial terms Syllogism Networking
Data Interpretation Spell Checks Static Awareness Blood Relation Internet
Quadratic Equation Fillers Banking and Financial Awareness Direction Sense MS Office
Time & Distance, Work Cloze Test Inequalities
Input-Output Devices
Partnership Puzzles
Important Abbreviations
Profit & Loss
Simple and Compound Interest Ranking
Mixture and Allegations
Statement and Assumptions
Ratio & Proportion, Averages, Percentages


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