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How to Ace SBI Clerk Language Proficiency Exam 2020

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Jul 9, 2020

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Competitive exams can be overwhelming. However, it can be cracked with the help of three traits - consistency, hard work and smart study. SBI clerk exams are no different. Those who qualify these exams get recruited by the State Bank of India as Junior Associates. One aspect that plays a crucial role in this competitive exam is the local language proficiency test. Here is all that you need to know about the local language proficiency test and more importantly, how to ace it. A number of exams have been cancelled in 2020 due to the covid-19 pandemic. SBI clerk exams were supposed to begin April 19, 2020 but stand indefinitely postponed.

SBI Clerk 2020- Important Highlights

  • The SBI clerk exams are conducted pan-India annually.
  • There are 8,653 vacancies all over the country.
  • A minimum qualification of graduation is required to be eligible for the exam.
  • There are two stages in an SBI clerk exam - preliminary, mains, followed by an opted local language proficiency test.
  • The level of difficulty for these exams are easy to moderate. It also has a criteria of negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer.
  • The local language proficiency test is especially an important one. If a candidate manages to get through the preliminary and mains but fails the local language proficiency test, then she/he stands disqualified.
  • The purpose of this test is to check whether the candidate is fluent in her/his local language. It checks whether the candidate is able to represent the people who speak that particular local language.
  • The objective is also to test whether the candidate will be able to converse with customers who only communicate in their local language.
  • The test is mandatory for those who are unable to produce their class 10 mark sheet. Those with their class 10 mark sheet can skip this exam.
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SBI Clerk Local language Proficiency Test Syllabus

The local language proficiency test can be daunting. However, if you choose the right language, the one that you are most confident about, acing this test will be a cakewalk.

  • Unlike prelims and mains, the local language proficiency test is a written one. Since the exam’s entire objective is to test an individual’s understanding of their local language, it is difficult to define a syllabus.
  • A candidate can be given passages in, for instance, English. The can be asked for a translation of the passage into the opted local language.
  • They may also have to identify the correctly framed sentence, based on grammar.
  • The candidate can be asked to differentiate between the right and wrong spellings.
  • They can also be asked to match the correct pairs, fill in the gaps, correct the spellings, write antonyms and synonyms (vis-a-versa) or write numbers in the opted local language.

Candidates’ fluency in their local language can also be checked in other ways. For instance, at the time of document verification, officials can converse with the candidate in their opted local language. Even though there will be no grading on the basis of grammar, the officials can check fluency and accent and give marks accordingly.

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Tips to Prepare for local language proficiency test in SBI Clerk exam

Local language proficiency test is important and requires the equal amount of hard work that the candidate puts in preliminary or mains, if not more. However, at the same time, the candidate must remember that preliminary and mains are more challenging in comparison to the local language proficiency test.

  • The candidate must always go for the language that she/he is the most comfortable with. While experimenting and challenging yourself is tempting, one does not want to be disqualified from the recruitment procedure for not performing well in a language proficiency test.
  • One must always keep the hard work for preliminary and mains and play safe when it comes to the language proficiency test. ‘Go colloquial’ is a golden rule to swear by.
  • At times, with familiarity comes the overconfidence. When one chooses a local language for the test, it is highly likely for the individual to take that subject for granted. It is also likely for the individual to not get to the preparation stage at all.
  • Preparation for the local language proficiency test must start from the moment of registration. The candidate can use her/his local language as a main form of communication with family members and friends. This will not only help the candidate with enunciation and fluency but will also make her/him more confident.
  • The golden rule is to never leave the preparation for a language test at the last minute. Treat it like any other exam that requires preparation and focus.

Finally, know that preparation goes a long way. Prepare as much as you can without stressing yourself. Take as many mock tests as you can, just the way you would do for preliminary or mains. All the best!

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.