Quantitative Aptitude Preparation Strategy for SBI Clerk 2020 Exam

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Jul 9, 2020

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SBI Clerk is an annual examination conducted by State Bank of India to recruit candidates for Clerical Cadre in its different branches across the country. This examination is one of the most popular bank exams with thousands of aspirants appearing every year. The recruitment is purely based on the vacancies available, which differs every year. In 2020, SBI released 8000 Vacancies for SBI Clerk Recruitment. Applicants of General /OBC/EWS category have to pay Rs. 750 for the application fee, whereas the applicants from SC/ST/PWD do not have to pay the fees at all.

SBI Clerk 2020- Important Highlights

  • Selection process of the examination includes the Preliminary exam, Mains Exam, and Language Test. The questions are asked in a multiple-choice (MCQ) format.
  • There is negative marking (¼ marks are deducted for wrong answers).
  • The exam can be given in either English or Hindi.
  • Students appearing for the examination should have a minimum age of 20 and a maximum age of 28.
  • However, there are a lot of age relaxations for students from ST/SC/OBC/PWD categories.
  • The main SBI Clerk exam was to be held on April 19, 2020. However, due to the current crisis of Novel COVID-19, the examination is postponed

Read More SBI Clerk Application & Registration

SBI Clerk Prelims Exam Paper Pattern: (objective online test)

Section Number Of Questions Total Marks Duration
1. English Language 30 Questions 30 Marks 20 Minutes
2. Numerical Ability 35 Questions 35 Marks 20 Minutes
3. Reasoning 35 Questions 35 Marks 20 Minutes
4. Total: 100 Questions 100 Marks 60 Minutes
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SBI Clerk Mains Exam Pattern: (objective online test)

Name of Test Number Of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1. General/Financial Awareness- 50 Questions 50 Marks 35 Minutes
2. General English 40 Questions 40 Marks 35 Minutes
3. Quantitative Aptitude 50 Questions 50 Marks 45 Minutes
4. Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 Questions 60 Marks 45 Minutes
Total 190 Questions 200 Marks 2 hours 40 minutes

SBI Clerk Mains 2020 Syllabus- Quantitative aptitude

  1. Simplification
  2. Data interpretation
  3. Number series
  4. Approximation
  5. Miscellaneous Questions (Average, profit and loss, pipe and cistern, time and distance, time and work, height and distance, simple and compound interest etc.)
  6. Quadratic equation

DETAILS: Students will be given 20 minutes to solve the 35 questions (35 marks) from this section in the prelims whereas students will be allotted 45 minutes to solve the 50 questions (50 marks) asked from this section in the main examination.

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SBI Clerk Prelims: Weightage of the quantitative section

Topics Number Of Questions Difficulty Level
1. Simplification 10 Questions Easy
2. Number Series 5 Questions Moderate
3. Data Interpretation 5 Questions Easy
4. Miscellaneous (CI and SI, Time & Work, Problem on Age, Time and Distance, Profit & Loss, Ratio and Proportion) 15 Questions Moderate

SBI Clerk Mains Exam: Weightage of the quantitative section

Topics Number Of Questions Difficulty Level
1. Approximation and Simplification 5 Questions Easy
2. Number Series 5 Questions Easy to Moderate
3. Data Interpretation (Table Graph Line Graph) 10 Questions Moderate
4. Miscellaneous (CI and SI, Time & Work, Problem on Age, Time and Distance, Profit & Loss, Ratio and Proportion) 20 Questions Moderate
5. Quadratic Equation 5 Questions Easy
6. Data Sufficiency 5 Questions Moderate 

Topic-wise Preparation Tips for SBI Clerk Quantitative Aptitude Section

Despite having an exceedingly competitive nature, the students can score high marks in the test and secure a bank job. Some of the strategies to crack the quantitative section of SBI Clerk 2020 are given as follows:

  • Simplification
    • In this section, speed and accuracy are the most vital factors.
    • It is advised that students master tables till 25 and be thorough with the BODMAS principle (B – Bracket, O – Orders such as squares, roots, etc. D – Division, M – Multiplication, A – Addition, S – Subtraction).
    • This principle is the basis of most of the questions asked.
    • The students also need to learn the squares and square roots of numbers till 25.
    • Most importantly, learn short-cuts in solving cumbersome calculations. This will allow more time to recheck the answers.
  • Data Interpretation
    • Most of the questions in this section will be based on the Line graph, pie chart, histogram, bar graph, Table graph.
    • The questions will revolve around making a lot of calculations, and thus the students need to be adept with concepts like average, percentage, profit, and loss.
    • Some of the questions will be complicated and time-consuming, the students need to manage their time and not waste it on such questions.
    • Solve the simple, direct questions first and then go for the difficult ones.
    • Make sure that you have copied the numbers correctly. In some cases, students make a mistake in reading the question and losing their precious time.
  • Approximation
    • This section is known to test the calculative skills of the candidates.
    • Remember the approximation rule. The rule suggests taking the next number if the number is after point 5. ( For e.g., 19.64 would become 20 and 13.42 will become 13)
  • Miscellaneous
    • The scope of this section is extensive, and thus, it is necessary for students to have a strong base of the concepts.
    • Keep practicing and solving questions to get familiar with the portion. Students can solve various mock tests that are readily available online.
    • Recognize your weak spots and work on them.
  • Number Series
    • This section comprises complex logic-based questions (2 out of 5). If you are unable to understand the logic within one minute, then move on and don’t waste time.
    • Students who practice these questions will be able to identify the common logic in the questions and solve them much faster.
  • Quadratic Equation
    • The only method through which you will be able to solve these questions precisely is practice.
    • Once you become an expert in the thumb rule, calculating sums without writing anything down would become the next logical step.

Read More SBI Clerk 2020 Results

Generic Tips to Prepare and remember about Quantitative Aptitude

  1. Practice every day to become confident with your answers.
  2. While practicing, keep a check on the time. Time management is the key to crack any competitive examination. Having concrete and personalized strategies will enable students to achieve their goals.
  3. Watch videos online that explain concepts of different topics- this is a much quicker way to comprehend the topics than reading them.
  4. Solve as many as a mock test you can. This will make you familiar with a paper pattern, and you will gain a better perspective in solving it.
  5. Don’t forget about the accuracy of the answers. It is common for students to neglect accuracy when they focus on their speed. Speed won’t help if the answers are accurate.

We hope keeping all these tips in mind will help you ace the SBI clerk 2020 exam thoroughly and wish you all the best for the upcoming exams.

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