SBI Clerk General and Financial Awareness Syllabus & Preparation Tips

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Jan 28, 2019

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SBI Clerk Exam is conducted to recruit candidates for clerical post in various branches of State Bank of India. It is conducted in two phases-Preliminary exam and Main exam. SBI Clerk Preliminary exam has 100 questions for 100 marks while SBI clerk Mains Exam consists of 190 questions for maximum of 200 marks. It has to be attempted in a total of 160 minutes. General/Financial Awareness section holds one fourth weightage With 50 questions and 50 marks out of 200 marks. Check SBI Clerk Exam Pattern

  • It is a scoring section and can fetch you good marks increasing the chances to be shortlisted.
  • This section only requires reading and memorizing the facts related to finance and current affairs and static Gk.
  • No complicated calculation is required. Check SBI PO 2019 Expected Vacancies
  • Less chances of making mistakes unlike other sections.
  • It is not time consuming, if you have read the topic asked you can answer it in a second.

Before proceeding to how to prepare let us quickly check the syllabus of this section.

SBI Clerk Exam General and Financial Awareness Syllabus

General/Financial Awareness
Current Affairs – news on banking industry, awards and honors, books and authors, latest appointments, obituaries, new schemes of central and state governments, sports, new establishments etc.
Static GK - country-capital, country-currency, headquarters of financial organizations, constituencies of ministers, dance forms, nuclear and thermal power stations, abbreviations related to finance etc.
Banking/Financial terms, Static Awareness, Banking and Financial Awareness

Check SBI Clerk Complete Syllabus

SBI Clerk 2018 Previous Year Questions

Some of the SBI Clerk Previous year General and Financial Awareness Questions along with answers are mentioned below. Candidates can get an idea of the kind and variety of questions that are asked in exam.    

  1. Where is National Sports university located?

Answer: Manipur

  1. Venue of ASEAN Film festival?

Answer: New Delhi

  1. National Statistics Day was observed on?

Answer: June 29th

  1. What is the 2018 theme of “World Environment Day”?

Answer: Beat Plastic Pollution

  1. Which bank has bought LIC share recently?

Answer: IDBI Bank

  1. What does ‘R’ stand in LRS?

Answer: Remittance (Liberalized Remittance Scheme).

  1. COMCASA stands for?

Answer: Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement.

  1. Which of the following state has recently launched Bharoa App?

Answer: Telangana State

  1. Shujaat Bukhari is the editor of which News Paper?

Answer: Rising Kashmir

  1. Indira Sagar Dam is located at?

Answer: Mundi, Madhya Pradesh

  1. Malabo is the capital of?

Answer: Equatorial Guinea

  1. Assumption Island is located at?

Answer: Seychelles

  1. Which company has launched “Digital Gold” feature?

Answer: PayTm

  1. Headquarters of SAARC Development Fund?

Answer: Thimphu

  1. Headquarters of Maritime Organization?

Answer: London, UK

  1. Which Company expands Partnership with NASA on flying taxi project?

Answer: UBER

  1. How much amount AIIB invest into NIIF for boosting infrastructure projects?

Answer: INR 200 Million

  1. What does ‘F’ stands for PFMS?

Answer: Financial (Public Financial Management System)

  1. Which is the Best Feature Film in 65th National Awards?

Answer: Village Rockstars

  1. Kishori Amonkar is related to which field?

Answer: Classical Vocalist

As candidates can observe, most questions are related to financial and Banking Industry. Full forms of schemes and organizations, location of wildlife sanctuaries, dams and headquarters are asked. Dates and themes of the events were asked. Questions from entertainment, sports, arts and international news also come in the exam. The catch here is that all the questions of any field or any format had some news in last three to four months from the exam date. Current affairs is very important from this reference point. Read further to know the tips for preparing SBI Clerk General and Financial Awareness.


How to Prepare for General and Financial Awareness.

Read and Memorize: There are some basic areas which one needs to cover while preparing Financial Awareness for SBI Clerk. Majorly the questions happen to be from these areas. These are items relating to:

  •  Financial Terms and Concepts
  •  Banking Awareness
  •  RBI
  •  Financial Organizations
  • Schemes and Policies
  •  People and Banks in News
  •  Financial Markets
  •  Monetary Policy
  •  Indian Economy
  •  World Economy
  •  Committees & Recommendations
  •  Agreements & MOUs.

Update Yourself: Out of 50 questions, around 30 question belong to current affairs and 20 questions are from Static GK. The thumb rule is to read current affairs of three months prior to the date of examination.

Question Yourself: when studying any topic question yourself if you know the what, when, where and how of it. Questions in the exam can be framed in any format so you should be prepared for that as well.

Abbreviations and Acronyms: Learn abbreviations and acronyms and their full forms especially related to ministries, insurance, taxations, institutions and other financial world.

Sports and Cinema: General awareness includes everything. It has no boundations. Question in exam come from sports, awards, and entertainment industry as well. You should not ignore these areas.

Start Early and Study Regularly: unlike other sections which has various methods, tricks and formulas to solve the question that can be learnt in a short period of time, General and Financial awareness section requires more time and revision. One cannot memorize thousands of facts in a short span of time. Thus you should start early to have sufficient time for revision.

The above discussed tips, if implemented well, will definitely help aspirants to score better in the SBI Clerk Exam and raise the probability of getting shortlisted.

All the best.

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

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