SBI Clerk 2021 - Important Dates , Application Form, Admit Card , Pattern, Result

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May 3, 2021

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SBI Clerk exam is a popular entry-level banking exam organized by the State Bank of India once every year to hire Junior Associates for different types of customer interaction related jobs. It is a national level exam and the minimum required qualification to apply is Graduation. Candidates can download the previous years’ papers to understand the difficulty level of the exam.

There are two parts of the exam- prelims, and mains respective. There is no interview round for the post and candidates will be shortlisted for the 8653 vacancies based on their final results. Check the SBI latest exam dates here.

Latest updates:

  • April 27, 2021: SBI Clerk application form and notification for 2021 is out. Read more
  • April 1, 2021: The first waiting list for SBI Clerk 2020 is out. Read more
  • December 29, 2020: SBI Clerk 2020 Mains scorecard has been released. Read more

SBI Clerk Pre Exam Date 2021

Important Event Date
Online Registration  to be notified
Availability of Prelims Admit Card to be notified
SBI Clerk Recruitment 2021 Preliminary Exam to be notified
Availability of Main Exam Admit Card to be notified
SBI Clerk Recruitment 2021 Main Exam to be notified
SBI Clerk Prelims 2021 result to be notified
Main Exam Result to be notified
SBI Clerk Final Results (Mains+Prelims) to be notified

SBI Clerk 2021- Important Highlights

Exam name Recruitment of Junior Associates (Customer Support & Sales)
Conducted by State Bank of India
Advertisement number Advertisement No: CRPD/CR/2019-20/20
Number of vacancies More than 8000
Exam level National
Exam category Graduation
Mode of exam Online
Selection stages Preliminary and Mains exam
Official website

SBI Clerk Important Dates

SBI Clerk Eligibility

SBI Clerk- Eligibility

Before applying and registering for SBI Clerk 2021, you must thoroughly go through the SBI Clerk 2021 Eligibility Criteria to double-check whether you are eligible from all aspects.

SBI Clerk-Educational Qualification

  • Graduation in any discipline from any institution recognized by the Central Government. 

  • Candidates who are in the final semester/year may apply, if and only if they are able to produce the proof of degree completion on or before August 31, 2020. 

  • The candidates having integral dual degree or IDD certificate should make sure the date of passing is before January 1, 2020.

  • Verbal and written proficiency in the official language of the state/UT is mandatory.

SBI Clerk- Nationality/Citizenship

  • Citizenship of India.

  • Subject of Bhutan or Nepal.

  • Tibetan refugee whose family migrated to India before January 1, 1962.

  • Persons of Indian origin migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, or East African countries like Ethiopia, Zambia, Uganda, Zaire, Malawi, Kenya and Tanzania, with the intention of permanently settling in India.

  • In case the candidate has a different but eligible origin other than citizenship of India, they must get a certificate of eligibility issued by Government of India in their favor.

Check Here  SBI Clerk 2021 Eligibility Criteria

SBI Clerk- Age Limit

The candidate must be between the age of 20 and 28 years as on January 1, 2020. This means, they must be born no earlier than January 2, 1992.

Age Relaxation

Category Age Relaxation
SC/ST 5 Years
OBC 3 Years
PwD (General/EWS) 10 Years
PwD (OBC) 13 Years
PwD (SC/ ST) 15 years
Candidates domiciled in Jammu and Kashmir from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 1989 5 years
Ex-Servicemen and disabled Ex-Servicemen Period of defence services + 3 years (8 years from SC/ST disabled candidate) with age no more than 50 years
Divorced women/Widows/Women judicially separated and not re-married 7 years (age not more than 35 years (General), 38 years (OBC) and 40 years (SC/ST))

SBI Clerk Application Process

SBI Clerk- Application Process

State Bank of India has a separate application process on its official website and candidates can keep a tab on the section for the latest updates on recruitment drives.

  • Mode of Application: Online

  • Application Fee: INR 750 (General/OBC), INR 00 (SC/ST/PWD/Ex-Servicemen)

SBI Clerk - How to apply?

SBI Clerk- How to Apply?

SBI Clerk Application forms were available on the official website i.e. Candidates must pay the application fee and take a printout of the application form for future use. A registration confirmation SMS/e-mail is delivered to them. The procedure for filling SBI Clerk 2021 form involves five steps:

  1. Filling up the basic details i.e. Name, Email ID, Phone number, etc.

  2. Uploading scanned images of signature and photograph.

  3. Filling up of academic and personal details.

  4. Preview of the application form.

  5. Payment of fees. (General/OBC/EWS – INR 750; SC/ ST/ PwD/ Ex-Serviceman – INR 00)

Check Here SBI Clerk Application Process

SBI Clerk Admit Card

SBI Clerk- Admit Card

The SBI Clerk admit card for prelims and mains are separate. To download the admit card, you have to follow the steps mentioned below:

  • For SBI Clerk, the admit card is released separately for both the stages i.e. Preliminary and Main

  • All the notifications regarding the admit card are released on the official website i.e.

  • The ones who qualify for the preliminary exam will be issued the admit card for SBI Clerk 2021 Mains.

  • SBI Clerk 2021 Admit Card for the Main examination will be released after the declaration of the SBI Clerk 2021 Preliminary result. 

  • All candidates need to carry their admit cards on the day of the exam, failing which they won’t be allowed to take the test. 

SBI Clerk 2021 Exam Center

At the time of filling the application form, candidates have to choose an exam center. The exam is conducted in over 170 cities all over India. The call letter reflects the same. Once chosen, candidates cannot amend the exam center later. In the map, the list of exam centers is present, candidates can choose the exam center suiting them the most from the same. 

SBI Clerk Exam Pattern

SBI Clerk- Exam Pattern

The exam pattern for prelims and mains is almost the same. The only difference is in the total number of questions, time duration and weightage of sections. Candidates can get a clear idea of the same from the table provided below.

For Preliminary Exam

  • Total Duration:- 1 hour

  • Correct Answer: +1 mark

  • Incorrect Answer: -0.25 mark

S. No Section No. of Questions Max. Marks
1 English Language 30 30
2 Numerical ability 35 35
3 Reasoning ability 35 35
Total 100 100

For Main Exam

  • Total Duration:- 2 hours 40 minutes

  • For every right answer in objective type question: +1 mark

  • For every wrong answer in objective type question: -0.25 mark

S. No Section No. of Questions Max. Marks
1 General/Financial Awareness 50 50
2 General English 40 40
3 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
4 Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude 50 60
Total 190 200

SBI Clerk Syllabus

SBI Clerk- Syllabus

Subject Syllabus
Quantitative Aptitude Basic 10th, 11th and 12th Mathematics including Profit and Loss, Percentage, Number System, Averages, Ratios and Proportions, Speed and Distance, Time Clock, Calendars, Analogies and Distance, and Ages.
Reasoning Ability Syllogism, Data Interpretation, Number Series, Blood Relations, Odd Series, Coding, and Decoding, Seating Arrangement, Distance and Direction, Ranking, Order and Ranking, and Making Judgments.
General English Vocabulary, Synonyms, Antonyms, Word Formation, Sentence Completion, Comprehension - Theme detection, Deriving conclusions, Passage completion, Error detection, Passage correction, Sentence correction, Spelling - Grammar, Phrases, Idioms.
General awareness Knowledge of Current affairs, Sports, History, Geography, Culture, Indian Constitution, News related to Reserve Bank of India, Banking Awareness, Financial Awareness (Union Budget/ Railway Budget), and Economics News.
Marketing Aptitude Basics of Marketing, Marketing Strategies, Market Segmentation, Marketing Management, Marketing Mix, Developing Stage of Organization, Brand Advertising, Products Life Cycle, 4 P’s and 4 C’s of Marketing.
Computer Knowledge Ms Office, Windows OS, Internet, emails, hardware and more.

SBI Clerk Reference Books

SBI Clerk- Best Reference Books for 2021

To assist the candidates for better preparation, there are few books recommended to them. These books could be an extra edge for them over other candidates.

Book Author
Ultimate Guide for SBI Bank Clerk Preliminary & Main Exam 3rd Hindi Edition 3 (English, Paperback) Disha Experts
SBI & Associates Banks Clerical Cadre Exam Guide 1st Edition RPH Editorial Board
SBI Clerk Online Exam Self Study Guide-Cum- Practice Work Book(With CD)—English  Think Tank of Kiran Prakashan, Pratiyogita Kiran & KICX
A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-Verbal Arihant Publication
Modern Approach to Verbal Reasoning by R. S. Agarwal S. Chand Publication
Plinth to Paramount (Both Volumes) KD Publication
English Grammar & Composition by Wren & Martin S. Chand Publication
Objective English by S. P. Bakshi Arihant Publication
Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis -
Bank Clerk English Language Chapterwise Solved Questions Kiran Prakashan
Analytical Reasoning by M. K. Pandey BSC Publication
Bank Clerk Reasoning Chapterwise Solved Papers 2003 - Till Date Kiran Prakashan
Objective Banking & Financial Awareness Dhankar Publication
Banking Awareness (Objective with Subjective) Sangram Keshari Rout
Banking Awareness (English, Paperback) RPH Editorial Board
Magical Book on Quicker Mathematics by M. Tyra BSC Publication
Data Interpretation by Arun Sharma TMH Publication
Quantitative Aptitude by R. S. Aggarwal S. Chand Publication
Topic-wise Solved Papers for IBPS/ SBI Bank PO/ Clerk Prelim & Mains (2010-16) Quantitative Aptitude Disha Experts

SBI Clerk Paper Analysis

SBI Clerk 2020- Prelims Paper Analysis

SBI Clerk 2020 prelims exam was conducted on February 22, 29 and March 1, 2020. As per the test takes the overall difficulty level of the exam was moderate. There were no major changes seen in the exam pattern.

  • English Language section was easy.

  • Numerical and Reasoning Ability was moderate.

  • Paper analysis will help candidates who are appearing in the upcoming shift of the SBI Clerk exam on March 8, 2020. It will also help the future aspirants to know the section-wise and overall difficulty level.

  • Candidates will also be able to know the topic-wise distribution of questions, number of good attempts, and expected cut off. They can also calculate their rough score and estimate their chances to qualify for the main exam.

SBI Clerk Cut Off

SBI Clerk 2021- Cut-off 

SBI Clerk Cut-off not only varies based on reservation and social class but also varies from one state to another. The state-wise vacancies is the primary reason behind such variation which is why you should focus particularly on your region in order to predict the probable cut-off for the exam. The cut-off will be released soon after the result. till then, by following the previous year's trends, you can roughly predict the expected minimum marks for the year.

SBI Clerk 2019 Prelims State-wise cut-off

The state-wise cutoff of the previous year for prelims is provided in the table below which can give you an estimation of the cut-off to expect for SBI Clerk 2020 Prelims. The cut-off varies depending on the exam difficulty and the number of candidates appearing for the test as well as on the number of vacancy that each state has:

State Name Cut-Off
Uttar Pradesh 72.25
Uttarakhand 75.25
Chhattisgarh 57.50
Bihar 76.25
Jharkhand 75
Assam 57
Maharashtra 62.50
Madhya Pradesh 73.50
J & K 81.75
Karnataka 48.50
Kerala 78
Odisha 73.5
Delhi 71.25
Chandigarh 77.25
West Bengal 73.25
Rajasthan 71
Telangana 68.50
Punjab 76.25
Haryana 75.25
Gujarat  65.5
Andhra Pradesh 74.75
Tamil Nadu 61.25
Himachal Pradesh 71.75

SBI Clerk 2020- Expected Cut Off

Category SBI Clerk expected cut off (Out of 100 Marks)
General 70-80
EWS 60-70
OBC 65-75
SC 40-50
ST 30-45

SBI Clerk 2021- Result

SBI Clerk 2021 Prelims Result will be published on the official website of SBI after the exam is conducted. Candidates have to log in with their registration number and password (birthdate) to know the exam result.

SBI Clerk- Selection Process

The following is the selection procedure for eligible candidates in SBI Clerk exam.

  • Preliminary exam- The candidates have to qualify with the minimum required cut-off for the exam. Number of candidates selected for the Mains exam is ten times the number of available vacancies. Hence, approximately 85,000 candidates are going to be selected through SBI Clerk 2021 Prelims. 

  • Mains exam- The mains exam comprises four sections with a total marks of 200. The candidates have to get the minimum qualifying marks on the aggregate to qualify. There is 5% relaxation in the marks for the reserved quotas. The merit list is prepared both state-wise and category-wise. The SBI Clerk merit list is prepared in descending order of aggregate marks as per the respective state and category.

  • Local language test- The selected candidates must appear for a local language test as per the language they had opted for at the time of applying. If you are not proficient in the language chosen, you are liable to get disqualified from the recruitment process. 

  • Final selection- The final merit list is made based on the total marks in Mains along with local language test and document verification. The preliminary marks will not be considered here.

SBI Clerk- Vacancy, Salary, Benefits

There are a total of 8653 vacancies for Junior Associates all across the country. There are specific reservations for reserved quota candidates and the vacancy varies from state to state.

  • The starting basic pay is Rs. 13,075- which is Rs. 11,765 and two advance increments for graduates.

  • In metro cities the emolument is Rs. 26,000 inclusive of DA and other allowances and also two additional increments for newly recruited graduate Junior Associates.

  • The benefits you are entitled to include Provident Funds, New Pension Scheme, Medical leaves etc.

SBI Clerk 2021 FAQ

Question: If I do not meet the state-wise cut-off for prelims, will I be eligible for mains?

Ans. No, if you must meet the state-wise cut-off according to the state which you have selected while registering for the exam in order to qualify for the mains. Check Here  SBI Clerk 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Question: Is qualifying for mains going to guarantee selection for the post as well?

Ans. No, the cut-off secured in SBI Clerk Prelims does not influence the final merit list and only the mains marks along with performance in the local language test is counted.

Question: When will the official Prelims cut-off list be declared for SBI Clerk 2021?

Ans. The SBI Clerk 2021 Prelims cut-off will be declared official along with the results for the same.

Question: Will I get selected even if I perform poorly in the local language test?

Ans. The local language test is mandatory and a candidate can get disqualified from the recruitment process if they do not qualify for this particular test.

Question: What is the job role of a Junior Associate?

Ans. The junior associate has to work with customer relations and for marketing financial products of the bank like loans, schemes, deposits etc. to the potential customers.

Question: Is the SBI Clerk exam a bilingual test?

Ans. Yes, the SBI Clerk exam is conducted in both English and Hindi.

Question: Are there sectional timings for SBI Clerk Mains?

Ans. There are specific sectional timings for the SBI Clerk mains as well and you cannot skip to another section without the previous section being completed.

3 Months Crash Course

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


My dob is 03-01-91 obc caste. 'm i eligible for upcoming sbi clerk recruitment.
aniket ranjan

Yes, You are eligible to apply for SBI CLERK as the age limit for OBC candidates is 31 years of age. For seeking this benefits of age relaxation, You must show relevant certificates at the time of recruitment to qualify. 

how to crack sbi clerk exam in first attempt?
jaya garg

Hi Riyaz. Candidates must make an effective preparation strategy, do more mock tests, refer to the last year question papers, etc. to get a good score in the exam. Check out some other preparation tips here.


What are the allowances and benifits of a SBI Clerk?
jaya garg

Hi Riyaz. As pet the SBI Notification, the overall initial emoluments of an employee of the Clerical Cadre payable in a Metro like Mumbai is close to INR 20,950 per month. Apart from this, there are benefits like Dearness Allowance (D.A.) and others. More details are mentioned here.

What is the Basic Pay for SBI Clerk ?
jaya garg

Hi Neha. Candidates who have cleared the SBI Clerk exam will get the initial Compensation Salary worth INR 11,765. They are also entitled to get an increment of INR 655 year after year in addition to the Basic Pay.

sunny pandey
When will the SBI Clerk 2020 Exam be conducted?
jaya garg

Hi Sunnty. SBI Clerk main exam was conducted on May 2020.

vikram singh shekhawat
Mam ex serviceman cutoff kitna hai rajasthan Mai
aditi arun

Hello Vikram,

The expected cut-off for Ex-servicemen in prelims examination goes up to 65. However, the cut off depends on the number of vacancies. FOr more information on the expected cut-off, kindly visit – SBI Clerk Expected Cut-off

chintalacheruvu sai leela manasa
when will be the next exam date for sbi-clerk recruitment process.
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Leela, SBI has not released its calendar for 2021 yet. However, as soon as any official notification is announced, it will be updated here.
anil kumar
Why does not open the registration page
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Anil, you can apply for this exam by following this link: SBI Clerk Online Registration

My wife cleared SBI Clerk 2019 mains exam also, may i know the the tentative dates for verification
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Nagendra, dates for document verification has not been announced by SBI. However, you can expect the procedure to start by third week of Nov, 2019.
sunita sinai sarkar
Hello sir... Maine April jo registration kiya thaa but huvaa nhi an new exam registration date kb tk aayegi
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Sunita, as the exam is conducted annually, thus, next notification would release next year in the month of April only.
dhanusia d
I am UG final year student but I am not completed this semester so I am elegible for apply this job or not how to apply
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Dhanusia, candidates who are in final year/semester may also apply for this exam if and only if they are able to produce the proof of degree completion on or before August 31, 2019.
radhakrishnan a
I am exservice men for 12 th pass i apply this job?
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Radhakrishnan, to be eligible for the exam, student must have completed his/her graduation from a recognized university. Thus, you are not eligible for the course.

shital patil
Respected sir, my self Shital Dinkar Patil I am going to retirement as on 30 Jun 2020.Can I apply for sbi clerk exam.
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Shital, those candidates who are in service must ensure that their service period is not more than for 3 years and also make sure that they do not exceed the age of 50 years. If you are lying within the age limit as prescribed by SBI, then, you are eligible for the same.
mitra p
sir my dob is9/6/1984.can i apply sbi clerk exam?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Mitra, sorry, you are not eligible for the exam as the maximum age to which one can apply is 28 years.
v s sunil kumar
I have submitted my info , but i dint receive any spam in my mail. How can i register now ?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Sunil, you will get the confirmation mail only when you have submitted the fee. However, registration number and password are allotted on submission of basic details. And submission of details is done only after you get registered. Please check your phone inbox for registration number. Do login and complete the form.
kajal 97
Hi Sir , myself kajal and . Am 21years old and my dob is 14 - 05 -1997 .Am passed my 12th in commerce ,in year 2014 .so can apply for SBI clerk exam ,Sir?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Kajal, yes, you are eligible for the exam.
sneha salvi
Sir my dob is 06/05/1990 can i apply for sbi clerk exam sir?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Sneha, sorry, you are not eligible for this exam.
shivali shrivastava
hello sir i m 28years old can i eligible for sbi clerk exam.plz reply sir.
shivali shrivastava
sir my dob is 20-December-1990.can i eligible for sbi clerk exam.plz rply sir
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Shivali, no, you are not eligible as the max. age till which one may apply is 28 years.
mehta ajay
Hi,I'm in final year of graduation so can I apply for bank clerk exam?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Ajay, yes, you are eligible to apply in the exam.