SBI Clerk exam is organized by 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. Even final year students can apply too. There are two parts of the exam- prelims and mains respective. The SBI Clerk 2020 Prelims was successfully conducted by March 8, 2020. The Mains have been postponed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic indefinitely. After the commencement of the entire exam procedure, the results are dated to be released in June 2020. There is no interview round for the post and candidates will be shortlisted for the 8653 vacancies based on their final results.
The SBI Clerk 2020 Mains was scheduled for April 19, 2020 but have been indefinitely postponed until further notice due to COVI-19 lockdown.
The new exam date will be available from sbi.co.in.
There are approximately 8600 vacancies for SBI Clerk 2020 across the country.
|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|
|Mode of exam||Online|
|Selection stages||Preliminary and Mains exam|
|Online Registration||January 3- January 26, 2020|
|Availability of Prelims Admit Card||February 11, 2020|
|SBI Clerk Recruitment 2020 Preliminary Exam||February 22 & 29, 2020 | March 1 & 8, 2020|
|Availability of Main Exam Admit Card||First Week of April 2020|
|SBI Clerk Recruitment 2020 Main Exam||April 19, 2020 (Postponed)|
|Main Exam Result||May 2020|
|SBI Clerk Final Results (Mains+Prelims)||June 2020|
Before applying and registering for SBI Clerk 2020, you must thoroughly go through the SBI Clerk 2020 Eligibility Criteria to double check whether you are eligible from all aspects.
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.
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 2020 Eligibility Criteria
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.
|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 invited applications for SBI Clerk 2020 for the appointment of Junior Associates in State Bank of India on January 3, 2020.
Mode of Application: Online
Application Fee: INR 750 (General/OBC), INR 00 (SC/ST/PWD/Ex-Servicemen)
SBI Clerk 2020 Application forms were available on the official website i.e. sbi.co.in. 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 2020 form involves five steps:
Filling up the basic details i.e. Name, Email ID, Phone number etc.
Uploading scanned images of signature and photograph.
Filling up of academic and personal details.
Preview of the application form.
Payment of fees. (General/OBC/EWS – INR 750; SC/ ST/ PwD/ Ex-Serviceman – INR 00)
Check Here SBI Clerk Application Process
The SBI Clerk admit card for prelims and mains are separate. The prelims admit was published on February 11, 2020. 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 is released on the official website i.e. sbi.co.in
The admit card for Mains Exam will be released in April 2020.
The ones who qualify the preliminary exam will be issued the admit card for SBI Clerk 2020 Main.
SBI Clerk 2020 Admit Card for the Main examination will be released after the declaration of SBI Clerk 2020 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.
|NOTE: Last date to download SBI Clerk Prelims Admit Card is March 8, 2020.|
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.
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.
Total Duration:- 1 hour
Correct Answer: +1 mark
Incorrect Answer: -0.25 mark
|S. No||Section||No. of Questions||Max. Marks|
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|
|4||Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude||50||60|
|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.|
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.
|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 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 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 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:
|J & K||81.75|
|Category||SBI Clerk expected cut off (Out of 100 Marks)|
SBI Clerk 2020 Prelims Result will be published on the official website of SBI in the month of May 2020. Candidates have to log in with their registration number and password (birthdate) to know the exam result.
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 2020 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.
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 2020 mains has been indefinitely postponed and hence you have more time to prepare. The first and foremost thing to note is the exam pattern and syllabus so that you have an organized study plan. Like the Prelims, SBI Clerk mains also have time bound for each section which means you must have speed and accuracy regarding solving the problems.
The mains exam is also conducted online, and the questions are in English and Hindi.
There is 1/4th deduction or negative marking for each wrong answer.
However, there is no subject-wise minimum cut-off required for the mains.
The following table highlights the basic features of SBI Clerk mains exam.
|Topic||Number of Questions||Marks||Time (minutes)|
|Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude||50||60||45|
|Total||190||200||2 hours 40 minutes|
A few tips which will help to ace the SBI Clerk 2020 Mains:
The latest SBI Clerk Syllabus has the details regarding weightage of marks for each topic and the candidates must keep this in mind while preparing. For last minute preparation, focus more on the topics with maximum marks weightage.
Go through all the SBI Clerk Practice papers and make sure you solve at least one every day to improve your speed and accuracy. Try and maintain the section-wise time limit for better results.
Make a study timetable that is followed diligently everyday till the exam to make the most of the available time.
If you are stuck with a question or a specific topic, leave it and move on to the next and keep up this practice in the Mains as well for better time management.
Subdue the urge of doing guesswork in this exam as it has negative marking and can greatly reduce your score even if you have answered more than enough correctly.
For general English- Clear your basic grammatical conception and improve your vocabulary through rapid reading. Practice reading English newspapers which will also benefit your financial awareness. If you come across new words, immediately note them down and check their meaning. Maintain a single copy for this which you can later use for revision.
For reasoning ability and computer aptitude- Specifically practice problems related to seating arrangement and puzzles for this section. Inequality, input, direction sense, ranking and order are some other sections you need to focus on. There is no specific formula for these sections hence practice rigorously. Computer awareness sections consist of flow charts and diagrams mainly and questions based on their analysis.
For quantitative aptitude- Dedicate three days per topic and make sure you solve the maximum questions possible from these sections during this time accurately. Study and analyse previous years’ questions to determine which sections are more important and dedicate maximum time to those.
For financial awareness- Read the daily newspaper and make notes of the relevant news. Make sure you memorize them as you read. Interrelate the events and incidents you read about and try to find out more about them as the questions you get may not be directly about the financial happenings but yet somehow relevant.
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 2020 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 2020?
Ans. The SBI Clerk 2020 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 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 SBI Clerk exam a bilingual test?
Ans. Yes, the SBI Clerk exam is conducted in both English and Hindi.
Question: Is 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.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.