SBI Clerk 2021: Subject-Wise Books for Exam Preparation

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May 3, 2021

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SBI clerk exam is conducted to fill the vacancies in clerk posts in State Bank of India. The exam is conducted annually by SBI after the vacancy notifications are published. Every year lakhs of candidates apply for the SBI Clerk examination for thousands of vacancies across SBI.

  • SBI Clerk 2020 vacancy notification had announced 8000 vacancies, and the recruitment cycle for 2021 is still under process due to the delays caused by the COVID-19 spread.
  • Shortly after this exam cycle is completed, aspiring candidates can expect an SBI Clerk 2021 vacancy notification announcement from the official authorities.
  • The recruitment process for SBI Clerk is carried out in 3 steps which are, preliminary exam, main exam, and document verification with an interview.
  • Preliminary and Mains examination results are very important for recruitment, so candidates should score well in both of these exams.
  • Read further to know the best books for the SBI Clerk 2021 exam preparation and a brief of the SBI Clerk exam syllabus and pattern.
Clerk Exam Pattern

SBI Clerk Syllabus & Exam Pattern

As mentioned earlier, the SBI Clerk 2021 recruitment process will have 3 stages. The first one is the preliminary examination, then the Main examination. After that, candidates who have cleared both will be called for document verification and personal interview, where the candidates’ local language skills will be put to test.

Given below is the main topics and exam pattern for both SBI Clerk prelims as well as Mains. Go through both to get a fair idea about the SBI Clerk exam 2021 and prepare effectively.

For Prelims

SBI Clerk examination has 3 sections which are 20 minutes each. The total duration of the preliminary examination is 1 hour. The questions are of objective type and will be based on the English language, Numerical and Reasoning abilities of the candidates. SBI Clerk exam consists of 100 questions which carry total marks of 100. Each correct answer is awarded 1 mark. There will be negative marks for wrong answers, each wrong answer carries -0.25 marks.

Section Total Questions Max. Marks Duration
English Language 30 30 20 minutes
Numerical ability 35 35 20 minutes
Reasoning ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 1 hour

For Mains

SBI Clerk Mains examination has 4 sections from which a total of 190 questions are asked. The duration of the exam is 160 minutes and the total mark is 200. There is negative marking for wrong answers like in preliminary examination. Refer to the below table for a detailed exam pattern of SBI Clerk Mains.

Section No. of Questions Max. Marks Duration
General Financial Awareness 50 50 35 minutes
General English 40 40 35 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 minutes
Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 minutes
Total 190 200 2 Hours 40 Minutes
SBI Clerk Books

Best Books for SBI Clerk 2021 Preparation

To prepare for the SBI Clerk examination, referring to books and previous question papers is very helpful. The syllabus for preliminary and mains exams in SBI Clerk recruitment is somewhat similar, and will only be differing by the difficulty levels of the exam.

Here are some of the best books that SBI Clerk 2021 aspirants can refer, for preparing and scoring in the SBI Clerk examination.

Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude English General Awareness
Magical Book on Quicker,
Mathematics by M Tyra,
Data Interpretation by Arun Sharma,
Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal
A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal & Non-Verbal by Arihant Publication,
Modern Approach to Verbal Reasoning by RS Agarwal,
Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey,
Lucents Computer by Rani Ahilya,
Computer Awareness for General Competitive Exams by Arihant Publications
English Grammar & Composition by Wren & Martin,
Objective English by SP Bakshi,
Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
Objective Banking & Financial Awareness by Dhankar Publication,
Banking Awareness (Objective with Subjective) by Sangram Keshari Rout.
Clerk Prep Tips

How to Prepare for the SBI Clerk Exam?

SBI Clerk exam is attended by numerous candidates every year, and the notified vacancy is filled by selecting the top-performing candidates in the 3 stages of recruitment. To crack SBI Clerk 2021 exam, here are some important tips for the aspirants.

  • Make sure you go through the latest SBI Clerk exam pattern and syllabus.
  • Revise and learn all the core themes of the syllabus
  • Refer and practice previous year question papers of the SBI Clerk exam to be familiar with them.
  • Practising question papers and taking mock tests will also help in time management.
  • Read newspapers and current affairs books to stay updated.
  • Start your preparations early to avoid last-minute hassles.
  • Refer topic-based books recommended by experts.
  • Improve your English language skills by practising more.
SBI Clerk FAQs

SBI Clerk 2021 FAQs

Ques: What is the minimum eligibility to apply for the SBI Clerk exam?

Ans. Candidates should have a valid Bachelor's degree in any field with a minimum of 50 per cent from a recognized university. The minimum age requirement is 20 Years.

Ques: What are the main topics in the SBI Clerk exam syllabus?

Ans. The syllabus for the SBI Clerk prelims exam consists of topics from quantitative aptitude, Reasoning Ability, and English language. For the mains exam, the syllabus includes quantitative aptitude, reasoning ability, English language, and general awareness.

Ques: Which will be the medium for the SBI Clerk exam question paper?

Ans. The SBI Clerk exam question paper will be available in both English and Hindi languages. It is the candidate's choice to attend the exam in whichever language they are comfortable with. However, the English language section must be attended in English only.

Ques: Are there any age criteria requirements to apply for SBI Clerk?

Ans. The prescribed minimum age requirement to apply for an SBI Clerk vacancy is 20 Years, and the maximum age limit allowed is 28 Years for unreserved category candidates. The maximum age limit for reserved and minority category candidates has relaxed.

Ques: What are the minimum and maximum pay scales for SBI Clerk?

Ans. The basic salary prescribed for SBI Clerk is Rs 11,756 with an increment of Rs 655. After completing three years, the base pay will be increased to Rs 13,730 with an annual increment of Rs 815. In the next three years, another increment will make the base pay Rs 16,175. The maximum basic salary can go up to Rs 31,450 after a certain period in service.

The basic pay scale with all additional allowance is Rs 13,075.

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