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Date: 13 May 2016    Group: Education    Category: Exam Questions   

I have applied for the SBI clerk exam. This is the first time that I am appearing for a bank exam. I don't know the pattern of questions.
How should I prepare for the exam? Can you provide the syllabus and the pattern?
Experts: do respond.


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Author: Kailash Kumar    15 May 2016      Member Level: Platinum     Points : 5  (Rs 5)    Voting Score: 0

Preliminary examination for recruitment of Junior Associates ( Customer Support & Sales) of SBI is to be conducted in May/June 2016 as per information made available in the published advertisement. Since the minimum prescribed education level is graduation in any discipline, the level of examination will be of graduation level only. In the preliminary examination consists of online objective type tests 100 marks. The total duration of test will be 1 hour consisting of three sections i.e. English language ( 30 questions, 30 marks), numerical ability ( 35 questions, 35 marks) and reasoning ability( 35 questions, 35 marks). The candidates are required to qualify in each of the three tests by securing passing marks as decided by the bank. About 20 times the numbers of vacancies of candidates will be screened through preliminary examination, who will be required to appear in the main examination later. A number of resources are available on the net and a number of books are available in the market for preparation for preliminary examination as well as main examination. However the author is advised to first focus on clearing preliminary examination because only after clearing this examination, the question of appearing in main examination will arise.

Author: Pawan Kumar    15 May 2016      Member Level: Silver     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

First Start Preparing From basics after try to Find Out Short Cut way to solve problem which will Save your Time. Some basic subjects are General knowledge, Aptitude, Current Affairs, Computer Knowledge. Work hard on your weak sections. Make a study plan. Follow this study plan everyday. Read a number of newspapers, magazines and books which give you an overview of the events in the country and around the world. Take the tests on a periodic basis to see how you score. Collect the books and notes and other useful information you need. Do not guess the answers, there is negative marking. I think this information helps you.

Author: Teja    15 May 2016      Member Level: Silver     Points : 7  (Rs 7)    Voting Score: 0

I am going to provide you the best and recommended books which are required to be followed in order to appear in SBI Clerical Cadre examinations. The detailed Examination Pattern, Books and syllabus are given below.

SBI Clerk Examination Pattern:
SBI Clerical Cadre examination consists of Preliminary Examination and Main Examination.
SBI Clerk preliminary Exam Pattern:
1) English Language - 30 Questions - 30 Marks
2) Numerical Ability- 35 Questions - 35 Marks
3) Reasoning Ability - 35 Questions - 35 Marks
Duration of Exam - 1 Hour
SBI Clerk Main Exam Pattern:
1) General or 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 and Computer Aptitude - 50 Questions - 60 Marks - 45 Minutes
Total Duration - 2 Hours 40 Minutes
Total Marks - 200 Marks
Total Questions - 190 Questions

English Syllabus: Fill In the Blanks, Para Jumbles, Cloze Test, Reading Comprehension and Spotting Errors.

General Awareness Syllabus: Current Affairs, General Awareness, Financial Awareness, Sports, Stock GK, Technology and Research, Banking Awareness, Economy.

Computer Awareness: MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Access, Computer Hardware, Shortcut Keys, Technologies, OS, Internet and Networks.

Reasoning Syllabus: Blood Relation, Analytical Reasoning, Logical Deductions, Seating Arrangement, Puzzles, Input and Output, Coding and Decoding, Data Sufficiency, Inequalities, Number Series, Passage and Conclusion.

Numerical Ability Syllabus: Data Interpretation, Profit and Loss, Data Analysis, Probability, Number Series, Time and Work, Time and Distance, Alligation and Mixtures, Averages, Ratio and Proportion, Simple and Compound Interests, Mensuration and Partnership.

The best books for SBI clerical Cadre examination are given below.
>> Ultimate Guide to SBI Bank Clerk Preliminary and Main Exam by Disha Experts
>> For English - Objective General English by S.P.Bhakshi
>> For Quantitative Aptitude - Quantitative Aptitude by R.S.Agarwal
>> For Reasoning - Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning by R.S.Agarwal
>> For General Awareness - Manorama Year Book and Pratiyogita Darpan
>> For Computer Awareness - Computer Fundamentals by P.K.Sinha


Author: [Anonymous]    16 May 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 8  (Rs 8)    Voting Score: 0

From the above responses all the queries related to paper pattern will vanish from your mind.
Directly coming to the point on how should aspiring candidate start preparation.
You preparation methodology should be like this. If you have already prepared for the exam previously then you can clear preliminary exams very easily. However, it is only one hour exam time duration. You should start your preparation from now itself to get good marks.

For Quant – Use short cut methods if necessary. Since it is a clerical exam, most of the questions you can answer through short cut method pattern or answer to question pattern. This is very easy and time saving technique for sometimes. However, you can find up to 5 questions like this. Suppose, if you want to find square of 195 then you should simply calculate as:
(19X20) for the left numbers
and 5 X 5 are the right numbers.
So the answer will become 38,025
Divide 195 as two parts that is 19 and 5.
Add 1 to the 19. It will become 20.
And now multiply these two – i.e, 19 X 20
And for the remaining part you should multiply with same number i.e; 5 with 5. So the answer will become 25.
Add these two. This is the way to find out and trick to use when the number ends with 5.
However, you can do this for any number which ends with 5.
Let's have another example: 225
22 X 23 = 506
5 X 5 = 25
So, the answer will be 50,625.
Like this you can find many short-cut methods.

Reasoning We may not find short-cut tips for reasoning until and unless practice needs more important. Fast reading capacity, understanding the concept, giving right answer to the question are only the tricks to follow. However, there are some topics like blood relations, directions, seating arrangement, venn diagrams are the topics to score high marks with the less timings. For some questions in reasoning, you might do calculate to get the exact answer.

Data Interpretation and Data sufficiency : If we observe the previous question papers, then we can find minimum 10-15 questions from this part. Easy calculation and time saving methods to find out the answer is to well prepare the topics from ratio, proportion and averages. However, you can find answers from seeing the charts itself. Sometimes these are called as gift questions. Finding out these and opt the right answer is better way to increase your score.
General awareness: For this, you need to prepare thoroughly material from institution and keep update the contents which you have already learned. Follow any two news papers. I suggest you to choose the Hindu and any regional news paper.

General English: Seems it is very easy but hard too. Daily 5-10 new words you have to learn which automatically increases your vocabulary. Like this you need to practice regularly. You can collect number of words which helps you to answering the synonyms and antonyms questions.
For reading comprehension, you set time limit and increase your reading capacity. Here two things are considered. One is to read the total passage which contains 2-3 sub-passages and the other understands the concept. You should give equal priority to both. While reading try to find out the key points and try to bring out the title of the passage.

For, remaining all questions, you should thoroughly prepare the concepts from grammar from your tenth and +2 standards. Exercise more and more concepts. Regular practice is mandatory.

In addition to the above all, you need to choose the right institution and taking help from your seniors and faculty guidance is must to clear preliminary and mains exams. Finally, interview too.

Coming to the books part, you should follow at least 2-3 from different publications. Arihent is the famous publication which have all the books rightly covered and preferred too.

I think all techniques from all sections are cleared.

So, it is the time to say my best wishes to your bright future!





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