About SBI Clerk

State Bank of India (SBI) conducts a common recruitment exam to fill vacancies for the ‘clerk’ post. Those who qualify the SBI Clerk Exam, get a job in various SBI branches across the nation and are hired as a Clerk in the prestigious State Bank of India.

The State Bank of India released a recruitment drive for the posts of Junior Associates for Customer Support & Sales. The total no. of vacancies announced were 8301 in 2018.

SBI Clerks (Junior Associates) are responsible for all the client interactions and related operations. Candidates who are recruited as SBI clerks are designated as cashiers, depositors and other posts that form the face of a particular SBI Bank branch. Only graduates can apply for the post of SBI Clerk 2018. Those who are planning to appear in the upcoming SBI Clerk 2019 exam can find complete details on the official website to update with the further details regarding the Clerk Examination conducted by SBI.

SBI Clerk Job Profile Description

  1. The main responsibility as Associate is to deal with customers and their inquiries. Talking to customers, resolving their doubts and giving them the right guidance will be primary responsibility.
  2. It will need to handle all activities at the deposit counters and related to cash withdrawal. Sometimes, have to work as cashiers or single window operators. Also, need to be comfortable while dealing with financial instruments like cheques, demand drafts, etc.
  3. Associates will be responsible for the accounts of the customer by verifying and signing pertinent documents, countersigning and clearing cheques and drafts.
  4.  SBI Clerk Associate Job Profile includes working on documentation and back-office work like ledger maintenance, balance tallying, data entry and more.
  5. The SBI Junior Associate Job Profile also entails marketing financial products of the bank such as loans, schemes, deposits, funds, to potential customers etc.
  6. It will also need to scrutinize applications and plans to ensure completeness, authenticity and viability. That is, you need to ensure that the applications are correct and true.
  7. Making customer calls for selling banking services, advisory services, and cross-selling products of the bank inside and outside the bank premises. This may require extensive outdoor traveling. This will be the “Sales” aspect of your Junior Associate Job Profile.

SBI Clerk Promotion and Career Growth

Promotions for SBI Clerk can be of following types:

  • Senior Assistant
  • Special Assistant
  • Senior Special Assistant
  • Middle Management Grade Scale-II
  • Junior Manager Grade Scale

SBI Clerk Exam Pattern

SBI selection process for the Clerks for Junior Associates exam consists of 2 stages, which are:

  • Prelims Exam
  • Mains Exam

Phase I – Prelims Exam

The preliminary exam consists of an objective test conducted online. Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by the Bank will be short listed for the Mains Exam from the list of all candidates arranged in descending order of aggregate marks scored. There is no minimum qualifying marks for individual subject as well as for aggregate (overall) score. This test is multi-lingual (available in both English and Hindi) except for the English section. There is negative marking for wrong answers (1/4th mark is deducted.)

Sr. No.Name of Tests
No. of QuestionsMaximum MarksTotal Time
1English Language303020 Minutes
2Numerical Ability353520 Minutes
3Reasoning Ability353520 Minutes
Total1001001 Hour

Phase II – Mains Exam

The main exam consists of an objective test conducted online. This test is bilingual (available in both English and Hindi) except for the English section. There is negative marking for wrong answers (1/4th mark will be deducted). There is no sectional Cut Off for the SBI Clerk Mains.

Sr. No.Name of Tests
No. of QuestionsMaximum MarksTotal Time
1English Language404035 Minutes
2Quantitative Aptitude505045 Minutes
3Reasoning Ability& Computer Aptitude506045 Minutes
4.General/Financial Awareness505035 Minutes
Total1902002 Hours 40 Minutes

Penalty for Wrong Answers:

A penalty for every incorrect answer will be marked in the Objective Tests of both Preliminary and Mains exams. Every wrong answer will be penalized by deducting 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question. There will be no penalty for leaving a question blank, i.e. in case no answer is marked by the candidate.

Final Score Calculation for SBI Clerk Exam :
There are certain important points on the basis of which the final score for the SBI Clerk exam is calculated
• Marks scored in the Preliminary Exam (Tier-1) will not be considered in the final score. These are only taken into account to qualify Mains Exam (Tier-2).
• Candidates need to qualify Phase-2
•The aggregate of 100 marks is used for the final merit list for each category. Candidates with high merit rank in each category are finally selected.

SBI Clerk Syllabus 2018

SBI Clerk syllabus is much similar to that of any other bank exam. There are three major sections that a candidate needs to prepare to ace the preliminary exam. These are Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language. The sections have a wide range of topics on which questions are based. It is recommended that candidates must have a look at the previous year papers and know about the weightage of each topic.

SBI Clerk Preliminary Exam syllabus:

The preliminary examination of SBI Clerk exam 2018 will comprise of Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language. Here is the detailed syllabus:

ReasoningQuantitative AbilityEnglish Language
Logical ReasoningSimplificationReading Comprehension
Alphanumeric SeriesProfit & LossCloze Test
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet TestMixtures &AlligationsPara jumbles
Data SufficiencySimple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & IndicesMiscellaneous
Coded InequalitiesWork & TimeFill in the blanks
Seating ArrangementTime & DistanceMultiple Meaning /Error Spotting
PuzzleMensuration – Cylinder, Cone, SphereParagraph Completion
TabulationData Interpretation
SyllogismRatio & Proportion, Percentage
Blood RelationsNumber Systems
Input OutputSequence & Series
Coding DecodingPermutation, Combination &Probability

SBI Clerk Mains syllabus:

The Mains Examination of SBI Clerk exam will constitute of 4 sections: Reasoning & Computer Awareness, General English, General/Financial Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude. The complete syllabus is discussed below:

Quantitative AptitudeGeneral EnglishGeneral/Financial AwarenessReasoning AbilityComputer Awareness
SimplificationReading comprehension including Synonyms and AntonymsCurrent Affairs – news on banking industry, awards and honors, books and authors,latest appointments, obituaries, new schemes of central and state governments, sports, etc.InternetBasics of Computer: Hardware, Software, Generation of Computers
Number SeriesSentence rearrangement or Para jumblesStatic GK – country-capital, country-currency, headquarters of financial organizations (of insurance companies), constituencies of ministers, dance forms, nuclear and thermal power stations, etc.Machine Input/OutputDBMS
Data SufficiencySentence Correction/ Error FindingBanking/Financial termsSyllogismNetworking
Data InterpretationSpell ChecksStatic AwarenessBlood RelationInternet
Quadratic EquationFillersBanking and Financial AwarenessDirection SenseMS Office
Time & Distance, WorkCloze TestInequalitiesInput-Output Devices
PartnershipPuzzlesImportant Abbreviations
Profit & LossCoding-Decoding
Simple and Compound InterestRanking
Mixture and AllegationsStatement and Assumptions
Ratio & Proportion, Averages, Percentages

To know the details about SBI Clerk exam please visit official website of SBI