What is the SBI Clerk Exam?
SBI stands for State Bank Of India. With an asset base of Rs. 33,00,000 Crores, SBI is the biggest bank in the country. It is also one of the oldest too. SBI conducts its own recruitment exam for various post and SBI Clerk is one among them. It is one of the most sought after exams in India. In 2019 SBI is recruiting Junior Associates and Agricultural Associates under SBI Clerk Recruitment 2019.
Conducting Authority: SBI itself looks after all the processes associated with this exam. It is a national level exam but the vacancy varies from state to state. Also because of this, the candidate must know the local language of the state for which he/she is applying.
Exam Pattern: The SBI Clerk 2019 is conducted in 3 stages in accordance with the SBI Clerk exam syllabus:
Preliminary Exam: It is a general test that involves MCQs from three sections i.e Numerical Ability, reasoning and English language.
Mains Exam: After qualifying Prelims, the candidate is required to give this exam which consists of both objective and subjective questions. Subjects include Reasoning and Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis and Interpretation, General/Economy/Banking Awareness, English Language
Language Proficiency test: There will be a language proficiency test which will test the grip of the student on the local language of the state. The various details associated with the SBI Clerk Exam are:
|Exam Name||State Bank of India Clerk Exam|
|Conducting Body||State Bank of India|
|Frequency of Exam||Annually|
|Total No. of Posts||8593|
|Level of Exam||National Level exam|
- What is the SBI Clerk Exam?
- SBI Clerk Exam Date
- SBI Clerk Exam Eligibility
- SBI Clerk Exam Syllabus
- SBI Clerk Exam Registration
- SBI Clerk Exam Pattern
- SBI Clerk Exam Admit Card
- SBI Clerk Exam Centres
- SBI Clerk Exam Result
- SBI Clerk Exam Cutoff
- SBI Clerk Exam Selection Process
- How to prepare for the SBI Clerk Exam?
- SBI Clerk Exam Coaching Centres
- SBI Clerk Exam FAQs
- SBI Clerk Exam News
- Related Exams
SBI Clerk Exam Dates
The notification for the exam was released in April. The preliminary exam takes place in the month of June and its result is out in the month of July. After that, the candidates who qualified preliminary exam proceed for Mains, which is scheduled in August. The final result is expected in the month of September.
The other SBI Clerk important dates are:
|Important Events regarding SBI Clerk||Dates|
|The online application form will be available from||April 12, 2019|
|Last date to apply||May 3, 2019|
|Admit Card will be available||May 28, 2019|
|SBI Clerk 2019 Exam (Preliminary)||June 22, 2019 and June 23, 2019|
|Preliminary Exam Result||July 2019|
|SBI Clerk 2019 Main Exam||August 10, 2019|
|Main Exam Result||August2019|
|Final Result||November 2019 (tentative)|
SBI Clerk Eligibility
The candidates should possess a Graduation degree from any recognized University to be eligible for appearing into the SBI Clerk associate exam. The candidate's age should be in between 20 to 28 years. However, it varies for different categories. The variations are as follows:
|Category||Maximum Age Limit|
|SC / ST||33 years|
|PWD (Gen)||38 years|
|PWD (SC /ST)||43 years|
|PWD (OBC)||41 years|
|Persons domiciled in Jammu & Kashmir State during the period from
1 Jan 1980 to 31 Dec 1989
|Ex-Servicemen/Disabled Ex-Servicemen||The actual period of service rendered in defence services + 3 years, (8 years for Disabled Ex-servicemen belonging to SC/ST) subject to a max. age of 50 years|
|Widows, Divorced women, and women legally separated from their husbands
& who are not remarried
|GEN- 35 years OBC- 38 yearsSC/ST- 40years|
SBI Clerk Exam Syllabus
The SBI Clerk syllabus is divided into two parts. The syllabus for Prelims has Numerical ability, Reasoning and English language.
The numerical Ability part involves elementary mathematics up to class 10th. The reasoning portion has syllogism, coding-decoding puzzles etc. The Eglish syllabus includes the Comprehension passages, synonyms, antonyms, spotting the errors etc.
The syllabus for Mains includes Reasoning and Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis and Interpretation, General/Economy/Banking Awareness and English language. Data analysis and interpretation part involve bar graphs, pie chart etc. and banking awareness section has current happenings associated with the banking sector and Economy. The detailed syllabus can be viewed here SBI Clerk Exam Syllabus.
SBI Clerk Registration
How to apply for SBI Clerk?
- For applying online for SBI Clerk 2019, the candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria for SBI Clerk exam must first go to the official page of the organization, which is www.sbi.co.in/careers.
- Upon landing on the homepage of the official website, the candidate has to select 'Join SBI' Section and click on 'Roles @ SBI' section. A new page will get opened. Afterwards, he/ she has to choose the relevant role and click on the 'Apply now' tab.
- On the next page, candidates those who are interested to apply for the SBI Clerk Exam can click on new registration and fill up a form to register. The candidate will have to fill the details like his/ her name, Father's name, Mother's name, mobile number, email ID and click on the submit option.
- Once registration is complete, the candidate will receive a registration number and password on the registered mobile number which can be used to login and download the application form.
- Next, the candidate will have to upload the documents like the scanned copies of their recent passport-sized photograph, their signature and their left thumb impression.
- The candidates then have to pay the fees.
- After filling all details and paying the application form fee, the candidates must submit this application form and take a hard copy of this form for further use.
SBI Clerk Application form
The SBI Clerk application form will be available on the official website of SBI. The candidates can only apply through online means. The candidate has to first fill his/her personal and academic details. After that, the candidate is required to fill the state in which the candidate wants to work as SBI Clerk.
Finally, after choosing the exam centre, the candidate has to pay the fees. The application fees for various categories is as follows:
|1||SC/ ST/ PWD/Ex-Servicemen||INR 100/- (Intimation Charges only)|
|2||General and OBC||INR 600/- (Application Fee including intimation charges)|
Documents required to apply for SBI Clerk Exam
The candidates are required to upload the scanned images of the following:
- Candidates recent photograph
The documents should be in the following format:
|Resolution||200*230 pixels||140*160 pixels|
|Size of the Image||20-50 KB||10-20 KB|
SBI Clerk Exam pattern
The exam is of divided into 3 phases:
Preliminary exam: It consists of three papers: Numerical Ability, reasoning and English Language. The paper consists of 100 MCQs of one mark each. The distribution is as follows:
|Section||Subject||No. of Questions||Max. Marks||Exam Duration|
|1||English Language||30||30||1 hour|
Mains Exam: The Exam consist of four sections. The total number of questions is 190 and the candidate can get a maximum of 200 marks. The distribution is given as follows:
|Section||Subject||No. of Questions||Max. Marks||Exam Duration|
|1||General/ Financial Awareness||50||50||2 hours 40 minutes|
|4||Reasoning Ability &Computer Aptitude||50||60|
SBI Clerk Language Proficiency Exam: This exam's format is not fixed. The candidate can be given a task to write an essay in the local language or may be asked questions from a paragraph in the local language.
SBI Clerk Admit Card
The SBI Clerk admit Card for the preliminary exam will be released on May 28, 2019. The admit card will be available online only and can be downloaded from SBI's official site. The candidate has to carry the Admit Card with him/ her at the time and venue of the examination.
How to download SBI Clerk Admit card?
The admit card can be downloaded in the following way:
- The candidates should visit the official website of the SBI Clerk Exam 2019 i.e (www.sbi.co.in/careers)
- The candidates should now check for the SBI Clerk Preliminary Admit card 2019. There will be a link that will take you to the page where the Admit Card will be available.
- Upon landing on that page, the candidates should now enter the Registration Number and Date of Birth/ Password. The date of birth of the candidate will be the password for the candidate.
- Now the admit card will be displayed on the screen and the candidates can take the print out of it by clicking on the download symbol.
SBI Clerk Exam Centres
The exam centres of SBI Clerk Exam are there across the 34 states and Union territories. In each state/UT, there are multiple cities as exam centres. The candidates have to choose 3 exam centres in order of their preferences. Once allotted, the exam centre cannot be changed under any circumstances.
The various exam centres are
|State Code||State/ Union Territory||Preliminary Exam Centers||Main Exam Centers|
|11||Andaman & Nicobar||Port Blair||Port Blair|
|12||Andhra Pradesh||Chirala, Chittoor, Guntur, Kakinada, Kurnool, Nellore, Ongole, Puttur, Rajahmundhry, Srikakulam, Tirupati, Vijaywada, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram||Guntur, Kurnool, Vijaywada,|
|13||Arunachal Pradesh||Itanagar, Naharlagun||Itanagar|
|14||Assam||Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Kokrajhar, Silchar, Tezpur||Guwahati|
|15||Bihar||Arrah, Aurangabad, Bihar Sharif, Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Gaya, Hajipur, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea, Samastipur, Siwan||Arrah, Hajipur, Patna|
|17||Chhattisgarh||Bhilai, Bilaspur, Raipur||Raipur|
|19||Gujrat||Ahmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Himmatnagar, Jamnagar, Mehsana, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara||Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar|
|20||Haryana||Ambala, Bahadurgarh, Hissar, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Panipat, Palwal, Rohtak, Sonipat, Yamunanagar||Bahadurgarh, Hissar, Rohtak|
|21||HP||Baddi, Bilaspur, Dharamshala, Hamirpur, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Sirmaur, Solan, Una||Shimla, solan|
|22||J&K||jammu, Kathua, Samba, Srinagar||Jammu, Srinagar|
|23||Jharkhand||Bokaro, Dhanbad, Hazaribag, Jamshedpur, Ranchi||Jamshedpur, Ranchi|
|24||Karantaka||Belgaum, Bengaluru, Bidar, Gulbarga, Hubli, Mangalore, Mysore, Shimoga, Udipi||Bengaluru|
|25||Kerala||Alappuzha, Kannur, Kochi, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad, Thrichur, Thiruvananthapuram||Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram|
|27||MP||Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Satna, Sagar, Ujjain||Bhopal, Indore|
|28||Maharastra||Amravati, Aurangabad, Chandrapur, Dhule Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Latur, Mumbai / Thane / Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nasik, Pune, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Satara||Aurangabad, Nagpur, Pune, Mumbai/ Thane / Navi Mumbai|
|33||Delhi NCR||Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurgaon||Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurgaon|
|34||Odisha||Angul, Balasore, Bargarh, Baripada, Berhampur (Ganjam), Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Sambalpur||Bhubaneswar|
|36||Punjab||Amritsar, Bhatinda, Fatehgarh Sahib, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala, Phagwara, Sangrur||Bhatinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Patiala|
|37||Rajasthan||Ajmer, Alwar, Bhilwara, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur||Jaipur|
|39||Tamilnadu||Chennai, Coimbatore, Dindigul, Krishnagiri, Madurai, Nagercoil, Namakkal, Perambalur, Salem, Thanjavur, Thiruchirapalli, Tirunelvelli, Thoothukodi, Vellore||Chennai, Madurai, Tirunelvelli|
|40||Telenagana||Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, Warangal||Hyderabad|
|42||UP||Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bulandshahr, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Mathura, Meerut, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Unnao, Varanasi||Agra, Allahabad, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Varanasi|
|43||Uttrakhand||Dehradun, Haldwani, Haridwar, Roorkee||Dehradun|
|44||West Bengal||Asansol, Berhampur (West Bengal), Bardhaman, Dumkal, Durgapur, Hooghly, Howrah, Kalyani, Kolkata, Siliguri||Hooghly, Kalyani, Ko|
Documents Required at the Exam centre
The candidate should carry the admit card and an ID proof along with it to the exam centre.
SBI Clerk Results
The SBI Clerk results will be declared by the Central Recruitment and Promotion Department of SBI, Mumbai. The prelims result is expected in the month of July 2019. The result will be available on the official website of the SBI. Similarly, the final result will be made available on the official website probably in November 2019.
How to download the SBI Clerk Result?
The result can be downloaded in the following way:
- Firstly, the candidates have to visit the official website of SBI.
- Click on the link for results for SBI Clerk 2019.
- The candidates then have to enter the roll number and Date of birth OR registration number and Date of birth to view the results.
- Download the result and get it printed.
SBI Clerk Exam Cutoff
There will be two cutoffs. One will be the sectional cutoff for each portion and the other will be the overall cutoff. The candidate must clear both in order to get employed as SBI Clerk. The cut-off for SBI Clerk varies from one state to another. Also, it varies for different categories.
SBI Clerk Selection Procedure
The candidate has to first appear for the SBI Clerk preliminary exam. If the candidate qualifies the prelims he/she has to appear for the SBI Clerk Mains Exam. After qualifying this exam, the candidate will proceed for the Language proficiency test. The candidates who had studied the local language in their school, are not required to give this exam. They just have to submit their 10th class mark sheets showing that the candidate has passed that particular subject.
After all these exams, a merit list will be prepared state-wise. The candidates, whose name is there in the merit list will receive a call letter and they'll be proceeding for the probation period.
How to prepare for the SBI Clerk Exam?
The first thing to clear any exam is to have a detailed understanding of the syllabus for the exam, which will help the candidate in planning the whole preparation schedule. Secondly, the competition is very high in this exam, so scoring good marks will ensure a position in the merit list. For this, the candidate should practice the aptitude and reasoning questions continuously.
For English and General/Banking awareness, the candidate should regularly read the newspapers especially sections related to economic news. Moreover, the candidate can refer to the Previous year papers, sample papers and the following Reference books.
SBI Clerk Reference Books
The reference books are provided in the below:
- Objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma
- A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by R S Aggarwal
- High School English Grammar & Composition by Wren and Martin
- Objective Computer Awareness Arihant Publication.
SBI Clerk Exam Previous Year papers
The SBI Clerk Exam previous year papers help in understanding the pattern of the paper and then channelising your plan according to the exam needs. Also, it helps in identifying areas that have more weightage with respect to others thus require more attention and practice.
SBI Clerk Exam Mock/Sample Test Papers
The SBI Clerk exam mock/sample test papers help in keeping up with the time constraint in the exam. As the candidate has to solve a large number of question in a short span of time, it helps the candidate in gaining speed and pin-pointing questions that consume more time, and make strategy accordingly.
SBI Clerk Exam Coaching Centres
There are a number of coaching centres for SBI Clerk exam across the country which are given as follows:
SBI Clerk Exam Coaching Centres in Delhi
- BST Competitive Classes
- Aim & Achieve
- The Acharya Campus
SBI Clerk Exam Coaching Centres in Bengaluru
- IBS Bengaluru
- IMS Learning Institute
- Pragya Academy
SBI Clerk Exam Coaching Centres in Chennai
- Chennai race coaching Institute Pvt Ltd.
- CVR Academy
- Dexter Academy
SBI Clerk Exam Coaching Centres in Kolkata
- Ambition Guru
- Eastern India Competitive Classes
- Career guide
SBI Clerk 2019 FAQs
Q: What is the age limit to apply for SBI clerk posts?
Candidates in the age group of 20-28 can apply for the exam.
Q: What is the exam pattern for prelims?
Duration of the exam is one hour and consists of three sections on English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning Ability. There will be a total of 100 questions (English-30, Numerical Ability-35, Reasoning Ability-35) and the exam difficulty will be moderate.
Q: What is the exam pattern for the mains exam?
Duration of the exam is 2 hours and 40 minutes and consists of four sections. The sections and the number of questions are given below:
General/ Financial Awareness - 50
English - 40
Quantitative Aptitude - 50
Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude - 50
Q: Is there any negative marking in SBI clerk 2019?
Yes, For every wrong answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted.
Q: What is the application fee?
Application fees for General and OBC candidates are Rs 600/- and it is Rs 100/- for SC/ST/PWD/XS
Q: What is the required educational qualification?
The post wise Eligibility Criteria is mentioned below:
Junior Associates: candidates must have a Graduate degree in any discipline from a recognized University or any equivalent qualification.
Junior Agricultural Associates: candidates must have a Graduate degree in Agriculture or Agriculture allied activities from a Government recognized University/Institute
The candidates who are in the final semester/ year of Graduation can also apply for SBI Clerk Exam 2019.
Q: Will there be an interview after the mains exam?
There will be no interview.
Q: What is the mode of payment?
Application fee should be paid in online mode using Debit Card/Credit Card/Internet Banking/Cash Cards/Wallets, etc.
Q: I am from Andhra Pradesh, can I apply for Karnataka state?
Yes, if you are proficient in the local language (Written and Spoken) you can apply.
SBI Clerk News
The admit card of SBI Clerk 2019 exam is available online on the official website of SBI.