How to Prepare for SBI Clerk Exam 2020


SBI Clerk 2020 notification has been released and the prelims exam of the same is going in the month of February/March 2020. Those who haven’t applied for the exam until now are advised to not miss this opportunity and apply for it as soon as possible. The last date for filling the application form is January 26, 2020. To work in a bank like SBI is a dream of many, as it not only provides job security but also entitles its employees with various allowances. To crack this exam, a clear and detailed strategy is needed. Without it, no matter how hard one studies, the result becomes fruitless.

In this article, we will discuss a detailed preparation strategy for SBI Clerk 2020 exam. This strategy if followed religiously, will help in cracking the SBI Clerk exam 2020. Before discussing the preparation strategy, let’s look at the selection procedure of the SBI Clerk exam 2020.

Selection Procedure:

The selection procedure of SBI Clerk exam 2020 consists of a total of three stages:

  1. Phase 1- Preliminary examination.
  2. Phase 2- Mains examination.
  3. Phase 3- Language Proficiency Test.

SBI Clerk 2020 Prelims Exam Pattern:

The exam pattern of SBI Clerk Prelims exam 2020 is as follows:

SL. Name of the Test No. Of Questions Marks Duration
1. English Language 30 30 20 Minutes
2. Numerical Ability 35 35 20 Minutes
3. Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 Minutes
Total 100 100 1 Hour

SBI Clerk 2020 Mains Exam Pattern:

The exam pattern of SBI Clerk Mains exam 2020 is as follows:

SL. No. Name of the Test No. Of Questions Marks Duration
1. General/Financial Awareness 50 50 35 Minutes
2. General English 40 40 35 Minutes
3. Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 Minutes
3. Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 Minutes
Total 190 200 2 Hour 40 Minutes

Things to have before starting preparation for the exam:

Study Material:

The first and foremost thing that is needed to prepare for any exam is the study material. Studying from too many sources and books creates confusion and might hinder the preparation. To have sorted material with oneself saves a lot of time.

Books for SBI Clerk exam 2020:

If you have time or can dedicate a good amount of hours a day, then one of the best ways to clear the basics is to read from books. We have suggested some very effective books for SBI Clerk exam that can help in clearing the basics and cracking the exam.  

Online course of SBI Clerk exam 2020:

As not much time is left for the exam, smart work is need of the hour. Studying from books will consume a lot of time and one might end up readings things that are not that important from the exam point of view. Expert guidance can sail one through in this case because they know exactly what works and whatnot. ixamBee has launched a course on SBI Clerk exam 2020. In this course, you will get everything that is required to clear the exam. One of the best things in this course apart from crisp and focused material is the constant assistance of our faculties. Regular Live classes make our course unique from others. To get a glimpse of the SBI Clerk 2020 Online course one can visit the online course section and watch the demo video available there.

Online Test Series:

SBI Clerk exam 2020 is going to be online, so it is very important to have an Online Test series so that candidates can analyze their performance. To assist in this case, we are providing free full-length mock tests for SBI Clerk exam. The mock tests are made under the guidance of experts. Candidates need to login to the website and they can attempt the test right away.

Previous Year cutoffs:

Previous year cut off helps a lot in analyzing the difficulty level of the exam. Being aware of this keeps a candidate one notch higher than others.

Subject wise Preparation strategy:

Quantitative Aptitude:

Quantitative Aptitude is one of the challenging subjects for most of the candidates. The no. of attempts in this section is less because of the amount of time it takes and also because of the increasing level of the questions.

After completing the basics, a candidate must attempt a mock test to understand the pattern of questions that are asked in the exam.

After attempting the mock, candidates will be able to understand their weak and strong sections. This will give them clarity on which topic to give more attention and what topic can be achieved through a mild practice. This might be boring for most of the candidates, but a firm grip on the calculation part creates a huge difference in the number of attempts in the exam. The following are the must-have in order to master the calculation part:

  • Tables up to 20.
  • Squares up to 40 and square roots tricks
  • Cubes up to 25 and cube roots tricks.
  • Divisibility Rule
  • Short Multiplication Method.

After all this, all a candidate needs is practice.  As not much time is left for the exam, all one can do is attempt Mock tests as many as possible.

Attempting Mock tests are not enough but to analyze it is equally important, otherwise, all the efforts will go in vain. Mock tests will not only help candidates in increasing their score but also give them a real exam environment which will shove out away the fear of online exam.

Logical Reasoning:

Logical reasoning is one of the favorite sections of students’ because this section helps in boosting the score. With increasing competition, this section has also become a hard nut to crack.

The increasing number of puzzles that are asked in the exam takes a lot of time to solve. The only solution to this is practice as much possible. With practice, one can decrease the puzzle-solving time. If one master in the Puzzles, he/she can score really well in the exam. The types of puzzles are generally asked in the exam are as follows:

  • Sitting Arrangement puzzles- Rectangle, circle, triangle, Square.
  • Box type puzzles.
  • Floor based puzzles-flat based puzzles.
  • Uncertain puzzles- Liner puzzles, circle-based, triangle-based and stacked based etc.
  • Concentric puzzles-circle, square, rectangle etc.
  • Other than the puzzles some more questions are frequently asked in the exam, which needs equal attention and practice. Those are as follows:
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Input-Output
  • Alphanumeric series.
  • Inequalities.
  • Syllogisms
  • Analytical Reasoning- Statement Assumptions, Cause and effect, Statement conclusions, a strong and weak argument, course of action, Statement and inference, Probably True/Probably False/ Definitely True/Definitely False.

As stated earlier, Mock Tests are very important. The kind of puzzles that are mentioned above can be found in the mock tests provided by us. After giving mock tests analyze the questions and try to solve each of them.

Computer Aptitude:

Computer aptitude will be asked in mains along with Logical Reasoning as one section. It is advised not to give much time to this section. Just complete your basics with the computer aptitude book and start practicing mock tests. The more you practice, the better you will understand the questions and this will serve the purpose. The books that are suggested for this section are as follows:

  • Objective Computer Awareness for General Competitive Exams by Arihant Publishers
  • Computer Fundamentals by P.K Sinha

General Awareness:

This section is that one section that needs consistency while preparing for any exam. One can score really well in this section.

General awareness section generally consists of three sections i.e. Banking Awareness, Static G.K, and Current Affairs.

The most of the weightage in this section is of Current affairs. Candidate must be aware of the current happenings of at least the last 6 months from the date of the exam. Candidates can read from our Weekly Bee Booster and Monthly Bee Booster for this section.

For the Banking awareness section, other than reading from books, one can take the help of our blogs written solely for the Banking Awareness section.

Static G.K can also be achieved by reading our blogs. Some very useful blogs have already been posted and some more are in pipeline. It is advised to keep visiting our blogs section for newly updated content.

General English:

Candidates struggle a lot in this section because of many reasons. One of the most common reasons is a Non-English background. English is not that tough as it seems. With regular and dedicated effort one can score really well in this section.

To tackle this section it is advised to first brush up basic grammar skills. After that give a mock test to understand what kind of questions are asked in the exam. The following are some type of questions are recently being asked in banking exams and can come in SBI Clerk too, those are:

  • Reading Comprehension.
  • Fill in the Blanks.
  • Cloze test.
  • Jumbled paragraph.
  • Phrase replacement.
  • Errors Etc.

With consistent practice, one can master this section. The book that is suggested for this is Objective General English 2nd Edition by S.P Bakshi / Arihant.

Some more Tips:

  1. Be consistent with attempting Mock Tests. This will really help in boosting the score.
  2. Make a Time Table that is practical and achievable.
  3. Consistency is key. Be regular with the preparation.

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Shikha Gupta
7 months ago

Thank you so much for sharing such an informative post!!
This is really helpful for the aspirant who wish to work in banking or govt sector.
Keep it up!