SBI Clerk 2021: How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude?


Every year lakhs of students appear for the SBI Clerk examination. SBI exam is one of the most sought-after exams in the banking sector. State Bank of India is the largest Public Sector Bank and it provides surplus career opportunities. Yet most of the students face difficulty in the Quantitative Aptitude section. Many students have requested us to devise a plan for their SBI Clerk Quantitative Aptitude preparation

With ixamBee, this section too can be a cakewalk for you. In this article, we are focusing on the preparation strategy for the Quantitative Aptitude section for the SBI Clerk exam. Let’s begin with the preparation strategy.

How to Prepare for the SBI Clerk Quantitative Aptitude Section?

Exam Pattern: To begin with your preparation know the exam pattern for both prelims and mains. This will help you understand the number of questions asked in this section.

Prelims Pattern for QA SectionMains Pattern for QA Section
No. of questions: 35Total marks: 35Total time: 20 minutesMarks per correct answer:1Negative Marking for incorrect answer: 0.25No. of questions: 50Total marks: 50Total time: 45 minutesMarks per correct answer:1Negative Marking for incorrect answer: 0.25

***No Sectional cutoff from 2019 onwards in SBI Clerk.

Syllabus: Next step in your preparation is to know the areas which you have to study. The table below describes the syllabus for the QA section.

SeriesData SufficiencyData Interpretation.Whole numbers & DecimalsRatio & ProportionPercentagesAveragesSimple and Compound InterestProfit and Loss, Discount, PartnershipsMixture and AlligationTime and distance, Time & WorkBasic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surdsHeights and DistanceHistogram, Frequency Polygon, Pie Chart, Bar Chart

SBI Clerk Quantitative Aptitude: Topic Wise Preparation Tips

SERIES Questions: The analysis of the previous years’ papers makes it very simple to determine that series questions are a significant part of the quantitative capacity section. For this year’s paper, this is unlikely to change too.

A series of numbers is given in such questions. They are all connected.

Best of all, the solution to the problem becomes a cakewalk once you identify the pattern.

There can be many patterns. namely.,

  • Prime Numbers
  • Squares/ Cubes
  • Patterns in differences
  • Pattern in alternate numbers
  • Geometric series
  •  Odd one out

Don’t hurry to solve those problems. Give yourself some time and 100 percent precision.

Be careful, you could end up spending 10-15 minutes and still have no answer if you don’t practice such a question. This will cost you not only marks, but also you will end on poorly handling the other parts of the paper.

So here’s the mantra, practise and practise. Begin by examining the basic series questions.

Solve five series questions per day for the rest of the days. This will increase your pace, increase your exposure to many series combinations and you will also be ready for the most difficult seating arrangement questions by the time you take the examination.

DATA INTERPRETATION Questions: One of the key sections of the quantitative aptitude section is data interpretation.

If you follow the recent trend of questions, the Quantitative section will certainly have one or more DI questions.

Carefully read the questions and consider what is being asked. Do not begin to solve the question and figures as soon as you see them. Read what is being asked, and grasp it. Sometimes a couple of questions will occur that will not require even calculations.

Check your option. Some questions will often be relatively easier to resolve than others. Identify and address these problems quickly.

Take one question at a time to answer. Do not think about the next or the previous question otherwise you will end up intentionally wasting time and solving the question incorrectly. Take a look at the whole question and move on to the next question if you think it takes longer to solve.

DATA SUFFICIENCY Questions: Read the statements and don’t assume by seeing the data alone.

Don’t solve the problem: Ask yourself if the information in the statements will answer the query. These issues do not require extensive and comprehensive calculations. But if you still do a lot of calculations, surely there is something you are not seeing.

Use and merge the first statement with the main statement. If you get an answer, it is enough to respond to the first statement.

If the first statement is not enough to find the answer, take individually the second statement and combine it with the main statement. If you can get the answer then it is enough to answer by the second statement alone.

Types of Questions Asked Previously

TopicNo. of Q = 35
Quadratic Equation 5Q
DI/Caselet DI 10-15 Q
Arithmetic 10Q-12Q

SBI Clerk Quantitative Aptitude: Important Tips to Follow

  • Practice 1-2 DI daily. Learn tables up to 20, Squares up to 40, and Cubes up to 20.
  • Learn all calculation tricks, multiplication, addition tricks, etc.
  • Simplification, Series & Quadratic Equations: Practice them for the next 10 days. They carry 15 marks weightage
  • Arithmetic chapters will be a game-changer for you. So practice as many questions as you can from a single topic. 
  • You cannot answer any question wrong in such competitions. Be accurate in whatever you are doing in one go.
  • Speed matters the Most
  • Do not try to study it all because if you try to study it all, you are eventually getting stuck and risk getting ready
  • Give 1 hour a day for preparation for Quantitative Aptitude
  • For the next two to three days, follow basic concepts and solve questions on the above-mentioned topics
  • Then take every topic for three days and solve as many questions as possible
  • Solve at least 50 questions per day when doing the above exercise
  • Identify the subjects you are weak in and try them again
  • Mock tests will assist you in developing a timing strategy. Start giving mock tests.
  • Talk about these topics with experts and resolve your doubts
  • Practice more and more

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