SBI Clerk Exam Pattern

SBI Clerk Exam Pattern 2021

While you start the SBI Clerk application process, you should know all the details regarding the SBI Clerk exam pattern. SBI Clerk Exam 2021 is going to be conducted in two main phases:

  • Phase 1 - Preliminary Examination (online)
  • Phase 2 - Main Examination (online)

The Main Examination will further be followed by a Language proficiency test which will be a test of specified opted local language.

SBI Clerk (Prelims) Exam Pattern  2021

SBI Clerk exam 2021 for Prelims will be conducted online. The SBI Clerk Prelims exam consists of an objective test that has three sections i.e English Language, Numerical Ability, and Reasoning Ability worth 100 marks. All the sections in SBI Clerk Prelims exam are allotted separate marks and separate sectional timings. You cannot shift to another section until the timing of that particular section is exhausted. The total timing of the SBI Clerk Prelims exam is 1 hour.

  • There is a negative marking of 1/4th or 0.25 marks.
  • This time there is no sectional Cut off as well as the overall cut-off. You will be shortlisted for the Main Exam on the basis of announced vacancies (approximately 10 times the number of vacancies from the list of all candidates arranged in descending order of aggregate marks scored). IN SBI Clerk 2021 case, around 50,000 candidates will be shortlisted for the mains exam. 

Sl. No.Test NameNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime Allotted
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 (Mains) Exam Pattern  2021

If you manage to clear the SBI Clerk Prelims exam you have to appear in the SBI Clerk Main Exam. After the SBI Clerk Prelims result, admit cards for the Mains will also be released. There is not much gap between the SBI Clerk Prelims and Mains exam, therefore you need to be in preparation mode since the start. The SBI Clerk Main Exam will also be an online test consisting of four sections. i.e. General / Financial Awareness, General English, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude which are allotted different marks and different sectional timings. The total time duration is going to be of 2 Hours 40 Minutes.

  • There will be a negative marking of 1/4th of the marks allotted to the question.
  • There will not be any sectional cut-off in the exam. You will be selected on the basis of the announced number of vacancies. 

Sl. No.Test NameNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime Allotted
1. General/Financial Awareness 50 50 35 Minutes
2. General English 40 40 35 Minutes
3. Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 Minutes
4. Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 Minutes
Total 190 200 2 hours 40 minutes

SBI Clerk Language Proficiency Test

  • If you qualify the selection and produce 10th or 12th standard mark sheet/ certificate, having studied the specified opted local language then you will not be subjected to any Language test
  • In case of others (qualified for selection), specified opted local language test will be conducted after provisional selection which will be done before joining
  • If it is found that you are not proficient in specified opted local language then you will be disqualified

SBI Clerk 2021: Provisional Selection (Subject to qualifying specified opted local language).

Provisional selection will be done on the basis of the scores obtained by the candidates in the SBI Clerk Main Exam 2021. The final selection will be done once the eligibility is verified and all the information provided by you in the SBI Clerk application form is certified to be true.

SBI Clerk Reserved List

Along with the final selections, SBI will release awaiting (Reserved) list  State-category wise. This list will be valid for one year from the result declaration date. The appointment of the candidates in the waitlist will be done if the appointed candidates resign in the middle of their term or do not join at all.

Read more details on SBI Junior Associate Notification

SBI Clerk Exam Marking Scheme

SBI Clerk Exam Pattern 2021

There is a provision of negative marking in the SBI Clerk exam. For every wrong answer marked, 1/4th of the marks allotted to that question will be deducted. For the SBI Clerk Mains exam, marks allotted to each section vary, so if you marked any particular question incorrectly,  1/4th marks allotted to that question will be deducted. For details on the SBI Clerk marking scheme please look at the table below.


SBI Clerk Marking SchemeConsidered Marks
For correct answers 1 mark
For wrong answers -1/4th or -0.25 marks
For not attempted 0 (no marks)

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Frequently Asked Questions


Can those students who are appearing in final year of Graduation apply for any post in SBI Clerk 2021 recruitment?


Yes. Those who are in the final year of their Graduation / Semester may also apply.


Is the SBI Junior Associate (Clerk) 2021 Examination ONLINE or OFFLINE ?


The SBI Junior Associate (Clerk) 2021 Exam will be in online mode.


Is there any sectional CUT-OFF in SBI Junior Associate (Clerk) 2021 Exam?


No. SBI Junior Associate (Clerk) 2021 Exam will not have any sectional cut-off.


What is the age limit for the SBI Junior Associate (Clerk) ?


The minimum age of the candidates must be 20 years & maximum age should be 28 years 


Is the SBI (Junior Associate) Clerk Exam Bilingual ?


Yes. The exam is bilingual. You can attempt all the sections in English or Hindi except the test of English Language.


How can I check my result ?


You can enter your registration/roll number & password provided to you by the recruiting organization and check your result from the official website.


Is the SBI Clerk Preliminary Exam qualifying in nature?


Yes, the preliminary phase of any examination is qualifying in nature. The marks obtained in this phase are only for shortlisting of candidates for the Mains (second phase). These marks will not be considered in the final selection.


How to make fee payment?


The fee payment will be done only through online mode. You will have to choose from any one of the online payment options given. You can pay through debit card/credit card/net banking etc.

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