SBI Clerk

SBI Junior Associates or Clerk consists of two Phase exam and to qualify for the exam a candidate is required to clear both phases. The Phase I exam is Computer Based Examination and qualifying in nature. Only candidates clearing in the exam can appear for the Main exam.

Phase I: Preliminary Examination

This examination consists of Objective Type – Multiple-choice questions only.  The questions will be bilingual for Part-II & III. The exam consists of three sections with total marks 100 and total time allotted for the exam is 60 minutes. Each correct answer weightage is of 1 mark.

S No. Tier Name Of Test Total Questions Marks Time Allotted
1 I English Language 30 30 20
2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20
    Total 100 100 60 Minutes

*In Phase I, there is negative marking of ½  mark for each wrong answer.

Phase – II: Main Examination:

Main Examination is an Objective Test comprising of 200 marks and consist of four sections with different marks and duration. A candidate can only move to next section once the entire time of the section is exhausted.

Test Name Of Test No. of Qs. Marks Duration
I General/ Financial Awareness 50 50 35 Minutes
II General English 40 40 35 Minutes
III Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 35 Minutes
IV Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 Minutes
  Total 190 200 160 Minutes

*The above-mentioned sections are not by sequence.

A candidate is selected based on his/her performance in Main Examination.

SBI Junior Associates syllabus

SBI Junior Associates syllabus for the Phase I exam consists of three sections and below are the SBI Junior Associates syllabus of each section.

English Language: This section is designed to test a candidate comprehension and knowledge of English Language and will be based upon below topics

Reading Comprehension
Cloze Test
Para Jumbles
Fill in the blanks
Error Spotting
Synonyms & Antonyms
Sentence Improvement
Paragraph Completion

Numerical Ability: This section is designed to test a candidate’s ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense and will be based upon.

Profit & Loss
S. I. & C. I.
Surds & Indices
Work & Time
Time & Distance
Data Interpretation
Ratio & Proportion
Number Systems
Sequence & Series
Permutation & Combination
Mixtures & Alligations

Numerical Ability: This section consists of both verbal and non-verbal types of questions. It includes questions on below topics

Logical Reasoning
Alphanumeric Series
Coded Inequalities
Seating Arrangement
Coding Decoding
Floor Puzzles
Data Sufficiency
Alphabet Test
Blood Relations
Input Output

Syllabus for Main Examination

Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude : This section includes both verbal and non-verbal reasoning questions and as the competition is intensifying day by day, questions asked in this section is becoming of advanced level. Questions asked from the topics are mentioned below

Linear Seating Arrangement
Circular Seating Arrangement
Analytical Decision Making
Grouping & Scheduling
Machine Input output
Number series
Data Sufficiency
Blood relations
Direction & Distance
Coded Inequalities
Arrangement & Pattern
Ordering & Ranking
Verbal Reasoning
Coding  decoding
Double Line-up
Floor Based Puzzles

Questions on computer section include from below topics

Computer Awareness
Keyboard Shortcuts
Computer Abbreviation
Computer Fundamentals
Computer Hardware
Computer Software
Operating System
Microsoft Office

Quantitative Aptitude: As it is clear from the section name, Most of the questions asked in IBPS CLERK is pertaining to Data Analysis and calculation. Questions asked from the topics are mentioned below

Data Sufficiency
Number Series
Comparison of Quantities
Permutation & Combination
Tabular Graph
Line Graph
Pie Chart
Bar Graph
Radar Graph
Missing Data DI
Mixed DI
Data Analysis
Let it Case DI

General/ Financial Awareness: This section is designed to test a candidate’s knowledge on various topics, which are directly or indirectly related to banking and current events of national importance. This section includes topics primarily on

Financial Awareness
Banking Awareness
Current Affairs
General Knowledge
Static  Awareness


General English: Topics asked in this section are similar to asked in phase I however questions from this section is of advanced level and difficulty level is high in this section. Following are the topics from where questions can asked.

Reading Comprehension
Cloze Test
Para Jumbles
Fill in the blanks
Error Spotting
Synonyms & Antonyms
Sentence Improvement
Paragraph Completion

Educational Qualification: The minimum educational qualification is Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or Institute.

 Age Limit: A candidate must not below 20 years and not above 28 year for eligible for applying for the posts. Moreover, there is an age relaxation permissible beyond upper age limit for the reserved categories which varies according to the category and maximum age relaxation a candidate can avail is upto 15 years