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SBI Clerk 2016 Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Preparation

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State Bank of India has announced a massive number of 17140 vacancies for SBI Clerk Recruitment 2016. Lacs of candidates had been waiting for this recruitment notification for more than a year. It is expected that at least 15-20 lakh candidates are going to appear for SBI Clerk Recruitment 2016. Therefore it is of paramount importance than you prepare better than everyone else and clear the selection to get this exciting bank job!

SBI Clerk 2016 Syllabus – Knowing the syllabus is the first thing to prepare for the exam. The syllabus for each stage of selection, namely the preliminary exam and main exam, are different. In preliminary exam of SBI Clerk 2016, you will be tested on following subjects – (1) English language, (2) Numerical ability, (3) Reasoning ability. In the main exam you attempt questions on following topics – (1) General / Financial awareness, (2) General english, (3) Quantitative aptitude, (4) Reasoning ability and computer aptitude. As the eligibility criteria for SBI Clerk 2016 is graduation, the difficulty level of questions will be designed as per the average aptitude level of a Graduate candidate.

SBI Clerk 2016 Exam Pattern – State Bank of India has, in its official advertisement of SBI Clerk 2016 Recruitment, defined the exam pattern for both stages of selection. Both the rounds will be held as online computer based tests. There will be objective questions with single option correct. In the SBI Clerk 2016 preliminary exam there will be 100 questions of 100 marks, to be attempted in 1 hour only. SBI Clerk 2016 main examination will have 190 questions of 200 marks, to be solved in 2 hours and 40 minutes.

More detailed syllabus of SBI Clerk 2016 recruitment, along with exam pattern, preparation tips are given on this page below.

SBI Clerk 2016 Syllabus

Before we start, candidates are requested to note that State Bank of India has officially only announced the exam pattern. Syllabus outlining topics for each section of the test is not specified. The syllabus given below, or the SBI Clerk Syllabus given anywhere online or offline is only based on analysis of past year papers, expert views, and other secondary inputs.

Syllabus of SBI Clerk Preliminary Examination

English language 30 questions 30 marks

Topics from which questions are expected to be asked in English Language section in SBI Clerk 2016 Preliminary Exam are as under

  • Antonyms
  • Comprehension
  • Deriving conclusions
  • Error detection
  • Grammar
  • Idioms
  • Passage completion
  • Passage correction
  • Phrases
  • Sentence completion
  • Sentence correction
  • Synonyms
  • Theme detection
  • Vocabulary
  • Word formation
Numerical Ability 35 questions 35 marks

Topics from which questions are expected to be asked in Numerical Ability section in SBI Clerk 2016 Preliminary Exam are as under

  • Allegation & mixtures
  • Bar graphs
  • Boats and streams
  • Chain rule
  • Cocks and algorithms
  • Compound interest
  • Heights and distances
  • Line graphs
  • Mensuration
  • Number system
  • Partnership
  • Percentages
  • Permutation and combination
  • Pie charts
  • Pipes and Cisterns
  • Problems on trains
  • Profit and Loss
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Roots and Averages
  • Simple Interest
  • Simplifications
  • Stocks and Shares
  • Surds and Indices
  • Tabulation
  • Time and Distances
  • Time and work
  • Volume and surface area
Reasoning Ability 35 questions 35 marks

Topics from which questions are expected to be asked in Reasoning Ability section in SBI Clerk 2016 Preliminary Exam are as under

  • Identify the pattern and find the missing number
  • Series in which blank has to be filled or incorrect number to be identified
  • Substitution and calculation
  • Series
  • Coding – Decoding
  • Blood Relations
  • Analogy
  • Statements and sufficiency
  • Seating arrangements
  • Statement and conclusions
  • Studying a statement or group of statement and drawing conclusions.

Syllabus of SBI Clerk Main Examination

General / Financial awareness 50 questions 50 marks

Topics from which questions are expected to be asked in General / Financial Awareness section in SBI Clerk 2016 Main Exam are as under

  • Economics news
  • Financial Awareness could be related to Union Budget / Railway Budget, or any other relevant topic
  • News related to Reserve Bank of India

Current affairs questions can be asked from various topics such as:

  • National,
  • International,
  • Awards,
  • Sports,
  • Defence,
  • Summits,
  • Appointment,
  • Books and authors,
  • Obituary
General English 40 questions 40 marks

Topics from which questions are expected to be asked in General English section in SBI Clerk 2016 Main Exam are as under

  • Topics for General English of SBI Clerk Main Exam will probably have similar topics as listed under English Language of SBI Clerk Preliminary Exam, although of tougher difficulty level.
Quantitative Aptitude 50 questions 50 marks

Topics from which questions are expected to be asked in Quantitative Aptitude section in SBI Clerk 2016 Main Exam are as under

  • Topics for Quantitative Aptitude of SBI Clerk Main Exam will probably have similar topics as listed under Numerical Ability of SBI Clerk Preliminary Exam, although of tougher difficulty level.
Reasoning ability and Computer aptitude 50 questions 60 marks

Topics from which questions are expected to be asked in Reasoning Ability section in SBI Clerk 2016 Main Exam are as under

  • Topics for Reasoning Ability of SBI Clerk Main Exam will probably have similar topics as listed under Reasoning Ability of SBI Clerk Preliminary Exam, although of tougher difficulty level.

Topics from which questions are expected to be asked in Computer aptitude section in SBI Clerk 2016 Main Exam are as under

  • Android and Apple related news
  • Basic of Computer
  • Generation of Computer
  • Hardware and software
  • MS Word and MS Excel
  • Operating system
  • PowerPoint
  • Short forms (Eg Jpeg, mp3, pdf)
  • The internet settings.

If you think any topic / topics are missing from this syllabus, please feel free to comment below. As we have mentioned above, SBI does not officially publish any syllabus, only the exam pattern is notified. To guide students in preparing well for the exam, syllabus is analyzed from past year papers, and opinion is invited from teachers and experts in the field.

SBI Clerk 2016 Exam Pattern

Recruitment of Junior Associates (Customer Support and Sales) and Junior Agricultural Associates in Clerical Cadre in State Bank of India is a great opportunity for government job aspirants in India. It is essential to know the exam pattern before hand in order to be prepared on the day of exam.

  • Preliminary and Main, both exams will be held as online computer based test.
  • Multiple choice questions will be asked in each paper.
  • Except for test of General English, questions will be set in both Hindi and English.
  • There is negative marking: 1/4th of the marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.

Exam Pattern of SBI Clerk Preliminary Examination

S.No. Name of test No. of questions Marks Duration
1 English language 30 30 Composite time of 1 hour
2 Numerical ability 35 35
3 Reasoning ability 35 35
Total 100 100

Exam Pattern of SBI Clerk Main Examination

S.No. Name of 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
4 Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 minutes
Total 190 200 2 hours and 40 minutes

Books recommended for SBI Clerk

SBI Clerk Exam Previous Years Solved Papers by Kiran Prakashan Buy Online
State Bank of India Clerical Cadre Recruitment Exam Buy Online
Ultimate Guide for SBI and Associates Bank Clerk Prelim and Main Exam (with GK) Buy Online

 

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