SBI Clerk 2020 Prelims and Mains Syllabus And Preparation Strategy

There is no shortcut to qualify for SBI Clerk 2020 exams. It requires a consistent approach and practice. The entrance process of the SBI Clerk 2020 exam is pervasive and involves several steps. The SBI Clerk online exam includes questions on diversified topics and tests almost every aspect related to aptitude. Candidates have to make a lot of effort to crack the SBI Clerk Exam as the question pattern is becoming tougher with each year.

SBI Clerk 2020 Prelims exam pattern

It is the first step to know the exam pattern for best preparation. SBI Clerk exam is a two-staged exam consisting of Prelims and Mains followed by the local language test that is opted for. SBI Clerk Prelims consists of negative marking for wrong answers. For every single incorrect answer, 0.25 marks are being deducted from the final score.

Sl. No. Name of Section (Objective) No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1. English Language 30 30 20 minutes
2. Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
3. Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 60 minutes

SBI Clerks 2020 Mains exam pattern

After qualifying for the SBI Clerk 2020 Prelims Exam, only the candidate only will be allowed for the Mains Exam. For every single incorrect answer, 0.25 marks are deducted from the final score.

Sl. No. Name of Section (Objective) No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1. General/ Financial Awareness 50 50 35 minutes
2. Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 minutes
3. Reasoning Ability and Computer Ability 50 60 45 minutes
4. General English 40 40 35 minutes
Total 190 200 2 hour 40 minutes

Syllabus for Prelims

English Language

The English Language syllabus has

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Spotting Errors
  • Cloze Test
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Vocabulary
  • Phrase replacement
  • Odd Sentence out with Para Jumbles
  • Inference
  • Sentence Connectors

Quantitative Aptitude

Maths textbooks of classes 8-10 will cover the syllabus of this section. It contains:

  • Simplification/ Approximation
  • Data Interpretation (Bar Graphs, Line, Tabular, & Pie Chart),
  • Number Series
  • Quadratic Equation
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Miscellaneous Arithmetic Question (H.C.F. & L.C.M., Profit & Loss, S.I. & C.I., Problems on Ages, Speed Distance & Time, Pipes & Cistern, Work & Time, Probability, Mensuration, Permutation & Combination, Ratio Proportion, Average, Problems on Boats & Streams, Problems on Trains, Mixture & Alligation, Partnership Problems).

Reasoning Ability

This section is the easiest one and also very tricky. The syllabus is as follows-

  • Inequality
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Syllogism
  • Alphanumeric and Numeric Series
  • Puzzles and Seating Arrangements
  • Direction Sense
  • Blood Relation
  • Machine Input & Output
  • Inequalities
  • Alphabet related Questions

Syllabus for Mains

Quantitative Aptitude

The syllabus of mains is similar to the prelims. Some of the important topics are:

  • Number Series
  • Simplification & Approximation
  • Number System
  • Data Interpretation (Bar Graphs, Line, Caselet, Tabular, & Pie Chart)
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Number Series
  • Arithmetic Question (Ratio & Proportion, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Simple & Compound Interest, Surds & Indices, Mixture & Alligation, Partnership, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Average, Problems on Boats & Streams, Problems on Trains, H.C.F. & L.C.M., Problems on Ages, Speed Distance & Time, Pipes & Cistern).

Reasoning Ability

  • Syllogism
  • Blood Relation
  • Coding & Decoding
  • Alpha Numeric Symbol Series
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Input-Output
  • Ranking/ Direction/ Alphabet Test
  • Coded Inequalities
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Puzzle

English Language

The English Language syllabus has

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Spotting Errors
  • Cloze Test
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Vocabulary
  • Phrase replacement
  • Odd Sentence out with Para Jumbles
  • Inference
  • Sentence Connectors

Reading newspapers daily, noting down the important dates, reading textbooks of history, geography, economics, which enhances the knowledge of General and Financial Awareness, Current affairs. The syllabus is given below:

General Awareness

The syllabus of this section is

  • Indian Awards,
  • International Awards & Honours,
  • Act & Laws,
  • Defence & Railways,
  • Infrastructure & IT,
  • National Parks and Sanctuaries,
  • Culture,
  • Income Tax,
  • Currency,
  • Country & It’s Capital,
  • Indian & International Sports Personalities,
  • International Sporting Event & Venues

Financial Awareness

For SBI Clerical exam financial knowledge is very important. The syllabus included in financial awareness are:

  • E-Banking & New Trends
  • Bitcoins & E-Wallets
  • RTGS & Rupay
  • Regulatory Authorities
  • New Initiatives and Policies of RBI
  • Organization of RBI
  • Commercial Banking (Heads and Headquarters, New Banking Entities and Foreign Collaboration, Functions of a Bank)
  • Functions of RBI (Banker and Debt Manager to Government, Financial Supervision and Regulation, Foreign Exchange Management)
  • Finance and Accounts
  • Insurance Policy and Operations
  • Shares and Stocks

Current Affairs

This section is a bit tough. In this section question mainly comes from

  • Famous Personalities
  • Awards and Honour in Films
  • Census
  • India in International Reports
  • Indian Books and their Authors
  • New Government Policies and Schemes
  • Major Treaties and Agreements with Other Countries

Computer Ability

The syllabus of Computer Ability are as follows:

  • Internet/ Network
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Binary Conversions
  • Programming
  • Operating System/ Operating Basics
  • MS Office- MS Powerpoint
  • MS Excel
  • MS Word
  • Hardware

Preparation Strategy for SBI Clerk 2020

To crack the SBI Clerk Exam 2020, it is important to have a preparation strategy as the candidates are left with less time. A study plan has been provided below to help the candidates become successful in the examination.

Days Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning Ability English Language General/ Financial Awareness
1 Simplification Blood Relation Jumbled Paragraph  (Odd one out) Basic Banking Terminology and Concepts
2 Quadratic Equation Puzzle and Seating Arrangement Fillers- New Patterns Banking History
3 Approximation Inequalities Select Appropriate Word (4-5 Sentence)
4 Approximation Inequalities Select Appropriate Word (4-5 Sentence) GST, Amendment, Budget
5 Ratio and Proportion Puzzle and Seating Arrangement Cloze Test
6 Percentage Order, Ranking and Direction Vocabulary New Pattern Cabinet Reshuffle
7 Static Awareness
8 Average Coding-Decoding Connectors word/ phrase Banking Lokpal
9 Capital Market, Mutual Funds
10 Time, Work and Wages Data Flow Diagram Paragraph Concluding Question Vostro, Loro Accounts
11 Pipes and Cisterns Alpha Numeric Symbol Sequence Analogies
12 Time and Distance Syllogism Jumble Word Odd man out
14 Boats and Streams Puzzles and Seating Arrangements Question on Writing Styles General, Stale, Antedated, Post Dated, Cross Cheques
15 National Income, Inflation, Deflation, Stagflation
16 Profit and Loss Machine Input and Output Idioms/ Phrases World Bank & Its Associates and Recently added Countries
17 Problems on ages Inequalities Find the Odd Sentence Blue-chip Companies
18 DI: Tabular Data Flow Diagram Find the most Logical Complement Current and Saving Account, Overdraft
19 DI: Pie chart Blood Relation Reading Comprehension National Parks
20 DI: Bar Graph Order Ranking and Direction Vocabulary and New Pattern NPA and Recovery
21 Mixture Data Flow Diagram Cloze Test RRB Act
22 Quadratic Equation Data Sufficiency Reading Comprehension Fixed Deposit and Term Deposit
23 S.I & C.I. Logical Reasoning Sentence Improvement BRICKS, ADB Banks, European Union
24 DI: Tabular Order Ranking & Direction Cloze Test IFSC, MICR
25 Profit and Loss Syllogism Error Detection ATM, NEFT, RTGS, ECS
26 Percentage Inequalities Select Appropriate Word Debit & Credit Card
27 Profit and Loss Syllogism Select Grammatically Correct Sentence Indian Currency
28 S.I & C.I. Puzzle and Seating Arrangement Sentence Improvement Government Policies & Schemes
29 Mock Test Mock Test Mock Test Mock Test
30 Revision Revision Revision Revision

Practising thoroughly and regular mock tests will help to evaluate oneself. This helps a student to do better each day, and hence it will become easier to crack the SBI Clerk 2020 Exam.


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