SBI Clerk Selection Process & Exam Pattern Details

SBI Clerk Phase-I: Preliminary, SBI Clerk Phase – II: Main Examination, Test of specified opted local language Pattern, Provisional Final selection
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The Selection Process of the SBI Clerk Recruitment will be consisting of Written Examination (Preliminary & Main Examination) followed by Local Language Test.

SBI Clerk Prelims Exam Pattern

S.NoSubjectNo of QnsMax. MarksDuration
1English Language303020 Mins
2Numerical Ability353520 Mins
3Reasoning Ability353520 Mins
Total1001001 Hour

Sectional Cut-off Marks: No (No minimum qualifying marks for the individual subject as well as for aggregate (overall) are prescribed.)

Negative Marks: 0.25

An adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by the Bank (approximately 10 times the numbers of vacancies. subject to availability) will be shortlisted for the Main Examination from the list of all candidates arranged in descending order of aggregate marks scored.

Each test will have a separate timing as mentioned above. An adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by the Bank (approximately 10 times the numbers of vacancies. subject to availability) will be shortlisted for the Main Examination from the list of all candidates arranged in descending order of aggregate marks scored. No minimum qualifying marks for an individual subject as well as for aggregate (overall) are prescribed.

Note 1: Candidates are required to score a minimum percentage mark on aggregate (For SC/ST/OBC/PWD/XS candidates, 5% relaxation available thereon). Minimum percentage marks on aggregate will be decided by the bank. No minimum qualifying marks for the individual subject are prescribed. Merit list will be drawn State-wise, category wise. Candidates qualified in the test (main examination) will be placed according to their aggregate marks in descending order in respective States and Categories.

NOTE 2: Other detailed information regarding the examination will be given in the ‘Acquaint Yourself’ booklet, which will be made available to the eligible candidates along with the call letter for the test.

SBI Clerk Mains Exam Pattern

The structure of the SBI Clerk Mains Examination (online objective type) would be as follows:

SubjectNo of QnsMarksDuration
General / Financial Awareness505035 Mins
General English404035 Mins
Quantitative Aptitude505045 Mins
Reasoning ability & Computer Aptitude506045 Mins
Total1902002 Hours 40 Mins

Each test will have a separate timing as mentioned above.

The questions in objective tests, except for the test of General English, will be bilingual i.e., English & Hindi. There will be negative marks for wrong answers in the Objective tests. 1/4th of mark assigned to the question will be deducted for each wrong answer.

Candidates are required to score a minimum percentage marks on aggregate (For SC/ST/OBC/PWD/XS candidates, 5% relaxation available thereon). Minimum qualifying marks on aggregate will be decided by the bank. No minimum qualifying marks for the individual subject are prescribed. Merit list will be drawn State-wise, category wise.

Candidates qualified in the test (main examination) will be placed according to their aggregate marks in descending order in respective States and Categories.

Test of specified opted local language:

Those who qualify for selection and produce 10th or 12th standard mark sheet/ certificate evidencing having studied the specified opted local language 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 but before joining.

Candidates not found to be proficient in specified opted local language would be disqualified.

Provisional Selection (Subject to qualifying specified opted local language).

The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added for the selection and only the aggregate marks obtained in Main Examination (Phase-will be considered for preparation of the final merit list. Provisional selection will be made based on candidate’s performance in the test (main examination).

Final selection will be subject to:-

1. Verification of eligibility for the post and information furnished in the online application.

2. Qualifying in the test of specified opted local language, where applicable, as detailed above.

Results of the candidates who have provisionally qualified for selection will be made available on the Bank’s website.

Wait list: SBI Clerk Selection Process

A wait list of up to 50% of vacancies (State-category wise) will be maintained. Candidates will be released from this waitlist on a quarterly basis against non-joining and resignation out of the current batch only, subject to the candidates securing minimum qualifying marks as may be stipulated by the Bank for selection. 

This wait list will be valid for a period of one year from the date of declaration of final result.

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