What is SBI Clerical ?

  • It the largest PSU bank in India having branches all over the country. Every year, SBI invites applications from eligible candidates for the recruitment of Probationary Officers (PO), Clerks and Specialist Officers (SO).
  • It has several associate banks as well which are as follows – State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Hyderabad, and State Bank of Mysore.

What is the format of the exam?

  • The online preliminary examination consists of an objective test (1 hour duration) for 100 marks
  • It has 3 sections: English language (30 questions), numerical ability (35 questions), and reasoning ability (35 questions).
  • The duration of the main exam is 2 hours 40 minutes. For each wrong answer, there is a ¼ mark deduction. It has two parts:
    1. The objective test: For marks consisting of 190 questions with the following sections:                 
    a)English Language (grammar, vocabulary, comprehension etc.

    b)General awareness, marketing & computers.

    c)Data analysis & interpretation.

    d)Test of Reasoning (High Level).

    2. The descriptive test: For 50 marks (1 hour duration), on English language.

  • Last phase/test : An Interview (subject to Govt. of India approval)


What are the features of SBI Clerical exam (also known as SBI Assistant Exam) ?

  • The application form for SBI (Clerical) can be filled through online mode only.
  • The selection process comprises an online exam & a written exam, followed by an interview for candidates who clear both the above.


What is the eligibility of the exam?

As on 30 April 2016 for the exam to be held in May/June:
  • For Junior Associates: The candidate should be graduated in any discipline from a recognized university or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the central government.
  • For Junior Agricultural Associates: The candidate should be graduated in agriculture sciences or agriculture-allied activities from a government recognized university/Institute.
  • Age: Applicants must be no less than 20 and no more than 28 years as on 01st April 2016 for unreserved/ open/ general categories.
  • Whereas relaxation for other categories is as follows : OBC- 3 years, SC/ST-5 years,Ex-servicemen-3 years, PWD- 10 years, Widows/ Divorced women-9 years.


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