SBI Clerk 2021: Exam Pattern, Prelims & Mains Date, Application Form

State Bank of India (SBI) will soon release the notification for recruitment of junior associates (customer support and sales) in its different branches spread across the country. Applicants interested in pursuing a lucrative and growing career in the bank needs to apply for SBI Clerk 2021 by filling the online application form. The authority will release the application form most probably in the 3rd week of January 2021. The exam will be held in two-tier i.e. preliminary and main exam. Pre-exam will only be qualifying in nature. Candidates will get a total of 1 hour for completing preliminary exam and 2 hours 40 minutes for the main exam. Marks will be deducted in case the candidate chooses incorrect answer.

SBI Clerk 2021-Highlights

  1. Only online applications will be considered for submission. The authority won’t release any printed form of application.
  2. Applicants can apply for vacancies in one state only. Applications for more than one state shall summarily be rejected.
  3. The registration number and password must not be shared with anyone under any circumstances.
  4. SBI may conduct pre-exam training for the candidates belonging to SC/ST/XS and religious minority as per the guidelines of Government of India.
  5. Candidates applying for a vacancy in a specific state need to be proficient in the local language of that state. Such candidates need to qualify the local language test conducted by SBI.
  6. The marks secured in preliminary examination will not be considered for ranking. Only the marks secured in main exam will be taken for final merit list preparation.

SBI Clerk 2021 Important dates

The expected schedule of SBI Clerk 2021 is mentioned below-

Schedule Dates (Tentative)
Beginning of online registration 3rd week of January 2021
Last date to register for the exam 2nd week of February 2021
Admit card downloading for pre-exam 1st week of June 2021
Preliminary examination March 2021/ April 2021
Result announcement 3rd week of July 2021
Admit card downloading for main exam 4th week of July 2021
Main examination 2nd week of May 2021
Final result announcement September 2021
Provisional allotment September 2021/ October 2021

Exam pattern

The exam pattern for SBI Clerk is provided below-

  • Mode: Online
  • Marking scheme: Vary accordingly
  • Negative marking: 1/4th marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer
  • Type of question: Objective type
  • Duration: 1 hour for preliminary exam and 2 hours 40 minutes for main exam
  • Language: Hindi and English

Preliminary exam

Subject Number of question Maximum marks Duration
Numerical ability 35 35 20 minutes
English language 30 30 20 minutes
Reasoning ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 60 minutes

Main exam

Subject Number of question Maximum marks Duration
Quantitative aptitude 50 50 45 minutes
General English 40 40 35 minutes
Reasoning ability and computer aptitude 50 60 45 minutes
General/financial awareness 50 50 35 minutes
Total 190 200 2 hours 40 minutes

SBI Clerk 2021 Syllabus

Given below is the syllabus of SBI clerk exam-

  • Quantitative aptitude: Simplification, percentage, average, boat and stream, data interpretation, mixture and allegation, profit and loss, simple interest, compound interest, partnership etc.
  • English language: Para-jumble words, sentence correction, sentence rearrangement, one-word substitution, antonym, synonym, cloze test, grammar, error finding etc.
  • General/financial awareness: Current affairs, person in news, awards, books and authors, financial terms, history, geography, etc.
  • Reasoning and computer aptitude: Blood relation, direction sense, coding-decoding, ranking, analogy, classification, number series, inequalities, syllogism, programming language, MS Office, DBMS, computer architecture etc.

Reference books

Candidates can note down the names of some notable reference books to gain better marks in the exam-

  • GK by Lucent, Manorama year book.
  • English by Kiran publication, English grammar by Wren and Martin.
  • Verbal and non-verbal reasoning by RS Aggarwal.
  • Quantitative aptitude by RS Aggarwal, Fast track objective mathematics by Arihant publication.

Application form

Candidates are required to register themselves for SBI Clerk 2021 exam by visiting the official website of the same. To register for the exam, they need to provide their email id, name, and phone number.  Once the registration is done, they’ll receive a unique registration number which they are required to use during login to fill rest of the form. They need to upload their scanned photograph and signature in the form.

The form will ask for details such as- name, father’s name, category, gender, educational qualification, bank details among others. These details must be entered correctly as no application correction window will be provided to the candidates once the form is submitted. A candidate found guilty of providing incorrect information will be debarred from taking the exam. The form must be submitted on time along with the necessary application fee to avoid rejection.

Application fee

Category Application fee
General and OBC Rs. 600/-
SC/ST/PWD/XS Rs. 100/-

Mode of payment: The fee stated above can be paid using the credit card, debit card, and net banking. Application fee once paid will not be refunded under any circumstances whatsoever.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants need to fulfill the necessary eligibility conditions laid down by the authority to apply for the exam. Here are those conditions-

  • Age criteria: The age of the candidates should not be less than 20 years and should not exceed 28 years as on 1st January 2021. Candidates from reserved category can claim age relaxation as per the rules.
  • Educational qualification: Applicants should have done graduation in any discipline from a recognized university. Those having integrated dual degree (IDD) should make sure they have passed the IDD on or before 1st January 2021.

Admit card

  • The call letters for preliminary and main exam can be downloaded from the official website of SBI i.e. sbi.co.in.
  • No hardcopy of the call letter shall be sent to the candidates by post or any other medium.
  • Applicants need to check the details printed on the admit card very carefully and should report the inconsistencies, if any to the authority immediately.
  • Candidates must bring the printed copy of the call letter to the exam hall along with a valid ID proof.
  • Candidates should retain the copy of the hall ticket till the recruitment process is finished.

Result and selection

    • Candidates need to login into the official website of SBI using their registration number and password to check the result of SBI Clerk 2021.
    • Separate result will be generated for pre-exam and main exam.
    • SBI will provide the scorecard to the candidates a week or two after the exam is over.
    • Those who have qualified the main exam will need to qualify the local language test before joining a bank.
  • Final selection of the candidates will be subjected to the fulfillment of the eligibility criteria, performance in the main exam, and qualifying in the local language test.

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