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Preparation Tips for SBI Clerk 2018 Mains Exam
About SBI Clerk Exam:- State Bank of India is fully responsible for conducting Clerical Cadre Exam. SBI will conduct online exam for recruitment in Clerical Cadre for Junior Associate & Junior Agriculture Associate Posts. Candidates who have completed their graduation can give this exam. This is one of the most awaited exam for Banking Sector every year. Clerk exam is treated as second highly rated exam of Banking Sector after PO/ MT exam. In the recent years level of competition in Banking Sector is interestingly increased. So focused & planned preparation for exam become very necessary for Selection. In this article we are going to discuss how/ what to prepare to crack SBI Clerk exam, what topics to focus more, which topics should given less time.
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Selection Process:- SBI Junior Associates & Junior Agriculture Associates under Clerical Cadre selection process is very simple. First Step is an All India Written Exam (Pre & Mains) & Second Step is to face Interview conduct by SBI (subject to Govt. of India approval). Candidates have to given online exam only once for selection in various Associate Banks. Candidates have to attain minimum cut off marks in each section & overall decided by SBI to become eligible for Interview. Candidates have to do up to mark & goal oriented preparation for this exam.
Online Written Exam:- SBI will organize Pre & Mains Exam for Junior Associate (Clerk) Post But Selection will be purely based on Mains Exam. Let’s have a look on the changed SBI Clerk Exam Pattern.
- In Pre Part, there will be only three sections. Namely Reasoning (35 Marks), Quantitative Aptitude (35 Marks) & English (30 Marks). Time Duration will be 1 Hour for Pre Exam.
- Marks Distribution for each topic is as follows:- (i) Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude (60 marks) (ii) English Language (40 marks) (iii) Quantitative Aptitude (50 marks) (iv) General/Financial Awareness (50 marks).
- Total Time allotted for Mains Exam is 2 Hour 40 Minutes. Distribution will be as : (i) Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude (45 Minutes) (ii) English Language (35 Minutes) (iii) Quantitative Aptitude (45 Minutes) (iv) General/Financial Awareness (35 Minutes)
- Each part is of equal importance so candidates have to focus on each & every part of this exam.
- It should be noted by candidates is that there is Negative Marking of 0.25 Marks in this Exam. So plan for exam is according to the pattern & syllabus of SBI Clerical Cadre.
NOTE : Pattern of Questions & Topics for Pre & Main Exam will be same. Pre Exam will be Qualifying Nature. In Pre Exam Question will be come from the below mentioned Topics but in less amount. So Start Preparing Taking Main Exam in Mind.
Reasoning:- Reasoning part is very important aspect of this exam. This part is useful because of the pattern of questions ask in this exam.
- This section is very scoring so candidates needs to focus more on this part.
- Most of the questions in this sections are comprehensive type reasoning. A paragraph is given & 4 to 5 questions asked related to that paragraph. This Part may contain Logic of Seating Arrangement, Blood Relation, Men & Floor etc.
- So This part is very useful, by solving passage you can answer 5/ 6 questions within no time. so candidates needs to practice more questions of Comprehension type reasoning. This part take less time if you solve paragraph puzzles with full concentration.
- There is drawback of comprehension type reasoning, if you solve puzzle wrong, your all answers will be wrong. So candidates solve passage with Intelligence & Concentration.
- Questions from Coding Decoding can be in ample amounts so Practice that Topic.
- This part play a crucial role in deciding merit of candidates. Marks of candidates also depends on this section. So SBI Aspirants ! Make Reasoning your main weapon in the exam for crack upcoming SBI clerk exam as this part contain 40 valuable marks.
- In Mains Exam this Part will come along with Computer Section so save ample time to Solve Reasoning.
Topics to focus more:- Venn Diagrams, Seating Arrangements, Input-Output, Coding and de-coding, Problem Solving, Statement & Conclusion type questions, Puzzles.
English Language:- Another important & scoring part of SBI exam is General English. Candidate can score if they make proper time management.
- In this section candidates needs to focus more on selected topics like Errors, Comprehension, Cloze Test.
- Comprehension in this exam is very lengthy. so candidates have to manage time to read whole passage & answer to the Questions.
- It is often seen that candidates seems this less scoring. But this part is easy to score & less time taking if proper preparation time is given to English.
- Candidates are advised to don’t leave English part less prepared as it is very useful in scoring marks in written exam.
Topics to focus more:- Spot the Error, Fill in the Blanks, Sentence Correction, Cloze Passage, Comprehension Passage, Sentence Rearrangement.
Quantitative Aptitude:- Aptitude is the section which play final role in the marks & Merit List of candidates. Candidates who scores in this section have fare chances to score high in this exam.
- Candidates are advised to save time from Reasoning, English as this part takes more time to solve the problems in PRE EXAM.
- In Mains Exam there 50 Questions to solve in 45 Minutes. So Speed Must be maintained.
- Questions in this section will be less tough compared to PO exam.
- Calculation in questions are time taking, so candidates have to manage time for solving questions.
- Don’t take much time on one question. Solve question according to their merit.
- Focus on all question related to Data Interpretation & Simplification.
- Candidates can make strategy about how many no. of questions to be solve in Aptitude part with giving proper attention to all other sections because it is not practically possible to solve all 50 Questions in given time. Topic oriented scheme is useful for problem solving.
Topics to focus more:- Decimal and Fractions, Simplification, Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Averages, Interest (Simple and Compound), Profit and Loss, Time and distance, Problems on Sharing, Number Series, Frequency polygon, Bar-diagram, Pie-chart.
General Awareness:- Nowadays General Awareness is Key part to score in the exam. Candidates who are up to date about facts & news of everyday aspects score more marks in this section.
- In SBI exams mostly questions of General Awareness are asked from Current Affairs.
- Focus mainly on current affairs related to Banking & Finance Sector.
- Current affairs of National & International news, Important dates, Current Science, Technology, Sports & Culture are topics from which questions will be ask.
- Some questions are related to Banking & Marketing.
- Candidates are advised to sharpen their axe on daily current affairs by reading newspaper, magazines related to current affairs.
- Candidates can answer only those questions on which they are fully confident because their is negative marking. Wrong answer lessen your chances for selection.
FINANCIAL AWARENESS : Under Financial Awareness, Candidates need to Learn about RBI & It’s Role, RBI’s Main Function, Banks in India, Policy Rates, Currency in India, Nationalization of Banks, NBFC, Accounts in Banks, ATMs, Non Performing Assets & SARFAESI Act, about DICGC, Financial Inclusion, Types of Money/ Notes, Priority Sector Lending, Important Banking Terms, Important Codes in Banking, Taglines of Banks, Head Quarters of Banks etc.
Despite Learning all these Topics, Candidates need to have a look on All Financial News, Activities of Last 3, 4 months before Mains Exam.
Computer Knowledge:- In SBI exams there is additional part of questions related to Computer Knowledge compare to SSC exam. In this section 40 questions are asked.
- In this section question are asked from topics related to Basic of Computers, Computer Organization, Generations of computer, Input & Output Device, Shortcuts & Basic knowledge MS word, MS Excel, MS power point, Memory Orientation, Internet, LAN, WAN, Modem, Computer Abbreviations, Modern day Technology.
- Candidates can easily score in this sections because syllabus is not so vast.
- Questions ask from operations which a person can generally done on computers.
Interview (Subject to Govt. of India approval):- Candidates who are declared qualify by SBI & have marks more than cut off prescribed by SBI, will be called up for Interview. Marks of Interview will decide by SBI. Candidates have to secure minimum qualifying marks in Interview also. In Interview main focus is on your personality, confidence, knowledge of Banking Sector, Current Affairs related to Banking, About SBI, RBI Banking Rates & Personal Information.
Tips to Crack SBI Clerk Exam:- Candidates need to follow following Tips to crack SBI Associate Banks Clerk exam:-
- As the Level of SBI Clerk is high compared to other bank’s exam so candidates needs to work very hard on regular basis.
- Focus on your Goal, Regular Reading of Syllabus topics, News papers & Selection Oriented preparation only helps you to crack this exam.
- Study Topic wise. Take one topic at one time & practice more questions on that topic to make it your strength in exam.
- Candidates needs to be upto date about Current Affairs.
- After Reading all syllabus. Take your time to revise important topics related to exam. In Revision process focus more on the Topic, which are your weakness. Pay less attention to Topic you well prepared.
- Mock Tests:- After you complete syllabus, give Mock Tests with Honesty & time duration of 2 Hour 15 Minutes. It helps you to guide towards your weak points. In last five days focus on your weak points.
- If possible try to give online mock test, it take you proper feel of exam & you can Manage your time for solve the questions.
- There is 15 minutes more compared to other exams so you can solve more questions & score high.
- Only High Scoring Marks takes you to your final Goal. so give exam taken this point to count.
- In the Examination Hall make strategy according to your preparation. Take that section which is your strength & less time taking. Pay attention towards time during solving questions.
Final Words:- Aspirants! Stay calmed & focused on your ultimate goal. You are born to win. No exam is tough until you with full dedication & Hard Work. Stay focus on your study plan. Make full hearted attempt towards cracking the nut of SBI Clerical Cadre. Give your 100% in the exam. Surely You will get your ultimate goal.
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