SBI Clerk Exam 2018: Important Dates, Application Process, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Eligibility Criteria

SBI Clerk Exam

Every year, the State Bank of India (SBI) conducts various exams to select eligible candidates to fill in vacancies for different posts at different branches spread across the country. SBI Clerk exam is one of the highly sought after bank examinations. This exam is held in two phases – Preliminary and Main. The preliminary exam will commence on 23rd, 24th and 30th June, while the main exam will take place on August 5, 2018. Selected candidates are posted as depositors and cashiers and are responsible for client interactions and related operations.

SBI Clerk Exam Highlight:

  • SBI Clerk Exam 2018 Important Dates
  • SBI Clerk Exam 2018 Application Process
  • SBI Clerk Exam 2018 Exam Pattern
  • SBI Clerk Exam 2018 Syllabus
  • SBI Clerk Exam 2018 Eligibility Criteria
  • SBI Clerk Exam 2018 Cut-off
  • SBI Clerk Exam 2018 Admit Card
  • SBI Clerk Exam 2018 Other Details & FAQs



Available Application Forms

SBI Clerk Exam 2018 Important Dates

The State Bank has already released the SBI clerk 2018 notification in January. The online application window was open from 20 January to 10 February 2018. The exam has been scheduled to be held on 23rd, 24th and 30th June (preliminary) and 5th August (main). The aspirants are advised to check the official SBI website to download the call letter for the exam.

Exam Events

Exam Dates

SBI Clerk 2018 Notification

January 19, 2018

SBI Clerk 2018 Online Application Starts

January 20, 2018

SBI Clerk 2018 Online Application Closes

February 10, 2018

Download Admit Card for Preliminary Exam

June 6, 2018

Preliminary Exam Commences on

June 23, 24 and 30, 2018

Download Admit Card for Main Exam

July 23, 2018

The main Exam Takes Place on

August 5, 2018


SBI Clerk Exam 2018 Pattern & Syllabus

SBI Clerk (Junior Associates) 2018 Syllabus:

An SBI clerk aspirant needs to be proficient in three major areas. They are – Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language. These three sections are important for both preliminary as well as main examinations. The only difference that the candidates will come across is the additional section of Computer Knowledge and General Awareness.

SBI Clerk Exam Pattern:

SBI conducts the exam in two phases – preliminary and main examination. The preliminary exam consists of 100 questions carrying 100 marks, while the main examination will have 190 questions carrying 200 marks.

Exam Pattern of SBI Clerk Preliminary Exam 2018:

Name of Test

No. Of Questions

Marks

Duration

English Language

30

30

20 Minutes

Numerical Ability

35

35

20 Minutes

Reasoning Ability

35

35

20 Minutes

Total

100

100

1 Hour

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Exam Pattern of SBI Clerk Main Exam 2018:

Name of Test

No. Of Questions

Marks

Duration

General/Financial Awareness

50

50

35 Minutes

General English

40

40

35 Minutes

Quantitative Aptitude

50

50

45 Minutes

Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude

50

60

45 Minutes

Total

190 Questions

200 Marks

160 Minutes

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Negative Marking:

There is negative marking for every incorrect answer. 1/4th of mark assigned for each question will be deducted in case of the wrong answer.

In objective tests, candidates will have bilingual (English and Hindi) questions, except for General English test.


SBI Clerk Exam 2018 Eligibility

SBI Clerk (Junior Associates) 2018 Eligibility Criteria:

SBI considers candidates for the posts of Junior Associates if they meet the following eligibility criteria –

  • Must be a Degree holder (a graduate) from any recognised university.
  • Should be between 20-28 years old.
  • Must be a citizen of India, a subject of Bhutan, a subject of Nepal, a refugee of Tibet who settled down in India permanently before January 1, 1962 or someone of Indian origin came back to India (from Kenya, Zambia, Vietnam, Zaire, Malawi, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Burma, United Republic of Tanzania, etc.) to settle down permanently.

Educational Requirements:

The minimum educational requirement for SBI Clerk is graduation. The aspirant must have completed his or her graduate degree in any stream from a government approved university (both state and central government). He is further required to produce a valid mark sheet or their degree certificates at the time of registration for the exam.

The concerned person must be proficient in the official language of the state of the union territory. He or she should be well-versed in computer operation.

Age Requirements:

Category

Upper Age Limit (Years)

OBC

31

SC/ST

33

PWD (General)

38

PWD (OBC)

41

PWD (SC/ST)

43

Jammu & Kashmir Migrants

33

Ex-Servicemen/Disabled Ex-Servicemen

Actual period of service rendered in defence services + 3 years, (8 years for Disabled Ex-servicemen belonging to SC/ST) subject to max. age of 50 years

Widows/Divorcees

GEN - 35 years

SC/ST - 40

OBC - 38


SBI Clerk Exam 2018 Application Process

To apply for SBI clerk, candidates need to visit the career section of the official website of the bank. Remember, no other mode of application will be entertained or accepted. Guidelines to fill the online application form –

  • Log on to the bank’s official website – https://www.sbi.co.in/careers or https://bank.sbi/careers and click on “New Registration” button.
  • Read the guidelines carefully before filling the fields. Once you are done with reading the instructions, provide details, such as your name, contact number, residential address, valid email ID, etc. and click on the “Save and Next” button.
  • Now you need to upload your photograph and signature. The size of the photograph should be 4.5cm x 3.5 cm, and the file size should be between 20kb-50kb. The file size of the signature should not exceed 20kb, and the minimum size should be between 10kb-20kb. Be assured with the correctness of the particulars being entered in the application form.
  • Provide correct inputs related to your academic as well as professional details. Click on “Save and Next” button.
  • Go through the form for the last time to ensure that it is filled with correct particulars. Make the changes if required and go ahead with the application fee payment.
  • Once the registration process is over, aspirants are required to release the application fee via online modes, such as net banking, credit card and debit.
  • Applicants will receive registration ID and password in their registered email ID.

SBI Clerk 2018 Exam Centres:

Held across the country, SBI entitles the candidates to choose their preferred exam centres while filling the online application form. For example, if a candidate belongs to Andaman & Nicobar, he or she can appear the exam at the Port Blair centre. For students residing to states like Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra can appear in a multiple of venues, depending on the proximity. Though candidates can select their preferred exam destinations, SBI reserves the right to cancel the venue or add other centres at its discretion, based on the response and administrative facility. Moreover, it can switch the exam centre (already allotted to the candidates) to any other centre.

Note: “No request for change of centre for examination shall be entertained.”


Other Details

SBI Clerk 2018 Cut-off:

SBI has made changes in regards to the cut-off for the Junior Associate posts. There will be no sectional cut-off or any minimum qualifying marks this year. It solely lies in the hands of the bank.

SBI Clerk 2018 Admit Card:

Admit cards for Preliminary and Main Examinations will be released by SBI individually. The admit card release dates are yet to be announced by the State Bank.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Q: When will SBI clerk 2018 exam commence?

A: This year, the exam is going to be held on 23rd, 24th, 30th (June) and 5th (August). The exam will be held in two phases – Preliminary and Main. The Preliminary exams will be held in June, while the Main examination will take place in August.

Q: Is SBI Clerk (Junior Associate) exam bilingual?

A: Yes, the test-takers will have questions in both English as well as Hindi languages, except for the General English test.

Q: Will there be objective type questions?

A: Yes, there will be objective type questions.

Q: And what about the negative marking scheme?

A: Candidates need to be extra careful as an incorrect answer will deduct 1/4th mark.

Q: I’m 32 years old OBC candidate. Does that mean I can’t sit for the exam?

A: Sorry to say that you won’t be able to sit for the exam. The upper age for OBC candidates is 31.

Q: Is it compulsory to hold a degree from a recognised university?

A: Those who don’t have a graduation degree from a government recognised university couldn’t apply for SBI clerk.

Q: Talking about age, can a widow from OBC category apply for the exam?

A: Of course, she will be considered eligible for the exam. Just ensure her age is not exceeding 35 years.

Q: I’m a bit doubtful about the cut-off thing. What’s the matter exactly?

A: SBI has waived off sectional cut-off. That means there will be no minimum marks to qualify. It solely lies in the hands of the bank.


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