How to Prepare for SBI clerk Exam: Tips to Clear SBI Clerk Exam

Every year the State Bank of India organizes SBI clerk exam to recruit candidates in various clerical cadre in different branches of SBI across the country. After the Probationary Officer’s exam i.e. SBI PO, the SBI Clerk exam is preferred by most of the aspirants. The statistics of candidates appearing for this exam increases every year where lakhs of candidates apply for the same. Aspirants should note that the SBI clerk exam will probably be held in the month of June 2021.

The exam will be carried out in two-phase- preliminary and Main exam respectively. It is important for a candidate to clear both the stages as per the cut-off specified by the authority to be recruited as a clerk/clerical officer in the State Bank of India. In this post, we’ll share some major strategies with which a candidate can easily crack this exam. Therefore, aspirants are suggested to go through the entire post in order to find out the key to crack the SBI Clerk examination.

How to Prepare for SBI Clerk Exam?

First of all, candidates should not think of this exam as a tough nut to crack. Because it’s NOT and that’s true.  With the right guidance and the combination of hard work & smart work, candidates can effectively clear this examination. Aspirants should follow the below-mentioned tips and tricks to clear the SBI Exam with flying colors-

Make a Time Table: Candidate should initiate their preparation by making a time table for the exam. While preparing the time table, a candidate should keep in mind that the time table is realistic and can be followed on a regular basis. The time table must be followed religiously.

Know the Syllabus: Candidates should jot down the syllabus for the SBI Clerk exam and prepare strictly according to it. The syllabus should be covered within the time specified for it as per the time table.

Use Authentic Books for preparation: Always try to use the reliable source i.e. the authentic books that enhance your knowledge and strengthen your foundation of the concepts.

Make Short Notes: Candidates should make short notes on whatever topic they consider important. They should avoid making lengthy notes as it will make things difficult to remember. The main advantage of Shorts notes is that they can be revised in lesser time.

Practice Mock Papers/Test series:  Aspirants should solve as many as mock papers as they can so that they can analyze their performance and get an idea of the examination. This will also enable them to know the concepts they are weak in.

Maintain your Health: It is vital for all the candidates to maintain good health. With a healthy mind and body, the retention power of a person increases. Therefore, aspirants mustn’t ignore their health and consume good and nutritious food to strengthen their mental and physical health. Also, they should indulge in outdoor/indoor activities that freshen up their mind so that they can concentrate on the studies with an attentive mind.

The above strategies were general in nature; now let’s begin the preparation strategy to clear the paper as per the sections.

Preparing English Section

There will be 30 questions the English section that will be asked in the exam. Candidates will be given 20 minutes to finish the section. Candidates should focus on accuracy while solving mock tests. This will enable them to understand the complexity of the paper and an idea on which types of questions to be attempted first and so on. Candidates should first attempt those questions which they are sure of. To score well in this section, a candidate needs to strengthen his/her basic vocabulary & English grammar.

Preparing Quantitative Aptitude

This section is the most time-consuming part and candidates should attempt it with the accuracy in order to complete this part within the time dedicated to it. If practiced regularly, this section can become an advantage to the candidate. The time fixed for this section is 20 minutes and here accuracy plays a major role. Candidates should attempt questions related to series, average, simplification first as they usually take less time to solve. However, if a candidate’s data interpretation is strong then he/she should attempt that first. A candidate should be fast in calculations if he/she wants to score well in this section.

Preparing Reasoning

Reasoning is the easiest section and can easily be cleared by practicing more and more mock tests. A candidate should try to attempt as many as questions he/she can from this part of the paper. This section typically contains question such as Puzzles, Blood relation, Classification,  Syllogism, Direction Test, Ranking, Seating Arrangement and so on.

Recommended Books for SBI Clerk Exam

Here is the list of books that a candidate can prepare for the examination from-

  1. Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Arihant Publication.
  2. Magical Book on Quicker Maths by M. Tyra.
  3. Quantitative Aptitude by R.S Aggarwal.
  4. Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal.
  5. Analytical Reasoning by M.K. Pandey.
  6. Word power made easy.
  7. Descriptive English by SP Bakshi.
  8. Lucent’s General Knowledge.
  9. Manorama Year Book.

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