SBI Clerk Examination Tips and Tricks



SBI Clerk Examination Tips and Tricks:

SBI Clerk Examination Tips and Tricks

Introduction:

·         Young graduates are recruited as Junior Associate in the Clerical cadre. The Bank offers fast track growth opportunities wherein Junior Associates are eligible for promotion in Officer Cadre on completion of 3 years' of service.

·         Here we give complete details of SBI PO Examinations details, Syllabus and some more use full exam preparation tips and tricks how to crack SBI PO Examinations. Candidates are read completely and clear the examination.

Eligibility Criteria:

Educational Qualification:

Graduation (by regular or distance mode) in any discipline from a recognised University or any equivalent qualification recognised as such by the Central Government. Candidates having integrated dual degree (IDD) certificate should ensure that the date of passing the IDD is on or before the date of eligibility stipulated by the Bank. Matriculate Ex-servicemen, who have obtained the Indian Army Special Certificate of Education or corresponding certificate in the Navy or Air Force, after having completed not less than 15 years of service in Armed Forces of the Union are also eligible for the post. Such certificates should be dated on or before the date of eligibility. Candidate should be able to write and speak English.

Note:

The date of passing eligibility examination will be the date appearing on the mark sheet or provisional certificate issued by the University / Institute. In case the result of a particular examination is posted on the website of the University / Institute, a certificate issued by the appropriate authority of the University / Institute indicating the date on which the result was posted on the website will be taken as the date of passing.

Age Limit:

Minimum: 20 Years

Maximum: 28 Years

Note:

Age relaxations are applicable Maximum 5 Years for SC/ST/Ex-Serviceman and 15 Years for PWD candidates.

Nationality:

All Indian Citizens are eligible to apply. Candidates selected are liable to be posted anywhere in India.

Exam Pattern:

The examinations consist of three main parts,

1.      Preliminary Examination

Preliminary Examination consisting of Objective Tests for 100 marks will be conducted online. This test would be of 1 hour duration consisting of 3 Sections as follows:

S.No

Section

Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

 

Time Duration

1.      

English Language

30

30

One Hour

2.      

Quantitative Aptitude

35

35

3.      

Reasoning Ability

35

35

4.      

Total

100

100

Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests and those who rank sufficiently high will be merit listed for the Main Examination. The number of candidates to be shortlisted from the Preliminary Examination for the Main Examination will be 20 times (approx.) the number of vacancies in each category.

2.      Main Examination

Main Examination, consist of Objective Tests for 200 marks, will be conducted online. The Structure of Main Examination is given below,

S.No

Section

Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Time Duration

1.      

General/Financial Awareness

50

50

35 minutes

2.      

General English

40

40

35 minutes

3.      

Quantitative Aptitude

50

50

45 minutes

4.      

Reasoning Ability& Computer Aptitude

50

60

45 minutes

5.      

Total

190

200

2 Hours 40 minutes

3.      Interview

Candidates qualified in the test will be placed according to their marks in descending order in respective categories. Depending upon the number of vacancies only certain number of candidates from amongst those who qualify by ranking high enough in the merit will be called for interview in the ratio of maximum 3 candidates for each vacancy. Candidates are required to score a minimum percentage marks (to be decided by the bank) in interview to be considered for final selection. 5% relaxation for SC/ST/ OBC/PWD/XS category will be available thereon. Final selection will be made on the basis of candidate's performance in the test and interview taken together.

Preparation Tips:

·         Here we give some effective tips for the candidates that will help them in qualifying the exam in first attempt. It is advisable to candidates to read and try to follow the valuable points to add some quick bites in your ocean of knowledge.

·         The most important thing to remember is that marks of clerk prelims will not be added to your overall marks. This means you do not need to be the topper or score maximum marks in clerk prelims. Clearing the prelims is enough. With only a few days left, focus on the following three factors.

a. Time management- It is concerned with how do you attempt the question paper to ensure you do not miss any questions. How to divide the time among sections and in what order questions should be attempted?

b. Accuracy- As evident by IBPS PO Mains analysis , it is making sure that you minimize the number of wrong answers and negative marking, so that marks per question gets maximized

c. Speed- How to improve the speed to attempt questions faster? How to do quick calculations? How to increase reading speed?

Time Management:

·         Manage your time in such a way that you are able to go through all the questions at least once in the exam. The reason behind it is there are many questions which are deliberately designed to be complex and end up grabbing the lion’s share of time. A good time management strategy helps you identify questions which are easier and hence, can be solved in less time.

·         For the perfect time management strategy we got in touch with candidates who cleared last year’s examination and came to the following conclusion

a.       Go for the English section first. It takes minimum time and you should be able to complete it in 10-15 minutes maximum section takes minimum time. You should be able to attempt it in about 10-15 minutes.

b.      With English done in the first 10-15 minutes, you need to divide the next 45-50 minutes depending upon your subject preference. If you are good in Quant, allot more time to it and vice versa. The ideal time to attempt Quant and Reasoning section is 20-25 minutes.

c.       So the order of attempt should be- English  section you are confident of– then the section you are most scared of.

·         In individual sections, attempt the questions in the following order: first the questions you know and can solve quickly, then the questions you think you can do but are time consuming. Remember never try and waste your time attempting the questions you are not confident of solving. There are a lot of other questions to solve and score. Your aim is to clear the paper, not top it.  You can attempt the questions in two phases -  in first phase attempt the questions which are easy and take less time to solve. In the second phase (if time permits) attempt questions which are hard. This way you will be able to clear sectional cutoffs and get a high score.

Accuracy:

·         In English, only guess if you are at least 40-50% sure of the answer, i.e. you will be able to eliminate 2-3 options.

·         Focus on topics like Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test, Para jumbles .(click on topic to see tips and tricks)

·         Start with comprehension. This may take 5 minutes but has the highest accuracy. This will help you clear the sectional cutoff for English comfortably.

·         Attempt cloze test and para jumbles next to increase your overall score.

·         English section is the highest scoring section of IBPS Clerk Prelims.

Quantitative Aptitude:

There is no scope for guessing. Your aim is to have 100% accuracy. Attending less questions with higher accuracy is more rewarding than attempting more questions with less accuracy. Double check your solutions and be extremely conscious. Prepare the following topics for Quantitative Aptitude section of IBPS Clerk Prelims 2015. (Click on the topic to see concepts, tips tricks, video solutions and attempt quizzes)

1.       Ratio and Proportion

2.       Decimal and Fractions

3.       Percentages

4.       Averages

5.       Simple and Compound Interest

6.       Profit and Loss

7.       Time, Speed and distance

8.       Time and Work

9.       Data Interpretation

Logical reasoning: 

This section also requires 100% accuracy. Do not blindly try to solve all the questions and aim for the highest marks. Instead attempt questions from the following topics:

1.       Seating Arrangements

2.       Coding and de-coding

3.       Data Sufficiency

4.       Blood Relation

5.       Venn Diagrams

Speed:

Although speed matters a lot, it can sometimes come at the cost of accuracy. Generally the following type of questions require speed.

a.       Reading Comprehension: You can consider reading the questions first before reading the passage. This way, while reading the passage itself, you will be able to mark the answers and all questions will be done in only one reading of the passage.

b.      Data interpretation- If the answers are numbers not close to each other, then you do not need to do accurate calculations. You can round off the numbers and do approximate calculations and mark the answer closest to the answer you calculated

c.       Long calculations- You can work on speed mathematics. Memorize Tables till 20, squares till 30 and cubes till 15.

Mock Tests and Mentorships:

In the last 15 days, attempt at least 1 mock test daily with honesty for 1 hour duration. Appearing for mock tests help you gauge your preparation levels and help you improve upon them, if necessary.

Online mock tests simulate the official online exam scenario, enabling you to experience the exam in real time and get acquainted about navigation in the exam application. After attempting online mock test, you can evaluate your performance and identify which questions took the maximum time and avoid taking them in IBPS Clerk Prelims exam. You can also see your response vs the correct response and detailed solutions in the mock test. Follow this up with a mentorship call with expert to help address the critical lacunae in your preparation.

Proper analysis of syllabus and exam pattern:

The aspirants need to read the exam pattern and complete syllabus carefully to know more about the topics, which will be asked in the question paper. It is advisable to check the both the prelims and mains written test syllabus in detail to start preparation accordingly.

Preliminary Cut Off Marks:

S.No

Subject

Maximum Marks

For General

For OBC/ST/SC/OH/VI/HI/DXS


Reasoning Ability

35

7.75

3.25


Numerical Ability

35

5.5

2


English Language

30

6.75

3.25

Main Exam Cut Off Marks:

S.No

Subject

Maximum Marks

For General

For SC/ST/OBC

For OH/VI/HI/ XS/DXS

1.      

General / Financial Awareness

50

13.5

9.5

3.25

2.      

General English

40

14.25

10.25

4.5

3.      

Quantitative Aptitude

50

14.5

11.25

6.5

4.      

Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude

60

24

19

11.25

Avoid guessing in the question paper:

The candidates should not mark the answer, which they are not sure of. There is negative marking, which will led to deduction of score attained from the correct option. This will lower your chances to get through the prelims round and move to the main round of written test.

Ample practice of previous year question papers and mock questions:

Practicing previous year question paper and model test papers is considered as ideal method to improve your speed and knowing the exact question paper format. More and more question papers are solved, candidates will be more confident on their preparation.

Boost your confidence level:

One should be confident in giving the answers in the examination. Someone has rightly said that confidence is the key to success for any particular competitive examination. It can make or break chances of candidates in any crucial stage. Candidates should get hold of yours nerves in the personal interview round and face the board with confidence along with the written examination.

Reference Books:

Here we provide some of the reference books for candidates who are attending for the IBPS Clerk Common Written Examination. Candidates are request to refer and win the examination.

S.No

Book Name

Author Name

1.      

General Intelligence/Test of Reasoning

G.K. Puri

2.      

Objective English for Competitive Examinations

Hari Prasad & Uma Sinha

3.      

Numerical Ability & Mathematical Aptitude

Aditha B.Rao

4.      

Encyclopedia of General Knowledge & General Awareness

R.P. Verma

5.      

Computer Literacy & Knowledge

Kiran Prakashan

6.      

General Socio – Economic & Banking Awareness

Kiran Prakashan

7.      

Reasoning & Quantitative Aptitude

R.S. Agarwal/P.K. Mittal

8.      

Computer Knowledge

R. Pillai

9.      

Verbal/Non Verbal Reasoning

R.S. Agarwal

10.  

General Awareness & Current Affairs

M. Laxminath

11.  

Quantitative Aptitude

Abhijit Gupata

12.  

Computer Awareness

Arihants

13.  

Objective General English

R.S. Agarwal

14.  

Modern Banking

Shelagh Heffernan


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