Challenges faced by a candidate in SBI Clerk exam

The banking sector is one of the biggest recruiters in the country, and many young aspirants look forward to working in this sector. State bank of India as it turns out is one of the most desirable institutions to work at in the banking sector. Complete with the employee benefits in terms of house accommodation allowances, and other allowances, as well as the impeccable career mobility.  

The 2019 SBI notification declared vacancies for 8653 employees this year. As of now, you’re at that stage of your preparation where you can have a look at your syllabus again to check what you need to work on and what you don’t need to. 

Let’s understand the SBI Clerk exams first. The SBI clerk exam is divided into Prelims and Mains. For the Prelims, one has to prepare for English language skills, numerical and reasoning ability. This is a one-hour exam. If selected, candidates head for the mains, which will be a two hour 40 minutes long exam. In this section of the exam, the candidate has to prepare for these sections:

General/financial awareness

General English

Quantitative Aptitude 

Reasoning ability and computer aptitude

You can prepare for the exams from various online platforms like Eduwhere which has multiple online mock tests for various banking exams.

SBI Clerk Prelims preparation: 

English language skills:

This section is composed of critical segments such as comprehension passages, grammar-based exercises such as jumbled paragraphs, vocabulary tests, figures of speech, and so on and so forth.

Examiners and testing agencies construct the paper with the idea of testing your reading and writing skills of the English language. Of course, this is at a very basic level, but it is important for one to do well in this section. It has extra implications on how candidates will deal with real-time interactions and communications in English in both verbal and non-verbal forms. 

To ace this section, one must try to practise as many grammar related problems as they can. A good hold at the rules will help you clear jumbled paragraphs, sentence correction and figures of speech related questions.  More than that, one must work on increasing their vocabulary as this can be a tricky part of the paper. 

Numerical ability:

The quantitative section is essential for every banker and to uphold the credibility of a banking institution, it is ensured that arithmetic is at the tip of most candidates. 

You can definitely crack this section if you make a note of all the formulae and solutions.  Checking out older papers and continuously test yourself via mock tests is very important to get through this section quickly. Many have considered this to be time absorbing section and since, speed and accuracy are a basic requirement of this exam, strategising your weaknesses and strengths can go a long way. One only gets 20 minutes for a total of 35 questions, so it’s time to get started. Do make sure that you’re up to date with basic class X level mathematics syllabus. 

Reasoning ability:

This section can either make your speed or completely break it. Many have struggled to piece together their logical arguments to answer these questions, so it is important that one treats this section with utmost carefulness and preparedness. The more you practise, the faster your analysis. 

Series, data interpretation, syllogism, coding-decoding are some of the segments of this section. The trick to nailing this section is by identifying the pattern in the questions. Often these questions are regurgitations of older questions or are ones with a similar tactic to employ. All said and done; once you practise for this section, you come to realise just how easy it can be. It is recommended that candidates attempt the maximum number of questions in this section in minimum time. This can only be done if difficult puzzles are dealt with at the very end. 

Another recommendation is to start with the questions that are not in the form of puzzles.  For one, alphanumeric series, or syllogisms could be a faster place to begin!  

General awareness section:

This section comes in the mains along with the aforementioned sections. It is also the fastest section to complete. Thorough knowledge of current affairs, general knowledge is critical for this section. One needs to be a regular reader of newspapers and magazines regularly. There’s a lot to remember, but many have suggested that making flashcards or noting down trivia tidbits can help with memorising information. 

A pattern has been witnessed wherein questions are related to events in the past year to a month prior to the exam. So keep an eye out for everything in the given time frame. Remember, this section also covers financial awareness. It would be a game changer if you kept up with budget-related information such as the ones you find in the Union Budget.   Also make sure to read up on the Indian Constitution and keep in touch with bank related knowledge, such as a plethora of varying banking terms, abbreviations, as well as themes such as health, science, world, national current affairs.

Computer awareness:

This section is so important and can be clubbed with your studies of general knowledge. It tests your knowledge of computer hardware and software. So spending some time daily, would help you complete this section. Some of the important sections in the syllabus include generations of the computer, covering the history of computation and its fundamentals.