How to focus on SBI Clerk Mains Examination?

SBI Clerk (Junior Associates) Exam is conducted by the State Bank of India (SBI) every year to recruit candidates for Clerical Cadre. This is one of the most sought-after banking exams for which a huge number of candidates apply each year. SBI Clerk exam is conducted in three stages: Prelims, Mains and Personal Interview. In order to reach the final stage of getting the appointment letter in your hands, you need to crack all three levels. 

SBI Clerk Important Dates

With SBI Clerk 2019 Prelims just a few days and Mains just a few weeks away, this is the time to fasten your seat belts. Before moving on to the exam preparation tips, let's first check the important dates. Having a knowledge of the exam schedule helps you plan your preparation strategies according to the time available time in your hands. 

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Important Dates


New Dates

SBI Clerk 2019 Notification

11 April 2019

Start of SBI Clerk 2019 Online Application

12 April 2019

SBI Clerk 2019 Application Form Closes

3 May 2019

Download of call letter for Preliminary Examination

28 May 2019

SBI Clerk 2019 Preliminary Exam Date

22, 23 June 2019

Download of call letter for Mains Examination

July 2019

SBI Clerk 2019 Mains Exam Date

10 August 2019


How to focus on SBI Clerk Mains Examination 2019?

As per the exam schedule released by SBI, Mains will be conducted on 10 August 2019. But before that, you have to appear for the SBI Clerk Prelims exam. In such a situation, candidates usually get confused whether they should put all their efforts into preparing for the Prelims or prepare for both Prelims and Mains simultaneously. As after the Prelims, there will hardly be one and a half months’ time left for Mains exam, you should try to manage time in such a way that you can cover complete SBI Clerk syllabus at the same time. 

Be aware of the exam pattern

You will be able to focus on the exam preparation only when you have a knowledge of the exam pattern. Along with the number and type of questions, it also helps you get an idea of the marking system and time available for each section. As the exam has sectional time limits, you should prepare for the exam accordingly. 

SBI Clerk Mains Exam Pattern

Serial Number


No. of Question

Total Marks



General English



35 minutes


Quantitative Aptitude



45 minutes


Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude



45 minutes


General and Financial Awareness



35 minutes





2 hours 40 minutes


Prepare for both the exams simultaneously 

Prepare English, Reasoning and Quants for both Prelims and Mains together. It will help you get more time for revision and preparation of General and financial awareness after the SBI Clerk Preliminary examination is over. 

Focus on important topics

Make a list of the important topics and spend more time on preparation of the same. It will help you fetch marks quickly and easily. You can get an idea of the important topics by going through previous year papers. It will help you understand the trend of question and the topics from which questions are asked repetitively. If you think that you are getting stuck in some topics, either try to understand the same for subject matter experts or skip them to save time for other important topics. 

Make handy notes

Develop a habit of making notes as it helps in quick revision. You can also make notes of important dates and events that you read in the newspapers and magazines. Keep section-wise notes and go through the same at least once a week to memorize what you have learnt. 

Solve online mock tests

As SBI Clerk 2019 will be conducted in the online format, solving mock tests in the same format is the right option to get ready for the final day. Online mock tests based on the latest exam trends and exam pattern will help you understand the difficulty level and form strategies to solve the maximum number of questions in the given time. Further, the performance analysis reports provided by the online testing platforms like Eduwhere help you analyse and improve your preparation for SBI Clerk Mains 2019. 

Staying focused and believing in yourself are the keys to success in the SBI Clerk exam. Don’t let the stress take a toll on you, just remember, no exam is impossible to crack; you just need to follow the right path and success will be yours. Choose the right study material, solve as many mock tests as you can, eat healthy food and get ready to come out with flying colours in one of the most important banking exams in the country. 


All the best in advance!