SBI Clerk Important Topics & Preparation Tips: Numerical Ability

With just a few weeks left for SBI Clerk 2019 exam, this is the time to fasten your seat belts and start your preparation in full swing. As limited time is left for the exam, you cannot take the risk of going through a complete syllabus. To ensure that you successfully crack all the sections, you should focus on the important topics and get strong command on them. You should make a list of the topics from which questions are asked regularly and spend more time practising the same. Now, as per the new exam pattern of SBI Clerk, there will be sectional timing for each section. In this article, we will discuss how to score well in Quant in the given time.

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SBI Clerk 2019 exam pattern

As per SBI Clerk 2019 exam pattern, you will get 20 minutes to solve 35 questions in the Prelims while in Mains you will get 45 minutes to solve 50 questions. There will also be negative marking for the wrong attempts.

SBI Clerk 2019 Numerical Ability – Important Topics

1. Simplification

11.   Simple and Compound Interest

2.     Number Series

12.   Ratio and proportion

3.     Quadratic Equations

13.   Number System

4.     Probability

14.   Surds and Indices

5.     Average

15.   Boats and Streams

6.     Time and work

16.   Permutation and Combination

7.     Time, Speed and Distance

17.   Mensuration

8.     Average

18.   Mixtures and Allegations

9.     Percentage

19.   Pipes and Cisterns

10.   Profit and Loss

20.   Data Interpretation – Tables, Pie Charts, Bar Graphs, Line Graphs, etc.


Preparation tips for Numerical Ability section

To perform well in this section, you need to have basic mathematical knowledge of class X. By learning the formulas by heart and regularly practising the same by solving practice tests, you can easily ace this section in the given time. Given below are some more tips to prepare for SBI Clerk Quant section:

Focus on scoring chapters

Average, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Interest and Ratio and Proportions are some of the scoring chapters in Quantitative Aptitude section. Learn to solve questions in this category mentally to save calculation time.

Tricky chapters

Spend a reasonable amount of time on Permutation and Combination, Probability, Algebra, Mensuration and Speed, Time & Distance. Thought the questions from these chapters are tricky, there will be 5-6 questions, which you cannot afford to ignore.

Choose the best books

Selection of the right books impacts your preparation drastically. So, make sure you choose only the best SBI Clerk preparation books. Never make a mistake of referring multiple books as it results in wastage of time and efforts only.


For SBI Clerk online exam, preparation should also be online. Solve as many online mock tests as you can. It will help you get acquainted with the exam pattern, work on your speed and revise the formulas. Solve at least one practice test every day to prepare for the exam.

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Make a chart of formulas

This is one of the advises given by my teachers, which I never forget. The best way to remember formulas is to make a chart of the same and revise them every day before going to bed.


Cracking SBI Clerk 2019 exam might be difficult due to the high competition but not impossible. Right preparation plan, dedication, revision and confidence will definitely help you crack one of the most coveted banking exams in India. Choose the right platform for online practice tests like Eduwhere and get an edge over others.