SBI-JSA(Clerk) Mains Exam Strategy


SBI Clerk Mains Preparation Plan to help you crack SBI Clerk Mains Exam in 1 month.

SBI Clerk Prelims has finished, but not your preparation. The BIG DADDY ie SBI Clerk Mains is on its way. You are left with nearly a month for the preparation of SBI Clerk Mains 2016. And 30 days are not too much that you come in the relax mode. The stealth mode has to be on for the next 1 month as well. As per an estimate around 2,00,000 students are likely to clear the SBI Clerk Prelims Exam and will be appearing in the SBI Clerk Mains Exam.

Here, in this article we will discuss the strategy to crack SBI Clerk Mains Exam. You should follow this strategy if you want to clear the SBI Clerk Mains Exam.

How to Crack SBI Clerk Mains:-

Second Thing, SBI Clerk Prelims Exam was only Qualifying in Nature. In simple words, it means, Only the score of your SBI Clerk Mains Exam will be considered for selection in the Final Merit List.

SBI Clerk Mains Pattern:

Phase – II: Main Examination:

This will be Online Objective Test consisting of 190 questions and is of 2 hours 40 minutes. And it will consist of the following tests.

Main Exam Pattern
Name of the Test No. of Questions Marks Duration
General/Financial Awareness 50 50 35 Minutes
General English 40 40 35 Minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 Minutes
Reasoning Ability &
Computer Aptitude
50 60 45 Minutes
Total 190 200 2 Hours 40 Minutes
Details of the SBI Clerk Interview 2016 will be released soon after the Main Exam.


i) The timing for each test is different and is mentioned above.

ii)There will be a negative marking of 1/4th

iii) The cutoffs will be applied at two stages i.e. Sectional Cutoff & Overall Cutoff.

SBI Clerk Mains Study Plan

You have crossed the first step. Lets check the second.

  • The SBI Clerk mains Syllabus for Reasoning , Quant’s and English is the same as you studied for SBI Clerk prelims Exam.
  • Financial Awareness and Computer knowledge are two new Sections in SBI Clerk mains. Your focus should be more on them now.

Week 1: SBI Clerk Mains Exam Study Plan

  • Dedicate this week towards Financial awareness and Computer Knowledge.

Week 2: SBI Clerk Mains Exam Study Plan

  • Come back to Reasoning, Quants and English.
  • Give atleast one SBI Clerk mains Mock Test each Day

Week 3: SBI Clerk Mains Exam Study Plan

  • Work on your Weak areas.
  • Make handy notes that you can revise in the last few days.
  • Give atleast one SBI Clerk Mains Mock Test each Day

Final Week : SBI Clerk Mains Exam Study Plan

  • Don’t study anything new now.
  • Revise handy notes that you made the previous week.
  • Give atleast one SBI Clerk Mains Mock Test each Day.
  • Analyse the test and try to improve yor accuracy and speed.


Expected Syllabus of the Exam:

Reasoning / Computer –

It is expected that, , the Reasoning & Computer questions  will be in the ratio of 30/35 : 20/15, which means the number of questions from Reasoning section will be more as compare to Computer section.

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Reasoning Ability – Level (Easy to Moderate)

1- Syllogism – 5 Qs

2- Inequality – 3 Qs

3- Seating Arrangement (Circular – Inward Outward) – 5 Qs

4- Linear Arrangement (North South) – 5 Qs

5- Puzzle – Floor based – 5 Qs

6- Coding Decoding – – 3 to 5 Qs

7- Miscellaneous Qs – 2 to 3 Qs

8- Data Sufficiency – 3 to 4 Qs

Note: No Input Output questions will be asked in Clerk Mains Exam.

Computer Aptitude – Level (Easy)

1- Fundamentals of Computer

2- History of Computer

3- Internet

4- MS Office – Word, MS Power point, MS Excel

5- Memory

6- Input Output devices, etc.

Quantitative Aptitude: (Level Moderate) Number of Qs – 50

1- Number Series – (5 Qs.) (moderate)

2- Data Interpretation – 2 Sets -10 Qs (Easy to Moderate) – Tabular /Bar Graph / Pie Chart / Missing DI.

3- Simplification – 10 Qs. (easy to moderate)

4- Quadratic Equation – 5 Qs (Easy)

5-Data Sufficiency – 5 Qs (Easy)

6- Miscellaneous Questions – 15 Qs.(Moderate)

Miscellaneous Questions consist of questions from different topics such as – Profit loss, Average, SI & CI, Ratio & Proportion, Time & Work, Time, Speed & Distance, Boats & Streams, etc.

English Language: (Level Easy to Moderate) Number of Qs – 40

1-Reading Comprehension – 1 sets = 10 Qs (Moderate)

2- Cloze Test – 10 Qs. (Moderate)

3-Parajumbles – 5 Qs. (Moderate)

4- Sentence Improvement – 5 Qs (easy)

5- Spotting Error – 5 Qs (Tough)

6- Fill in the blanks –5 Qs (Easy to moderate)

General/Financial Awareness: (Level Easy to Moderate) Number of Qs – 50

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It is expected that 30 questions will be asked from Current GA rest20 questions will be from Banking, Economy & Financial Awareness.

Current affairs questions can be asked from different topics like – new appointments, awards and honours, sports, new schemes, national and international news, latest developments in science and technology.

Financial Awareness – Questions can be asked from latest Banking, Economy & Financial News. News from RBI, SBI, ICICI, HDFC, Monetary policy, etc.

GK & Current affairs part plays a main role in exam. For GK, try to get daily updates/important News. Read newspaper regularly and note down important news of the day, revise and learn it on a next day, which will surely improve your current affairs and you can score maximum marks in this section.

Clarification related time allotted for each section – In the new pattern, fixed time allotted for each section. Now it is expected that, during exam – candidate will have a choice to start the exam from any section but he/she cannot switch to any other section before the allotted time does not get over for that particular section.

If time gets over of a particular section,

you cannot attempt the section again.

For e.g. – If a candidate starts exam with GK section and completed the section within 20 minutes and want to move to another section, then this option is not permitted.

So be confident & get your 100%

Best of Luck!


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