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SBI Clerical Test - How to Prapare for it?

State Bank of India Clerical Exam – How to Prepare for it?

State bank of India released employment news for 8500 clerk post and created a good opportunity for un-employees. It is a nice chance for them to engage in a respective job in the most respective bank with just 10+2 qualification. If you want to get this job you have to act wisely with smart preparation. So read the rest of the article to know the preparation fundamentals.

SBI Clerk posts are filled up by talented candidates through written test, skill test and interview. Written exam is going to be conducted on 27th May and 3rd June, 2012. 18 to 28 years candidates with intermediate qualification can appear for this. As there are 8500 posts and competition is high you should have a specific strategy to get qualified these exams.

10+2 with 60% marks or Graduation, in addition English knowledge and communication skills are required.

What is the selection process?
SBI Clerical Examination will be in two phases
1.     Written Test (Objective type)
2.     Skill Test (Steno- Hindi / English)
Candidates have to qualify both written test and skill test (Steno- Hindi / English)

Written Test
1.     General Awareness – 40 questions for 40 marks
2.     General English  – 40 questions for 40 marks
3.     Quantitative Aptitude  – 40 questions for 40 marks
4.     Reasoning ability  – 40 questions for 40 marks
5.     Marketing Aptitude / Computer Knowledge  – 40 questions for 40 marks
There will be no descriptive test

Total Questions 200 – Marks 200
Time: 150 minutes
Candidates have to qualify each part separately with 40% marks. Negative mark ¼ for wrong answer

Syllabus analysis
General Awareness
In this part there are chances to score high in less time. Most of the questions are related to economy and banking fields. You have to prepare on contemporary social and financial issues. Get well acquainted with latest improvements, changes in banking sector and interest rates. Read regularly financial news papers like economic times etc. to keep yourself up to date.
    This part is totally to related to current affairs. So prepare a sound notes for the last 6 months current affairs and strive hard to get grip over it.   

General English
In SBI Clerical Written exam General English marks are too quite crucial. These marks are considered not only to qualify but to scoring. In this test questions are given on English basics and fundamentals.  10 questions are given from comprehension and the rest cover vocabulary, correction of sentences, jumbled sentences, spotting errors etc. This section will be easier if you have much grip on grammar. Learn at least 10 new words and make a strong vocabulary. By reading English magazines, books and noting down new meanings, you can build your word power and command over comprehension. As there is no descriptive section and test is totally objective type, if you have good communication skills, you can score nice marks.

Quantitative Aptitude
In this section questions will be given mostly from simplifications, arithmetic and data interpretations. Out of 40, 20 questions are given from simplifications. Rest of the questions cover number series, data sufficiency and arithmetic. If you have grip over percentage, average, ratio and proportion topics you can easily answer these questions.

The main purpose of this section is not only to test the candidate’s ability to solve maths but the speed too. The more you practice the speed you get. Practical knowledge will help you most. So practice with class 6 to 10 books and with previous model papers. Study the old papers and observe how the questions are given. Prepare a special note on mathematical laws, short cut methods and formulas and practice practice and practice. 

Reasoning ability
In this section most of the questions will come from analytical reasoning. Study statements and conclusions, cause and affect and assumptions and practice them thoroughly. Candidate’s way of thinking, logical analysis and how he is solving problems are being observed here. So concentrate on coding-de coding, blood relations,  letter sequences, seating arrangement, ranking directions. Five questions are given from non verbal reasoning, practice them too.

       You should know the number series thoroughly. To easily solve series, blood relations, coding-decoding questions practicing old model papers will be quite useful. Candidate have to take special care to reasoning. Remember reasoning is quite crucial in objective section.

Marketing Aptitude / Computer Knowledge
It is a section where you can score more marks in less time. You can prepare this section as a part of general awareness. While preparing marketing aptitude understand the fundamentals. Learn sales promotion techniques, branding importance and marketing mix etc issues. Understand banking, financial services, their uses and their system of working.

Now comes the computer knowledge. In this field it is important to know the latest developments, technologies etc. there is a chance to save time in this section if you are a little bit alert. You can use the time to attempt quantitative aptitude and reasoning ability.

Hope this article will help at least to some extent to those who have little idea on preparation. Some of you may have better strategies and better ideas on how to prepare for SBI Clerk Posts. Best of Luck for them.