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SBI Clerk : How to Start Preparations

Published on Tuesday, April 05, 2016
SBI Clerk 2016 notification is out now. Many of you asked me how to start preparations for this important exam. As SBI is the best PSU bank in India, students are always very serious for this exam. Today I am going to share step by step strategy to start the preparation that will keep you ahead of your competitors.
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Useful resources

  • Get SBI Clerk Study Material Bundle here
  • Install GK Digest Android Application here. You'll get all the news, study guides and PDF's for free.
  • A dictionary application on your smartphone. It really helps.
  • Download Prelims Model papers here

Useless resources

  • Quicker Maths by M.Tyra - I use to recommend this book but the author hasn't revised the book from past many years while the exam pattern and difficulty level of the exams have changed.
  • All those colorful practice paper books. Previous and model papers are available for free here, so why are you buying ?
  • Buying multiple test series won't improve your scores. Take a 5 online tests a week before exam. Right you should stay away from it.
  • Word Power Made Easy - It's an amazing book but it's too much for SBI Clerk

Quantitative Aptitude

It's a really easy exam and QT will take you closer to your goal. 

You are going to spend 80% in preparation of this section
Most of the students solve chapter wise questions really quickly but when they face full length papers, they don't perform upto the mark. So, practice full length sectional papers. This will improve your score.
Data interpretation is an important of the exam, make sure that you solve all the question types. I regularly maintain DI Guide here

I have already made Quantitative Aptitude Guide page here. Follow it.


Reasoning this the most time consuming section of this exam. You need to learn the technique of skipping difficult question and picking easy questions. 

I have made Puzzles ebook (Download), it will be helpful for sure.

English language

Ok, let's be honest. You can't improve your English within a month. If anybody is promising improve it within a month, then run away from that "Institute", you know what I mean.

While it's not possible to quickly improve your English, but you can improve your score within a short span of time.

Read a National English newspaper. (That's my first and most important recommendation). If you don't have time to read a newspaper then nobody can help you out. I recommend The Hindu and Indian Express, both are good. As I spend lot of time and efforts in creating useful content, I must say that making a newspaper is a very difficult task. I never came across a low quality English newspaper. All are good while some of them are spoiled by political influence and advertorials.

Install a Dictionary application on your smartphone, it's a good habit to find meaning of all the new words you came across during a day. Make it a habit.
Yes it's possible to increase your score within a month. Brush up a basic grammar book and read a lot of long paragraphs online.

Prelims Exam Pattern

Name of Tests
No. of Questions
Maximum Marks
Time Allotted
English Language
1 hour
Quantitative Aptitude


Candidates who clears Preliminary exam will be eligible to appear for Mains exam. Marks secured in Preliminary exam will not be considered in Final score for selection.

Target score

Making a target makes it easy to reach your goal. 60 is a very good score while 49-51 is the expected cutoff for General.
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