SBI Clerk Exam Eligibility Criteria

Nationality / Citizenship
A candidate must be either

  • A Citizen of India or
  • A subject of Nepal or
  • A subject of Bhutan or
  • A Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1 January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or
  • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India, provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) & (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.
Education Qualification:

Applicants must possess at least 60% Marks in 12th Standard (For GEN) and 55% marks (For Reserved) in any discipline from any recognized Board / Institution.

Age Limitation:Minimum: 20 years Maximum: 28 years i.e. a candidate must have been born not earlier than 02 August 1986 and not later than 01 August 1994 (both dates inclusive).
SBI Clerk Eligibility related toAge Criteria is different as per caste of applicants. From below you can see the full details:

Category Age Limit
General 18 to 26 years
Relaxation in Upper Limit
OBC 3 years
SC / ST 5 Years
PWD 10 years
Widows, Divorced Women And Women Judicially Separated 9 Years
EXSM (Ex-Servicemen) Period of service in Defence + 3 years

NOTE: Candidates seeking age relaxation will be required to submit copies of necessary certificate(s) at the time of Interview and at any subsequent stage of the recruitment process as required by IBPS/ Participating Organization. The following rules applicable to Ex-Servicemen re-employed under the Central government would apply to Ex-Servicemen candidates appearing for the CWE: Ex-Servicemen candidates who have already secured employment under the Central Government in Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ will be permitted the benefit of age relaxation as prescribed for Ex-Servicemen for securing another employment in a higher grade or cadre in Group ‘C’/ ‘D’ under the Central Government. However, such candidates will not be eligible for the benefit of reservation for Ex-Servicemen in Central Government jobs. An ex-Servicemen who has once joined a Government job on civil side after availing of the benefits given to him/her as an Ex-Servicemen for his/her re-employment, his/her Ex-servicemen status for the purpose of the re-employment in Government jobs ceases. Candidates who are still in the Armed Forces and desirous of applying under Ex-servicemen category whose date of completion of specific period of engagement (SPE) is completed one year from the last date for receipt of online application i.e. on or before 09.09.2014 are eligible to apply.

Computer Literacy:
Operating and working knowledge in computer systems is mandatory i.e. candidates should have Certificate/Diploma/Degree in computer operations/Language/ should have studied Computer / Information Technology as one of the subjects in the High School/College/Institute. Proficiency in the Official Language of the State/UT (candidates should know how to read/ write and speak the Official Language of the State/UT) for which vacancies a candidate wishes to apply is preferable. (Some questions may be put at the time of interview to ascertain the candidate’s familiarity with the Official Language of the State/UT) Ex-Servicemen who do not possess the above civil examination qualifications should be matriculate Ex-Servicemen who have obtained the Army Special Certificate of Education or corresponding certificate in the Navy or Air Force after having completed not less than 15 years of service in the Armed Forces of the Union as on 01.08.2013. Such certificates should be dated on or before 01.08.2013.

SBI Clerk Exam Pattern

SBI Clerk Exam Pattern 2016 would be released by the State Bank of India. It refers to the basic blueprint of the examination and the question paper which a candidate would face. It is well defined structure which a candidate must go through before commencing on the preparation. By reading the exam pattern, he can come to know about number of questions, type of questions, marking scheme, exam duration and other such aspects. It is highly suggested that the candidate reads the whole of exam pattern as it will make him familiar with the examination and the question paper. Further, it will help him to prepare for the exam in a better way so that he solves more questions in less time with higher accuracy. Read the following article as we have compiled complete information on the exam pattern for the convenience of the candidates.

SBI Clerk 2016 Exam Pattern for Question Paper
  • Questions will be objective type/multiple choices in nature.
  • For each question, 4-5 options would be given, out of which one would be correct.
  • Candidate has to mark the correct response to get the marks assigned for each question.
  • There are 5 sections in the question paper – (i) General Awareness (ii) General English (iii) Quantitative Aptitude (iv) Reasoning Ability (v) Marketing Aptitude/Computer Knowledge.
  • All the questions would be in Hindi and English except the English section.
  • Each section would be of 40 marks.
  • Total marks in the exam are 200.
  • Total time given to the candidate to attempt the questions is 135 minutes.
  • Candidate can surf between questions and sections as many times as he wants.
  • For each wrong answer, ¼ marks will be deducted.
  • For each correct answer, 1 mark will be given.

SBI Clerk Exam Syllabus

SBI Clerk Syllabus must be read by every candidate who is preparing for the online competitive examination of State Bank of India for recruitment to the post of Assistant in Clerical Cadre. SBI Clerk Syllabus 2016 is an important aspect of the examination which tells a lot about the question paper and the questions itself. You must read the syllabus thoroughly before embarking on the preparation.

Parts of the SBI Clerical Syllabus 2016
SBI Clerk 2016 syllabus is split into the following sections:
  • Quantitative aptitude – Maths of class X level
  • Logical reasoning – logical reasoning questions (verbal and non-verbal)
  • Marketing – marketing concepts and banking products
  • Computers – general knowledge of hardware, software
  • Current affairs – general knowledge and current events
  • English language – questions from the language and skills of reading, writing Of these subjects; computers, marketing and current affairs would be asked in a single section. We have compiled the complete syllabus for you in this article. You are suggested to generate printout of the syllabus and keep it as ready reference.
SBI Clerical 2016 Syllabus Topic Wise
Quantitative Aptitude:
  • Number system
  • Simplifications
  • Roots & Averages
  • Surds & Indices
  • Percentages
  • Profit&Loss
  • Ratio& Proportion
  • Partner ship
  • Chain rule
  • Time & work
  • Pipes & Cisterns
  • Time & Distances
  • Problems on trains
  • Boats & streams
  • Allegation & mixtures
  • Simple Interest
  • Compound interest
  • Stocks&Shares
  • Clocks&algorithms
  • Mensuration
  • Volume& surface area
  • Permutations& combinations
  • Heights& distances

Data Integration:
  • Line graphs
  • bar graphs
  • pie charts
  • Tabulation

Reasoning Ability:
SBI Clerical 2016 Syllabus – Verbal reasoning
  • Analogy
  • Coding & decoding
  • Blood relations
  • Sitting arrangements
  • Series completion
  • Syllogisms
  • Decision making
  • Statement reasoning

SBI Clerk Syllabus – Non verbal reasoning
  • Analogy
  • Series completion
  • Classification

General English
  • Vocabulary
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Word formation
  • Sentence completion

  • Theme detection
  • Deriving conclusions
  • Passage completion
  • Error detection
  • Passage correction
  • Sentence correction

SBI Clerical Syllabus 2016 – Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Idioms
  • Phrases

General Awareness
  • Knowledge of current events
  • Sports , history, geography, culture,Indian constitutions
  • News about technology and researches
  • News on India and its neighbouring countries

Marketing Aptitude
  • Economy, banking and finance

  • Computer Awareness:
  • Computer hardware
  • Operating System concepts
  • Shortcut keys
  • Ms word, excel
  • Ms power point, access
  • Internet & networks
  • Basic security concepts
  • Latest technologies

SBI Clerk Selection Procedure

Stages of Selection
There are basically three stages of selection of the candidates. Each candidate has to qualify all these steps in order to be considered for final selection. Description of the above three steps is given below.

  • Online written examination
  • Document verification
  • Personal interview

SBI Clerk Selection Procedure Step 1 – Online Written Examination Candidates would attempt an online written examination that will be conducted over duration of 40-45 days. They have to solve the questions using a computer. There shall be 5 sections in the exam and a candidate has to score marks enough to cross cutoff benchmark in each section. Further, his total score must be also high enough to cross the aggregate cutoff. If he fails to do so, he shall be rejected from the recruitment process and not considered further. The process of decision of cutoff is made on several factors.

Passing marks in each of the section will be decided by the bank on the basis of the performance of all the candidates taken together in each test to a minimum required level. Cutoff will be different for each category of the candidates. Those who succeed in doing so will be called for personal interview, which is the second round of selection. Usually, based on the vacancies, candidates are called in the 1:3 ratio i.e. if there are 100 seats, 300 candidates would be called for the next round.

SBI Clerk Selection Procedure Step 2 – Document Verification
Document of the candidates will be checked and verified by the officials for establishing candidate’s authenticity. It would be done on the same day of the personal interview round. Those candidates who fail to comply with the standards of the documents will be rejected and not allowed to participate in the personal interview round. Candidate must check all the documents and make sure that they are complete and in order as specified in the official brochure. Each document and certificate would be cross examined with the details filled by the candidate in the application form.

SBI Clerk Selection Procedure Step 3 – Personal Interview
The candidates who succeed in the document verification round will be called for personal interview. It would be conducted at a venue decided by the officials. Candidates would be informed of the same through an interview call letter, which would be made available on the official website of SBI. In the interview, candidate’s personality and knowledge would be assessed in person. He would be asked questions which may be direct, situational or personal. Based on his answers and response, in addition to the way of communication, body language and way of conveying answers, marks would be assigned. At any stage, candidate would not be shown his marks, either from the written exam or personal interview. It is necessary to score the minimum marks in personal interview, as decided by the bank. Weightage on knowledge of local language will be given in accordance with the guidelines of the government. Final selection will be made on the basis of candidate’s performance in the test and interview taken together and normalized score.