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Learn about SBI Clerical exam 2021 eligibility criteria, syllabus, exam pattern, study plan, vacancies, salary, and more


The State Bank of India is a highly prestigious institution and the largest bank by asset size in the country. The institution conducts SBI Clerk (Junior Associates) examination every year to recruit young graduates for Clerical cadre posts in its branches spread throughout the country.

SBI Clerical Examination-2021 Important Dates

SBI Clerk 2021 Notification release26 Apr 2021
SBI Clerk online application portal opens27 Apr 2021
Last Date to Apply Online for SBI Clerk 202120 May 2021
Payment of Online Fees20 May 2021
SBI Clerk Pre-training Call Letter28 May 2021
SBI Clerk Prelims Exam Date 202110, 11, 12 and 13 July 2021
SBI Clerk Pre Result 2021to be announced
SBI Clerk Mains admit card release17 July 2021
SBI Clerk Mains Exam Date 202131 Jul 2021

Eligibility Criteria for SBI Clerical Examination-2021

Nationality -

  • The applicant should be a Citizen of India.
  • A Citizen of Bhutan/Nepal/Bangladesh can apply to the position with a valid certificate by the Indian govt.

Educational Qualification (as of 16.08.2021)

  • The applicant should have a Graduate degree or equivalent in any stream or subject from government recognized institute/college.
  • Candidates having a dual degree certificate should ensure the date of completion is on or before August 2021.
  • Final year candidates are also eligible to apply.

Age Limit (as of 01.04.2021)

  • The age limit for appearing for the SBI clerk examination is 20 years - 28 years.
  • Age relaxation for the reserved categories as per the government norms is provided in the table below-

Relaxation of upper age limit

CategoryMaximum age limit
SC/ST33 years
Other backward classes (OBC)31 years
Person with disabilities (General)38 years
A person with disabilities (SC /ST)43 years
A person with disabilities (OBC)41 years
Jammu & Kashmir Domicile33 years
Ex-Service-men/Disabled Ex-Service-menThe actual period of service rendered in defence services for more than 3 years (8 years for Disabled Ex-servicemen belonging to SC/ST) subject to a max. age of 50 years
Widows, Divorced women• GEN- 35 years • OBC- 38 years • SC/ST- 40 years

SBI Clerk Examination-2021 Application Fee

CategoryApplication fee
SC/ ST/ PWD/XSexempted
General/OBC/EWS₹ 750/- (Application fees including intimation charges)

How to Apply for SBI Clerical Examination-2021

  • Visit the official website of the SBI -
  • Go to the "current openings" section under "Careers."
  • Click on the SBI Clerk recruitment 2021.
  • Click on the link "Apply Online."
  • Read the instructions carefully before filling the SBI Clerk application form.
  • Fill in your particulars carefully.
  • Upload a clear, scanned copy of your photograph and signature.
  • Make the application fee payment through any one of the modes - challan/SBI Net Banking/Credit/Debit Card.
  • Take a printout of your application and fee receipt for reference.
  • Once the registration is successful, you will receive the confirmation by SMS or email.

SBI Clerical Examination-2021 Admit card

After filling the application form, eligible candidates can access the admit card from the official SBI website. SBI has released the admit card for prelims examination on 29 June 2021.

You can access your admit card using your registration/roll number and password from the official site -

Vacancy information

State-wise vacancies are listed in the official notification brochure HERE

SBI Clerk Selection process :

The selection process consists of two phases - preliminary test and mains - both of which are online. The candidate is also required to take a local language test corresponding to the desired location of employment.

Local language test:

Candidates who successfully get through written tests must appear for a local language test before taking into employment. Candidates who have studied the specified opted local language as a part of their curriculum in higher secondary level (10th/12th) are not required to take this test.

Final process :

The final enlisting of candidates will be based on the aggregate score in mains and after the candidate has taken the local language test. After that, the list will be released on the Bank's website.

SBI Clerical Examination-2021 pattern

Phase - I: Preliminary Examination

Description: Objective-type question pattern for 100 marks.

Duration: 1 hour

SectionNumber of questionsMax. MarksDuration
English Language303020 minutes
Numerical Ability353520 minutes
Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
TOTAL1001001 hour

Marking scheme:

Correct answer: +1

Wrong answer: -0.25

Note: There are no fixed minimum qualifying marks for the individual tests or the aggregate score. Hence, the ranking is relative. However, the selection committee qualifies an adequate number of candidates depending on the vacancy, based on their final aggregate score.

Phase - II: Main Examination:

Description: Objective-type questions for 200 marks.

Duration: 2 hours 40 min

SectionNumber of questionsMax. MarksDuration
General/Financial awareness505035 minutes
General English404035 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude505045 minutes
Reasoning ability & Computer aptitude506045 minutes
TOTAL1902002 hours 40 minutes

Marking Scheme:

Correct answer : +1

Wrong answer : -0.25

The Bank fixes the minimum qualification mark, and the candidates are required to get a score greater or equal to this fixed scale. Here again, section-wise marks are not maintained. The selection is purely based on the total aggregate score. The Bank will draw a merit list State wise category-wise.

SBI Clerical Examination-2021 Syllabus

Syllabus for SBI Clerk prelims 2021

Section-1: English languageReading Comprehension - includes questions based on interpretation of the passage and vocabulary
Section-2: Numerical abilityNumber Series - questions based on basic arithmetic operations and combinations.
Section-3: Reasoning Abilityquestions from general knowledge and Coding.

Syllabus for SBI Clerk Mains 2021

Section-1 : General/ Financial AwarenessCurrent affairs questions can be asked from topics like new appointments, awards, and honors, sports, new schemes, national and international news, and the latest developments in science and technology.
Section-2: General English**Reading comprehension
Section-3: Quantitative Aptitude**Data Interpretation
Section-4: Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude**Puzzles and Seating Arrangement

SBI Clerical Examination 2021 Results

After conducting SBI Clerk prelims, the examination department will release the state-wise cut off marks on the official website. This list is of qualifying nature. Qualifying candidates become eligible to appear for SBI Clerk mains.

After SBI Clerk 2021 is conducted successfully throughout the country, the State bank of India will release a list of candidates shortlisted for the clerical cadre post. You can access the list by visiting the official website of SBI.

SBI Clerk Examination 2021 Scorecard

You can access your scorecard for the SBI Clerk examination 2021 following simple steps-

  1. Visit the official SBI website.
  2. Under the "Result" page, enter your registration number and password to view your SBI Clerk Prelims/Mains score.
  3. You can download your scorecard. Take a printout for future use.

SBI Clerk Examination 2021 Cut-off

The examination conducting body will decide the cut-off marks based on the number of vacancies available, the number of candidates appearing for the exam and the difficulty level of the examination. The SBI will release the cut-off marks for both prelims and mains examination state-wise based on these factors.

SBI Clerk Job Profile

Bank clerks carry out the daily functions of banks. They interact with customers, process applications, documents, and transactions, respond to customer grievances, provide information, address their questions, and are basically responsible for overall business activities.

Salary Information

The starting salary package is ₹ 19900/-

SBI Clerical Examination Analysis

As mentioned in the article, there is no decided cut off percentage for each section. Only the aggregate score is considered. The SBI fixes the time limit for attempting each section. The order of attempting the sections is predetermined, and you cannot switch in between.

There is no descriptive type of questions asked in the SBI Clerk mains exam. All the questions are objective with negative marking.

Preparation Tips for SBI Clerical Examination-2021

Before starting your preparation for SBI Clerical Examination 2021, you need to lay some groundwork -

Examination Pattern and Syllabus - refer to the beginning of this article for the Examination pattern and detailed syllabus for the SBI Clerk Exam 2021. Prioritize topics based on their weightage in the final aggregate score.

Know your weak areas - take a few mock tests before starting your preparation. Analyze the results and note the areas in which you lag. You can pay special attention to these topics. Allot some specified time in your study plan to focus on them.

Collecting resources - books recommended for SBI Clerical Examination section-wise is given in this article. Refer to these books and select a limited number of books. It is not necessary to read every book provided in the recommendation. Tackle the syllabus topic wise and not book-wise. Don't stick to just one book or source. Refer to different sources for different subjects. Don't limit yourself to conventional sources. You can turn to the internet for clearing your doubts. There are plenty of videos and tutorials for numerical ability, logical reasoning, English language etc. Make a list of materials and references for each section.

For the Financial Awareness paper, few books you can refer to are given below. Other than that, reading newspapers like Economic times and monthly digests is also vital.

Study plan - use the information gathered by the above points to draft yourself an efficient study plan. A duration of two months is enough to complete the syllabus for SBI Clerk Exam 2021

Recommended Books for SBI Clerical Examination-2021

Quantitative Aptitude

Book nameAuthor/Publication
Magical Book on Quicker MathematicsM. Tyra/BSC Publication
Data InterpretationArun Sharma/TMH Publication
Quantitative AptitudeR. S. Aggarwal/S. Chand Publication
Topic-wise Solved Papers for IBPS/ SBI Bank PO/ Clerk Prelim & Mains (2010-16) Quantitative AptitudeDisha Experts
Fast Track Objective Arithmetic Fourth edition (2018)Rajesh Verma/ Arihant Publications;

Reasoning Ability Books

Book nameAuthor/Publication
A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-VerbalArihant Publication
Modern Approach to Verbal ReasoningR. S. Agarwal/S. Chand Publication
Analytical ReasoningM. K. Pandey/BSC Publication
Bank Clerk Reasoning Chapterwise Solved Papers 2003 - Till DateKiran Prakashan

English Language Books

Book nameAuthor/Publication
Plinth to Paramount (Both Volumes)KD Publication
English Grammar & CompositionWren & Martin
Objective EnglishS. P. Bakshi/Arihant Publication
Word Power Made EasyNorman & Lewis
Bank Clerk English Language Chapterwise Solved QuestionsKiran Prakashan

General Financial Awareness Books

Book nameAuthor/Publication
Objective Banking & Financial AwarenessDhankar Publication
Banking Awareness (Objective with Subjective)Sangram Keshari Rout
Banking AwarenessRPH Editorial Board

Study Plan for SBI Clerical Examination-2021

A study plan is specific to a particular candidate. What works for one may not for another. However, you can follow some simple guidelines to draft your study plan.

Making a Schedule - divide the syllabus into small topics and allot time for each of those according to the priority list prepared by you before starting. Dedicate two hours at the end of each day for revision. Do not overload yourself for a single day. Remember to take breaks in between. Distribute the syllabus throughout the preparation period.

Solve old question papers - Solving these will help you get familiar with the exam pattern and type of questions asked.

Pay attention to time management - you will be given 20 minutes to attempt each section in the SBI Clerical exam. Solving a maximum number of questions in the stipulated time is a challenge. Time yourself whenever you are cracking an old question paper or attempting a mock test. Stay aware of your time management skills and try to improve them for practising more.

Practise - all the questions in SBI Clerical prelims and mains examination are of objective type. These need to be practised repeatedly. These are infinite objective questions on Numerical Ability, Logical Reasoning, General English you can access on the internet and books. Keep solving these whenever you can. Work on your calculations and reasoning ability.

Don't forget to carry your documents to the examination venue. The documents that need to be provided while appearing for SBI Clerk Examination 2021 are

  • A copy of the Hall Ticket
  • Original and photocopy of photo identity - PAN card /AADHAR card/ Drivers License/ Voter ID

Stay updated with the SBI Clerical Examination 2021 details and keep track of the developments to ensure you don't miss out on important deadlines. Make sure you take a copy of the application fee receipt for reference. Carefully read the instructions given in the notification. Make proper arrangements for internet connectivity and a working device to fill out the application form without hassle. Go through previous years papers to stay familiar with the syllabus and exam pattern to stay on top and move closer to your dream of joining the prestigious Bank.

Official notification can be accessed through the link -