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All You Need to Know About SBI Clerk 2016- Exams Pattern & Changes

All You Need to Know About SBI Clerk 2016- Exams Pattern & Changes

By / Feb 13, 2019

State Bank of India has given a reason for bank service aspirants to smile; after 2 years, SBI has released the notification for recruitments in the Clerical Cadre. Approximately 14000 vacant posts are to be filled up through the upcoming exam, which is scheduled to be held in May and June 2016 (tentatively).

However, this notification brought with it some surprises. Lets take a look at what SBI Clerical 2016 would be like:

1- Two-tier exam instead of a single-tier exam
SBI Clerical 2014 was a single-tier exam. However, this time SBI has also decided to conduct a 2-tier exam consisting of Prelims and Mains. Its not quite a surprise as IBPS has already conducted 2-tier exams for selection of Clerks in various PSB in 2015. Even SBI conducted the exams in two tiers for selection of PO in 2015, but it will be for the first time in the Clerical Cadre.

2- Sectional Time Limits Introduced
For the first time in any banking exam conducted by SBI, IBPS or RBI, the Mains paper will have sectional time limits. This means:
• The students need to do all questions of a particular section within the given time only.
• The students cannot switch between sections.
• The students cannot revisit a section once the time limit is over.

3- Differential Marking Scheme Introduced
Till date, bank exams had a uniform marking scheme of 1 mark for every correct answer and -0.25 marks for every wrong answer across all sections. However, in SBI Clerical Mains, the marking scheme will not be uniform for all sections. SBI has decided to give higher weightage to reasoning than to other areas.

4- Interview Process
The notification has been clear on stating that the process of interview after the exam is subject to approval from the Government of India. We also know that IBPS didnt conduct interviews for the Clerical Cadre and complete selection was made from the performance in Mains exam. Under such circumstances, it becomes very important for the candidate to given maximum efforts to scoring good marks in the Mains exam.

Pattern for SBI Clerical Prelims

Pattern for SBI Clerical Prelims  2016

Pattern for SBI Clerical Mains

Pattern for SBI Clerical 2016 Mains

What to do now?

The exam is still almost 45-50 days away. There is no need to rush for mock tests right now. This is what the experts at TCYonline recommend:

1. Create a proper study plan for the next 45 days, giving emphasis to each and every topic that will be covered in the Prelims as well as Mains. Keep ample time for attempting mocks but start with mocks 25-30 days prior to the exam.

2. Dont make separate strategies for Prelims and Mains. Its one of the most common mistakes that students do. Please remember that the gap between Prelims results and Mains exams will be less than 10-15 days. Under such circumstances, it is important for you to make your study plan continuous. You need to finish your revision now so that you can focus on mocks then.

3. Read Newspapers, GK updates on a daily basis. GK is a vast area and you cannot master it overnight. You need to spend some time on it on a daily basis. One of the best ways to prepare is to take online quizzes and challenges.

All the Best!!!

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Last updated on : Jun 17, 2019