SBI Clerk Preparation Tips 2013
Candidates who have applied for recruitment to Clerical Cadre in Associate Banks of State Bank of India will have to appear for an objective test, if found eligible, followed by an interview of those who qualify the written test. Detailed information about the objective type Competitive examination for recruitment to Clerical Cadre in Associate Banks of State Bank of India is given below:
The Objective type test will be divided into five sections:
- (i) General Awareness
- (ii) General English
- (iii) Quantitative Aptitude
- (iv) Reasoning Ability
- (v) Marketing Aptitude/ Computer Knowledge
Each section will have 40 questions of one mark each. Thus each section would be of 40 marks and the complete test would be of maximum 200 marks. Candidate has to pass in each test separately. Except for the Test of General English, all the questions in the tests will be printed in both Hindi and English. Candidates would be given 2 Hours 15 Minutes to write the test. Passing Marks: Candidates MUST PASS in all the five tests separately. The passing marks in each of the five tests will be decided by the Bank on the basis of the performance of all the competing candidates taken together in each test subject to a minimum required level. Candidates have to follow SBI Clerk Preparation Tips to qualify in test.
Candidates are also required to score minimum percentage marks on aggregate for being considered for interview. Minimum percentage marks on aggregate will be decided by the Bank. Candidates who pass in each test and on aggregate and rank sufficiently high on the basis of the aggregate marks in the objective tests will be called for Personal Interview. Depending upon the number of vacancies only certain number of candidates from amongst those who qualify will be called for the interview in the ratio of maximum 3 candidates for each vacancy.
Candidates are required to score a minimum percentage marks (to be decided by the bank) in interview to be considered for final selection. Final selection will be on the basis of candidate’s performance in the written examination and Personal Interview taken together. (For candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC/PWD/XS category 5% relaxation will be available in both written test and personal interview.)
SBI Clerk Preparation Tips 2013
Test of General Awareness
This test intends to give an index of candidate’s awareness of people and events past and present in different walks of life.
Test of English Language
This is a test to check candidate’s English language ability through questions on grammar, vocabulary, sentence completion, synonyms, antonyms, comprehension of a passage, etc.
Test of Quantitative Aptitude
This test is designed to measure how fast and accurate a candidate is in dealing with numbers, viz. computation, quantitative reasoning, interpretation of tables and graphs etc.
Test of Reasoning Ability
This is a test to see how well a candidate can think, judge and reason.
Test of Marketing Aptitude / Computer Knowledge
This test is designed to judge the candidate’s aptitude/ knowledge for working with computer. It contains questions of various kinds. So, a candidate must concentrate on the above mentioned topics while preparing for the examination. Besides, as they would be required to attempt 200 questions in just 2 hours and 15 minutes (135 minutes) only, i.e. they will get less than one minute per question, so, they should work on their speed also. As such, candidate should prepare for the examination in such a way that they are able to answer maximum questions correctly in minimum time possible.
It is always wise to research about your employer before heading for an interview session.Based on the bank you applied for, visit their website & read ‘About us’ section as they contain history, promoters & management. Also you should have knowledge on facilities being introduced by SBI which could be a plus point to you at the time of interview.
Tell me about your self
Nomatter what post, interviews start from ‘Tell me about yourself’.So prepare an answer that covers your studies, interests, experience (if any) etc.
Rather than reciting everything from your resume pick out points that are worth mentioning
BE/Btech/Msc & other PG degree holders can also face yet another q – ‘Why did you choose bank job?’.
Since the reasons are best known to you, come up with an answer which is both realistic & convincing.
Tip: Avoid replying ‘My childhood dream was to work in bank’, ‘My ambition was to become bank officer’, ‘I am not interested but my parents sent me here’.
Candidates are being tested on their knowledge and interest in daily new and issues happening around the world. Also they will be asked questions on the banking and financial domain as they are related to the kind of job they do there . So find out the important events, dates & names in a paper so can you go through easily at the final hour. If you have a habit of reading news paper daily you are passed in this sections as news papers are the best source to prepare for this section or else you can find current affairs to prepare from our current affairs page.
Examples of SBI oriented news
- What is ‘Mobicash Easy’? It is a mobile wallet service introduced by State bank of India in Mumbai & Delhi from Jan 1, 2013 that allows customers to transfer funds & make bill payments through mobile phones
- Online approvals for home loans are to be started soon by SBI
- The name of SBI mobile banking service is ‘State bank Freedom’ which currently has 54 lakh users.
- The Banking laws bill was passed this December in parliament paving way for new private banks.It also awards more powers to RBI.