SBI Clerk 2017 Exam Pattern

The SBI Clerk Recruitment has two phases of online objective examinations- Prelims and Mains exam. The preliminary exam is only qualifying in nature where candidates are required to pass the section wise cut off and complete cut off for the examination. After passing the SBI Clerk Prelims candidates will appear for SBI Clerk Mains exam. The marks obtained in SBI Clerk Mains will be accounted for the final merit list. Then the selected candidates might be required to appear for Regional or Local Language Proficiency Test. According to the previous years' exam pattern following are the division of sections and timings for Prelims and Mains exam respectively:

SBI Clerk Prelims

Sr.No. Name of the Test No. of Questions DurationTime
1 English Language30 30Composite time of 1 Hour
2Numerical Ability 3535
3Reasoning Ability3535


SBI Clerk Mains

Name of the Test
No. of Questions
Maximum Marks
Reasoning and Computer Aptitude
45 minutes
English Language
35 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude
45 minutes

General Awareness
(with special reference to Banking Industry)
35 minutes

2Hours 40 minutes

Important Note – Marks obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination will be considered for shortlisting for final merit list.

SBI Clerk 2017 Exam Syllabus

English Language 

  • Reading Comprehension 
  • Cloze Test 
  • Fillers 
  • Sentence Errors 
  • Vocabulary based questions 
  • Sentence Improvement 
  • Jumbled Paragraph 
  • Paragraph Based Questions ( Paragraph Fillers, Paragraph Conclusion, Paragraph /Sentences Restatement) 

Reasoning Ability

  • Puzzles 
  • Seating Arrangements 
  • Direction Sense 
  • Blood Relation 
  • Syllogism 
  • Order and Ranking 
  • Coding-Decoding 
  • Machine Input-Output 
  • Inequalities 
  • Alpha-Numeric-Symbol Series 
  • Data Sufficiency 
  • Logical Reasoning (Passage Inference, Statement and Assumption, Conclusion, Argument) 

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Data Interpretation (Bar Graph, Line Chart, Tabular, Caselet, Radar/Web, Pie Chart) 
  • Inequalities (Quadratic Equations) 
  • Number Series 
  • Approximation and Simplification 
  • Data Sufficiency 
  • Miscellaneous Arithmetic Problems (HCF and LCM, Profit and Loss, SI & CI, Problem on Ages, Work and Time, Speed Distance and Time, Probability, Mensuration, Permutation and Combination, Average, Ratio and Proportion, Partnership, Problems on Boats and Stream, Problems on Trains, Mixture and Allegation, Pipes and Cisterns) 

General Awareness

  • Banking and Insurance Awareness 
  • Financial Awareness 
  • Govt. Schemes and Policies 
  • Current Affairs 
  • Static Awareness 

Computer Aptitude

  • History and Generation of Computers 
  • Introduction to Computer Organisation 
  • Computer Memory 
  • Computer Hardware and I/O Devices 
  • Computer Software 
  • Computer Languages 
  • Operating System 
  • Computer Network 
  • Internet 
  • MS Office Suit and Short cut keys 
  • Basics of DBMS 
  • Number System and Conversions 
  • Computer and Network Security