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SBI Clerk 2019: Last Minute Tips

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Hello Aspirants,

As all of you know it very well that this year SBI Clerk prelims are scheduled on 22nd and 23rd June. This is the exam for which all of you are waiting vigorously. You have to compete with lakhs of aspirants to save your one seat over 8653 seats. In the battle of your any banking exam, Affairscloud is always there for you. So, here we are to discuss the last minute tips for SBI Clerk Prelims 2019.


SBI Clerk Prelims 2018 – Exam Pattern

S.No.Name of Tests(Objective)No. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1English Language303020 minutes
2Quantitative Aptitude353520 minutes
3Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
Total1001001 hour

Note- The above table is for giving you the idea for the pattern only. So you must be ready to face any section at first.

There will be negative marks for wrong answers in the Objective tests. 1/4th of the mark assigned for the question will be deducted for each wrong answer. No minimum qualifying marks for the individual subject as well as for aggregate (overall) are prescribed. An adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by the Bank (approximately 10 times the number of vacancies. subject to availability) will be shortlisted for the Main Examination from the list of all candidates arranged in descending order of aggregate marks scored.

Do’s :-

English-First of all, you should attempt all those questions in which you are good or which take less time like Fill in the blanks, Spotting Error, Cloze Test, Para jumble, synonyms and antonyms of Reading Comprehension etc. At last, you can attempt the remaining questions of Reading Comprehension. But, If you are good in Reading Comprehension then you can also attempt it first and the rest questions afterwards.

Quantitative Aptitude- In this section, you should attempt quadratic equation, number series, Simplification and DI in a first go then try to attempt the Miscellaneous Questions. Do practice a lot to maintain good speed in this section. Revise cubes, squares and some basic tricks that you have learned. Take an idea from the previous year papers before appearing in the exam.

Reasoning- In this section, what you have to do is to attempt inequality first as direct Questions are asked after that jump into blood relationship and direction Questions. Then attempt seating arrangement and after that try to attempt those puzzles first which have two parameters then go for the other puzzles at last. Don’t stick anywhere if you are not able to solve any puzzle then take it easy and without wasting your time just move to other questions. Patience and smart work are the keys in this section to score well.

Eat healthy food, do exercise, keep calm and take a good sleep without any stress. Do not forget to take a print of your admit card and affix your passport size photograph on it. Also, take your original id as well as a photocopy of it with you before going to the exam.


Don’t do this silly mistake by setting your mind with some assumptions regarding cut-offs , attempts and the paper pattern by comparing from the past years’ trends. Do not stick to a single question if you are not able to solve it. Avoid anything that can stress you, keep calm and stay focused.

Pre = Speed + Accuracy

The paper will be the same for everyone either easy or tough but it depends only on you that how you mold even the difficult situation in your favor.

Nothing is impossible as many amongst you only prove it so. Keep Learning and keep motivating yourself as affairscloud is always there with you in your journey of success as well as failure.

“If your will is strong enough to achieve your goals then even your destiny also helps you to convert all your hard and smart work into a big success.”

Feel free to ask any query.

All the best,

Rati Agarwal(Clerk, BOI)