SBI Clerk Syllabus

SBI conducts exam for the post of Clerk almost every year. The exam is divided into two stages: Prelims and Mains.

Prelims: In SBI Clerk Prelims exam, following three subjects are tested.

  1. English Language
  2. Quantitative Aptitude
  3. Reasoning Ability

Generally, questions from the following topics are asked in both the prelims and the mains examination.

Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning English
Ratio and Proportions Blood Relation Paragraph Completion
Shares and Partners Direction Fill in the blanks with a word
Percentage Alphanumeric Series Sentence Correction/Word replacement
Profit and Loss/Discount Ranking Para jumbles
Time & distance Coded Inequalities Reading Comprehension
Boat and Stream Coding Decoding Cloze Test
Average Input Output Synonym/Antonym
Alligation and Mixture Tabulation Error Spotting
Pipe & Cistern Puzzle Phrase/Connector
Time and Work Seating Arrangement Odd Statement Out
Simple and Compound Interest Syllogism
Problems on Ages Critical Reasoning
Probability/Permutation Data Sufficiency
Mensuration – Cylinder, cone and sphere
Number Series
Simplification
Inequality/Quadratic
Data Sufficiency
Data Interpretation

Let’s look at the topics asked in the previous exams to get an idea about the importance of individual topics in the prelims.

Quantitative Aptitude:

Topics 2016
Ratio and Proportions 0
Partnership 1
Percentage 1
Profit and Loss/Discount 1
Time & distance 2
Boat and Stream 0
Average 1
Alligation and Mixture 1
Pipe & Cistern 1
Time and Work 1
Simple and Compound Interest 1
Problems on Ages 1
Geometry 1
Mensuration – Cylinder, cone and sphere 1
Number Series 5
Simplification 10
Data Interpretation 5
Numbers 2
Total 35

Reasoning:

Topics 2016
Seating Arrangement 5
Puzzle 5
Alphanumeric Series 5
Inequality 5
Alphabet Test/Ranking 0
Blood Relation 0
Miscellaneous 5
Number Series 5
Number Symbol Coding 5
Total  35

English: 

Topics 2016
Reading Comprehension 10
Cloze Test 5
Parajumbles 5
Sentence Improvement 0
Error Detection 5
Fill in the blanks 0
Spelling Mistakes 5
Total  30

Mains: In SBI Clerk Mains exam, following four subjects are tested.

  1. English Language
  2. Quantitative Aptitude
  3. Reasoning Ability
  4. General Awareness with special reference of banking

In Mains exam, the syllabus of English, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning is same as that of Prelims. The syllabus for General Awareness is as follows:

General Awareness
Banking & Financial Awareness
Major Financial/Economic News
New Schemes of State and Central Govt.
RBI and its new policies
Budget and Five Year Plans
Latest Appointments
Questions related to UN Headquarters
Who’s Who
Sports
Books and Authors
Awards and Honours
Science – Inventions and Discoveries
Abbreviations
Important Days
International and National Organizations

Let’s look at the topics asked in the previous exams to get an idea about the importance of individual topics in the mains.

Quantitative Aptitude:

Topics 2016
Ratio and Proportions 1
Partnership 1
Percentage 1
Profit and Loss/Discount 1
Time & distance 2
Boat and Stream 1
Average 1
Alligation and Mixture 1
Pipe & Cistern 1
Time and Work 2
Simple and Compound Interest 2
Problems on Ages 1
Probability 2
Geometry 2
Mensuration – Cylinder, cone and sphere 1
Number Series 5
Simplification/Approximation 5
Data Interpretation 10
Data Sufficiency 5
Quadratic 5
Total 50

Reasoning:

Topics 2016
Seating Arrangement 5
Puzzle 15
Inequality 5
Direction 0
Blood Relation 2
Miscellaneous 3
Syllogism 0
Coding Decoding 5
Data Sufficiency 5
Alpha Numerics Series/Symbol 5
Input Output 5
Total  50

English: 

Topics 2016
Reading Comprehension 15
Cloze Test 10
Parajumbles 5
Error Detection 3
Sentence Improvement 0
Fill in the blanks 5
Spelling Mistakes 2
Total 40