SBI Clerk 2019 Preparation: Prelims Exam Strategy

Dear Students, the State Bank of India (SBI) has released the admit card now. The total number of vacant posts this year is 8653 and the preliminary examination for the recruitment process begins from 22 June. The pattern of SBI Clerk Prelims exam is akin to the ones of other banking and insurance examinations. The candidates will have to attempt three sections viz. English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability in a specified period of time which is 20 minutes for each of the three sections.

Now, you need to accelerate the pace at which you have been preparing for this exam so it bears fruit out in the end. You get your priorities straight and start preparing for the exam right away. Before you get underway, be cognizant of the examination pattern, and know how to plan your preparations so you are able to do with the syllabus well ahead of the time.

So Adda 247 is Providing you the Detailed pattern and Strategy of the SBI Clerk 2019.

SBI Clerk 2019 Prelims Exam Pattern

Sr. No.
Name of Tests
No. of Qs
Maximum Marks
English Language
20 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude
20 minutes
Reasoning Ability
20 minutes
1 hour (60 minutes)

SBI Clerk 2019 Prelims Exam Strategy

English Section:

In the English Section, you have got enough of the time to solve the questions efficiently, i.e., 20 minutes for 30 questions. Earlier, students used to have a mindset of doing with the English section within 10-15 minutes and thereby solving the questions of the Quantitative Aptitude or Reasoning Ability Section that are comparatively complex and time-consuming. But, to their dismay, this strategy won’t be working anymore as 20 minutes out of the total 60 minutes have to be given solely to the English Section as per the official notification.

  • Practice more and more questions on Adda247 Mobile App.
  • You still have time to grasp the maximum of basics of this language so, make the best out of this time so you manage to attempt the maximum number of questions in this section in the examination.
  • Do keep in mind that accuracy should be the priority while you attempt this section, as, many of you would try to attempt the maximum number of the questions in this section which, kind of, gives you the maximum average time for each question (20 minutes for 30 questions).
  • Those who think they are weak in English can choose to attempt Reading Comprehension as they will have enough time to read and understand it thoroughly. The good thing about the RC is that it doesn’t test English grammar, and one can do it easily by making use of her/ his comprehending skills.
  •  Reading comprehension too should be attempted in a way that you attempt questions based on vocab and phrases first and then the questions that need a deep penetration through the paragraphs. 
  • The important topics for cloze test are subject-verb agreement, preposition, and verbs. These topics may help you deal with some other questions too that will be based on grammar. So make sure that you have these topics at your fingertips before you appear for this exam. 

Quantitative Aptitude Section:

Earlier, students used to spend 25-27 minutes (on an average) on this section, but unfortunately, that is not going to be the case this time. As SBI has already restricted the time to do this particular section to just 20 minutes, you really need to break your back in order to attain good marks in Quantitative Aptitude Section.
  • This section needs the maximum of your hard work and travail as the questions asked in this section are calculative and very time-consuming and you will have only 20 minutes for a total of 35 questions.
  • The key is to attempt the quizzes on Adda247 App on a regular basis, without skipping a single day.
  • In the examination, attempt the questions on Quadratic Equations, Simplification, and Approximation, and Number Series first as you would be able to solve the maximum number of questions within minimum time.
  • After having attempted all these questions efficiently, go for Data Interpretation. In every DI 3 questions are always doable and the rest two are a bit tricky and calculative. So, try to attempt at least those 3 questions with accuracy.
  • Rest of the questions will be based on arithmetic miscellaneous topics like CI & SI, Time and Work, Pipes, and Cisterns, Partnership, etc. Time will be running short and if you are left with some, then attempt these questions too in the end.

Reasoning Section:

This section is still a big sigh of relief to the students as, even before the introduction of sectional timing, students would give 20 minutes on an average to this section. Reasoning Ability is an onerous section, and with the increasing complexity of questions, it becomes hard for one to give it the cold shoulder. The only way to make the grade in this section in the forthcoming exam of SBI Clerk Prelims Exam is to practice with all your heart and soul.

  • Attempt the maximum number of questions in Reasoning Section in minimum time by attempting the difficult puzzles in the end. 
  • Start with the questions that are not in the form of puzzles, you can choose to start with questions based on inequalities, direction and distance, syllogism, coding-decoding, alphanumeric series, and other such random topics
  • Then try to start with puzzles that appear easy to be solved and proceed with moderate and difficult puzzles in a similar way.