SBI Clerk

SBI Clerk 2021: Notification, Application Form, Dates, Eligibility, Pattern, Books, Syllabus

SBI Clerk Exam 2021: The official notification for SBI Clerk has been released on 26th April 2021 and the registrations had started from 27th April 2021. The registrations will be open till the date of 15th May 2021. The exam facilitates the recruitment of the posts of- Junior Associates (JA).

State Bank of India is one of the largest public sector banks in India and is also one of the finest banks in the country. Lakhs of aspirants appear every year for the SBI Clerk exam. In this article, we will be discussing everything from the notification to Pattern to Books.

SBI Clerk Exam 2021

SBI Clerk Important Highlight

SBI Clerk Event Tentative Dates
Name of Organization State Bank of India
Job Role Junior Associates
Job Category Clerical Cadre Officer
Vacancies 5000+
Official Notification Released 26th April 2021
Official Notification Click here
Application starts 27th April 2021
Application ends 17th May 2021
Official Website

SBI Clerk Notification 2021

The State Bank of India has released the official notification for SBI Clerk Exam on 26th April 2021. The application form active from 27th April 2021 to 17th May 2021. There are two phases of this exam- the Prelims and Mains examination. The Preliminary exam will be conducted in June 2021. Whereas, the Mains exam will be conducted on 31st July 2021. It is to be noted that, candidates who clear both the exams are called for an interview and it is only after the interview SBI  gives a Job Offer.

SBI Clerk Important Events 2021

SBI Clerk Examination will be held every year, lakhs of the candidates appear in this examination, Check SBI Clerk important dates.

Events Exam Dates
SBI Clerk Notification 26th April 2021
Start of SBI Clerk Online Application 27th April 2021
SBI Clerk Application Form Closes 17th May 2021
The download of the call letter for Preliminary Examination June 2021
SBI Clerk Exam Date (Preliminary) June 2021
SBI Clerk Result (Preliminary) July 2021
The download of the call letter for the Main Examination July 2021
SBI Clerk 2020 Exam Date (Mains) 31st July 2021
SBI Clerk 2020 Result (Mains + Final) September 2021

SBI Clerk Application Form 2021

After the official notification released, the  SBI Clerk Application Form available from 27th April to 17th May 2021. The application form available online mode on the official website. Check below for some important highlights of the application form.

  • The Application Form will be available in the online mode only
  • The Online Application form available from 27th April to 17th May 2021.
  • Candidates may visit the official website of SBI to fill the online Application form.

SBI Clerk Application Fee 2021

Category Application Fee
General Rs. 750/-
SC Rs. 125/-
ST Rs. 125/-
OBC Rs. 750/-
Backlog   –
  • The Application Fee will be Paid in Only Online Mode.
  • Candidates can Pay the SBI Clerk Application Fee either by Credit/Debit Card or by Internet banking.

SBI Clerk 2021 Vacancies

As per the official notification, there are nearly 5000+ vacancies this year across the various branches in different states.

Category Vacancies
General 2151
EWS 488
SC 726
ST 440
OBC 1195

SBI Clerk Eligibility Criteria 2021

The Candidates must fulfill the SBI Clerk Eligibility Criteria in order to Apply for the examination.

  • The candidate is required to be a citizen of India.
  • A candidate is required to be between 20-28 years to be eligible for SBI Clerk exam.
  • He/she must hold a valid graduation degree in any discipline from a recognized university.
Serial No. Category Upper Age Limit
1 SC / ST 33 years
2 OBC 31 years
3 Person with disabilities (General) 38 years
4 Person with disabilities(SC /ST) 43 years
5 Person with disabilities(OBC) 41 years
6 Jammu & Kashmir Migrants 33 Years
7 Ex-Servicemen/Disabled Ex-Servicemen Actual period of service rendered in defence services + 3 years, (8 years for Disabled Ex-servicemen belonging to SC/ST) subject to max. age of 50 years
8 Widows, Divorced women( No remarried) GEN- 35 years
OBC- 38 years
SC/ST- 40 years

SBI Clerk Exam Pattern

The State Bank Exam will be conducted  in 2 phases,

  • Prelims.
  • Mains Examination.

It is very important to know the exam pattern for both the exam- Prelims and Mains before writing the exam. In the Prelims, there are three sections – Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, and English Language. Whereas, in the Mains exam there is an additional section – General/Financial Awareness. The candidates should also know that there are sectional timings applicable in both of these exams. However, there is no sectional cutoff applicable.

SBI Clerk Preliminary Exam

Name Of Test No. Of Questions Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 20 Minutes
2 Numerical Ability 35 35 20 Minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 Minutes
Total 100 100 1 hour
  • The SBI Clerk Prelims Examination will be conducted on February 22nd and 29th and March 1st and 8th 2020
  • There are three sections in the Prelims examination- English Language, Numerical Ability and Reasoning Ability
  • Each section will have separate timing of 20 Minutes
  • There are a total number of 100 questions in the Prelims examination
  • There are 30 questions in the English section and 35 each in the other two sections
  • All the Candidates must clear the Cutoff in order to appear for Mains examination
  • Negative marking is applicable

SBI Clerk  Mains Exam

S.N Name Of Test No. Of Questions Marks Duration
1 General/ Finance Awareness 50 50 35 Minutes
2 General English 40 40 35 Minutes
3 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 Minutes
4 Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 Minutes
Total 190 200 2 hours 40 minutes
  • Those Candidates who clear the Prelims examination can appear in the Mains Examination
  • The Mains Examination will have 4 Sections- General/ Finance Awareness, General English, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude.
  • The number of questions for Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude, General/ Finance Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude is 50 and the Number of questions for General English is 40.
  • The Total Time duration for the Mains Examination is 2 Hrs 40 Minutes.

SBI Clerk Salary: Pay Scale


This indicated that the starting salary for a fresher will be Rs 11,765 with year on increment Rs 665. Whereas the maximum basic pay is Rs 31,450.

There are allowances along with the basic pay. The allowances for SBI employees are,

  • House Rent Allowances
  • Furniture Allowances
  • Medical Allowances
  • City Allowances
  • Transport Allowances
  • Newspaper Allowances
  • Special Allowances

There are perks included too- few of the perks are,

  • Provident Fund
  • Medical Leaves
  • Pension
  • Leave fare
  • Medical Insurance
  • Financial Security

SBI Clerk Syllabus

The Syllabus for SBI Clerk is the same as in previous years. However, the candidates must note that the syllabus for the Preliminary and Mains exam isn’t the same. It is very important to not confuse both of these syllabus.

 Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning Computer Knowledge English General Awareness
Simplification Machine Input/Output Basics of computer, different generations, hardware/software, etc. Reading comprehension including Synonyms and Antonyms Current Affairs – news on banking industry, awards and honors, books and authors,latest appointments, obituaries, new schemes of central and state governments, sports, etc.
Number Series Syllogism DBMS Sentence rearrangement or Para jumbles Static GK – country-capital, country-currency, headquarters of financial organizations (of insurance companies), constituencies of ministers, dance forms, nuclear and thermal power stations, etc.
Data Sufficiency Blood Relation Networking Sentence Correction/ Error Finding Banking/Financial terms
Data Interpretation Direction Sense Internet Spell Checks
Quadratic Equations Inequalities MS Office and Shortcuts used in MS Officers Fillers
Time and Work Puzzles – Seating Arrangement, Floor puzzle, etc. Input/output Devices, their types Cloze Test
Partnership Coding Decoding Important abbreviations
Profit and Loss Ranking
Mensuration Statement and Assumptions/Conclusions
Time, Distance and Speed – Trains, Boats n Streams
Simple and Compound interest
Mixture and Alligation
Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Averages

SBI Clerk Admit Card

Those candidates who have successfully registered for the SBI Clerk preliminary exam can download their admit card on June 2021.  The admit card is released via online mode only. The candidates must note that there are separate Admit cards for the Preliminary and Mains exam. The admit card for the Prelims will be released 15 days prior to the exam.

However, it is only those candidates who clear Preliminary examination who will be able to download the Mains admit card. The admit card for the Mains exam will be released in April.

SBI Clerk Result

The candidates can check their results online. The results will be declared on the offical SBI site. The result for Prelims will be released in the second week of March. However, the results for the Mains exam will be released in the fourth week of April.

Candidates can Check SBI Clerk 2021 Result by following the below steps;

  • Visit the official website of SBI (Link will provide above).
  • Go to SBI Clerk Result Link.
  • The Link will open in the new tab.
  • Enter Registration No., Password and Security Pin and press Submit button.
  • The Result will display on the Candidates computer screen.

SBI Clerk Cutoff

The State Bank of India also releases the separate cutoff for both prelims and mains examination. the SBI Clerk Cutoff will be release with the SBI Clerk Result. The Cutoff will be different for the different states, check below previous years cut off.

SBI Clerk 2018 Cutoff

Here we discuss the SBI Clerk 2018 Cutoff for different states;

SBI Clerk Category wise cutoff;

SBI Clerk Cut off 2018 (Category Wise)

Subjects Total Marks General OBC/ST/SC/OH/VI/HI/DXS
Reasoning Ability 35 10.75 3.25
Numerical Ability 35 12.50 2
English Language 30 9.95 3.25

SBI Clerk Cut off 2018 (State Wise)

State Cut-off
Uttar Pradesh 96.00
Haryana 99.00
Madhya Pradesh 92.60
Punjab 100.65
Rajasthan 96.75
Bihar 96.00
Gujarat 85.00
Chhattisgarh 91.50
Maharashtra 85.65
Jharkhand 86.00
Tamil Nadu 93.75
Karnataka 83.90
Himachal Pradesh 98.25
Delhi 104.80
West Bengal 95.30
Odisha 88.80

SBI Clerk Important Topis

In Banking Examination, some of the topics are which will give high marks in the less time, check below some of the topics are;


S. No. Topic Details
  • Inequality
  • Syllogism
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Puzzle
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Input-Output

Maths/Quantitative Aptitude

S. No. Topic Details
  • Number Series
  • Simplification/ Approximation
  • Quadratic Equation
  • Data Interpretation
    (Basics, Pie chart, Bar chart, Tabulation, Missing DI, Caselet DI, Line chart, Mixed DI


S. No. Topic Details
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze Test
  • Spotting Error
  • Sentence Correction
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Parajumbles

Best Books for SBI Clerk

Books are the most important part of every exam preparation. it gives about the brief knowledge about each and every topic. So it’s important to choose the best books for every examination. Here we discuss some of the Best books for SBI Clerk Candidates which helps all the candidates to boost their preparation and make the high chances to crack the examination.

English Books for SBI Clerk 

Name of Book Author Buy Now

Topic-Wise Solved Papers for IBPS/ SBI Bank PO/ Clerk Prelim & Mains 

Disha Click Here
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis Click Here
Objective General English 2nd Edition S.P Bakshi Click Here

Quantitative Aptitude Books for SBI Clerk

Name of Book Author Buy Now
Practice Book on Quicker Maths, 2nd Edition M.Tyra, K.Kundan Click Here
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations 17th Edition R.S Aggarwal Click Here
Fast Track Objective Arithmetic Rajesh Varma Click Here

SBI Clerk Preparation Tips 

Aspirants need to know the syllabus of the exam and make a proper strategy for each and every topic, candidates must know their strong and weak areas.

  • Try to solve previous years’ papers.
  • Need to know the exam pattern.
  • Try to the practice of Mock Test and make a proper analysis of the test.
  • Be aware of the current syllabus.
Stages 3 (Preliminary, Main, and Test of Opted Local Language)
Mode of Exam Online
Level of Difficulty Easy-moderate
Negative Marking 0.25 marks
Time Duration 1 hour for Prelims and 2 hours 40 minutes for Mains (Both separately timed)
Maximum Marks 100 for Prelims and 200 for Mains



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