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SBI Clerk Exam Pattern 2018 Complete (Prelims, Mains) Paper Format PDF

SBI Clerk Exam Pattern

The Complete SBI Clerk (Prelims, Mains) Paper Format is available here on this page.  Now you can easily check the SBI Clerk Exam Pattern and can understand the structure of the examination. Candidates may also download the SBI Clerk Exam Pattern 2018 PDF by visiting the official website of the State Bank Of India.

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SBI Clerk Exam Pattern

SBI Clerk Exam Pattern 2018 – Preliminary Examination

Candidates can check the structure of SBI Clerk preliminary exam from the table below.

SBI Clerk Exam Pattern 2018 – Preliminary Examination

S. No.Name of the sectionNumber of QuestionsMarksDuration
1English Language3030Composite Time of 1 hour
2Numerical Ability3535
3Reasoning Ability3535
  • There will be multiple choice questions in the preliminary exam of SBI Clerk
  • There will be 03 sections in the examination
  • Candidates have to answer a total of 10 questions
  • Each question in the examination will be of 01 mark
  • Total time given to candidates to complete the examination will be 01 hour
  • Questions in the preliminary exam will be bilingual i.e. in both English and Hindi except for the English Language section
  • Candidates around 20 times the number of vacancies will be shortlisted by SBI for the mains examination on the basis SBI Clerk result of the prelims

SBI Clerk Main Exam Pattern 2018 

SBI Clerk 2018 Mains Exam Pattern

S. No.Name of the sectionNumber of QuestionsMarksDuration
1General/Financial Awareness505035 Minutes
2General English404035 Minutes
3Quantitative Aptitude505045 Minutes
4Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude506045 Minutes
Total1902002 hours 40 Minutes
  • There will be objective type questions in the SBI Clerk 2018 mains exam
  • The examination will be conducted via online mode
  • There will be 5 section in the examination namely – General/Financial Awareness, General English, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude
  • Candidates have to answer 190 questions in total
  • Maximum marks given to candidates will be 200
  • Each section in the mains examination has separate timings and candidates will have to complete their paper in the given amount of time
  • Considering the SBI Clerk exam pattern, each questions will be will be bilingual in nature except for the General English section
  • In order to qualify the mains exam of SBI Clerk 2018 candidates need to secure a minimum securing number as prescribed by SBI
  • According to the SBI Clerk 2018 exam pattern, negative marking will also be there in the mains examination as 1/4th of the marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.

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SBI Clerk 2018 Exam Pattern Synopsis:

FeaturesPreliminary ExamMains Exam
Mode of Exam

Online Exam

Online Exam
Medium (Language)Bilingual (Except English Language section)Bilingual (Except General English section)
Duration1 hour2 hours 40 Minutes
Type of QuestionsMultiple Choice QuestionsMultiple Choice Questions
Marking Scheme1 mark for each correct answer and 0.25 marks will be deducted as negative marking1/4 of the marks allotted to a question will be deducted as negative marking
Total Number of Questions100190
Sections3- English Language, Numerical Ability and Reasoning Ability4 – General/Financial Awareness, General English, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude
Total Marks100


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SBI Clerk Exam Analysis

SBI Clerk Preliminary Exam Analysis

Analysis of Examination

The overall difficulty level of the examination was Easy to Moderate.

SectionTotal Ques.Level of Difficulty
Reasoning Ability35Easy
Numerical Ability35Easy to Moderate
English Language30Easy to Moderate

The section wise details are as follows: 

Numerical Ability: It is noticed that no question on quadratic equation asked in this section.

TopicNo. of Questions (35)Level
Number Series5Moderate
Data Interpretation (Table Graph)5Easy
Miscellaneous (CI and SI, Time & Work, Problem on Age, Time and Distance, Profit & Loss, Ratio and Proportion)15Moderate

 Reasoning: It is noticed that Syllogism was missing in the section.

TopicNo. of Questions (35)Level
Coding and Decoding5Moderate
Puzzle (Circular arrangement-Facing the centre)10Moderate
Alphanumeric  Series3 to 5Easy
Miscellaneous (Blood relation, Ranking, Direction Sense etc.)8 to 10Moderate

English Language: The difficulty level of English section was Easy to moderate this time.

TopicNo. of Questions (30)Level
Reading Comprehension(Story Based)10 Easy
Cloze Test (Story Based)5Easy
Parajumbles (Story Based)5Easy
Spotting error5Easy to Moderate
Spelling Mistakes5Easy to Moderate

Expected Cutoff marks: – As per our analysis and difficulty level of the examination, the following Cutoff marks are expected for different category.

General 45-50

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SBI Clerk Mains Exam Analysis

Name to TestTotal Ques.Level of Difficulty
Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude50Moderate to Difficult
General/Financial Awareness50Easy
General English40Moderate
Quantitative Aptitude50Moderate

The section wise details are as follows:

Quantitative Aptitude: The Level of difficulty was Moderate for this section.

TopicNo. of Questions (50)Level of Difficulty
Approximation and Simplification5Easy
Number Series5Easy to Moderate
Data Interpretation

(Table Graph+ Line Graph)

Miscellaneous (CI and SI, Time & Work, Problem on Age, Time and Distance, Profit & Loss, Ratio and Proportion)20Moderate
Quadratic Equation5Easy
Data Sufficiency5Moderate
Good Attempt- 35+

Reasoning and Computer Ability: It is noticed that Syllogism was missing in the section.

TopicNo. of Questions (50)Level of difficulty
Seating arrangement(Circular + Linear)10Moderate
Puzzle (Based on blood relation)5Difficult
Puzzle (Floor Position)5Moderate
Data Sufficiency5Moderate
Miscellaneous (Problems on Alphanumeric, Direction, Blood relation, Ranking etc.)15Easy
ComputerNo question asked
Good attempt – 35+

 General English: The level of difficulty for English section was moderate this time.

TopicNo. of Questions (40)Level
Reading Comprehension(Lengthy)10 Moderate
Reading Comprehension5Easy
Sentence Improvement5Easy
Cloze Test10East to Moderate
Fill in the Blanks (Double Fillers with one word which will suit both the blanks)5Moderate
Good Attempt – 30 to 35

General Awareness: 

  • This section was Easy.
  • The majority of question asked from banking and current affairs in this section.
  • This section also include some questions on Award, Govt. Scheme, Headquarter of banks, books and authors, Important days, International Organisation etc.
  • It was scoring section.
  • Good Attempt for this section is 35+.

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SBI Clerk Mains Exam Cut Off:

General 140-145

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