State Bank of India has released 8301 vacancies for the recruitment of junior associates (customer support & sales). Every candidate was eagerly waiting for this vacancy. There were rumors that SBI will not release clerk vacancies this year, among these rumors this is a good news for all the aspirants preparing for the banking exams. However, the pattern has been changed for this year’s vacancy. Let’s discuss about the new pattern of the exam.
Prelims: SBI has introduced a new pattern for prelims exam. There will be no sectional cutoff. The new pattern is as follows:
|SECTION||NO. OF QUESTIONS||MARKS||DURATION|
|English Language||30||30||20 minutes|
|Numerical Ability||35||35||20 minutes|
|Reasoning Ability||35||35||20 minutes|
There will be no sectional cutoff.
|SECTION||NO. OF QUESTIONS||MARKS||DURATION|
|General English||40||40||35 minutes|
|TOTAL||190||200||2 HOUR 40 MINUTES|
Negative marking: .25 for each incorrect answer.
Those candidates who will qualify for selection will have to produce 10th or 12th standard mark sheet/certificate evidencing having studied the specified opted local language. Those students who produce the certificates will not be subjected to any Language test. In case of others (qualified for selection), specified opted local language test will be conducted after provisional selection but before joining. Candidates not found to be proficient in specified opted local language would be disqualified.
The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added for the selection and only the aggregate marks obtained in Main Examination (Phase-II) will be considered for preparation of the final merit list. Provisional selection will be made on the basis of candidate’s performance in the main examination.
A wait list of up to 50% of vacancies (State-category wise) will be maintained. Candidates will be released from this waitlist on the quarterly basis against non-joining and resignation out of the current batch only, subject to the candidates securing minimum qualifying marks as may be stipulated by the Bank for selection. This wait list will be valid for a period of one year from the date of declaration of final result.
As SBI has introduced a new pattern and IBPS has always followed the pattern of SBI, so all the aspiring candidates should get ready to see a similar pattern in the upcoming IBPS exams of the year. All the aspiring candidates should pull up their socks and start their preparations and make the proper study plan for their exam.
|SL.||Name of test||No. of Questions||Marks||Duration|
|1.||English Language||30||30||Composite Time|
|3.||Reasoning Ability||35||35||1 hour|
Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing passing marks to be decided by the Bank. Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by the Bank (approximately 20 times the numbers of vacancies subject to availability) will be short listed for the Main Examination.
|SL.||Name of test||No. of Questions||Marks||Duration|
|1.||Reasoning & Computer Aptitude||45||60||60 minutes|
|2.||Data Analysis & Interpretation||35||60||45 minutes|
|3.||General/Economy/Banking Awareness||40||40||35 minutes|
|4.||English Language||35||40||40 minutes|
The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with 50 marks will be a Test of EnglishLanguage (Letter Writing & Essay). The candidates are required to qualify in the Descriptive Test by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.
Descriptive Test paper of only those candidates will be evaluated who have scored qualifying marks in the Objective Tests and are placed adequately high as per total marks in objective test.
There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one fourth of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.
The aggregate marks of candidates qualifying in both the Objective Tests and Descriptive Test will be arranged in descending order in each category. Adequate number of candidates in each category, as decided by the Bank will be called for Group Exercises and Interview. The qualifying marks in Group Exercises &Interview will be as decided by the Bank.
Candidates qualifying for Group Exercises & Interview under 'OBC' category would be required to submit OBC certificate containing the 'Non Creamy layer' clause. Candidates not submitting the OBC certificate containing the 'Non Creamy layer' clause and requesting to be interviewed under General category will not be entertained.
The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added for the selection and only the marks obtained in Main Examination (Phase-II), both in Objective Test and Descriptive Test, will be added to the marks obtained in GE & Interview (Phase-III) for preparation of the final merit list.
The candidates will have to qualify both in Phase-II and Phase-III separately. Marks secured by the candidates in the Written Test (out of 250 marks) are converted to out of 75 and marks secured in Group Exercises & Interview (out of 50 marks) are converted to out of 25. The final merit list is arrived at after aggregating converted marks of Written Test and Group Exercises &Interview out of 100 for each category. The selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category.
Results of the candidates who have qualified for Group Exercises & Interview and the list of candidates finally selected will be made available on the Bank's website. Final select list will be published in Employment News/ RozgarSamachar and also in Bank’s website.
Graduation in any discipline from a recognised University or any equivalent qualification recognised as such by the Central Government. Those who are in the Final year/Semester of their Graduation may also apply provisionally subject to the condition that, if called for interview, they will have to produce proof of having passed the graduation examination. Candidates having integrated dual degree (IDD) certificate and Candidates possessing qualification of Chartered Accountant may also apply.
The percentage marks shall be arrived at by dividing the total marks obtained by the candidate in all the subjects in all semester(s)/year(s) by aggregate maximum marks in all the subjects irrespective of honours / optional / additional optional subject, if any. This will be applicable for those Universities also where Class / Grade is decided on basis of Honours marks only. The fraction of percentage so arrived will be ignored i.e. 59.99% will be treated as less than 60% and 54.99% will be treated as less than 55%.
|Sr. No.||Category||Age Relaxation|
|1.||Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe||5 years|
|2.||Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer)||3 years|
|3.||Persons With Disabilities (PWD||PWD (SC/ST)-15 Years|
|PWD (OBC)- 13 Years|
|PWD (Gen)- 10 Years|
|4.||Ex Servicemen, Commissioned officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/Short Service CommissionedOfficers (SSCOs) who have rendered 5 years military serviceand have been released on completion of assignment (includingthose whose assignment is due to be completed within one yearfrom the last date of receipt of application) otherwise than byway of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct orinefficiency or physical disability attributable to military serviceorinvalidment.||5 years|
|5.||Persons Ordinarily domiciled of the state of Jammu &Kashmirduring the period 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989||5 years|
Vacancies are reserved for Disabled (Physically Challenged) Persons under Section 33 of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 (1 of 1996) as per government guidelines. Candidates with following disabilities are eligible to apply as per the definitions given in the above act: : a) Orthopedically Handicapped, b) Visual Impaired, c) Hearing Impaired.
A person (OH/VI/HI) who suffer from not less than 40% of relevant disability and wants to avail the benefit of reservation will have to submit a Disability Certificate issued by Medical Board duly constituted by Central or State Government. The certificate should be dated on or before last date of registration of application.
Only those OH candidates who have locomotor disability or cerebral palsy with locomotor impairment of minimum 40% and only those who fall in the following categories of the disabled are eligible to apply for the post
|OA||One arm affected (Right or Left);|
|OL||One leg affected (Right or Left),|
|One arm & One Leg affected;|
|Both legs affected but not arms,|
Blindness : Only those Visually Impaired (VI) persons who suffer from any one of the following conditions are eligible to apply.
Visual acuity not exceeding 6/60 or 20/200 (Snellen) in the better eye with correcting lenses.
Candidates having low vision as defined in Chapter I, Para 2 (u) of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal opportunities, protections of rights and full participation) Act 1995.
The deaf are those persons in whom the sense of hearing is non- functional for ordinary purposes of life i.e. total loss of hearing in both ears. They do not hear, understand sounds at all even with amplified speech. Hearing impairment means loss of sixty decibels or more in the better ear in the conversational range of frequencies.
Reasoning section is an important part of SBI. One of the most essential aspects in the SBI exam is the level of Reasoning section which must be considered properly as the reasoning portion contains the questions of high level which requires a lot of practice. Basically, it requires regular practice from your side to easily handle the asked questions.Reasoning Syllabus is divided into two parts verbal reasoning and logical reasoning questions. Check details about the verbal reasoning & logical reasoning.
|Alphabetical Order & Misc. Series||Coding-decoding||Blood Relation|
|Direction And Distance||Order & Ranking||Sitting Arrangement|
|Puzzle||Advance Puzzle||Data Sufficiency|
|Machine Input||Statement & Assumption||Statement & Argument|
|Problem & Course of Action||Cause & Effect||Drawing Inference|
|Combined Logical||Direction sense test||Number Ranking|
English Section of SBI Exam is a major part it contains approximately 40 marks out of 200 in mains exam and 30 marks out of 100 in prelims examination. It is, therefore, you don’t take it lightly. Nevertheless, if you study properly you can also score higher marks in this section too. This article focuses on English Syllabus for SBI Exam.
|Conjunction||Time and Tense||Rearrangement of Sentences|
|Vocabulary||Reading Comprehension||Fill in the Blanks|
|Phrase Replacement||Mis-Spelt and Inappropriate Words||Spotting Similar and Dissimilar words|
Quantitative Aptitude (Numerical Ability) is one of the major sections of SBI Exam Syllabus for any post. SBI is known for its innovation whether we take a look in its services or the examination it conducts every year for the post of PO and Clerk. It generally makes changes in the pattern of Quantitative Aptitude and basically focusses in the high level Data Interpretation.We should focus on such major topics :
|Profit and Loss||Simple Interest & Compound Interest||Average|
|Ratio & Proportion||Problems on Ages||Partnership|
|Mixture and Alligation||Time and Work||Pipe & Cisterns|
|Speed, Time and Distance||Problem Based on Trains||Boat and Stream|
|Data Interpretation||Mensuration||Permutation and Combination|
Along with quantitative aptitude, General Awareness is also one of the most scoring sections once you deeply study last approximately six months happenings around the world as per the examination requirements. General Awareness section of SBI Exam contains various topics such as current affairs questions, banking awareness questions and common general knowledge questions. It basically focusses on the current affairs based on Banking Awareness. It is, therefore, we should focus on such major topics:
|Indian Banking Industry||RBI & Monetary Policy||NPA and Basel Norms|
|Inflation||National Income||Money Market In India|
|Capital Market In India||Foreign Trade & Exchange||Public Finance|
|Economic Planning In India||Social Welfare Schemes||Miscellaneous|
Computer section is also one of the easiest sections amongst all the sections which is scheduled for the Mains examination. Here you require some basic knowledge of computer section; Computer section covers mainly these topics :
|Hardware||Generation of Computer||Softwares|
|Ms Office (MS Word, MsExcel, MS Power Point ) Data Base||Networking||Internet|