How to Prepare for SBI Clerk Prelims 2022 Exam in 3 Months?

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Conducted by the State Bank of India, the SBI Clerk exam recruits candidates for the posts of Clerk at branches across states in the country. The SBI Clerk 2022 notification is due to be out soon. The selection process comprises of Prelims, Mains, and Language Proficiency Test. It is one of the most sought-after government sector examinations. If you are looking to appear for the exam any time soon, the following SBI Clerk Study Plan will certainly be of help to cover the SBI Clerk 2022 Syllabus efficiently.

SBI Clerk 2022 Preparation: Exam Pattern

The SBI Clerk 2021 Prelims exam consists of three sections as given below. Quant and Reasoning sections carry 35 marks each and the English Language section has a weightage of 30 marks. The total time is divided into 20 minutes for each section.

Section Questions Marks Total Time
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20 minutes
English Language 30 30 20 minutes
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 60 minutes

SBI Clerk Study Plan: Week-Wise Table

Here is an SBI Clerk Study Plan that will help you cover the SBI Clerk 2021 Syllabus in a timed and effective manner.

Week Topics Topics
Week 1-3 Reasoning Ability

Inequalities, Seating Arrangement, Dates & Calendars, Order & Rankings, Coding-Decoding, Clocks, Puzzles, Directions, Cause & Effect, Assertion & Reason, Statements & Conclusion, Data Sufficiency

Quantitative Aptitude

Ratio & Proportion, Simplification/Approximation, Percentages, Number System, Speed & Distance, Profit & Loss, Average, Inequalities

End of Week 3 1 Reasoning Ability + 1 Quantitative Aptitude Test + 1 Mock Test [You can alternate as per your suitability]
Week 4-6 English Language

Reading Comprehension, Sentence Correction, Error Detection, Jumbled Sentences, Active & Passive Voice, Direct & indirect Speech, Cloze Test, Vocabulary [Synonyms, Antonyms, One-word Substitution], etc.

Quantitative Aptitude

Trigonometry, Probability, Simple & Compound Interest, Ages, Functions, Geometry, Quadratic Equations, Linear Equations, Series & Sequences, Permutation & Combination, Probability Graphs & Tables, Data Interpretation

 

End of Week 6 1 English Language + 1 Quantitative Aptitude Test + 1 Mock Test [You can alternate as per your suitability]
Week 7-9 Reasoning Ability

Similarities, Relationships, Partnership, Blood Relation, Advanced Coding-Decoding, Advanced Puzzles, Syllogism

English Language

Reading Comprehension, Sentence Correction, Error Detection, Jumbled Sentences, Active & Passive Voice, Direct & indirect Speech, Cloze Test, Vocabulary [Synonyms, Antonyms, One-word Substitution], etc.

End of Week 9 1 Reasoning Ability + 1 English Language Test + 1 Mock Test [You can alternate as per your suitability]
Week 10-12 Brush up crucial topics from all three sections in the SBI Clerk 2021 Syllabus.

Attempt one Reading Comprehension passage each day during this week.

Refresh essential formulae and strategies for Quant & Reasoning.

Do not dive into new topics.

Attempt one to two timed mock tests every day until just before the exam day. After that, don’t attempt tests.

Keep analyzing your mock tests, assess where you are still slipping up and make corrections.

Test yourself if you can complete before the time.

Exam day Give your best.

SBI Clerk 2022 Preparation Tips

Given below are some essential SBI Clerk 2021 preparation tips that will come into use while and during the exam.

  • The most important tip we can give is to utilise the above SBI Clerk Study Plan flexibly. This implies that the topics you are comfortable with, get done with it in the starting days itself. Further, give certain time spaces for your weak areas in the ensuing weeks.
  • In the Mathematics and Reasoning section, there are certain foundational topics such as ratios, averages, percentages, unitary method, simplification and equations, amongst others. Make space for an hour every day, besides if you are finding these topics difficult.
  • For the Reasoning Ability section, in particular, you must try to most use of creative learning methods and tricks such as puzzles, quizzes, flow charts, diagrams, etc. Good performance of the reasoning section is a combination of reasoning aptitude and smart answering.
  • The English Language section is a combination of core English grammar and composition as well as practical exercises such as Sentence Rearrangement, Error Detection, amongst others.
  • An important point to note is that the final merit list is calculated on your performance on the Mains exam. The Prelims is merely a qualifying examination and clearing the cut-off is the only task you must think of.

SBI Clerk Key Takeaways

  • Paper Analysis: As per the last year papers, the English Language section has 30 questions, out of which answering 22-25 questions correctly is considered enough. In the Reasoning Ability section, have an aim of 28-32 questions correct from the given 35. Lastly, in the Quant section, being a typically difficult one, marking 26-30 questions correct will surely do the job for you.
  • Time Management: You have 60 minutes to attempt the 100 questions which leave you with just 36 seconds per question which is quite demanding. However, the key here is to stick to the per-question rule and if you are stuck at something that requires more time, mark it for revision and revisit later.
  • Initial Approach: Seeing the SBI Clerk 2021 Syllabus, our suggestion will be to begin your paper with the English Language section as may get a bit time-intensive. Complete whatever you can in the first go and move onto either Reasoning or Quant based on your choice.
  • Recommended Books: Class IX & X NCERT Mathematics Textbooks; S Aggarwal’s Quantitative Aptitude; Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma [Arihant Publications]; ‘Objective General English’ by S.P. Bakshi, Wren & Martin’s ‘English Language & Comprehension’, and ‘Word Power Made Easy’ by Norman Lewis; Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by Dr RS Aggarwal [S. Chand Publications]

Last but not the least, your confidence is the most important tool you have during your SBI Clerk 2022 Preparation. Have a healthy diet, drink plenty of fluids and sleep adequately. Keep up your efforts, remain optimistic and ace your exam.

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