You need a minimum educational qualification of Graduation to meet SBI Clerk Eligibility criteria. The exam pattern and syllabus are such that you must have accuracy and speed in order to ace the exam. Both prelims and mains are conducted online and hence, basic computer aptitude is elemental for this exam. While preparing for the exam, candidates should study the previous years’ papers of the SBI Clerk exam.

SBI Clerk 2022- Important Highlights

Important information regarding SBI Clerk 2022 Recruitment is mentioned below:

Mode of ExamOnline
Stages in SBI Clerk exam2: Preliminary and Mains
SectionsPreliminary Exam: 3
Mains Exam: 4
Total QuestionsPreliminary: 100
Mains: 190
Maximum MarksPreliminary: 100
Mains: 200
Negative Marking1/4th of the allotted marks.
Duration of TestPreliminary: 1 Hour
Mains: 2 Hours 40 Minutes

SBI Clerk 2022 Exam Pattern

SBI Clerk: Prelims Exam

There are 3 sections in the exam – Reasoning Ability, English Language and Numerical Ability. The time span of all the sections is 20 minutes each. The marks obtained in the preliminary exam are just the qualifying marks for the main exam, it does not offer any type of employment.

SectionNumber of QuestionsMarksDuration
Numerical Ability353520 Minutes
English Language303020 Minutes
Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude353520 Minutes
Total10010060 minutes (1 hour)
  • Each correct answer consists of 1 mark.
  • Each incorrect answer deducts 0.25 marks.

SBI Clerk: Mains Exam

SBI Clerk Mains has a similar pattern to SBI Clerk Prelims but the difficulty level is usually higher for the second stage. There are four topics, namely- Finance and General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, General English and General Reasoning, and Computer Aptitude. The syllabus is primarily based on 10+2 level subjects. The SBI Clerk 2022 Mains Exam is scheduled for August 2022.

SectionNo. of QuestionsMarksDuration
General/Financial Awareness505035 min
General English404035 min
Quantitative Aptitude505045 min
Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude506045 min
Total190200160 minutes (2 hours and 40 minutes)

The following are few crucial points regarding the SBI Clerk Mains exam which you must keep in mind in order to make the most of the preparation time as well as the exam duration.

  • The exam duration is 2 hours and 40 minutes
  • There are a total of 190 questions that have to be solved within the allotted time. There are section-wise time duration as well for the Mains.
  • The total marks is 200. For each wrong answer there will be a negative marking of 1/4th of the allotted marks.
Exam Analysis

SBI Clerk Exam Analysis 2022

The detailed Exam Analysis of all the shifts can be checked using the link below.

SBI Clerk Exam Analysis July 13, 2022: Shift 1SBI Clerk Exam Analysis July 13, 2022: Shift 2
SBI Clerk Exam Analysis July 13, 2022: Shift 3SBI Clerk Exam Analysis July 13, 2022: Shift 4
Topic-wise weightage

SBI Clerk Topic-wise weightage

SBI Clerk Mains have four sections that should be prepared. If you are aware of the topic-wise marks weightage for all these sections, the preparation becomes much easier. The following are the tables depicting the marks weightage that you can expect for certain topics, and plan the preparation schedule accordingly.


General/ Financial Awareness

Financial and general awareness questions generally are based on the relevant events that have happened over the past three to four months. You should be prepared with the current affairs till date but the news at least 1- 1.5 months before the exam is extremely important.

Reasoning and Computer Aptitude

Important TopicNumber of questions
Seating Arrangement (Circular – Inward Outward)5
Linear Arrangement (North-South)5
Puzzle – Floor based5
Coding-Decoding3- 5
Miscellaneous Qs2 – 3
Data Sufficiency3- 4

Quantitative Aptitude

Important TopicQuestions/SetsDifficulty Level
Number series5Moderate
Data Interpretation (Tabular /Bar Graph / Pie Chart / Missing DI)2 (10 questions in each set)Easy to Moderate
Simplification10Easy to Moderate
Quadratic Equation5Easy
Data Sufficiency5Easy
Miscellaneous Questions15Moderate

General English

Important TopicQuestions/SetsDifficulty Level
Reading Comprehension1 set (10 questions in each set)Moderate
Cloze Test10Moderate
Para jumbles5Moderate
Sentence Improvement5Easy
Spotting Error5Moderate
Fill ups5Easy to Moderate

SBI Clerk 2022 Local language Test

The local language test is conducted for candidates who have qualified the Mains. It is based on the local language you have chosen during SBI Clerk Application and registration. However, the exam is only mandatory if you are unable to produce your class 10 mark sheet or have not appeared for it. Those who have the mark sheet and the required marks can skip the exam. If you are unable to qualify the local language test, you will be disqualified from the recruitment process.

Pre-Exam Training

SBI Clerk 2022 Pre-Examination Training

SBI might arrange pre-examination training for SC/ST/XS/Religious Minority Community at different centers. The guidelines for the same will be decided by the Government of India. If the candidates belonging to the mentioned category are ready to apply for the training at their own cost, they may apply under the relevant column while applying online at the official website.

Since the Exam Dates of SBI Clerk 2022 are not out. Meanwhile, it is essential that the students know all about the exam pattern thoroughly to avoid any sort of confusion on the day of the exam.