SBI Clerk Mains- How to Revise All the Sections
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SBI Clerk Prelims is now over and you must be geared towards the preparation of the Mains exam. Make full use of this time. Familiarize yourself with all the concepts of different sections, practice more and keep reviewing & analyzing your practice. And in this article, we are going to put across a fully-fledged revision plan so that you score as high as possible.

Mains is Different from Prelims

Although the result of SBI Clerk Prelims is not declared yet, you should not wait for it and continue with your preparation for Mains. Since you have already appeared for and experienced the Prelims exam, it is very important that you understand the difference between the Prelims & Mains exam and prepare accordingly. Let’s have a look at the differences:

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It’s an exam which is supposed to eliminate non-serious aspirants. This is the reason why all the aspirants who clear the cut-offs are invited for Mains.Mains exam is supposed to select the best aspirants. In accordance with the number of vacancies, aspirants are selected.
Prelims marks are not considered in final merit listing.Mains marks are considered for final merit listing.
The questions in Prelims are less difficult and are mostly speed-based.When compared with Prelims, the questions in Mains are difficult and they check the conceptual clarity of the aspirants.
Prelims has only 3 sections: English, Reasoning & Quantitative Aptitude.Mains has 4 sections: General English, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude and General/Financial Awareness
Total time allowed for Prelims is 60 minutes.In Mains exam, you are given 160 minutes for the whole exam.

The first and foremost thing of SBI Clerk Mains exam preparation is knowing the exam pattern in detail. You must know how many questions are there in each of the section and what will be their maximum marks. Have a look at the detailed exam pattern below:

Serial NumberSectionNo. of QuestionTotal MarksDuration
1.General English404035 minutes
2.Quantitative Aptitude505045 minutes
3.Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude506045 minutes
4.General/Financial Awareness505035 minutes
Total1902002 hours 40 minutes


  1. Negative marking of 0.25 mark per incorrectly answered question will be there.
  2. Sectional timing is there in the Mains exam. You can’t switch between different sections.
  3. The questions in objective tests, except for the test of General English, will be bilingual i.e., English & Hindi.
  4. Overall cut-offs are there but there isn’t any sectional cut-off in place.

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Now that you know the exam pattern, the next important thing is knowing the exam syllabus. This step is important because you need to be able to answer as many questions correctly as possible. And to answer the questions correctly, you need to know each and every concept of different sections. Only knowing will not be enough; you need to practice a lot of questions as well. More or less, the syllabus of all the banking exams are same. We are providing SBI Clerk Mains syllabus below:

ReasoningQuantitative Aptitude
Alpha-numeric/  Alphabetical SeriesAge Problems
Analytical  ReasoningBoats and Stream
Blood  RelationsClock and Calendar Problems
Coded  InequalitiesData Interpretation – Charts and Graphs: Line  Graph, Bar Graph, Pie Chart; Tabular; Caselet; Mixed DI
Coding  and DecodingData Sufficiency
Data  SufficiencyDecimal and Fractions
Directions  and DistancesIndices and  Surds
Double  Line-upLCM and H.C.F
Input  OutputMixture and Allegations
Order  and Ranking/DirectionNumber Series
Puzzles  – Box based, Floor, Calendar, Day/Months based, etc.Number System
Seating  Arrangement– Linear, Circular, Facing Inside/Outside, MixedPercentage
Statement  and ConclusionPermutation and Combination
Statement-Course  of ActionPipes and Cisterns
 Profit, Loss and Discount
Quadratic Equations
Simple and Compound Interest
Simplification & Approximation

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English LanguageGeneral Awareness
Cloze  TestSports personalities
Correct  UsageInternational Organisations’ HQ/ President/  Chairman/ Secretary General.
Error  SpottingCountry in news, with its capital, important  rivers, President and PM.
Fillers  – Single, DoubleNational Parks
Idioms  and PhrasesWildlife Sanctuaries
Odd  One OutAtomic, Nuclear, Thermal Plants
One  Word SubstitutionImportant Dams
ParajumblesDance Forms
Paragraph  CompletionMinisters and their Constituencies
Reading  ComprehensionMinisters and their Portfolios
Sentence  ImprovementCurrent Affairs (last 6 months)
Synonyms/  AntonymsIndian Financial System
Vocabulary  based questionsHistory and Structure of Indian Banking
Word/Phrase  Replacement Indian Economy
Regulatory bodies- RBI, SEBI, IRDA, PFRDA, FSDC,  FMC
History/Functions/Roles of RBI
Budget Basics
Current Union Budget
International Organisations/ Financial  Institutions
Indian Constitution
Government Schemes
Monetary and Credit Policies
Concepts like BASEL
Micro Finance
Base Rate
Negotiable Instruments
Credit Rating Agencies
Financial Inclusions
Teaser Rates
Priority Sector Lending
Important Dates
Current Bank Rates
Awards & Honours Sports

We suggest that you take a printout of the syllabus and keep checking the topics with green on which you have already mastered. Mark those topics in yellow in which your speed needs to be improved. And mark those topics in red, in which you have to learn the concept & have to start practicing. Paste it at some place, where you can view it at regular intervals. Topics ticked in red & yellow will constantly prod you to take up that topic, understand it and start practicing questions.

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Important Revision Tips

We are providing you some section-wise important revision tips. Obviously, you need to practice on your own but these tips will help you improve your speed and accuracy. Let’s have a look at the tips of different sections:

Important Topics of Reasoning

Having analysed SBI Clerk Mains exam of past years, we have listed the important topics of reasoning which are below:

  • Input-Output
  • Puzzles & Seating Arrangement
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Number based questions
  • Alphanumeric Series
  • Direction Sense
  • Syllogisms
  • Inequality
  • Logical Reasoning


  • Questions on Number-based, Alphanumeric Series, Direction Sense, Data Sufficiency (if easy) etc. should be attempted first. Practice a lot of questions on these topics and gain good speed in these topics
  • Memorize syllogism rules so that you don’t even have to pick the pen to answer those questions.
  • Practice 2-3 Puzzles/Seating Arrangements sets on a daily basis.
  • Be very careful in Data Sufficiency questions. Remember that you don’t have to actually find the answer; you just need to ascertain whether the information provided is sufficient to answer the question.
  • Many aspirants find the topic of Inequality tough but once you have understood the concept and practiced a lot of questions, this topic can get you some marks.

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Important Topics of Quantitative Aptitude

We found the below topics of Quantitative Aptitude important while going through the previous years’ papers of SBI Clerk Mains exam:

  • Data Interpretation
  • Quantity Comparison
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Quadratic Equation
  • Miscellaneous Word Problems


  • Be aware of different kinds of graphs & charts including the new ones like radar graph, funnel based DI etc.
  • Practice 1 DI set on a daily basis.
  • Familiarize yourself with the concepts of percentage, average, ratio etc. Very often Data Interpretation questions are based on these. You will also find some word problems on these concepts.
  • Memorize tables until 30, squares & square roots until 50 and cubes & cube roots until 30. This will help you in quick calculations.
  • Quadratic Equations questions may look scary to you but if the concept is understood well & a lot of questions are practiced, you will be able to solve these questions quickly.
  • For miscellaneous topics like P&L, Time and Work, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Partnership, Mensuration, Boats & Streams, Age-Based, Probability, try understanding the shortcuts and start using them as you take mock tests.

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Important Topics of English Language

As per our analysis, the important topics are below:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Parajumbles
  • Error Spotting 
  • Match the Columns
  • Cloze Test
  • Fillers
  • Spelling Error
  • Sentence Arrangement


  • Reading Comprehension is an extremely important topic. Start practicing 1 RC set on a daily basis.
  • Continue reading The Hindu Editorial and keep learning new words.
  • You can answer Error Spotting questions quickly if you know the grammar rules well. While practicing, read the detailed explanation of the question so as to recall & memorize the grammar rules.
  • When answering Cloze Test questions, avoid looking at the options and think in your mind for the word which would fit there. If the word which comes to your mind is there as one of the option, that is most likely the right answer.
  • While improving your word power, pay attention to their spelling as well so that you can answer Spelling Error questions quickly.

Tips for General Awareness

  • Make your notes. As of now, the exam date is not certain. So make use of all the extra time you got.
  • Revise abbreviations
  • Keep reading the Weekly Current Affairs.
  • Don’t forget to revise Static GK as well.
  • Have a look at the past years’ papers to get an idea of the topics from which questions were asked.

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This is all from us in this article. We hope that you found the above article helpful in your revision. Remember, SBI Clerk Mains dates ain’t announced yet and most of the aspirants will not use this extra time. It’s high time that you prepare well and land yourself with a government job this year.

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