Exam Strategy for SBI Clerk Prelims JA/ JAA 2016

Exam Strategy for SBI Clerk Prelims JA JAA 2016

SBI Clerk Exam Strategy: The State Bank of India recently published the official notification inviting SBI Clerk Applicants to apply for the post of Junior Associate (JA)/ Junior Agriculture Associate (JAA). There has been a few significant changes this year, with the most prominent one being SBI Clerk Examination will now be conducted in 2 Phases – Prelims and Mains.

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After completing the SBI application process, most aspirants look for SBI Clerk Exam Strategy and Preparation Tips, which is the main objective of this article. The Exam Dates have been announced by State Bank of India for SBI JA JAA 2016.     

Name of the Examination  Exam Date
 SBI Clerk Preliminary Examination  22, 28, 29 May 2016
4, 5 June 2016
 SBI Clerk Mains Examination  25, 26 June 2016

We at OnlineTyari always believe in informing our users in the most convenient and best way possible. In order to make things clear, we have to start with understanding the syllabus as per SBI Clerk/JA Notification 2016. Let us decipher the exam pattern of SBI Clerk Pre and Mains first, and then move onto building an exam strategy. 


SBI Junior Associate – Changes in Exam Pattern

Previously, in SBI Clerk Examination, there were 200 Questions divided into 5 sections, which were, Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, General English, General Awareness and Marketing/ Computer Awareness). Each section had 40 questions each. 

But this year, SBI Clerk Junior Associate 2016 is divided into Prelims and Mains. The SBI Clerk/ JA Prelims will have 100 Questions from Reasoning, English and Quantitative Aptitude. The SBI Mains will be conducted for the candidates who qualify SBI JA/ JAA Prelims. The Mains Examination will have 190 Questions from General Awareness, Reasoning/ Computer, Quantitative Aptitude and English.

Comparing both the papers syllabus wise, we can simply analyze that there is no need to rush just the pattern is changed not the complete syllabus and for the reference we can use IBPS Prelims 2015 solved papers. Initially, your priority should be to focus on SBI Prelims 2016 only. 


How to Crack SBI Clerk Prelims –  Exam Strategy

The SBI Prelims Exam will consist of 100 Questions, which aspirants need to attempt in a total time frame of 60 minutes. The Detailed Exam Pattern of SBI JA/JAA Prelims is as follows:

Section Name No. of Questions Marks Time Duration
English 30 30 60 mins.
Reasoning 35 35
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35

You need to focus on these 3 sections thoroughly for now. This would be best exam strategy for cracking SBI Clerk Prelims. But, the main question here would be, how to prepare for each section in the best way possible? Let us help you out in that.


SBI Clerk Prelims Exam Strategy for English Language 

The section will have 30 Questions. English Section is considered to be of medium difficulty level as it is less time taking but not easy. The English Section in SBI Clerk Prelims will have Questions from following topics:

  1. Reading Comprehension – 10 Questions (Moderate)
  2. Fill in the Blanks (Dual/ Single) – 5 Questions (Moderate)
  3. Sentence Correction/Spotting the Error – 5 Questions (Moderate)
  4. Parajumbes – 5 Questions(Easy)
  5. Cloze Test  – (Easy)

How to Prepare for English Language for SBI Clerk Prelims

Also Read: SBI Clerk Prelims English Language Preparation Tips 

A well prepared candidate can attempt 20-23 Questions. This will boost the confidence as well as help in clearing the sectional as well as overall cut-off.


SBI Clerk Prelims Exam Strategy for Reasoning Ability

Reasoning Ability is generally the most scoring section as marks are awarded on the basis of accuracy and the time consumed is also less than Quantitative Aptitude. Many candidates consider it as their strength and start the paper with this section only. This section in SBI Clerk Prelims will have Questions from following topics:

  1. Inequality
  2. Coding-Decoding
  3. Classification
  4. Syllogism (3- statement based)
  5. Direction/Blood Relation
  6. Data Sufficiency
  7. Sitting Arrangement (Linear/Circular) – 5 Questions (Moderate)
  8. Puzzle /Complex Arrangement – 5 Questions (Moderate)

How to Prepare for Reasoning Ability for SBI Clerk Prelims

Also Read: SBI Clerk Prelims Reasoning Ability Preparation Tips 

A well prepared aspirant can attempt 22-25 Questions from this section, provided his/ her exam strategy is in place.

SBI Clerk Prelims Exam Strategy for Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative Section in SBI JA/ JAA Prelims will be the challenging one. You can only master this section after a considerable amount of practice. A candidate has to maintain a balance between accurate attempts and time dedicated to the section in order to maximize score. This section will have Questions from following topics:

  1. Simplification
  2. Time and Work
  3. Time and Distance
  4. Average
  5. Profit Loss
  6. SI and CI
  7. Series
  8. Data Interpretation -10 Questions (Moderate)

How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for SBI Clerk Prelims

Also Read: SBI Clerk Prelims Numerical Ability Preparation Tips 

A well prepared aspirant can attempt 18-22 Questions based on Quantitative Aptitude in SBI Clerk Prelims 2016 Examination.

Note: We haven’t mentioned the Questions for each topic in Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude as all the Questions in these sections doesn’t appear in form of Caselets or Sets. So there might be a variation.


SBI Clerk Prelims: Accuracy and Time Management

In order to crack SBI Clerk Prelims, both accurate number of attempt and time dedicated to each section will be crucial factors that can help a candidate qualify in the paper. So, the candidate should be aware of the minimum number of accurate attempts and the time dedicated to each section. This might help in preparing the time management sheet for yourself or we can help out.

Section Minimum Number of Accurate Attempts Time Dedicated to Each Section Which section to prioritize
Reasoning Ability 15-18 20 Mins. I
Quantitative Aptitude 15-16 25 Mins. III
English Language 17-19 15 Mins. II

IMPORTANT: In this case, the priority is based on the strength of the candidate and these are the minimum attempt that are to be made within the given time dedication so that the candidate will not fail either in sectional or final cut-off.

We hope this exam strategy for SBI Clerk Prelims helps in kick-starting your exam preparation for SBI Junior Associate Recruitment Exam 2016.

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  1. What is expected score for general candidates to qualify for mains? I saw 47.25 is cut off for mains plz tell me what is the required score to qualify for mains?

    • No there is no time for any particular section but Ideally a candidate should know that how much time should he dedicate to any particular section so that he can made it to the sectional as well as final cutoff.

    • For prelims its not necessary but in mains its there in syllabus so dedicate less time on GA and computer

  2. sir i have attempted 62 questions in sbi clerk pre exam
    English- 20/30(95% accuracy)
    maths- 28/35(99% accuracy)
    reas- 14/35(99% accuracy)
    is there any chance to clear sbi pre?

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