State Bank of India (SBI) administers the recruitment process for Clerical Junior Associates (JA) Grade every year at a national-level. The exam conducting authority has segregated SBI Clerk selection process into three stages, namely:
Candidates who crack the written examinations (Prelims & Mains) and the Regional Language Test get posted as Junior Associates (Clerks) in SBI branches across India.
The SBI Clerk Preliminary test contains 100 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) from three sections namely Reasoning Ability, English Language and Numerical Ability. Qualifying this phase is important to get the ticket for the SBI Clerk Mains exam wherein candidates have to face 190 MCQs divided into four sections – Finance & General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, General English and General Reasoning & Computer Aptitude.
The final step of the SBI Clerk selection process is ‘Local Language Test’ which is mandatory for those candidates who cannot furnish a certificate testifying their regional language proficiency. The last step in the SBI Clerk selection process is document verification. SBI can designate the finally selected Junior Associates (Clerk) across any of the SBI branches PAN India with a probation period of 6 months. Read this page further to find elaborative details about the SBI Clerk selection process.
The final recruitment of candidates depends upon their qualification status in all the three stages of SBI Clerk selection process – Prelims, Mains and Local Language Test. Get a clear insight of all the three stages with the help of the below given analysis:
Phase I: SBI Clerk Prelims
SBI Clerk Preliminary Exam is an objective-type test which is held online. Candidates are tested on their capabilities to solve questions based on Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English language. Major points about SBI Clerk Prelims exam layout are mentioned below:
Sections – The Prelims paper comprises three sections – Reasoning Ability, Numerical Ability and English Language.
Mode of Test – Online
Type of Questions – Objective-type
Number of Questions – 100
Time Allotted – 60 minutes (20 minutes allotted to each section)
Marking Scheme – One mark is awarded for every correct response and 0.25 mark is deducted for every incorrect answer
Important Note: Candidates must qualify the Prelims exam to get selected for the Mains exam. However, the marks acquired in Prelims are not considered during the preparation of the SBI Clerk final merit list.
Phase II: SBI Clerk Mains
This is the most crucial stage in the SBI Clerk selection process. Candidates’ aggregate score in the Mains exam is considered as the ONLY parameter for final selection. Major points about SBI Clerk Mains exam layout are mentioned below:
Sections – The Mains paper consists of four sections – Quantitative Aptitude, General Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, Finance & General Awareness, and General English
Mode of Test – Online
Type of Questions – Objective-type
Number of Questions – 190
Time Allotted – 160 minutes
Negative Marking – 1/4th of the total marks is deducted for every incorrect answer
Phase III: Local Language Test
Candidates, who qualify the Mains exam, have to either:
Important Note – Those who fail to clear this phase are disqualified from the recruitment process.
SBI has not defined any paper layout for Local Language Test. However, candidates can expect the questions (in their respective regional language) from below-given topics:
Candidates are shortlisted on the grounds of their performance in SBI Clerk Prelims and Mains exam. The SBI Clerk selection criteria, after both the stages, depend upon various factors, as mentioned below:
Phase I of SBI Clerk Selection
Candidates who qualify SBI Clerk Prelims as per the prescribed cut off get the opportunity to take part in the Mains examination. As per the previous years’ trends, the number of candidates who are shortlisted for SBI Clerk Mains exam is 10 times more than the total available vacancies.
Phase II of SBI Clerk Selection
Selection after Phase II entirely depends upon candidates’ aggregate score in the Mains examination. Those who obtain the marks as per the SBI Clerk Mains cut off qualify for next stage. The exam conducting authority decides the state-wise and category-wise minimum qualifying marks.
Final SBI Clerk Selection
In the final selection process of SBI Clerk, the eligible candidates appear for the Local Language Test. It is mandatory to qualify this test to be selected for final recruitment at any of the SBI branches across India.
The exam conducting authority prepares the final merit list on the basis of the candidates’ aggregate marks in SBI Clerk Mains exam and their Local Language Test qualification status. Candidates can download the final merit list from the official website of SBI (sbi.co.in/careers) in PDF format. Both state and category-wise merit lists are released online and the roll numbers of finally selected candidates are mentioned in it.
A wait list of up to 50% of vacancies (State-category wise) will be maintained for SBI Clerk recruitment 2021. Candidates will be released from this waitlist on 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.
SBI decides the cut off marks for both Preliminary and Mains examination separately. Candidates must mandatorily secure the minimum qualifying marks (in Prelims & Mains) to find their place in the final merit list. The table given below comprises the previous year’s cutoff list for reference of candidates:
SBI Clerk Prelims Cut-Off (Prelims) 2020
|State||Cut Off – General Category|
SBI Clerk Prelims Cut-Off (Mains) 2020
State-wise SBI Clerk Cutoff 2019 For General Category
|State||SBI Clerk Prelims Cut-Off (Out of 100)||SBI Clerk Mains Cut-Off (Out of 200)|
A probation period of 6 months is mandatory for every appointed Junior Associate/ Clerk, anywhere across India. During this probation time, SBI Clerks have to undergo various mandatory processes as recommended by the authority.
Every year, SBI declares category wise vacancies for Junior Associates or Clerk. For the position of Junior Associates (Customer Support and Sales) against advt no. CRPD/CR/2021-22/09, SBI has released 5454 vacancies. Out of these, 5000 vacancies have been announced for regular posts and 454 for Backlog posts.
As per the official notification of SBI Clerk 2021, the number of total vacancies (regular & backlogs) for various categories is as follows:
Special Recruitment Drive
|Leh & Kargil Valley||Urdu/Ladakhi/Dogri||08||01||01||01||04||15|
|Dibang Valley, Dwang||English||05||01||0||04||0||10|
|West Bengal||Bengali/ Nepali||111||27||62||13||60||272|
|Andaman and Nicobar Islands||Hindi/ English||09||01||0||01||04||15|
|Jammu & Kashmir||Urdu/ Hindi||07||01||0||01||03||12|
|Ladakh||Ladakhi/ Urdu/ Dogri||06||0||0||0||02||08|
|Uttar Pradesh||Hindi/ Urdu||145||35||73||03||94||350|
|Assam||Assamese /Bengali/ Bodo||68||14||10||17||40||149|
SBI Clerk selection process includes three stages - Preliminary test, Mains examination and Local Language Test (optional). The final selection of candidates is based on SBI Clerk Mains score and their Local Language Test qualification status (if applicable).
No. This test is organized for those who fail to provide proof of local language proficiency (candidates have to present the certificate of class 10th stating that they have studied their regional level at secondary level) Candidates who succeed in the SBI Clerk Mains exam take this test.
SBI prepares a waitlist consisting of the names of the candidates who fail to make place in the final merit list. However, candidates from the waitlist are considered for joining (as per waitlist merit) if any of the selected candidates (from the same batch) refuse to join or put their resignation(s).
SBI extends the probation period of those candidates who find it difficult to complete a total of 15 e-learning modules within the given time of 6 months.
No interview round is conducted under the SBI Clerk recruitment process. SBI Clerk final selection depends on the aggregate marks of the candidates in the Mains exam and their Local Language Test qualification status.
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