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SBI Clerk Selection Process – Recruitment & Shortlisting, Probation

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:

  1. SBI Clerk Preliminary Test
  2. SBI Clerk Mains Exam
  3. Local Language Test (if applicable)

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.

SBI Clerk Selection Process 2021 – Highlights

  1. The authority will soon release SBI Clerk 2021 Prelims result and schedule for Mains examination
  2. SBI Clerk selection process involves Preliminary test, Mains exam and Local Language Test
  3. Local Language Test is mandatory for those candidates who fail to provide a proof of their regional language proficiency
  4. Candidates who present their class 10th certificate stating that they have studied their regional language at secondary level (Class 9 and 10) are exempted from the Local Language Test
  5. SBI Prelims marks are not counted or considered in the final merit list. However, it is mandatory to score equal to or more than the SBI Clerk Prelims cutoff score to qualify for the Mains exam
  6. The final merit list is based on the candidates’ aggregate score in SBI Clerk Mains and their performance in the Local Language Test
  7. Candidates don’t have to face any interview or group discussion during the SBI Clerk selection process
  8. SBI is the sole authority to designate Junior Associates or Clerks at any of its branches across India (with no transfer till the period of five years)
  9. All the selected candidates have to undergo the document verification process as a last step of selection
  10. The authority has prescribed the probation period of 6 months for all Junior Associates (Clerk)
  11. Candidates can provide their preferences of placement during the registration process. However, SBI holds the right to post the candidates anywhere across India.

SBI Clerk Selection Process – Stage-wise Recruitment 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:

  1. Furnish their proof of regional language proficiency (class 10th certificate testifying that they have studied their local language at secondary level i.e, Class 9 and 10), or
  2. Appear for the ‘Local Language Test’

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: 

  1. Antonyms & Synonyms
  2. Fill in the blanks
  3. Find the error
  4. Correct the spellings
  5. Match the pairs
  6. Translate some of the passage into the opted language
  7. Write numericals in the opted language

SBI Clerk Selection Process – Shortlisting of Candidates

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.  

SBI Clerk Selection Process – Final Merit List

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. 

SBI Clerk Selection Process – Waitlist

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 Clerk Selection Process – Cutoff

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
Andhra Pradesh 68
Bihar 68.75
Chhattisgarh 68.75
Chandigarh 76
Delhi 76.25
Gujarat 56.75
Haryana 72.75
Himachal Pradesh 66
Jharkhand 68.25
Karnataka 58.75
Kerala 69.75
Madhya Pradesh 68.75
Maharashtra 59.5
Odisha 68.75
Punjab 77.50
Rajasthan 68.75
Tamil Nadu 62
Telangana 66
Uttar Pradesh 71.00
Uttrakhand 78
West Bengal 67.5

SBI Clerk Prelims Cut-Off (Mains) 2020

State/UT Name Gen OBC EWS SC ST
West Bengal 86.75 69.25 70.75 65.5 60
Gujarat 82.75 73 74.5 66 60
Maharashtra 84 77.5 76.5 75.5 60
Telangana 86.75 81.75 81.5 69.25 60.75
Uttar Pradesh 90.25 78 82.25 64.25 60
Himachal Pradesh 87.25 72
Andhra Pradesh 88.75 83.75
Uttarakhand 91
Rajasthan 90.25 82.75 80.75 66.5 60
Tamil Nadu 92.75 89.75 72.25 74.75 60.75
Karnataka 80.5 75.25 74.25 64.25 60
Madhya Pradesh 89.25 81.5
Delhi 98.75 83 87.5 73.5 62.25
Chandigarh 96.75 81.75 94.75 77.25
Punjab 96.25 78.75 88 69.25

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)
Uttar Pradesh 72.25 97.5
Uttarakhand 75.25 96.5
Chhattisgarh 57.5 87.75
Bihar 76.25 98
Jharkhand 75 97.5
Assam 57 85
Maharashtra 62.5 89.75
Madhya Pradesh 73.5 94.75
J&K 81.75
Karnataka 48.5 85.75
Kerala 78 96.25
Odisha 73.5 94.75
Delhi 71.25 99.75
Chandigarh 77.25
West Bengal 73.25 97.25
Rajasthan 71 97
Telangana 68.5
Punjab 76.25 102.75
Haryana 75.25 103.25
Gujarat 65.5 91.25
Andhra Pradesh 74.75 99.75
Tamil Nadu 61.25 98
Himachal Pradesh 71.75 101.25


SBI Clerk Recruitment – Period of Probation

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.

  1. There are 15 e-learning modules that candidates must complete within the probation period.
  2. The performance of Junior Associates is under radar during the probation period.
  3. Those who fail to complete the e-modules on time or cannot perform up-to-the mark will not be considered as confirmed employees of the bank and their probation period shall be extended.

SBI Clerk Selection Process  – Number of Vacancies

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

State Language GEN EWS SC ST OBC Total
Kashmir Valley Urdu/Kashmiri/Dogri 19 04 03 04 10 40
Leh & Kargil Valley Urdu/Ladakhi/Dogri 08 01 01 01 04 15
Dibang Valley, Dwang English 05 01 0 04 0 10
Tura Garo 05 01 0 04 0 10
Mokokchung AO (Naga) 05 01 0 04 0 10
Total 42 08 04 17 14 85

Regular Vacancies

State Language GEN EWS SC ST OBC Total
Gujarat Gujarati 371 90 63 135 243 902
Karnataka Kannada 160 40 64 28 108 400
Madhya Pradesh Hindi 34 07 11 15 11 78
Chhattisgarh Hindi 49 12 14 38 07 120
West Bengal Bengali/ Nepali 111 27 62 13 60 272
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Hindi/ English 09 01 0 01 04 15
Sikkim Nepali/ English 07 01 0 02 02 12
Odisha Odia 31 07 12 16 09 75
Jammu & Kashmir Urdu/ Hindi 07 01 0 01 03 12
Ladakh Ladakhi/ Urdu/ Dogri 06 0 0 0 02 08
Himachal Pradesh Hindi 74 18 45 07 36 180
Chandigarh Punjabi/ Hindi 08 01 02 0 04 15
Punjab Punjabi/ Hindi 120 29 85 0 61 295
Tamil Nadu Tamil 206 47 89 04 127 473
Pondicherry Tamil 02 0 0 0 0 02
Delhi Hindi 33 08 12 06 21 80
Uttarakhand Hindi 40 07 12 02 09 70
Haryana Hindi/ Punjabi 50 11 20 0 29 110
Telangana Telgu/ Urdu 111 27 44 19 74 275
Rajasthan Hindi 72 17 29 22 35 175
Kerala Malayalam 53 09 09 0 26 97
Lakshadweep Malayalam 02 0 0 01 0 03
Uttar Pradesh Hindi/ Urdu 145 35 73 03 94 350
Maharashtra Marathi 286 63 63 56 172 640
Goa Konkani 07 01 0 01 01 10
Assam Assamese /Bengali/ Bodo 68 14 10 17 40 149
Arunachal Pradesh English 08 01 0 06 0 15
Manipur Manipuri 09 01 0 06 02 18
Meghalaya English/Garo/ Khasi 07 01 0 06 0 14
Mizoram Mizo 08 01 0 09 01 20
Nagaland English 05 01 0 04 0 10
Tripura Bengali/ Kokborok 10 03 03 05 0 19
Total 2109 480 722 423 1181 4915

Backlog Vacancies

Categories Vacancies
SC/ST/OBC 121
PwD 96
XS 237
Total 454


Click here to know more about state-wise breakup of vacancies and recruitments under backlogs. 

SBI Clerk Selection Process – FAQs

✔️ What are the phases involved in the SBI Clerk 2021 selection process?

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).

✔️ Is the Local Language Test mandatory for all the candidates in the SBI Clerk recruitment process?

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.

✔️ What is the concept of waitlist in the SBI Clerk recruitment process?

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).

✔️ What if I fail to complete e-learning modules during the probation period after selection as SBI Clerk?

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.

✔️ Do I need to face any interview during the SBI Clerk selection process?

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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