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How to Prepare for SBI PO and SBI Clerk from Home?

How to Prepare for SBI PO and SBI Clerk from Home

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” The exam dates for SBI PO 2019 and SBI Clerk 2019 have been announced already and if you are a true Bank Job aspirant then this is not less than a golden opportunity for you. The State Bank of India is an Indian multinational, public sector banking and financial services statutory body and if you get a chance to start your career with an organization of such huge stature, what can get better than this. Whether you are a student in the last semester of your course, a working professional or a full time SBI Exam aspirant, this article is just for you. In this blog, we will help you know the resources and strategy as to How to Prepare for SBI PO and SBI Clerk from Home as in without going to any physical coaching classes. Read the blog in its entirety to gain from it.

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How to Prepare for SBI PO and SBI Clerk from Home?

These days Bank and Government Exams Aspirants prefer to self study rather than travelling to distant places to take coaching classes. Adhering to a traditional classroom schedule becomes tiresome and hampers our convenience and flexibility to study at any hour of the day. Why to do that also when you have an array of study materials available online at your disposal and that too free of cost. The only thing that you need to do is to enroll for a quality Mock Test Series for the Exam which gives a feel of the real exam and lets you practice in an exam like environment so that you are comfortable and confident in the actual exam.

The first and the foremost thing to do when you prepare by yourself at home is to know the Exam Pattern, Exam Syllabus and the level of difficulty of exam. 

SBI PO Exam Pattern

SBI Clerk Exam Pattern

Now let us quickly jump on to the Exam Syllabus for both the Exams. The pattern is also almost the same. Both SBI PO and SBI Clerk exams take an Objective test consisting of English Language, Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and General/Financial/Economy Awareness. The syllabus for both these Exams is more or less the same.

SBI PO & Clerk Syllabus – Reasoning Ability

Following is of Reasoning topics from syllabus to be prepared to ACE the SBI PO 2019, & SBI Clerk Exam.



Alpha Numeric Series Group of letters and numbers are arranged in a sequence and you are expected to find the missing value or the next value in the series.
Analogy Questions are letter, meaning and number based in this topic.
Blood Relations Info about relations among family members is given in a complex form which you should be able to solve and find the correct relation.
Circular Seating Arrangement This are part of the puzzles asked in the exam. Info about a group of people seating/standing in/around a circle/circular table is given and you are expected to find the right seating arrangement.
Classification These are odd man out questions based on general knowledge of things around us.
Coding & Decoding SBI PO Exams asks this type of questions which have letter shifting/ analogy based coding.
Data Sufficiency 2 statements are given with information and candidate need to find which of the statement/s are required to find an answer to the given question in the SBI PO Exam.
Directions & Distances Mapping the path based on directions and instructions given in the question is the key to solving these questions
Double Line Up This is another type of puzzle questions where info about 2 or more parameters are given and need to be solved in a step by step format for solutions
Grouping and Selection These are the questions which are less likely to appear. Problems on teams and committees asked under this category.
Inequalities A set of criteria are given based on which questions are asked and candidate has to determine the correct answer.
Input-Output A pattern is followed for arrangement of numbers and letters and the candidate is expected to identify the pattern to solve the given questions.
Linear Seating Arrangement Another Puzzle based question type where information is provided about people standing/ in a line and based on the info the correct arrangement is to be identified.
Ordering and Ranking Based on the given info, candidate is expected to identify the right order or ranking of the variable which can be people, their age, Height or even building floors.
Syllogisms A set of statements are given and the candidate has to determine whether the conclusions given are correct or not.
Verbal Reasoning Questions are based on statement and inferences/assumptions/arguments/conclusions, Cause and effect, critical reasoning etc are asked.

SBI PO & Clerk Syllabus – English Langauge

Following list is of English topics from syllabus to be prepared to ACE the SBI PO 2019 Exam & SBI Clerk Exam.

Topic Description
Cloze Test Some parts of the passage are left as blank and the candidate is expected fill those blanks based on the given options. These are primarily grammar based questions.
Error Spotting Candidate has to identify grammatical or spelling mistakes in a given statement or passage to solve these questions.
Fill in the Blanks These are vocabulary based questions in which blanks are to filled based on given options
Para Jumbles Sentences of a passage are jumbled up and the candidate is expected to identify the correct sequence.
Phrase Idiom Meaning Either Correct Meaning of the given phrase/idiom is to selected from given options or meaning would be given and the correct idiom/phrase matching it will have to be identified.
Phrase Replacement/ Sentence Correction A part of the sentence is highlighted and candidate is expected to replace or correct it.
Reading Comprehension Reading comprehension are long passages on various topics ranging from economics to environment and candidates have to read the passage carefully to answer the questions based the passage. Every passage has 4-5 questions.
Sentence/ Paragraph Completion An incomplete sentence will be given and candidate will have to complete it with the help of the given options
Spellings Candidate will have to know the correct spelling to solve these questions.
Synonyms/Antonyms A word would be given and candidate will have to choose the correct synonym or antonym from the given options.

SBI PO & Clerk Syllabus – Quantitative Aptitude

Following list is of Quantitative Aptitude topics from syllabus to be prepared to ACE the SBI PO 2019 & SBI Clerk Exam.

Topic Description
Average Finding the average of student’s age in a classroom, average height etc type questions are covered under this topic.
Data Interpretation Bar Graph, Tabular data, Pie Chart, Line Graph, etc are used to present data on which questions are asked.
Interest Finding principle, total amount, interest rates, period for Simple and Compound interests are asked under this topic
Mensuration Finding Area, perimeter, volume, etc of geometrical figures like circle, rectangle, cylinder, etc are asked in this type
Mixtures & Allegations questions related to mixtures of 2 or more solutions and their proportion etc.
Number System Questions on , multiples & factors, divisibility & remainder, LCM & HCF etc are asked in this question type.
Percentage This is a simple topic where questions are asked about Percentage of X with respect to Y etc.
Profit and Loss Profit or Loss on selling price, Profit or Loss on cost price, finding selling price, cost price or market price, etc are the types of questions asked here.
Permutation & Combination Questions like number of ways of forming a group, selecting products etc.
Probablity Questions related to coins, cards, colored balls and possibility of getting particular combinations
Quadratic Equations Algebraic equations with aim of finding the values of x and y.
Ratio and Proportion simple number ratios, compound ratios etc are the types of questions asked in this topic.
Simplification solving arithmetic questions involving BODMAS rule, fractions, approximation, decimals and surds & indices.
Speed, Time and Distance speed of boat, train, stream, vehicle etc., Distance and time related questions are part of this topic.
Work and Time Work rate, number of days to complete a work by X people, etc are the questions asked here
Series and Sequence Identifying the missing number in a series, the next number in a sequence, etc are the types of questions asked in this topic.


SBI PO & Clerk Syllabus – General/Financial Awareness

Following is the List of Topics for General and Financial Awareness section, on which questions will be asked in the SBI PO & SBI Clerk Main Exam -:

General Awareness -: Current Affairs, Sports News, General Knowledge, Superlatives – India & World, Science and Tech related current events, Important Days, Government schemes, etc.

Financial Awareness -: Economic current affairs, Important Bank, Economic and Corporate Appointments, Bank names, headquaters and Chairpersons, Annual Budget, etc.

This was complete syllabus or we can say the comprehensive list of Topics for the sections that are asked in the Exam. Now let’s us jump on to the resources and strategy that should be taken into consideration while preparation.

How to Prepare for SBI PO and SBI Clerk from Home – Resources to be Referred

If you are a beginner you can always start with a basic book for Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability and English. 

Best Books for Quantitative Aptitude

  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by R.S. Aggarwal
  • How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma
  • Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma

Best Books for Reasoning Ability

  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal
  • Analytical Reasoning by M. K. Pandey
  • Magical Book on Puzzles by K. Kundan

Best SBI PO 2019 Books – English Language

  • Objective General English by S.P. Bakshi
  • High School Grammar and Composition by Wren and Martin
  • Word Power Made Simple by Norman Lewis

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How to Prepare for SBI PO and SBI Clerk from Home – Preparation Tips

How to Prepare for SBI PO and SBI Clerk from Home – Tips for the Reasoning Section

  • The key to ace this section is the logical ability to comprehend the question and come to a conclusion.
  • The best strategy to be great in Reasoning aptitude is to practice as as many questions as possible in all the above given topics. Get acquainted with each of topics. None of them should be left unpracticed.
  • After you are done with the learning, you should immediately start practicing. You can use the online practice sets for Reasoning available on various online platforms or practice using books or take online classes. Always remember practice is the key. Extensive practice of any topic gives you an expertise of that topic and thus help you in solve it in no time. 
  • While practicing, you can simultaneously take Topic Tests and Sectional Tests so that you know where you are lacking in your preparation.
  • The same applies for Full Length Mock Tests. Take a SBI Clerk 2019 Mock Test regularly to enhance your solving abilities.
  • After taking the full length Mock Test, do not forget to analyse the complete test. Analysis is of utmost importance. Solve the entire mock test again during analysis. This helps you understand the technique as to how to go about the a particular question. Also you get to learn the formulas, concept and also solve a variety of questions.
  • This section can be the most scoring sections with adequate practice and attempting time bound tests that give you real time exam atmosphere.

How to Prepare for SBI PO and SBI Clerk from Home – English Language

The key to ace this section is reading extensively. With the changing exam patterns, only mugging up rules of grammar won’t help. One cannot be sure of the type of questions asked in this section so one must be able to read and comprehend the exam question without panicking. And this will happen only when one is in habit of reading.

Reading of an English newspaper is must. Not only will it put you in the habit of reading but also will enhance your vocabulary and general awareness.

Important Topics to be covered

Reading Comprehension 

  • This may sound repetitive but reading articles extensively on different topics is the key to answering the questions asked here.
  • Try practicing at least 2-3 passages daily to get hold of the topic. This is the lengthiest area in the subject; first read the questions and then skim through the passage.
  • This way, you will be able to ‘pick’ out the answers from the passage as you go through it. If you are comfortable, try answering the vocabulary questions first.

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For detailed tips regarding RCs refer to the below given links.

How to increase the reading comprehension scores – Part 1

How to increase the reading comprehension scores – Part 2

Grammar Questions

First be thorough with grammar basics using standard books like Wren and Martin or Objective General English by SP Bakshi. Then start practicing the type of questions by various quizzes and then try and attempt sectional tests which will give you grip over these types of questions. 

Type of questions are mentioned below:

  • Error Spotting
  • Active and Passive Voice
  • Direct and Indirect Speech
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Arrangements and Rearrangements of Sentences

Sentence Rearrangement

  • Read through all the sentences to determine the gist or summary of the passage;
  • Look up the sentences independently and then think of how they come or match together.
  • Then try arranging them separately or one-by-one; try to identify the first and last sentences of the passage, because that helps build a mental image or idea of how the rest of the sentences should be like.

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Spotting Errors/Sentence Improvement and Correction

  • Read the sentence in its entirety and see if it makes sense to you; quite often, some error will be obvious and hence it will be easy to spot that out.
  • If not, look for the options and see what appears to be the most logically correct choice.

Phrase Replacement

  • Once you read the initial sentence first, you shall be able to answer the question easily by eliminating the options.
  • Ensure that your preparation and knowledge of grammar is at par, because often spotting a grammar error is one of the easiest ways to disregard an option.


  • These questions might be asked directly as a standalone question or may be asked in RCs.
  • For these reading newspapers and learning new words daily would help a lot.
  • Also, when synonyms/antonyms are asked in RCs, try to understand the context in which a that particular word is used and then decide accordingly.

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Type of questions asked are mentioned below:

These questions might be asked directly as a standalone question or may be asked in RCs. For these reading newspapers and learning new words daily would help a lot. Also, when synonyms/antonyms are asked in RCs, try to understand the context in which a that particular word is used and then decide accordingly.

  • Cloze Test
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Spellings

Cloze Test

  • Practice is needed to familiarize yourself with more topics; when presented with the options.
  • Make sure you read each word that is given as an option and try fitting it in the sentence and seeing if it makes sense to you; that way by the method of elimination, you can remove the parts that you think are not a good fit for the sentences.

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How to Prepare for SBI PO and SBI Clerk from Home -Tips for the Quantitative Aptitude Section

  • We hope that your basics of the Numerical Aptitude are clear by now because the solution for a numerical ability question cannot arrived at unless you are thorough with the fundamentals like formulas, short tricks, calculation speed, Tables etc.
  • The key to excel in this section is extensive practice of a vast number of questions pertaining to different topics. Practicing will give you an edge over your competitors as it will enhance your calculation speed and and also help you in understanding as to how to solve a particular type of question,.
  • In these last few days, take daily mixed question quizzes to enhance your speed.
  • While practicing quizzes, note down important formulas and tricks to solve the question etc as and when you feel that some formula is important. This will help you revise the formulas.
  •  If you feel that you lack in any topic, you can always take topic tests to boost your confidence.
  • To test the level of your preparation for the complete section, take a 3-4 sectional tests so that you can feel confident.
  • Your practice of each type of question and your understanding in each topic will sail you through. Attempt sectional tests and try to formulate your own strategy so that you can implement the same in the exam.
  • You cannot experiment in the real exam as it would cost you very high. Instead devise your strategy through tests and then implement it in your exam.
  • Solve Data Interpretation Questions daily because the Exam will focus on the Data Interpretation type questions. Try to solve 3-4 DI questions daily to have command over this topic using various online websites.

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How to Prepare for SBI PO and SBI Clerk from Home – General and Financial Awareness

  • This section can help you immensely in increasing your overall marks as this is very scoring section.
  • Preparing for this section is always Work-in-Progress. You must be in a habit of getting a daily dose of GA. Read the current affairs daily so that you are not under pressure of reading and learning it all at once a few days before the exam.
  • Take a lot of daily quizzes on general and financial awareness from various websites. This helps you in retention of the GA you read. While you read daily GA, give special importance to the financial news that is there. It is advisable to cover GA of at least of 6 months before the exam month.
  • You can also revise the monthly GA using Oliveboard’s Banking Bolt.
  • Static awareness is in some way or the other related to current affairs only.
  • You can also refer to static GK awareness section here. Also you can download our Ebooks for free to enhance your knowledge.
  • Also do not forget to learn about SBI and RBI.

Also Read:

How to Prepare for General Awareness for SBI PO & SBI Clerk 2019?

How to Prepare for SBI PO Exam? – Tips to Ace the SBI PO 2019 Exam

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