SBI Clerk Prelims Last Minute Tips, How to Ace the Exam

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SBI Clerk Prelims Last Minute Tips

SBI Clerk Prelims Last Minute Tips: The SBI Clerk Prelims 2024 are scheduled for 5th, 6th, 11th, and 12th of January 2024. Candidates should be wrapping up their preparation and revising thoroughly for the exam. However, revising without direction will only lead to confusion which you have to avoid in the last minute. Thus to avoid last minute confusion, we’re giving some last-minute tips that will help you maximise your score through your revision.

SBI Clerk Prelims Exam Pattern 2023-24

Any candidate writing the SBI Clerk Prelims this year must be well-versed with the exam pattern. The table below shows the exam pattern for SBI Clerk Prelims.

SectionNumber of QuestionsMarksDuration
English303020 minutes
Reasoning353520 minutes
Quantitative353520 minutes
Total10010060 minutes

Note: *1/4th of mark assigned for a question will be deducted for each wrong answer.

SBI Clerk Prelims Last Minute TipsGeneral

The following are a few handy tips that’ll help you score higher.

Quick Calculation Techniques at your Fingertips

These include tables, squares, cubes, and divisibility rules. It’s also helpful to have set shortcuts for when you’re doing various operations. Remember not to learn anything new that you haven’t practiced well as it could confuse you during the exam. Learn the following well:

  • Tables – 1-20
  • Squares – 1-30
  • Cubes – 1-20
  • Divisibility Rules of Numbers. 

Revise English Grammar Rules

Go through the basic grammar rules to solve questions on error detection/correction and other miscellaneous questions asked in the exam.

Revise the Basic Quants Formulae 

Revise the basic formulae of the topics upon which miscellaneous arithmetic questions are asked. (Averages, Percentages, Profit & Loss, SI & CI, TSD, Time & Work) etc. 

Daily Practice 3-4 Sets of of Puzzles, DI and RCs

If you want high speed with accuracy when it comes to puzzles and seating arrangement, you need to practice extensively. For this, make sure to practice at least 3-4 sets daily. Practice a few sets of Reading Comprehension type questions in these days. RCs are an indispensable part of the English Language section. Data Interpretation questions ware a staple in the Numerical Ability Section. Practising 3-4 sets of DIs would help you a great deal in the exam.

Attempt Mock Test and Analyse them 

Attempting at least 15 to 20 mock tests for any exam is a must for an aspirant. Keep a target to achieve 70+ marks in those tests. Seeing the amount of cut-throat competition, it has become necessary to be in the top 90-95 percentile band. 

After taking up the test, do analyse each question and understand the solution part so that you get the approach to solve those questions. 

If you find any of the sections namely Numerical Ability, Reasoning Ability or English Language weak and find yourself in a position to not be able to solve questions in any particular section, then you can take up Sectional Tests and improve your performance. 

SBI Clerk Prelims Tips for Revision


A few general tips while you’re revising:

  1. Due to the sectional timing of 20 minutes for each of the sections in the Prelims Exam, candidates are left with no choice and they have to attempt whichever section is first. 
  2. The sectional cut-off has been removed so candidates need not fear about clearing the sectional cut-off. They just need to focus on increasing the number of attempts maintaining speed and accuracy.
  3. The best way to revise (also suggested by experts and successful candidates) is to revisit the mock tests you have already taken. This will give you a fine idea of your strong subjects, topics and areas as well as weak ones. This will help you plan a strategy for the exam
  4. Revising and understanding the solutions of the mock test also gives an idea of how to approach a particular question type. Analyzing and revising the solutions of Mock Tests have manifold benefits

SBI Clerk 2023-24 Prelims Attempt Strategy 

Now let’s get into section-specific tips. Time is a constraint. How you navigate the exam while keeping your accuracy and

1. Numerical Ability 

  1. As per your strengths and weaknesses, you can choose the topics that you need to attempt first in the Exam.
  2. As per our understanding Simplification and approximations, Inequality Based, Easy Quantity Comparison Questions and Easier Data Interpretation questions should be attempted first.
  3. Arithmetic problems should be kept for the last as these are not direct questions and consume a lot of time in comprehending them thereby eating up a lot of your precious time.
  4. Always remember there will be easy, moderate, difficult (tricky) questions asked in the Exam. Your expertise will lie in choosing these questions and attempting them in minimum time.
  5. This will increase your confidence. Maintain your accuracy as it plays a vital role in Normalization that is done for various shifts of the Prelims Exam. 

2. Reasoning Ability 

  1. The only attempt strategy for this section is to solve the standalone questions like Syllogisms, Blood Relations, Coding-Decoding etc first and then jump on to the Seating Arrangement & Puzzles questions and Logical Reasoning questions later. 
  2. How much ever you are good in solving puzzles & Arrangements questions, if these are solved in the beginning, these end up consuming a lot of your time as these can be tricky.
  3. Remember you only have 20 minutes in your kitty to solve the reasoning section and this section will help you increase your overall marks in the prelims paper.
  4. Learn to pick & choose questions and also skip questions as the need of the hour demands. 

3. English Language

  1. This section can be very easy for some and difficult and tricky for others. Your ability to comprehend the questions in the Exam will get you through.
  2. Attempting the questions with accuracy in this section is very important because you may end up losing marks in negative marking if not attempted properly. 
  3. It is always advisable to take up Fillers (Single & Double), Synonyms & Antonyms from the Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test etc type of questions first while attempting this section.
  4. Para-Jumble, Phrase Replacement & Error Detection type of questions can be tricky and time-consuming. Try and attempt those at the end.

SBI Clerk Prelims Last Minute Tips – Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Does SBI Clerk have sectional cut off?

A1. No, SBI Clerk doesn’t have sectional cut off only overall cut off.

Q2. What is the exam scheme for SBI Clerk?

A2. SBI Clerk consists of 3 sections – Quant, Reasoning and English. These have 35, 35 and 30 questions respectively. The total marks are 100 and the duration of the exam is 60 minutes with 20 minutes for each section.


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