Follow these 5 SBI Clerk Prelims Tips & Ace the 2021 Exam

With the release of the SBI Clerk 2021 notification, it is high time now that aspirants who are keen on securing a position in a clerical cadre in State Bank of India (SBI), India’s Multinational Public Sector Bank and a Fortune Global 500 company, need to pull up their socks and dedicate themselves completely to preparation. In this blog, we will take you through some indispensable SBI Clerk Prelims Tips 2021, Revision Strategy, and Attempt Strategy.


Revision ought to be given its due importance as it plays a vital role as to how much one scores in the competitive Exam. The ability to recollect the right concept/ trick/ formula in the Examination Hall will aid you in answering the questions and ultimately increasing your marks.

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SBI Clerk Prelims Exam Pattern 2021

Section Number of Questions Marks Duration
English Language 30 30 20 minutes
Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 60 minutes

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

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Follow these 5 SBI Clerk Prelims Tips 2021 to Ace the Exam 

  1. Quick Calculation Techniques at your Fingertips
    • Quick Calculation Techniques or Short Tricks as you would like to say, is crucial when it comes to the Clerical level exams. Memorise –
    • Tables – 1-20
    • Squares – 1-30
    • Cubes – 1-20
    • Revise the Divisibility Rules of Numbers. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 
  4. Practice 3-4 Sets of Each of the Puzzles, DI and RCs Type Questions Daily
    • Now the Puzzles & Seating Arrangement question types need extensive practice for one to be able to solve the questions in stipulated time in the exam. Therefore practice 3-4 question sets daily to have a firm grip over the topic. 
    • 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 will definitely be asked in the Numerical Ability Section. Practising 3-4 sets of DIs would help you a great deal in the exam.
  5. Attempt Mock Test and Analyse them 
    • Attempting at the least 15-20 Mock Tests for any exam is recommended 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 here and improve your performance. 

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SBI Clerk Prelims Tips for Revision

  1. Due to sectional timing of 20 minutes for each of the sections in the Prelims Exam, candidates are left with no choice and have to attempt whichever section is thrown at them first. 
  2. Also, 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 revise Mock Tests that 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 strategise an attempted strategy for yourself for the SBI Clerk 2021 Prelims
  4. Revising and understanding the solutions part of the Mock Tests also gives an idea of how to approach a particular question type. Analyzing and revising the solutions of Mock Tests have manifold benefit. 

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SBI Clerk 2021 Prelims Attempt Strategy 

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 & 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 Normalisation that is done for various shifts of the Prelims Exam. 

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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. 

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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 and therefore should be taken in the end.

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This was all from us in this blog of SBI Clerk Prelims Tips & Revision Strategy. We hope that the content provided here benefits you in many ways and eventually you find your name in the merit list.

Just have self-belief and optimism in you & keep calm and believe that everything will fall into place. You have given your all in the preparation. Trust yourself and your abilities. This will boost up your morale in the Exam.

All the Best!

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