SBI Clerk Quant – Prelims Vs Mains | SBI Clerk 2021

We have often observed aspirants struggling in the Numerical Ability/Quantitative Aptitude section of banking exams. They often find it difficult to prepare and thereafter score well in this specific section. But a little understanding of the topics and enough practice is sufficient to crack SBI Clerk Pre as well as Mains. Here in this blog, we are presenting the exact same information. This is a definitive account from a former successful aspirant and will give you a transparent view of SBI Clerk Quant – Prelims Vs Mains topics that feature in the SBI Clerk exam. Here is a thing that aspirants should remember – “Cracking Mains is easier than Cracking PRE”.


SBI Clerk Quant – Prelims Vs Mains

Before we move to specific type of question asked in SBI Clerk pre and mains, here is a basic comparison to start with.

SBI PreSBI Mains
Your PRE Target Should be 85% marksMains Target Should be 55% to 60% marks
You have to cover almost everythingYou can skip some topics
PRE Ideal Attempts – 30+/35Mains Ideal Attempts– 35+/50

Topic Wise Analysis | SBI Clerk Quant – Prelims Vs Mains

The SBI Clerk Syllabus for quant overlaps in a lot of topics. Questions of same topic are asked in both SBI Clerk Pre and Mains but the basic differences in them are the length of question and the difficulty levels. Here is a list of topics with types of questions asked in SBI Clerk Pre and Mains respectively.

TopicQuant Questions – SBI Clerk PrelimsQuant questions SBI Clerk Mains
Time & WorkMohan and Sohan can do a piece of work in 24 days and 40 days respectively. They stated working together and after for 10 days, Sohan left. Mohan completed the remaining work alone. In how many days was the work finished?Six men and two women can complete a task together in 9 days. Seven women and four men can complete the same task together in 5 days. In how many days can 15 men complete the task together?
Mixture and AllegationsThere are two bottles contain 400 ml of honey in first bottle and 800 ml of sugar syrup in second bottle. 4/5 part of honey from 15 bottle and 3/5″ part of sugar syrup from 2″ bottle are mixed and then 1/4″ part of mixture is replaced with honey, then what is the ratio of honey and sugar syrup in the final mixture?A milkman mixes two mixtures P and Q of milk and water in the ratio 2: 3 to form mixture R and sold this mixture R at the cost of
pure milk and earns 25% profit. If the ratio of milk to water in mixture @ is 5: 1, then out of total quantity of mixture P what percent is water?
Number SeriesFind the wrong term in the series given below.
257, 129, 67, 33, 17,9
Almost similar.
PartnershipsA, B and C invested money in the ratio 2:3:5. If the profit at the end of the year is Rs 10,000, what is the value of A’s share?A, B and C enter into a partnership with an initial investment of Rs. 25000, Rs. 20000 and Rs. 15000 respectively and after 6 months D join them with an initial investment of Rs. 30000. Further 6 months later, both A and D again invested Rs. 3000 more into the business. At the end of three years, what is the ratio of profit earned by A, B, C and D?
DIPie Chart – Total number of notebooks manufactured by five
companies in a month = 48000. What is the ratio of number of notebooks manufactured by T and U together to the number of notebooks manufactured by W alone?
Line Graph (3 variables) – Following radar graph represents the data regarding number of students doing B.Tech in three different fields from three colleges A, B and C. (every college has only three given fields). If in college C, 30 girls are doing B.Tech in mechanical engineering, 25 girls are doing B.Tech in electrical engineering and 20 girls are doing B.Tech in civil engineering, then approximately what percent of total students are boys in same college?
MensurationThe length of a rectangle is 4 cm more than its breadth. If the area of the rectangle is 45 cm, what is the perimeter of the rectangle?Quantity 1: The total surface area of a hemisphere is 462 sq. cm, then what is the radius of the hemisphere’?
Quantity 2: 10 cm. Followed by 4 options comparing the quantities
Ratio and ProportionThe ratio of present age of Dheeraj, Kush and
Vihan is 5: 7: 8 and Kush is 16 years older than Dheeraj. What was the ratio of Dheeraj Kush and Vihan before 4 ago?
Find the average of the present ages of Veera and Riya.
Statement I: Respective ratio of the ages of Veera and Meera before four years was 2:1. Present age of Riya is average of the present ages of Veera and Meera.
Statement II: After four years, respective ratio of the ages of Veera and Meera will be 5:3.
Average marks of total 50 students of a class in science are 72. If average marks of boys is 75 and average marks of girls is 60, then how many boys are there in the class?
Average weight of girls in a class is 23.8 kg and average weight of all 60 students in same class is 34 kg. If number of girls in class are 8 less than number of boys, then find average weight of bays.
ApproximationLevel – Easy Not asked
SI/CIThe difference Compound and Simple interest between a sum at 10% per annum over a 2 year period is Rs. 450. What is the
Principal sum?
If the compound interest on a sum of Rs.5000 at r% rate of interest for two years is Rs.1612.5, then what will be the difference between simple interest and compound
interest on 20% more sum at (r + 5)% rate of interest for 3 years?

So we can say that the level of Quant in SBI Clerk PRE and Mains will be slightly different for those who rely on tricky ways to solve questions, but it would be the same for conceptual minds.

SBI Clerk Prelims Exam Pattern

Now let’s have a look into the exam pattern of SBI Clerk. Preliminary Examination (online) consisting of Objective Tests for 100 marks will be conducted online. This test would be of 1-hour duration consisting of 3 Sections as follows:

SL.Name of testNo. of QuestionsMarksDuration
1.English Language303020 Minutes
2.Numerical Ability353520 Minutes
3.Reasoning Ability353520 Minutes
Total1001001 Hour

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

SBI Clerk Quant Syllabus 2021 – For Prelims

List of Quant Topics for SBI Clerk 2021 Exam is as follows -:

Equation and AlgebraPermutation and Combination
Data InterpretationAverages
Work and TimePartnership
Volume & Surface areaNumber Systems
Upstream and DownstreamMixtures and Alligations
Time & DistanceMensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere
SimplificationSimple Interest and Compound Interest
Surds & IndicesSequence & Series
Stock & SharesRatio & Proportion, Percentage
ProbabilityProfit and Loss
SI & CIWork & Time
Pipes & CisternsProblems on Age

SBI Clerk Mains Exam Pattern

The structure of the main examination (online objective type) would be as follows.:

SL.Name of TestNo. of QuestionsMarksDuration
1.General/Financial Awareness505035 minutes
2.General English404035 minutes
3.Quantitative Aptitude505045 minutes
4.Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude506045 minutes
Total1902002 Hours40 Minutes

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

SBI Clerk 2021 Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus

Following is the List of Topics for Quantitative Aptitude on which questions will be asked in the SBI Clerk Main Exam, this is very much similar to the quant section as appeared in the prelims phase, but the level of questions are on the higher side and will require candidates to be more thorough with their knowledge.

Approximation and Simplification, Boats and Stream Problems, Data Sufficiency, Data Interpretation – Caselete, Radar/Web, Bar Graph, Line Chart, Tabular, Pie Chart, etc. Number Series, Average, HCF and LCM, SI & CI, Problem on Ages, Pipes and Cisterns, Probability, Mixture and Allegation, Mensuration, Permutation and Combination, Profit and Loss, Ratio and Proportion, Partnership, Quantity Comparison, Speed Distance and Time, Train Problems, Work and Time, Quadratic Equations.

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