State Bank of India recruits aspiring candidates for the post of Junior Associates and Junior Agriculture Associates under clerical selection process. The written exam will be in two phases Prelims and Mains. The merit list for is prepared on the basis of Mains. The candidates qualifying the written examination will be called for the interview process. The written test will be conducted online. There is no descriptive type question for SBI clerk junior associate exam.
For the prelim exam, the duration is 1 hour of attempting three sections which are English, Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude whereas for the main exam the duration will be of 2 hours of attempting five sections which include Computer knowledge as well as General Awareness. Candidates must know that sectional cut-off is a must for qualifying each stage. The interview process will be of 50 marks where candidates have to pass with a minimum cut-off. The candidates need to start their preparation accordingly as the tentative dates for the examination is out.
- Reasoning– This a very scoring section where maximum number of the questions are based on comprehension which contain the logic of men and floor, blood relation, etc. The puzzles can also be solved in a lesser time with practice and concentration. The questions from Coding-Decoding are easy to solve and consists of major marks so this section needs attention. In mains exam, this part comes with computer section so there remains a lot of time to solve the questions.
Major topics to focus: Input-Output, Coding-Decoding, Puzzles, Blood Relations, Venn Diagrams, Seating Arrangements.
- Quantitative Aptitude– This section plays a vital role in the marks of the candidates. The numerical ability along with the problem-solving ability is tested through this section. The speed and accuracy play a major role here. Some calculations are complex and time taking so practicing more will help. The questions related to Data interpretation should be practiced more. Candidates should proceed strategically for this section.
Major topics to focus: Percentages, Averages, Decimal and Fractions, Profit and Loss, Bar-Diagram, Number Series, Interest, Pie-Chart.
- English Language– This the most scoring section if the candidates can make proper time management. Topics like comprehension, cloze test need to be focused more. As this section is comparatively easier so candidates do not give that proper attention where they tend to lose marks as the sectional cut-off is very important for Bank Exams.
Major topics to focus: Fill in the blanks, Cloze test, Comprehension, Spot the Error.
- Computer Knowledge– 40 questions are asked in this section. The candidates need to prepare the basics of the computer to score well in this part. This is a scoring section as the syllabus is not vast. The maximum questions asked are implementation based questions where candidates generally work on computers.
Major topics to focus: Basic knowledge of computers, shortcuts on MS Word, MS Excel, LAN, Modem.
- General Awareness– Here the candidates need to prepare the recent happenings around the globe. In SBI exams most of the questions asked are from Current Affairs. There are questions asked from marketing and banking which covers the financial awareness which can be prepared by newspapers and magazines or social media. There is a part of negative marking which cannot be avoided as wrong answers can reduce the chances of selection.
Interview preparation: The marks of the interview are decided by the SBI. There are a certain qualifying cut-off marks for the candidates. The major topics need to be focused is SBI related information, Current Affairs related to finance and banking, RBI related information and other basic knowledge.
Guidelines to prepare for SBI Associate Exam:
- Proper planning of what needs to be studied in accordance with the exam pattern.
- The topic wise strategy should be made to proceed with exact preparation.
- Practice is key to success. Sheer practice with determination can fetch good marks in bank exams.
- Mock tests and online resources are helpful for preparation.
- The negative marking process should be kept in mind before answering a question in the examination.
Books required for SBI Associate preparation:
- A new approach for Verbal and Nonverbal Reasoning by R.S. Agarwal
- Quantitative Aptitude by R.S. Agarwal
- Lucent General Knowledge
The bank aspirants should have a topic-wise strategy and follow guidelines with a scheduled plan to appear for the SBI Associate exam. For any details regarding SBI exam, stay tuned to Byju’s.