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Preparation strategy for SBI clerk mains 2016 exam

The State Bank of India conducts the SBI clerk examination every year for recruitment in the clerical division. It is a very prestigious examination for those aiming to enter the banking sector. With thousands of aspirants appearing every year, it is necessary to be well prepared for this examination. This article will provide the candidates appearing this year with the necessary information regarding the Preparation strategy for SBI clerk mains 2016 exam.

Examination Pattern

The candidates who have qualified the preliminary examination will have to appear for the Online Mains examination. The performance in this main examination will decide the final list of candidates eligible for the interview round. The mains exam has 4 sections as follows:


Total Marks

Total questions

English Language



Quantitative Aptitude



Financial or General Awareness



Reasoning and Computer Aptitude






Preparation strategy

With the date of examination nearing, it is essential for the candidates to be fully prepared. Time management is a skill which will help you in attempting maximum questions in due time. Also, practicing mock sample test papers make you aware of the examination pattern and enhance your accuracy and efficiency. The tips for preparation of the individual sections are as follows:

  • English Language: Read newspapers like The Hindu, Economic Times and editorial columns in newspapers to enhance your command over the English language. Error spotting, Sentence Rearrangement, Fill in the Blanks, Sentence Correction and Comprehension are some important topics in this section.
  • Quantitative Aptitude: This is a scoring section, provided you have practiced adequately. Focus on topics like Decimal and Fractions, Profit and Loss, Frequency Polygon, Number series, Simple and Compound Interest, Time and Distance, Averages, Bar-diagram etc.
  • Financial or General Awareness: This section mainly includes questions on the current affairs. Candidates are advised to read newspapers and general knowledge magazines regularly to score well in this section.
  • Reasoning: This is the most scoring section and practice is the key to handle this section effectively. Venn diagrams, Coding and Decoding, Seating arrangement, puzzles and Statement and Conclusion type of questions are the most important topics for this section.

Little time is left for the examination and the candidates must devote this crucial time to practice as much as possible. Stay calm and take good care of your health.

All the best!

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