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Last Minute Tips for SBI Clerk Main Exam 2016

Jun 23, 2016 17:28 IST

    SBI is all set to conduct the Mains exam for recruitment in the assistant cadre on 25th and 26th June 2016 all over the country.

    The structure of the SBI clerk Main Exam which will be conducted online is as follows:

    Name of Test

    No. of Questions



    General/Financial Awareness



    35 minutes

    General English



    35 minutes

    Quantitative Aptitude



    45 minutes

    Reasoning Ability& Computer Aptitude



    45 minutes




    2 hours and 40 minutes

    What is new this time?

    This is the first time that the exam will be conducted in a new pattern i.e. allotted sectional timing for each section of the exam. Accordingly, the candidates need to fine-tune their strategies to make it to the coveted bank.

    • The number of questions is less: There will be a total of 190 questions in the paper compared to the previous total of 200 questions. The numbers for each section are: General/ Financial Awareness (50 questions), English Language (40 questions), Reasoning and Computer Ability (50 questions) and Quantitative Aptitude (50 question).
    • Differential marking pattern for Sections: Yes, all the questions are not going to carry equal marks in the new pattern. For English, General Awareness and Quantitative Aptitude, there is one mark allotted to each question but for reasoning and Computer ability, the allotted mark for each question is 1.2 as it has 60 marks allotted against 50 questions in the section.
    • Overall Time is more: You are getting 40 minutes more to answer 10 questions less than the previous papers. Here you have 2 hours 40 minutes to answer all the 190 questions and not 2 hours for 200 questions.

    Effective Last minute Tips: The expert team of Jagranjosh.com has come up with few last minute tips which will prove helpful to crack the examination, stated as below: 

    Scan the section first: Every competitive examination has some easy, some moderate and some very tough questions – those who wish to ace the exam must learn to spot the easy ones and avoid the tough ones. No one will be able to attempt all questions in the given time and therefore the best approach is to focus on accuracy rather than on the number of questions to be attempted.

    In this scenario the key to score maximum marks is the ‘selection’ of the right question to attempt. Candidates are advised to select the question based on parameters like expertise of subject, length of the question, level of difficulty of the question and their own comfort level in solving particular type of questions.

    Avoid guesswork:  Aspirants are advised to avoid guesswork as there will be negative marks of 0.25 for each wrong answer.

    Spend the right amount of time on each question: If marks are equally weighted on questions, give them roughly the same amount of time.  The best rule is that if you are no closer to solving a Question even after 2-3 minutes then it is wise to abandon the same and move on to other one.

    Revise the concepts across all test subjects: Candidates are advised to revise all the formulas and rules for each subject.  For example: Revise basic English grammar rules from any grammar book.

    Cross-check the options also:  Sometimes one can easily get the answer by just checking the given options. So cross check the given options before marking your answer.

    Be confident: Self Confidence is the key to crack this examination. From a comparative analysis of the candidates who got already selected, self confidence was one thing that found common amongst all selected ones. You need to keep yourself charged and have faith in yourself. This will definitely help you to answer your questions in the examination with self-assurance and conviction.

    Don’t get panic: And last but not the least ensure aspirants should pace themselves during the exam. It is most important among all is “Don’t get panic” this will lower speed and thinking ability.

    SBI Clerk Mains Exam 2016 with Sectional Time Limit: New Approach for New Pattern

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