SBI Clerk Syllabus 2021 | SBI Clerk Prelims + Mains Detailed Syllabus & Preparation Strategy

State Bank of India conducts the SBI Clerk Exam to recruit suitable candidates for the post of Junior Associate across all its branches in India. Recently, SBI has notified 5000+ vacancies in the latest SBI Clerk notification. With the SBI Clerk Prelims scheduled in the month of June, it is a golden opportunity for candidates aspiring to enter the largest public sector bank of India. 

In order to ensure selection, it is extremely important to have a complete understanding of the SBI Clerk Exam syllabus for both the Preliminary and Mains rounds. In this article, we have tabulated the SBI Clerk Prelims and Mains Exam syllabus. 

SBI Clerk Prelims Syllabus & Preparation Strategy

As you would have read in the SBI Clerk Prelims Exam Pattern, it consists of three sections namely English Language, Numerical Ability (Maths), and Logical Reasoning. We’ve here listed down all the topics that are asked in this section. We’ve also included the preparation strategy for SBI Clerk Prelims Exam:

Section Description

Topics included in SBI Clerk Prelims

Preparation Strategy For SBI Clerk Prelims

Logical Reasoning

  • Alphanumeric Series

  • Ranking/ Direction/ Alphabet Test

  • Data Sufficiency

  • Coded Inequalities

  • Seating Arrangement

  • Puzzle

  • Tabulation

  • Syllogism

  • Blood Relations

  • Input-Output       

  • Coding-Decoding

  • In the Logical Reasoning section, it is important to have a basic understanding of each of the topic. 

  • Hence, develop a basic understanding of how to solve the question of each type. 

  • You can practice the questions from any Logical Reasoning book or preferably enroll in our banking course where introduce each topic from a very basic level.

  • Next, practice each topic extremely diligently and supplement it with sectional mock tests.

  • In addition to this, write one mock test each week, assess your weak areas and improve it in the coming week.

Numerical Ability (Maths)

  • Simplification

  • Profit & Loss

  • Mixtures & Alligations

  • Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices

  • Work & Time

  • Time & Distance

  • Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere

  • Data Interpretation

  • Ratio & Proportion

  • Number Systems

  • Sequence & Series

  • Percentage

  • Permutation Combination

  • Probability


  • Maths is a comparatively easy section than Reasoning.

  • You must have already studied all the mentioned topics as a part of your school curriculum. 

  • Hence, revise the basic concepts of each topic and then start practicing.

  • Practice all the different types of questions that are asked from a particular topic. 

  • Supplement your preparation with the sectional mock test, SBI Clerk Original Previous Year Paper as well as one mock test per week.

English Language

  • Cloze Test

  • Para jumbles

  • Miscellaneous

  • Fill in the blanks

  • Multiple Meaning /Error Spotting

  • Paragraph Completion

  • Cloze Test, Error Spotting, and Fill in the Blanks type of question are applications of basic grammar. 

  • Hence, develop a deep understanding of the parts of speech.

  • Solve sectional tests, previous year papers as well as one mock each week. Assess your weakness and try to improve it week by week. 

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SBI Clerk Mains Syllabus & Preparation Strategy

The SBI Clerk Mains round is extremely important as it will solely determine your final selection. Hence, it is crucial to have a thorough understanding of the SBI Clerk syllabus. You must know all the topics that a part of the SBI Clerk Mains Pattern. Let’s check out the detailed syllabus and preparation strategy for acing SBI Clerk Mains Exam:

Section Description

Topics included in SBI Clerk Mains

Preparation Strategy For SBI Clerk Syllabus For Mains

General/Financial Awareness

  • Current Affairs

  • Static GK

  • Banking/Financial Terms

  • Financial Awareness

  • Follow the news and by heart the current affairs especially pertaining to Finance/Banking/Economic affairs of the last 8-12 months.

  • For Static GK, you can refer to any GK capsule. However, make sure you cross-verify the answers as they’re sometimes wrong. 

  • Alternatively, you can join our banking course where will provide you complete preparation kit for preparing this section.

General English

  • Cloze Test

  • Para jumbles

  • Miscellaneous

  • Fill in the blanks

  • Multiple Meaning /Error Spotting

  • Paragraph Completion

  • The level of difficulty is a notch higher in SBI Clerk Mains Exam than in the Prelims.

  • However, since the topic asked is the same, the preparation strategy is pretty much the same. 

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Simplification

  • Profit & Loss

  • Mixtures & Alligations

  • Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices

  • Work & Time

  • Time & Distance

  • Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere

  • Data Interpretation

  • Ratio & Proportion

  • Number Systems

  • Sequence & Series

  • Percentage

  • Permutation Combination

  • Probability

  • Again, the difficulty level of Maths is way above the Prelims level, hence your preparation needs to be more focused.

  • Make sure you remember all the formulas of mensuration. 

  • It is advisable to not skip any topic completely. At least have a surface-level understanding of all the topics so that you can attempt the easy questions from all the topics.

Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude

  • Machine Input/Output

  • Syllogism

  • Blood Relation

  • Direction Sense

  • Inequalities

  • Puzzles

  • Coding-Decoding

  • Ranking

  • Statement & Assumptions


  • Focus on Puzzles and Machine Input-Output types of questions as they’re asked in a set format.

  • Make sure you enhance your speed and accuracy.

  • Be very mindful of negative marking. Strive to score higher for each section

Computer Aptitude

  • Hardware

  • Software

  • Generation of Computers

  • DBMS

  • Networking

  • Internet

  • MS Office

  • Input-Output Devices

  • Important Abbreviations

  • Internet

  • Static questions are asked from this section. 

  • Refer to the book Computer Awareness by R. Pillai for preparing this section. 

  • Make sure you learn everything about the mentioned topics.

  • Solve previous year papers, mock tests, and sectional tests to enhance your knowledge in this section. 

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This is a complete overview of the SBI Clerk Syllabus for both Prelims and Mains round. We’ve also covered a preparation strategy that you can leverage to complete the SBI Clerk Exam syllabus. With just about 6-weeks to SBI Clerk Prelims, it is important to understand the nitty-gritty of the exam to perform well. Tune in to our webinars and live sessions to enhance your SBI Clerk Preparation. We also have comprehensive banking courses that you can utilize to fuel your preparation and enhance your chances of selection.