SBI Clerk Vacancies: New Exam Pattern and Selection Process

It’s a great news that State Bank of India has released 8301 vacancies for the recruitment of junior associates (customer support & sales). Every candidate was eagerly waiting for this vacancy. There were rumors that SBI will not release clerk vacancies this year, among these rumors this is a good news for all the aspirants preparing for the banking exams. However, the pattern has been changed for this year’s vacancy.  Let’s discuss about the new pattern of the exam.


Important Dates:

Starting Date of Registration: 20.01.2018

Closing Date of Registration: 10.02.2018

Prelims: Prelims exam will be tentatively conducted in March/April 2018.

Mains Exam: Main Examination will be conducted tentatively on 12.05.2018.


Essential Academic Qualifications: (AS ON 01.01.2018)

A candidate should have done graduation in any discipline from a  recognised University or any equivalent qualification recognised as such by the Central Government.

Age Limit: (As on 01.01.2018)

A candidate should not be below 20 years and not above 28 years as on 01.01.2018 i.e. candidates must have been born not earlier than 02.01.1990 and not later than 01.01.1998 (both days inclusive).

How to apply?

Candidates can apply on the official website of SBI i.e. or

Application Fees: For SC/ST: Rs 100

                            For Others: Rs 600

Exam Pattern:

Prelims: SBI has introduced a new pattern for prelims exam. The new pattern is as follows:

English Language303020 minutes
Numerical Ability353520 minutes
Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
Total1001001 hour




505035 minutes
General English404035 minutes


505045 minutes
Reasoning Ability&

Computer Aptitude

506045 minutes

Negative marking: .25 for each incorrect answer.

Test of specified opted local language:

Those candidates who will qualify for selection will have to produce 10th or 12th standard mark sheet/certificate evidencing having studied the specified opted local language. Those students who produce the certificates will not be subjected to any Language test. In case of others (qualified for selection), specified opted local language test will be conducted after provisional selection but before joining. Candidates not found to be proficient in specified opted local language would be disqualified.

Provisional Selection

The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added for the selection and only the aggregate marks obtained in Main Examination (Phase-II) will be considered for preparation of the final merit list. Provisional selection will be made on the basis of candidate’s performance in the main examination.

Wait List:

A wait list of up to 50% of vacancies (State-category wise) will be maintained. Candidates will be released from this waitlist on the quarterly basis against non-joining and resignation out of the current batch only, subject to the candidates securing minimum qualifying marks as may be stipulated by the Bank for selection. This wait list will be valid for a period of one year from the date of declaration of final result.

As SBI has introduced a new pattern and IBPS has always followed the pattern of SBI, so all the aspiring candidates should get ready to see a similar pattern in the upcoming IBPS exams of the year. All the aspiring candidates should pull up their socks and start their preparations and make the proper study plan for their exam. You should keep in mind that “Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity”.