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  • Written by Kiran Zawere
  • Last Modified on 8-06-2022
  • Written by Kiran Zawere
  • Last Modified on 8-06-2022

About Exam

About Exam

Exam Brief

SBI Clerk Mains exam is for recruitment of Junior Associate (Customer Support & Sales) in Clerical Cadre. SBI has conducted the main examination on October 01 & 17, 2021. Earlier, the main exam was planned to take place on July 31, 2021. The State Bank of India had published the recruitment notice (Advertisement No. CRPD/ CR/2021-22/09) online on its official website, i.e., Furthermore, SBI had invited applications from eligible candidates to recruit Junior Associates in various branches throughout the country.

The bank is conducting the SBI Clerk Mains exam for a total of 5454 vacancies, including all categories. Moreover, the vacancies include a regular as well as a special recruitment drive. The selection process for SBI clerk recruitment includes the preliminary exam, main exam, and specified opted local language test. Therefore, candidates who passed prelims can only appear for the mains exam. Candidates can read the article ahead to get details of the SBI Clerk Mains 2021 exam.

Exam Summary

The SBI Clerk exam is one of the major bank exams. Every year, lakhs of candidates appear for the SBI Clerk Recruitment. Furthermore, a candidate can appear for the selection exam only once under the same recruitment cycle and only in one state at a time. Also, they should be proficient, i.e., read, write, speak, and understand, in that state’s specified opted local language. SBI conducts the test of specified opted local language after qualifying the online SBI Clerk main examination. Candidates can check a brief overview of the SBI Clerk Mains exam 2021 below:




Name of the Exam

SBI Clerk Mains

Conducting Body

State Bank of India

Purpose of the Exam

To recruit Junior Associates (Customer Support & Sales) in SBI branches across the country.

Total Number of Vacancies

5454 (including Regular and Backlog Vacancies)

Mode of the Exam

Online / Computer-based Test

Type of Questions

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Duration of the Exam

2 Hours 40 Minutes

Frequency of the Exam

Once in a year

Starting Basic Pay

Rs. 19900/- (Rs. 17900/- plus two advance

increments admissible to graduates)

Official Website and

Official Website Link

Number of Posts/Vacancies


Embibe Notice Board/Notification


Latest Update

Candidates can check all the latest news and updates regarding SBI Clerk recruitment 2021 below.


Latest Update:


  • SBI has conducted the Mains exam on October 01 & 17, 2021. Furthermore, the bank has released the admit card for Mains on September 21, 2021.
  • The bank has announced the SBI Clerk Prelims result on September 21, 2021.
  • SBI has kept the recruitment of Junior Associates for the state/ UT of Ladakh, Manipur, and Leh and Kargil Valley under special drive in suspension till further notice.

Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

Selection Process

SBI Clerk Selection Process 2021

The SBI Clerk examination is one of the highly competitive exams. Every year, millions of candidates appear for the exam. In 2020, around 16 lakh students appeared for the SBI Clerk recruitment exam that had approx. 8000 vacancies. Furthermore, the competition increases with a decrease in vacancy. Therefore, the candidates must prepare a strategy to score high in the examination.

Candidates must also know the SBI Clerk Selection Process before applying for the recruitment. The selection process portrays various stages that the candidates have to go through for recruitment.

Stages of Exam

Stage 1: SBI Clerk Preliminary Exam

The first stage of the SBI Clerk selection process is an online preliminary exam. The SBI prelims consist of objective type questions of 100 marks. The exam consists of the following sections:


  • English Language
  • Numerical Ability and
  • Reasoning Ability

The candidates who passed the prelims exam get qualified for the second phase of the selection process. It is to be noted that the bank shortlists candidates approximately 10 times the number of vacancies for the second stage, i.e., the SBI Clerk Mains Exam.


Stage 2: SBI Clerk Mains Exam

The second stage of the selection process is the SBI Clerk Mains exam. The SBI Clerk Mains is an online objective type exam. It contains the following sections:


  • General/ Financial Awareness
  • General English
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Reasoning Ability
  • Computer Aptitude

The bank will provide the minimum qualifying marks for the SBI Clerk Mains examination. Candidates will have to score higher marks than the minimum qualifying marks to qualify in the SBI Clerk Mains examination.

Based on the candidate’s aggregate marks in the SBI Clerk Mains exam, the bank prepares a merit list of candidates for provisional selection. Furthermore, the bank prepares the merit list for respective States / UTs in case of any reservations. The candidates whose names are on the merit list get qualified for the third/final stage.


Stage 3 / Final Stage: Test of Specified Opted Local Language

The final selection of the candidates is based upon the test of specified opted local language and verification of eligibility for the post. The bank conducts the specified opted local language test for the provisional selected candidates. If any candidate is found not proficient in the specified opted local language, the bank does not offer the appointment to the candidate.

Moreover, SBI disqualifies candidates who are not proficient in the local language. Also, candidates need not have to take the ‘specified opted local language test’ if they produce 10th or 12th standard marksheet/ certificate stating that they have studied the specified opted local language.

Exam pattern details - Scoring pattern (+/- Marking)

SBI Clerk Mains Exam Pattern 2021


The State Bank of India has provided the exam pattern for the main examination. Candidates should check the exam pattern for SBI Clerk Mains 2021. The exam pattern provides all the important information regarding the exam. Candidates can know about the types of questions, sections, exam duration, weightage, marking scheme, etc. Furthermore, understanding the exam pattern helps candidates to prepare for the exam. They can make a preparation strategy and prepare for the exam accordingly. Check the SBI Clerk Mains Exam Pattern 2021 below:




Mode of the Exam

Online/ Computer-based Test

Type of Questions

Multiple Choice Questions

Number of Sections

Four - General/ Financial Awareness, General English, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude

Duration of the Exam

2 Hours 40 Minutes

General/ Financial Awareness - 35 Minutes

General English - 35 Minutes

Quantitative Aptitude - 45 Minutes

Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude - 45 Minutes

Total Number of Questions


Total Marks

200 Marks

Language of the Exam

Except for the General English section, all other sections are bilingual, i.e., English & Hindi

Negative Marking

1/4th of the mark assigned for the question will be deducted

Exam Calendar

SBI Clerk Mains Exam Dates 2021


The bank provides important dates for all the events related to the SBI Clerk recruitment. Candidates must check the SBI Clerk Schedule for the recruitment so that they don’t miss any deadline. Candidates can check the table below to know SBI Clerk Mains Exam Dates 2021:




Date of release of SBI Clerk notification

26 April 2021

Date of start of the online application form and fee payment

27 April 2021

Last date for the online application form and fee payment

20 May 2021

Date of Prelims result declaration

September 21, 2021

Date of release of Mains admit card

September 21, 2021

SBI Clerk Mains exam date

31 July 2021

October 01 & 17, 2021

Date of Mains result declaration

To be announced

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