How to Crack SBI Clerk 2022 in First Attempt: Preparation Strategy

By Jyoti Bisht|Updated : February 3rd, 2022

How to crack SBI Clerk in the first attempt: In today's highly competitive world, it is very important that hard work must be supplemented with smart work to reach your goal at the earliest. To stand out from the competition you must know the strategy to crack SBI Clerk in the first attempt. Working in SBI as a Clerk or PO is always in demand among the aspirants. 

The level of the SBI Clerk exam here is also a bit different and difficult as compared to the exams conducted by IBPS. Almost every year, SBI comes up with some new changes in the exam pattern.

So all aspirants must start their preparation keeping this thing in mind. As this is a clerical exam, you must work on your calculation speed and accuracy. In this article, we are going to discuss how to plan and execute your preparation and strategy so that you can crack SBI Clerk 2022 in the first attempt. But before that, let us have a glance at the highlights of SBI Clerk 2022.

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Preparation Strategy to Crack SBI Clerk 2022 in First Attempt

1) Know SBI Clerk 2022 Exam Pattern

Before you start your preparation, you must be well aware of the exam pattern. In the tables provided below, we are giving the exam pattern for both prelims and main exams.

SBI Clerk Preliminary Exam Pattern 2022

S. NoSectionNo. of QuestionTotal MarksTime Duration
1English Language303020 minutes
2Numerical Ability353520 minutes
3Reasoning353520 minutes
 Total10010060 minutes

SBI Clerk Mains Exam Pattern 2022

S. NoSectionNo. of QuestionTotal MarksTime Duration
1.General English404035 minutes
2.Quantitative Aptitude505045 minutes
3.Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude506045 minutes
4.General/Financial Awareness505035 minutes
 Total1902002 hours 40 minutes

We are here discussing a section-wise strategy to help you in scoring well in the exam.

2) Importance of Sectional Timing

  • In the prelims exam, we get only 20 minutes for each section. It becomes very important that you attempt questions with utmost accuracy, such that you do not end up wasting your precious time.
  • Work on your calculation speed.
  • Practice sectional Mock Tests, to increase your speed.

3) Go through the Previous Year Papers

  • Solving the SBI Clerk's previous years' paper is the best way to get familiar with the exam's pattern and difficulty level.
  • Make a list of frequently asked topics in all the sections and prepare them well
  • Each year the difficulty level of exam increases, so prepare accordingly

4) Section-wise Strategy

  1. English Language: To score well in this section, you should develop a good reading habit. This will help you in solving reading comprehension. Build a habit of reading a good newspaper daily. This will also boost your vocabulary.
  2. Quantitative section: Practice plays a major role here. Practice as much as you can. Work on your calculation speed. Learn all the short tricks required for fast calculation.
  3. Reasoning Ability: Here you should be crystal clear with your basics. Do not leave any topic for the main exam. Prepare all topics right from the start. Refer to SBI Clerk Study Material for Exam 2021.

In the table provided below, we are listing out some important topics that are very crucial from the exam point of view.

English LanguageQuantitative AptitudeReasoning Ability
Cloze testData Interpretation QuestionsPuzzles & Seating Arrangement 
Spotting the ErrorNumber Series Syllogism
Sentence ImprovementSimplification/ ApproximationInequality
Para-jumblesQuadratic Equations


Vocabulary-based QuestionsComparison between quantities Series-based Questions (Alphanumeric and Numeric)
Reading ComprehensionArithmetic topics like Profit & Loss, Mixtures & Allegations, Time & Distance, etc. Input-Output

5) Role of Speed & Accuracy

Speed and accuracy play a vital role in clearing any competitive exam. Practicing is the only solution by which you can get a command over your calculation and paper-solving speed. Make it a habit of daily attempting sectional tests of all subjects and then going through their solutions. Learn all the shortcuts, formulae, and tricks in the Quantitative Aptitude Section and save your calculation time.

6) Go through Previous Year Cut-offs

Before you aim at qualifying for an exam, it is essential to know its level of difficulty and pattern. So, you are advised to go through the SBI Clerk Cut-off of previous years, just to know about the difficulty level of the exam. Although the difficulty level is increasing each year, you can get an idea of its difficulty level.

7) SBI Clerk Previous Year Exam Analysis

Thorough knowledge of the previous year's exam analysis will enhance your overall preparation since you will hold onto the weightage of topics. We have breakdown the section-wise weightage in the below table for a crystal clear vision of the actual exam and the would-be questions. The candidates can go through the SBI Clerk Mains Previous Year Exam Analysis.

  • Reasoning Ability Prelims Exam Analysis

Topic Name



Puzzles and Seating Arrangement

4 Sets 19 questions

Square puzzle

Scheduling puzzle 

Uncertain row puzzle with 17 persons

Rank-based Puzzle

Direction Sense

Number of questions:3


Number of questions:3

Alphabet Series

Number of questions:5
SyllogismNumber of questions:3
Blood RelationNumber of questions:1
  • English Language Prelims Exam Analysis



Reading Comprehension

Number of questions:8-10 (Corporate world, women leadership)

Sentence Rearrangement

Number of questions:4-5

Phrase replacement/Word exchange

Number of questions:5

Error spotting

Number of questions:5

Cloze Test

Number of questions:5
  • Quantitative Aptitude Prelims Exam Analysis

Topic Name




Number of questions:10-12

Wrong Number Series

Number of questions:5

Data Interpretation

Number of questions:5 (Line graph)
Quantity-BasedNumber of questions:2-3

Miscellaneous (Arithmetic)

Number of questions:10-12

8) Do not wait for the Prelims Result

It is seen that many students start preparing for the main exam after they pass the prelims exam. Well, this should not be the case. The time gap between the declaration of SBI Clerk Prelims Result and the day of the main exam is not sufficient to clear the exam. Plan your preparation smartly, covering all the important topics. Be regular with a newspaper and make notes of things that are important. Revise them daily and keep updating them.

9) Practice Mocks

Practice mocks regularly to analyze your preparation level. Give a full-length mock daily, go through its solutions, recognize your weak areas and work on them. Giving mock daily will also make you familiar with the latest questions being asked in different bank exams.

10) Follow your Study Time Table

To crack any competitive exam, you must follow a perfect timetable. Do not copy or follow someone else's timetable and make your timetable according to your requirement. Make a Timetable and a Plan that covers all the topics and allot them time according to your expertise in those topics. 

11) Keep Yourself Motivated

It is very important that you remain optimistic and motivated throughout your preparation. There might come such a time when you will start feeling low or demotivated. Even if you are not scoring well in mocks, do not get disheartened. Just keep practicing and you will get success.

"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. "– Pele

Starting the preparation from this time will provide ample time will make sure to crack the SBI Clerk exam in the first attempt.

The aspirants need to start with their preparation from scratch so that they can bag a selection in SBI Clerk 2022.

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  • The SBI Clerk exam in the first attempt can be a little challenging but not impossible. You just need to be focused by knowing every aspect related to the SBI Clerk 2022 Exam. Such as know the exam pattern, syllabus, previous year question papers and attempt the daily quizzes then Mock test as well.

  • Prepare English Section in this way to crack SBI Clerk in the First Attempt- Start practicing reading comprehension problems. Make it a habit to read an excellent newspaper every day. This will also help you to expand your vocabulary.

  • Prepare Reasoning Section in this way to crack SBI Clerk in the First Attempt- Here, you should have a firm grasp of the fundamentals. Make sure you don't leave anything out of the main exam. Prepare all themes from the beginning.

  • Prepare Quantitative Section in this way to crack SBI Clerk in the First Attempt- The importance of practice cannot be overstated. Make the most of your practice time. Working on your computation speed is a good idea. Learn all of the quick calculations tricks you'll need.

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