Time Management Tips for SBI Clerk Prelims 2022 Exam

By Amrit Gouda|Updated : October 20th, 2022

The Preliminary exam of the SBI Clerk is scheduled to be conducted in the month of November (Tentative). All the students who are preparing for this exam must buckle up their seat belts to score maximum marks in the exam. There is sectional timing in the SBI Clerk Prelims exam and thus, you will get only 20 minutes to attempt each section.

You must plan your exam strategy beforehand so as to attempt maximum questions in the minimum time. In this article, we are going to discuss the strategies and time management tips to attempt all the sections in 20 minutes each.


Best Time Management Tips for SBI Clerk 2022 Exam

Parameters for time management

  1. You should know about your weak and strong areas.
  2. You must be good at question selection.
  3. You should know the short tricks to solve lengthy questions.
  4. Your speed and accuracy must be maintained.
  5. You have planned the exam strategy beforehand.

Work on all the above-mentioned parameters to manage time efficiently in the exam.

Time Management Tips to Attempt Quant in 20 minutes?

Quantitative Aptitude is a calculative but scoring section. If we go through the analysis of previously held clerical banking exams, the following topics were asked:

  • Simplification
  • Approximation
  • Number Series
  • Quadratic Equation
  • Data Interpretation
  • Miscellaneous

Most of the above-mentioned topics come in a set of 5 questions. Also, around 10-15 questions are being asked from the Arithmetic section. So, you should plan the sequence of topics & decide the ones to be attempted first.

Least time-taking topics: Simplification, Approximation, and Data Interpretation.

These topics are calculative but can be done easily if you have practiced them well. You must know calculation short tricks to solve them quickly.  In DI, try to analyze answers by graphs and try to apply the option elimination method to answer quickly.

Check here: Way to do the calculation by short tricks.

  • After that, attempt Number Series and Quadratic Equation problems. Give a single attempt to them. Don’t waste much time analyzing the pattern of the questions.
  • In the end, attempt questions on arithmetic topics.
  • Attempt easy topics first. Try to attempt at least 25 questions in 20 minutes with complete accuracy.
  • Practice quant sectional tests and quizzes to score well.

Quantitative Aptitude Quiz for SBI clerk 2022

Time Management Tips to Attempt Reasoning in 20 minutes?

Reasoning is a tricky section and requires quick analyzing power to solve the questions. The important reasoning topics in the prelims exam are as under:

  • Coding-Decoding
  • Inequality
  • Syllogism
  • Series (Numeric, Alphanumeric, Symbol, etc.)
  • Seating Arrangement and Puzzles
  • Blood Relation
  • Direction Sense
  • Order and Ranking

Let's discuss the strategy to attempt questions in the exam:

  • Prepare all these topics well. Around 15 questions are asked from Puzzles and it can be a score booster for you.
  • Practice more than 100 questions of each topic. This will help you solve questions in the exam easily.
  • In the exam, attempt easy and less time taking questions first.
  • Don’t start with the puzzle if you are not having a good command over it.
  • Topics like Inequality, Series, Blood Relation are less time taking. You can start with these topics.
  • After that, attempt Coding-Decoding and Puzzle problems. Give a single attempt to the Puzzle. Don’t waste time in solving the puzzle again and again.
  • At last, attempt remaining topics like Syllogism, Direction Sense, etc.
  • Try to attempt 23+ questions in this section in the time span of 20 minutes.
  • Attempt quizzes and sectional mock test of Reasoning regularly to check your preparation level.

Reasoning Ability Quiz for SBI clerk 2022

Time Management Tips to Attempt English in 20 minutes?

In the prelims phase of the exam, students often attempt this section at last and end up attempting a fewer number of questions. But this time, due to the sectional timing, you have to give equal importance to this subject too.

You will be given 20 minutes to attempt 30 questions and you must try to attempt 20+ questions in this section. Here is the list of topics that can be asked in the exam:

  • Sentence Correction/Improvement
  • Error Detection
  • Para jumble
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze Test
  • Phrase Replacement
  • Fillers

In this section, we often see the variation of the pattern in several topics. So, to ace this section you have to build up these three basic parameters: good reading skills, knowledge of grammar rules, vocabulary. If you have all three capabilities, you can answer all the above topics easily.

  • In the exam, do not start with lengthy topics like Reading comprehension and Para jumbles.
  • Attempt Fillers, Cloze Test, and Error-based questions first.
  • Make sure that you do not guess the answer to the question. Also, try to use the option elimination technique in this section.
  • Attempt vocab-based questions in RC first.
  • In Para Jumble, try figuring out the first and last sentence to answer the questions easily.
  • Practice 50+ questions of all the topics to strengthen your command.

English Language Quiz for SBI clerk 2022

Tips to keep in mind while preparing for the exam

  • Have a thorough understanding of the basic concepts of each topic
  • Dedicate definite study hours to each subject in your daily routine. Decide study hours as per your work schedule and follow it until the day of the exam
  • Prepare handy notes of important formulas, Short tricks, and don't forget to revise them before the last week of the exam
  • Practice sectional & full-length Mock test. This is the best way to improve your speed and accuracy in the actual exam
  • Analyze the Mock Test Results. It is the best way to understand your strong and weak areas. Find out where you are lacking. Improve your weak areas. Work on your mistakes so that you do not repeat them

Tips to keep in mind while Attempting the Mock Test or Final Exam

Be careful in question selection. Do not start with lengthy topics. Maintain your speed and accuracy while attempting the test. 

Do not spend much time on a single question. Attempt easy topics first.

Guess-work is a Big NO. Your inaccuracy will lead to negative markings.

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  • With proper practice and question selection strategy you can attempt a decent number of questions to ensure your selection in the SBI Clerk exam 2021.

  • In the 1st1 month focus on basic concepts and then start practising as many mocks as possible. So that before the exam day you have must have analysed yourself thoroughly.

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