Course Description


State Bank of India conducts the SBI Clerk Exam annually to recruit candidates for the post of Junior Associates (Customer Support and Sales) across its various branches in India. The SBI Clerk position is highly sought-after, and a significant number of candidates appear for the exam every year. For this year , SBI will be announcing a large number of vacancies for Junior Associates.

The SBI Clerk (Junior Associate) is responsible for client interactions and related operations at the bank. As cashiers, depositors, and other front-office roles, SBI clerks represent the face of the bank to customers. The recruitment process for SBI Clerk will consist of both Preliminary and Main examinations, which will shortlist candidates for the available vacancies.

In this article, we will provide information on SBI Clerk Exam, Exam Dates, Online Form, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Salary, and more.

Eligibility criteria

SBI prescribes SBI Clerk eligibility in terms of age, educational qualification and nationality. The eligiblity criteria is given below:


A candidate should fulfill any one of the following to be eligible for SBI Clerk  nationality criteria.

  • A Citizen of India. OR
  • Citizen of Bhutan/Nepal/Bangladesh with a valid certificate from the Indian govt.

Educational Qualification

It is highly essential for candidates to know the SBI Clerk eligibility criteria for educational qualification. Before filling out the SBI Clerk application form, it is advised to read the notification pdf thoroughly.

  • Graduate or its equivalent in any stream or subject from government recognized institute/college is the minimum qualification criteria for SBI Clerk.
  • No minimum marks or percentage is required.
  • Final-year candidates are also eligible to apply and appear for SBI Clerk.

Age Limit

The SBI Clerk age limit is one of the most important pillars of eligibility criteria. Check out the below-mentioned details for a detailed overview-

  • The minimum age of the candidate should not be less than 20 years to appear for the SBI Clerk exam.
  • Also, the candidate should not be more than 28 years old as per the maximum age limit described by SBI.
  • Besides this, there is age relaxation for the reserved categories as per the government norms, which is provided in the table below-
CategoryAge Limit
SC/ST33 yrs
Other backward classes (OBC)31 yrs
Person with disabilities (General)38 yrs
A person with disabilities (SC /ST)43 yrs
A person with disabilities (OBC)41 yrs
Jammu & Kashmir Domicile33 Yrs
Ex-Service-men/Disabled Ex-Service-menThe actual period of service rendered in defense services for more than 3 years (8 years for Disabled Ex-servicemen belonging to SC/ST) subject to a max. age of 50 years
Widows, Divorced womenGEN- 35 yrs OBC- 38 yrs SC/ST- 40 yrs

Exam Pattern

To crack SBI Clerk (Junior Associates) exam it is very important to know the exam pattern in and out. Here is the exam pattern for the SBI Clerk Prelims and SBI Clerk Mains exam:

As per the official notification released by SBI, “No minimum qualifying marks for individual subjects are prescribed”. Thus, there will not be any sectional cut off for this year’s SBI Junior Associates Recruitment Online Examination. However, the criteria solely lie within the hands of the organisation.

SBI Clerk Prelims Exam Pattern
S No.SectionNo. of QuestionTotal MarksDuration
1English Language303020 minutes
2Numerical Ability353520 minutes
3Reasoning353520 minutes
Total10010060 minutes

SBI Clerk Exam Pattern Mains

The structure of the main examination (online objective type) would be as follows:

Serial NumberSectionNo. of QuestionTotal MarksDuration
1.General English404035 minutes
2.Quantitative Aptitude505045 minutes
3.Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude506045 minutes
4.General/Financial Awareness505035 minutes
Total1902002 hours 40 minutes


The SBI Clerk exam consists of two stages – Preliminary and Main. Although both exams are conducted on the same pattern and syllabus, the difficulty level of the Main exam is higher than the Preliminary exam. The Preliminary examination of the SBI Clerk exam will comprise three sections – Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Language.

The syllabus for SBI Clerk Prelims and Mains exam is as follows:

SBI Clerk Syllabus
ReasoningQuantitative AbilityEnglish Language
Logical ReasoningSimplificationReading Comprehension
Alphanumeric SeriesProfit and LossCloze Test
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet TestMixtures and AlligationsPara jumbles
Data SufficiencySimple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & IndicesMiscellaneous
Coded InequalitiesWork and  TimeFill in the blanks
Seating ArrangementTime & DistanceMultiple Meaning /Error Spotting
PuzzleMensuration – Cylinder, Cone, SphereParagraph Completion
TabulationData Interpretation 
SyllogismRatio & Proportion, Percentage 
Blood RelationsNumber Systems 
Input OutputSequence & Series 
Coding DecodingPermutation, Combination & Probability

Application Fee

The candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD/EXs category will be exempted from paying the application fee. The SBI Clerk application fee based on different categories is provided in the table below. 

Sr. No.CategoryApplication Fees
2.General/OBC/EWS₹ 750/- (Application fees including intimation charges)

How to Apply Online for SBI Clerk?

The State Bank of India will announce the dates for applying online for the SBI Clerk examination along with the release of the notification PDF. The SBI Clerk notification is expected to be published shortly, and the link to apply online will be activated on the official SBI website once the notification PDF is released. Aspirants are advised to submit their applications for the SBI Clerk exam through the online mode before the deadline.

Here is a step-by-step guide to applying online for SBI Clerk:

Step 1: Visit the official website of State Bank of India –

Step 2: Look for the ‘Careers’ section on the homepage and click on it.

Step 3: Find the link for the SBI Clerk notification and click on it.

Step 4: Read the notification carefully and ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria.

Step 5: Click on the ‘Apply Online’ link, and you will be redirected to the SBI Clerk application form.

Step 6: Fill in all the required details in the application form, including personal and educational information.

Step 7: Upload scanned copies of your photograph and signature in the prescribed format.

Step 8: Pay the application fee through the available online payment modes.

Step 9: Verify all the details provided in the application form and click on the ‘Submit’ button.

Step 10: Download and take a printout of the filled-in application form for future reference.

It is crucial to follow all the instructions carefully while filling the SBI Clerk application form. Candidates should also keep a copy of the filled-in application form and payment receipt for future reference.


  • What is the SBI Junior Associate (JA) exam?
    The SBI Junior Associate (JA) exam is a national-level competitive exam conducted by the State Bank of India (SBI) to recruit candidates for the post of Junior Associates (Customer Support and Sales) in its various branches across India.
  • What is the eligibility criteria for the SBI JA exam?
    The eligibility criteria for the SBI JA exam include age limit, educational qualification, and nationality. The candidate must be a graduate in any discipline from a recognized university and should be between 20 to 28 years of age. The candidate must also be an Indian citizen.
  • What is the selection process for the SBI JA exam?
    The selection process for the SBI JA exam consists of two stages: Preliminary Exam and Main Exam. Candidates who qualify in the Preliminary Exam are called for the Main Exam. Those who clear the Main Exam are further called for a language proficiency test and document verification.
  • What is the syllabus for the SBI JA exam?
    The syllabus for the SBI JA exam includes subjects such as English Language, Numerical Ability, Reasoning Ability, General Awareness, and Computer Aptitude.
  • How can I apply for the SBI JA exam?
    Candidates can apply for the SBI JA exam online by visiting the official website of SBI. The application process consists of registration, filling up the application form, uploading the required documents, and paying the application fee.
  • What is the exam pattern for the SBI JA exam?
    The exam pattern for the SBI JA exam consists of multiple-choice questions (MCQs). The Preliminary Exam consists of three sections: English Language, Numerical Ability, and Reasoning Ability. The Main Exam consists of four sections: General/Financial Awareness, General English, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude.
  • What is the salary for SBI Junior Associates?
    The salary for SBI Junior Associates ranges from INR 23,700 to INR 42,020. Along with the basic pay, Junior Associates are also entitled to various other benefits such as medical facilities, house rent allowance, and travel allowance.
  • How many times can I appear for the SBI JA exam?
    There is no limit to the number of times a candidate can appear for the SBI JA exam. However, the candidate must meet the eligibility criteria for the exam at the time of each attempt.
  • Is there any negative marking in SBI JA?
    Yes, there is a negative marking in SBI Clerk exam for wrong answers in both preliminary and mains exam. One-fourth of the total marks will be deducted for the question marked wrong by the candidate.