How to prepare Numerical Ability for SBI Clerk Prelims 2021 Exam?

The SBI Clerk Exam takes place every year in two rounds – prelims and mains, to recruit people for the post of Junior Associate in the State Bank of India. It is one of the most sought-after government banks as it ensures many perks. Each year a large number of graduates appear for the SBI Clerk. 

The notification dates for SBI Clerk 2021 are expected to release soon and the details will be available on SBI’s official website. Since so many people sit for the exam, you must start preparing well in advance. 

Numerical Ability contributes majorly to the marks and here are some tricks to ace it. The competition will be based on the number of vacancies and the selection will be based on cut-offs. Through this article, we will attempt to make the SBI Clerk 2021 an easier process for you.

SBI Clerk 2021 Prelims Pattern

Before moving further to Numerical Ability for the SBI Clerk 2021, let’s check the prelims exam pattern once. There will be 3 sections in the preliminary exam- 

Serial No.SectionNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksDuration
1.English Language303020 mins
2.Numerical Ability353520 mins
3.Reasoning353520 mins
Total10010060 mins

As you can see the question paper will comprise of English Language, Numerical Ability and Reasoning sections. 60 minutes will be provided to complete the test and 1 mark will be awarded for every right answer whereas 0.25 marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer. The test will be MCQ based.

Tips for Numerical Ability for SBI Clerk

The following points will help you get an overview of the Numerical ability question and answers for SBI Clerk.

  • Numerical Ability for SBI Clerk:

Be thorough with the syllabus and the types of Numerical ability question and answers for SBI Clerk. Go through it carefully and identify your strengths and weaknesses. The paper will be based on class 12 level mathematics. Numerical Ability can be high scoring if you are thorough with the concepts.

The syllabus is as follows-

Simplification, Profit & Loss, Mixtures & Alligations, Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices, Work & Time, Time & Distance, Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere, Data Interpretation, Percentage, Number Systems, Functions & Equations, Sequence & Series, Ratio & Proportion, Permutation, Combination, Probability, etc 

  • Work according to the weightage

Some topics will have more questions and some will have fewer. Be sure to research well in advance about the weightage of each topic. Give more preparation time to topics that have more weightage in the paper. In the month preceding the exam, make a proper schedule and study according to it. Work on your weaknesses and sharpen your strengths. 

  • Identify the types of Questions

Certain questions will be application-based and would require more efforts from your end. Some questions like number series will require much less time as compared to questions of geometry. You should be well-versed with all the formulas and they should be on your tips to avoid wastage of the limited time. Also, learn maths tricks for quicker calculations and try implementing those while answering questions. These tricks will help you save a lot of time on the day of exams. 

  • Practice with a Timer

Everyone will be practising but you need to smartly do it. Identify the questions which take more time and put a timer while practising them. Try to complete the questions in the stipulated time of 1-2 mins and keep reducing the timer as you move forward. This will ensure speed practice. Firstly, prepare each topic individually and then when the day of the exam nears, practice mock tests with timers.

  • Maintain Speed and Accuracy

As mentioned above, you will have 20 minutes to complete 35 numerical ability questions. That means that for each question the candidates will have approximately 1.75 minutes. Also, negative marking will occur and 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer. Hence, practising with a timer will come in handy. Try to aim for 30+ marks in the Numerical Ability section to maintain the overall marks. Do not attempt questions that you are not sure of, one cannot afford negative marking.

To get selected for the desired post in SBI, candidates need to clear both sectional and overall cut-offs to be eligible for the next round of selection i.e. mains.

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