This is a great time for students preparing for banking exams. State Bank of India Clerk Recruitment 2016 has released notification for completing the 19,000 vacancies pertaining to clerk posts. The number of openings from the prestigious SBI is colossal this time and that’s the reason you need to be updated with all the required information about such an important examination.

Information you need to know:
On April 5, 2016, SBI’s Central Recruitment and Promotions Department have announced the career opportunities in 2016 for

  • Recruitment of Junior Associates (customer support & sales)
  • Junior Agricultural Associates in clerical cadre

Number of seats for the post: 19,000 + (Expected)

Amount payable for registration fee
All the candidates who belong to general/OBC need to pay Rs. 600. Candidates who are SC/ST/PWD need to pay Rs. 100. Candidates can pay the fee either online or offline. Online payment has to be done through Netbanking / Debit card / Credit card. In the offline mode, you can pay at any of the branches of State Bank of India (SBI) after the registration of application form.

SBI clerk 2016 hiring process
Initially candidates will be selected based on their performance in the online test, which will be conducted by SBI. A cut off mark will be set, and depending on the cut off mark of qualifying the written test, an interview will be held. Those who can clear the interview will be in the final selected list.

SBI Clerk 2016: Important Dates

Serial Event Date
1. Online registration of application form begins 5 April 2016
2. Online registration of application form ends 25 April 2016
3. Closure for editing application details 25 April 2016
4. Online Fee Payment 5 April to 25 April 2016
5. Last date for printing your application 10 May 2016
6. Admit Card for Preliminary Exam May 2016 (Tentative)
7. Online written exam May/June 2016 ( Tentative)
8. Result declaration July 2016 (Tentative)


SBI clerk eligibility criteria 2016
Every candidate must read the eligibility criteria before filling the application form. There is a set of terms and conditions with respect to age age, nationality, and educational qualification, which a candidate must satisfy in order to become eligible. We have compiled all the conditions of eligibility in the following paragraph.

Essential Qualification: (as on 30 April 2016)


(i) For Junior Associates: Graduation in any discipline from a recognised university or any equivalent qualification recognised as such by the Central Government.

(ii) For Junior Agricultural Associates: Graduation in Agriculture or Agriculture allied activities from a Government recognised university/ institute.

  • Candidates who are currently in the final semester/ year of graduation may also apply provisionally, subject to the condition that, if called for interview/joining, they will have to produce proof of having passed the graduation examination on or before June 30, 2016.
  • Candidates having integrated dual degree (IDD) certificate should ensure that the date of passing the IDD is on or before June 30, 2016.

Age: Applicants need to ensure that their age must not be less than 20 years and more than 28 years as and on April 1, 2016, which implies that the candidate must have been born not earlier than 02.04.1988 and not later than 01.04.1996 (both days inclusive).

(B) Age Limit: [As on 01.04.2016]

Not below 20 years and not above 28 years as 01.04.2016 i.e. candidates must have been born, not earlier than 02.04.1988 and not later than 01.04.1996 (both days inclusive).

Relaxation of upper Age limit: Category Age Relaxation
1. SC/ST 5 years
2. Other Backward Classes (OBC) 3 years
3. PWD (Gen) 10 years
4. PWD(SC/ST) 15 years
5. PWD(OBC) 13 years
6. People domiciled in Jammu & Kashmir State during the period from 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989 5 years
7. Ex-Servicemen/Disabled Ex-Servicemen Actual period of service rendered in defence + 3 years, (8 years for disabled Servicemen belonging to SC/ST) subject to a maximum age of 50 years.
8. Widows, divorced women and women judicially separated from their husbands and those who are not yet re-married 9 years (subject to a maximum age limit of 35 years for General, 38 years for OBC & 40 years for SC/ST candidates)


Important note
Candidates seeking age relaxation are required to submit copies of necessary certificate(s) at the time of interview, if qualifying. No change in the category of any candidate is possible after registration of online application. No correspondence / email / phone will be entertained in this regard.


SBI Clerk Recruitment 2016 Exam Online test

Let us now take a look at the pattern of the SBI Clerk Exam Pattern 2016 from the table below.

Preliminary Exam Pattern
Name of the Test No. of Questions Marks Duration
English Language 30 30 1 Hour
Numerical Ability 35 35
Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100
Main Examination
Name of the Test No. of Questions Marks Duration
General/Financial Awareness 50 50 35 Minutes
General English 40 40 35 Minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 Minutes
Reasoning Ability &
Computer Aptitude
50 60 45 Minutes
Total 190 200 2 hours 40 minutes


SBI Clerk 2016 Exam Pattern

  • Questions will be objective type/ multiple choices in nature.
  • For each question, 4-5 options will be given, out of which one will be correct.
  • Candidate has to mark the correct response to get the marks assigned for each question.
  • All the questions will be in Hindi and English except the English section.
  • Total marks in the exam are 200.
  • Candidates can surf between questions and sections as many times as he/ she wants.
  • For each wrong answer, ¼ marks will be deducted.
  • For each correct answer, 1 mark will be given.


Did you know?

  • The State Bank of India (SBI), with a 200-year-old history, is the largest commercial bank in India and is ranked as one of the top 5 banks globally. It serves over 100 million customers through a network of over 17,000 branches. SBI has its impact on 36 countries worldwide, which gives it a growing career in India and overseas.
  • SBI is NOT a Nationalised Bank. It is a Public Sector Bank. Actually, SBI draws power from State Bank of India Act, 1955.
  • Banks which were nationalised in two phases – in 1969 and 1980 – can be predominantly called Nationalised Banks. These banks were established under Banking Companies (Acquisition and Transfer of Undertakings) Acts, 1970 and 1980.
  • State Bank Of India, which is India’s largest lender, is now gearing up to become the first Indian bank to offer wallet services for feature phone users called “BATUA”, thereby taking steps to become the BANKER to DIGITAL INDIA.


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