State Bank of India (SBI) shall be conducting the SBI Clerk 2021 preliminary examination from July 10 to 13, 2021 at various centres across the country. Admit cards for the same have been released by the bank authorities on the official website sbi.co.in. Candidates who have registered for the same are expected to download their admit cards before July 10, 2021, from the official portal itself. With just 9 days left for the preliminary exam, here are certain important tips which students can use to ace the exam.
#1 Understand the paper-pattern of the preliminary exam.
The SBI Clerk 2021 preliminary examination comprises three sections – English Language, Numerical Ability and Reasoning Ability. Numerical Ability shall contain 35 questions while the remaining two sections will contain 30 questions with each question being allotted 1 mark. Candidates will have to complete the paper in an hour’s time and hence, they are advised to complete the easier sections first and give more time to the trickier sections. For example, a candidate finding English and Numerical Ability comparatively simpler must complete these sections before solving the remaining section.
#2 Reading editorials from important newspapers like the Hindu or Times of India.
The English language section is not only about applying grammar rules but also about expanding the language vocabulary. Hence, in the last few days before the SBI Clerk 2021 exam, aspirants must read editorials from any newspapers, underline the difficult words and try to find their meaning. After noting down these words and their meanings, aspirants must revise or revisit these words in the evening for the next 9 or 10 days to improve their vocabulary. This will especially help with the vocabulary questions while the grammar rules will help in the “error in language” type of questions.
#3 Choose between Reasoning Ability and Mathematics and give it more priority.
Usually, SBI Clerk exam aspirants find Reasoning Ability to be easier than Mathematics or Numerical Ability. With just 9 days left for the exam, students must focus on the subject they prefer more, and practise questions related to it. For example, if RA is the preferred subject for some students, they must perfect this subject by solving puzzles, miscellaneous questions, etc to ace this section. In case students prefer mathematics, they must prefer a list of formulae, tricks and shortcuts to solve questions quickly during the actual exam. This step is especially crucial in improving the preliminary exam score.
#4 Mock exams must be kept at the same time as the actual exam.
Another tip is to solve SBI Clerk 2021 preliminary mock exams during the same time slot as the actual exam. This will help candidates get accustomed to the time, making them easier to stay focused. Mock exams are also useful in understanding the paper pattern and the type of questions usually asked. Thus, combining this tip with the first one is a golden step to ace the exam.
#5 Refer to the right reference books for last-minute clarity.
For the English Language Section, students can refer to Wren & Martin, Objective General English (2nd edition), word power made easy, etc. In the case of Reasoning Ability, students can refer to A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-Verbal and A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning while for Numerical Ability, Magical Book on Quicker Mathematics and Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations are recommended.
#6 Focus on previous-year papers.
Along with mock tests, previous year question papers are a goldmine while preparing for such recruitment exams. Previous year question papers are a key for candidates to develop time management and actually understand what kind of question might be asked in the exam. Solving these papers also generate a sense of confidence among the candidates.
#7 It’s better to not burden oneself a day or two before the exam.
A stressful or chaotic mind a day before the exam will invariably, affect the performance of the candidate in the actual SBI Clerk 2021 prelims examination. Hence, no matter how much a candidate wishes to study or revise till the end moment, it’s better to just rest, have a good night’s sleep and appear for the exam with a fresh mind. Adequate preparation along with a good night’s sleep will help any candidate ace the exam. All the best!