Clerical Grade Exam

There are various Bank exams conducted every year for recruiting the competent candidates, among them prominent bank exams are as follows:

* Bank Clerical Grade Examination
* Reserve Bank Grade A/B Officers’ Examination
* State Bank Probationary Officers’ Examination

State bank of India, shortly known as SBI, conducts Clerical Grade Examination which is generally held annually to recruit the clerical cadre personnel in State Bank of India and its associate banks. Not only the SBI but all other Nationalized Banks too conduct these clerical grade examinations through the banking services recruitment boards (BSRBs) by advertising through different national newspapers. These exams are conducted to recruit people in the following fields:

* Clerk
* Typist (English)
* Steno (English)
* Agricultural Clerks
* Typist (English and Hindi)
* Steno (English and Hindi)
* Clerk-cum-Cashier
* Clerk-cum-Go down Keeper


The eligibility of candidates for appearing in the Bank clerical grade exam is as follows:

Age Limit: Not below 18 years and not above 28 years. Relaxation in upper age limit is as per rules for specified categories including SC/ST/OBC etc.

Nationality: A candidate must be either a citizen of India or one holding eligibility certificates issued by the Government of India.

Educational Qualification for Bank Clerical Grade Exam

1. For the posts of Clerks and Typists:
Bachelor’s degree of a recognized University in any discipline or its equivalent recognized as such by the Central Government. Passed with 50% marks in aggregate in Higher Secondary Examination/(10+2) of 10+2+3 pattern/Eleventh Standard Examination of 11+3 pattern/Intermediate/Pre-University or its equivalent.
Passed with 50% marks in aggregate in Diploma in Banking recognized by Central/State Government or U.T. Administration.
Passed with 60% marks in aggregate in Matriculation/SSC (old pattern)/SSLC/ l0th standard of 10+2+3 pattern or equivalent.

2. For the posts of Stenographers, Data Entry Operators, and Telephone Operators:
A pass in Matriculation/SSC (old pattern) SSLC/ l0th standard examination of 10+2+3 pattern or equivalent.

3. For the posts of Agricultural Clerks :
A degree or Diploma in Agriculture (including Agricultural Engineering) from a recognized University/Institution.
Passed Higher Secondary/ 12th Standard of 10+2+3 pattern or Intermediate or equivalent examination with Agriculture as a subject with 50% marks for all candidates except SC/ST/OBC/XS/OBC/OH candidates in whose case the eligibility is a mere pass in these subjects.
A Matriculation/SSC (l0th Standard) certificate in case of a Village Level Worker with a minimum of 3 years experience as Village level worker under a Government.

Reserve Bank Grade A/B Officer’s Examination:
Reserve Bank of India conducts Examination for the positions of grade A and grade B officers, every year by its Services Board named Reserve Bank of India Services Board.

The Reserve Bank of India Services Selection Board holds the examination in two phases. First Phase-Paper I (Objective Type) of three hours duration is held in the month of December. Second Phase (Descriptive Type) is conducted generally in the month of May in respect of those candidates who are successful’ in Objective Type examination (Separately for each test) on the basis of standard prescribed by the Board. It consists of Paper II and Paper III.

The Eligibility criteria of the candidates who are interested to apply for Reserve Bank Officers examination is as follows:

Educational Qualifications:

A First Class Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of 60% marks or an equivalent grade
A Second Class Master’s Degree with a minimum of 55% marks or an equivalent grade
A Doctorate Degree with 50% marks in Master’s Degree or equivalent grade
Chartered/Cost Accountant/Company Secretary (ACS) with a Bachelor’s Degree
A Post Graduate Diploma from Management from IIM only.

SC/ST/PH candidates having second class with a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent grade in Bachelor’s Degree examination
Having a Post-graduate Degree or equivalent recognized qualification, are eligible to apply.

State Bank & Nationalized Banks Probationary Officers’ Examination
It is held by Central Recruitment Board (State Bank Group), for recruitment of Probationary Officers in State Bank of India and its associate’s banks namely:

* State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur
* State Bank of Hyderabad
* State Bank of Indore
* State Bank of Mysore
* State Bank of Patiala
* State Bank of Suarashtra
* State Bank of Travancore.

Note: Candidates are permitted for only three attempts to write the Examination.
The minimum eligibility conditions of candidates who are intending to appear in the State Bank of India Probationary Officers’ Examination is as follows:

Educational Qualification:

* General candidates and others – First division in Graduation in any discipline with 65% or more marks
* SC/ST/Physically Handicapped Candidates – First Division in Graduation In any discipline with 60 % or more marks or
* Degrees which are considered equivalent to graduation e.g. Chartered Accountant (CA), Cost Accountant (ICWA), Company Secretary (CS), as also qualifications in management like MBA / PGDBM, subject to fulfillment of criteria as regards division and marks as stipulated above.
* In addition to above, Proficiency in computer and certificate of having completed training from a reputed institute is also essential.

Exam Pattern Of Bank Clerical Clerical Grade Exam

The Exam pattern of bank clerical Grade Exams such as State bank of India (SBI) and its associate Banks and other nationalized banks of India is explained in this page. Entrance examination involves two basic processes written test and an interview.

1. Written Test For Bank Clerical Grade Exam
Part-I (Objective Type)

It will consist of four tests viz. Test of Reasoning, Test of English Language, Test of Numerical Aptitude and Test of Clerical Aptitude.

Part-II (Descriptive Type)

It will consist of Essay, Office correspondence, precise writing and arguments for or against a proposition to judge the candidate’s ability to express his/her thoughts. The question Papers excepting the English Language Test of Part-I will be bi-lingual.

2. Interview for Bank Clerical Grade Exam

A candidate has to qualify in each of the Objective and Descriptive tests separately. Candidates qualifying in written examination would be called for an interview and a skill test in case of certain positions that demand a specific skill.

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