SBI released huge vacancies for 2016 in Clerical cadre

State Bank of India has released a large number of vacancies in the clerical cadre for the recruitment of Junior associates (Customer Support and Sales) & Junior Agricultural Associates in SBI. The proposed released vacancies also include special recruitment drive for Tura (Meghalaya), Kashmir Valley & Ladakh. Also, SBI has brought a good news for the candidates from SC/ST/OBC, PWD & Ex-Servicemen by launching a special recruitment drive to cover up the backlog vacancies for these categories.

In this article we will discuss the SBI’s notification, pattern of the exam and how to apply.


(A) Essential Academic Qualifications: (AS ON 30.06.2016) :

(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

Note : Candidates who are in the final Semester/ year of Graduation may also apply for this exam. But, if they are called for interview/joining, they will have to produce proof of having passed the Graduation Examination on or before 30.06.2016.

(B) Maximum age limit (as on 01-04-2016) : Candidates should not be below 20 years and not above 28 years.

Age relaxation is provided OBC (3 years), SC/ST (5 years) & PWD candidates (10-15 years).

Remuneration (in Rs. per month) : 11,765 – 31,740/-

Selection Procedure : The exam has a three phased procedure of selection containing preliminary exam, Mains exam and an interview.

Phase-I – Preliminary Examination:

Preliminary Examination consisting of Objective Tests for 100 marks will be conducted online. This test would be of 1 hour duration consisting of 3 Sections as follows:


SBI will consider the overall cutoffs as well as sectional cutoffs for this phase. Also, as per the notification, Candidate should note that the Phase I of this exam is of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in the preliminary exam will not be considered for the final cutoffs.

SBI may shortlist people for mains around 20 times the numbers of vacancies subject to availability.

Phase II – Mains examination :

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

  • Interestingly, from this year, SBI have introduced separate timings for every section in the Phase II test. Which means, Candidate can no more swap between sections during the exam. Once they start with any particular section, they have complete it within the stipulated time for that section.
  • The total time allotted for mains exam has increased from 120 minutes to 160 minutes.
  • Candidates will be shortlisted for interviews based on the overall as well as sectional cutoffs. Candidates have to pass in each objective tests.
  • There will be negative marks for wrong answers in the Objective tests. 1/4th mark will be deducted for each wrong answer

Phase III – Interview :

Candidates qualified in the test (main examination) will be called for interviews by SBI. SBI may shortlist people for mains around 3 times the numbers of vacancies subject to availability.

How to Apply :

Candidates can apply for this post only through the Online mode of application at,

Last date of application : 25th April, 2016

For further information, you can refer to the official notification here :…