Tuesday, 15 July 2014

SBI Clerk Exam: Last Minute Preparation Plan

SBI Clerical Examination dates are out. The exam spans over 7 weeks. Based on the information available with us the exam dates are as under:




 


July 2014


August 2014

Date
Day
# Days for the Exam
(from July 11)
Date
Day
# Days for the Exam
(from July 11)
July 19
Saturday
8
August 2
Saturday
22
July 20
Sunday
9
August 3
Sunday
23
July 26
Saturday
15
August 9
Saturday
29
July 27
Sunday
16
August 10
Sunday
30



August 16
Saturday
36



August 17
Sunday
37



August 23
Saturday
43



August 24
Sunday
44



August 30
Saturday
50



August 31
Sunday
51

So while some people have only 8 days for the exam, there are some who have 51 days for the exam.
Many of our students and free users accessing our content have been asking us how they should make the best use of the remaining days for the preparation.
Our ideal advise for our students is that they should have a Test Series Approach (6-12 Month – multi exam preparation model) or Test Match Approach (3-6 month multi exam preparation model) in order to have a full-fledged preparation. However, as the time available for this exam is short, and we have the time lines being as short as 8 days and as long as 51 days, we have identified the 3 ideal approaches for different people, solely depending on the date of the exam and the number of days left for you to prepare.



Some of the key expectations that we place before the aspirants are:
  1. should be ready to spend not less than 50 hours a week till the examination
  2. prepare with full dedication, focus and commitment.
  3. should have access to best in class content & practice in order to capitalize on your efforts
If you believe that you are committed to points 1 and 2 above, we are here to provide the number 3 above.
Before we get in to the preparation plan, let us first look at important topics to be focused on each of the sections
Quantitative Aptitude (40 Marks)
Reasoning
(40 Marks)
English
(40 Marks)
General Awareness
(40 Marks)
Speed Maths
Element Series
Basic Grammar
Indian Economy
Simplifications
Coded Inequalities
Finding Errors
Budget & Planning
Approximations
Linear Arrangement
Cloze Test
Foreign Trade
Number System
Circular Arrangement
Synonyms
Money Market
Percentages
Complex Assignment
Antonyms
Banking Basics
Profit & Loss
Syllogism
Jumbled Sentences
Current Affairs
Simple & Compound Interest
Machine Input / Output
Reading Comprehension

Averages, Ratios and Proportions
Coding & De-Coding
Idioms & Phrases
Computer knowledge & Marketing Aptitude (40 Marks)
Partnership and Ages
Blood Relations

Basic Hardware and Software
Time & Work
Non Verbal Reasoning

Keyboard Shortcuts
Time & Distance


MS Office
Data Interpretation


Marketing Basics
Mensuration


Marketing Terminology

For these three approaches we believe that one should let us see the ideal break up between Preparation, Revision, Practice and Mock Test for all these three approaches.

Category
One Day Match
Approach
T 20
Approach
Slog
Over
Approach
Preparation Period
30 day
15 day
7 day
Total Hours
200
100
50




Preparation
160
74
44
 Basic Preparation
120
50
20
 Revision
40
24
24




Practice
40
26
6
 Practice Tests
20
12
0
 Solving Previous Year Papers & Taking Mock Test
20
14
6




Ideal Course
Bank Exam Learner + SBI Clerk Accelerator
Bank Exam Learner + SBI Clerk Accelerator
SBI Clerk Accelerator

One Day Match Approach:
A 30 day preparation plan is like a One Day Match approach. You have reasonable time, but not too long to cover everything that is required.  This provides you necessary time to Prepare, Revise and Practice.
Preparation (160 hours):
Preparation has two parts viz. Basic Preparation and Revision. The Objective of basic preparation is to have the concepts understood,
Basic Preparation
One should go through the basic concepts, short cuts as well as exercises to test your understanding. A Typical BankersChoice student can plan his preparation as under:
  • Go through the 350+ video lessons across all Quant, Reasoning, English and General Awareness topics. This will take you around 60 hours
  • Participate in 4-5 live classes during the month - 10 hours
  • Set aside 0:30 hr a day to go through the pdfs pertaining to Word Power, Synonyms Antonyms, Current Affairs Computer terms etc. – 15 hours
  • Set aside 1:00 hour per day towards reading News papers, Articles of importance – 30 hours
  • Go through the shortcut videos across various section – 5 hours
Revision
Revision has to be done on important topics and specifically those which you find it difficult to follow.
  • Participate in the SBI Clerk Accelerator Program – 24 hours
  • Identify the areas where you find difficulties and revise the same till you get confident  - 16 hours
Practice (40 hours):
As you would appreciate, Practice is an important area one needs to focus on.  While Full Length Tests are good, it is important that one also takes on Section Tests as well as Topic Tests to understand your strengths and weakness. So we suggest two stage practice as under:
Practice Tests (Section / Topic Level):
Ideally, one should take a minimum of 10 section level tests for each of the sections viz. Quant, Reasoning, English and General Awareness. This will take you around 20 hours. If time permits,  you can take some Section Tests as well on specific sections which you identify for revision in your preparation (based on importance as well as your understanding levels).
Mock Tests (Full Tests):
Here again, we suggest two pronged approach. One is to solve previous year papers and other is to take up fresh question papers.  
  • Solve at least 4-5 previous year question papers  - 10 hours
  • Take at least 4-5 other new question papers - 10  hours
Ideally, this practice needs to be done ONLINE and in an interface similar to that of the examination. BankersChoice students have the opportunity not only to do all these practices but also get analytical reports on their performance, which can be used to understand the areas of strengths and weaknesses that can be acted upon through preparation and revision.
Recommendation:
If you are part of the 30 Day preparation group, the ideal BankersChoice course to suit your need is Bank Exam Learner + SBI Clerk Accelerator or Bank Clerk Learner + SBI Clerk Accelerator.
However, if you are keen to use this One Day International Preparation to move up to the Tests you must choose Bank Exam Premium course.
Those who have more than 30 days - say 44 or 51 days, can use the same format, but spend more time on preparation and take up more practice tests.
The T20 Approach:
A 15 day preparation plan is like a T20 Match approach. You have limited time, but still have some time to actually prepare and get ready for the examination.  
Preparation (74 hours):
Preparation has two parts viz. Basic Preparation and Revision. The Objective of basic preparation is to have the concepts understood,
Basic Preparation
One should go through the basic concepts, short cuts as well as exercises to test your understanding. A Typical BankersChoice student can plan his preparation as under:
  • Go through key sections where you believe that you need inputs. This will be part of the 300 video lessons across all Quant, Reasoning, English and General Awareness topics. This will take you around 30 hours
  • Participate in 2-3 live classes and get your doubts clarified and benefit from the doubts asked by other students during the period - 6 hours
  • Set aside 0:45 hr a day to go through the pdfs pertaining to Word Power, Synonyms Antonyms, Current Affairs, Computer terms etc. including going through important current news items – 9 hours
  • Go through the shortcut videos across various section – 5 hours
Revision
Revision has to be done on important topics and specifically those which you find it difficult to follow.
  • Participate in the SBI Clerk Accelerator Program – 24 hours
Practice (26 hours):
As you would appreciate, Practice is an important area one needs to focus on.  While Full Length Tests are good, it is important that one also takes on Section Tests as well as Topic Tests to understand your strengths and weakness. So we suggest two stage practice as under:
Practice Tests (Section / Topic Level):
Ideally, one should take a minimum of 6 section level tests for each of the sections viz. Quant, Reasoning, English and General Awareness. This will take you around 12 hours. If time permits,  you can take some Section Tests as well on specific sections which you identify for revision in your preparation (based on importance as well as your understanding levels).
Mock Tests (Full Tests):
Here again, we suggest two pronged approach. One is to solve previous year papers and other is to take up fresh question papers.  
  • Solve at least 3 previous year question papers  - 7 hours
  • Take at least 3 other new question papers - 7  hours
Ideally, this practice needs to be done ONLINE and in an interface similar to that of the examination. BankersChoice students have the opportunity not only to do all these practices but also get analytical reports on their performance, which can be used to understand the areas of strengths and weaknesses that can be acted upon through preparation and revision.
Recommendation:
If you are part of the 30 Day preparation group, the ideal BankersChoice course to suit your need is Bank Exam Learner + SBI Clerk Accelerator or Bank Clerk Learner + SBI Clerk Accelerator.
However, if you are keen to use this One Day International Preparation to move up to the Tests you must choose Bank Exam Premium course.

The Slog Over Approach:
A 7 day preparation plan is like a Slog Over approach in T20 match.  Confidence, aggression and risk taking are the key features of this approach. Honestly, there is very little time available, and you cannot look at improving your skills or learning. Only learn the tactics and go ahead and depend on your basic skills acquired during your education.
Preparation (44 hours):
Preparation has two parts viz. Basic Preparation and Revision. The Objective of basic preparation is to have the concepts understood,
Basic Preparation
You dont have much time to go through the basic concepts. You should only focus on short cuts as well as revisions. A Typical BankersChoice student can plan his preparation as under:
  • Go through most important sections in which you do not have much prior understanding. This typically can be reasoning topics like Machine Input Output, Element Series, arrangements etc. You can afford to spend around 6 hours on this
  • Set aside 0:45 hr a day to go through the pdfs pertaining to Word Power, Synonyms Antonyms, Current Affairs, Computer terms etc. including going through important current news items – 9 hours
  • Go through the shortcut videos across various section – 5 hours
Revision
Revision is going to be the key part of your preparation. BankersChoice SBI Clerk Accelerator program is designed for you. In this, you will have most important topics covered across all sections. This becomes the pillar for your preparation.
  • Participate in the SBI Clerk Accelerator Program – 24 hours
Practice (6 hours):
As you would appreciate, Practice is an important area one needs to focus on.  While Full Length Tests are good, it is important that one also takes on Section Tests as well as Topic Tests to understand your strengths and weakness. So we suggest two stage practice as under:
Practice Tests (Section / Topic Level):
There is no time available for this. If you can stretch yourselves and find extra time,  you can take some Section Tests as well on specific sections which you identify for revision in your preparation (based on importance as well as your understanding levels).
Mock Tests (Full Tests):
Here again, we suggest two pronged approach. One is to solve previous year papers and other is to take up fresh question papers.  
  • Solve at least 1-2 previous year question papers  - 4 hours
  • Take at least 1 other new question papers - 2  hours
Ideally, this practice needs to be done ONLINE and in an interface similar to that of the examination. BankersChoice students have the opportunity not only to do all these practices but also get analytical reports on their performance, which can be used to understand the areas of strengths and weaknesses that can be acted upon through preparation and revision.
Recommendation:
If you are part of the 30 Day preparation group, the ideal BankersChoice course to suit your need is SBI Clerk Accelerator Program
However, if you are keen to use this Preparation to move up to the Tests you must choose Bank Exam Premium course.


I trust this  approach is useful for your preparation.
Wish you the very best in the forthcoming examination and look forward to hearing your success stories.

Sridhar K
Sr. VP, TalentSprint


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