The analysis of SBI Clerk 2018 Prelim exam held on 23rd June 2018 – Slot 1 is presented below. The section wise time limt is introduced for the first time in SBI Clerk exam.
Snapshot of the Exam:
|Test Area||No of questions||Duration|
|Numerical Ability||35 Questions||20 Mins|
|Reasoning Ability||35 Questions||20 Mins|
|English Language||30 Questions||20 Mins|
|Total no. of Questions||100 Qs||60 Mins|
- No of choices per question – 5
- Negative marking: 0.25 of the marks assigned to each question
The analysis of the above mentioned session, as reported by our students, is given below:
According to the feedback received from students who appeared for this exam, this section can be rated as easy to moderate.
The questions on Simplifications can be rated as easy. There were 5 questions each on Data Interpretation, Quadratic Comparisons and Data Comparisons. Data comparisons, which is generally asked in main exam, found its place in this slot of the prelim exam.
The 5 questions on Number series are easy to solve.. Individual questions in this section comprised of the topics – Profit & Loss, Partnership, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Simple & Compound Interest and Mensuration etc..
A student could therefore, solve around 15-17 questions in approximately 20 minutes if he chose judiciously.
|Topic||No. of Questions|
|Data Interpretation (Pie chart)||5|
|Number Series (Missing number)||5|
|Simplifications||8 - 10|
|Individual Questions (Profit & Loss, Partnership, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Mensuration, Simple and Compound Interest)||5 - 7|
This section has been given an 'Moderate' tag.
There were no questions on Deductions. The topic on Sequence drew 5 questions. Set of numbers were three in number.
There were 3 puzzles, one each on linear arrangements, comparisons and distribution. Puzzles were moderate but more long-drawn than other questions. Thus, almost 16 - 18 questions could possibly be solved in 20 minutes in this section.
The topic -wise split, as reported by our students, is as given below:
|Topic||No of Qs|
|Coding - Decoding||2|
|Set of numbers||3|
English Language :
This section too was along expected lines and can be rated as easy to moderate.
There was a lone RC passage with a total of ten questions and was easy.
There were 10 questions on Grammar. 5 questions each on error identification and Phrase Replacement and were easy to moderate.
Unlike in recent bank exams, there were no new question types in this section.
Thus, about 15-18 questions in the English section could easily be solved in 20 minutes.
The break-up of the questions is as follows:
|Topic||No of Questions||Difficulty level|
|Reading Comprehension||10||Easy - Moderate|
|Error Identification||5||Easy - Moderate|
|Phrase Replacement||5||Easy - Moderate|
Over all, the difficulty level of the paper can be rated as Easy to Moderate.