SBI Clerk 2018 Main Exam analysis

Analysis of SBI Clerk Main exam held on 5th August 2018 (Morning Session)

It has been reported that the online SBI Clerk Main examination held on 5th August 2018 (morning session) was moderate to difficult. The Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning sections were the difficult and lengthy ones among all the four. The GA and English Sections were easy to moderate.

A few points worth taking note of:

  • More focus on DI and Puzzles;
  • New vocab question types in the English section;
  • New question type from RCs similar to the one asked in the SBI PO 2018 main exam;
  • No questions on Syllogisms;
  • No questions on Number Series and Approximations in the Quantitative Aptitude section;
  • About 8 to 10 questions on Insurance, Credit and Loans in the GA section;
  • Absence of computer questions in the 'Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude' section.

The snap shot of the exam is given below.

S.No Name of Test No. of Qs Max Marks
1 General / Financial Awareness 50 50
2 General English 40 40
3 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
4 Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 60
TOTAL 190 200

The analysis of the above mentioned session, as reported by our students, has been given below.

Quantitative Aptitude:

According to feedback received from our students who appeared for this exam, this section can be rated as difficult as well as time-consuming.

There were five DI sets. The questions on DI were easy to moderate and were calculation based. There were five questions on Quadratic Comparisons.

Individual questions in this section were based on topics like time and distance, time and work, profit and loss, partnership, plane geometry, mensuration, simple and compound interest and mixtures and alligations. Though not direct questions, they have been acknowledged as tricky ones that would certainly require a thorough and in-depth knowledge of concepts to tide over them. Questions on Data Sufficiency ( 2 statements) were also found space in this test, and can be pegged at a moderate level of difficulty.

Topic No of Questions
Data Interpretation 25
Data Comparisons 5
Individual Questions (Time & Work, Time & Distance, Plane Geometry, Mensuration, Mixtures& Alligations, Profit & Loss, Simple and Compound Interest) 10
Data Sufficiency ( 2 statements) 5
Quadratic Comparisons 5


Overall this section on the whole has been given a 'difficult' tag.

The emphasis here was on puzzles, which were tough to tackle. There were no questions on deductions (Syllogisms). The questions on Input/output ranged between easy to moderate levels. Data Sufficiency posed moderate and lengthy questions. Questions on Blood Relations were easy.

A new question type based on Coding – Decoding was introduced in this exam, and questions on the same were posed.

Topic No of Qs
Puzzles (Circular Arrangement, Linear Arrangements(2 rows), Floor Arrangements, Square arrangement, month based etc) 25 to 30
Input Output 5
Coding-Decoding 4
Blood Relations 3
Critical Reasoning 5

English Language:

With the exception of a new pattern of questions presented in vocab and RC areas, this section was along expected lines. There were three RC passages with a total of twelve questions; questions based on passages were moderate in nature.

The new question types related to Vocab were time-consuming though of a moderate level of difficulty. The 5 questions on Para Forming (6 sentences with 1 sentence fixed) were moderate in nature.

The Cloze Test passage and questions therein, that appeared in the exam (as reported by our student) was easy to moderate. The questions on FIB (single blank) were easy. Thus, this section can be pegged between easy to moderate.

Topic No of Questions Difficulty Level
Reading Comprehension 12 ( 3 passages) Moderate
Para Jumbled Questions (6 statements with 1 sentence fixed) 5 Moderate
Vocab (New Model) 10 Easy
Cloze test 5 Easy - Moderate
FIB (Single Blank) 5 Easy
Idioms & Phrases (???) 3 Easy

General Awareness:

About half of the questions asked here were on Current Affairs while the rest were related to the Insurance sector, Banking etc. Students reported this section as easy to moderate.