The analysis of IBPS Clerk 2018 Prelim exam held on 8th Dec 2018 (Slot 2) is presented below. Similar to the recently conducted IBPS PO Prelim, SBI PO and Clerk prelim exams, the structure of this exam presented a 20-minute per section time limit, and navigability between sections was disallowed.
Snapshot of the Exam:
|Test Area||No of Questions||Max Marks||Duration|
|Numerical Ability||35||35||20 Mins|
|Reasoning Ability||35||35||20 Mins|
|English Language||30||30||20 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.
While no changes were observed in the prescribed pattern of the exam, a few changes worth noting are:
- Introduction of a sectional time limit, similar to the one presented in IBPS PO 2018, SBI PO and Clerk 2018 Prelim examinations.
- A question type that required matching the clauses given in two different columns to form a grammatically and logically coherent sentence. This was a replication of the pattern observed in the SBI Clerk Prelim and IBPS PO Prelim exams this year.
- Absence of questions on Symbols Notations and Coding-Decoding.
According to feedback received from our students who appeared for this slot of the exam, this section was along predictable lines with no surprise elements to catch candidates off-guard; it has thus been rated as ‘easy to moderate’.
The 10 questions on Simplifications were easy. There were 10 questions on Data Interpretation (Table and Caselet) which ranged from easy to moderate.
The 5 questions on Number series can be rated between easy to moderate. Individual questions in this section were 10 in number and pertained to – Ages, Percentages, Profit & Loss, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Simple Interest, and Mensuration etc., and were a combination of easy and moderate.
A student could therefore, solve around 20 to 23 questions in approximately 20 minutes, provided he chose carefully.
|Topic||No of Questions|
|Data Interpretation (Table and Caselet)||10|
|Number Series (Missing number)||5|
|Individual Questions (Ages, Percentages, Profit & lOSS, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Mensuration and Simple and Compound Interest)||10|
This section has also been tagged as 'Easy to Moderate'.
This slot had 5 questions on Deductions. No questions were asked from Coding – Decoding and Symbol-Notations. Blood Relations and Alphabet Series presented 2 – 3 questions, while Numeric Series had 5 doable questions.
There were 4 puzzles, one each on Linear arrangements (12 persons facing North and South), Floor Arrangement, Distribution (7 people and 7 cities), Month based puzzle. Though these were easy to moderate, they were lengthier than other questions in the same section.
Thus, almost 23 to 25 questions could possibly be solved in about 20 minutes in this section.
The topic -wise split, as per feedback received from our students, is as given below:
|Topic||No of Questions|
|Analytical Puzzles( Linear arrangements (12 persons facing North and South), Floor Arrangement , Month based puzzle and Distribution (7 people and 7 cities))||20|
|Blood Relations||2 - 3|
|Alphabet Series||2 - 3|
This section was almost as expected, and fluctuated between easy to moderate.
- There was a single Reading Comprehension passage that was conventional in its presentation, and 6 questions were asked from it.
- There were 4-5 questions on Error Identification, where 4 sentences were given and the test-taker had to opt for the Gramatically correct one.
- There were 5 questions on pairing of clauses to form a grammatically and logically correct sentence.
- The 5 questions on Para Formation had 5 sentences in jumbled order and need to be sequentially arranged to form a meaningful paragraph.
- There were 4 - 5 questions on single blank fillers which were easy to attempt.
- There were word usage related questions, where one was expected to identify that sentence out of the given three, in which the given word was used correctly.
We can deduce that about 18 - 20 questions could possibly be solved in the given 20 minutes in the English section. The break-up of the questions is as follows:
|Topic||No of Questions||Difficulty Level|
|Para Jumbled Sentences (5 Sentences)||5||Easy - Moderate|
|Error Identification (Identifying the Gramatically Correct Sentence)||5||Easy - Moderate|
|Match the following Clauses to form grammatically and logically coherent sentence.||5||Easy - Moderate|
|Fill in the blanks (Single Blank)||5||Easy|
|Word Usage||4||Easy - Moderate|
Over all, the difficulty level of the paper in this particular slot can be pegged between Easy to Moderate.
|Test Area||Good Attempts|
|Numerical Ability||22 - 24|
|Reasoning Ability||23 - 25|
|English Language||19 - 21|
|Overall||64 - 71|