Previous Exam Analyses

Clerk Exam Analyses

It has been reported that the online RRB Office Assistant 2017 Prelim examination held on 16th / 17th September 2017 was easy to moderate in terms of difficulty level. A similar trend was followed for exams held on these days and across all the slots.

A snap shot of the prelim exam is given below.

Duration of Exam 45 minutes
Numerical Ability 40 Qs
Reasoning Ability 40 Qs
Total Qs 80 Qs

An analysis of the above mentioned session, as reported by our students, is given below.

Numerical Ability:

According to the feedback received from our students who appeared for this exam, this section can be rated as easy to moderate.

There were 5 questions on DI (Table) which were easy. There were five questions on missing number series. The 15 questions on Simplification/Approximations ranged from easy to moderate.

Individual questions in this section were based on topics like Simple Equations, Ratio, Time and Distance, Time and Work, Averages, Mixtures & Alligations, Percentages, Profit and Loss, Partnership, Mensuration, Simple and Compound Interest.

Topic No of Questions
Data Interpretation (Table) 5
Number Series (Missing number) 5
Individual Questions (Simple Equations, Ratio, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Averages, Mixtures & Alligations, Percentages, Profit & Loss, Partnership, Mensuration, Simple and Compound Interest) 15
Simplifications/Approximations 15

Reasoning Ability:

This section has been tagged as ' easy to moderate'.

Like last year, there were 10 questions on puzzles (Linear & Floor). Questions on Deductions were easy. Questions on Symbols Notations and Coding-Decoding were also easy to crack. There was no question on Blood Relations.

Topic No of Qs
Puzzles (Linear & Floor) 10
Deductions 5
Symbols Notations 5
Set of words 5
Coding Decoding 5
Sequence 5
Miscellaneous (Rank, Direction sense, OMO etc.) 5

Overall, the paper can be rated as easy to moderate.

Topic wise split of RRB PO (Scale I) and RRB office Assistant 2017 exams is given below for ready reference of students. The difficulty level of RRB PO (Scale I) is high compared to that of RRB Office Assistant. The following table gives you just the topic wise comparison only.

Quantitative Aptitude / Numerical Ability
Topic RRB PO (Scale I) RRB Office Assistant
Data Interpretation (Table) 15 5
Number Series (Missing number) 5 5
Individual Questions (Simple Equations, Ratio, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Averages, Mixtures & Alligations, Percentages, Profit & Loss, Partnership, Mensuration, Simple and Compound Interest) 10 15
Simplifications/Approximations 5 15
Quadratic Comparison 5 -
Total 40 40
Reasoning Ability
Topic RRB PO (Scale I) RRB Office Assistant
Puzzles 20 (Linear, Circular, Box & Date / Month) 10 (Linear & Floor)
Deductions 5 5
Symbols Notations 5 5
Set of words - 5
Coding Decoding 5 5
Sequence 1 5
Miscellaneous 4 (Letter Series, Word formation, Sequence etc..) 5 (Rank, Direction sense, OMO etc.)
Total 40 40

Analysis of IBPS CWE Clerk 2016 Main exam held on 1st Jan 2017

After the bouncer of SBI PO Main Exam, here comes a googly from IBPS ie the IBPS Clerk Main Exam 2016.

It has been reported that the online IBPS Clerk VI Main examination held on 1st Jan 2017 was difficult compared to the one held in 2015. Some question types, which had been posed in the SBI and IBPS PO 2016 Main Exams in previous years, were asked in this exam too.

The Reasoning Section was the most difficult of all the five sections; the Quant section was time-consuming; the English section ranged between moderate to difficult; the GA section was easy to moderate and the one on Computers was easy.

The following changes / new question types were noticed in this paper this year.

  1. Questions on Data Sufficiency (3 statements) were asked in the exam. It was the first time that questions on 3 statements were asked. In general, questions on Data Sufficiency are a part of Reasoning section. But in this exam, Data Sufficiency questions were asked in Reasoning and Quant sections as well.
  2. Questions on Syllogisms, Symbols Notations and Input – Output, which are an otherwise regular future in these exams, were conspicuous by their absence.
  3. Questions on Critical Reasoning, which are generally not asked in Clerk exams, found a place in this exam.
  4. A different type of Coding-Decoding questions which appeared in the IBPS PO 2016 Main exam, were also presented in this exam.
  5. Strangely, the Close test paragraph in the English section was missing this year.
  6. New models of questions viz., Para Odd Man Out Questions (choose the inappropriate one from the given jumbled sentences that form a paragraph), Error Identification (pick the grammatically incorrect sentence from the given 5 sentences), FIBs (3 blanks) were introduced in this part of the paper this year.

Question types like Para Odd Man Out and Data Sufficiency have been covered by us in various mock tests that were given to our students as part of our online support. This must certainly have facilitated ease of answering for our, T.I.M.E., students. A part of the bumpy exam ride would have become smoother, due to familiarity with these question types.

The snap shot of the exam is given below:

Test Area No of Questions Max Marks Duration
Quantitative Aptitude 40 Qs 40 30 Min
Reasoning Ability 40 Qs 40 30 Min
English Language 40 Qs 40 30 Min
General Awareness 40 Qs 40 25 Min
Computer Knowledge 40 Qs 40 20 Min
Total 200 200 135 Min

An analysis of the above mentioned session with its noticeable features, as reported by our students, is given below.

Quantitative Aptitude:

From the information furnished by our students who appeared for this exam, this section can be rated as moderate to difficult and time-consuming.

The questions on DI were quite lengthy and calculation-based. Individual questions in this section were based on topics like Age, Ratio, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Mensuration, Mixtures, Percentages, Profit & Loss, Partnership, Simple & Compound Interest, Probability etc..

Though not direct questions, they were reportedly tricky and long-drawn-out. A complete knowledge of concepts was mandatory in order to solve them. The level of the 5 questions on Data Sufficiency (3 statements) presented in this test was moderate to difficult. There were 5 questions on Quadratic comparisons, which were practicable.

Topic No of Questions
Data Interpretation (Table & Line graph) 10
Number Series (Missing number) 5
Individual Questions (Ratio, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Mensuration, Mixtures, Percentages, Profit & Loss, Partnership, Simple and Compound Interest,Probability) 15
Data Sufficiency ( 3 statements ) 5
Quadratic Comparisons 5

Reasoning Ability:

This section has been branded as difficult.

The emphasis here was on puzzles, which were very tough to tackle. There were no questions on Deductions, Symbols-Notations and Input-Output. Questions on Coding-Decoding were also challenging. The Data Sufficiency topic posed moderate to difficult questions. About 4 questions on Critical Reasoning were asked in the Clerk exam for the first time ever, but these were doable.

Topic No of Questions Difficulty level
Puzzles (Circular Arrangement with respect to Blood Relations, Linear Arrangements, Square Arrangements etc) 26 Difficult
Coding – Decoding 5 Difficult
Data Sufficiency (3 Statements) 5 Moderate-Difficult
Critical Reasoning 4 Moderate

English Language:

This section was difficult as compared to the one last year. There were two RC passages with a total of sixteen questions. New question types – Para Odd Man Out questions (choose the sentence that is out of context from among the given ones that form a paragraph), Error Identification (pick the grammatically incorrect sentence from the 5 that were given), and FIBs (a sentence with 3 blanks) were introduced this year. The Para Odd Man Out questions were similar to the ones asked in the IBPS PO and SBI PO 2016 Main examinations.

Questions on Para Odd Man Out, Error Identification, 3-blank FIBs were identified as moderate to difficult. There were no questions on the cloze test passage, which till now had been an essential feature of the test. Overall, this section can be pegged as 'moderate to difficult'.

Topic No of Questions Difficulty level
Reading Comprehension 16 ( 2 passages) Moderate
Out of Context (Odd one out from given sentences) 8 Moderate-Difficult
Error Identification 4 Moderate-Difficult
FIB (3 Blanks) 5 Moderate-Difficult
PFQ 1 Moderate
Paragraph Completion (Fill in the sentence in given paragraph) 1 Moderate-Difficult
Phrase Replacement 4 Moderate-Difficult

General Awareness:

Almost half of the questions asked here were on Banking Awareness and Current Affairs. Students reported this as an easy to moderate section. The questions on current affairs were from the last 3 to 4 months.

Computer Knowledge:

There were 40 questions on Computers, and they dealt with MS Office, Networking, Operating system, Internet, Memory, Basics and Computer Architecture etc. Students founds very few, only about 2-3 questions difficult here.

T.I.M.E. students reported that approximately 50-60% questions asked in this section were similar to the ones present in the study material given to them by T.I.M.E. for a comprehensive preparation of the exam.

The analysis of IBPS Clerk 2016 Prelim exam held on 26th and 27th Nov 2016 is presented below. The difficulty level, topic wise split and question types ( in all the three sections) were almost similar on all the days and across all the slots.

Snapshot of the Exam:

Duration of Exam 60 Minutes
Numerical Ability 35 Questions
Reasoning Ability 35 Questions
English Language 30 Questions
Total no. of Questions 100

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:

Numerical Ability:

According to the feedback received from students who appeared for this exam, this section can be rated as easy to moderate.

The 15 questions on Simplifications and Approximations can be rated as easy. There were 5 questions on Data Interpretation and were easy to moderate.

The 5 questions on Number series ranged between easy to moderate. Individual questions in this section were 10 in number; they comprised of the topics – Percentages, Profit & Loss, Partnership, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Simple Interest, Mixtures & Alligations 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 (Table) 5
Number Series (Missing number) 5
Simplifications 10
Approximations 5
Individual Questions (Equations, Ratio, Percentages, Partnership, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Mensuration, Mixtures, Counting Techniques, Simple and Compound Interest) 10

Reasoning:

This section has been given an 'Easy' tag.

Like last year,this year also there were no questions on Deductions. The topic on Coding - Decoding drew 5 questions. Symbol-Notation were five in number.

There were 3 puzzles, one each on linear arrangements, circular arrangement and linear arrangement with parallel rowa. Puzzles were easy to moderate but more long-drawn than other questions. Thus, almost 18-20 questions could possibly be solved in about 20-25 minutes in this section.

The topic -wise split, as reported by our students, is as given below:

Topic No of Questions
Circular Arrangement 5
Linear Arrangement 5
Linear Arrangement (Parallel rows) 5
Coding - Decoding (Alphabet) 5
Symbols & Notations 5
Alpha Numeric Series 5
Misc (Direction sense etc..) 5

English Language:

This section too was along expected lines and can be rated as easy to moderate.

The 10 questions from the Cloze test passage that appeared in the exam (as reported by our students) can be labelled as easy to moderate.

There was a lone RC passage with a total of ten questions and was easy. The RC and Cloze passage were based on Stories.

There were 10 questions on Grammar. All the 10 questions were on error identification and were easy to moderate.

Thus, about 15-18 questions in the English section could easily be solved in 15 minutes.

The break-up of the questions is as follows:

Topic No of Questions Difficulty Level
Reading Comprehension 10 Easy
Error Identification 10 Easy - Moderate
Cloze Test 10 Easy - Moderate

Over all, the difficulty level of the paper in this particular slot can be rated as Easy to Moderate.

IBPS has changed the selection pattern of RRB CWE – Office Assistant. The exam will be conducted in two stages – Prelim & Main. This was a single exam till last year.

It has been reported that the online RRB Office Assistant V Prelim examination held in November 2016 was easy to moderate in terms of difficulty level. The Reasoning Section was between easy to moderate while the Quant Section was moderate . A similar trend was followed for exams held on all the days and across all the slots.

A snap shot of the prelim exam is given below.

Duration of Exam 45 Minutes
Numerical Ability 40 Qs
Reasoning Ability 40 Qs
Total Qs 80 Qs

An analysis of the above mentioned session, as reported by our students, is given below.

Numerical Ability:

According to the feedback received from our students who appeared for this exam, this section can be rated as moderate.

There were 5 questions on DI (Table) which were easy. The five questions on number series were moderate as reported by our students. The 15 questions on Simplification/Approximations ranged from easy to moderate.

Individual questions in this section were based on topics like Simple Equations, Ages, Ratio, Time and Distance, Time and Work, Averages, Mixtures & Alligations, Percentages, Profit and Loss, Mensuration, Simple and Compound Interest. Students commented that though some of these questions were not direct ones, they were certainly lengthy and time consuming.

Topic No of Questions
Data Interpretation (Table) 5
Number Series (Missing number) 5
Individual Questions (Simple Equations, Age, Ratio, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Averages, Mixtures & Alligations, Percentages, Profit & Loss, Simple and Compound Interest) 15
Simplifications/Approximations 15

Reasoning Ability:

This section has been tagged as ' easy to moderate'.

The emphasis on puzzles was reportedly low and 10 questions were asked from this topic. Usually 15 – 20 questions have been asked from puzzles in recent bank exams. Questions on deductions were easy. Questions on Symbols Notations, Blood Relations and Coding-Decoding were easy to crack. The five questions on set of numbers ranged from easy to moderate.

Topic No of Qs
Puzzles (Linear & Circular) 10
Deductions 5
Symbols Notations 5
Set of numbers 5
Coding Decoding 2
Blood Relations 3
Miscellaneous 10

Overall, the paper can be rated as easy to moderate.

It has been reported that the online SBI Clerk Main examination held on 26th June 2016 (Afternoon session) was moderate to difficult. The Quantitative Aptitude Section was the difficult most section of all the four sections. The Reasoning and English Sections were moderate. GA section was easy to moderate. A similar trend was followed for the exam held in both shifts on 26th June 2016.

For the first time,section wise time limit (as given below) is introduced.The order of the sections is the same that is given in the notification.

Few surprise elements in the exam:

  • There were no questions on Syllogisms
  • There were no questions on Grammar
  • Absence of computer questions in 'Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude' section

The snap shot of the exam is given below.

S.No Name of Tests No. of Questions Max Marks Duration
1 General / Financial Awareness 50 50 35 Minutes
2 General English 40 40 35 Minutes
3 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 Minutes
4 Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 Minutes
TOTAL 190 200 2 Hours 40 Minutes

The analysis as reported by our students, is given below.

Quantitative Aptitude:

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

There were two DI sets – one on Table and other on line graph. The questions on DI were easy to moderate. The set on table is lengthy and calculation based. The questions on number series (Missing no) reportedly ranged from moderate to difficult. There were five questions on Quadratic Comparisons (easy).

The individual questions in this section were based on topics of ages, ratio, time and distance, time and work, averages, profit and loss, partnership, plane geometry, mensuration, simple & compound interest and mixtures & alligations. Though not direct questions ,students commented that they were tricky and a complete knowledge of concepts was mandatory in order to solve them. Questions on Data Sufficiency (2 Statements) were present in this test area and were moderate.

Topic No of Questions
Data Interpretation (Table & Line graph) 10
Number Series (Missing No) 5
Individual Questions (Ages, Ratio, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Plane Geometry, Mensuration, Mixtures& Alligations, Profit & Loss, Simple and Compound Interest) 20
Data Sufficiency (2 Statements) 5
Quadratic Comparisons 5
Approximations 5

Reasoning:

This section has been given an 'Easy to Moderate' tag.

The emphasis here was on puzzles, which were tough to tackle. There were no questions on deductions. The questions on Input/Output were of easy to moderate level. The Data Sufficiency topic posed moderate and lengthy questions. The questions on Coding-Decoding and Blood Relations were easy.The questions based on Symbols-Notations based conclusions were time taking.

There were 2 new questions based on diagram (Dots & Triangles).

Topic No of Questions Difficulty Level
Puzzles (Circular Arrangement wrt Blood Relations, Linear Arrangements, Floor Arrangements, Distributions etc) 20 Moderate- Difficult
Input Output 5 Easy - Moderate
Data Sufficiency (2 Statements) 5 Moderate
Coding Decoding 5 Easy
Blood Relations 3 Easy
Symbol-Notation 5 Moderate
Alpha Numeric Series 5 Easy-Moderate
Diagram based (Dots & Triangles) 2 Easy

English Language:

The pattern of this section was almost in line with what was expected except RC. There were three RC passages with a total of five questions per passage. The questions based on passages were moderate.

The questions asked on Para Jumbled can be termed as moderate.

The cloze test passage that appeared in the exam (as reported by our student) puts the level of the passage as easy to moderate. The questions on FIB (2 blanks) and wrongly/misspelt words were easy. There were no questions on Grammar.

Overall, this section can be rated as moderate.

Topic No of Questions Difficulty Level
Reading Comprehension 15 (3 Passages) Moderate
Para Jumbled Questions (6 Statements) 5 Moderate
Wrongly/Misspelt Words 5 Easy
Cloze Test 10 Easy-Moderate
FIB (2 blanks) 5 Easy

General Awareness:

About half of the questions asked here were on Banking Awareness and Indian Economy, the others were on Current Affairs and stock GK. Students report this section as easy.

IBPS has announced a new recruitment process for Clerks from 2015 onwards. Selection will be done in a three-phased manner: Preliminary Examination, Main Examination and Interview.

The first ever Preliminary Examination for Clerks was conducted by IBPS on 5th Deec 2015. The other dates on which the Preliminary Examination is scheduled are 6th / 12/ 13th Dec 2015

Snapshot of the Exam:

Duration of Exam 60 Minutes
Numerical Ability 35 Questions
Reasoning Ability 35 Questions
English Language 30 Questions
Total no. of Questions 100

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:

Numerical Ability:

According to the feedback received from students who appeared for this exam, this section can be rated as moderate and time-consuming.

The 10 questions on Simplifications can be rated between easy to moderate .There were 5 questions on Data Interpretation and they were lengthy.

The other 5 questions on Number series too ranged between easy to moderate . Individual questions in this section were 15 in number; they comprised 1 - 2 from each topic. According to the feedback sent in by our students, some of the questions were tedious and calculation-based. Thus, a complete knowledge of concepts was mandatory in order to solve them.

A student could therefore, solve around 15-17 questions in approximately 20 minutes if he chose judiciously.

Topic No of Questions
Data Interpretation (Table) 5
Number Series (Missing number) 5
Simplifications 10
Individual Questions (Equations, Ratio, Percentages, Partnership, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Mensuration, Mixtures, Counting Techniques, Simple and Compound Interest) 15

Reasoning: 

This section has been given an 'Easy' tag.

There were no questions on Deductions. The topic on Coding- Decoding drew 5 moderate (set based) and 3 easy (individual) questions. Symbol-Notation based conclusions were 5 in number. In line with the rest of the questions in this section, the 2 on Blood relations were equally easy ones.

There were 3 puzzles, one each on distribution, linear arrangements and circular arrangement. Puzzles were easy but more long-drawn than other questions. Thus, almost 18-20 questions could possibly be solved in about 20-25 minutes in this section. There were 5 questions on Set of Numbers which were easy to handle.

The topic -wise split, as reported by our students, is as given below:

Topic No of Questions
Circular Arrangement 5
Linear Arrangement 5
Distributions 2
Blood Relations 2
Coding Decoding 8
Symbol-Notation Based Conclusions 5
Set of Numbers 5
Misc (Word Formation, Digit Order & Alphabetical Order) 3

English Language: 

This section too was along expected lines and can be rated as a moderately difficult section.

The 5 questions from the Close test passage that appeared in the exam (as reported by our students) can be labelled as easy. The 5 questions asked from jumbled statements in the PFQ part were moderate.

There was a lone RC passage with a total of ten questions. The RC and Cloze passage were based on Stories.

There were 10 questions on Grammar. The 5 questions on error identification were moderate and 5 questions on misspelt words / inappropriate usage were easy to moderate.

Thus, about 15-18 questions in the English section could easily be solved in 15 minutes.

The break-up of the questions is as follows:

Topic No of Questions Difficulty Level
Reading Comprehension 10 Easy
Para Jumbled Questions (6 Statements) 5 Moderate
Error Identification 5 Moderate
Cloze Test 5 Easy
Misspelt Words / Inappropriate Usage 5 Easy-Moderate

Over all, the difficulty level of the paper in this particular slot can be rated as Moderate.

It has been reported that the Online IBPS RRB Clerk CWE IV examination held in September 2015 was difficult as compared to the one held in 2014.

The snap shot of the exam is given below.

Duration of Exam 120 Minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 40 Questions
Reasoning Ability 40 Questions
English Language 40 Questions
General Awareness 40 Questions
Computer Knowledge 40 Questions
Total Questions 200

The analysis as reported by our students, is given below.

Quantitative Aptitude: 

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

There were a total of 15 questions on simplifications. There were 5 questions on DI which were easy to solve. Individual questions in this section were based on topics like ERPV, time and distance, time and work, averages, profit and loss, partnership, mensuration, simple and compound interest . Most of the questions involved a lot of calculations and were time-consuming.

The overall section can be rated as difficult.

Topic No of Questions
Data Interpretation 5
Series 5
Simplifications 15
Individual Questions (Ages, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Mensuration, Profit & Loss, Partnership, Simple and Compound Interest) 15

In almost all the slots, the distribution of questions across various topics remained the same.

Reasoning:

This section has been given an 'Easy to Moderate' tag.

The emphasis here was on puzzles. There were 15 questions on puzzles that were not easy to crack. There were 5 questions each on deductions, symbol / notation based conclusions and coding-decoding. There were questions from topics like Blood relations, Direction sense, series etc...

Topic No of Questions
Deductions (Syllogism) 5
Symbol-Notation Based Conclusions 5
Puzzles 15
Coding Decoding 5
Individual questions (Blood Relations, Direction Sense, Series etc.) 10

In almost all the slots, the distribution of questions across various topics remained the same.

English Language:

The pattern of this section was almost along expected lines. There were 10 questions on Reading Comprehension. The close test comprised 10 questions. There were 10 questions from Grammar (5 questions each from Error Identification and Phrase Replacement), 5 questions each on PFQ and FIB. Overall, this section can be rated as moderate.

Topic No of Questions
Reading Comprehension 10
Para Jumbled Questions 5
Error Identification 5
Phrase Replacement 5
Close Test 10
FIBs 5

In almost all the slots, the distribution of questions across various topics remained the same.

General Awareness:

The majority of questions asked were on Current Affairs and Banking. The other questions were on Capitals, Currencies, Movies, Sports, Books & Authors, Science & Technology. There were questions from stock GK also. Students report this section as moderate.

Computer Knowledge:

There were 40 questions on Computers, and they dealt with MS Office, Networking, Operating System, Internet, Computer Architecture etc. This section could be rated as easy.

The first of its kind, "Common Written Examination (CWE)" for recruitment to clerical cadre posts in 19 Public Sector Banks was conducted on 27th November, 2011. The CWE was conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection(IBPS). A whopping 44 lakhs candidates are expected to appear for this exam. This exam is scheduled for 27th Nov, 4th Dec and 11th Dec 2011.

To help you understand the IBPS Bank Clerical CWE paper better, we provide you a comprehensive analysis. First, let us look at the snapshot of the exam.

Snapshot of the Bank Clerical CWE Exam

Test Areas 5
Number of Questions 250
Maximum Marks 250
Negative Marking 0.25
Duration 150 Minutes

Now let us take a look at the detailed analysis of the different test areas. The different test areas from which the questions were asked in the exam were Reasoning, Numerical Ability, General Awareness, Computer Knowledge and English Language. There were 50 questions, all objective type, in each of these 5 test areas.

(1)Numerical Ability:

The type of questions that appeared in this section were very much on the lines of the different Bank Clerical examinations conducted earlier. This section was on the expected lines without any surprise element to the student.

There were 20 questions on Simplifications and Approximations. Compared to earlier Bank Clerical exams, the calculations involved were less tedious. For example,the questions like (a) square of 14.5 (b) 13% of 190 + ____ = 111 etc, were direct and could be solved quickly. For the students who had done their home work, these were cake walk and the students who were well prepared would have cracked around 15 to 17 questions in 15 minutes.

There were 5 questions on finding the missing number in the series. 3 questions were easy and 2 were of moderate level of difficulty. A correct attempt of 4 questions in 5 minutes is a good score.

Coming to the individual questions, there were 25 questions covering almost all the major topics. The questions were aimed at testing the basic conceptual knowledge. A student good at the basic funds would have solved the questions easily. Time and Distance had 5 questions and PPL,TD and Mensuration were the major contributors with five, five and three questions respectively from these topics. A correct attempt of 15 questions (in 20 minutes) is a very good score.

Overall this section can be rated as easy to moderate with a few difficulty questions in all the areas. A score in the range of 32 - 35 can be considered a good score in this section.

The topic wise break up of the questions is captured in the table given below.

Topic No of Questions
Simplifications 15
Approximations 5
Series (Finding the Missing Number) 5
Individual Questions:
Simple Equations 1
Ages 1
Ratio 1
Percentages 3
Profit & Loss 2
Averages 3
Numbers 2
Simple & Compound Interest 2
Time and Work 1
Time and Distance 5
Mensuration 3
Permutation & Combination 1
Total 50

(2) English Language

The paper was a mixture of simple and moderately difficult questions. Questions based on grammar were predominant (20 questions). There was a new question type (fill in the blanks). The approximate time needed to answer this section would be 30 - 35mins.

Reading Comprehension:

The RC passage consisted of 370 words. It was an article from the economist. It was moderately difficult to read and understand but the questions were simple.

There were 15 questions. 10 questions based on comprehension and 5 questions based on vocabulary.

Of the 10 questions, Two were sentence completion type. Eg: The PMI based on the survey was.................... Two were questions based on identifying the true statement in one and the false statement in the other. The rest (6 questions) were detail based.

In the 5 vocab-based questions, 3 were identifying the synonym and 2 were identifying the antonym of the given word. 3 words were simple (Still, Tame, Yields). Two were moderately difficult (Slump, Reinforcing).

Grammar:

There were 20 questions based on grammar.

Five were inappropriate usage of a word (grammar or spelling). These were simple. Eg: Software makers in India are facing a huge pressure.

Ten questions were on identification of the incorrect part of a sentence. These were a mixture of moderately difficult and simple questions.

Five questions were on selecting the grammatically correct option for the bold part in the question sentence. The errors were simple. Eg: the most knowledge

Vocabulary:

There were 15 questions on vocabulary with 10 questions on Close test and 5 questions on Fill in the blanks. There were 5 questions of the new type fill in the bank. Each question had a pair of sentences with a blank in each sentence. One word which would be apt in both the blanks was to be selected. Eg: I. He asked me to ........ over the fence. II. We should keep the valuables in the ..............1. vault 2. cross 3. safe 4. tie 5. locker. These questions were moderately difficult since it depended upon knowing the different meanings of a word.

The close test was a paragraph of about 50 words. The topic was economics. There were 10 blanks in the passage,which had to be filled in from the choices.

A good student,well prepared with T.I.M.E. Material,can score about 30 – 35 marks in this section.

(3) Reasoning
The reasoning section of the paper was on lines similar to the past Clerical exams conducted by different banks. The one exception was Decision Making questions. The Decision Making questions were part of earlier Bank PO examinations but not present in Clerical examinations. All the 5 questions on Decision Making were easy.

The questions on Statements & Conclusions (Symbols and Notations), Deductions were of moderate difficulty. The questions looked easy but once student started solving them, they would found it lengthy and time consuming.

There were 5 questions on Data Sufficiency. Questions on Data Sufficiency appear very rarely in Clerical examinations. All the five questions were based on reasoning. Each question was followed by two statements. All the questions are of moderate difficulty.

The five questions on sequence were of moderate difficulty.The chance of committing error was high.

There were 10 questions on Analytical puzzles. Out of these 10 questions, 5 questions were on Circular Arrangement and 5 questions were on Distribution. All the questions on Circular Arrangement were easy and could be solved in no time but the questions on Distribution required more time.

As expected there were 10 questions on non verbal reasoning. All the questions were based on five figure series.The logic to be applied for these questions was lengthy and difficult. Students should not have spent too much of time on these questions as they were time consuming and difficult questions

There were 5 individual questions from the topics like Coding-Decoding, Word formation, Digit sequence, Letter sequence etc... All the questions were direct and did not require much time to solve.

The topic wise break up of the questions is given below.

Topic No of Questions
Sequence 5
Analytical Puzzles:
Circular Arrangement 5
Distribution 5
Deductions (2 Statements, 2 Conclusions) 5
Decision Making 5
Data Sufficiency (2 Statements) 5
Non Verbal Reasoning (Only Series) 10
Symbols & Notations:
Statements & Conclusions 5
Individual Questions:
Coding Decoding 2
Digit Sequence 1
Letter Sequence 1
Word Formation 1
Total 50

Students who had worked on the Mock papers conducted by T.I.M.E. would have found that the reasoning section of the CWE was no different from those in the mocks.

An attempt of 35 questions, with not more than two to three wrong, is a good score.

(4) Computer Knowledge:

Overall this section can be classified as Easy to Moderate with 6 to 7 difficult questions. The questions were designed to test the candidate's familiarity with the basics of computer. There were as many as 17 questions from MS office (with 10 on MS word and 7 on MS excel). The other questions were from Computer fundamentals, Architecture, Internet, Software concepts, Memory etc..

There were no questions on DBMS, E-Commerce, Power point, Computer Networks, Operating System. The questions relating to internet were not easy and required a student's acquaintance with the internet to answer the questions.

A score of 30 + in 20 minutes is considered a very good score.

T.I.M.E students who have attended the classes and practiced the Mock papers would have had an added advantage

The following table gives the topic wise break up of questions

Topic Marks
Introduction to concepts of Computer 5
Basic Computer Architecture 10
Memory 6
Software Concepts 1
Internet 7
MS Office: WORD 10
MS Office: EXCEL 7
General Computer Knowledge 4
Total 50

(5) General Awareness:

The question paper contained questions based on a wide range of topics like, Banking, Economy, Current Affairs - National & International, and few questions on Sports and Literature.

  • Banking dominated with 1/3rd of the Section (17 questions).
  • Out of this 6 were easy, like the question - Public sector banks are regulated by.............
    And 8 questions were moderate like (a) crossing of a cheque means.., (b) Increase of NPA's is associated with banks......
    The remaining 3 were difficult, covering topics like ASBA stands for... & (b) In BR.. R stands for... etc.

  • In economy related topics, there were 5 questions,
  • 4 of which were moderate.. like question on
    What are government's schemes for school children?
    The difficult question was "Which state started electronic auction of iron ore stocks to iron & steel producers at the instance of Supreme Court ?"

  • In the current Affairs-National category, there were 7 questions,
  • out of which, 2 were easy like
    Who is the Current Railway minister? Who is the father of India's Nuclear program?
    4 questions were moderate, for example question on Ex-office chairman of Rajya Sabha,
    And one question was difficult. Location of Central Drug Research station, as there are many research stations located across India.

  • In the current affairs-International issues, of the 6 questions,
  • 3 were easy, like question on
    UNESCO works in which fields, and which is the member country in G-8.
    There were 2 moderate questions ___ who is the current PM of Japan (5 have changed in 2 years and the 6th one taken charge in September 2011) and Salva Kiir Mayardit, 1st President of
    which country. There was 1 difficult question in Current Affairs-International category, Which agreement between India & Afghanistan, enables that country to sell goods in India without paying tax?

  • There were 4 questions on sports,
  • 2 of them easy, like which sports does Saina Nehwal belong to, and
    which countries to host the next summer olympics and the balance two were moderate
    which trophy is of cricket, and which is a not a term of Hockey?

  • There were 3 questions on Awards,
  • one was easy, Which award is conferred on Dr.Harish Handa & Neelima Mishra in 2011? and
    one question MP Government's awards for Music and dance can be classified as moderate, whereas one question was difficult,
    What's the award given to Mr.Ahluwalia in 2011?

  • There was a question on Literature,
  • which can be classified as Difficult as the question was about an old author Maxim Gorky & books written by him.

  • There was a miscellaneous category question,
  • on World Ozone Day. As there are almost 200 different category dates for the student to remember, this can be classified as difficult.

A good score in this paper would be 23 - 25 out of 50

Students who followed T.I.M.E classes, material and Mock papers and were well prepared, would be able to score 30+ in this section.

To summerises, the paper was lengthy and the level of difficulty was easy to moderate.