IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam (December 08, 2018) Analysis – Slot I

Today was the first day of the . Spanning a period of one week (ending December 15, 2018), the exam is being conducted in four time slots: 2 each in the morning and evening.

A total of 100 questions had to be answered in 60 minutes. All the sections, except English Language, were available in both English and Hindi. Every correct answer will fetch 1 mark, while every incorrect answer will reduce the score by 0.25. This year there is sectional timing of 20 minutes.

The detailed break-up of 2018 is as follows:

Section Total
Level of
Time taken
(in minutes) English
Language 30 Easy- Moderate 20- 22 20 Reasoning
Ability 35 Easy-Moderate 28-30 20 Numerical
Ability 35 Easy-Moderate 22-25 20 Total 100 Easy-Moderate 71-78 60

Note: Section wise and overall cut-offs are not uniform for all states.

English Language

Topic Number of
Level of difficulty Reading Comprehension ? based
on flexibility in jobs (There was
one question based on
synonyms.) 6 Moderate Parajumbles /Sentence
rearrangement ? based on craze
of cricket. 5 Easy-Moderate Fill in the blanks (Based on
single FIB) 4 Easy-Moderate Phrase Replacement
5 Easy-Moderate Vocabulary based (Spelling) 5 Easy-Moderate Match the following (Sentence
Completion) 5 Moderate
Reading Comprehension was lengthy. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

Reasoning Ability

Topic Number of
Level of difficulty AR (Data Arrangement ? 7
Persons/Location/Month) 5 Moderate AR (Linear Seating Arrangement
– in 2 parallel rows facing
North/South) 5 Moderate AR (Square Seating Arrangement
? facing in/out) 5 Moderate AR (Data Arrangement ? Day
based) 5 Moderate Direction ? set based 5 Difficult Alphabet Series (5 words was
given) 5 Easy-Moderate Word based (Pairs of letters) 1 Easy-Moderate Syllogism 4 Easy-Moderate

There were four sets of five questions each from Seating Arrangement and Data Arrangement. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

Numerical Ability

Topic Number of
Level of Difficulty Data Interpretation (Table based) 5 Easy-Moderate Simplification/Approximation 10 Easy Number Series (Series Completion) 5 Easy Comparison of variables: Quadratic
Equations 5 Easy Comparison of quantities: Quantity
I and Quantity II 5 Moderate Mensuration 1 Moderate Ratio and Proportion 1 Moderate Average 1 Moderate Time, Speed and Distance 1 Moderate Miscellaneous (Quant based) 1 Moderate
There was one set of five questions from Data Interpretation (table based). The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

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