IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam (December 08, 2018) Analysis – Slot II: Paper was moderate

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- 23 20 Reasoning
Ability 35 Easy-Moderate 28-30 20 Numerical
Ability 35 Easy-Moderate 21-25 20 Total
100 Easy-Moderate 70-78 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 impression of leaders in
politics and society (There were
two questions based on
vocabulary.) 7 Moderate Cloze Test (Bold words based) 5 Easy-Moderate

5 Easy-Moderate Fill in the blanks (Based on
single FIB) 5 Spot the Error – Statement based
– find the wrong statement. 3 Easy-Moderate Phrase Replacement Match the following (Sentence
5 Moderate
Questions from the RC passage were mainly factual. Two questions were from Vocabulary. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

Reasoning Ability

Topic Number of
Level of Difficulty
AR (Data Arrangement – Floor
based) 5 Moderate AR (Linear Seating Arrangement
– in 2 parallel rows facing
North/South) 5 Moderate AR (Data Arrangement – month
based) 5 Moderate AR (Data Arrangement) 5 Moderate Blood Relation – set based 2 Easy Number based – Set 5 Easy Word based – Set 5 Easy-Moderate Syllogism 3 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 (Bar Graph) 5 Easy-Moderate Data Interpretation (Caselet –
Distance based) 5 Easy-Moderate Simplification/Approximation 10 Easy Comparison of variables: Quadratic
Equations 5 Easy Age based 1 Moderate Ratio and Proportion 1 Moderate Average 1 Moderate Time, Speed and Distance 1 Moderate Time and work 1 Moderate Profit, Loss and Discount 1 Moderate Miscellaneous (Quant based) 4 Moderate
There were two sets of Data Interpretation. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

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