IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam (December 08, 2018) Analysis – Slot IV: 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 18- 21 20 Reasoning
Ability 35 Easy- Moderate 27-30 20 Numerical
Ability 35 Easy- Moderate 22-25 20 Total 100 Easy- Moderate 67-76 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 friendship (There were two
questions based on vocabulary.) 7 Moderate Spot the Error – 6 Easy-Moderate Cloze Test 6 Easy-Moderate Phrase Replacement 6 Easy-Moderate Word Usage 5 Easy-Moderate
There was one set of Reading Comprehension. 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 (Linear Seating
Arrangement) 3 Moderate AR (Data Arrangement – Month
based) 5 Moderate AR (Data Arrangement) 5 Moderate Direction – set based 5 Moderate Number based – Set 5 Easy-Moderate Alphabet based 1 Easy Number based 1 Easy-Moderate Coding-Decoding 5 Easy-Moderate Mathematical Inequalities 5 Easy-Moderate
There were three sets from Seating Arrangement and Data Arrangement. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

Numerical Ability

Topic Number of
questions Level of Difficulty Data Interpretation (Table) 5 Easy-Moderate Data Interpretation (Caselet) 5 Easy-Moderate Number Series (Wrong number
series) 5 Easy Simplification/Approximation 10 Easy Miscellaneous (Quant based word
problems – Time and work, Ratio
and Proportion, Mixture and
Alligation, Simple
interest/Compound Interest, Profit,
Loss and Discount etc.) 10
There were two sets of Data Interpretation. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

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