State Bank of India Clerk Preliminary Exam (June 23, 2019): Analysis - Slot II

Today was the second day of the SBI Clerk Preliminary Exam 2019. 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. There is sectional timing of 20 minutes.

The detailed break-up of SBI Clerk Preliminary Exam 2019 is as follows:

Section Total Questions Level of Difficulty Good Attempts Time Taken (In Minutes)
English Language 30 Easy 21–24 20
Numerical Ability 35 Easy-Moderate 24–27 20
Reasoning Ability 35 Easy-Moderate 27–30 20
Total 100 Easy-Moderate 7480 60

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

English Language:

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Reading Comprehension (Based on Time Management) – There were 2 questions based on Synonym/Antonym. 10 Easy-Moderate
Spot the Error – 4 Bold words based – Spelling Error 5 Easy
Spot the Error - Grammar based 5 Easy
Fill in blanks – Single FIB 4 Easy-Moderate
Cloze Test 6 Easy

The English Language section was more or less along the same lines as the old pattern. Questions on Spot the Error were based on fundamentals of grammar. Questions from the RC passage were mainly factual. Two questions were from Vocabulary (1 Synonym and 1 Antonym based). Overall, the level of difficulty of this section was easy.

Numerical Ability:

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Number Series (Series Completion) 5 Easy-Moderate
Approximation/Simplification 10 Easy
Data Interpretation (Table) 5 Moderate
Comparison of variables: Quadratic Equations 5 Easy-Moderate
Miscellaneous - Quant based word problems - (Time, Speed and Distance – Trains, Boats and Streams, Time and Work, Mensuration, Partnership, Ratio and Proportion, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Percentage, Age, Mixtures & Allegation, Profit, Loss and Discount, Average etc.) 10 Easy-Moderate

There was one set of five questions from Data Interpretation. DI was based on Table. The questions on Number Series were easy to moderate. The Arithmetic-based questions were primarily from Ratio and Proportion, SI & CI, Percentages, Ages, Profit, Loss & Discount, Time and Work, Time, Speed and Distance etc. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy-to-moderate.

Reasoning Ability:

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
AR (Linear Seating Arrangement – single row – 8 people facing North) 5 Easy-Moderate
AR (Circular Seating Arrangement) 5 Easy-Moderate
AR (Data Arrangement – 8 people – 4 months) 5 Easy-Moderate
Coding-Decoding 5 Easy
Alphabet Series 5 Easy
Blood Relation – set based 4 Moderate
Alphabet based 1 Easy
Syllogism 5 Easy-Moderate

There were three sets of Data Arrangement and Seating Arrangement which are as follows: Single row seating arrangement, Circular seating arrangement, and Data arrangement (8 People/4 moths based). There were 5 questions based on syllogism. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

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All the Best!
Team CL