State Bank of India Clerk Preliminary Exam (February 22, 2020): Analysis - Slot I

Today was the first day of the SBI Clerk Preliminary Exam 2020. 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 2020 is as follows:

Section Total Questions Level of Difficulty Good Attempts Time Taken (In Minutes)
English Language 30 Easy 23–26 20
Numerical Ability 35 Easy-Moderate 22–25 20
Reasoning Ability 35 Easy-Moderate 28–32 20
Total 100 Easy-Moderate 75 - 83 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– There were 3/4 questions based on Synonym/Antonym. 10 Easy-Moderate
Sentence Rearrangement – Single Sentence 5 Easy
Cloze Test 5 Easy
Word Usage – Find incorrect word 5 Easy
Spot the Error- Find correct/incorrect sentence. 5 Easy

The English Language section was more or less along the same lines as the old pattern. Overall, the level of difficulty of this section was easy.

Numerical Ability

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Data Interpretation (Table based) 5 Easy-Moderate
Approximation/Simplification 10 Easy
Number Series (Series Completion) 5 Easy
Comparison of variables: Quadratic Equations 5 Easy
Miscellaneous - Quant based word problems (Profit, Loss and Discount, Time and work, Average, SI/CI, Ages, and Mensuration 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. The Arithmetic-based questions were primarily from SI & CI, Ages, Profit, Loss & Discount, Time and work, Average and Mensuration etc. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy-to-moderate.

Reasoning Ability

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
AR (Data Arrangement) 5 Easy-Moderate
AR (Circular Seating Arrangement) 5 Easy-Moderate
AR (Data Arrangement – Arrangement in order) 5 Easy-Moderate
Directions 3 Easy
Number based Series 5 Easy
Mathematical Inequalities 5 Easy
Alphabet based 2 Easy
Syllogism 5 Easy

There were three sets of Analytical Reasoning which are as: Data Arrangement, Circular Seating Arrangement and Data Arrangement (Arrangement in order). There were 5 questions based on syllogism. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

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Team CL