IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam (December 15, 2018) Analysis - Slot I

Today was the third day of the IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam 2018. 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 IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam 2018 is as follows:

Section Total Questions Level of difficulty Good Attempts Time taken (in minutes)
English Language 30 Easy- Moderate 19- 22 20
Reasoning Ability 35 Easy-Moderate 27-30 20
Numerical Ability 35 Easy-Moderate   21-25 20
Total 100 Easy-Moderate 70-77 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 two questions based on antonyms.) 10 Moderate
Spot the error – 4 bold words were given. Find the incorrect word. 5 Easy-Moderate
Fill in the blanks (Single Filler)  5 Easy-Moderate
Match the statements from Column 1 with Column 2 5 Easy-Moderate
Phrase Replacement 5 Easy

There was one set of Reading Comprehension with 10 questions out of which 2 questions were based on antonyms. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

Reasoning Ability:

Topic Number of questions Level of Difficulty
AR (Square Seating Arrangement) 5 Moderate
AR (Data Arrangement – Floor based – 9 persons) 5 Moderate
AR (Linear Seating Arrangement – 2 parallel rows - facing north/south - 6 people each side, 12 people) 5 Moderate
Blood Relation – set based 3 Moderate
Direction – set based 5 Difficult
Mathematical Inequalities 5 Easy-Moderate
Alphabet Series – 5 words of 3 letters were given. 5 Easy-Moderate
Alphabet based – A word was given. 2 Easy-Moderate

There were three 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 questions Level of Difficulty
Data Interpretation (Bar Graph based) 5 Easy-Moderate
Simplification/Approximation            10 Easy
Number Series (Series Completion) 5 Easy
Age based 1 Easy-Moderate
Ratio and Proportion 3 Moderate
Average 2 Moderate
Time and work 1 Moderate
SI/CI 2 Moderate
Percentage 1 Moderate
Profit, Loss and Discount 2 Moderate
Miscellaneous (Quant based word problems) 3 Moderate

There was one set of five questions from Data Interpretation (Bar Graph based). The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

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All the best!!
Team CL