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

TToday 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 21- 23 20
Reasoning Ability 35 Easy-Moderate 27-30 20
Numerical Ability 35 Easy-Moderate 22-25 20
Total 100 Easy-Moderate 72-78 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 Non-Commutative Schemes. (There were two questions based on synonyms.) 8 Moderate
Spot the error - 4 bold words were given. Find the incorrect word. 5 Easy-Moderate
Parajumbles / Sentence Rearrangement 5 Moderate
Inappropriate Usage (wrong spelled words) 5 Easy
Cloze Test 7 Easy

There was one set of Reading Comprehension with 8 questions out of which 2 questions were based on synonyms. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

Reasoning Ability:

Topic Number of questions Level of Difficulty

AR (Circular Seating Arrangement - 8 persons)

5 Moderate

AR (Data Arrangement - 7 People / 7 Cars)

5 Moderate

AR (Data Arrangement)

5 Moderate

AR (Linear Seating Arrangement – Single Row - facing north/south - 7 Persons)

5 Moderate

Direction - set based

3 Easy-Moderate

Alpha-numeric Series

5 Easy

Alphabet based - A word was given.

1 Easy


5 Easy-Moderate

Miscellaneous (Ranking based)

1 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 questions Level of Difficulty
Data Interpretation (Line Graph based) 5 Easy-Moderate
Simplification/Approximation 10 Easy
Number Series (Wrong Number Series) 5 Easy
Comparison of variables: Quadratic Equations 5 Easy-Moderate
Ratio and Proportion 1 Moderate
Average 1 Moderate
Age based 1 Moderate
SI/CI 1 Moderate
Mixture and Alligation 1 Moderate
Miscellaneous (Quant based word problems) 5 Moderate

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

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All the best!!
Team CL