IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam (December 07, 2019) Analysis - Slot II

Today was the first day of the IBPS 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 IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam 2019 is as follows:

Section Total Questions Level of difficulty Good Attempts Time taken (in minutes)
English Language 30 Easy- Moderate 22- 24 20
Reasoning Ability 35 Moderate 26-28 20
Numerical Ability 35 Easy-Moderate 24-26 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 Travel 9 Moderate
Parajumbles /Sentence rearrangement 5 Easy-Moderate
Fill in the blanks 5 Easy-Moderate
Spot the error (bold words) 5 Easy-Moderate
Spot the error (in parts of a sentence) 6 Moderate

There were more questions on Spot the error this time. Reading Comprehension was lengthy. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

Reasoning Ability:

Topic Number of questions Level of Difficulty
AR (Data Arrangement – 7 Persons/Exam on different days) 5 Moderate
AR (Linear Seating Arrangement – queue in hospital) 4 Moderate
AR (Square Seating Arrangement – facing in/out) 5 Moderate
AR (Parallel arrangement 12 people – North / south) 5 Moderate
Direction – (set based on 9 persons standing at different locations) 4 Moderate
Ordering of heights – 6 persons 3 Moderate
Alphabet Series (words based) 4 Easy-Moderate
Word based (Pairs of letters in the word DECLARING) 1 Easy-Moderate
Odd one out 1 Easy-Moderate
Syllogism 3 Easy-Moderate

There were three sets of questions from Seating Arrangement and one from Data Arrangement. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate.

Numerical Ability:

Topic Number of questions Level of Difficulty
Data Interpretation (Bar graph – cakes sold by 5 bakeries) 5 Easy-Moderate
Simplification/Approximation 10 Easy
Number Series (Wrong term) 5 Easy
Comparison of variables: Quadratic Equations 5 Easy
Venn diagram based set 3 Moderate
Percentage 2 Moderate
Age 1 Moderate
Boats and Streams 1 Moderate
Time, Speed and Distance 1 Moderate
Mixture 1  
Partnership 1 Moderate

There was one set of five questions from Data Interpretation (bar graph based) and one Venn diagram based set. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

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All the best!!
Team CL