IBPS Clerk Main Examination 2019 Analysis: (January 19, 2020)

IBPS Clerk Main Exam 2019 was held on January 19, 2020. A total of 190 questions had to be answered in 160 minutes. There were 4 sections namely, General/Financial Awareness, General English, Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude and Quantitative Aptitude. Except General English, the rest of the objective questions were in bilingual format that is, in English and Hindi. Each incorrect answer will reduce the score by 1/4th marks assigned to the respective question.

The detailed break-up of IBPS Clerk Main Exam 2019 is as follows:

Section Total Questions Total Marks Level of Difficulty Good Attempts Time Taken (In Minutes)
General/Financial Awareness 50 50 Easy – Moderate 30-32 35
General English 40 40 Moderate-Difficult 28-30 35
Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 60 Moderate - Difficult 28-30 45
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 Moderate 30-32 45
Total 190 200 Moderate 120-130 160

General/Financial Awareness

Most of the questions came from the Banking Awareness, Financial Awareness and Current Affairs (Maximum questions were from December/January months) sections. There were some questions from the static section of General Awareness. 3-4 questions were from banking awareness. There were also questions based on RBI. The overall difficulty of this section was easy to moderate.

Some questions were like: MUDRA based, Forest Cover of India based, National Science Congress 2020, Joint Military Exercise Tiger Triumph between India and USA, etc.

General English

Topic Number of questions Level of difficulty
Reading Comprehension (based on education) 4 Moderate-Difficult
Reading Comprehension (based on coffee) 6 Moderate-Difficult
Reading Comprehension (based on technology) 5 Moderate-Difficult
Parajumbles/Sentence Rearrangement – Out of 4 sentences first and last were fixed. Middle sentences were divided into parts.   5 Moderate
Fill in the blank (3 sentences were given with a blank in each, one word) 5 Moderate
Spot the error 5 Moderate
Sentence Starters 4 Easy
Cloze Test (bold word based) 6 Easy-Moderate

There were a total of 3 sets of Reading Comprehension. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate to difficult.

Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude

Topic Number of Questions Level of difficulty
AR (Circular Seating Arrangement) 5 Moderate – Difficult
AR (Linear Seating Arrangement – single row) 5 Moderate – Difficult
AR (Data Arrangement – Alphabet  based puzzle) 5 Moderate – Difficult
AR (Data Arrangement -11 persons based) 5 Moderate – Difficult
Data Sufficiency 4 Moderate
Direction – coding based set 5 Moderate
Coding-Decoding 5 Moderate
Mathematical Inequalities 4 Moderate
Alphanumeric Series 5 Moderate
Logical Reasoning 2 Moderate – Difficult
Syllogism 5 Easy-Moderate

There was no question from Computer Aptitude. There were 4 sets of seating arrangement and data arrangement. Level of difficulty of this section was moderate to difficult.

Quantitative Aptitude

Topic Number of questions Level of difficulty
Data Interpretation (Table) 5 Moderate-Difficult
Data Interpretation (Bar Graph + Pie Chart) 5 Moderate-Difficult
Data Interpretation (Line Graph) 5 Moderate-Difficult
Data Interpretation (Caselet) 5 Moderate-Difficult
Data Sufficiency - 5 Moderate
Comparison of quantities: Quantity I and Quantity II 5 Moderate
Simplification/Approximation 5 Easy
Miscellaneous (Quant based word problems) 15 Moderate

There were 4 sets of Data Interpretation. Overall difficulty level of this section was moderate.

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