SBI Associate Banks Clerical Exam Analysis 2014

The 135 minute online test held on February 15, 2015 was conducted in two time slots - morning and evening. 1 mark will be awarded for every correct answer while 1/4th marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer.

The detailed break down of the paper is as follows:

Section Total Questions Level of difficulty Good Attempts Good Score Approximate time taken
General Awareness/ Banking 40 Easy 35 25 20 minutes
General English 40 Easy 35 25 25 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 40 Moderate 30 25 30 minutes
Reasoning Ability 40 Easy 35 30 30 minutes
Marketing Aptitude/ Computer Knowledge 40 Moderate 30 25 25 minutes
Total 200 Easy to Moderate 165 130 130 minutes + 5 minutes (for review)

Expected Cutoffs for qualifying for the interview (Note: These cut-offs are not uniform for all states and wide variations are expected)

Subject General SC/ST/OBC
General Awareness (Out of 40) 15 13
General English (Out of 40) 16 13
Quantitative Aptitude (Out of 40) 15 11
Reasoning Ability (Out of 40) 17 14
Marketing Aptitude/ Computer Knowledge (Out of 40) 14 10
General Awareness

The section was dominated by questions on general knowledge.  There were about 8 to 10 questions from basic banking awareness that the candidates would not have found difficult to attempt. All in all, this section was easy - moderate.
Topic Number of Questions Difficult Level
General Knowledge (Current + Static) 30 Easy - Moderate
Banking Awareness 10 Easy - Moderate
English Language
This section was on expected lines. The 10 questions RC passage was based on team work. It was an easy read. Around 5 questions in the RC were vocab based. The Para Jumble set had 5 questions and its level of difficulty was easy to moderate. The 10 blank Cloze Test was very easy. There were two types of Error Spotting questions in the test. In the first type the sentence was divided into four parts and a student was required to find out the grammatically incorrect part. In the other type, four words were marked in bold and one of them was either wrongly spelt or was grammatically incorrect. Each type had 5 questions. The level of difficulty of this question type was easy to moderate. Fill in the Blanks also had 5 questions, which were quite easy.
Topic Number of Questions Difficult Level
RC 10 Easy
Para Jumble 5 Easy - Moderate
Cloze Test 10 Easy
Spot the Error 10 Easy - Moderate
FIB (1 Blank) 5 Easy
Quantitative Aptitude
The difficulty level of this section ranged from moderate - difficult with questions being asked from varied topics. Algebra featured prominently in this section.
Topic Number of Questions Difficult Level
Algebra 16 Moderate
Number series 5 Easy
Data Interpretation 5 Moderate
Ratio & Proportion, Profit and Loss, Simple Interest, Compound Interest, Time, Speed and Distance, Mixtures and Allegation 14 Moderate - Difficult

Reasoning Ability
This section comprised questions from Syllogisms, Coding-Decoding, Inequality, Sitting Arrangement (both linear and circular), Number based logic, Number Arrangement, Word Based Logic, Making words and Puzzle. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy.
Topic Number of Questions Difficult Level
Syllogism 5 Easy
Coding - Decoding 5 Easy
Inequality 5 Easy - Moderate
Sitting Arrangement (Linear + Circular) 2 sets (6 questions each) Easy - Moderate
Number Based Logic 1 set (5 questions) Easy
Number arrangement 5 Easy
Word Based logic 5 Easy
Puzzle, Making words 3 Easy - Moderate

Marketing Aptitude/ Computer Knowledge
This section had around 20 questions each from Marketing Aptitude and Computer Knowledge. The questions on Computer Knowledge were easier than that of Marketing Aptitude. Another thing to note is that the questions from the two areas were not segregated.

Topic Number of Questions Difficult Level
Marketing Aptitude 20 Moderate - Difficult
Computer Knowledge 20 Easy - Moderate
Disclaimer: All information on cut-offs, analysis, answer key and scores are based on independent analysis and evaluation made by Career Launcher & iLearn Centre. We do not take responsibility for any decision that might be taken, based on this information.
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