State Bank of India Clerk Preliminary Exam (June 24, 2018) Analysis - Slot I

Today was the second day of the SBI Clerk Preliminary Exam 2018. Spanning a period of one week (ending June 30, 2018), the exam is being conducted in four time slots: 2 each in 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.

The detailed break-up of SBI Clerk Preliminary Exam 2018 is as follows:

Section Total Questions Level of Difficulty Good Attempts Good Score Time Taken (In Minutes)
English Language 30 Easy-Moderate 21–24 18–20 20
Numerical Ability 35 Moderate 20–22 18–20 20
Reasoning Ability 35 Easy-Moderate 21–24 18–20 20
Total 100 Moderate 68–75 60–65 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 (Managers and Supervisors Based) 7 Moderate
Para-jumbles 5 Moderate
Spot the Error (Old Pattern) 8 Easy-Moderate
Phrase Replacement 5 Easy-Moderate
Cloze Test 5 Easy

The English Language section was more or less along the same lines as the old pattern. Questions on Spot the Error were based on the fundamentals of grammar. Candidate has to find out the incorrect word. Questions from the RC passage were mainly factual. Two questions were from Vocabulary (1 Synonym and 1 Antonym). Overall, the level of difficulty of this section was easy-to-moderate.

Numerical Ability

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Number Series (Wrong number Series) 5 Easy-Moderate
Approximation/Simplification 5 Easy
Data Interpretation (Line Graph based) 5 Moderate
Comparison of Variables (Quadratic Equations based) 5 Easy
Comparison of 2 Quantities: Quantity I and Quantity II 5 Moderate
Miscellaneous (Arithmetic based: SI/CI, Time, Speed and Distance, Time and Work, Mixtures & Allegations, Ages, Partnership, Profit, Loss and Discount, Average etc.) 10 Easy-Moderate

There was 1 set of five questions from Data Interpretation (Line graph based). The questions on Wrong Number Series were moderate. The Arithmetic-based questions were primarily from Time and Work, Ratio, SI & CI, Percentages, Ages, Profit, Loss & Discount, etc. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate.

Reasoning Ability

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
AR (Data Arrangement – Box based) 5 Easy-Moderate
AR (Data Arrangement – Class/Student based) 5 Easy-Moderate
AR (Linear Seating Arrangement- 2 parallel rows - 10 persons facing north/south) 5 Easy-Moderate
AR (Data Arrangement–Date/Day based) 3 Easy-Moderate
Blood Relation – Set based 3 Easy-Moderate
Directions – Set based 2 Easy
Alphanumeric Series 3 Easy
Numeric Series 5 Moderate
Miscellaneous 4 Easy-Moderate

There were three sets of five questions each from linear parallel seating arrangement, data arrangement and data arrangement. No syllogism questions were asked this year. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

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