State Bank of India Clerk Preliminary Exam (June 30, 2018) Analysis - Slot I

Today was the third 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 Easy-Moderate 20–22 18–20 20
Reasoning Ability 35 Easy-Moderate 21–24 18–20 20
Total 100 Easy-Moderate 70–75 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 (Guilt felt by children based) 5 Easy-Moderate
Para-jumbles 5 Easy-Moderate
Spot the Error (Conventional pattern) 5 Easy-Moderate
Spot the Error (word based: 4 highlighted words given. Candidate has to find out the incorrect word) 5 Easy-Moderate
Phrase Replacement 5 Easy-Moderate
Rearrangement of marked words in a sentence 5 Easy-Moderate

The English Language section was more or less along the same lines as the old pattern. Questions on Spot the Error was word based: 4 highlighted words given. The 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 (Completion of Series) 5 Moderate
Approximation 5 Easy-Moderate
Simplification 10 Easy
Data Interpretation (Bar Graph based) 5 Easy-Moderate
Simple Interest & Compound Interest 1 Easy
Time, Speed and Distance - Trains 1 Easy-Moderate
Time, Speed and Distance – Boat and Stream 1 Moderate
Time and Work 1 Easy-Moderate
Mixtures & Allegations 1 Moderate
Ratio and Proportion 1 Easy
Partnership 1 Easy-Moderate
Profit, Loss and Discount 1 Easy-Moderate
Average 1 Easy-Moderate
Miscellaneous (Quant based) 1 Easy

There was 1 set of five questions from Data Interpretation (Bar Graph based). The questions on Number Series were moderate. The Arithmetic-based questions were primarily from Time and Work, Ratio, SI & CI, Profit, Loss & Discount, Time, Speed and Distance (Trains and Boat & Stream) etc. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

Reasoning Ability

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
AR (Data Arrangement- Person/Month based) 5 Moderate
AR (Data Arrangement – 7 persons/Money Comparison based) 5 Moderate
AR (Circular Seating Arrangement – 8 persons with 1 more information) 5 Moderate
Coding-Decoding 5 Easy-Moderate
Blood Relation – Set based 2 Easy-Moderate
Directions – Set based 2 Easy-Moderate
Alphabet based 1 Easy
Alphanumeric Series 5 Easy
Input-Output 5 Easy

There were three sets of five questions each from circular seating arrangement, data arrangement (Person/Month based) and data arrangement (7 persons/Money Comparison based). No syllogism questions were asked this year. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

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