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

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 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 (Based on anxiety and negative thoughts) 10 Easy-Moderate
Para-jumbles 5 Easy-Moderate
Spot the Error 5 Easy-Moderate
Fill in the Blanks 5 Easy-Moderate
Phrase Replacement 5 Easy-Moderate

The English Language section was more or less along the same lines as the old pattern. Questions from the RC passage were mainly factual. Four questions were from Vocabulary (2 Synonym and 2 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 5 Easy
Simplification 10 Easy
Data Interpretation (Caselet based) 5 Moderate
Comparison of two quantities 5 Easy-Moderate
Miscellaneous (Quant based) 5 Easy-Moderate

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

Reasoning Ability

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
AR (Data Arrangement- Month based) 5 Moderate
AR (Data Arrangement - Box  based) 5 Moderate
Analytical Reasoning – Set 5 Moderate
Coding-Decoding 5 Easy-Moderate
Blood Relation – Set based 2 Easy-Moderate
Directions – Set based 2 Easy-Moderate
Alphabet based 1 Easy
Numerical Series 5 Easy
Mathematical Inequalities 5 Easy-Moderate

There were three sets of five questions each from analytical reasoning. No syllogism questions were asked this year. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

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