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

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 (Globalisation) 6 Easy-Moderate
Para-jumbles 5 Easy-Moderate
Spot the Error (Conventional pattern) 8 Easy-Moderate
Spot the Error - Inappropriate word (4 highlighted words given in a sentence. Candidate has to find out the incorrect word) 6 Easy-Moderate
Phrase Replacement 5 Easy-Moderate

The English Language section was more or less along the same lines as the old pattern. Questions on inappropriate words, 4 highlighted words given, were there in which the candidate has to find out the incorrect word. Questions from the RC passage were mainly factual. Two questions in RC 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) 5 Moderate
Approximation 5 Easy-Moderate
Comparison of Variables (Quadratic inequalities) 5 Easy-Moderate
Data Interpretation (Bar Graph based) 5 Easy-Moderate
Simple Interest & Compound Interest 2 Moderate
Time, Speed and Distance 2 Easy
Boats and Stream 1 Easy
Time and Work 2 Easy-Moderate
Mixtures & Allegations 1 Easy
Ratio and Proportion 1 Easy-Moderate
Partnership 1 Easy-Moderate
Profit, Loss and Discount 1 Easy
Average 1 Easy-Moderate
Percentage 1 Easy
Geometry(square) 1 Easy
Number system 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 etc. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate.

Reasoning Ability

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
AR (Data Arrangement- Person/Birth Month) 5 Moderate
AR(Data Arrangement– 3 variables) 5 Moderate
Blood Relation – Set based 4 Easy-Moderate
Directions – Set based 3 Easy
AR (Box Arrangement) 5 Moderate
Alphabet based series - set based 5 Easy-Moderate
Mathematical Inequalities 5 Easy
Ranking 1 Easy
Alphabet based 1 Easy
Numbers based 1 Easy

There were three sets of five questions each from data arrangement. There was a set of five questions on alphabetical series based. Questions on blood relation and directions were also there. No syllogism questions were asked this year. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

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