State Bank of India Clerk Preliminary Exam (June 23, 2018) Analysis - Slot I

Today was the first 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 Moderate 21–24 18–20 20
Total 100 Easy-Moderate 66–72 59–65 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 (Industry/ Employment Based) 7 Easy-Moderate
Para-jumbles 5 Easy
Spot the Error (Old Pattern) 8 Easy-Moderate
Phrase Replacement 5 Easy-Moderate
Fill in the Blanks 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 fundamentals of grammar. 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 (Series Completion) 5 Easy
Approximation/Simplification 10 Easy-Moderate
Data Interpretation (Pie Chart) 5 Easy-Moderate
Comparison of Variables (Quadratic Equations based) 5 Easy-Moderate
Arithmetic Based (Time, Speed and Distance – Trains, Boat and Stream, Time and Work, Mensuration-2D, Partnership, Ratio and Proportion, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Percentage, Age, Mixtures & Allegations, Profit, Loss and Discount, Average etc.) 10 Easy-Moderate

There was 1 set of five questions from Data Interpretation (pie-chart based). The questions on Number Series were easy. 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 easy-to-moderate.

Reasoning Ability

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
AR (Linear Seating Arrangement – 2 parallel rows – 12 persons) 5 Easy-Moderate
AR (Linear Seating Arrangement – single row) 2 Easy-Moderate
AR (Data Arrangement – Floor based – 5 floors) 2 Easy-Moderate
AR (Data Arrangement – Years and books based) 5 Easy-Moderate
AR (Data Arrangement – people and their researches based) 5  
Coding-Decoding 2 Easy
Blood Relation – Set based 2 Easy-Moderate
Directions 2 Easy
Alphanumeric Series 5 Easy
Numerical Series 5 Easy

There were three sets of five questions each from parallel seating arrangement, data arrangement (years and books based) and data arrangement (people and their researches based). No syllogism questions were asked this year. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate.

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