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Banking Common Written Examination

Analysis of IBPS Clerk (Prelim)

Snapshot of the Exam: 

Duration of the Exam60 Minutes
Numerical Ability35 Questions
Reasoning Ability35 Questions
English Language30 Questions
Total no. of Questions100

No of choices per question – 5
Negative marking – 0.25 of the marks assigned to each question

The analysis of the above mentioned session, as reported by our students, is given below: 

Numerical Ability:

According to the feedback received from students who appeared for this exam, this section can be rated as moderate and time-consuming. 
The 10 questions on Simplifications can be rated between easy to moderate .There were 5 questions on Data Interpretation and they were lengthy. 
The other 5 questions on Number series too ranged between easy to moderate . Individual questions in this section were 15 in number; they comprised 1 - 2 from each topic. According to the feedback sent in by our students, some of the questions were tedious and calculation-based. Thus, a complete knowledge of concepts was mandatory in order to solve them. 
A student could therefore, solve around 15-17 questions in approximately 20 minutes if he chose judiciously. 

TopicNo. of Questions
Data Interpretation (Table)5
Number Series (Missing number)5
Individual Questions (Equations, Ratio, Percentages, Partnership, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Mensuration, Mixtures, Counting Techniques, Simple and Compound Interest)15


This section has been given an 'Easy' tag. There were no questions on Deductions. The topic on Coding- Decoding drew 5 moderate (set based) and 3 easy (individual) questions. Symbol-Notation based conclusions were 5 in number. In line with the rest of the questions in this section, the 2 on Blood relations were equally easy ones. 

There were 3 puzzles, one each on distribution, linear arrangements and circular arrangement. Puzzles were easy but more long-drawn than other questions. Thus, almost 18-20 questions could possibly be solved in about 20-25 minutes in this section. There were 5 questions on Set of Numbers which were easy to handle. 

The topic -wise split, as reported by our students, is as given below: 
TopicNo of Qs
Circular Arrangement5
Linear Arrangement5
Blood Relations2
Coding Decoding8
Symbol-Notation based conclusions5
Set of Numbers5
Misc (Word formation, Digit order & Alphabetical order)3


English Language :

This section too was along expected lines and can be rated as a moderately difficult section. 
The 5 questions from the Cloze test passage that appeared in the exam (as reported by our students) can be labelled as easy. The 5 questions asked from jumbled statements in the PFQ part were moderate. 
There was a lone RC passage with a total of ten questions. The RC and Cloze passage were based on Stories. 
There were 10 questions on Grammar. The 5 questions on error identification were moderate and 5 questions on misspelt words / inappropriate usage were easy to moderate. 
Thus, about 15-18 questions in the English section could easily be solved in 15 minutes. 
The break-up of the questions is as follows:

TopicNo of QuestionsDifficulty level
Reading Comprehension10Easy
Para Jumbled Questions ( 6 statements)5Moderate
Error Identification5Moderate
Cloze test5Easy
Misspelt words / Inappropriate usage5Easy - Moderate