Analysis of IBPS Clerk (Prelim)
Snapshot of the Exam:
|Duration of the Exam||60 Minutes|
|Numerical Ability||35 Questions|
|Reasoning Ability||35 Questions|
|English Language||30 Questions|
|Total no. of Questions||100|
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:
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.
|Topic||No. 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:
|Topic||No of Qs|
|Symbol-Notation based conclusions||5|
|Set of Numbers||5|
|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:
|Topic||No of Questions||Difficulty level|
|Para Jumbled Questions ( 6 statements)||5||Moderate|
|Misspelt words / Inappropriate usage||5||Easy - Moderate|