IBPS Clerk Exam Mains Analysis 2020 | All Days, All Shifts | Know Here

The final stage of the IBPS Clerk 2020 Recruitment – Mains Exam was conducted on 28 Feb 2021. In this blog, we are going to provide you with the detailed section-wise IBPS Clerk Mains Exam analysis 2020. Here we are providing you the overall & section-wise difficulty level, we will give you the question-type-wise bifurcation of all the questions asked in each of the 4 sections – Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness and English Language. Before moving onto the IBPS Clerk Mains Exam analysis of the first shift, let’s have a look at the IBPS Clerk Mains Exam pattern -:


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IBPS Clerk examination is put on hold by the Finance Ministry. The Finance Ministry on Tuesday directed IBPS to put on hold the examination for clerical cadre in public sector banks (PSBs) till a final view is taken on conducting tests in regional languages. In order to look into the demand for holding examination for clerical cadre in Public Sector Banks (PSBs) in local/regional languages, a Committee has been constituted to look into the matter in its entirety. The Committee will give its recommendations within 15 days. The ongoing process of holding the examination initiated by IBPS will be kept on hold until the recommendations of the Committee are made available.

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IBPS Clerk Exam Analysis Mains 2020 | Exam Pattern

SNo Section Questions Asked Maximum Marks
1 Reasoning 50 60
2 General Awareness 50 50
3 Numerical Ability 50 50
4 English/Hindi Language 40 40
Total 190 200

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IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Analysis | Good Attempts

SNo Section Good Attempts
1 Reasoning Ability 19-21
2 Quantitative Aptitude 27-29
3 General Awareness 28-30
4 English Language 21-23
Overall Attempts 95-103

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IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Analysis For Quantitative Aptitude

Topics No. of Questions
Data Interpretation 20
Data Sufficiency 05
Approximation 05
Quadratic Equation (new pattern) 05
Arithmetic Word problems 15
Total 50

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IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Analysis For Reasoning Ability

Topics No. of Questions
Puzzles 20
Machine- Input 01
Logical Reasoning 06-07
Coded Blood Relations 04
Substitution Coding 02-03
Data Sufficiency 03-04
Step Based Questions- Alpha 01
Miscellaneous 10
Total 50

IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Analysis For English Language

Topics No. of Questions
Reading Comprehension 15
Synonyms & Antonyms 02
Match the Column 04
Para Jumble 05
Replace the words 04
Fill in the blanks 04

IBPS Clerk Exam Analysis Prelims 2020 | Day 2

IBPS Clerk Exam Analysis Shift 2 (12 December 2020)

Overall Difficulty Level: Moderate

Numerical Ability:

Difficulty Level: Difficult

  • Table DI: 5 questions
  • DI (Bar Graph): 5 questions
  • Missing Number Series: 5 questions 
  • Simplification: 10 questions
  • Arithmetic (Mensuration, Partnership, Percentage, Time & Distance, Boats & Streams, etc): 10 questions

Reasoning Ability:

Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate

  • Syllogism: 5 questions
  • Inequality: 3 questions
  • Coding-Decoding: 2 questions
  • Direction: 5 questions
  • Circular Seating Arrangement: 5 questions
  • Month Based Puzzle: 5 questions
  • Year Based Puzzle: 5 questions
  • Stack Based Puzzle: 5 questions

English Language:

Difficulty Level: Moderate

  • Para jumbles: 5 questions
  • Reading Comprehension: 7-8 questions
  • Fill Ups: 5 questions
  • Misspelt Words: 5 questions
  • Error Detection: 4-5 questions
  • Miscellaneous: 2 questions

IBPS Clerk Exam Analysis Shift 1 (12 December 2020)

Overall Difficulty Level: Moderate

Reasoning Ability:

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Topic No of Qs
Inequality 3-4 questions
Blood Relations 3 questions
Direction Sense 3 questions
Year Based Puzzle 5 questions
Dual Row Seating Arrangement 5 questions
Scheduling Based Puzzle (Monday to Sunday) 5 questions
Flat & Floor Based Puzzle 5 questions
Letter No Series 5 questions

English Language:

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Topic No of Qs
Reading Comprehension (About Carbon Di Oxide Emission) 7-8 questions
Cloze Test (Sleep Disorder) 5-6 questions
Para jumbles 5 questions
Misspelt Words 5 questions
Error Detection 5 questions

Numerical Ability:

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Topic No of Qs
Simplification 10 questions
DI (Line Graph) 5 questions
DI (Table) 5 questions
Missing No Series 5 questions
Arithmetic 10 questions

IBPS Clerk Exam Analysis 2020 | Day 1, All Shifts

Overall Difficulty LevelEasy to Moderate and sequence was English Language, Quant, followed by Reasoning.

Here is the IBPS Clerk section-wise number of difficulty level and good attempts for all shifts on conducted on December 5, 2020

Shift Reasoning Quantitative Aptitude English Language Overall Good Attempts
Shift 1 Easy to Moderate (30-32) Easy to Moderate (30-32) Easy to Moderate (25-28) 85-95
Shift 2 Easy to Moderate (30-32) Easy to Moderate (30-32) Easy (30) 85-92
Shift 3 Easy to Moderate (30-31) Easy to Moderate (30) Easy to Moderate (26-28) 85-90
Shift 4 Easy to Moderate (30-31) Easy to Moderate (28-30) Easy to Moderate (30-32) 87-92

IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Analysis 2020 – Reasoning Ability

The overall difficulty of the Reasoning Ability of Day 1, 2 Shifts section was easy to moderate.

The table here is the section based on the analysis of this section on day 1, all shifts.

Topics Que – Shift 1 Que – Shift 2 Que – Shift 3 Que – Shift 4
Puzzles (Floor based, Year Based, Sequence based, Height-wise comparison, Month based) | Circular Sitting, Parallel, Double Row, Single Row 20 20 20 15
Syllogism (Only a few) 4-5 2-3 3 5
Inequality 5 3 3
Alpha-numeric Series | Numeric 5 3 7-8 5
Blood Relations 3    
Misc   6 1 7
Total 35 35 35 35

Logical Reasoning section had more of puzzles. Overall, the puzzles and seating arrangement type questions were easy while the rest were of moderate difficulty.

IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Analysis 2020 – Quantitative Aptitude

This section was of moderate difficulty.

The table given below gives the exam analysis for the quantitative aptitude section based on day 1, all shifts.

Topics No. Of Q Shift 1 No. Of Q Shift 2 No. Of Q Shift 3 No. Of Q Shift 4
Data Interpretation (Line Graph) 5 publishers (Ratio Percentage) | Bar Chart | Table | 5 5 5 10
Arithmetic (Partnership, Profit loss, Time and Work, Mix-Alligation) 10 10 10 6
Simplifications 15 10 15 10
Quadratic Equations 4 5 5
Misc | Wrong Number Series | Missing No. 1 5 5
Approximation 4
Total 35 35 35 35

This section was dominated by arithmetic word problems such as Partnership, Profit and loss, Time and Work, Mix-Alligation.

Simplification and data interpretation made up another major chunk of the question paper with the rest being shared equally by quadratic equations.

IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Analysis 2020 – English Language

English Language section is not the strongest section for a lot of aspirants, the reason being a high number of aspirants from regional language background.

English Language section in the IBPS Clerk prelims exam this year was easy. Here is the topic-wise distribution of questions asked in IBPS Clerk prelims exam day 1, all shifts , Dec 5, 2020.

Topics Q – Shift 1 Q -Shift 2 Q -Shift 3 Q -Shift 4
Reading Comprehension (Obesity) | Environment 8 6 8 10
Error Detection 5 5 5
Word Swapping 5 5  
Cloze Test 5 6  
Rearrangement (5 sentences) 5 5 5 5
Spellings 4    
Word Replacement 4    
Fillers + Fill in the blanks 5   5 + 5
Sentence Correction 5    
Misc 2 1 1  
Total 30 30 30 30


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IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Analysis FAQs

What was the overall difficulty level of the question paper in the IBPS Clerk 1st Shift Exam of 05th December 2020?

Overall difficulty level was easy to moderate.

How many questions can be attempted in the IBPS Clerk 1st Shift in the Quantitative Aptitude Section?

Candidates could attempt 30-32 questions in quant.

What is overall good attempt in the IBPS Clerk 1st Shift Exam of 05th December 2020?

85-90 will be a good attempt for IBPS Clerk 1st Shift Exam of 05th December 2020

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