The SBI Clerk Main exam conducted over the weekend in a new sectional timing pattern did spring a surprise or two at the candidates. The paper was tougher than most students anticipated. The biggest surprise was the absence of Computer Knowledge questions in the entire paper. This made the Reasoning section all the more difficult with no time relief with the anticipated Computer Knowledge questions. Detailed analysis follows.
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Most students would have completed this section we within the allotted time. The section had fewer current affairs questions than in most similar banking exams. Because the current affairs portion was smaller, the scoring can be expected to be lower in this section.
Reading Comprehension: 15 Q
Cloze Test – 10 Q
Fill in the Blanks – 5Q
Parajumbles – 5Q
Incorrect Usage – 5Q
Because of the sectional pattern, most students would have been forced to attempt most of the questions. Students who were comfortable with RCs would have received a dstinct advantage in this new pattern.
The overall section can be termed as Easy-moderate.
Analytical Reasoning – 15Q
Inequalities – 5Q
Coding Decoding – 5Q
Blood Relation – 2Q
Input Output – 5Q
Data Sufficiency – 5Q
Miscellaneous – 13Q
Unexpectedly, there were no computer questions in this section though the notification mentioned otherwise. This put a lot of time pressure to solve all reasoning questions in the stipulated time. Syllogism did not feature in the Mains exam as well. There was also a new type of question based on Binary Logic which took many candidates by surprise.
The questions were not easy and this section could be termed moderate.
Number Series – 5Q
Approximation – 5Q
Data Sufficiency – 5Q
Quadratic Equation – 5Q
Miscellaneous – 20Q
The miscellaneous word problems were lengthy and there were also a couple of geometry sections. This section was definitely more difficult than previous clerk exams and can be termed moderate-difficult.
The sectional timing along with increased total time would have provided more ooportunities for candidates to score though at the same time, the paper was relatively more difficult.
Based on this, here are the estimated cut-offs for Genral category (Note: these are estimates only & should not be used as an indicator of performance)