SBI Clerk 2020 Paper Analysis

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Mar 3, 2020

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SBI Clerk 2020 Paper Analysis

State Bank of India (SBI) successfully conducted SBI Clerk 2020 on February 22, 29 as well as on March 1 2020. If you want to have a look at the detailed analysis of SBI Clerk 2020, you have come to the right place.

 Read more to find a comprehensive analysis of the exam based on the first hand opinions of appearing candidates, leading coaching centres and expert educationists. You will be provided with a section wise analysis of the paper as well as an evaluation of the overall difficulty level of the question paper. We will inform you about the marching scheme and the expected cut off for this year. Read more SBI Clerk 2020 Results

What is the SBI Clerk 2020 exam?

SBI Clerk is being conducted by the SBI for recruiting candidates to fill up over 8000 vacancies all across the country. Those who manage to clear SBI Clerk 2020 Prelims held on February 22, 29 and March 1, 2020 will qualify for the second round of test, that is, SBI Clerk Mains. The advanced round is scheduled to be held on March 19, 2020. The first round is only a qualifier round to select eligible candidates for the second round. The marks you score in the first round of exam will not be considered in your total marks in the end. The final merit list will be declared on the basis of your performance in SBI Clerk Mains exam. Those whose names appear in the final merit list will be selected for the position of Junior Associate or SBI Clerk.

SBI Clerk 2020 Exam Pattern

The Prelims of SBI Clerk 2020 exam asked objective questions to the candidates. Candidates who appeared for the test were expected to answer a total number of 100 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). There were 3 sections into which the question paper was divided- Numerical ability, Reasoning ability and English language. All candidates were allowed 20 minutes to answer each of these 3 sections. The total time within which 100 questions have to be answered is 1 hour or 60 minutes. This is a computer-based exam and is held online only. The exams are held on each of the three dates mentioned in two different shifts- Morning shift and Evening shift. The result of SBI Clerk Prelims can be expected to be declared by the 2nd week of March 2020. Read more SBI Clerk 2020 Exam Pattern

SBI Clerk 2020 Detailed Exam Analysis

The overall difficulty level of the exam was moderately difficult. Candidates have reported that the Numeral Ability section was the most time consuming one. It has been reported that students could answer an average of 75 to 80 questions out of 100. Below is provided a detailed analysis of the question papers of different shifts, evaluating their difficulty levels and determining what can be considered to be a good attempt. A topic and section wise analysis of the question paper is also provided for your benefit. Read more SBI Clerk Admit Card

SBI Clerk Prelims exam - February 22, 2020: Overall Analysis

Sections Total no. of Questions Difficulty level Good attempts
Reasoning ability 35 Easy to moderate 26 to 30
Numerical ability 35 Moderate 20 to 23
English language 30 Easy to moderate 22 to 24
Total 100 Easy to moderate 75 to 80

SBI Clerk Prelims exam- February 22, 2020: Section and topic wise analysis

Now let us have a look at the number of questions asked from each topic in the question paper of February 22, 2020. We provide you with a detailed analysis of each of the 3 sections of the paper. This will assist you in understanding how much weightage of marks is there for which topic. 

Reasoning ability

Topic Total no. of questions
Rectangular sitting arrangement and puzzles 15
Numeric series 5
Syllogism 4
Direction change 5
Inequality 3
Alphabet based questions 3

Numerical ability

Topic Total no. of questions
Simplification 10
Data interpretation 5
Quadratic equations 5
Number series 5
Arithmetic 10

English language

Topic Total no. of questions
Cloze test 6
Reading comprehension including vocabulary, synonyms and more 10
Grammar 5

SBI Clerk Prelims exam- February 29, 2020: overall analysis

Sections Total no. of questions Difficulty level Good attempts
Reasoning ability 35 Easy to moderate 25 to 30
Numerical ability 35 Easy to moderate 20 to 26
English language 30 Easy to moderate 21 to 23
Total 100 Easy to moderate 75 to 80

SBI Clerk Prelims exam- February 29, 2020: section and topic wise analysis

Reasoning ability

Topics Total no. of questions
Inequality 3
Alphabet series 5
Direction and distance 4
Sitting arrangement and puzzles 12 to 14

Numerical ability

Topics Total no. of questions
Data interpretation 5
Simplification 10
Quadratic equations 4 to 5
No. series 4 to 5

English language

Topics Total no. of questions
Cloze test 4 to 5
Sentence arrangement 5
Reading comprehension including vocabulary, synonyms and more 10
Error detection 5

SBI Clerk Prelims exam- March 1, 2020: overall analysis

Section Total no. of questions Difficulty level Good attempts
Reasoning ability 35 Easy to moderate 24 to 29
Numerical ability 35 Easy to moderate 22 to 28
English language 30 Easy to moderate 23 to 26
Total 100 Easy to moderate 77 to 83

SBI Clerk Prelims exam- March 1, 2020: section and topic wise analysis

Reasoning ability

Topics Total no. of questions
Puzzles and seating arrangement 15
Alphanumeric series 5
Inequality 5
Alphabet series 5
Coding and decoding 1

Numerical ability

Topics Total no. of questions
Missing no. series 5
Data interpretation 5
Quadratic equation 5
Simplification 10
Arithmetic word problems 10

English language

Topics Total no. of questions
Reading comprehension including vocabulary, synonyms and more 10
Error detection 5
Single fillers 3
Para jumble 5
Cloze test 7

SBI Clerk 2020 exam marking scheme

We have had a look at the question papers of the tests held on February 22, 29 and March 1, 2020. Now let us inform you about the marking scheme for SBI Clerk 2020 exam so that you know how much marks to expect. Please be informed that this exam involves negative marking. Marks will be deducted from your total score for every wrong answer that you select. ¼th of the total marks allotted for that particular question will be deducted from your score for a wrong answer selection. Thus you will be well advised to avoid making arbitrary guesswork. You should answer only the questions that you are absolutely certain about.

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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.

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