IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Analysis, Review and Difficulty level (19 January 2020)

IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Analysis & Review 2020: IBPS had conducted IBPS Clerk Mains 2020 Exam on 19 January 2020. IBPS Clerk Exam is conducted every year by IBPS to recruit eligible candidates in various Public Sector Banks. Candidates who have gone through the IBPS Clerk Mains must be looking for the complete exam analysis and review.
IBPS Clerk Mains 2020 Exam had 5 sections: Quantitative Aptitude, General English, Reasoning, Computer Aptitude, and General/Financial Awareness for a duration of 160 minutes and each section had its allotted time limit.
The level of Today’s exam was of Moderate-Difficult level. Out of all the sections, Quantitative Aptitude was most tedious & calculative, and there were many good Puzzles in Seating & Arrangement Section.


The order of occurrence of section in IBPS Clerk Mains 2019 is as follows:

  • General Awareness
  • English Language
  • Reasoning & Computer Aptitude
  • Quantitative Aptitude
Read the detailed analysis provided below for more insight into what types of questions were asked in all the sections of IBPS Clerk Mains 2020

IBPS Clerk Mains 2020 Exam Analysis (OVER-ALL):

SECTIONS GOOD ATTEMPTS (Number of Questions)
General English 27-30
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 27-34
Quantitative Aptitude 35-39
General/ Financial Awareness 32-38
TOTAL 121-141

Quantitative Aptitude (Moderate)

The Quantitative Aptitude section consisted of 50 questions. The level of data analysis and interpretation was moderate. There were a total of 4 sets of DI asked.  Following were the types on DI seen in this section:


  • Caselet DI
  • Line Graph
  • Pie Chart +Bar Graph
  • Tabular
The questions were:
Topic No. of Questions Level
Data Interpretation 20 Moderate-Difficult
Data Sufficiency 04 Moderate-Difficult
Quantity 1, Quantity 2 05 Moderate
Approximation 06 Easy
Miscellaneous- Arithmetic Word Problems 15 Moderate
Total 50 Moderate

English Language (Difficult)

There were 40 questions in English Language section. There were a total of 3 sets of Reading Comprehension and their themes were related to:


  • Coffee
  • Artificial Intelligence
Sentence Rearrangement:
4 sentences were given out of which 1st &  last were fixed. B & C (middle sentences) were divided into parts and had to be arranged among themselves. Finally, the whole paragraph was  required to be rearranged.


Cloze Test:
There were 6 words marked as bold. The words were required to be substituted with appropriate words.

3 Sentences were given with a blank in each. Candidates had to identify suitable word which will fit in all 3 blanks.

Topic No. of Questions Level
Reading Comprehension 15 Moderate-Difficult
Sentence Rearrangement
(new format)
05 Moderate-Difficult
Starters 04 Easy
Cloze Test 06 Easy-Moderate
Error Detection 05 Moderate
 Fillers (Three blanks, one word) 05 Moderate
Total 40 Difficult

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Reasoning & Computer Aptitude (Moderate-Difficult)

Reasoning & Computer Aptitude section had some complex Puzzles & Seating Arrangement questions. No questions were asked from Computer Aptitude. Following are the types of Puzzles & Seating Arrangement questions asked in IBPS Clerk Mains 2019:


  • Circular Seating Arrangement 
  • Alphabet Based Puzzle (Letters were to be arranged in a linear fashion)
  • Linear Seating Arrangement (Single row)
  • Order & Ranking (11 people, buying something)
Topic No. of Questions Level
Sitting Arrangement and Puzzles
Syllogism 05 Moderate
Coded Inequality
Direction Sense (in form of coding)
Data Sufficiency
Alphanumeric Symbol Series (new pattern)
05 Moderate
Coding Decoding 05 Moderate
Logical Reasoning 02 Moderate- Difficult
50 Moderate-Difficult

General/Financial Awareness (Moderate)

This section had 50 questions and the level of the questions asked was moderate. In this section most of the questions, Banking Awareness related to current affairs & contemporary events of national & international importance of December/January.
There were also questions related to “RBI in news” of past 2-3 months & only 2-3  questions of static awareness. Some of the questions are as follows:
  • Joint Military Exercise Tiger Triumph between – India & USA
  • The Theme of New Delhi World Book Fair – ‘Suryodaya: Emerging voices from North East India’
  • National Science Congress 2020
  • Question related to Forest Cover of India
  • India’s first UNESCO Heritage City
  • Headquarters of International Atomic Energy Agency – Vienna, Austria
  • Question related to MUDRA
  •  Full form of “MANI” app launched by RBI: Mobile Aided Note Identifier.

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