SBI Clerical 2014 Exam Analysis – 16th August 2014 (Evening Shift)

SBI Clerical Exam-2014 flagged off on 16th August, 2014. The format of the test has changed this year from paper-pencil to computer based test. The 135 minute test is being conducted in two time slots – morning and evening. It will span over a period of five weeks, ending on 31st August, 2014. 1 mark will be awarded for every correct answer while 1/4th marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer.


The detailed break down of the paper is as follows:

Section
Total
Ques
Level
of difficulty
Good
Attempts
Approximate
time taken
General Awareness/ Banking
40
Easy 
30
15 minutes
General English
40
Easy
28
25 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude
40
Moderate
25
35 minutes
Reasoning Ability
40
Moderate
28
35 minutes
Marketing Aptitude/ Computer
Knowledge
40
Moderate
25
20 minutes
Total
200
Moderate
136
130 minutes + 5 minutes (for review)


General Awareness 
The section was dominated by questions on general knowledge.  There were about 8 to 10 questions from basic banking awareness that the candidates would not have found difficult to attempt. All in all, this section was easy – moderate. 


Topic
Number of Questions
Difficult Level
General Knowledge (Current + Static)
30
Easy – Moderate
Banking Awareness
10
Easy – Moderate


English Language

This section was largely on expected lines except the five questions on sentence based synonyms, which featured in this year’s exam. There was a passage with 10 questions based on an excerpt from a fiction. Then there were five questions each on Para Jumbles, Spot the Error and Fill in the Blanks which were mostly easy.

Topic
Number of Questions
Difficult Level
RC
10
Easy
Para Jumble
5
Easy – Moderate
Cloze Test
10
Moderate
Spot the Error
5
Easy
FIB (2 Blank)
5
Easy
Correct the phrases
5
Easy – Moderate

Quantitative Aptitude 


The difficulty level of this section ranged from moderate-difficult with questions being asked from varied topics. Ratio & Proportion and Percentage featured prominently in this section.
Topic
Number of
Questions
Difficult Level
Simplification
10
Moderate
Number series
5
Easy
Data Interpretation
5
Moderate
Ratio & proportion, Percentage, Profit and loss, Simple interest, Compound interest, Time, Speed and Distance, Time & Work, Mixture and Alligation, Mensuration
20
Moderate – Difficult

Reasoning Ability

This section comprised questions from Syllogisms, Coding-Decoding, Blood Relations, Inequality, Arrangements (both linear and circular), Puzzles and Statement-Argument. The overall difficulty level of this section ranged from easy-moderate.

Topic
Number of
Questions
Difficult Level
Syllogism
5
Moderate
Puzzle
5
Moderate
Sitting Arrangement
 (Linear + Circular)
10
Moderate
Coding – Decoding
5
Easy
Inequality
5
Easy – Moderate
Blood Relation
5
Easy – Moderate
Data Sufficiency
5
Moderate


Marketing Aptitude/ Computer Knowledge


This section was equally split between Computer Knowledge and Marketing Aptitude with 20 questions from each of the area. The questions on Computer Knowledge were easier than that of Marketing Aptitude. Another thing to note is that the questions from the two areas were not segregated but were arranged alternately. 

Topic
Number of
Questions
Difficult Level
Marketing
Aptitude
20
Moderate – Difficult
Computer Knowledge
20
Easy

We will keep updating this page as the test progresses. So do check this page regularly!

Disclaimer: All information on cut-offs, analysis, answer key and scores are based on independent analysis and evaluation made by BankersAdda. We do not take responsibility for any decision that might be taken, based on this information. 

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