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SBI Clerk Prelim Exam Analysis (Shift I) – 22 May 2016

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Hello Readers,
SBI Clerk Prelim Exam has started from today. Its taking place in 4 shifts per day. The overall paper was moderate.

Here we are posting the complete exam review section wise.


Total Ques. Max. Marks Level of Difficulty Good Attempts
Quant 35 35 Moderate 16 – 18
Reasoning 35 35 Moderate 20 – 22
English 30 30 Easy to Moderate 18 – 20


Quant Section

Quant section was easy to moderate carrying good questions. Only 1 DI was aksed with 15 word problems.

  • Simplification – 10 questions
  • Number series – 5 questions
  • Data Interpretation – 1 set (5 questions)
  • Questions from other topics including Partnership, Time and Work, SI, Averages, Boat n Stream, Profit/Loss, Mixture n Alligation – 15 questions (easy to moderate)

Reasoning Section

This section was moderate with 3 puzzles. No syllogism so it will be definitely asked in main exam.

  • Inequalities – 5 questions
  • Coding/Decoding – 5 questions
  • Alphanumeric series – 5 questions
  • Puzzles n Arrangements (circular and tabular) – 3 sets (15 questions)
  • Miscellaneous (blood relation, direction sense, etc.) – 5 questions

English Section

English section was easy to moderate as always.

  • Reading Comprehension (story based) – 1 passage (10 questions)
  • Cloze test (story based) – 5 questions
  • Error spotting– 5 questions
  • Spelling Correction – 5 questions
  • Parajumbles– 5 questions

Reading Comprehension asked:
Once upon a time, a foolish donkey used to live in a small town. There was a forest near the town where many wild animals lived. The king of the jungle—the lion also lived in the forest along with his minister, a cunning fox. Now it so happened, that a few days back, the lion had got into a fight with a wild elephant and was badly injured. The lion was weak and wounded and was unable to go and hunt for his prey himself. So, his minister, the fox was in charge of bringing food for the lion.
Like every day, the fox set out to hunt for prey, so that he could bring back food for his master. He had not gone far when he saw the donkey. The donkey was looking nervous, foolish and hungry. The fox walked up to him and said, “Hello! You seem to be new here. Where have you come from?” The donkey replied hesitantly, “Yes, I have come to the forest for the first time. I used to live in the nearby town. My master, the washer man, used to make me do a lot of work and gave me hardly anything to eat. So I have run away from his house in search of a better place.”The fox realized that this was his chance. He said cheerfully, “You have come to the right place, friend! I am a minister of this kingdom. Our king is looking for a bodyguard for his palace. He wants to give the job to someone who has experienced town life. You will have a very comfortable life here, living in the palace and feeding on the fresh, soft grass that grows around the palace.” The donkey was very happy on hearing this and he agreed to follow the fox back to the palace at once.
When the lion saw the fox leading a donkey to the palace, he became very impatient with hunger. He pounced upon the donkey immediately and grabbed him. Due to his injuries and constant hunger, the lion had lost much of his strength and so he could not overpower the donkey. The donkey freed himself and ran as fast as he could.
“My Lord,” the fox said to the lion, “You have scared away your prey. You should not have attacked him in such a hurry.” The lion was disappointed. “See if you can manage to bring him back,” he said to the fox.