IBPS Clerk Mains 2018 sectional-wise analysis

IBPS Clerk Mains 2018-19 Exam was conducted on 20 January. After the Prelims, this was the much-awaited exam for all the candidates aiming to become a clerk and here is the complete exam analysis and review of today’s IBPS Clerk Mains.

IBPS Clerk Mains exam had four sections Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning and Computer Aptitude, General English and General/Financial Awareness for 160 minutes and each part had its allotted time limit. The level of a exam was of Moderate level. Out of all the sections, English was most time taking & calculative, and there were many puzzles in the part of Reasoning. Read the detailed analysis provided below for more insight into what types of questions were asked in all the parts of 2018-19’s IBPS Clerk Mains examination.

IBPS Clerk Mains 2019 Exam Analysis (OVER-ALL):

General English 29-33
Reasoning and Computer Aptitude 27-32
Quantitative Aptitude 31-36
General and Financial Awareness 28-34
TOTAL 117-129

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The level of data analysis & interpretation was moderate. There were a total of 4 sets of DI including Caselet. In IBPS PO Mains 2018 held on 18th Nov 2018, this section Data analysis and interpretation were most difficult among all, but in IBPS Clerk Mains 2018 exam this section was moderate and do-able. Following were the types on DI saw in this section:

  • Bar Graph
  • Caselet
  • Pie Chat
  • Tabular
The questions were:
Topic Name Total Number of Questions Difficulty Level
(DI) Data Interpretation 20 Moderate-Difficult
Data Sufficiency 5 Moderate
Quantity1, Quantity 2 5 Moderate
Quadratic Equations 5 Easy
Miscellaneous- Arithmetic Word Problem 15 Moderate
Total 50 Moderate
General English 
There were a total of 3 sets of Reading Comprehension and their themes were related to wildlife conservation, diet and drinking water.
Topic Name Total Number of Questions Difficulty Level
Reading Comprehension 15 Moderate-Difficult
Word Replacement 5 Moderate-Difficult
Word Usage 5 Moderate
Sentence Connectors 5 Moderate
Double Fillers 5 Moderate
Sentence Rearrangement 5 Moderate
Total 40 Moderate-Difficult

Reasoning and Computer Aptitude (Moderate-Difficult )

Following were the types of Puzzles and Seating Arrangement:

  • Circular- Two circular tables were given
  • Month Based Puzzle (Dates, months, events were given to arrange)
  • Year based puzzle (year and colours were given to arrange)
  • Linear Seating Arrangement
  • Floor Based Puzzle (2 variables, six floors)
  • Box-based puzzle (Boxes and chocolates were given to arrange)
Topic Name Total Number of Questions Difficulty Level
Sitting Arrangement & Puzzles
Direction Sense

4 Moderate
(LR) Logical Reasoning
Machine Input Output
Coding Decoding – Alphabet and Number based
Easy- Moderate
50 Moderate-Difficult

General and Financial Awareness(Moderate)

General/Financial Awareness section had 50 questions, and the level of the questions asked was moderate. Most of the problems in this section were covering the current affairs and news of July’18 – Jan’19 Months. As per the review shared by students who appeared for this exam, there were only a few questions from static and banking awareness.