IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Analysis 2020, Shift 1 (5 December): Questions Asked, Level, Good Attempts

By Sheetal Goyal|Updated : December 11th, 2020

IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Analysis 1st Shift 5th December 2020: The first shift of IBPS Clerk Prelims 2020 exam is over now and we are here discussing the detailed section-wise analysis of the today's exam held on 5th December 2020. Students going to appear in the upcoming shifts or preparing for other banking exams must go through the detailed section-wise exam analysis shared by the students. IBPS Clerk Prelims exam 1st Shift analysis of 5th Dec 2020 consists of the number and types of questions asked in the exam. We hope students have performed well in IBPS Clerk Prelims 2020.

Let us discuss the section-wise IBPS Clerk 1st Shift Prelims exam review, difficulty level, types of questions asked and good attempts below.

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IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam 1st Shift Analysis 5th December 2020 - Key Highlights

  • The first shift was easy
  • The sequence of the exam was english>Quant>Reasoning
  • There were no new pattern questions in any of the subject.
  • The level of the English section was easy in this shift.
  • The reasoning ability was doable and easy.
  • Overall no major changes were introduced. Candidates with clarity of the concepts must have done well.

IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Timings

ShiftReporting TimeExam Time
Shift-18 AM9 AM to 10 AM
Shift-210:30 AM11:30 AM to 12:30 pm
Shift-31 PM2 PM to 3 PM
Shift-43:30 PM4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam 2020: Exam Centre Guidelines

  1. Students are required to wear a mask during the examination. 
  2. Students are allowed to carry a personal transparent water bottle, personal hand sanitizer (50 ml), gloves & a simple pen inside the exam centre
  3. An aspirant must have installed Arogya-Setu app on their smartphone and the app must show the COVID 19 risk profile of the student.
  4. At the exam centre, the registration of the candidates will be done with photo capture.
  5. In the exam hall, there will be two separate dropbox for the rough sheets and call letters. Students are required to drop these in the designated boxes. 

IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam 1st Shift Review 5th December 2020 (Section-wise)

1. IBPS Clerk Prelims 1st Shift Review: Reasoning Ability

  • The overall level of the section was Easy-moderate and doable.
  • Below is a detailed analysis of the Reasoning section.

Name of the topic

Topic Details

Puzzles & Seating Arrangements

  • Total questions: 20
  • Two scheduling based Puzzle
  • One tabulation puzzle (7 people) 
  • First scheduling was year based
  • The second was month based (4 months given) and two dates are given 23 and 5
  • Floor based puzzle, 8 floors

Number based Series

  •  Total questions: 3
  • Level Easy
  • Type: Number based


  •  Total questions: 3
  • Level: Easy
  • Based on only and  A few patterns and old pattern

Order and ranking

  •  Total questions: 3
  • Level: Easy


  •  Total questions: 3
  • Direct questions were asked


  •  Total questions: 3
  • One was CASHEWNUT- it was to be arranged in alphabetical order from left to right
  • 3861547- fORWARD BACKWARD

2. IBPS Clerk Prelims 1st Shift Review: Quantitative aptitude

  • The overall level of the section was easy.
  • Following table depicts the topic-wise breakdown of the questions asked in quantitative aptitude Analysis - 

Topic Name

Topic Details

Data Interpretation

  •  Total questions: 5
  •  A-Line DI was asked.


  •  Total number of questions: 15
  • Based on BODMAS Rule
  • Level: Easy

Quadratic equation

  •  Total questions: 5
  • Level: Easy

Arithmetic Questions

  •  Total number of questions asked: 10
  • Level: Easy
  • Questions were asked from the topic: Profit and loss, time and work, speed and distance, ages, mensuration, boat and stream

3. IBPS Clerk Prelims 1st Shift Review: English Language

  • The overall level of this section was moderate
  • We have provided the topic wise questions asked in this section in below table -

Name of the topic

Topic Details

Reading Comprehension

  •  Number of questions: 8
  • 2 synonym
  • 1 Antonym
  • Level: Easy
  • Theme: RC on Obesity and Sleep Deprivation
Sentence Rearrangement
  •  Number of questions asked: 3
  • Pair of four sentences were given.
  • Phrase Replacement
  •  Total questions: 4
  • one portion was bold which was to be replaced from the option given.
Error Detection
  •  Total number of questions: 5
  • Level: Easy
Cloze Test
  •  Level: Easy
  • Musical instrument
  • A number of questions: 5
Word Rearrangement
  • Total questions: 5
  • Level: Easy

IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam 1st Shift Analysis 5th December 2020: Good Attempts (Overall)

Based on the level of the exam, we are sharing the good attempts sectional and overall as follows -

Name of Section

Number of Good Attempts

Reasoning Ability


English Language


Numerical Ability



75-78 (Overall easy)

How was your 1st Shift Exam, Share exam feedback and questions asked in the comment section below !!

IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Expected cut off 2020:

Now that first shift of the IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam 2020 of 5th December 2020 is now over. We have provided the exam analysis of all the shifts of IBPS Clerk exam based on the feedback and insights shared by the students who have appeared in the exam. We have contacted many students from various shifts and gathered their attempts and on the basis of good attempts shared by all those aspirants we have figured out an approximate IBPS Clerk Prelims expected cut off. 

FAQs for IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Analysis, Shift 1:

Following are the most common frequently asked questions for IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam 2020.

Q. Is there sectional and overall cut off for IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam 2020?

Ans: Yes, there are both sectional and overall cut off for an exam.

Q. Is IBPS Clerk Prelim exam available in both Hindi and English?

Ans: Yes, the IBPS Clerk Prelims exam is available in both language.

Q. What was the duration of the sectional timer in the IBPS Clerk prelims exam 2020?

Ans: Yes, there was a sectional timer of 20 minutes for each section.

Q. What was the duration of the IBPS Clerk Prelims Shift 1 exam?

Ans: The total time allotted for the exam is 60 minutes. 

Q. Was students allowed to switch between the sections at their will?

Ans: No, candidates are not allowed to switch between sections during the exam.

Q. Is candidates require to wear gloves during IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam?

Ans. No, a candidate may choose to wear the gloves during the exam but they are not compulsory. 

Q. Does the marks obtain in the IBPS Clerk Prelims exam consider in the calculation of merit list?

Ans: Not, IBPS Clerk Prelims exam is qualifying in nature and its marks does not consider into the calculation of merit list. 

Do share any question that you remember in the comment box!!

This is all about the IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Analysis 2020, Shift 1 of 5th December 2020.


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