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Common Written Exam for clerical vacancies in 19 public sector banks was conducted recently. The pattern of the exam was very much similar like the existing pattern; however the difference was that it was a combined exam for 19 banks, which has increased the number of candidates manifold. However at the same time vacancies have also increased in corresponding ratio. The exam had 5 sections namely of English language, quantitative aptitude, reasoning, general awareness and computer awareness. Each section was for 50 marks totaling a total score of 250 marks.

Now, so many aspirants are worried about their chances and many are raising queries about their chances for selection as well as expected cut offs for qualifying the exam. Well, in competitive exams the chances of selection depends on many factors such as difficulty level of the paper, number of aspirants appearing in the exam, number of vacancies & number of actual serious aspirants appearing in the exams. Friends, lacs of students appeared in the test but let me tell you that number of serious candidates is always remains very less. Hence chances of selection of most of the serious candidates are very high as number of vacancies would also going to be quite high. As per the prediction of Sam’s IAS Academy experts, after detailed analysis & keeping in mind the difficulty level of exam, it is safe to say that those who have cleared minimum cut off in each section and are having overall score of 63% percent & above, stand a very good chance of selection.

As far as cut offs are concerned let me tell you that any serious candidate who has prepared decently is likely to clear the minimum cut offs, as cut offs will not be going to be very high in this exam. However for the benefit of all of you I would like to quantify the cut offs as under, but remember these are only our predictions based on earlier exams, nothing has been disclosed by any other way.



  • Reasoning
  • English language
  • Quantitative aptitude
  • General awareness
  • Computer knowledge

Test of Reasoning/Mental Ability/Aptitude

This section usually tries to test the reasoning abilities and mental aptitude of the candidate. Questions are asked mainly from the following categories.


  • Number Series
  • Alphabet Series
  • Test of Direction Sense
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Number Ranking
  • Arithmetical Reasoning
  • Problem on Age Calculation
  • Blood Relations
  • Analogy
  • Decision Making etc.


  • Non Verbal Series
  • Mirror Images
  • Cubes and Dice
  • Grouping Identical Figures
  • Embedded Figures etc


This section is designed to test the language abilities and understanding of English grammar. Questions are asked mainly from the following categories.

  • Verb
  • Adverb
  • Subject Verb Agreement
  • Error Correction
  • Tenses
  • Sentence Rearrangement
  • Fill in the Blanks with Modals, Articles etc
  • Comprehension
  • Answering questions based on Unseen Passages
  • Vocabulary
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms

Quantitative Aptitude

This section tests the quantitative and mathematical skills of the candidate. Questions are asked mainly from the following categories.

  • Number System
  • HCF, LCM
  • Simplification
  • Decimal Fractions
  • Ratio and Proportions
  • Unitary Method
  • Percentage
  • Time and Distance
  • Time and Work
  • Profit and Loss
  • Average
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Mensuration (2D and 3D)
  • Algebra
  • Data Interpretation

General Awareness

This section is checks whether the candidate keep himself/herself up to date with the world around them. Questions are asked mainly from the following categories.

  • Current Affairs (National and International)
  • Major Financial/Economic News
  • Budget and Five Year Plans
  • Who is Who
  • Sports
  • Books and Authors
  • Awards and Honors
  • Science - Inventions and Discoveries
  • Abbreviations
  • Important Days
  • International and National Organisations