IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis

The IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis is done to get an overall idea about the question pattern and the difficulty level set by the IBPS every year.

The IBPS PO preliminary examination 2019 was conducted on October 12, 13, 19 and 20, 2019 in different slots.

Review the IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis and accordingly prepare yourself for the upcoming Probationary Officer exam.

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In this article, we have provided a detailed IBPS PO Prelims exam analysis for the 2019 recruitment.

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For the reference of candidates who are looking forward to appear for the IBPS PO prelims exam 2020, given below is the prelims exam pattern for the Probationary Officer exam:

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern
Subjects Number of Questions Maximum Marks Time Duration
English Language 30 30 20 minutes
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 60 minutes

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IBPS PO Prelims Analysis (Overall)

The difficulty level of the prelims exam was moderate with the exam following the pattern that has been set in previous years.

Given below is the IBPS PO prelims exam analysis for the exam conducted on October 12, 2019:

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis – Overall (October 12, 2019)
Shift Good Attempt Level of Exam
Shift 1 62-64 Moderate
Shift 2 59-63 Moderate
Shift 3 60-62 Moderate
Shift 4 58-63 Moderate

Given below is the overall IBPS PO prelims exam analysis for the exam conducted on October 13, 2019:

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis – Overall (October 13, 2019)
Shift Good Attempt Level of Exam
Shift 1 59-63 Moderate
Shift 2 60-64 Moderate
Shift 3 59-63 Moderate
Shift 4 61-63 Moderate

The table below gives the review of the IBPS PO prelims exam conducted on October 19, 2019:

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis – Overall (October 19, 2019)
Shift Good Attempt Level of Exam
Shift 1 61-64 Moderate
Shift 2 58-63 Moderate
Shift 3 60-64 Moderate
Shift 4 59-63 Moderate

The last day for the IBPS PO exam 2019 was October 20, 2019. Given below is the IBPS PO prelims exam analysis for the same:

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis – Overall (October 20, 2019)
Shift Good Attempt Level of Exam
Shift 1 60-64 Moderate
Shift 2 59-63 Moderate
Shift 3 61-64 Moderate
Shift 4 60-63 Moderate

As the overall difficulty was moderate, the number of good attempts required was quite high when compared to earlier editions of the exam.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis (Section Wise)

Unlike the SBI exams, IBPS exams require a candidate to not just qualify the overall cut off but also to score the minimum qualifying marks in each section. Thus, performing well in each subject is also very important for the IBPS PO exam.

Given below is the section-wise number of attempts which can be counted as good attempts day wise.

The table below gives the section-wise exam analysis for the 4 shifts in which the exam was conducted on October 12, 2019:

IBPS PO Section-wise Exam Analysis (October 12, 2019)
Section-wise Good Attempts
English Language Reasoning Ability Quantitative Aptitude
Shift 1 16-20 21-26 24-26
Shift 2 18-21 24-29 21-25
Shift 3 17-20 23-27 22-24
Shift 4 16-19 22-24 20-25

The overall section-wise IBPS PO prelims exam analysis for October 13, 2019 is given below:

IBPS PO Section-wise Exam Analysis (October 13, 2019)
Section-wise Good Attempts
English Language Reasoning Ability Quantitative Aptitude
Shift 1 18-21 22-25 23-27
Shift 2 16-20 23-27 22-25
Shift 3 18-21 24-26 21-26
Shift 4 21-24 23-27 23-35

The section-wise exam analysis for the IBPS PO prelims exam conducted on October 19, 2019 is given below:

IBPS PO Section-wise Exam Analysis (October 19, 2019)
Section-wise Good Attempts
English Language Reasoning Ability Quantitative Aptitude
Shift 1 14-16 23-25 21-25
Shift 2 15-17 22-26 22-24
Shift 3 13-16 24-26 21-24
Shift 4 14-18 22-24 20-23

The table below gives the IBPS PO prelims exam analysis for the section-wise number of good attempts for the exam conducted on October 20 2019:

IBPS PO Section-wise Exam Analysis (October 20, 2019)
Section-wise Good Attempts
English Language Reasoning Ability Quantitative Aptitude
Shift 1 14-16 22-25 22-28
Shift 2 15-18 24-26 23-26
Shift 3 15-16 24-27 24-27
Shift 4 16-19 22-25 21-26

The three sections had different levels of difficulty and needed a different approach to solve, as explained below:

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis for the English Language

The English language section was set at a moderate difficulty level as earlier. The common topics from which questions were included in the IBPS PO prelims exam for all shifts and on all days have been given below for the reference of candidates:

  • Reading Comprehensions
  • Fillers
  • Para Jumble
  • Error Detection
  • Word Replacement
  • Phae Replacement

The reading comprehension passage was related to the history of the printing press and newspapers.

The rest of the questions were shared equally between the cloze test and sentence improvement.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis for Reasoning Ability

The section had the most diversity in the type of questions compared to the other two.

Out of a total of 35 questions, 16 questions were divided between puzzles, seating arrangement and alphabet series. The common topics on which the questions were asked in the IBPS PO prelims 2019 are as mentioned below:

  • Puzzles (Floor Based, Circular, Linear, etc.)
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Syllogism
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Blood Relations
  • Inequality
  • Alphanumeric Series
  • Order and ranking

The rest of the questions were shared equally between direction and displacement type questions, inequality and comparison along with a few miscellaneous questions combining these types.

Overall, the reasoning section was moderately set.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis for Quantitative Aptitude

The difficulty level for this section was moderate even though the questions related to quadratic equations were easy.

The majority of questions were asked on data interpretation from lines, graphs and number series. The common topics from all the shifts for the quantitative aptitude section for the IBPS PO prelims 2019 includes:

  • Data Interpretation (Double Pie, Bar Graph, Tabular, etc.)
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Simplification/Approximation
  • Wrong Number Series/ Missing Number series

The rest of the section was a balanced mix of profit and loss type questions, age-related equations, simple and compound interest etc. there were a total of 35 questions in this section.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis- Salient Points

  • IBPS PO prelims analysis for previous years’ question papers should be studied while preparing for the exam.
  • This would help candidates understand the IBPS PO Exam Pattern in a clear and proper way and candidates can get an idea about the upcoming exam related details
  • The IBPS PO syllabus is dynamic and hence every edition of the exam is different.
  • Preparation should be focussed on IBPS books, previous years’ papers and mock tests in that order. This would enable aspirants to make the most efficient use of their time.

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