IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis

The IBPS PO preliminary examination was conducted on 13-14 and 20-21 October 2018 in sixteen-time slots of one hour each. In this article, we have provided a detailed IBPS PO Prelims exam analysis. This would be helpful for candidates who are preparing for CRP PO/MT IX in 2019.

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. The paper was of objective type questions with three sections as follows:


Total number of Questions

Difficulty Level

Good Attempts

English Language




Reasoning Ability




Quantitative Aptitude




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 Paper Analysis (Section Wise)

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

  • English Language: The English language section was set at a moderate difficulty level as earlier. There were 7 reading comprehension questions and 7 error detection questions. 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.
  • 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 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 section was easier than the previous years.
  • Quantitative Aptitude: The difficulty level for this section was moderate 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 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 analysis for previous years’ question papers should be studied while preparing for the exam. This would help candidates understand the pattern of questions asked as well as provide useful information on how to tackle different difficulty levels. 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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