IBPS Po Prelims Exam Analysis

Institute of Banking Personnel conducts examination every year for the eligible candidates, for different posts, and due to this,  it has become a synonym for Bank Exams. IBPS conducts the recruitment exam for the post of Probationary Officer. Now, it’s time for the analysis of the preliminary examination,  generally,  the examination is being conducted in slots. So, here is the overall and sectional analysis of the IBPS PO preliminary examination.

Analysis for slot 1:

  • Overall Analysis

It is generally done to study the nature the exam for determining the essentials of the examination; it is a presentation of examination so that candidates have an overall idea about the examination.

Here is the overall analysis of 22 October, Slot 1 exam

Subject Time Good Attempt
English Language 15 Minutes 16 to 18
Quantitative Aptitude           25 Minutes 18 to 22
Reasoning Ability 20 Minutes 21 to 24
Total 60 Minutes 55 to 59

Now the sectional analysis of the examination is also necessary as they give us an idea about the level of the sections that  can be any of the following:

  • Easy- Moderate
  • Moderate-Difficult

Quantitative Aptitude

The level of the Quantitative section is easy to moderate, there were only two sets of Data Interpretation and one was of Line graph and another was Table.

The analysis of the section with their difficulty level is given here:

Topic Level No. of Questions
Quadratic Equation Easy 5
Approximation Moderate 5
Data Interpretation Moderate 10
Series Easy-Moderate 5
Miscellaneous(SI, CI, Speed & Time, Profit & Loss, Time & Work, Averages, Ratio etc) Moderate-Difficult 10
Total Easy- Moderate 35
  • Reasoning Ability

The level of Reasoning Ability is same as that of Quantitative Aptitude, Easy to Moderate. There were no questions from Coding-Decoding, there were questions from sitting arrangement asked, there were questions from syllogism which were easy and direct questions are asked from easy to moderate level.  There were two questions from puzzle too. One was comparison based and the other was a floor based puzzle.

The analysis of the section with their difficulty level is given here:

Topic Level No. of Questions
Puzzles(Floor puzzles with farmers income) Moderate-Difficult 10
Inequalities Easy-Moderate 5
Sitting Arrangement(Circular and Linear) Moderate 10
Syllogism Easy-Moderate 5
Miscellaneous(Ranking, Direct Sense, Blood Relation etc) Easy 5
Total Easy-Moderate 35
  • English Language

The level of English Language was difficult as compared to the other two sections but the pattern was the same, as there were no questions of antonym, synonyms and fill in the blanks. Questions were asked from reading comprehension that was based on Argentina Business and IMF.

The analysis of the section  with their difficulty level is given here:

Topic Level No. of Questions
Errors Moderate to difficult 10
Cloze Test(Related to Role of Technology in Students life) Moderate 7
Reading Comprehension(Based on Economy in the USA) Moderate -Difficult 8
Para-Jumbled(Based on Traffic Problem and Road Accident) Moderate 5
Total Moderate- Difficult 30

Analysis for slot 2

  • Overall Analysis
Subject Time Good Attempt
English Language 15 Minutes 16 to 18
Quantitative Aptitude           25 Minutes 17to 21
Reasoning Ability 20 Minutes 20 to 23
Total 60 Minutes 53to 57
  • Quantitative Aptitude

The level of the Quantitative section was easy to moderate, there were only two sets of Data Interpretation and one was of Bar graph and another was Table.

The analysis of the section  with their difficulty level is given here

Topic Level No. of Questions
Quadratic Equation Easy 5
Approximation Easy-Moderate 5
Data Interpretation Moderate 10
Series Easy-Moderate 5
Miscellaneous(SI, CI, Speed & Time, Profit & Loss, Time & Work, Averages, Ratio etc) Moderate-Difficult 10
Total Easy- Moderate 35
  • English Language                            

The Level of English Language was difficult as compared to that of the other two sections and the pattern was same as that of the previous slot. There was no fill in the blanks, and there are no questions asked on antonyms and synonyms from Reading Comprehension.

The analysis of the section  with their difficulty level is given here:

Topic Level No. of Questions
Errors Moderate to difficult 10
Cloze Test Moderate 7
Reading Comprehension Moderate -Difficult 8
Para-Jumbled Moderate 5
Total Moderate- Difficult 30
  • Reasoning Ability

The level of Reasoning Ability is same as that of Quantitative Aptitude, Easy to Moderate. There were no questions from Coding-Decoding, the question from sitting arrangement asked, there were questions from syllogism which were easy and direct questions and their difficulty level was easy to moderate.  There were two questions from puzzle too. One was comparison based and the other was a floor based puzzle.

The analysis of the section  with their difficulty level is given here:

Topic Level No. of Questions
Puzzles(Floor puzzles) Moderate-Difficult 10
Inequalities Easy-Moderate 5
Sitting Arrangement(Circular and Linear) Moderate 10
Syllogism Easy-Moderate 5
Miscellaneous(Ranking, Direct Sense, Blood Relation etc) Easy 5
Total Easy-Moderate 35
  • Do’s and Dont’s for the examination:

Like other Bank Exams, sectional timing and section cutoffs need to be focused on to clear this exam. The candidates should plan accordingly to attempt the questions in such a way to clear the requirements to crack the exam. They can attempt the question as suggested below or they can use their own strategies.

There are three sections of the IBPS PO Preliminary examination and the individual sectional time is:

  1. Quantitative Aptitude: 20 minutes
  2. Reasoning Ability: 25 minutes
  3. English Language: 15 minutes
  • Quantitative Aptitude: This section was easy-moderate level. Quadratic Equation questions were easy to moderate, first attempt this section and try to clear the sectional cut-off. The Number Series questions are of moderate level, there you can attempt 5 questions. There are miscellaneous questions which were moderate and time-consuming, so there is no question of wasting time in this section. You can easily attempt 20- 22 question in this section.
  • Reasoning Section: This time the level of the Reasoning section was of moderate level. There was a total of 3 questions from puzzles and they were time-consuming. As it is necessary to clear the sectional cut-off, for this section don’t start with the puzzle, start with the  Blood relation, Inequalities, etc. Try to attempt questions with 100% accuracy. If a candidate will able to attend 15-20 questions, he/she can easily clear the sectional cut-off for this section.
  • English Section: English was relatively moderate, with Reading Comprehension & typical Para-Jumble question. Rest of the questions like Cloze test were also moderate. Don’t attempt the Para-Jumble first. You can easily attempt 15 – 18 questions with good accuracy.

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