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Detailed Analysis of IBPS SO 2017 (All Slots) – Extremely Detailed

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The annual IBPS SO 2017 examination had been scheduled on 28th and 29th of January at two slots i.e. from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, across various centers in different cities of India. Offering the job of Specialist Officer among 27 public and regional rural banks, the Common Written Examination (CWE) offered various challenging, yet interesting questions for the aspirants. This article will give an analysis of the CWE held under IBPS for SO recruitment for all slots, covering the type of questions asked with their brief description and their difficulty.

IBPS SO 2017 Analysis

IBPS SO 2017 Exam: General Pattern (IT Officer, HR Officer, Marketing Officer etc.)

There were four major parameters that are evaluated in every IBPS SO Exam – Reasoning Ability, English Proficiency, Professional Knowledge, and Quantitative Aptitude. With a total of 200 questions, each correct answered a mark, one-fourth of which are deducted for an incorrect answer. Time given for each slot is 2 hours.

While Reasoning Ability, English Proficiency and Quantitative Aptitude sections presented similar questions for all posts, the Professional Knowledge section varied as per the post applied.

Analyzing IBPS SO 2017 28th January (1st slot)

This paper was a blend of easy, moderate and somewhat difficult questions which presented the applicants with a simple, yet a challenging examination.

1. Reasoning Ability

  1. Syllogism – Two or more statements are provided, and the applicant must conclude which relations devised from the given ones follow as per the given relations.
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Easy
  2. Group & Schedule – Questions based on days.
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Moderate
  3. Sequence & Arrangement – Boxes contain a particular item/items, and are supposed to be arranged in a certain order.
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Moderate
  4. Sitting Arrangement – People were sitting in an order, and questions related to their seating arrangement were asked.
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Moderate
  5. Coding – Decoding – Decoding words coded in a particular order, popularly by ascending or descending the character’s value.
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Easy
  6. Machine I/O – Particular steps rearranged a sentence in certain steps. Questions like telling no. of steps taken for an input to rearrange or output of an input were asked.
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Moderate
  7. Inequality Reasoning – Deciphering information conveyed as inequalities, and drawing further conclusions.
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Moderate
  8. Data Sufficiency – With statements fulfilling certain conditions given in the question, the applicant had to determine whether the question is satisfied by the statements aforementioned.
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Moderate to Tough
  9. Passage Inference – A  situation was provided, based on which the applicant had to answer the inference (conclusion) thus derived.
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Tough

2. Quantitative Reasoning

  1. Data Interpretation – Understanding statistical data, and drawing conclusions relating to the given scenario.
    1. No. of Questions – 10: 5 from tabular data, 5 from a pie chart
    2. Difficulty – Varying
  2. Number Series – Determining the pattern of a series of numbers, and predicting the following terms.
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Easy to Moderate
  3. Data Sufficiency
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Easy
  4. Quadratic Equation – Deriving roots of given equations, and establishing relations between the roots.
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Easy to Moderate
  5. Approximation and Simplification – Deriving approximate answers of complex arithmetic problems
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Easy
  6. Miscellaneous Questions – Questions based on work & energy, age, profit and loss, speed and distance, and other questions related to basic science and mathematics.
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Easy to Moderate

3. English Proficiency

  1. Reading Comprehension – 2 passages about general topics like ‘Social Networks and Security’, and ‘Need of Investment on Proper Construction Work’.
    1. No. of Questions – 20: 10 for each passage
    2. Difficulty – Moderate
    3. Antonyms and Synonyms – 4 questions from first and 3 from second.
  2. Sentence correction – Improving the sentence by replacing the highlighted phrase.
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Tough
  3. Parajumble – Arranging series of sentences in incorrect order so as to form a meaningful paragraph.
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Moderate
  4. Error Spotting – Judging the incorrect phrase in a sentence.
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Moderate to Tough
  5. Fill-in-the-Blanks – Inserting a phrase between two sentences so as to form a meaningful sentence.
    1. No. of Questions – 10
    2. Difficulty – Tough

4. Professional Knowledge

Questions based on the post applied were asked so as to determine the applicant’s technical proficiency in the post they have chosen.

Analyzing IBPS SO 2017 28th January (2nd slot)

This paper added more to the challenge for the applicants with more logically oriented questions that required deeper and clearer conceptual clarity.

1. Reasoning Ability

  1. Syllogism
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Easy
  2. Double Line-Up – Understanding relations among eight items, with two factual information allotted to them.
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Very tough
  3. Scheduling Puzzle – Indirect facts given abut months and dates of meetings of eight people.
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Moderate, but tricky
  4. Circular Arrangement Puzzle
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Moderate
  5. Floor-based Puzzle – Understanding professions of seven people living in a building, and answering questions related to their floors.
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Moderate
  6. Coding – Decoding
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Easy
  7. Machine I/O
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Moderate
  8. Inequalities
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Tricky
  9. Data Sufficiency
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Moderate to Tough
  10. Passage Inference
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Tough

2. Quantitative Aptitude

  1. Data Interpretation
    1. No. of Questions – 15: 5 as a table, 5 as a pie chart, and 5 as a paragraph.
    2. Difficulty – Varying
  2. Number Series
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Easy
  3. Data Sufficiency
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Easy
  4. Quadratic Equation
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Moderate
  5. Approximation & Simplification
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Easy
  6.  Miscellaneous Questions
    1. No. of Questions – 20
    2. Difficulty – Moderate

3. English Proficiency

  1. Reading Comprehension – 2 passages on economy and financial topics.
    1. Length: Long and moderate respectively
    2. No. of Questions: 10 from each
  2. Sentence Correction
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Tough
  3. Conjunctions – Joining two sentences using appropriate conjunctions.
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Tough
  4. Idioms – Understanding idioms and their appropriateness in given sentences.
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Tough
  5. Parajumble
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Moderate
  6. Error Spotting
    1. No. of Questions – 10
    2. Difficulty – Moderate to Tough

4. Professional Knowledge

Questions based on the post applied were asked so as to determine the applicant’s technical proficiency in the post they have chosen.

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Analyzing IBPS SO 2017 29th January (1st slot)

The second day maintained a similar difficulty pattern as the first day, although with some differences in the pattern of questions.

1. Reasoning Ability

  1. Syllogism
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Easy
  2. Floor-based Puzzle
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Moderate
  3. Circular Arrangement Puzzle
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Moderate
  4. Linear Arrangement Puzzle
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Tough
  5. Cause & Effect – Determining scenario leads to which outcome.
    1. No. of Questions – 3
    2. Difficulty – Moderate
  6. Statement and Argument – Judging strength of an argument regarding a particular statement.
    1. No. of Questions – 2
    2. Difficulty – Easy
  7. Coding – Decoding
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Easy
  8. Machine I/O
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Moderate
  9. Inequalities
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Tricky
  10. Data Sufficiency
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Moderate to Tough
  11. Passage Inference
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Tough

2. Quantitative Aptitude

  1. Data Interpretation
    1. No. of Questions – 10: 5 as a table and 5 as a pie chart
    2. Difficulty – Easy to moderate, but calculative
  2. Number Series
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Easy
  3. Data Sufficiency
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Easy
  4. Quadratic Equation
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Moderate
  5. Approximation and Simplification
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Easy
  6. Miscellaneous Questions
    1. Topics covered – Age, time, work & energy, Interest, Profit & Loss, Speed and Distance etc.
    2. No. of Questions – 20
    3. Difficulty – Easy to Moderate

3. English Proficiency

  1. Reading Comprehensions – 2 passages on Economy
    1. Length – Moderate
    2. No. of Questions – 10 from each passage
    3. Difficulty – Moderate
    4. Synonyms and Antonyms were asked.
  2. Sentence Correction
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Tough
  3. Parajumble
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Moderate
  4. Error Spotting – This question had multiple statements as possible answers., unlike the previous paper.
    1. No. of Questions – 10
    2. Difficulty – Tough
  5. Conjunction
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Tough
  6. Inference Based Questions – Determining which of the given sentences does not relate with the plot the passage is conveying.
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Moderate

4. Professional Knowledge

Questions based on the post applied were asked so as to determine the applicant’s technical proficiency in the post they have chosen.

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Analyzing IBPS SO 2017 29th January (2nd slot)

This paper proved to have a more challenging Reasoning Ability section compared to other three shifts, and also proved to be somewhat more mentally exhausting.

1. Reasoning Ability

  1. Syllogism
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Easy to Moderate
  2. Double line-up Puzzle
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Very tough
  3. Scheduling Puzzle
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Moderate, but tricky
  4. Circular Arrangement – Major focus was on age of people sitting in a circle, but ages were told as sum of ages of different people, and comparisons among ages.
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Moderate to difficult
  5. Floor-based Puzzle
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Moderate
  6. Coding-Decoding
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Easy
  7. Machine I/O
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Moderate
  8. Direct Inequalities
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Easy
  9. Data Sufficiency
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Moderate to Tough
  10. Passage Inference
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Tough

2. Quantitative Aptitude

  1. Data Interpretation
    1. No. of Questions – 15: 5 from a table, 5 from a pie chart, and 5 from a paragraph.
    2. Difficulty – Moderate to slightly tough
  2. Number Series
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Moderate
  3. Data Sufficiency
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Moderate
  4. Quadratic Equations
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Moderate to Tough
  5. Approximation and Simplification
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Easy
  6. Miscellaneous Questions
    1. Topics covered – Mixture, Age, Speed & Distance, Profit & Loss etc.

3. English Proficiency

  1. Reading Comprehension
    1. Topic Covered – Economy
    2. No. of Questions – 10: Antonyms-synonyms were also asked.
    3. Length: Long
  2. Reading Comprehension
    1. Topic Covered: Economy
    2. No. of Questions – 10: Sentence improvement by replacing highlighted words.
    3. Length – Slightly long
  3. Sentence Correction
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Tough
  4. Conjunctions
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Moderate
  5. Idioms
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Tough
  6. Parajumble
    1. No. of Questions – 5
    2. Difficulty – Moderate
  7. Error Spotting – Correctness and incorrectness of a sentence was to be determined.
    1. No. of Questions – 10
    2. Difficulty – Moderate to difficult

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Overall Analysis of the IBPS SO 2017 Exam

While both papers can be termed as moderately difficult, the 2nd paper of the second day proved to be tougher than other papers. Various sections in all papers were common, making study pattern for applicants easier. However, the English Proficiency section proves to remain the most difficult part of the paper. Reasoning Ability and Quantitative sections appear to be the ones where applicants can try their best to score as much as they can. The English Proficiency section, however, demands extra precaution. The Professional Knowledge section, of course, is as easy as your clarity over the field you apply for.

The IBPS SO 2017 exam established itself as an ‘ideal examination’ – giving equal opportunities for everyone to secure the most at easy questions, while bringing equally challenging questions, which truly distinguished the best from the mediocre.

The results of the IBPS SO 2017 will be declared on February 16th, 2017, and the admit cards for the IBPS SO Interview 2017 will be issued on February 24th, 2017.

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