IBPS PO Prelims Analysis 2017 & Expected Cutoff

IBPS PO Prelims Analysis 2017 & Expected Cutoff

Based on discussions with Studycopter students who appeared in the exam, we have analyzed the IBPS PO Prelims Exam. The analysis being provided here is aimed at helping the aspirants who are yet to appear for IBPS PO prelims exam as it will get them acquainted with the exorbitantly changed pattern of IBPS PO prelims examination.

The examination was of moderate to difficult level. Variations were seen in the pattern of all the three sections that are, English language, reasoning ability and quantitative aptitude sections in the different shifts conducted till today.

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IBPS PO Prelims analysis 2017

The IBPS PO preliminary examination was administered online and it consisted of 100 questions. The time period provided to solve the questions was 60 minutes. Candidates who will be appearing in the upcoming examinations have to manage those 60 minutes themselves while dealing with three sections — Reasoning (35 questions), Quantitative Aptitude (35 questions), and English (30 questions).

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Section-wise breakup of topics

English Language

RC and Error detection were common across all slots and had 10 questions each. The remaining 10 questions were from sentence improvement and fill in the blanks. There were some questions where and the options themselves had one or multiple sentences correct. These questions were particularly difficult.

Name of the Topic Questions asked
Reading Comprehension
  • 10 Questions
  • This topic was common across all slots.
  • 4 questions from Synonym/Antonyms were asked in all the shifts from the passage.
Error Detection
  • 10 Questions
  • This topic was common across all shifts of the exam.
  • However, the pattern of error based questions was changed in different shifts.
Sentence Improvement
  • 10 Questions
  • Asked in some slots.
  • Questions were asked based on new pattern.
  • A portion of the sentence in the question was given in bold and 3 cases were given with it, which could replace the bold content. Students had to chose the appropriate choices from the given options.
  • For Example:
    The villagers had protested against the corrupt government since 1997.
    I. had been protesting
    II. have protested
    III. have been protesting
    The options included Only I, I & II None of these etc.
Fillers
  • 10 Questions
  • This topic was asked in certain slots only.
  • New pattern based questions were introduced in this shift.
  • Questions were similar to that of Sentence Improvement explained earlier, only blanks were given instead of the bold portion here.

Quantitative Aptitude

There was no new pattern of questions asked in quant. The only variation across slots was that while some slots had quadratic equations, other had number series. 2 sets of DI were there in all the slots and that is something expected in the exam next week also. 

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Name of the topic Questions asked
Number Series
  • 5 Questions
  • This topic was asked in some slots only.
  • Questions were the arithmetic combination or double step based and easy to attempt.
Simplification/ Approximation
  • 6 Questions
  • This topic was common across all slots.
  • Questions were easily doable, based on basic BODMAS rules.
Quadratic Equation
  • 5 Questions
  • Asked in some slots only.
  • Questions were easy, based on factorisation or basic formula application.
Data Interpretation
  • 12 Questions (2 sets)
  • Common for all slots.
  • The only difference was the type of DI question asked, i.e. some slots included line graph, while Pie chart was asked in others.
  • One tabular graph was common across all shifts.
Miscellaneous
  • 12 Questions
  • These questions again, were common for all shifts.
  • The only variation was the number of questions asked from individual arithmetic topics.

Reasoning Ability

There were at least 20 questions from puzzles in each slot. Input output was also asked in some slots, a topic that was usually asked in only the main exams.

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Name of the topic Questions asked
Inequality
  • 3-5 Questions
  • Asked in some slots only.
  • Questions were direct and easily doable.
Syllogism
  • 3-5 Questions
  • This topic was asked in some slots only.
  • Questions were based on old pattern and were doable.
Coding-Decoding
  • 4-5 Questions
  • ASked in some shifts only.
  • Questions were asked from Sentence based coding.
Input-Output
  • 5 Questions
  • This topic was asked in a few shifts only.
  • Question was based on double shifting pattern and were doable.
Puzzles & Seating Arrangement
  • 20 Questions
  • This topic was common across all shifts
  • However, the type of puzzles and arrangement questions asked varied for each shift.
  • Common puzzles asked were- Box based puzzle, Floor puzzle, Scheduling puzzle, each with additional parameters.
  • Arrangement questions included Circular, Square as well as Linear arrangement (single as well as double row) based questions.
Miscellaneous Questions
  • 3-5 Questions
  • These topics were common across all sections. Their number however changed for different slots.
  • This included questions from Blood Relations, Direction sense, Alphabet test etc.


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