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IBPS PO Prelims 2018: Exam Analysis, Review, Expected Cut-off

IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) is all set to conduct computer-based online preliminary exam (or IBPS PO Prelims 2018). This time there are 4252 vacancies. As per the latest IBPS PO Notification, this exam will be conducted on 13th, 14th, 20th & 21st October 2018. Jagran Josh will provide a complete analysis of the exam.

Oct 22, 2018 11:28 IST
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IBPS PO Exam Analysis
IBPS PO Exam Analysis

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis: Check IBPS PO Prelims exam analysis (13 October & 14 October 2018, All 4 Slots). IBPS is conducting preliminary exam for 4252 vacancies of Probationary Officer. In this article, you will get an in-depth section-wise analysis of all the slots held on 13th and 14th October 2018. This analysis is provided by Mr Mohan Prasad, Mentor, Career Launcher. IBPS PO Prelims 2018 Result is expected to be announced at the end of October month or in the first week of November month. Candidates are advised to start preparing for IBPS PO Mains 2018 without waiting for the result as there will be very less time after the announcement of IBPS PO Prelims Result 2018.

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IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis: 13 October 2018, Slot 1

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis: 13 October 2018, Slot 2

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis: 13 October 2018, Slot 3

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis: 13 October 2018, Slot 4

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis: 14 October 2018, Slot 1

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis: 14 October 2018, Slot 2

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis: 14 October 2018, Slot 3

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis: 14 October 2018, Slot 4


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In the computer based SBI PO Prelims online exam, sections appeared in the following sequence

English Language → Reasoning Ability → Quantitative Aptitude

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis: 13 October, Slot 1

October 13, 2018 was the first day of the IBPS PO Preliminary Exam 2018. The exam is being conducted in four time slots: 2 each in morning and evening.

A total of 100 questions had to be answered in 60 minutes. All the sections, except English Language, were available in both English and Hindi. Every correct answer will fetch 1 mark, while every incorrect answer will reduce the score by 0.25.

The detailed break-up of IBPS PO Prelims 2018 exam is as follows:

Section

Total Questions

Level of difficulty

Good Attempts

Time taken (in minutes)

English Language

30

Moderate

17-19

20

Quantitative Aptitude

35

Moderate-difficult

15-17

20

Reasoning Ability

35

Easy-Moderate

 

20-22

20

Total

100

Moderate

52-58

60

Sectional and overall expected cut-off of IBPS PO Preliminary Exam 2018:

Subject

General

SC/ST/OBC

English Language (Out of 30)

5-7.5

3-5

Quantitative Aptitude (Out of 35)

7.5-9.5

5-7

Reasoning Ability (Out of 35)

10-12.5

7-9

Overall Objective Test (Out of 100)

48.5-51.5

OBC: 47.5-50.5

SC: 38-42

ST: 31.5-33.5

English Language:

Topic

Number of Questions

Level  of Difficulty

Reading Comprehension (Information circulation based)

5

Moderate

Spot the Error (Sentence was divided in 4 parts, 5th option was No error)

6

Moderate-Difficult

Interchange bold words

5

Easy-Moderate

Fill in the blanks (Single FIB)

5

Moderate

Cloze Test (2 Sets – 5 + 1 – Old Pattern)

6

Easy-Moderate

Phrase Replacement

3

Easy-Moderate

The English Language section of IBPS PO Preliminary Exam 2018 comprised of questions based on Reading Comprehension, Spot the Errors, Cloze test, fill in the blanks, interchange words and Phrase Replacement. The Reading Comprehension was based on information circulation. The interchanging words questions were having 5 to 6 bold words, which needs to be interchanged to make the sentence meaningful. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate.

Quantitative Aptitude:

Topic

Number of Questions

Level  of Difficulty

Number Series (Wrong numbers based)

6

Moderate

Data Interpretation (Line Graph Based )

7

Moderate

Data Interpretation  (Table and bar graph based)

6

Moderate

Comparison of Variables: Quadratic Equations

6

Easy-Moderate

Profit , Loss and Discount

1

Moderate

Simple Interest & Compound Interest

1

Difficult

Average

2

Easy - Moderate

Partnership

1

Easy-Moderate

Time, Speed and Distance - Boats and Streams

1

Easy

Algebra - Linear Equation

1

Easy-Moderate

Mensuration (Cylinder based)

1

Easy-Moderate

Age Problem

1

Easy

Percentage

1

Moderate

The Quantitative Aptitude section of IBPS PO Preliminary 2018 saw questions from a variety of topics. Some commonly asked topics were Mensuration, Time Speed and Distance, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Partnership, Age, and Profit, Loss and Discount. This year data interpretation sets contain more number of questions than usual as one set has 6 question and the other one has 7 questions based on it.  The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate to difficult, since most of the questions were calculative and hence the questions asked for the approximate value for the answer.

Reasoning Ability:

Topic

Number of Questions

Level  of Difficulty

AR (Data Arrangement - 3 variable

5

Moderate

AR (Linear Sitting Arrangement - 4 Peoples facing North- 4 facing South)

5

Easy-Moderate

AR (Floor Arrangement - 2 variables)

5

Easy-Moderate

AR (Sitting Arrangement - Square table/opposite direction)

5

Moderate

Coding-decoding (set based)

5

Easy

Calendar

1

Easy

Directions (Set based)

3

Easy

Mathematical Inequalities

5

Easy- Moderate

Odd One Out (Alphabet based)

1

Easy

The Reasoning Ability section of IBPS PO Preliminary 2018 was dominated by questions based on Analytical Reasoning. There were two sets of Sitting Arrangement questions with persons facing in opposite direction.. In Floor Arrangement, name and orders placed were to be arranged on 5 different floors. Directions based set was easy and requires no calculation. No questions based on Syllogism were there in the exam. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis (Section-wise): 13 October, Slot 2

A total of 100 questions had to be answered in 60 minutes. All the sections, except English Language, were available in both English and Hindi. Every correct answer will fetch 1 mark, while every incorrect answer will reduce the score by 0.25.

The detailed break-up of IBPS PO Prelims 2018 exam is as follows:

Section

Total Questions

Level of difficulty

Good Attempts

Time taken (in minutes)

English Language

30

Moderate-Difficult

15-17

20

Quantitative Aptitude

35

Moderate

15-17

20

Reasoning Ability

35

Moderate-difficult

 

17-20

20

Total

100

Moderate-Difficult

52-58

60

Sectional and overall expected cut-off of IBPS PO Preliminary Exam 2018:

Subject

General

SC/ST/OBC

English Language (Out of 30)

5-7.5

3-5

Quantitative Aptitude (Out of 35)

7.5-9.5

5-7

Reasoning Ability (Out of 35)

10-12.5

7-9

Overall Objective Test (Out of 100)

48.5-51.5

OBC: 47.5-50.5

SC: 38-42

ST: 31.5-33.5

English Language:

Topic

Number of Questions

Level  of Difficulty

Reading Comprehension (Two questions were based on vocabulary.)

7

Moderate

Spot the Error (Out of 4 bold words, one was wrong.)

4

Moderate-Difficult

Phrase/Word replacement

5

Moderate

Word Usage: Meaning of word appropriately used in which sentence.

3

Moderate

Parajumbles

6

Moderate

Match the statements from Column 1 with column 2

5

Easy-Moderate

The English Language section comprised of questions based on Reading Comprehension, Spot the Error, Phrase/Word replacement, Parajumbles, Word usage and Match the statements. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate to difficult.

Quantitative Aptitude:

Topic

Number of Questions

Level  of Difficulty

Number Series (Wrong numbers based)

5

Moderate

Data Interpretation (Bar Graph)

5

Moderate

Data Interpretation (Table)

6

Moderate

Data Interpretation (Caselet – Ratio based)

5

Moderate

Comparison of Variables: Quadratic Equations

6

 Easy-Moderate

Probability

1

Moderate

Simple Interest & Compound Interest

1

Moderate

Ratio and Proportion

1

Easy - Moderate

Partnership

1

Moderate

Time, Speed and Distance - Boats and Streams

1

Moderate

Time and Work

1

Moderate

Percentage

1

Moderate

Time, Speed and Distance – Average Speed

1

 Moderate

The Quantitative Aptitude section saw questions from a variety of topics. Some commonly asked topics were Time Speed and Distance, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Partnership, Probability, Time and work, Percentage and Ratio & Proportion. There were 3 sets of Data Interpretation. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate, since most of the questions were calculative and hence the questions asked for the approximate value for the answer.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis (Section-wise): 13 October, Slot 3

A total of 100 questions had to be answered in 60 minutes. All the sections, except English Language, were available in both English and Hindi. Every correct answer will fetch 1 mark, while every incorrect answer will reduce the score by 0.25.

 The detailed break-up of IBPS PO Prelims 2018 exam is as follows:

Section

Total Questions

Level of difficulty

Good Attempts

Time taken (in minutes)

English Language

30

Easy - Moderate

18-20

20

Quantitative Aptitude

35

Moderate

17-20

20

Reasoning Ability

35

Easy-Moderate

 

20-22

20

Total

100

Moderate

55-62

60

Sectional and overall expected cut-off of IBPS PO Preliminary Exam 2018:

Subject

General

SC/ST/OBC

English Language (Out of 30)

5-7.5

3-5

Quantitative Aptitude (Out of 35)

7.5-9.5

5-7

Reasoning Ability (Out of 35)

10-12.5

7-9

Overall Objective Test (Out of 100)

50.5-53.5

OBC: 49.5-52.5

SC: 40-44

ST: 33.5-35.5

English Language:

Topic

Number of Questions

Level  of Difficulty

Reading Comprehension (Economy based)

6

Moderate

Spot the Error

8

Moderate-Difficult

Cloze Test

5

Easy-Moderate

Sentence Improvement.

5

Moderate

Fill in the blanks

6

Easy-Moderate

The Reading Comprehension was based on economy. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

 Quantitative Aptitude:

Topic

Number of Questions

Level  of Difficulty

Number Series (Series Completion)

6

Moderate

Data Interpretation (Bar Graph)

5

Moderate

Data Interpretation (Table)

5

Moderate

Data Interpretation (Caselet)

5

Moderate

Comparison of Variables: Quadratic Equations

5

 

Easy-Moderate

Profit, Loss and Discount

1

Moderate

Simple Interest & Compound Interest

1

Moderate

Age based problem

1

Easy - Moderate

Miscellaneous (Quant based)

6

 

There were 3 sets of Data Interpretation. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate.

Reasoning Ability:

Topic

Number of Questions

Level  of Difficulty

AR (Data Arrangement – Floor based)

6

Moderate

AR (Linear Seating Arrangement)

5

Moderate

AR (Data Arrangement – Month based)

5

Moderate

AR (Square Seating Arrangement)

5

Moderate

Coding-Decoding

5

Easy-Moderate

Mathematical Inequalities

5

Easy- Moderate

Puzzles - Alphabet based

1

Easy- Moderate

Puzzles - Number based

1

Easy- Moderate

Miscellaneous

2

Easy- Moderate

The Reasoning Ability section was dominated by questions based on Analytical Reasoning. There were four different sets of based on various kinds of Seating Arrangement and Data Arrangement. There were no questions based on Syllogism in this exam. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis (Section-wise): 13 October, Slot 4

A total of 100 questions had to be answered in 60 minutes. All the sections, except English Language, were available in both English and Hindi. Every correct answer will fetch 1 mark, while every incorrect answer will reduce the score by 0.25.

The detailed break-up of IBPS PO Prelims 2018 exam is as follows:

Section

Total Questions

Level of difficulty

Good Attempts

Time taken (in minutes)

English Language

30

Easy-Moderate

18-20

20

Quantitative Aptitude

35

Moderate

16-18

20

Reasoning Ability

35

Easy-Moderate

 

20-22

20

Total

100

Moderate

56-60

60

Sectional and overall expected cut-off of IBPS PO Preliminary Exam 2018:

Subject

General

SC/ST/OBC

English Language (Out of 30)

5-7.5

3-5

Quantitative Aptitude (Out of 35)

7.5-9.5

5-7

Reasoning Ability (Out of 35)

10-12.5

7-9

Overall Objective Test (Out of 100)

48.5-51.5

OBC: 47.5-50.5

SC: 38-42

ST: 31.5-33.5

English Language:

Topic

Number of Questions

Level  of Difficulty

Reading Comprehension (People of Japan overwork there as compare to other countries)

7

Moderate

Error Detection-(5 sentences were given, one was correct and other type was one sentence was divided into 5 parts ,error was in one part

8

Moderate

Replacement of bold words

5

Easy-Moderate

Fill in the blanks (Single FIB)

5

Easy-Moderate

Sentence Rearrangement

5

Easy

The English Language section comprised of questions based on Reading Comprehension, Spot the Errors, Sentence Rearrangement, Fill in the blanks, Replacement of bold words. The Reading Comprehension was based on the people of Japan overwork in the office. The replacement of bold words questions were having one bold word, which needs to be interchanged to make the sentence meaningful and grammatically correct. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

Quantitative Aptitude:

Topic

Number of Questions

Level  of Difficulty

Number Series (Wrong numbers based)

5

Moderate

Data Interpretation (Pie chart and Table Based )

5

Easy-Moderate

Data Interpretation(Pie Chart)

5

Moderate

Data Interpretation  (Caselet based)

5

Moderate

Comparison of two quantities: Quantity I and Quantity II

3

 

Easy-Moderate

Profit , Loss and Discount

1

Easy-Moderate

Simple Interest & Compound Interest

1

Difficult

Average

1

Easy-Moderate

Partnership

1

Moderate

Time, Speed and Distance

1

Moderate

Data Sufficiency

5

Easy

Mensuration (Cylinder and Cube based)

1

Easy-Moderate

Probability

1

Easy

The Quantitative Aptitude saw questions from a variety of topics. Some commonly asked topics were Mensuration, Time Speed and Distance, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Partnership, Probability, and Profit, Loss and Discount. This year one data interpretation set has both pie chart and table. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate, and most of the questions were calculative.

Reasoning Ability:

Topic

Number of Questions

Level  of Difficulty

AR (Circular Arrangement)

5

Easy

Syllogism

3

Moderate

Ranking Arrangement Set based

3

Easy

Blood relation Set based

3

Easy-Moderate

Puzzle (Box based)

5

Easy-Moderate

Data Arrangement(Different days were given)

5

Easy-Moderate

Directions (Set based)

3

Easy

Mathematical Inequalities

3

Easy

Data Arrangement(3 variables based)

5

Moderate

The Reasoning Ability section was dominated by questions based on Analytical Reasoning. There was a set based on Circular arrangement in which 8 people were sitting who like different flowers. Directions based set was easy and requires no calculation. Three questions based on Syllogism were there in the exam. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis: 14 October, Slot 1

October 14, 2018 was the second day of the IBPS PO Preliminary Exam 2018. The exam is being conducted in four time slots: 2 each in morning and evening.

A total of 100 questions had to be answered in 60 minutes. All the sections, except English Language, were available in both English and Hindi. Every correct answer will fetch 1 mark, while every incorrect answer will reduce the score by 0.25.

The detailed break-up of IBPS PO Prelims 2018 exam is as follows:

Section

Total Questions

Level of difficulty

Good Attempts

Time taken (in minutes)

English Language

30

Easy-Moderate

18-21

20

Quantitative Aptitude

35

Moderate

18-20

20

Reasoning Ability

35

Moderate

 

21-22

20

Total

100

Easy-Moderate

57-63

60

Sectional and overall expected cut-off of IBPS PO Preliminary Exam 2018:

Subject

General

SC/ST/OBC

English Language (Out of 30)

5-7.5

3-5

Quantitative Aptitude (Out of 35)

7.5-9.5

5-7

Reasoning Ability (Out of 35)

10-12.5

7-9

Overall Objective Test (Out of 100)

48.5-51.5

OBC: 47.5-50.5

SC: 38-42

ST: 31.5-33.5

English Language:

Topic

Number of Questions

Level  of Difficulty

Reading Comprehension (Economy based)

6

Moderate

Spot the Error

4

Easy-Moderate

Phrase/Word Replacement

4

Easy-Moderate

Fill in the blanks

5

Moderate

Sentence Rearrangement

4

Moderate

Sentence Correction

4

Moderate

Match the statements from column 1 and column 2

3

Easy- Moderate

The English Language section comprised of questions based on Reading Comprehension, Spot the Error, Sentence Rearrangement, Fill in the blanks, Match the statements etc. The Reading Comprehension was based on economy. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

Quantitative Aptitude:

Topic

Number of Questions

Level  of Difficulty

Number Series (Series Completion)

5

Moderate

Data Interpretation (Line Graph and Table)

6

Moderate

Data Interpretation(Table)

5

Moderate

Data Interpretation  (Caselet based)

5

Moderate

Simplification/Approximation

5

Easy-Moderate

Data Sufficiency

3

Moderate

Miscellaneous (Quant based – PLD, Ages, SI/CI etc.)

6

Moderate

There were three sets of Data Interpretation. This year one data interpretation set has both line graph and table. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate, and most of the questions were calculative.

Reasoning Ability:

Topic

Number of Questions

Level  of Difficulty

AR (Linear Seating Arrangement – 2 parallel rows – 6 persons each – north/south)

6

Moderate

AR (Data Arrangement – 10 Boxes based)

5

Moderate

AR (Data Arrangement – Month based - January to August)

5

Moderate

AR (Data Arrangement – Ages based)

5

Moderate

Direction – set based

4

Moderate

Blood Relation – set based

2

Easy-Moderate

Data Sufficiency

3

Moderate

Puzzles – Alphabet based

2

Easy-Moderate

Syllogism

3

Easy-Moderate

The Reasoning Ability section was dominated by questions based on Analytical Reasoning. There were four different sets of Analytical Reasoning based on various kinds of Seating Arrangement and Data Arrangement. Directions based set was moderate. Three questions based on Syllogism were there in the exam. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis: 14 October, Slot 2

A total of 100 questions had to be answered in 60 minutes. All the sections, except English Language, were available in both English and Hindi. Every correct answer will fetch 1 mark, while every incorrect answer will reduce the score by 0.25.

The detailed break-up of IBPS PO Prelims 2018 exam is as follows:

Section

Total Questions

Level of difficulty

Good Attempts

Time taken (in minutes)

English Language

30

Easy-Moderate

17-20

20

Quantitative Aptitude

35

Moderate

17-20

20

Reasoning Ability

35

Moderate

 

21-23

20

Total

100

Moderate

55-63

60

Sectional and overall expected cut-off of IBPS PO Preliminary Exam 2018:

Subject

General

SC/ST/OBC

English Language (Out of 30)

5-7.5

3-5

Quantitative Aptitude (Out of 35)

7.5-9.5

5-7

Reasoning Ability (Out of 35)

10-12.5

7-9

Overall Objective Test (Out of 100)

48.5-51.5

OBC: 47.5-50.5

SC: 38-42

ST: 31.5-33.5

English Language:

Topic

Number of Questions

Level  of Difficulty

Reading Comprehension (Bank and its technology based)

8

Moderate

Phrase/Word Replacement

6

Easy-Moderate

Fill in the blanks

5

Moderate

Parajumbles/Sentence Arrangements

5

Moderate

Word Replacement

6

Moderate

The English Language section comprised of questions based on Reading Comprehension, Phrase/Word Replacement, Fill in the blanks, Parajumbles etc. The Reading Comprehension was based on Bank and its technology. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

Quantitative Aptitude:

Topic

Number of Questions

Level  of Difficulty

Number Series (Series Completion)

6

Moderate

Data Interpretation (Pie Chart)

5

Moderate

Data Interpretation(Table)

6

Moderate

Quadratic Equations: Quantity I and Quantity II

5

Easy-Moderate

Miscellaneous (Quant based – PLD, Ages, SI/CI etc.)

13

Moderate

There were two sets of Data Interpretation. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate, and most of the questions were calculative.

Reasoning Ability:

Topic

Number of Questions

Level  of Difficulty

AR (Linear Seating Arrangement – 2 parallel rows – north/south)

6

Moderate

AR (Data Arrangement – 11 Boxes based)

5

Moderate

AR (Data Arrangement – Day based - Monday to Friday)

5

Moderate

AR (Circular Seating Arrangement – 10 people facing inward)

5

Moderate

AR (Linear Seating Arrangement – Single row)

5

Moderate

Direction – set based

3

Easy-Moderate

Puzzles – Alphabet based

2

Easy-Moderate

Syllogism

4

Easy-Moderate

The Reasoning Ability section was dominated by questions based on Analytical Reasoning. There were five different sets of Analytical Reasoning based on various kinds of Seating Arrangement and Data Arrangement. Directions based set was moderate. Four questions based on Syllogism were there in the exam. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis: 14 October, Slot 3

A total of 100 questions had to be answered in 60 minutes. All the sections, except English Language, were available in both English and Hindi. Every correct answer will fetch 1 mark, while every incorrect answer will reduce the score by 0.25.

The detailed break-up of IBPS PO Prelims 2018 exam is as follows:

Section

Total Questions

Level of difficulty

Good Attempts

Time taken (in minutes)

English Language

30

Easy-Moderate

18-21

20

Quantitative Aptitude

35

Moderate

17-20

20

Reasoning Ability

35

Easy-Moderate

21-24

20

Total

100

Easy-Moderate

55-65

60

 Sectional and overall expected cut-off of IBPS PO Preliminary Exam 2018:

Subject

General

SC/ST/OBC

English Language (Out of 30)

5-7.5

3-5

Quantitative Aptitude (Out of 35)

7.5-9.5

5-7

Reasoning Ability (Out of 35)

10-12.5

7-9

Overall Objective Test (Out of 100)

48.5-51.5

OBC: 47.5-50.5

SC: 38-42

ST: 31.5-33.5

English Language:

Topic

Number of Questions

Level  of Difficulty

Reading Comprehension (Based on impact of technology and job markets)

7

Moderate

Phrase/Word Replacement

4 + 3

Easy-Moderate

Cloze Test

5

Moderate

Parajumbles/Sentence Arrangements

5

Moderate

Word Usage

3

Easy

Match the statements Column 1 and Column 2

3

Easy-Moderate

The English Language section comprised of questions based on Reading Comprehension, Phrase/Word Replacement, Match the statements etc. The Reading Comprehension was based on impact of technology and job markets. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

Quantitative Aptitude:

Topic

Number of Questions

Level  of Difficulty

Number Series (Series Completion)

5

Moderate

Data Interpretation (Table)

5

Moderate

Data Interpretation (Bar Graph)

5

Moderate

Data Interpretation (Caselet)

5

Easy-Moderate

Comparison of 2 quantities: Quantity I and Quantity II

3

Easy-Moderate

Simplification/Approximate

5

Easy-Moderate

Miscellaneous (Quant based – PLD, Ages, SI/CI etc.)

7

Moderate

There were three sets of Data Interpretation. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate, and most of the questions were calculative.

Reasoning Ability:

Topic

Number of Questions

Level  of Difficulty

AR (Linear Seating Arrangement – 2 parallel rows – 5 persons in each row with color – facing north/south)

5

Moderate

AR (Data Arrangement – 9 Boxes based)

5

Moderate

AR (Data Arrangement)

5

Moderate

AR (Circular Seating Arrangement)

5

Moderate

Mathematical Inequalities

5

Easy

Data Sufficiency

3

Moderate

Coding-Decoding

5

Easy

Puzzles – Alphabet based

1

Easy-Moderate

Puzzles – Number based

1

Moderate

The Reasoning Ability section was dominated by questions based on Analytical Reasoning. There were four different sets of Analytical Reasoning based on various kinds of Seating Arrangement and Data Arrangement. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis: 14 October, Slot 4

A total of 100 questions had to be answered in 60 minutes. All the sections, except English Language, were available in both English and Hindi. Every correct answer will fetch 1 mark, while every incorrect answer will reduce the score by 0.25.

The detailed break-up of IBPS PO Prelims 2018 exam is as follows:

Section

Total Questions

Level of difficulty

Good Attempts

Time taken (in minutes)

English Language

30

Easy-Moderate

17-20

20

Quantitative Aptitude

35

Moderate

18-20

20

Reasoning Ability

35

Easy-Moderate

 

21-24

20

Total

100

Easy-Moderate

56-64

60

Sectional and overall expected cut-off of IBPS PO Preliminary Exam 2018:

Subject

General

SC/ST/OBC

English Language (Out of 30)

5-7.5

3-5

Quantitative Aptitude (Out of 35)

7.5-9.5

5-7

Reasoning Ability (Out of 35)

10-12.5

7-9

Overall Objective Test (Out of 100)

48.5-51.5

OBC: 47.5-50.5

SC: 38-42

ST: 31.5-33.5

English Language:

Topic

Number of Questions

Level  of Difficulty

Reading Comprehension (Based on Global Warming)

5

Moderate

Phrase/Word Replacement

3

Easy-Moderate

Spot the error

7

Moderate

Parajumbles/Sentence Arrangements

5

Moderate

Word Usage

5

Easy

Fill in the blanks

5

Easy-Moderate

The English Language section comprised of questions based on Reading Comprehension, Phrase/Word Replacement, Spot the error, Fill in the blanks etc. The Reading Comprehension was based on Global Warming. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

Quantitative Aptitude:

Topic

Number of Questions

Level  of Difficulty

Number Series (Series Completion)

5

Moderate

Data Interpretation (Pie Chart)

5

Moderate

Data Interpretation (Bar Graph)

5

Moderate

Data Interpretation (Caselet)

5

Moderate

Comparison of two variables: Quadratic Equations

5

Easy-Moderate

Data Sufficiency

5

Easy-Moderate

Miscellaneous (Quant based word problems - PLD, Ages, SI/CI etc.)

5

Moderate

There were three sets of Data Interpretation. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate, and most of the questions were calculative.

Reasoning Ability:

Topic

Number of Questions

Level  of Difficulty

AR (Linear Seating Arrangement – 2 parallel rows – 7 persons in each row – facing north/south)

5

Moderate

AR (Data Arrangement – 6 persons/6 colors based)

5

Moderate

AR (Data Arrangement – 5 months based)

5

Easy- Moderate

AR (Circular Seating Arrangement – 8 persons)

5

Moderate

AR (Data Arrangement)

5

Easy- Moderate

Data Sufficiency

5

Moderate

Direction – set based

5

Easy

The Reasoning Ability section was dominated by questions based on Analytical Reasoning. There were five different sets of Analytical Reasoning based on various kinds of Seating Arrangement and Data Arrangement. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

The above analysis is provided by Mr. Mohan Prasad, Mentor, Career Launcher.

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