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Institute of Banking Personnel Selection has successfully completed one session of IBPS PO Preliminary Exam 2016 on October 16, 2016. The examination was held for the recruitment to the posts of Probationary Officers in Public Sector Banks. The overall question paper was moderate in difficulty level but English language section seemed most difficult. After last session, the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection will declare result of preliminary exam.

The IBPS PO Prelims Exam 2016 was held in 4 slots comprising of the following:

Slots Timings
Slot 1 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Slot 2 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Slot 3 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Slot 4 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

IBPS PO Prelims 2016: Exam Analysis – 16th October

IBPS PO Prelims 2016: Exam Analysis - 16th October

The Prelim Exam consisted of 3 sections which were spread over English Language, Reasoning Ability and Quantitative Aptitude.  The duration of the exam was one hour which carried 100 marks.

Section Wise Analysis

English Language ( Moderate – Difficult )

IBPS PO Prelims

Reasoning Ability ( Easy – Moderate )

IBPS Prelims

Quantitative Aptitude ( Easy – Moderate )

IBPS Exam Analysis

Exam Review

In the English section, you can score faster by attempting all Para Jumbles first and error free. Then go on to the Passages.

Quant / Numerical Ability – There are two Data Interpretation questions, one linear and one tabular. Attempt them. There is one question each that is long calculation based in nature, you can do them later to save time. 2-3 questions which are very easy should be attempted first. The quadratic equation questions also were quite easy. Don’t skip the easy questions like those on age, profit and loss, time and work.

Reasoning – There are three puzzles, one floor, one circle, and one north-south. The circular one was easiest. Attempt the ones you find easiest first. Syllogism and inequality were quite simple as well. Some students could solve it mentally only. Other questions like on groups, direction, blood relationship were also simple but needed at least a minute to solve.

Expected Cutoff

For Expected cutoff of IBPS PO 2016 candidates are advised to refer past year’s cutoff.

Section wise IBPS PO Overall Analysis

IBPS PO Pre 2016 Exam Analysis 1st Slot – 16th October 2016

English language

Type of question Question based on Number of questions Level of difficulty
Reading comprehension (RC) Economy 5 Moderate
Cloze test Economy 10 Easy
Para jumble Environment 5 Easy – Moderate
Spot the error 10 Easy – Moderate

Overall level – Moderate | Good attempts – 20-22

Reasoning ability

Type of question Question based on Number of questions Level of difficulty
Puzzle Floor 5 Moderate
Seating arrangement Circular 5 Moderate
Seating arrangement Linear 5 Moderate
Inequality Direct 5 Easy – Moderate
Direction 3 Easy – Moderate
Blood relation 3 Moderate
Syllogism 5 Easy
Miscellaneous 4 Easy – Moderate

Overall level – Moderate | Good attempts – 18-20

Quantitative aptitude

Type of question Question based on Number of questions Level of difficulty
Number series Multiplication pattern, subtraction pattern, squares pattern 5 Moderate
Data interpretation Line graph, Table graph 10 Easy – Moderate
Approximation 5 Easy
Quadratic equation 5 Easy
Miscellaneous Time and work, profit and loss 10 Moderate

IBPS PO Pre 2016 Exam Analysis 2nd Slot – 16th October 2016

English language

Type of question Question based on Number of questions Level of difficulty
Reading Comprehension Economy 8 Moderate
Cloze Test Britain Exit 7 Moderate
Spotting Error 10 Easy
Parajumbles Air & Water pollution, who 5 Moderate

Overall level – Moderate | Good attempts – 20-22

Reasoning ability

Type of question Question based on Number of questions Level of difficulty
Syllogism 5 Easy
Inequality Direct 5 Easy
Puzzle & Arrangement Building Arrangement & Circular Arrangement 15 Moderate
Blood Relation 3 Easy
Direction Based 3 Easy
Miscellaneous Questions 4 Easy

Overall level – Easy – Moderate | Good attempts – 22-14

Quantitative aptitude

Type of question Question based on Number of questions Level of difficulty
Number Series 5 Moderate
Approximation 5 Easy
Data Interpretation Line & Tabular Graphs 10 Easy – Moderate
Quadratic Equations 5 Easy
Miscellaneous Questions 10 Moderate

Overall level – Moderate | Good attempts – 18-20

IBPS PO Pre 2016 Exam Analysis 3rd Slot – 16th October 2016

English Language

Type of question Question based on Number of questions Level of difficulty
Reading Comprehension Globalisation 8 Moderate
Cloze Test 7 Moderate
Spotting Error 10 Easy
Parajumbles Pollution 5 Moderate

Overall level – Moderate | Good attempts – 17-19

Reasoning ability

Type of question Question based on Number of questions Level of difficulty
Syllogism 5 Easy
Inequality Direct Questions 5 Easy
Puzzle and Sitting Arrangement Floor based, Circular Arrangement 15 Moderate – Difficult
Blood Realtion 3 Easy
Direction Based 3 Easy
Miscellaneous 4 Easy – Moderate

Overall level – Easy – Moderate | Good attempts – 16-18

Quantitative aptitude

Type of question Question based on Number of questions Level of difficulty
Number Series 5 Moderate
Approximation 5 Easy
Data Interpretation Tabular Based 10 Easy – Moderate
Quadratic Equation 5 Easy
Miscellaneous Questions 10 Moderate

Overall level – Easy – Moderate | Good attempts – 21-23

IBPS PO Pre 2016 Exam Analysis 4th Slot – 16th October 2016

English Language

Type of question Question based on Number of questions Level of difficulty
Reading Comprehension Trading 7
Cloze Test Data Analytics in Companies 8 Moderate
Parajumbles Emission & EIA 5 Easy
Spotting Error 10 Easy-Moderate

Overall level – Moderate | Good attempts – 13-14

Reasoning ability

Type of question Question based on Number of questions Level of difficulty
Puzzle Row Based & Floor Based 15 Moderate
Inequality Direct 5
Direction 2 Easy-Moderate
Blood Relation 3
Miscellaneous 5
Syllogism 5 Easy

Overall level – Easy-Moderate | Good attempts – 23-24

Quantitative aptitude

Type of question Question based on Number of questions Level of difficulty
Number Series Pattern-Square 5
Data Interpretation One Bar Graph & Table Graph DI 10 Easy
Approximation 5 Easy
Quadratic Equation 5 Easy
Miscellaneous 10 Moderate

Overall level – Easy-Moderate | Good attempts – 17-20

All the best for next shifts!

Contributor:- Priyanka Monga

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