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IBPS PO prelims 2018 exam analysis (October 14)

PUBLISH DATE 15th October 2018

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection has conducted the preliminary examination for recruitment to the posts of Probationary Officers on Saturday, October 13 and 14. The examination was conducted in four different slots and the experts rated the papers as moderate. As per the TIME coaching institute expert, similar to the recently conducted SBI PO and Clerk prelim exams, the structure of even this exam presented a sectional time limit. No navigability between any section, and each section time bound for 20 minutes.

In both Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability, a total of 35 questions were asked while the English language carried 30 questions. The total time duration is one hour. The number of choices per question is five and negative marking is of 0.25. Although no major changes were reported in the prescribed pattern of the exam, a few changes worth noting are:

– Introduction of a sectional time limit;

– Modified grammar question

– Matching the clauses given in two different columns to form grammatically and logically coherent sentence.

Quantitative Aptitude: This section can be rated as moderate and was time-consuming. No new question types/pattern of questions were asked in this slot of the exam. There was no question on simplifications, approximations, data sufficiency and data comparison.

There were 15 to 18 questions (3 sets) on data interpretation (5-6 questions each on Line Graph, Table and Caselet). Questions were lengthy and calculation based. There were five questions on wrong number series and 6 questions on Quadratic Comparisons. Questions on Quadratic comparisons were easy to moderate to solve whereas questions on Wrong number series were moderate in nature.

Individual questions were 7 to 8 in number. These were a combination of easy, moderate and difficult ones.

A student could therefore, have solved around  16 – 18 questions in 20 minutes, if he chose judiciously.

As per candidates, the exam can be rated as moderate.

Although no major changes were reported in the prescribed pattern of the exam, a few changes worth noting are:

  • Introduction of a sectional time limit;
  • Modified Grammar question
  • Matching the clauses given in two different columns to form  grammatically and logically coherent sentence.

This section can be rated as moderate and was time consuming. No new question types / pattern of questions were asked in this slot of the exam. There was no question on simplifications, approximations, data sufficiency and data comparison.

There were 15 to 18 questions (3 sets) on data interpretation (5-6 questions each on Line Graph, Table and Caselet). Questions were lengthy and calculation based. There were five questions on wrong number series and 6 questions on Quadratic Comparisons. Questions on Quadratic comparisons were easy to moderate to solve whereas questions on Wrong number series were moderate in nature.

– Individual questions were 7 to 8 in number. These were a combination of easy, moderate and difficult ones. Student could therefore, have solved around  16 – 18 questions in 20 minutes, if he chose judiciously.

Reasoning: This section has been given a ‘Moderate’ tag.

There were 20 questions on Puzzles (Linear with quant based reasoning, Square, Quant based Reasoning + Ages,   Box puzzle), which were of moderate level of difficulty and time consuming. There were five questions on Symbols and Notations and 3 to 4 questions on Blood Relations. These questions ranged from easy to moderate. The three questions on Data Sufficiency were moderate and time-consuming.

About 18 to 20  questions could possibly be solved in 20 minutes. The topic -wise split, as reported by our students, is as given below.

English Language : This section has been tagged as ‘Moderate’ by our students.

– The lone Reading Comprehension passage was conventional in its presentation, and comprised 7 to 8 questions, of which 2 were vocab questions.

– There were 5 questions on the Error Identification (Word Usage) pattern. One sentence with four to five words in bold was given, and the aspirant was expected to pick the contextually inappropriate word from among them.

– There were 4 to 5 questions on Word Replacement and 2 to 3 questions on word usage.

– There were 5 questions on pairing of clauses to form grammatically and logically correct sentence.

Thus, about  15-17 questions could possibly be solved in 20 minutes  in the English section.:

Over all, the paper was a combination of easy, moderate and difficult questions across all the three sections and can hence be rated as ‘Moderate’.

Good Attempts and Expected Cut-offs:

Test Area

Good Attempts

Expected Cutoff

Quantitative Aptitude

16 – 18

10 – 12 Marks

Reasoning Ability

18 to 20

9 – 11 Marks

English Language

15 – 17

10 to 12 Marks

Overall

49 –  55

 48 – 50 Marks

 

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