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

Oct 15, 2018 14:50 IST
    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.

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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


    Tips for IBPS PO Prelims 2018

    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.

    Disclaimer: All information on cut-offs, analysis, answer key and scores are based on independent analysis and evaluation made by Career Launcher. We do not take responsibility for any decision that might be taken, based on this information.

    DISCLAIMER: JPL and its affiliates shall have no liability for any views, thoughts and comments expressed on this article.

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