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IBPS SO Preliminary Exam 2017: Analysis & Expected Cut-off

IBPS conducted preliminary examination for the post of specialist officer on 30th & 31st December. Check in-depth analysis of the examination here.

Jan 2, 2018 14:51 IST
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IBPS SO Preliminary Exam 2017: Analysis & Expected Cut-off
IBPS SO Preliminary Exam 2017: Analysis & Expected Cut-off

IBPS Specialist Officer (SO) Preliminary examination conducted on 30th and 31st December successfully. There were three sections in the examination. The mains examination is scheduled to be held on 28th January 2018. The exam was conducted for 125 marks comprised of 150 questions with a time of two hours.

Pattern of Examination: The examination has 3 sections - Reasoning, General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry, English Language (For the post of Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari) and - Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language (For the Post of IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer). In the examination, there was a objective type of questions.   The candidates shall be required to qualify in each section as per cut-off marks determined on the basis of performance in each section and also on a total weighted score. Negative marking is applicable for the Objective Test. For every wrong answer, one-fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.

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Analysis of Examination: The overall difficulty level of the examination was Moderate.

The Banking team of Jagranjosh.com has come up with a comprehensive analysis of the question paper and the expected cut off for the examination.

Section

Total Ques.

Maximum Marks

Level of Difficulty

Reasoning

50

50

Moderate

Quantitative Aptitude (For the Post of IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer)

50

50

Moderate to Difficult

English Language

50

25

Moderate to Difficult

General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry (For the post of Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari)

50

50


The section wise details are as follows:

Reasoning Ability:

The level of difficulty was Easy to Moderate for this section. There were no questions asked from the topic Input-Output.

Topics

Number of

question

Level of

difficulty

seating arrangement  

10

Moderate

Analytical Reasoning

5

Moderate

Puzzle

10

Moderate

Syllogism

5

Easy to Moderate

Data Sufficiency

5

Easy to Moderate

Inequalities

5

Easy

Blood relation, Series on Alphabet, Direction and Sense

2+1+2=5

Easy to Moderate

Coding-Decoding

5

Easy to Moderate

Total no. of question

50

 

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English Language

The difficulty level of this section was Moderate this time and most of the questions were followed the old pattern.  There were two sets of Reading Comprehension asked in the section.

Topic

Number of question

Level of difficulty

Reading Comprehension

(Economy based)

20

Moderate

Double Fillers

5

Moderate

Spotting Error

5

Moderate

Cloze Test (based on the new pattern)

10

Moderate

Sentence Rearrangement

5

Moderate

Phrase Replacement

5

Moderate

Total no. question

50

 

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Quantitative Aptitude 

This overall difficulty level of this section was Easy to Moderate. Good calculation speed played a major role to score more in this section as the questions were calculative. There were three sets of Data Interpretation (DI) and one caselet asked in the section.

Topic

Number of question

Level of difficulty

Data Interpretation (Table Graph + Pie Chart+ Line Graph+ Caselet)

5+5+5+5=20

Moderate

Approximation

5

Easy

Number Series (Based on missing number pattern)

5

Moderate

Inequality

5

Easy

Miscellaneous- Compound interest, Simple interest, Time and work, Ration and proportion, profit and loss , percentage, Averages, Ages)

15

Easy to Moderate

Total no. of question

50

 

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General Awareness:  The difficulty level for this section was Moderate. There were 50 questions asked in this section. Most of the questions were asked from current affairs.  Questions on Banking Awareness and Static GK were also asked in the section.

 Expected Cutoff marks: - As per our analysis and difficulty level of the examination, the following Cutoff marks are expected for a different category.

Sr. No POSTS

Expected Cut-Off for General Category

Expected Cut-Off for SC

Expected Cut-Off for ST

Expected Cut-Off for OBC

I.T. Officer (Scale-I)

60-65

52-57

50-55

58-63

Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I)

40-45

35-30

30-35

38-43

Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)

52-57

48-53

45-50

52-57

Law Officer (Scale I)

58-63

52-57

42-47

55-60

HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)

61-66

55-60

52-57

58-63

Marketing Officer (Scale I)

58-63

50-55

48-53

55-60

Note: The candidates should note that the above cut offs may vary as it depends upon various factors hence, it is not possible to predict the exact cut off marks until IBPS declared it on its website. The IBPS will announce cut off marks, when the process of selection is over.

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