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IPPB PO Mains Examination 2017: Analysis and Expected Cut Off

Feb 7, 2017 18:26 IST
IPPB Mains Analysis
IPPB Mains Analysis

India Post Payments Bank conducted the mains examination for the posts of Assistant Manager (Territory) on the 29th of January 2017 all over the country for 650 posts. The bank has already got the necessary approval from Reserve Bank of India for starting the payment bank as the 3rd such entity after Bharti Airtel and Paytm. The exam was attended by a lot of students and everybody is looking forward to results of the examination.

IPPB PO Mains Exam 2017: Examination Pattern

The examination pattern for the examination was as follows:

Sr No

Name of the Test

No of Questions

Maximum Marks

Duration of the test

1.

Test of Reasoning

50

50

40 minutes

2.

Quantitative Aptitude

50

50

40 minutes

3.

English Language

40

40

30 minutes

4.

General Awareness

40

40

20 minutes

5.

Computer Knowledge

20

20

10 minutes

Total

 

200

200

140 minutes

The pattern of the examination was similar to the IBPS PO mains examination and the SBI PO Mains examination held in 2016. Most of the candidates are now acquainted with the section wise timing introduced last year in SBI PO Mains examination.

English Language: Analysis and Expected Cut off

Once again, this section proved to be the most difficult one for most of the candidates. It has been a trend on the part of the IBPS these days that the English section is made very difficult for most of the candidates and you need fundamental knowledge of English to clear even the sectional cut off in any IBPS conducted examination these days.

Topics Asked

Number of questions (Total-40)

Difficulty Level

Reading Comprehension (One passage was based on China Economy and the other was based on banking)

2*10

Moderate to difficult

Sentence Fillers

5

Moderate

Para Jumble (It was not the conventional type but odd one types)

5

Difficult

Cloze Test  (based on IPPB only)

5

Moderate

Word replacement

5

Difficult

Total

40

This section was moderate in level but slightly on the difficult side

Well, most of you are now aware of the changed English pattern and increased difficulty level. Hence, you guys should prepare well in advance for all the challenges in this section. It affects the sectional cut off since candidates are somewhat habituated with this new pattern by now:

Category

Expected cut off marks

General

7-8

SC/ST/OBC/PWD

5-6

Quantitative Aptitude: Analysis and Expected Cut off

This section was as usual lengthy and calculative and at the same time, you need to be very prompt to score well in this section. It has now become difficult to score in this section if you do not have much practice before the examination. The pattern of this section was as follows:

Topics Asked

Number of questions (Total-50)

Difficulty Level

Quadratic Equations

5

Easy

Data sufficiency

5

Difficult

Data Interpretation

20

Overall moderate but some of the questions were a bit on the difficult side

Number Series (you were required to find the wrong number)

5

Moderate

Miscellaneous Questions on pipe and cistern, time and work, time and distance, SI and CI, average, ratio and proportion etc

15

Moderate

Total

50

It was moderate overall

Based on the question pattern of this section, the cut off is expected to be on the lower side and it may be as follows:

Category

Expected cut off marks

General

9-10

SC/ST/OBC/PWD

7-8

Reasoning Ability: Analysis and Expected Cut Off

The questions on Reasoning Ability had a number of questions on time consuming puzzles and seating arrangement. You need to be well versed with the pattern in order to score well in this section. Only continuous practice can help you to score well in this section. The pattern of questions was as follows:

Topics Asked

Number of questions (Total-50)

Difficulty Level

Sitting Arrangement

5

Moderate 

Puzzles

15

Moderate

Input output

5

Moderate

Syllogism

5

Moderate to difficult

Logical Reasoning

10

Moderate

Coding Decoding

5

Moderate

Miscellaneous questions

5

Moderate

Total

50

Moderate only

This section is going to see a higher sectional cut off as most of the questions are of moderate difficulty. The sectional cut off is expected to be as follows:

Category

Expected cut off marks

General

15-16

SC/ST/OBC/PWD

13-14

General Awareness: Analysis and Expected Cut Off

The General Awareness section in this examination was very conventional in nature and you were required to be very well conversant with the current banking terms and news. The questions were mainly from banking awareness and current affairs though static GK questions were also asked. You were expected to know about the organization you are going to join i.e. India Post Payments Bank as around 10 questions were there from this topic.

Category

Expected cut off marks

General

13-14

SC/ST/OBC/PWD

11-12

Computer Awareness: Analysis and Expected Cut Off

This section was a bit on the difficult side as questions were not very common ones. You needed to have good command over basics as well as MS Office in order to score well. The maximum marks allotted are 20 for this section and the expected cut off is expected to be in double digits for the UR category at least:

Category

Expected cut off marks

General

10-11

SC/ST/OBC/PWD

8-9

IPPB PO Mains Exam 2017: So what is a safe score to sail through?

At the end of the article, the main concern among the most of you is regarding the overall cut off for the examination. The cut off predicted by us is based on the following factors:

  • Level of difficulty of the examination
  • Number of vacancies
  • Cut off of other similar examinations in the recent days

The expected cut off is as follows:

Category

Expected Range of Cut Off

General

100-105

Scheduled Caste (SC)

85-90

Scheduled Tribe (ST)

70-75

Other Backward Caste (OBC)

95-100

Orthopedically Challenged (OC)

75-80

Hearing Impaired (HI)

75-80

Visually Impaired (VI)

75-80

Disclaimer: The above cut off is just an analysis on our part based on various factors responsible. This has nothing to do with the official cut off which may vary and will be released by the exam conducting body in due course of time. In any case, the cut off released by the bank in this regard shall be final and binding on the candidates.

The mains examination for IPPB is going to give some of you a chance to work in a new kind of bank for the first time with specialized functions and a new kind of work environment. This is just an attempt on our part to give you an idea regarding the cut off. Hope you achieve the result you deserve in this examination.

All the best!!

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