What to Expect in IBPS PO Prelim 2017 & Trend Analysis 2016

In this article we have analyzed last year preliminary exams and what to expect in IBPS PO Prelim 2017. The level difficulty of the exams has also increased in a tremendous way. Aspirants are on the lookout for what to expect for each exams to start their preparations.

IBPS PO PRELIM 2016 Overall Analysis:

The preliminary examination was conducted for 4 days and there will be 4 shifts for each day of the exam. The exam difficulty ranged from moderate to difficult last year and one can expect the same level of difficulty.

Exam Pattern of IBPS PO Prelims:

S.No Sections No.of Questions Marks Duration
1. Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 Total Duration is

60 minutes

2. Reasoning Ability 35 35
3. English Language 30 30
Total 100 100

Quantitative Aptitude:

Topic No. Of Questions Level
Series 5 Easy to Moderate
Quadratic Equation 5 Easy
Approximation 5 Moderate
Data Interpretation 10 Moderate
Miscellaneous (SI,CI, Speed &Time, Profit and Loss, Time and Work, Averages, Ages, Ratio etc.) 10 Moderate to Difficult
Total 35 Easy to Moderate

In data interpretation the questions were based on Line and tabular ones and it is moderate one and one can solve it if one has constant practice. The number series, simplification and approximation fell in the easy section and only few fell in the moderate ones. Miscellaneous part is difficult one and most of the candidates will not lay their hands on the miscellaneous part as this usually takes some extra time to crack and some questions may be challenging.

PO 2017 Projection: 

One can expect the same ones with minor changes in this part. Like in concentrate more in the miscellaneous part as the SBI PO Prelim contained a whole lot of miscellaneous topics in the DI section. So practice in this part to clear the cutoff.

Reasoning Ability:

Topic No. Of Questions Level
Inequality (Direct) 5 Easy to Moderate
Syllogism 5 Easy to Moderate
Seating Arrangement (Circular-Facing Inside/Outside, Linear-Facing north south) 10 Moderate
Coding-Decoding 5 Moderate
Puzzles (Floor Based) 5 Moderate
Miscellaneous
(Ranking, Direction Sense,
Blood Relations etc.)
5 Easy to Moderate
Total 35 Moderate

The level of questions asked in this section was moderate and the puzzles were time consuming. A floor based puzzle and a linear arrangement and a 8 member seating arrangement were asked. The inequalities and syllogism questions were easy and in the syllogism , the questions were asked in the old pattern and you could expect a change in that too in this year ( Not sure, but you can expect it). The miscellaneous section questions were easy and do note that your level of solving these questions should be accurate. Many of the candidates are strong in reasoning section and will try to attempt this as their first one.

PO 2017 Projection: There will not be much changes in this section in this section and you may expect a little changes in the difficulty level since there is a chance of high difficulty level questions being asked.

English Language

Topic No. Of Questions Level
Reading Comprehension 8 Moderate to Difficult
Cloze Test 7 Easy
Para-jumble 5 Moderate
Errors  Spotting 5 Moderate
Fill in the blanks (Double fillers) 5 Easy
Total 30 Easy to Moderate

This section determines your scoring as many find this section difficult. For the reading comprehension mostly editorial based contents were being asked and there is a change in that too in the recent times. So read all the economic related articles without fail to crack this section. To crack the cloze test and the error spotting, you should be good at your grammar skills , if you are not strong in this section , study the grammar section from the basics which will give you the needed results. The sentence rearrangement is unpredictable, the one who have a constant reading practice will crack those questions easily and the ones who are meager readers find it difficult and at times, the questions were definitely easy to crack.

Bank PO 2017 Projection:

In the recently completed SBI PO prelims 2017, there was no sentence rearrangement and there was sentence improvement. The questions were in the moderate range and one can expect the same in the IBPS PO too.

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