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IBPS PO 2018 Preliminary Exam Analysis

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IBPS PO 2018 Preliminary Exam Analysis

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The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has conducted the preliminary examination for recruitment to the posts of Probationary Officers on October 13 and 14, 2018. The examination was conducted in four different slots, two each in morning and evening

Similar to the recently conducted SBI PO and Clerk prelim exams, even the structure of IBPS PO introduced a sectional time limit. No navigability between any section, and each section time bound for 20 minutes.


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Highlights of IBPS PO Preliminary Examination 2018:

  • Both Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability, have a total of 35 questions, while the English language carried 30 questions.

  • The total time duration is one hour (20 minutes for each section).

  • A total of 100 questions and the number of choices per question is five.

  • Negative Marking – 0.25 per question.

  • All the sections, except English Language, were available in both English and Hindi.

  • The order of occurrence of sections was English, Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude


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.


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Exam analysis and review can help the candidates who are yet to appear in upcoming slots of IBPS PO Preliminary Exam to get a clear idea of the difficulty level and expected pattern of the questions in Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, and English Language sections.


IBPS PO 2018 Preliminary Exam Analysis – October 13, 2018:


The exam is being conducted in four time slots, two each in morning and evening.


Overall Analysis

The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

The detailed break-up of IBPS PO Preliminary Exam October 13, 2018 – Slot 1 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


Section Wise Analysis


English Language:


Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Reading Comprehension 5 Moderate
Spot the Errors 6 Moderate – Difficult
Interchange bold words 5 Easy – Moderate
Fill in the blanks 5 Moderate
Cloze Test 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 – Information circulation based question.

  • Spot the Errors – Sentence was divided into 4 parts, 5th option was no error

  • Cloze test – Contains 2 sets – 5 + 1 (Old Pattern)

  • Fill in the blanks – (Only with single blank)

  • Interchange bold words – The interchanging words questions were having 5 to 6 bold words, which needs to be interchanged to make the sentence meaningful.

  • Phrase Replacement.


Quantitative Aptitude:

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Number Series (Wrong number based) 6 Moderate
Data Interpretation (Line Graph Based) 7 Moderate
Data Interpretation (Table and bar graph based) 6 Moderate
Comparisons 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 comprised questions from a variety of topics. Some commonly asked topics were:


  • Mensuration

  • Time Speed and Distance

  • Simple Interest & Compound Interest

  • Partnership

  • Age

  • Profit, Loss and Discount.


This year data interpretation sets contain more number of questions than usual as one set has 6 questions and the other one has 7 questions based on it.


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 (AR)

  • 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.



Overall Analysis

The examination held in this slot was of Moderate to Difficult level. The level of examination has been changed in the second slot with increase in difficulty level in all three sections.

The detailed break-up of IBPS PO Preliminary Exam October 13, 2018 – Slot 2 exam is as follows:

Section Total Questions Level of difficulty Good Attempts Time taken
(in minutes)
English Language 30 Easy – Moderate 13 – 17 20
Quantitative Aptitude 35 Moderate – Difficult 16 – 19 20
Reasoning Ability 35 Moderate 14 – 18 20
Total 100 Moderate 51 – 56 60


Section Wise Analysis:

English Language:

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Reading Comprehension 7 Moderate
Error Detection 4 Moderate – Difficult
Rearrangement of parts of a single sentence 6 Moderate
Phrase/Word Replacement 5 Moderate
Word Usage 3 Moderate
Match the Following 5 Moderate – Difficult


The second slot of IBPS PO Prelims brought changes in the types of questions asked in comparison with the first slot.

In this slot there were around –

  • 5 match the following question type similar to the one asked in English Language Section of SBI PO Pre 2018.

  • One set of Reading Comprehension with 7 questions where 2 questions were related to vocabulary.

  • The passage of RC was based on an article related to placement of students in universities.

  • 5 questions of Phrase or Word replacement.


Overall the slot is based on Questions related to vocabulary.


Quantitative Aptitude:

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Data Interpretation 17 Moderate – Difficult
Wrong Number Series 5 Moderate
Quadratic Equation 6 Moderate
Arithmetic Word Problems
(Profit and Loss, Problem on Ages,
SI & CI etc.)
7 Moderate – Difficult


In the first slot there were only two sets of data interpretation but in the second slot there were there:

  • Line Graph

  • Case let

  • Tabular DI


Line graph Data Interpretation was do-able whereas the other two sets were lengthy. There were no questions of approximation or simplification.


Reasoning:

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement 23 Moderate – Difficult
Data Sufficiency 2 Moderate – Difficult
Alphabet (Transport, Underneath) 2 Moderate
Inequality 5 Easy – Moderate
Blood Relation 3 Easy – Moderate


There were 5 sets of puzzles and Seating Arrangement, following are the types:

  • Year Based Puzzle

  • Linear seating arrangement, single line, undefined no. of people

  • Box based Puzzle

  • Square Seating Arrangement

  • Linear seating Arrangement, single line, 6 people and books



Overall Analysis

The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate.

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 – 23 20
Quantitative Aptitude 35 Moderate 16 – 19 20
Reasoning Ability 35 Easy – Moderate 21 – 26 20
Total 100 Moderate 56 – 61 60


Section Wise Analysis


English Language:

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Reading Comprehension 6 Moderate
Spot the Errors 8 Moderate
Fill in the blanks 6 Easy – Moderate
Cloze Test 5 Easy
Sentence Improvement 5 Moderate


The English Language section of IBPS PO Preliminary Exam 2018 comprised of questions based on:


  • Reading Comprehension – Information circulation based question.

  • Spot the Errors – Sentence was divided into 4 parts, 5th option was no error

  • Cloze test – Contains 2 sets – 5 + 1 (Old Pattern)

  • Fill in the blanks – (Only with single blank)

  • Sentence Improvement – The Sentence Improvement questions were having 5 to 6 bold words, which needs to be interchanged to make the sentence meaningful.


Quantitative Aptitude:

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Missing Number Series 6 Moderate
Data Interpretation 15 Moderate
Arithmetic Problems (profit & loss, Age problems, SI & CI etc) 9 Moderate
Comparisons of Variables: Quadratic Equations 5 Moderate


The Quantitative Aptitude section of IBPS PO Preliminary 2018 comprised questions from a variety of topics. Some commonly asked topics were:


  • Missing Numbers

  • Quadratic Equations

  • Simple Interest & Compound Interest

  • Partnership

  • Age

  • Profit, Loss and Discount.



Reasoning Ability:

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Coding – decoding (set based) 5 Easy – Moderate
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement 21 Moderate
Number based problems 1 Easy – Moderate
Mathematical Inequalities 5 Easy – Moderate
Odd One Out (Alphabet based) 1 Easy – Moderate
Miscellaneous 2 Easy – Moderate


The Reasoning Ability section of IBPS PO Preliminary 2018 was dominated by questions based on sitting arrangement.

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.



Overall Analysis

The examination held in this slot was of Moderate-Difficult level. The order of occurrence of sections was English, Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude.

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 – 22 20
Quantitative Aptitude 35 Moderate 15 – 20 20
Reasoning Ability 35 Easy – Moderate 23 – 27 20
Total 100 Easy – Moderate 57 – 63 60


Section Wise Analysis


English Language:

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Reading Comprehension 8 Easy – Moderate
Error Detection 7 Easy – Moderate
Rearrangement of parts of a single sentence 5 Easy – Moderate
Phrase/Word Replacement 5 Easy – Moderate
Spelling error 5 Easy – Moderate


Quantitative Aptitude:

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Data Interpretation 15 Moderate
Wrong Number Series 5 Easy – Moderate
Data Sufficiency 5 Easy – Moderate
Arithmetic Word Problems
(Profit and Loss, Problem on Ages, SI & CI etc.)
10 Easy – Moderate


In the fourth slot there were three types of data interpretation Questions:


  • Line Graph

  • Case let

  • Tabular DI


Line graph Data Interpretation was do-able whereas the other two sets were lengthy. There were no questions of approximation or simplification.


Reasoning:

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement 20 Easy – Moderate
Syllogism 5 Easy – Moderate
Directions 3 Easy – Moderate
Inequality 5 Easy
Blood Relation 2 Easy – Moderate


There were 5 sets of puzzles and Seating Arrangement, following are the types:


  • Year Based Puzzle

  • Linear seating arrangement, single line, undefined no. of people

  • Box based Puzzle

  • Square Seating Arrangement

  • Linear seating Arrangement, single line, 6 people and books



IBPS PO 2018 Preliminary Exam Analysis – October 14, 2018:


The exam is being conducted in four time slots, two each in morning and evening.


Overall Analysis

The exam is being conducted in four time slots, two each in morning and evening. The overall difficulty level of this slot was easy to moderate.

The detailed break-up of IBPS PO Prelims October 14, 2018 exam is as follows:

Section Total Questions Level of difficulty Good Attempts Time taken
(in minutes)
English Language 30 Moderate 19 – 23 20
Quantitative Aptitude 35 Moderate – Difficult 18 – 21 20
Reasoning Ability 35 Easy – Moderate 23 – 26 20
Total 100 Moderate 57 – 62 60


Section Wise Analysis


English Language:

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Reading Comprehension 6 Moderate
Error Detection 4 Easy – Moderate
Filler 5 Moderate
Sentence Rearrangement 4 Moderate
Math the Column 3 Easy – Moderate
Sentence Correction 4 Moderate
Word Replacement 4 Easy – Moderate


There were only 6 question in the set of Reading Comprehension – out of which 2 question was of vocabulary (Antonyms and Synonyms)


Quantitative Aptitude:

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Data Interpretation 16 Moderate
Missing Number Series 5 Moderate
Approximation 5 Easy – Moderate
Data Sufficiency 3 Moderate
Arithmetic Word Problems
(Profit and Loss, Problem on Ages, SI & CI etc)
6 Moderate


The Data Interpretation (DI) questions based on:


  • Line + Tabular

  • Tabular

  • Caselate


Reasoning Ability:

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement 21 Moderate
Syllogism 3 Easy – Moderate
Direction Sense 4 Moderate
Blood Relation 2 Easy – Moderate
Alphabets 2 Easy – Moderate
Data Sufficiency 3 Moderate


There were 4 sets of puzzles and Seating Arrangement, following are the types


  • Month Based Puzzle (January to August)

  • Parallel Seating Arrangement (North-South, 6 Person each)

  • Box Based Puzzle (10 Boxes)

  • Age-Based Puzzles


Overall Analysis

The exam is being conducted in four time slots, two each in morning and evening. The order of occurrence of sections was English, Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude. The overall difficulty level of this slot was moderate.

The detailed break-up of IBPS PO Prelims 14 Oct, 2018 exam is as follows:

Section Total Questions Level of difficulty Good Attempts Time taken
(in minutes)
English Language 30 Easy – Moderate 17 – 21 20
Quantitative Aptitude 35 Moderate – Difficult 16 – 19 20
Reasoning Ability 35 Moderate 21 – 25 20
Total 100 Moderate 53 – 59 60


Section Wise Analysis


English Language:

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Reading Comprehension 8 Moderate
Phrase Replacement 6 Easy – Moderate
Filler 5 Moderate
Sentence Rearrangement 5 Moderate
Word Replacement 6 Easy – Moderate


  • There were only 8 question in the set of Reading Comprehension out of which 1 question was of vocabulary (Synonyms).

  • Reading Comprehension was based on an article related to Bank and Its Technology.


Quantitative Aptitude:

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Data Interpretation 11 Moderate – Difficult
Missing Number Series 6 Moderate
Quadratic Equation 5 Easy – Moderate
Arithmetic Word Problems
(Profit and Loss, Problem on Ages, SI & CI etc.)
13 Moderate
Word Replacement 6 Easy – Moderate


DI questions based on:


  • Tabular

  • Pie-Chart


Reasoning:

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement 26 Moderate
Syllogism 4 Easy – Moderate
Direction Sense 3 Moderate
Alphabets 2 Moderate


There were 5 sets of puzzles and Seating Arrangement, following are the types


  • Day Based Puzzle (Monday to Friday)

  • Parreral Seating Arrangement (North-South)

  • Box Based Puzzle (11 Boxes)

  • Circular Seating Arrangement (10 People facing inward)

  • Linear Seating Arrangement

Overall Analysis

The overall difficulty level of this slot was easy to moderate.

The detailed break-up of IBPS PO Prelims October 14, 2018 exam is as follows:

Section Total Questions Level of difficulty Good Attempts Time taken
(in minutes)
English Language 30 Moderate 19 – 23 20
Quantitative Aptitude 35 Easy – Moderate 17 – 21 20
Reasoning Ability 35 Moderate 23 – 27 20
Total 100 Moderate 57 – 63 60


Section Wise Analysis


English Language:

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Reading Comprehension 7 Moderate
Phrase Replacement 4 Easy – Moderate
Word Usages 3 Easy
Sentence Rearrangement 5 Moderate
Word Replacement 3 Easy – Moderate
Match the Column 3 Easy – Moderate
Cloze Test 5 Moderate


  • There were only 7 question in the set of Reading Comprehension out of which 2 question was of vocabulary (Antonyms and Synonyms).

  • Reading Comprehension was based on an article related to the Impact of technology and Artificial Intelligence on job markets.


Quantitative Aptitude:

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Data Interpretation 15 Moderate – Difficult
Missing Number Series 5 Moderate
Approximation 5 Easy – Moderate
Quantity-1, Quantity-2 3 Easy – Moderate
Word Replacement 3 Easy – Moderate
Arithmetic Word Problems
(Profit and Loss, Problem on Ages, SI & CI etc)
7 Moderate


DI questions based on:


  • Tabular

  • Caselate

  • Bar Graph


Reasoning Ability:

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement 20 Moderate
Coding-Decoding 5 Easy – Moderate
Data Sufficiency 3 Moderate
Inequalities 5 Easy – Moderate
Alphabets 1 Easy – Moderate
Number Based 1 Moderate


There were 4 sets of puzzles and Seating Arrangement, following are the types


  • Parallel Seating Arrangement (North-South, 5 people each side with color)

  • Box Based Puzzle (9 Boxes)

  • Circular Seating Arrangement (6 People)

  • Miscellaneous Puzzle

Overall Analysis

The overall difficulty level of this slot was easy to moderate.

The detailed break-up of IBPS PO Prelims October 14, 2018 exam is as follows:

Section Total Questions Level of difficulty Good Attempts Time taken
(in minutes)
English Language 30 Moderate 16 – 21 20
Quantitative Aptitude 35 Easy – Moderate 19 – 24 20
Reasoning Ability 35 Moderate – Difficult 22 – 26 20
Total 100 Moderate 56 – 62 60


Section Wise Analysis


English Language:


Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Reading Comprehension 8 Moderate
Phrase Replacement 6 Easy – Moderate
Word Usages 5 Easy
Sentence Rearrangement 5 Moderate
Fillers 6 Easy – Moderate


  • There were only 8 question in the set of Reading Comprehension out of which 2 question was of vocabulary (Antonyms and Synonyms).

  • Reading Comprehension was based on an article related to Global Warming.

Quantitative Aptitude:

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Data Interpretation 15 Moderate – Difficult
Missing Number Series 5/td>

Moderate
Quadratic Equation 6 Easy – Moderate
Data Sufficiency 4 Easy – Moderate
Arithmetic Word Problems
(Profit and Loss, Problem on Ages, SI & CI etc)
5 Moderate


DI questions based on


  • Pie-Chart

  • Caselate

  • Bar Graph


Reasoning Ability:

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement 20 Moderate
Syllogism 5/td>

Easy
Data Sufficiency 3 Moderate
Direction Sense 5 Easy
Alphabets 1 Easy – Moderate


There were 4 sets of puzzles and Seating Arrangement, following are the types


  • Month Based Puzzle (5 Month)

  • Parallel Seating Arrangement (North-South, 7 people each side)

  • Circular Seating Arrangement (8 People)

  • Random Puzzle (6 people, 6 colour)