Saturday, 7 October 2017

Different Type of Questions Asked in IBPS PO Prelims 2017 Exam

Dear Readers,


Today IBPS conducted its Preliminary Exam for the recruitment of Probationary Officers and the exam was conducted in 4 shifts throughout the day. This time IBPS surely surprized candidates and all banking aspirants by setting up a new bar for bank exams. We've observed that the pattern of questions asked in each shift was not the same and there were many changes introduced in all the shifts throughout the day. IBPS PO Prelims exam will also be conducted tomorrow (8th Oct) and on 14th and 15th October, and if you are an aspirant who is yet to appear for this exam keep on reading to know in detail about all the changes that we've seen so far in today's' shifts of IBPS PO Prelims Examination.

English Language Section - Read the Directions VERY Carefully


This section has again surprised many aspirants with a new representation of Error Detection questions and Phrase Replacement questions. The key to attempt and score enough to clear English Section's cut off is - Do Read the Directions Carefully. "3 ka dum" (triple 10) as seem in SBI PO Prelims is also there in English Section of IBPS PO Prelims. This section had 10 questions of Reading Comprehension (with 3 vocab based questions of Moderate difficulty level) and there were also 10 questions each of Error Detection and Phrase Replacement with an added twist.

To understand the twist introduced in English Section read the following example questions of those two topics:

Error Detection

Direction: Read each sentence, divided into five parts, to find out whether there is any grammatical or idiomatic error in it. The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. Below the sentence, you are provided with five options. The first three options suggest you the sequence of correct parts of the sentence. Choose the sequence which follows the correct parts of the sentence. If there is no error in the sentence, choose option (d). If none of the options follow the correct sequence, choose (e) as your option. 

Q. Few believed he said (A)/ what he said (B)/ he did on the field (C) / truthfully after (D)/the match was over. (E)

(a)ABCD
(b)ACDE
(c)BCDE
(d)No error
(e)None of these

Ans. (d)
Sol. No error. The sentence is grammatically correct.

Now do not panic in the exam when you'll see this type of question. If you read the directions carefully you'll find that the questions belong to the same old pattern that you've already practiced but presented in a different or twisted way. Here instead of asking you to choose/mark the part which has an error in it, the question states that you have to choose an option which includes all error-free parts of the given sentence or in case you find that none of the options contains the error-free parts you can choose none of these. You have to choose No Error if you find that all the parts of the given sentence are error-free. The crux of the matter is - you still have to identify the error the same way you would have to attempt the conventional pattern question, just the approach of choosing the options is different.

Phrase Replacement

Direction: Which of the following phrases (I), (II), and (III) given below each sentence should replace the phrase printed in bold letters to make the sentence grammatically correct? Choose the best option among the five given alternatives that reflect the correct use of phrase in the context of the grammatically correct sentence. If the sentence is correct as it is, mark (e) i.e., "No correction required" as the answer.

Q. Every Open House we held since 2013 reaffirmed our belief that there is a need for human intervention to retain its trust and credibility over the age of anonymous communication.
(I)to retain trust and credibility in this age of
(II)to retaining trust and credibility ageing
(III)for retention of trust and credible age of

(a)Only (I) is correct
(b)Only (III) is correct
(c)Both (I) and (II) are correct
(d)Both (II) and (III) are correct
(e)No correction required

Ans. (a)
Sol. “to retain trust and credibility in this age of” is the correct phrase to make the sentence grammatically correct. If we go by the options considering their grammar syntax, only option (I) fits into the sentence perfectly adding the required meaning to the sentence. Moreover, “in this age of anonymous communication” is the correct phrase usage which means “in this distinct period of anonymous communication”.  Hence (a) is the correct option. 

Many aspirants have also reported that there were changes in types of questions being asked in the second and third shift of the exam. In the second shift, many students have informed that instead of the above-given Phrase Replacement they have faced questions of Odd-one-out Sentence Rearrangement/ Para-Jumble which was of Moderate Level. Due to the difficulty level or panic, many weren't able to even go through all types of questions.


Changes in Reasoning and Quant Section in subsequent shifts


Yes!! you read it right, not all the shifts had exact same pattern and types of questions this time in IBPS PO Prelims Exam. Reasoning section of Shift-1 and Shift-3 was similar in pattern but in the second shift instead of Syllogism, there were questions of coding-decoding. 

The pattern of Quantitative Aptitude questions asked was similar in 1st and 2nd shift whereas in 3rd shift instead of Number Series there were questions of Quadratic Equation in Quant Section. 

Stay Calm and be confident, you can crack this examination with the right presence of mind. Read the directions of all the questions carefully before you attempt them and do not spend too much time on any particular question. This year you can expect the cut off of IBPS PO Prelims 2017 to fall on a lower side when compared to last year's cut off. The difficulty level of the examination is same overall for all the shifts so you must not worry. Give your best attempt and do practice with the memory based paper that will be provided by us today. Memory-Based Paper will help you overcome any nervousness that you might be feeling after seeing the changes in IBPS PO Pre paper as it will help you get well acquainted with the pattern and difficulty level.



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