IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Analysis, Review 2017: 09th Dec - Shift 4

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IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Analysis, Review 2017: 09th Dec - Shift 4

IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Analysis & Review: 

IBPS‘s recruitment of Clerk is the much-anticipated opportunity for every banking aspirant and with the Preliminary exam, you are now a step closer to achieve your goal. Today's (09th December'17) IBPS Clerk Pre exam 4th shift is over now, and it is the time for its Exam Analysis. All those aspirants who are yet to appear for IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam can benefit from this exam analysis as here we provide you an insight on the types and levels of questions being asked in this year's IBPS Clerk Prelims exam. The level of this shift's examination was Moderate.



All the three sections remained unchanged as previous shifts. English Section was equally difficult and challenging as observed in the IBPS Clerk Pre Examination on 2nd and 3rd of December.

IBPS Clerk Prelims Analysis: Overall  


The preliminary exam for IBPS Clerk was conducted online and had 100 questions for 60 minutes. Candidates have to manage those 60 minutes themselves while dealing with three sections- Reasoning Ability (35 Ques), Numerical Ability (35 Ques), and English Language (30 Ques). 

Subject Good Attempt Time (in min.)
English Language 14-18 15
Reasoning Ability 28-30 20
Numerical Ability 26-27 25
Total 78-81 60


English Language (Moderate-Difficult)

The level of English Language was Moderate-Difficult. The topic of Reading Comprehension was bsed on "BRICS Nation". There were new pattern questions on idiom and phrases where one had to choose an idiom/phrase the was similar to the words given in bold. There were questions of double fillers. In sentence rearrangement, parts of a sentence were to be rearranged to make a meaningful sentence.

Topic No. of Question Level
Reading Comprehension (Based on BRICS) 5 Moderate
Double Fillers 8 Moderate
Idioms/ Phrases 10 Moderate-Difficult
Sentence Rearrangement
(Parts of sentence to be arranged)
7 Moderate-Difficult
Total 30 Moderate-Difficult


Numerical Ability (Easy-Moderate)

The level of Numerical Ability section was Easy-Moderate. The number of questions from arithmetic (word problems) was 10 out of 35 questions. There was only 1 set of DI:
  • Tabular

Topics No. of Question Level
Data Interpretation (Tabular) 5 Easi
Simplification 15 Easy-Moderate
Number Series (Missing)5Moderate
Simple Interest 1 Easy
Perecentage 2 Easy
Problem on Ages 1 Easy
Mixture & Alligations 1 Easy
Time and Work 1 Moderate
Pipes and Cisterns 1 Moderate
Ratio 1 Moderate
Boats and Streams 1 Moderate
Mensuration 1 Moderate
Total 35 Easy-Moderate


Reasoning Ability (Easy)

There were 3 sets of Puzzles and Seating Arrangement which are given below:-
  • Linear (Facing North, 10 Person, 5 in Each Row) 1 Variable
  • Floor Based Puzzle
  • Circular Seating Arrangement 
Topics No. of Questions Level
Blood Relation 3 Easy
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement 15 Moderate
Alphabets 5 Easy
Coding Decoding 5 Easy
Inequality 2 Easy
Syllogism 3 Easy
Order and Ranking 2 Easy
Total 35  Easy