IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Analysis, Review 2017: 09th Dec - Shift 1

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IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Analysis, Review 2017: 09th Dec - Shift 1

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 1st 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 13-16 15
Reasoning Ability 29-32 20
Numerical Ability 24-27 25
Total 76-81 60


English Language (Moderate-Difficult)

The level of English Language was Moderate-Difficult. There were new pattern questions on idiom and phrases where one had to choose an idiom/phrase the was similar to the word 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 5 Moderate
Double Fillers 10 Moderate
Idioms/ Phrases 10 Moderate-Difficult
Sentence Rearrangement (New Pattern) 5 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 significantly high as 12 out of 35 questions were from the arithmetic portion There was only 1 set of DI:
  • Tabular (Month-based)

Topics No. of Question Level
Tabular DI 5 Moderate
Simplification 13 Easy-Moderate
Number Series (Missing)5Easy-Moderate
Average 1 Easy
Profit & Loss 1 Easy
Simple Interest and Compound Interest 1 Easy
Discount 1 Easy
Problem on Ages 1 Easy
Ratio and Proportion 1 Easy
Time and Work 1 Moderate
Boat and Stream 1 Moderate
Miscellaneous  4 Easy
Total 35 Easy-Moderate


Reasoning Ability (Easy)

There were 2 sets of puzzles and Seating Arrangement which are given below:-
  • Linear (Double line, North-South) 1 Variable
  • Floor (8 floors with different numbers assigned to each like 1, 19, 35, 64, etc) 1 Variable
Topics No. of Questions Level
Order and Ranking based puzzle 3 Easy
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement 10 Moderate
Alpha-numerical-symbol Series 5 Easy
Blood relation 3 Easy
Inequality 3 Easy
Syllogism 3 Easy
Direction sense 3 Easy
Alphabet-based 2 Easy
Miscellaneous 3 Easy
Total 35  Easy

All the best for the next shifts !!


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