IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis, Review: 26th Nov 2017

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IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis, Review: 26th Nov 2017

IBPS PO Mains 2017 Recruitment Exam is over, Now it's time for the much awaited IBPS  PO  Mains Exam Analysis & Review (26th Nov 2017). Many students have appeared for this exam today and this brings them to a step closer in their journey of getting a Job in govt. sector. Without wasting any moment, let's get straight to the analysis for which you are all waiting for. Overall the exam was of a Difficult Level level. No questions were asked from computer aptitude. There were many new types of questions introduced in the reasoning and English section. Students found reasoning section to be exceptionally difficult and in such a scenario accuracy is the key to crack the exam.

IBPS PO Mains 2017 exam had 4 sections in the objective test of 200 marks - Reasoning and Computer Aptitude, English Language, Data Analysis and Interpretation, and General Economy and Banking Awareness. Each section had its particular time limit and overall the IBPS PO Mains Paper was fr 3 hours. This time there was also a test of Descriptive Writing after the objective paper.

IBPS PO Mains 2017-18 Exam ANALYSIS (OVER-ALL):

Reasoning and Computer Aptitude16-19
English Language12-14
Data Analysis and Interpretation19-21
General Economy and Banking Awareness24-28

Data Analysis and Interpretation Moderate-Difficult )

This section had 35 questions for 60 marks with a time limit of 45 minutes.  The inequality questions were based on "Quantity 1 and Quantity 2 Pattern and among the set of 5 questions of inequality 2 questions were based on diagrams. There were 3 sets of DI with 4 questions in each of the set. Following were the types of DI:
  • Tabular (Missing) +Bar
  • Tabular
  • Caselet
The questions were:

TopicNo. of QuestionsLevel
Data Interpretation15 Difficult
Data Sufficiency5 Difficult
Wrong Number Series5Moderate-Difficult
Inequality (Q1, Q2 Type)5Moderate-Difficult

English Language (Difficult)

This section had 35 questions for 40 marks with a time limit of 40 minutes. There were many new introductions in new pattern questions in English Section of this exam. The cloze test questions asked were of a totally new pattern, where there were two possible answers against a blank.There were new types of connector questions asked in this exam, where 2 words were given and five sentences and students had to identify the combination of sentences that can be connected using the given two connecting words. Error Detection questions also came with a twist, as in a sentence there was a part marked in bold which was grammatically correct and the student had to identify the erroneous part in the rest of the sentence.

With such a difficulty level it is best to stay calm and first invest time in reading the directions properly. There were 2 reading comprehensions with 5 questions in each set.

No. of Questions
Reading Comprehension 10Difficult
Cloze Test6Moderate
Error Detection4Moderate-Difficult
Rephrasing Sentence to correct grammatical form3Difficult
Connector Usage2Moderate-Difficult
Double Filler
Para Jumble (New Pattern)3Difficult

Reasoning and Computer Aptitude  (Difficult)

The level of reasoning was very Difficult.  There were NO Questions asked from Computer Aptitude. This year in IBPS PO Mains Exam there were around 10 questions of logical reasoning which includes course of action, cause and effect, conclusion and inference. 1-2 small para puzzles were also there, however, these had less matter to read and deduct from they were really tricky when compared to a lengthy one. Following were the types of puzzles asked:
  • Linear (North-South) 2 Variable
  • Small-Para Puzzles
  • Circular (with uncertain information as the number of people in the seating arrangement was not given e.g. more than 10 people are sitting on a circular table)
  • Figure Based Puzzle

The questions were:

No. of Questions
Sitting Arrangement and Puzzles 
Logical Reasoning
Coded Blood Relation
Coded Direction Sense
Data Sufficiency

General Economy and Banking Awareness (Moderate)
The level of this question was Moderate when compared to the rest of the exam. There were around 3 questions from Budget and 3-4 questions from static awareness. Rest was Current Affairs and Banking Awareness where number of questions from Banking awareness was more than current affairs.

Descriptive Writing Test
English Language (Letter & Essay Writing) for 25 marks, time limit 30 minutes. There were 3 Essays and 3 Letter Writing Topics from which a candidate has to choose:

Essay topic
1. Which reform in Indian education can be compared with International level
2. Advantages and Disadvantages of Cashless economy
3. Effects of gadets on intellectual capabilities of humans

Letter Writing
1. Write a Letter to you friend encouraging and advising him to plan his own start-up
2. Letter to your office colleague
3. Write a letter to the branch manager requesting him to block your credit card as you've lost it and ask him to issue you a new card.

All the best for upcoming!!!!