Detailed Analysis: IBPS PO 2012

So, Finally the IBPS 2.0 is over… and its time to do some anaylysis. BankersAdda, in association with Bank Power (A premier institute for IBPS Bank Exams), brings you an expert analysis of the IBPS PO Exam conducted today (17-June-2012) –

This years IBPS PO Exam was relatively difficult than the IBPS PO 2011. Although, pattern of questions was more or less same and certainly, this time, conscious effort was made to increase the difficulty level and make it more calculation intensive.

As already declared by IBPS, the paper was divided into five sections viz. Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, English, General Knowledge and Computer.

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There was a total of 250 questions to be solved in a time span of 150 minutes. One mark was awarded for each correct answer for all sections, except English Language Section, wherein each question was for 1/2 marks. There was a 1/4 negative marking for wrong answers.

The distribution of 250 questions over the various areas is as follows –

  • General English – 50 questions – 25 marks
  • General Knowledge – 50 questions – 50 marks
  • Quantitative Aptitude – 50 questions – 50 marks
  • Logical Reasoning – 50 questions – 50 marks
  • Computer – 50 questions – 50 marks
  • Descriptive – 25 Questions

General English Section: ­ This was a moderate difficulty level althiough bit lengthier section. Pattern was more or less same as IBPS 1.0 and Reading comprehension part will be the overall deciding factor.

Reasoning section was a relatively tough and puzzles were taking more than usual time. Also, section was  dominated by Verbal  Logic – Assumptions, cause and effect and arguments.

Quantitative Aptitude – This  section was of moderate difficulty. Although questions required calculations to be done but it was a manageable section.

General Knowledge ­ This section was Relatively Easy. Quations from Banking Terminology and Awareness dominated the section. 10-12 Questions were asked from Current affairs part.

Computer Knowledge: This was easy easy/moderate section. This time questions are not direct but needed good knowledge of the system to answer. For someone who has computers background, it was easy only but a non computer background candidate may find it slightly deifficult. Overall, this section could have given maximum marks in minimum time duration.

Descriptive Section: It was also of moderate Level. Essays included –
1. Growth of banking in India
2. Microfinance companies in India
3. Construction & development in India through Green initiative.
Letter writing questions included –
1)write a letter to your brother/sister n explain the significance of census after every 10 years.
2)Write a letter to authority tell him about the lack of education facility in your area.
3)Write a letter to the editor of newspaper in which you describe that a common man can bring revolution(give example).

Final Verdict:

Total Questions
Total Marks
Ideal Attempt
Ideal Score
Quantitative Aptitude

Overall a total score of 148+ (or 133 + without descriptive) can fetch you interview calls from most of the PSU Banks. Although, as per our analysis of this paper, candidates having a score of 130 + can also expect calls from atleast 2-3 Banks.

Please note, above mentioned score is the actual total score. IBPS does not give actual score but gives Total Weighted Score – TWS (arrived after doing standardization of scores, as per the method given on IBPS website).

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