IBPS SO IT-Officer Scale-I 2016-17 (1st Shift) Exam Analysis

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Dear Aspirants, IBPS SO IT-Officer First Shift is over, Now it’s time for exam analysis of IBPS SO IT-Officer Scale-I Exam (1st Shift). In this exam, there are four sections namely English, Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and Professional Knowledge. This year for IBPS SO IT Officer Scale-I all the test except Professional Knowledge are qualifying in nature and only marks of Professional Knowledge will be considered in the merit list. IBPS SO IT Officer exam is a boon to all aspirants, who missed their mark in SBI SO IT-Officer. This shift’s exam was Difficult in level. There were some big surprises in English and Reasoning. Even Professional Knowledge section had some changes from the previous year’s level and pattern.

The order in which sections appeared: Reasoning-English-Professional Knowledge-Quantitative Aptitude.




Quant was relatively easier than other sections of this examination, with conventional questions being asked students found it a sight of relief in this examination. This section was of Easy-Moderate Level, it had 50 questions and time given was 30 minutes. Topics from which questions were asked were Number Series, Quadratic Equation, Data Interpretation, Simplification and Approximation and Miscellaneous Arithematic Portion.


English Language again brought some big surprises for candidates appearing in today’s exam. This section was of a Difficult level. Questions were of the new pattern, errors and fill in the blanks, where they gave four sentences with a blank in each sentence and they asked which of the given word do not fit the blanks appropriately. Even in questions of finding errors, the level was difficult as the gave a set of four sentences and asked, which sentence(s) is/are grammatically correct. Apart from these topics, there were questions from Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test and Jumbled Paragraph. 

REASONING ABILITY (Moderate- Difficult)

This section had 50 questions and time given was 30 minutes. Many questions were of same level and type as those asked in IBPS PO Prelims 2016. Overall the section was Moderate to Difficult. Topics from which questions were asked were, Inequalities (easy) Syllogism (Easy-Moderate), Puzzles and Seating Arrangement ( Difficult, 2 variable puzzles), Passage Inference (Difficult), Data Sufficiency (Moderate-Difficult). Blood Relation questions were asked in the Data Sufficiency. 

Many questions and topics asked in this section were covered in Career Power Test Series, so those students who have attempted that test found it to be relatively moderate. This is the deciding section, as the scores obtained in professional knowledge out of maximum 80 marks will be the deciding factor if a candidate’s name will be in the merit list. This time there was a surprise in this section as well as a majority of questions were from Networking portion rather than being from DBMS. 

Following are some topics from which questions were asked in this section: 
Unix and Commands used in UNIX -cd, ls and man
2 Questions were from Abstraction in Java and one questions was asked class of static variable in Java,
Majority of the questions asked were from Network Security
1 question related to why iOS and Android do not get affected from malicious software
Questions related to OSI Layers and devices used in OSI Layers
Routing Protocols
3-4 questions were also asked from Software Engineering
Data Mining
Normalisation in DBMS

All the best for next shift!!!!!