IBPS PO Exam Analysis 2015, Cutoff Marks, Good Attempts

IBPS PO Exam Analysis 2015

IBPS PO Exam Analysis 2015: The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection will be conducting IBPS CWE PO Recruitment Examination for hiring Probationary Officers for various PSBs. First, IBPS PO Prelims will be conducted, followed by Mains and then Interview.

Here, we are providing IBPS PO Exam Analysis 2015, which is previous years exam review. For candidates who are appearing for the first time, it is a must read since this will introduce the newbies to the recruitment examination. But first, let us revisit the exam pattern.


IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2016

As per IBPS, the examination will be conducted online following a 3 tier selection process i.e Preliminary examination, Main examination and Interview. Candidates need to qualify at each level in order to move to the next round.

Tier I: IBPS PO Prelims 2016

Similar to SBI PO, the IBPS PO Prelims Examination is an Objective MCQ based paper with 3 sections – Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language.

Name of the Section  No. of Questions  Max. Marks
 English Language  30  30
 Quantitative Aptitude  35  35
 Reasoning Ability  35  25
 Total  100  100

The total time duration for all the three papers is 1 hour. Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS. Shortlisted candidates for each category, meeting the specified requirements set by IBPS, will only be allowed to appear for the IBPS PO mains examination.

Tier II: IBPS PO Mains 2016

The pattern of Mains Examination will be Objective MCQ based. There will be 5 sections – Reasoning, English, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness and Computer Knowledge. This year, there is a major change in the IBPS PO exam pattern for mains paper. Each section will have separate time slots for each paper of the Mains examination. This change has been mentioned in the table below:

 Name of the Section Questions Marks Time (mins.)
Reasoning Ability  50  50  40
English Language  40  40  30
Quantitative Aptitude  50  50  40
General Awareness  40  40  20
Computer Knowledge  20  20  10
 Total  200  200  140

Both preliminary and main examinations will have negative marking. For every wrong answer, there is a negative marking of 0.25 mark. The examination will be bilingual in nature- English and Hindi.


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Candidates need to secure minimum cut off marks which will be decided by IBPS. Those who qualify will be called up for the final round viz Interview.


IBPS PO Exam Analysis 2015

The Written Examination was of moderate difficulty level with a mixed bag of questions comprising of medium to challenging questions. The Section-Wise Analysis of IBPS PO Prelims 2015 is as follows.

English Language (Level – Moderate)

  • Reading Comprehension – 10 Questions
  • Cloze Test – 5 Questions  
  • Fill in the blanks – 5 Questions
  • Spotting the Error – 5 Questions
  • Para jumbles – 5 Questions 

Quantitative Aptitude (Level – Moderate)

  • Number Series – 5 Questions
  • Approximation – 5 Questions
  • Data Interpretation (2 Sets) – 10 Questions  (Line Graph, Missing DI)
  • Quadratic Equation – 5 Questions
  • Miscellaneous Questions – 10 Questions (Age, Mixture Allegation, Partnership, Profit Loss, Average, Boats & Stream, Compound/Simple Interest, Time & Work, etc.)

Reasoning Ability (Level – Easy)

  • Syllogism – 5 Questions
  • Inequality – 5 Questions  
  • Sitting Arrangement (Circular) – 5 Questions
  • Linear Arrangement (North South) – 5 Questions
  • Puzzle – 5 Questions
  • Coding Decoding – 5 Questions
  • Blood Relation – 3 Questions
  • Miscellaneous Questions – 2 Questions (Ranking, Direction test, etc.)

We hope this IBPS PO Exam Analysis 2015 helps in understanding what the written examination was all about. Let us move towards another important aspect i.e. the cutoff marks for IBPS PO Prelims.


IBPS PO Prelims Cutoff 2015

Based on the difficulty level of the examination, number of aspirants and total vacancies, the IBPS PO Prelims Cutoff 2015 was as follows.

Section Name   Cutoff Marks
Reasoning Ability 11.25 7.75 7.75 7.75
English Langugage 7.5 4.75 4.75 4.75
Quantitative Aptitude 7.75 5 5 5
Overall 37.25 37.25 30.75 17.75

All the candidates who manage to secure above the cut-off were eligible to appear for the mains.

IBPS PO Mains Cutoff 2015

Before being called for the interview round, the cutoff for IBPS PO Mains 2015 was calculated and was as follows.

Section Name   Cutoff Marks
Reasoning Ability 10 7.25 7.25 3
English Language 12.5 9.5 9.5 5.25
Quantitative Aptitude 11 8.75 8.75 5.25
Computer Knowledge 12.25 11 11 8.75
General Awareness 13.75 10.25 10.25 5
Overall 76 76 50 47.75

The Exam was conducted for the 12000+ Posts in 2015 and this year approximately 8800+ post are out in 2016. Based of previous years papers as well as question trends, we expect the following number of minimum ‘accurate’ attempts in IBPS PO Prelims 2016 for advancing to IBPS Mains.

IBPS PO Prelims 2016: Safest Number of Accurate Attempts

Section Name   Accurate Attempts
Reasoning Ability 15-17 9-11 10-12 10-12
English Language 10-12 7-9 8-10 8-10
Quantitative Aptitude 10-12 8-10 8-10 8-10
Overall 55-60 55-50 50-55 40-45

We hope this article helps you all in getting a broader perspective about the upcoming written examination.

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