IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis, Expected Cut off 2016

IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis, Expected Cut off 2016

IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis 2016: The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection i.e. IBPS held the mains examination for IBPS CWE PO/ MT today. The shortlisted candidates from IBPS PO Prelims 2016 Exam were called for the mains paper. In this article, we will analyse each section in detail and compute topic-wise difficulty level of IBPS PO Mains Examination. Also, we will attempt to deduce the expected cutoff for IBPS PO Mains Examination based on difficulty level of paper, current vacancies etc.

Please remember that the candidates who are able to crack IBPS PO Mains Examination will be called for the final round i.e. GD/ Interview. Hence, scoring well in the mains paper for IBPS is the biggest hurdle at the current stage.


IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis – 20 November 2016

Based on a few changes in the IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern, the IBPS PO Mains Exam comprised of five sections namely English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, General Awareness and Computer section.

Each section had its own time limit beyond which, no questions from that particular section could be attempted. Revisiting the IBPS PO Exam Pattern for Mains Examination, the following table gives an apt description about it.

Name of the Section No. of Questions Maximum Marks  Time Allotted (in mins.)
Reasoning Ability  50  50  40
English Language  40  40  30
Quantitative Aptitude  50  50  40
General Awareness (with special reference to Banking)  40  40  20
Computer Knowledge  20  20  10
 Total  200  200  140

The most important details regarding IBPS PO Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme for Mains Examination are as follows:

  • There were 200 questions in total and each carry 1 mark.
  • Total time duration was 140 minutes.
  • The Mains Exam for IBPS PO 2016 was bilingual i.e. English/ Hindi.
  • For every wrong attempt, 0.25 mark gets deducted.

Now, talking about IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis 2016, the overall difficulty level of IBPS PO Mains Exam was most definitely ‘Hard’. The paper was quite challenging and full of tricky questions as well if we compare it to our previous years IBPS PO Mains paper. It was inevitable that the paper would be difficult to attempt since this is the final written examination before the GD/ Interview process and only a handful of candidates will be shortlisted for the next round.

Let us go deeper and understand the complexities and challenges of the paper in our section-wise paper review of IBPS Mains Examination for PO/ MT Recruitment.

IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis for English Section

  • Total Number of Questions:  40
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Hard

Beginning with the English Section, the biggest threats this year in this section were Reading Comprehension and Parajumbles. The RC was riddled with challenging text and parajumbles required precise logic for accurate application.

  • Reading Comprehension – 15 Questions
  • Fill in the blanks – 5 Questions
  • Parajumbles – 5 Questions
  • Sentence Correction – 5 Questions
  • Antonyms and Synonyms – 5 Questions
  • Spotting the errors – 5 Questions

Since the other topics like Spotting the Error, Sentence Correction etc. were not on the easier side either, we expect an attempt of 16-20 questions with good accuracy as an adequate score in this section.

IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis for Quant Section

  • Total Questions: 50
  • Level: Moderate to Hard

In this section of IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis, we will talk about the Quantitative Aptitude section. The QA section ranged from moderate to tough questions, sprinkled across the topics, with Inequality based questions being quite difficult to solve. The DI questions were based on Pie Chart, Caselets and Line Graphs and were fairly average in terms of level of difficulty. 

  • Number Series – 5 Questions
  • Mathematical Inequalities – 5 Questions
  • Approximation- 5 Questions
  • Data Interpretation – 20 Questions
  • Misc. – 15 Questions

Miscellaneous questions include Age, Probability, Partnership, Profit Loss, Average, Boats & Stream, Compound/Simple Interest, Ratio and Proportion, Percentage, Time & Work, etc. Based on the difficulty level of QA section, a good attempt would be 17-20 questions with good overall accuracy.

IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis for Reasoning Section

  • Total Questions: 50
  • Level: Hard

The third one in our series of IBPS PO Mains Section-Wise Analysis is Reasoning Section. This section was rated as the most challenging one by most aspirants. Questions of Puzzles and Seating Arrangements were highly confusing and only those with immense amounts of practice were able to solve these.

  • Logical Syllogism – 5 Questions
  • Coding Decoding – 5 Questions
  • Simple and Complex Puzzle/ Sitting Arrangement – 20 Questions
  • Data Sufficiency – 5 Questions
  • Miscellaneous Questions – 15 Questions

Owing to the difficulty level of this section, we expect an attempt of 15-18 questions to be quite decent here.

IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis for GK Section

  • Total Questions: 40
  • Level: Moderate

Same as last year, the GK section could be attempted much easily as compared to the first 2 sections mentioned in the IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis. An attempt of 20-25 questions would be considered good.

IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis for Computer Section

  • Total Questions: 20
  • Level: Easy to slightly Moderate

Similar to the section above, the difficulty level was dwindled to a much easier tone in this section. A lot of questions were elementary and could be easily attempted and we estimate a good score of about 12-16 questions out of 20.

Here we conclude our IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis 2016 here. We are sure candidates must’ve faced issues adjusting to the new pattern. Let us proceed to our final section about the expected cutoff for IBPS PO Mains Recruitment Exam.


IBPS PO Mains Expected Cut off 2016

After analysing topic wise data and the level of difficulty of IBPS PO Mains Examination, we expect the IBPS PO Mains Cutoff to be around the following scores.

 Category  IBPS PO Mains CutOff (Out of 200)
 General 71-76
 OBC 68-73
 SC 49-54
 ST 47-52

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  1. There were no parajumble questions in English section, how come you guys are analysing an exam whose exact details are yet not known to you people…??

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