IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2018: 14th October (Shift 1)


IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2018:  The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducted the preliminary examination for IBPS CWE PO/ MT today. The IBPS PO Prelims Examination is being conducted in multiple shifts, and we will provide an in-depth paper review at the end of each.

In an attempt to provide clarity to all the candidates about their performance, we now begin our IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis for the first shift, which basically tells about the difficulty level, Exam Analysis, Prelims Paper Review and the number of Good Attempts for getting shortlisted for the mains examination.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2018: 14th October (Shift 1)

Before we begin our detailed exam review of IBPS PO Prelims, we would like to list out the exam pattern for the first time readers.

The IBPS PO Prelims Exam has 3 sections i.e. English, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning. There are a total of 100 questions carrying 1 mark each.

The total duration for all the three sections is 1 hour. Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS.

Now, back to IBPS PO Exam Analysis for the paper conducted on 13th October 2018. The overall difficulty level of IBPS PO Preliminary Examination was ModerateOwing to the level of competition, it was evident that a rather challenging paper is the best way to shortlist the most deserving ones.

There was 1 major surprise, for which we recommend you to go through our section-wise IBPS PO Exam Analysis for 14th October 2018.

IBPS PO Prelims 2018 Exam Analysis: Reasoning Ability

  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Good Attempts: 23-26
  • Optimal Time: 20 Minutes

Starting with Reasoning Ability for IBPS PO Preliminary Examination, the level of difficulty was quite moderate.

Name of the Topic No. of Questions Level of Difficulty
Sitting Arrangement and Puzzle 21 Moderate
Alphabet 2 Easy-Moderate
Direction Sense 4 Moderate
Blood Relation 2 Easy-Moderate
Syllogism 3 Easy-Moderate
Data Sufficiency 3 Moderate
Total 35 Easy-Moderate

Although we do not brand Reasoning Section to be at all easy, it was easier compared to other sections.

IBPS PO Prelims 2018 Exam Analysis: Quantitative Aptitude

  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Good Attempts: 18-21
  • Optimal Time: 20 Minutes

The Quant Section of IBPS PO Prelims Examination was both challenging and full of calculations. A number of questions from miscellaneous could be solved only if you have had a good amount of practice.

Name of the Topic No. of Questions Level of Difficulty
Data Interpretation (Line & Tabular Graph) 16 Moderate-Lengthy
Missing Number Series 5 Moderate
Arithmetic Word Problems (Profit and Loss, Problem on Ages, SI & CI etc) 6 Moderate
Data Sufficiency 3 Moderate
Approximation 5 Easy-Moderate
Total 35 Moderate


DI Questions were a bit calculative but a major score point for the ones equipped to answer those questions in time. Some of the questions asked in I shift are as under:

IBPS PO Prelims 2017 Exam Analysis: English Language

  • Level of Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
  • Good Attempts: 19-23
  • Optimal Time: 20 Minutes

This was the surprise we were talking about. This year, IBPS PO Prelims 2017 posed a major threat to aspirants who relied heavily upon scoring well in English Section. First, most scoring topics like Cloze Test were nowhere to be found and Sentence Improvement & spotting error questions were challenging to solve.

Name of the Topic No. of Questions Level of Difficulty
Spot the Errors 4 Moderate
Reading Comprehension (Based on US Economy) 6 Moderate
Sentence Improvement (New Pattern) 4 Moderate
Sentence Rearrangement 4 Moderate
Match The Column 3 Easy-Moderate
Filler 5 Easy-Moderate
Word Replacement 4 Easy-Moderate
Total 30 Moderate-Difficult

The options marked for error spotting were quite close and RC was a bit too confusing. This is where we conclude our section-wise IBPS PO Exam Analysis for Prelims Paper.

Based on the sectional and overall level of IBPS PO exam conducted in 4th slot, 57-62 will be the safest attempts with minimum 90% accuracy.

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