IBPS CWE SO 2015: Exam Analysis and Expected Cut-off


IBPS SO 2015 Exam Analysis: The Examination was held on 30 and 31 January 2016. The professional knowledge trades under IBPS SO are IT, HR, Law, Marketing and Raj Bhasha. For simplicity, we have kept professional knowledge section common for IBPS SO Exam Analysis 2015.

Here’s a detailed analysis of IBPS Specialist Officer Exam 2015 by OnlineTyari


IBPS CWE Specialist Officer 2015: Exam Analysis

For the sake of our new readers, we will talk about IBPS SO Exam Pattern first. IBPS SO is an objective Computer-Based Test (CBT). The written examination was divided into 4 sections, namely, Reasoning, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Professional Knowledge.

The total number of questions in IBPS SO 2015 were 200 and time allotted to solve them was 2 hours i.e. 120 minutes.

The Specialist Officer Exam is conducted for recruiting professionals for a specific department. Hence, the professional knowledge section differs according to the professional trade you opt for.

 Name of the Section  Number of Questions  Marks Allotted
 Reasoning  50  50
 English Language  50  25
 Quantitative Aptitude  50  50
 Professional Knowledge (specific to the particular trade)  50  75
  Total  200  200

The most common question is – What was the difficulty level of IBPS SO Exam 2015?  

To answer in one word, MODERATE!

But we are here for detailed analysis, so we will be breaking down each section in terms of difficulty level of questions. The subject-wise question analysis is as follows.


IBPS SO 2015: Reasoning Exam Analysis

Reasoning Section had a mixed bag of questions.

  • Coding-Decoding
  • Sequential  Input/output
  • Puzzle/ Complex Arrangement
  • Blood Relation
  • Series Completion (Alphabetical number)
  • Circular/ Linear Seating arrangement
  • Syllogism (3 statement / 2 statement )
  • Mathematical Inequality
  • Derivation of Statement, Conclusion and Interference from a given paragraph

Some were easy, some were a bit time consuming. Questions based on Seating Arrangement were abundant and were relatively easy to solve compared to puzzle arrangement questions.

  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Ideal Question Attempt: 28-30


IBPS SO 2015: Quantitative Aptitude Exam Analysis

The Quantitative Aptitude Section in IBPS Specialist Officer Exam was relatively easier this year.

  • Data Interpretation (Graphs & Pie Chart)
  • Series Completion (A bit difficult)
  • Approximation & Simplification
  • Inequality
  • Time work & Distance
  • Miscellaneous

The questions on Data Interpretation were quick solve for most candidates. Time and Work and Series Completion Questions were time consuming. Yet, a lot of candidates didn’t complain much about Quant this year.

  • Level of Difficulty: Easy (Little Time Consuming)
  • Ideal Question Attempt: 26-28


IBPS SO 2015: English Exam Analysis

Following previous years’ trend, The English Language Section was easy. Most candidates were able to cover up this section in 15-20 minutes.

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Fill in the Blanks (Dual)
  • Cloze Test (Case of 5)
  • Para jumbles
  • Spotting the Error

Cloze Test, Spotting the Error and Reading Comprehension constituted 60% of English Syllabus. The parajumbles were a bit time consuming. English most definitely played an important role in boosting most candidate’s score and morale.

  • Level of Difficulty: Easy 
  • Ideal Question Attempt: 32-34


IBPS SO 2015: Professional Knowledge Exam Analysis

Our IBPS Specialist Officer Exam Analysis basically covered these professional trades.

  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Marketing
  • Human Resource (HR)

Professional Knowledge is supposed to be the CRUCIAL Section and it definitely was!

A number of questions were asked on core concepts and applications, which required both time and intellect to solve. Yet, there were a few questions which could be solved through close inspection. Performance in this section will be a central selection factor.

  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult 
  • Ideal Question Attempt: 26-28

We hope this exam analysis and review will help you analyze your performance better. Most candidates are now searching all over the internet for expected cutoff marks.

Deriving insights from a number of factors, we have compiled an expected overall cutoff score for IBPS SO Exam 2015.


IBPS CWE Specialist Officer 2015: Expected Cutoff Marks

Please be advised that this is not the official cutoff marks for IBPS SO 2015. There are several factors that play a vital role in deciding cutoff marks for various exams.

  • Difficulty level of examination
  • Number of participating candidates
  • Lowest and average marks in the main examination
  • Last year cutoff trends
  • Annual Intake
  • Marking Scheme
  • Seat availability
  • Average performance of candidate

Gathering insights from all these sources, we have come to this conclusion that the overall difficulty level of IBPS SO 2015 Exam was moderate.

Hence, a score of 120-125 will be good enough to be in the safe zone of IBPS SO 2015 written examination. For more details, bookmark our blog and stay updated about latest government exam news and developments.

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