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IBPS PO Mains 26 November 2017: Exam Analysis

Published on Monday, November 27, 2017
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The IBPS PO Mains 2017 exam was held on November 26, 2017. According to the candidates, the exam was difficult. Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude sections were highly difficult. Here is the complete exam analysis of the exam. 
As per the pattern of the exam, there were 200 objective type questions divided into Reasoning Ability, Data Analysis and Interpretation, English, Banking and General Awareness sections. Each section had a specific time to attempt the questions and overall students had 3 hours to complete the test. IBPS also added the descriptive test in the paper.

 Ideal Attempts

Section Ideal attempts
Reasoning and Computer Aptitude 17-20
English Language 15-16
Data Analysis and Interpretation 20-22
General Economy and Banking Awareness 25-29
TOTAL 75-80

Data Analysis and Interpretation (Difficult )

35 questions to be attempted in 45 minutes were given in this section. The section had 60 marks in total. There were 5 sets of inequality and 2 sets were based on diagrams. 3 sets of Data Interpretation based on Tabular+ Bar, Tabular and Caselet were asked
Topic No. of Questions Level
Data Interpretation 15 Difficult
Data Sufficiency 5 Difficult
Wrong Number Series 5 Difficult
Inequality 5 Moderate-Difficult
Miscellaneous 5 Moderate-Difficult
Total 35 Moderate-Difficult

English Language (Difficult)

 This section again was difficult. 35 difficult questions to be attempted in 40 minutes was a tough call. There were new pattern reading comprehension, cloze tests and error spotting. Students were quite baffled to see this section. In the cloze test there were two possible answers against a blank. There were new types of connector questions asked in this exam, where 2 words were given and five sentences and students had to identify the combination of sentences that can be connected using the given two connecting words. Error Detection questions also came with a twist, as in a sentence there was a part marked in bold which was grammatically correct and the student had to identify the erroneous part in the rest of the sentence. There were 2 reading comprehensions with 5 questions in each set.
No. of Questions
Reading Comprehension 10 Difficult
Antonym/Synonym 4 Difficult
Cloze Test 6 Difficult
Error Detection 4 Moderate-Difficult
Rephrasing Sentence 3 Difficult
Connector Usage 2 Moderate-Difficult
Double Filler 3 Moderate
Para Jumble  3 Difficult

Reasoning and Computer Aptitude

This section was also difficult. No question was asked from computer aptitude. 10 questions of logical reasoning which includes a course of action, cause and effect, conclusion and inference. 1-2 small paragraph puzzles were also there. There were Linear puzzle with 2 Variables, Small-Para Puzzles, Circular and Figure Based Puzzle.
No. of Questions
Sitting Arrangement and Puzzles
Logical Reasoning
Coded Blood Relation
Coded Direction Sense
Data Sufficiency

General Economy and Banking Awareness

As compared to the other sections, this section had some moderate questions. Some questions were asked from the budget and few from static awareness. Most of the questions were based on banking awareness and few were from current affairs

Descriptive Writing Test

This section has letter writing and essay writing each of 25 marks. There were 3 Essays and 3 Letter Writing Topics from which a candidate has to choose:

Essay Writing

1. Advantages and Disadvantages of Cashless economy
2. Which reform in Indian education can be compared with International level
3. Effects of gadgets on intellectual capabilities of humans

Letter Writing

1. Write a Letter to you friend encouraging and advising him to plan his own start-up
2. Letter to your office colleague
3. Write a letter to the branch manager requesting him to block your credit card as you've lost it and ask him to issue you a new card.

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