IBPS PO Prelims exam 2016 review and overall analysis 22 Oct: all shifts

IBPS PO 2016 was conducted yesterday on 23 October. Here’s the IBPS PO 2016 prelims exam review and analysis of Slot-1, 2 and 3 exam. Analysis for fourth shift and overall will be up soon.

IBPS PO Prelims 2016 – Third Shift : The third slot exam was almost similar to the first two slots. Here is the illustrated analysis of the exam with number of questions asked from each section.

Quantitative Aptitude – Easy to moderate

Topics – Number of questions :

Series – 5 questions
Quadratic Equation – 5 questions
Approximation – 5 questions
Data Interpretation – 10 questions
Miscellaneous – 10 questions

Reasoning Ability – Easy to moderate

Topics – Number of questions :

Inequality – 5 questions
Syllogism – 5 questions
Sitting Arrangement (Circular and Linear) – 10 questions
Puzzles – 10 questions
Miscellaneous – 5 questions

English : Moderate to difficult. It was similar to slot 1 exam and there were no fill in the blanks. Also, no question of antonym and synonym were asked in the Reading Comprehension.

Second Shift (11.30 am to 12.30 pm)

Quantitative Aptitude – Easy to moderate

Topics – Number of questions :

Approximation (Simplification) – 5 questions
Number Series – 5 questions
Inequality – 5 questions
Data Interpretation (Line and Tabular graphs) – 10 questions
Language Problems – 10 questions

Reasoning Ability – Easy to moderate

Topics – Number of questions :

Puzzle (Floor) – 10 questions
Puzzle (Sitting Arrangement – Circular) – 5 questions
Puzzle (North South – Linear) – 5 questions
Inequality – 5 questions
Direction – 2 questions
Blood Relation – 2 questions
Syllogism – 5 questions
Miscellaneous – 1 question

English – Moderate to difficult

Topics – Number of questions :

Reading Comprehension (based on Israel and Europe Economy) – 7 questions
Cloze test (based on online education system) – 8 questions
Sentence Rearrangement (based on Economic Survey) – 5 questions
Error detection – 10 questions

PO Prelims 2016 Exam Review : First shift (9 am to 10 am) – 22 October

Quantitative AptitudeEasy to moderate

Topics – Number of questions :

Number Series – 5 questions
Inequality – 5 questions
Simplification (Approximation) – 5 questions
Data Interpretation (Pie Chart + Table Chart) – 10 questions
Language Problems – 10 questions

Reasoningeasy to moderate

Topics – Number of questions :

Puzzle – Order Ranking – 5 questions
Puzzle (Sitting Arrangement) – 5 questions
Puzzle (North South – Linear) – 5 questions
Inequality – 5 questions
Direction – 3 questions
Blood Relation – 3 questions
Syllogism – 5 questions
Miscellaneous – 4 questions

Englishdifficult compared to others. The difficulty level was pretty much same as the first day exam held on October 16.

Topics – Number of questions :

Reading Comprehension (Globalization) – 8 questions
Cloze Test (Computer Technology) – 7 questions
Sentence Rearrangement – 5 questions
Errors – 10 questions

Overall Analysispaper was moderate to difficulty with the English section again testing the candidates. Common factor here is English section, which was tough on October 16th exams too and is likely to remains this way forward. Considering the current scenario, English section might be deciding factor in cut-offs.

Keep watch here, we’ll be updating all slots.

The first session of IBPS PO Prelims 2016 exam was conducted on October 16, while the test would continue over three days more – on October 22, 23 & 27.

IBPS had notified CWE PO/ MT-VI for filling 8,822 posts in 20 participating banks and as the selection process consists of two-tier examination, the first-tier exam – Preliminary examination is currently underway. As per the shuffled schedule, the PO Prelims exam has held on October 16 and now, the remaining candidates are waiting for their turn.

For those of you who are yet to take the test, analyse the 16th October exam and get an idea of what is to be expected. And, don’t forget to come back here for 22 October’s exam analysis and review. For instructions and details on reporting time, here’s your official walk through guide.

The IBPS PO Prelims 2016 exam would consist 100 multiple choice questions divided among three tests : English, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability. The English section consists of 30 questions, while the remaining two make up other 70 questions. Each question carries 1 mark and the total weightage of the preliminary exam comes out to 100 marks. The candidates would be given 60 minutes to solve 100 questions and hence time management is very important to crack the exam. The candidates are advised to distribute these 60 minutes effectively in order to increase their chances of selection and focus on the easy questions first so that they can manage to reserve the remaining time to solve the tough ones.

As we had reported in the detailed analysis of PO Prelims exam held on October 16, the paper was on a level of quite easy to moderate difficult at best. The questions in Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude sections were much easy as compared to the English section and hence the candidates, who are yet to become a part of the PO Prelims exam in next coming days, can take this as a positive note. Well, whatever would be the difficulty level of exam, the aspirants must now focus on revision and appear for the test with a positive mind frame.

IBPS had, initially, scheduled the prelims exam for three days – October 16, 22 & 23, however, one more day was included as the call letters were issued for the preliminary exam.

The candidates must secure minimum marks in each section of prelims exam to secure a place in the merit list. The IBPS would shortlist adequate number of candidates category-wise for the main exam. The results of preliminary exam are expected to be announced in November as the main exam is scheduled for November 20. Even, the results of PO Main exam would be announced in December and the interviews would be conducted in January/February next year. The interviews would be conducted by the participating Banks and co-ordinated by the Nodal Bank. The recruitment process would wind up by the month of April with the shortlisted candidates given provisional allotment.

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