IBPS PO Exam Analysis: IBPS PO Prelims exam entered the final day today as the remaining applicants gear up to take the online exam across the Country. The online preliminary examination for Probationary Officer posts was earlier administered by the IBPS on 7th & 8th October. There are around 3,562 posts to be filled in the year 2018, for which the aspirants are required to clear three successive steps – Preliminary, Main Examination and Interview.
The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) had advertised CWE PO/ MT-VII in August for filling the vacancies of 2018-19 in participating organizations. The online applications for IBPS PO 2017 exam were filled from August 16 to September 5 and as per the schedule, IBPS later issued call letters to all the applicants for preliminary examination. The number of vacancies to be filled witnessed around 60 percent reduction this time as only 9 out of 20 Banks notified vacancies in their organizations. Of the notified vacancies too, 38% posts are only in 1 Bank.
IBPS PO Prelims 2017 exam comprises of 100 multiple choice questions distributed among three sections – English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability; and the candidates are required to solve the question paper in one hour time. This year’s IBPS PO Prelims exam has been, so far, somewhat slight difficult if compared to previous years’ papers.
English Language (30 questions) – This section was always the favorite portion for aspirants in the Banking exams, but the careless attitude of examinees is telling otherwise. While discussing the paper with several examinees, the author found that they were unable to solve the English section in less time which resulted in further less remaining time for rest of the paper. The English section comprised of 10 marks on Reading Comprehension and the remaining 20 marks on Sentence Rearrangement, Phrase replacement, fillers and error detection. While the difficulty level of reading comprehension was middling, it consumed most of the time of examinees.
Quantitative Aptitude (35 questions) – The quant section also tested the candidates as the maximum portion of this section included questions different from one another. The questions on Quadratic equation/ number series, approximation and data interpretation formed half of the section, while the remaining questions were based on average, profit & loss, compound interest, discount, problems on age, ratio & proportion, time and word, boat and stream, mixture and allegation. There were slight variations observed in this section over multiple shifts.
Reasoning Ability (35 questions) – The reasoning section turned out to be less competitive among the three for examinees. Maximum questions (20 to 25) have been on Puzzles and Seating Arrangement in this section, while the rest of the portion included questions on inequalities/ coding-decoding, direction sense, blood relation, order & ranking, and syllogism.
Going by the difficulty level observed in two days (7 & 8 October) and first shift today (14 October), the candidates who have solved around 52 to 55 questions stand a good chance to crack the exam. However, the wrong answers may play spoilsport for candidates (0.25 negative marks for each wrong answer). Since the candidates are required to qualify in each of the three tests by securing minimum cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS, one should have at least solved 13 to 15 questions in English & Quant tests and at least 18 to 22 questions in Reasoning test. Only a limited number of candidates, depending on the minimum cut-off marks, will be shortlisted by IBPS for online main examination.
IBPS will announce the PO Prelims result by the end of this month, the wait is not so long for the aspirants. IBPS will later hold the PO Main Exam on November 26, the candidates should start preparing for the Mains exam since there will be not much time for preparation. As per the schedule notified by IBPS, the interviews of Mains qualified candidates will be held in January/ February, while the whole selection process will wrap up in April 2018.