Sunday, 4 October 2015

IBPS PO 2015 Preliminary exam analysis and Expected Cutoff

IBPS PO Preliminary is scheduled on 3rd, 4th, 10th, and 11th October 2015. Here we are sharing analysis of IBPS PO preliminary exam conducted on 3rd and 4th October 2015 and expected cutoff.We are doing this analysis based on the experience shared by some of the candidates who have attended IBPS PO Preliminary exam on 3rd and 4th October 2015.Let us analyse exam section wise,

IBPS PO Preliminary 2015-Section wise analysis and Expected cutoff 

English (30 question 30 marks)

Comprehension:10 marks
Most of the candidates agree that difficulty level of the given paragraph was high.Central theme of the paragraph was "Economic crisis in Europe". Paragraph was not lengthy,but it is difficult for an average student to read and answer the questions that followed.

Fill in the blank(sentence completion)-5marks
Questions from this section have two blanks per sentence.Sentence were related to "economics".Difficulty level was moderate.

Cloze test (Paragraph completion)-5 marks
Given paragraph was about education system.
Difficulty level :easy to moderate

Error spotting-5marks
2-3 questions were easy and others were bit confusing.

Para jumble -5Marks
Difficulty level easy to moderate.

Quantitative(35 questions 35 marks)

Data Interpretation-10 mark
2 set of data interpretation questions were asked. One set based on a line graph and other one based on a partially filled table.Line graph was easier as compared to the table.

Approximation -5 marks
Difficulty level :easy

Number series -5 marks
Four out of Five questions were simple.
Eg:1) 7 4 5 9 ? (numbers are not same as asked in exam, but pattern is similar)
     2)79 39 19 9 4 ?(This series was there as it is.).

Miscellaneous questions -9marks

Mixture Allegation, Partnership, Profit Loss, Average, Boats-Stream, C.I and S.I, Time & Work, Age related problems etc.


Question was of type "random ball selection".
Difficulty level was easy to moderate.

Quadratic Equation- 5 marks
Difficulty level:Easy to moderate

Reasoning(35 questions 35 marks)

Syllogism 5 marks
2 question were asked based on a single set of statements.Difficulty level : easy.

Coding decoding 5 marks
A set of codes for 4 sentences were given.5 questions followed based on that set of codes.Difficulty level:Moderate

Inequality 5 marks
Questions were direct .(There was no coded inequality )

Sitting arrangement-10 marks
Linear-Total 10 members ,two rows ,five in each row,one row facing south and other row facing north.Difficulty level:Easy to moderate.
Circular -Circular arrangement with "family relations".Difficulty level moderate to difficult.

Puzzle questions 5 mark
Puzzle was bit time consuming as usual.(Floor type questions).Difficulty level moderate to difficult.

Miscellaneous questions 5 marks 
Difficulty level:Easy to moderate.

Subject wise Difficulty level

English-Moderate to difficult
Reasoning-Easy to moderate.
According to our analysis overall difficulty level was Moderate.

Expected Cutoff (for UR category) for IBPS PO Preliminary


Overall expected cutoff for IBPS PO preliminary

UR=around 40-43
OBC=UR- 4,5

Suggested selection of questions for candidates who are yet to attend the IBPS PO Preliminary
English:If you are only an average in English don't waste time by reading paragraph given for comprehension .But you can try "same meaning " and "opposing meaning" questions from comprehension.Try to attend easy questions from filling the blanks and error spotting.Attend all the questions from cloze test.It is comparatively easy.If you are confident about para jumble ,you can give it a try,but remember ,in para jumble if you make a mistake ,it will cost you 5 marks+minus marks.Try to attend total of 20  questions from English section.

Reasoning:5 mark syllogism+5 mark sitting arrangement(linear) + 5 mark coding decoding  + 5 marks in equality + 2,3 marks miscellaneous =22,23

Quatitative:5 mark approximation + 5 Mark D.I(line graph) + 3 marks number series (easy ones only)+ quadratic 3 (easy ones only) + 4 miscellaneous= 20.

Suggested time allotment for IBPS PO Preliminary

English-13 minutes
Reasoning-22 minutes
Quatitative-25 minutes
Since there is sectional cutoff, try to do 15-20 questions from each section.Don't spend to much time on any question,especially circular sitting arrangement and puzzle.
Overall attempt between 50-60 with 80-90% accuracy will be enough for clearing IBPS PO preliminary.
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