IBPS PO Exam Analysis 2018
Sanjana Surbhi, 19 Nov 2018, #IBPS PO

IBPS PO Exam Analysis 2018 Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) had conducted the IBPS PO Mains exam on November 18. After the exam got over Bankers Adda released the IBPS PO exam analysis 2018. The exam analysis of IBPS PO 2018 carries the sectional weightage, marking scheme, overall and sectional difficulty level, etc. Earlier, prelims exam of IBPS PO was conducted on October 13, 14, 20 and 21, for which Career Launcher had released the IBPS PO exam analysis 2018. The prelims exam was conducted in four-time slots (2 in the morning and 2 in the evening). IBPS PO prelims exam had three sections - English Language, Reasoning Ability and Quantitative Aptitude. The exam was held for 100 marks for a total of 100 questions.



IBPS PO Mains 2018 Exam Analysis - November 18, 2018


IBPS PO Mains Exam was conducted for a duration of 3 hours and had two parts - Objective test and Descriptive test. The objective test had 4 sections- Data Analysis and Interpretation, English Language, Reasoning and Computer, and General Awareness conducted for 200 marks. The second part was a descriptive test of 30 minutes which had Letter and Essay writing and carries 25 marks. The overall level of the exam was difficult and lengthy.


IBPS PO Mains 2018 Overall Exam Analysis

Sections

Good Attempts

Reasoning and Computer Aptitude

15-19

General Awareness

22-24

English Language

12-17

Data Analysis and Interpretation

07-11

Total

67-76


IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis 2018 - Reasoning and Computer Aptitude

Topics

Number of Questions

Level

Sitting Arrangement & Puzzles

23

Difficult

Machine Input-Output

3

Moderate-Difficult

Alphabet

1

Moderate-Difficult

Coding-Decoding

3

Moderate-Difficult

Logical Reasoning

10

Moderate-Difficult

Miscellaneous

5

Moderate-Difficult

Total

45

Difficult


Reasoning and Computer Aptitude section was difficult. There were no questions related to computer aptitude. The questions from puzzles and seating arrangements were based triangular seating arrangement, 6 people and their pets, linear seating arrangement with an uncertain number of people, direction, rectangular seating and distance. In the reasoning ability section, there were short puzzles having one or two question each. The overall section was difficult in nature.


IBPS PO 2018 Mains Exam Analysis - English Language 

Topic

Number of Questions

Level

Reading Comprehension

21

Moderate-Difficult

Sentence Rearrangement

4

Difficult

Cloze Test (New Pattern)

10

Difficult

Total

35

Difficult

In this section, there were many new types of questions. This year, there were many short passages having 2-3 questions each. Also, there was around five to six short reading comprehension it had a major portion of around 20 questions out of a total of 35 in the English Language Section. All the passages were based on economy-related articles. The cloze test and sentence rearrangement questions were also given in a different pattern. The overall level of difficulty was difficult.


IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis 2018 - Data Analysis & Interpretation

Topic

Number of Questions

Level

Data Interpretation

18

Difficult-Lengthy

Data Sufficiency

5

Lengthy

New Pattern number series

3

Moderate-Difficult

LCM, HCF

1

Moderate-Difficult

Mensuration

1

Moderate-Difficult

Time and Work

1

Moderate-Difficult

Speed, Time and Distance

1

Moderate-Difficult

Miscellaneous Arithmetic Word Problems

5

Difficult-Lengthy

Total

35

Difficult-Lengthy


This section had many shorts sets of DIs and many questions of Data Sufficiency. The level of data analysis and interpretation was difficult. Data Interpretation mainly had questions based on  Radar, Casalet, and Line and Tabular DI. This year the number series was asked in a different pattern. candidates were required to identify the logic from the given series and had to complete another series given in the question along with finding the (n)th term. Arithmetic word problem was also asked in a twisted format. The level of data analysis and interpretation was difficult to lengthy.

IBPS PO 2018 Mains Exam Analysis - General Awareness 

In this section, there were a total of 40 questions and comprised of questions based on current affairs and news from the months - May to November. The overall section was moderate. 

IBPS PO 2018 Mains Exam Analysis - Descriptive Test

Descriptive test was conducted for 30 minutes and had 25 questions. Candidates were required to choose any one of the topics from given options for letter and essay. 

Topics for letter - writing

  • Write a letter to the editor on types of pollution and how to reduce it.
  • Write a letter to your neighbour thanking them for their help in the hour of need.

Topics given for essay

  • Fake-News
  • Advantages of learning foreign language
  • Does India needs a universal health care system
  • Magazines and Journals have switched to digital media

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2018 - Slot IV (October 14, 2018)

October 14, 2018, was the second day of the IBPS PO Preliminary Exam 2018. A total of 100 questions had to be answered in 60 minutes. All the sections, except the English Language, were available in both English and Hindi. Every correct answer will fetch 1 mark, while every incorrect answer will reduce the score by 0.25.


IBPS PO Prelims 2018 Overall Exam Analysis

Section

Total Questions

Level of difficulty

Good Attempts

Time taken (in minutes)

English Language

30

Easy-Moderate

17-20

20

Quantitative Aptitude 

35

Moderate

18-20

20

Reasoning Ability

35

Easy-Moderate


21-24

20

Total

100

Easy-Moderate

56-64

60


IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2018 - Expected Cut-Off

Subject

General

SC/ST/OBC

English Language (Out of 30)

5-7.5

3-5

Quantitative Aptitude (Out of 35)

7.5-9.5

5-7

Reasoning Ability (Out of 35)

10-12.5

7-9

Overall Objective Test (Out of 100)

48.5-51.5

OBC: 47.5-50.5

SC: 38-42

ST: 31.5-33.5


IBPS PO Exam Analysis 2018 - English Language 

Topic

Number of Questions 

Level  of Difficulty

Reading Comprehension (Based on Global Warming)

5

Moderate

Phrase/Word Replacement 

3

Easy-Moderate

Spot the error 

7

Moderate

Parajumbles/Sentence Arrangements

5

Moderate

Word Usage

5

Easy

Fill in the blanks

5

Easy-Moderate


The English Language section comprised of questions based on Reading Comprehension, Phrase/Word Replacement, Spot the error, Fill in the blanks etc. Reading Comprehension was based on Global Warming. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2018 - Quantitative Aptitude

Topic

Number of Questions 

Level  of Difficulty

Number Series (Series Completion)

5

Moderate

Data Interpretation (Pie Chart)

5

Moderate

Data Interpretation (Bar Graph)

5

Moderate

Data Interpretation (Caselet)

5

Moderate

Comparison of two variables: Quadratic Equations

5

Easy-Moderate

Data Sufficiency

5

Easy-Moderate

Miscellaneous (Quant based word problems - PLD, Ages, SI/CI etc.)

5

Moderate

There were three sets of Data Interpretation. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate, and most of the questions were calculative.


IBPS PO Exam Analysis 2018 - Reasoning Ability

Topic

Number of Questions 

Level  of Difficulty

AR (Linear Seating Arrangement – 2 parallel rows – 7 persons in each row – facing north/south)

5

Moderate

AR (Data Arrangement – 6 persons/6 colours based) 

5

Moderate

AR (Data Arrangement – 5 months based) 

5

Easy- Moderate

AR (Circular Seating Arrangement – 8 persons) 

5

Moderate

AR (Data Arrangement)

5

Easy- Moderate

Data Sufficiency

5

Moderate

Direction – set based

5

Easy

The Reasoning Ability section was dominated by questions based on Analytical Reasoning. There were five different sets of Analytical Reasoning based on various kinds of Seating Arrangement and Data Arrangement. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.


IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2018 - Slot -III

IBPS PO Prelims 2018 Overall Exam Analysis

Section

Total Questions

Level of difficulty

Good Attempts

Time taken (in minutes)

English Language

30

Easy-Moderate

18-21

20

Quantitative Aptitude 

35

Moderate

17-20

20

Reasoning Ability

35

Easy-Moderate


21-24

20

Total

100

Easy-Moderate

55-65

60


IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2018 - Expected Cut-Off

Subject

General

SC/ST/OBC

English Language (Out of 30)

5-7.5

3-5

Quantitative Aptitude (Out of 35)

7.5-9.5

5-7

Reasoning Ability (Out of 35)

10-12.5

7-9

Overall Objective Test (Out of 100)

48.5-51.5

OBC: 47.5-50.5

SC: 38-42

ST: 31.5-33.5


IBPS PO Exam Analysis 2018 - English Language 

Topic

Number of Questions 

Level  of Difficulty

Reading Comprehension (Based on the impact of technology and job markets)

7

Moderate

Phrase/Word Replacement 

4 + 3

Easy-Moderate

Cloze Test 

5

Moderate

Parajumbles/Sentence Arrangements

5

Moderate

Word Usage

3

Easy

Match the statements Column 1 and Column 2

3

Easy-Moderate


The English Language section consisted of questions based on Reading Comprehension, Phrase/Word Replacement, Match the statements etc. Reading Comprehension was based on impact of technology and job markets. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2018 - Quantitative Aptitude

Topic

Number of Questions 

Level  of Difficulty

Number Series (Series Completion)

5

Moderate

Data Interpretation (Table)

5

Moderate

Data Interpretation (Bar Graph)

5

Moderate

Data Interpretation (Caselet)

5

Easy-Moderate

Comparison of 2 quantities: Quantity I and Quantity II

3

Easy-Moderate

Simplification/Approximate

5

Easy-Moderate

Miscellaneous (Quant based – PLD, Ages, SI/CI etc.)

7

Moderate

There were three sets of Data Interpretation. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate, and most of the questions were calculative.


IBPS PO Exam Analysis 2018 - Reasoning Ability

Topic

Number of Questions 

Level  of Difficulty

AR (Linear Seating Arrangement – 2 parallel rows – 5 persons in each row with colour – facing north/south)

5

Moderate

AR (Data Arrangement – 9 Boxes based) 

5

Moderate

AR (Data Arrangement) 

5

Moderate

AR (Circular Seating Arrangement) 

5

Moderate

Mathematical Inequalities

5

Easy

Data Sufficiency

3

Moderate

Coding-Decoding

5

Easy

Puzzles – Alphabet based

1

Easy-Moderate

Puzzles – Number based

1

Moderate

The Reasoning Ability section was dominated by questions based on Analytical Reasoning. There were four different sets of Analytical Reasoning based on various kinds of Seating Arrangement and Data Arrangement. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2018: Slot - II

IBPS PO Prelims 2018 Overall Exam Analysis

Section

Total Questions

Level of difficulty

Good Attempts

Time taken (in minutes)

English Language

30

Easy-Moderate

17-20

20

Quantitative Aptitude 

35

Moderate

17-20

20

Reasoning Ability

35

Moderate


21-23

20

Total

100

Moderate

55-63

60

 IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2018 - Expected Cut-Off

Subject

General

SC/ST/OBC

English Language (Out of 30)

5-7.5

3-5

Quantitative Aptitude (Out of 35)

7.5-9.5

5-7

Reasoning Ability (Out of 35)

10-12.5

7-9

Overall Objective Test (Out of 100)

48.5-51.5

OBC: 47.5-50.5

SC: 38-42

ST: 31.5-33.5

IBPS PO Exam Analysis 2018 - English Language 

Topic

Number of Questions 

Level  of Difficulty

Reading Comprehension (Bank and its technology-based)

8

Moderate

Phrase/Word Replacement 

6

Easy-Moderate

Fill in the blanks 

5

Moderate

Parajumbles/Sentence Arrangements

5

Moderate

Word Replacement

6

Moderate


The English Language section consisted of questions based on Reading Comprehension, Phrase/Word Replacement, Fill in the blanks, Para jumbles etc. The Reading Comprehension was based on Bank and its technology. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.


IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2018 - Quantitative Aptitude

Topic

Number of Questions 

Level  of Difficulty

Number Series (Series Completion)

6

Moderate

Data Interpretation (Pie Chart)

5

Moderate

Data Interpretation(Table)

6

Moderate

Quadratic Equations: Quantity I and Quantity II

5

Easy-Moderate

Miscellaneous (Quant based – PLD, Ages, SI/CI etc.)

13

Moderate

There were two sets of Data Interpretation. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate, and most of the questions were calculative.


IBPS PO Exam Analysis 2018 - Reasoning Ability

Topic

Number of Questions 

Level  of Difficulty

AR (Linear Seating Arrangement – 2 parallel rows – north/south)

6

Moderate

AR (Data Arrangement – 11 Boxes based) 

5

Moderate

AR (Data Arrangement – Day based - Monday to Friday) 

5

Moderate

AR (Circular Seating Arrangement – 10 people facing inward) 

5

Moderate

AR (Linear Seating Arrangement – Single row)

5

Moderate

Direction – set based

3

Easy-Moderate

Puzzles – Alphabet based

2

Easy-Moderate

Syllogism

4

Easy-Moderate

The Reasoning Ability section was dominated by questions based on Analytical Reasoning. There were five different sets of Analytical Reasoning based on various kinds of Seating Arrangement and Data Arrangement. Directions based set was moderate. Four questions based on Syllogism were there in the exam. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2018 - Slot -I

IBPS PO Prelims 2018 Overall Exam Analysis

Section

Total Questions

Level of difficulty

Good Attempts

Time taken (in minutes)

English Language

30

Easy-Moderate

18-21

20

Quantitative Aptitude 

35

Moderate

18-20

20

Reasoning Ability

35

Moderate


21-22

20

Total

100

Easy-Moderate

57-63

60


IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2018 - Expected Cut-Off

Subject

General

SC/ST/OBC

English Language (Out of 30)

5-7.5

3-5

Quantitative Aptitude (Out of 35)

7.5-9.5

5-7

Reasoning Ability (Out of 35)

10-12.5

7-9

Overall Objective Test (Out of 100)

48.5-51.5

OBC: 47.5-50.5

SC: 38-42

ST: 31.5-33.5

 IBPS PO Exam Analysis 2018 - English Language 

Topic

Number of Questions 

Level  of Difficulty

Reading Comprehension (Economy based)

6

Moderate

Spot the Error 

4

Easy-Moderate

Phrase/Word Replacement 

4

Easy-Moderate

Fill in the blanks 

5

Moderate

Sentence Rearrangement

4

Moderate

Sentence Correction

4

Moderate

Match the statements from column 1 and column 2

3

Easy- Moderate

The English Language section comprised of questions based on Reading Comprehension, Spot the Error, Sentence Rearrangement, Fill in the blanks, Match the statements etc. Reading Comprehension was based on the economy. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.


IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2018 - Quantitative Aptitude

Topic

Number of Questions 

Level  of Difficulty

Number Series (Series Completion)

5

Moderate

Data Interpretation (Line Graph and Table)

6

Moderate

Data Interpretation(Table)

5

Moderate

Data Interpretation  (Caselet based)

5

Moderate

Simplification/Approximation

5


Easy-Moderate

Data Sufficiency

3

Moderate

Miscellaneous (Quant based – PLD, Ages, SI/CI etc.)

6

Moderate

There were three sets of Data Interpretation. This year one data interpretation set has both a line graph and table. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate, and most of the questions were calculative.


IBPS PO Exam Analysis 2018 - Reasoning Ability


Topic

Number of Questions 

Level  of Difficulty

AR (Linear Seating Arrangement – 2 parallel rows – 6 persons each – north/south)

6

Moderate

AR (Data Arrangement – 10 Boxes based) 

5

Moderate

AR (Data Arrangement – Month based - January to August) 

5

Moderate

AR (Data Arrangement – Ages based) 

5

Moderate

Direction – set based

4

Moderate

Blood Relation – set based

2

Easy-Moderate

Data Sufficiency

3

Moderate

Puzzles – Alphabet based

2

Easy-Moderate

Syllogism

3

Easy-Moderate

The Reasoning Ability section was dominated by questions based on Analytical Reasoning. There were four different sets of Analytical Reasoning based on various kinds of Seating Arrangement and Data Arrangement. Directions based set was moderate. Three questions based on Syllogism were there in the exam. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2018 - Slot -III

IBPS PO Prelims 2018 Overall Exam Analysis

Section

Total Questions

Level of difficulty

Good Attempts

Time taken (in minutes)

English Language

30

Easy - Moderate

18-20

20

Quantitative Aptitude 

35

Moderate

17-20

20

Reasoning Ability

35

Easy-Moderate


20-22

20

Total

100

Moderate

55-62

60


IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2018 - Expected Cut-Off

Subject

General

SC/ST/OBC

English Language (Out of 30)

5-7.5

3-5

Quantitative Aptitude (Out of 35)

7.5-9.5

5-7

Reasoning Ability (Out of 35)

10-12.5

7-9

Overall Objective Test (Out of 100)

50.5-53.5

OBC: 49.5-52.5

SC: 40-44

ST: 33.5-35.5

IBPS PO Exam Analysis 2018 - English Language

Topic

Number of Questions 

Level  of Difficulty

Reading Comprehension (Economy based) 

6

Moderate

Spot the Error 

8

Moderate-Difficult

Cloze Test

5

Easy-Moderate

Sentence Improvement. 

5

Moderate

Fill in the blanks 

6

Easy-Moderate


Reading Comprehension was based on the economy. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.


IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2018 - Quantitative Aptitude

Topic

Number of Questions 

Level  of Difficulty

Number Series (Series Completion)

6

Moderate

Data Interpretation (Bar Graph)

5

Moderate

Data Interpretation (Table)

5

Moderate

Data Interpretation (Caselet)

5

Moderate

Comparison of Variables: Quadratic Equations 

5


Easy-Moderate

Profit, Loss and Discount

1

Moderate

Simple Interest & Compound Interest

1

Moderate

Age based problem

1

Easy - Moderate

Miscellaneous (Quant based)

6



There were 3 sets of Data Interpretation. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate.

IBPS PO Exam Analysis 2018 - Reasoning Ability

Topic

Number of Questions 

Level  of Difficulty

AR (Data Arrangement – Floor based)

6

Moderate

AR (Linear Seating Arrangement)

5

Moderate

AR (Data Arrangement – Month based)

5

Moderate

AR (Square Seating Arrangement)

5

Moderate

Coding-Decoding 

5

Easy-Moderate

Mathematical Inequalities

5

Easy- Moderate

Puzzles - Alphabet based 

1

Easy- Moderate

Puzzles - Number based

1

Easy- Moderate

Miscellaneous

2

Easy- Moderate


This section was dominated by questions based on Analytical Reasoning. There were four different sets of based on various kinds of Seating Arrangement and Data Arrangement. There were no questions based on Syllogism in this exam. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2018 - Slot - II

IBPS PO Prelims 2018 Overall Exam Analysis

Section

Total Questions

Level of difficulty

Good Attempts

Time taken (in minutes)

English Language

30

Moderate-Difficult

15-17

20

Quantitative Aptitude 

35

Moderate

15-17

20

Reasoning Ability

35

Moderate-difficult


17-20

20

Total

100

Moderate-Difficult

52-58

60

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2018 - Expected Cut-Off

Subject

General

SC/ST/OBC

English Language (Out of 30)

5-7.5

3-5

Quantitative Aptitude (Out of 35)

7.5-9.5

5-7

Reasoning Ability (Out of 35)

10-12.5

7-9

Overall Objective Test (Out of 100)

48.5-51.5

OBC: 47.5-50.5

SC: 38-42

ST: 31.5-33.5

IBPS PO Exam Analysis 2018 - English Language

Topic

Number of Questions 

Level  of Difficulty

Reading Comprehension (Two questions were based on vocabulary.) 

7

Moderate

Spot the Error (Out of 4 bold words, one was wrong.) 

4

Moderate-Difficult

Phrase/Word replacement

5

Moderate

Word Usage: Meaning of word appropriately used in which sentence. 

3

Moderate

Parajumbles 

6

Moderate

Match the statements from Column 1 with column 2

5

Easy-Moderate

The English Language section comprised of questions based on Reading Comprehension, Spot the Error, Phrase/Word replacement, Para jumbles, Word usage and Match the statements. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate to difficult.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2018 - Quantitative Aptitude

Topic

Number of Questions 

Level  of Difficulty

Number Series (Wrong numbers based)

5

Moderate

Data Interpretation (Bar Graph)

5

Moderate

Data Interpretation (Table)

6

Moderate

Data Interpretation (Caselet – Ratio based)

5

Moderate

Comparison of Variables: Quadratic Equations 

6


Easy-Moderate

Probability

1

Moderate

Simple Interest & Compound Interest

1

Moderate

Ratio and Proportion

1

Easy - Moderate

Partnership

1

Moderate

Time, Speed and Distance - Boats and Streams

1

Moderate

Time and Work

1

Moderate

Percentage

1

Moderate

Time, Speed and Distance – Average Speed

1


The Quantitative Aptitude section had questions from many different topics. Some commonly asked topics were Time Speed and Distance, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Partnership, Probability, Time and work, Percentage and Ratio & Proportion. There were 3 sets of Data Interpretation. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate since most of the questions were calculative and hence the questions asked for the approximate value for the answer.


IBPS PO Exam Analysis 2018 - Reasoning Ability

Topic

Number of Questions 

Level  of Difficulty

AR (Data Arrangement – Box arrangement)

5

Moderate

AR (Linear Seating Arrangement – facing north)

5

Moderate-Difficult

AR (Data Arrangement - Floor Arrangement)

5

Moderate-Difficult

AR (Circular Seating Arrangement – facing the center)

5

Moderate-Difficult

AR (Data Arrangement – Year/born based) 

5

Moderate

Blood relation

2

Easy- Moderate

Mathematical Inequalities

5

Easy- Moderate

Coding – Decoding

1

Easy- Moderate

Alphabet based single questions

2

Easy

The Reasoning Ability section was dominated by questions based on Analytical Reasoning. There were five different sets of based on various kinds of Seating Arrangement and Data Arrangement. There were no questions based on Syllogism in this exam. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate to difficult.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2018 - Slot -I (October 13, 2018)

Today was the first day of the IBPS PO Prelims Exam 2018. A total of 100 questions had to be answered in 60 minutes. All the sections, except the English Language, were available in both English and Hindi. Every correct answer will fetch 1 mark, while every incorrect answer will reduce the score by 0.25.


IBPS PO Prelims 2018 Overall Exam Analysis

Section

Total Questions

Level of difficulty

Good Attempts

Time taken (in minutes)

English Language

30

Moderate

17-19

20

Quantitative Aptitude 

35

Moderate-difficult

15-17

20

Reasoning Ability

35

Easy-Moderate


20-22

20

Total

100

Moderate

52-58

60


IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2018 - Expected Cut-Off

Subject

General

SC/ST/OBC

English Language (Out of 30)

5-7.5

3-5

Quantitative Aptitude (Out of 35)

7.5-9.5

5-7

Reasoning Ability (Out of 35)

10-12.5

7-9

Overall Objective Test (Out of 100)

48.5-51.5

OBC: 47.5-50.5

SC: 38-42

ST: 31.5-33.5


IBPS PO Exam Analysis 2018 - English Language 

Topic

Number of Questions 

Level  of Difficulty

Reading Comprehension (Information circulation based)

5

Moderate

Spot the Error (Sentence was divided in 4 parts, 5th option was No error)

6

Moderate-Difficult

Interchange bold words

5

Easy-Moderate

Fill in the blanks (Single FIB)

5

Moderate

Cloze Test (2 Sets – 5 + 1 – Old Pattern)

6

Easy-Moderate

Phrase Replacement

3

Easy-Moderate


This section of IBPS PO Preliminary Exam 2018 consisted of questions based on Reading Comprehension, Spot the Errors, Cloze test, fill in the blanks, interchange words and Phrase Replacement.  Reading Comprehension was based on information circulation whereas interchanging words questions were having 5 to 6 bold words, which needs to be interchanged to make the sentence meaningful. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2018 - Quantitative Aptitude

Topic

Number of Questions 

Level  of Difficulty

Number Series (Wrong numbers based)

6

Moderate

Data Interpretation (Line Graph-Based )

7

Moderate

Data Interpretation  (Table and bar graph based)

6

Moderate

Comparison of Variables: Quadratic Equations 

6


Easy-Moderate

Profit , Loss and Discount

1

Moderate

Simple Interest & Compound Interest

1

Difficult

Average

2

Easy - Moderate

Partnership

1

Easy-Moderate

Time, Speed and Distance - Boats and Streams

1

Easy

Algebra - Linear Equation

1

Easy-Moderate

Mensuration (Cylinder based)

1

Easy-Moderate

Age Problem

1

Easy

Percentage

1

Moderate

The Quantitative Aptitude section of IBPS PO Prelims exam 2018 had questions from different topics. Some commonly asked topics were Mensuration, Time Speed and Distance, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Partnership, Age, and Profit, Loss and Discount. This year data interpretation sets contain a number of questions than usual as one set has 6 questions and the other one had 7 questions.  The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate to difficult since most of the questions were calculative and hence the questions asked for the approximate value for the answer.


IBPS PO Exam Analysis 2018 - Reasoning Ability

Topic

Number of Questions 

Level  of Difficulty

AR (Data Arrangement - 3 variable

5

Moderate

AR (Linear Sitting Arrangement - 4 Peoples facing North- 4 facing South)

5

Easy-Moderate

AR (Floor Arrangement - 2 variables)

5

Easy-Moderate

AR (Sitting Arrangement - Square table/opposite direction)

5

Moderate

Coding-decoding (set based) 

5

Easy

Calendar

1

Easy

Directions (Set based)

3

Easy

Mathematical Inequalities

5

Easy- Moderate

Odd One Out (Alphabet based)

1

Easy


This section was dominated by questions based on Analytical Reasoning. There were two sets of Sitting Arrangement questions with persons facing in opposite direction. In-Floor Arrangement, name and orders placed were to be arranged on 5 different floors. Directions based set was easy and required no calculation. No questions based on Syllogism were asked in the exam. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.


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