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IBPS PO 2016 Mains Paper Analysis

Last Updated - April 03, 2017

Common Written Exam for IBPS PO Mains has been successfully conducted on Sunday i.e. November 20, 2016. The exam was held for 2 hours 20 minutes in 4 slots. Overall the test takers found the exam of moderate level of difficulty.IBPS will declare the online Mains exam result of IBPS PO in the month of December, 2016.

This article focuses upon analysis of the IBPS PO Mains overall difficulty, sectional difficulty, number of questions asked as per topics sections, expected cutoff. This year, English section and Reasoning section is considered to be a tough one. However, the Quantitative Aptitude section remained to be moderate in nature.

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There were 5 sections as discussed in the IBPS PO Exam Pattern with a total of 200 questions. The total questions comprised of Reasoning (50 questions), English language (40 questions), Quantitative aptitude (50 questions), General awareness (40 questions), and Computer knowledge (20 questions).

IBPS PO MAIN SectionNumber of Questions
Reasoning50
English language40
Quantitative aptitude50
General awareness (with special reference to banking)40
Computer knowledge20
Total200

English Language Section

The level of English was difficult. Out of 40 questions 20 questions were of moderate difficulty level. Rest 20 questions were easy to attempt.

Sectional Cutoff for English language Sections is discussed below-

CategoryEnglish section Cutoff
General12.50
ST/PWD5.25
SC/ OBC09.50

Most of the questions were sentence correction & spotting errors based. This year, Reading comprehension was riddled with challenging text and Para jumbles required precise logic for accurate application. On an average, it took 20-23 minutes in solving this section as per majority of test takers.

IBPS PO 2016 Main Paper Analysis

TopicNumber of questionsDifficulty level
Reading comprehension15Moderate to difficult
Sentence fillers5Moderate
Para-jumbles5Moderate to difficult
Errors5Easy to moderate
Words replacement5Easy to moderate
Antonym/synonym5Moderate to difficult
Total40Difficult

Quantitative Aptitude Section

The level of questions asked in the section varied from moderate to difficult. The section which covered the majority of IBPS PO 2016 were Data interpretation, miscellaneous questions. The section sprinkled across the topics, with inequality based questions being quite difficult to solve.

Quantitative Aptitude Sectional IBPS PO Mains Cutoff-

CategoryQuantitative Sectional Cutoff
General11.00
ST/ PWD05.25
SC/ OBC08.75

The DI questions were based on Pie Chart, Case lets and Line Graphs and were fairly average in terms of level of difficulty. The IBPS PO 2016 Cutoff of the Quantitative Section is expected to be 11. Analysis of IBPS PO Quantitative Aptitude on the basis of questions from various topics are mentioned below:

IBPS PO 2016 Mains Paper Analysis

TopicNumber of questionsDifficulty level
Series5Moderate
Inequalities5Difficult
Approximation5Moderate
Data interpretation20Moderate to difficult
Miscellaneous15Moderate to difficult
Total50Moderate to difficult

Reasoning Ability Section

The questions in Logical Reasoning was of difficult level. However, there were questions from various topics such as Logical Syllogism, coding-decoding.

Sectional Cutoff for Reasoning Ability Section-

CategoryReasoning Section Cutoff
General10.00
ST/ PWD3.00
SC/ OBC7.25

The other major topics that covered IBPS PO Reasoning Ability section were Data sufficiency, Seating arrangement, Simple & Complex puzzle and various questions from Miscellaneous. This section was rated as the most challenging one by most aspirants.

IBPS PO 2016 Mains Paper Analysis

The Analysis of IBPS PO Reasoning Ability for Nov 20 Exam is mentioned below:

TopicNumber of questionsLevel
Syllogism5Difficult
Seating arrangement10Difficult
Puzzles10Difficult
Coding-decoding5Difficult
Logical10Difficult
Data sufficiency5Difficult
Miscellaneous (ranking, direction sense)5Difficult
Total50Difficult

General Awareness Section

General Awareness, with special reference to Banking was quite doable. This section is easy for those who knows banking terms. A good attempt in this section is expected because almost all candidates would have easily attempted the questions here.

Sectional Cutoff-

CategoryGeneral awareness section Cutoff
General13.75
ST/ PWD05.00
SC / OBC10.25

Read About  IBPS PO Syllabus


Computer Knowledge Section

Computer Awareness is quite easy. Mostly questions asked from history of Computer and generations. Most candidates would have done this section in less than ten minutes. An excellent attempt is expected here. 
Computer Knowledge Sectional Cutoff

CategoryComputer Section Cut off
General12.25
ST/ PWD08.75
SC/ OBC11.00

IBPS PO 2016 Mains Over all Analysis

It is apparent that IBPS has started focusing more on time management skills of the candidates. Based on last year’s analysis of IBPS PO Mains examination, it can be said that the paper was of difficulty level which involved time management skills, calculative questions, and concept based questions.

Make use of this paper analysis in order to get a better understanding and devise your preparation strategy accordingly for IBPS PO 2017.

SectionsGood attemptSectional Time
English language16-1930
Reasoning ability15-1840
Quantitative aptitude18-2140
Computer knowledge14-1610
General awareness20-2320
Total85-91140

IBPS PO 2016 Expected Cutoff

The Cutoff marks is the lowest possible marks that candidates must score to get qualified for next stage. On the basis of difficulty level and number of candidates discussed the cutoff expected for different categories. The mentioned below table gives the IBPS cut off category wise for IBPS PO Mains:

CategoryExpected Cutoff Marks
General80
OBC78
SC64
ST49
OC53
VI37
HI37

Read About IBPS PO Mains Preparation Tips


IBPS PO 2016 Mains Interview

Candidates who have been qualified IBPS PO 2016 Mains, they will be called for Interview to be directed by the Participating Organizations. The total marks allotted for interview are 100. The minimum qualifying marks in interview will not be less than 40% (35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates).

Interviews will be conducted at select centers. The center, address of the venue, time & date of Interview will be informed to the shortlisted candidates in the call letter. Candidates are required to download their interview call letters in the month of January, 2017.


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