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IBPS Clerk Main Exam 2017 Analysis

Last Updated - February 23, 2017

IBPS Clerk Mains 2016 was scheduled on December 31, 2016 & January 1, 2017. Aspirants who were shortlisted through the prelims appeared in the Mains Examination.

The difficulty level of the exam was moderate to difficult. Pattern was different as compared to previous year. Candidates faced difficulty to solve questions especially in Reasoning and English section because of sectional time limit and also due to complex and lengthy questions.

There were total of 5 sections namely, English, Reasoning, Computer awareness, General Awareness and Quantitative Aptitude. There was sectional time-limit for each section. Candidates will have to qualify in all sections of the exam and also have to secure the overall cut off score. So, without wasting any time let’s come directly to IBPS Clerk Mains Analysis.

Overall Analysis of IBPS Clerk Mains Exam

IBPS Clerk Mains had some big changes in Reasoning, English and Quant Sections. With Data Sufficiency being asked in Clerical Exam and the increasing number of puzzles in reasoning, many students were baffled.

Name of SectionNo. of Qs.Maximum MarksGood AttemptsDifficulty LevelDuration
Reasoning4050 17-22 Moderate to DifficultComposite
of 2 Hours
English Language4040 16-18 Difficult
Quantitative Aptitude4050 15-19 Moderate to Difficult
General Awareness4040 23-28Easy to Moderate
Computer Knowledge4020 18-25 Easy
TOTAL200200 120-130 Moderate to difficult -

This time there were major changes made in the paper. The level of the paper was very high as compared to last year. The overall paper was of moderate to difficult level. This time no questions were asked from cloze test, syllogism, inequality, simplification /approximation. Most of the students find English & Reasoning section difficult due to lengthy & tricky nature of questions and sectional timing. The one who has clear basic concepts & done continuous practice could able to crack this exam.

Section Wise IBPS Clerk Mains Analysis

According to the clerical exam pattern, you are required to answer 200 objective type questions in 5 sections – English, Reasoning, Quantitative aptitude, general awareness & computer knowledge within 120 minutes. Below are the section wise analysis for IBPS Clerk 2016 Mains exam.

English language (Difficult)

The level of English was difficult. This year Reading Comprehensions were surprisingly difficult. Also, both sentence fillers and para jumbles were tough. The type of questions asked have been changed drastically.

TopicNumber of questionsDifficulty level
Reading comprehension16Moderate
Sentence fillers5Moderate to difficult
Para-jumbled1Moderate to difficult
Errors4Easy to moderate
Sentence correction4Easy
Word formation8Easy to moderate
Paragraph completion2Moderate

Good attempts: 16-18 attempts with accuracy of over 90% will put you in safe zone.

Reasoning Ability (Difficult)

This year, Reasoning was the ultimate challenge. The difficulty level was high. Maximum question was asked from sitting arrangement & puzzles. The questions were:

TopicNumber of questionsDifficulty level
Logical4Moderate to difficult
Sitting arrangement and puzzles27Moderate / Difficult
Coding-decoding5Moderate to difficult
Data sufficiency4Difficult

Good attempts: If you had correctly attempted 17-22, there is very good chance of qualifying in reasoning.

Quantitative Aptitude (Moderate-Difficult)

This section lowered the difficulty level by a small margin. The quantitative section had a moderate to slightly hard difficulty level. Some candidates said the section was a bit calculative.

TopicNumber of questionsDifficulty level
Data sufficiency5Moderate
Quadratic equations5Easy to moderate
Data interpretation10Moderate to difficult
Miscellaneous15Moderate to difficult
Number series5Moderate to difficult
Total40Moderate to difficult

Good attempts: Based on the level of the paper, we expect the number of good attempts to be around 15-19 questions.  

General Awareness

This section was quite easy for those who know banking terms. The questions were mainly asked from Banking, Static, Books & Authors, awards, Prime Ministers Schemes, etc. Anyone who had prepared GK affairs for the last 6 months would have attended this section quite easily. The overall difficulty level of questions was Easy to Moderate.

Good attempts: 23-28 questions should help you clear the cutoffs.

Computer Knowledge

Although candidates find the level of questions easy, but questions were tricky and options provided were quite confusing. If you have a basic understanding of computer systems, a good score in this section is guaranteed. The questions were based on:

Internet, Computer shortcuts, e-mail, application software, computer basics, text formatting of paragraphs, networking, DBMS, and Software application, etc.

Good attempts: 18-25 questions can be classified as safe.

Expected Section-wise IBPS Clerk Cut Off 2016 – Mains

Do expect the sectional cut offs to rise marginally.

SectionMax. MarksCutoff Marks (±4)
English Language407510
Computer Knowledge2011912
General Awareness4013815
Quantitative Aptitude5011713

Expected Overall IBPS Clerk Cut off 2016 – Mains

These cut offs are out of 200. You will notice a large uptick in expected IBPS Clerk Mains Cut Offs this year.

CategoryCut offs (out of 200)



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