IBPS PO MAINS 2017 Detailed Analysis

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The IBPS PO mains 2017 exam was conducted on 26th November 2017. The paper (as expected) was of quite difficult level. The questions were of similar pattern to the ones in IBPS mains exam 2016 and SBI PO mains 2017. However, few new questions were incorporated as well. 155 questions carrying a total mark of 200 with a total time of 3 hours were asked from the four sections in the objective test. Although computer aptitude was merged with Reasoning ability section, it was quite surprising to see that there were no questions from the computer section.

This detailed analysis will give you an insight into questions asked, marks distribution, good attempts and weightage given to each chapter of every section.


IBPS PO MAINS 2017 Exam analysis


Type of Exam Section No. of Question Maximum Marks Duration Level of Difficulty Good attempts
Objective Test Reasoning  Section 45 60 60 minutes Difficult 15-18
General Awareness 40 40 35 minutes Moderate 24-27
English Language 35 40 40 minutes Difficult 11-15
Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes Moderate- Difficult 15-18
Total 155 200 3 hour Difficult 74-80
Descriptive Test Letter Writing & Essay 2 25 30 minutes Moderate


Now, let us go through the detailed analysis of each section. The sections are given in the same order as asked in the exam.

1. Reasoning and Computer aptitude

This section was particularly very tough. The questions were very tricky and time consuming. ’Can’t be determined’ option was given in most of the questions, which added to the difficulty level of the questions. The puzzles were very tough to crack and there was only 2-3 questions from each set. No questions were asked from the computer section.

Let us go through the type of questions that were asked in this section

a) Seating Arrangement and Puzzles– 15 Qs (Difficult)

The questions asked were very tricky and difficult. The questions that were asked were

  • Circular arrangement where more than 10 Persons were sitting around a circle, all of them facing towards the center.
  • Linear Arrangement where 3 People are sitting in 2 rows each and directions i.e. north/south was not defined for any particular row) with 2 Variables.
  • Small-Para Puzzles that was very tricky
  • Box puzzle where figure was given

b) Logical Reasoning – 10 Qs (Difficult)

Questions were asked from statement and argument, course of action, cause and effect and conclusion/inference. Logical reasoning questions were of very difficult level

c) Coded Blood Relation- 3-4 Qs (Difficult)

d) Coded Direction Sense – 5 Qs (Difficult)

e) Machine Input Output – 5 Qs (Difficult)-Combination of numbers and words

f) Data Sufficiency – 2-3 Qs  (Moderate to Difficult)


2. General Economy and Banking Awareness (Moderate)

Overall this section was of Moderate level. In this section more questions  from banking awareness was asked in comparison to current affair . The questions from current affair were from last 2-3 month only. There were around 3-4 questions from Budget and 3-4 questions from static awareness.

3. English Language (Difficult)

This section was totally a surprise package. A lot of change in pattern was observed. Also to add to the level of difficulty, the None of these option was present in almost all the questions in this section.

  • Reading Comprehension – 10 Qs (2 set consisting of 5 Qs each) – Difficult- One was based on “China’s Environment Activism”.
  • Cloze Test – 5-7 Qs – (Moderate to Difficult). The cloze test questions had two possible answer against a single blank and both the word of the same option had to fit in the given blank.
  • Error Spotting – 5 Qs – (Moderate to Difficult): The bold part highlighted in the sentence was grammatically correct and you have to identify the incorrect part in the rest of the sentence.
  • Connector words – 2 Qs – (Difficult): 1 connecting word(while/when) and five sentences were given. You have to identify the combination of sentences that can be connected using the given connecting words.
  • Double Filler – 3-4 Qs – (Moderate)
  • Para Jumble – 3 Qs – (Difficult)
  • Word Pair Association – 4 Qs – (Moderate to Difficult) Pairs of words were given in options and one had to identify if the words were Synonyms/ Antonyms of each other.

4. Data Analysis and Interpretation ( Moderate-Difficult )

This section was not very tough yet it  was calculative & based on concepts. The questions could not be solved with tricks.

a) Data Interpretation – 15 Qs – Difficult & calculative

             i) Tabular Graph

            ii) Missing Tabular + Bar Graph( which was also clubbed with profit & loss/Discount)

            iii)Data Caselet

b) Data Sufficiency – 5 Qs (Difficult)

c) Wrong Number Series – 5 Qs (Moderate to Difficult)

d) Inequality – 5 Qs (Difficult)-Based on Quantity 1 & Quantity 2 and among 5 questions  2 were based on diagrams

e) Miscellaneous – 5 Qs – Moderate to Difficult

Descriptive Paper:

Descriptive paper was for 25 marks with a time duration of 30 minutes. 3 Essays and 3 Letter Writing Topics were given from which a candidate had to choose one from each.


Essay on:

  1. What reforms can be made in Indian education to be at par with International level
  2. Advantages and Disadvantages of Cashless payment methods
  3. Effects of gadets on intellectual capabilities of humans


Letter Writing on:

  1. Write a Letter to you friend to choose his career between quit well paid job and independent business.
  2. You have been observing that your subordinates are not working properly. Write a letter to the HR department about the same.
  3. Write a letter to the branch manager requesting him to block your credit card as you’ve lost it and ask him to issue you a new card.


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