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What to Expect in IBPS Bank PO: Detailed Question Analysis

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What to Expect in IBPS Bank PO: Detailed Question Analysis

... Harikrishna M/LearnUnbound:

Institute for Banking Personnel Selection Board or IBPS conducts regular examinations for recruitment of Probationary Officers, Management Trainees and Clerical grade positions in various Public Sector Banks and RRBs.

Here we will analyze, in detail, the pattern of IBPS papers for the Probationary Officer Examinations. IBPS Bank PO exam has five sections: Quantitative Aptitude, English, Reasoning, General Awareness (with emphasis on Banking Awareness) and Computer Knowledge. A total of two hours are allotted for the exam and there is a negative marking of .25 %(1 mark is deducted for four incorrect answers)

IBPS Quantitative Aptitude: 50 Marks

IBPS Quantitative Aptitude questions are of moderate-to-difficult level and the level of difficulty changes from exam to exam. Questions on Data Interpretation(DI) can, at times, be lengthy and time-consuming. The questions on number series can also be difficult at times. Questions on time and distance, time and work, averages, profit and loss, partnership, mensuration, simple interest and mixtures etc. are generally easy for students who have prepared and practiced well. Questions on Permutations & Combinations, Probability etc. do not feature regularly but examiners can surprise you by including these. Questions on Quadratic Comparisons and Data Sufficiency are being asked in the last two years.

Topic

Expected Number of Questions

Data interpretation

20

Probablity 2

Ratio & proportion, percentage & averages

3

Quadratic equations

5

Number systems

3

Simple interest & compound interest & surds & indices

1

Work & time

2

Time & distance

2

Profit & loss

2

Sequence & Series

5

Permutation& combination

3

Mensuration

1

Mixtures & alligations

1

Total

50 Marks

IBPS English : 40 Marks

English is generally the easier section with predictable pattern. Questions on cloze test, error identification and phrase replacement, para-jumble and reading comprehension passages are regularly asked and easy to manage if one has prepared well.

Topic

Expected number of questions

Reading comprehension

10

Cloze test

10

Multiple meaning words/error spotting

0-5

Paragraph completion/sentence correction

5

Para-jumbles

5

Others

5

total

40 marks

IBPS Reasoning : 50 Marks

Reasoning isthe most difficult section in PO because of their unpredictable nature. Questions on deductions, Input-output, symbol & notation, Statements and Conclusions are regular fixtures and can be handled with reasonable prep. Data Sufficiency & syllogisms require more in depth preparation. Questions on Critical Reasoning are generally of moderate difficulty levels.

Topic

Expected number of questions

Seating Arrangement

10

Tabulation

5

Logical reasoning

5-10

Syllogism

5

Blood Relations

5

Input Output

0-5

Coding-decoding

5

Alphanumeric series

0-5

Ranking/direction/alphabet test

0-5

Data sufficiency

0-5

Coded inequalities

5

Non-verbal reasoning

5-7

   

IBPS General Awareness: 50 Marks

There is no fixed syllabus or pattern for this section. If one has kept track of last one year’s events with special focus on economy and banking related issues then this section should not be very difficult to handle.

Module No.

Details

1

Indian Polity

2

Govt & Functionaries

3

International Affairs

4

Sports

5

Indian Banking System

6

Important national & international Events

7

Indian Economy

8

          RBI Policies

9

Persons, places in News

10

Current Science & Technology

11

Business News

12 Miscellaneous Topics

IBPS Computer Knowledge: 20 Marks

This section comprises questions of easy difficulty level based on basic knowledge of computers. The main areas from which questions are generally asked are: Windows, Networking, Hardware, Software etc. One would be advised to make oneself familiar with IT terms which have been in news of late.

Module No.

Details

1

Introduction to  Computers

2

Hardware

3

Software

4

Database (introduction)

5

Communication (Basic Introduction)

6

Networking (LAN, WAN)

7

Internet (Concept, History, working environment, Application)

8

Security Tools, Virus, Hacker

9

MS Windows & MS Office

10

Android

11

Linux

Relevant For

Bank PO