2015

IBPS PO 2015 Prelim Exam (4th Oct)

IBPS has announced new recruitment process for PO's from 2015 on wards. The selection will be done in a three phase manner - Preliminary Examination, Main Examination and Interview.

Snapshot of the Exam:

 Duration of Exam 60 Minutes Quantitative Aptitude 35 Questions Reasoning Ability 35 Questions English Language 30 Questions Total Questions 100

No of choices per question – 5
Negative Marking – 0.25of the marks assigned to the questions

The analysis of the above mentioned session, as reported by our students, is given below.

Quantitative Aptitude:

According to the feedback received from our students who appeared for this exam, this section can be rated as moderate to difficult and time consuming.

The 5 questions on Approximations can be rated as the easiest .There were 5 questions on Quadratic Comparisons which were also easy as they dealt with small values. There were 10 questions on Data Interpretation and they were time-consuming; they were split as 5 on line graph and 5 on tables. A few values in the table were missing, a feature new to bank exams!

The other 5 questions on Number Series too were very easy .There was a lone question on Cylinders as well.

The individual questions in this section were 10 in number; they comprised 1-2 from each topic. According to the feedback sent in by our students, they were all lengthy and indirect. Thus, a complete knowledge of concepts was mandatory in order to solve them. The questions in themselves were long and therefore reading and understanding them took a considerable amount of time.

A student could therefore, solve around 15-17 questions in approximately 20 minutes if he chose judiciously.

Topic No of Questions
Data Interpretation (5Qs on Line Graph and 5Qs on Table) 10
Number Series (Missing Number) 5
Approximations 5
Individual Questions (Ratio, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Mensuration, Mixtures, Probability, Profit & Loss, Simple and Compound Interest) 10

Reasoning:

This section has been given an 'Easy' tag. All the questions asked in this section were case-based.

There were 5 very easy questions on Deductions. The topic on Coding- Decoding drew 5 moderate to easy questions. Symbol-Notation based conclusions were 5 in number. In line with the rest of the questions in this section, the 2 on Blood relations too were very easy ones.

There were 4 puzzles one each on comparison, distribution, linear arrangements and circular arrangement(wrt Blood Relations). Puzzles were easy but time consuming than other questions. Thus, about 18-20 questions could possibly be solved in 20-25 minutes in the English section.

The topic-wise split, as reported by our students, is as given below.

Topic No of Questions
Circular Arrangement (wrt Blood Relations) 5
Linear Arrangement 5
Distributions 5
Comparisons 5
Deductions (Syllogism) 5
Blood Relations 5
Coding Decoding 5
Symbol-Notation Based Conclusions 5

English Language:

This section too was along expected lines and the pattern was a replica of the SBI PO Prelim exam. It can be rated as a moderately difficulty section.

The 5 questions from the Close test passage that appeared in the exam (as reported by our students) can be labelled as easy. The five 'Two fill in the blanks' questions can be considered easy to moderate, with 3 out of five rated as easy.

The 5 questions asked from 6 jumbled statements in the PFQ part were related to Chinese markets and can be termed as difficult.

There was a lone RC passage with a total of ten questions. Only a person with a good and regular reading habit could have managed to comprehend the terse language of the text that was also quite lengthy. It was related to African development banks. The 4 vocab questions framed from the passage were easy.

The questions on Grammar were 5 moderate error identification ones.

Thus, about 15-18 questions could possibly be solved in 15 minutes in the English section.

The break-up of the questions is as follows:

Topic No of Questions Difficulty Level
Para Jumbled Questions (6 Statements) 5 Difficult
Error Identification 5 Easy
Cloze Test 5 Easy
FIBs (2 Blanks) 5 Easy-Moderate

IBPS PO 2015 Prelim Exam (3rd Oct)

IBPS has announced new recruitment process for POs from 2015 on wards. The selection will be done in a three phase manner - Preliminary Examination, Main Examination and Interview.

The first ever Preliminary Examination was conducted by IBPS on 3rd October 2015. The other dates on which the Preliminary Examination is scheduled are 4th Oct, 10th Oct and 11th Oct 2015.

Snapshot of the Exam:

 Duration of Exam 60 Minutes Quantitative Aptitude 35 Questions Reasoning Ability 35 Questions English Language 30 Questions Total Questions 100

No of choices per question – 5
Negative Marking – 0.25of the marks assigned to the questions

The analysis of the above mentioned session, as reported by our students, is given below.

Quantitative Aptitude:

According to the feedback received from our students who appeared for this exam, this section can be rated as moderate to difficult and time consuming.

The 10 questions on DI were moderate to difficult. The questions on number series (5Q's) and approximations (5Q's) reportedly ranged from easy to moderate.

The individual questions in this section were based on topics of ratio, time and distance, time and work, mixtures, profit and loss, simple and compound interest, probability and mensuration. Though not direct questions ,students commented that they were tricky and a complete knowledge of concepts was mandatory in order to solve them. Questions on Quadratic Comparisons were calculation based and time consuming.

Topic No of Questions
Data Interpretation (5Q's on Line Graph and 5Q's on Table) 10
Number Series (Missing Number) 5
Approximations 5
Individual Questions (Ratio, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Mensuration, Mixtures, Probability, Profit & Loss, Simple and Compound Interest) 10

Reasoning:

This section has been given an 'Easy to Moderate' tag. Out of the 35 questions asked in this section, all questions were set based and there were no individual questions.

The emphasis here was on puzzles, which were not easy to tackle. There were 18 questions on puzzles – 5 each on Circular arrangements(wrt Blood Relations), Linear arrangements,and Distributions and 3 questions on Comparisons. Questions were also asked from topics of Deductions(Syllogisms), Symbol-Notation based conclusions, Coding – Decoding, Blood Relations and Direction Sense.

The topic -wise split, as reported by our students, is as given below.

Topic No of Questions Difficulty Level
Circular Arrangement (wrt Blood Relations) 5 Set Based Difficult
Linear Arrangement 5 Set Based Moderate
Distributions 5 Set Based Difficult
Comparisons 3 Set Based Easy
Deductions (Syllogism) 5 Set Based Easy-Moderate
Blood Relations 2 Set Based Easy
Coding Decoding 5 Set Based Easy
Symbol-Notation Based Conclusions 5 Set Based Easy

English Language:

The English section comprised 30 questions, the break-up of which is as follows. This section was of moderate difficulty level.

Topic No of Questions Difficulty Level
Para Jumbled Questions (6 Statements) 5 Difficult
Error Identification 5 Easy
Close Test 5 Easy
FIBs (2 Blanks) 5 Easy-Moderate

There was a lone RC passage with a total of ten questions. A person with a good and regular reading habit would surely have got an edge over the rest here.

The questions asked on Para Jumbled can be termed as difficult. The five 'fill in the blank' questions can be considered easy to moderate. Grammar questions too followed the same trend and were quite easy to answer.

The close test passage that appeared in the exam (as reported by our student) puts the level of the passage as easy to moderate.

To Summarize :

• Over all, the difficulty level of the paper in all the four slots on 3rd Oct 2015 can be rated as Moderate to Difficult.
• The RC passages in all the four slots were moderate – difficult and were based on Economy/Banking
• In all the four slots, the questions on Para Jumbled Questions were difficult.
• The puzzles in the Reasoning Section were not easy to crack.
• In all the four slots, 2 sets of DI were given – one on Line graph and other on Table. (Some of the values given in the table were missing – this is new to bank exams)
• The topic wise split and the difficulty level were similar to the SBI PO 2015 Prelim Examination.

IBPS PO/MT CWE V Main exam (Oct 2015)

It has been reported that the online IBPS PO/MT CWE V Main examination held on 31st Oct 2015 was very difficult. The Reasoning Section was the difficult most section of all the five sections. The Quant Section was also tough. English section was moderate and the GA and Computer Sections were easy. A similar trend was followed for the exam held in both shifts on 31st Oct 2015.

A few surprise elements that were noticed in this paper, as reported by students, are:

1. There were no questions on Simplifications / Approximations, Permutation, Combination and Probability, Quadratic Comparisons in the Quantitative Aptitude section.
2. The sudden disappearance of questions on Coding-Decoding and Symbols & Notations based conclusions would have been a shocker to the students. The questions from these two topics appear in almost all the bank exams. Scoring in these questions is easy.
3. The questions in the English section were on expected lines, except for the change that there were 5 questions in close test instead of the traditional pattern where there are 10 questions.. A slight variation in the number of questions on Synonyms and Antonyms was also noticed in RC passages. An RC passage with ten questions carries 4 questions on Vocabulary – 2 on Synonyms and 2 on Antonyms. But this pattern was not followed in one of the RC passages. This happened in the exam in both the shifts.

The snap shot of the exam is given below.

 Duration of Exam 120 Minutes Quantitative Aptitude 50 Q's Reasoning Ability 50 Q's English Language 40 Q's General Awareness 40 Q's Computer Knowledge 20 Q's Total Q's 200

The analysis of the above mentioned session, as reported by our students, is given below.

Quantitative Aptitude:

According to the feedback received from our students who appeared for this exam, this section can be rated as difficult and time-consuming.

The questions on DI were quite lengthy and time-consuming; the questions on caselet were relatively easier to handle. There were two difficult DI sets,while the remaining were moderate. The questions on number series reportedly ranged from easy to moderate.

The individual questions in this section were based on topics of ages,time and distance, time and work, averages, profit and loss, partnership, plane geometry, mensuration, simple interest and mixtures. Though not direct questions ,students commented that they were tricky and a complete knowledge of concepts was mandatory in order to solve them. There were no questions on Permutations/Combinations/Probability, Quadratic Comparisons, Simplifications & Approximations. Questions on Data Sufficiency ( 2 statements) were present in this test as they were in the previous year too.

Topic No of Questions
Morning Evening
Data Interpretation (Some sets had 6 questions and some were with 7 questions. Four sets in Morning and 3 sets in evening session) 26 18 & 19
Number Series (Wrong Number) 6 5
Individual Questions (Ratio, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Mensuration, Mixtures, Profit & Loss, Simple and Compound Interest) 12 21 & 22
Data Sufficiency (2 Statements) 6 5

Reasoning:

This section has been given a 'very difficult' tag.

The emphasis here was on puzzles, which were tough to tackle. The questions on deductions (all were based on 'do not follow' pattern) were moderate. The questions on Input/output were a tough nut to crack !!. There were no questions on Coding-Decoding and symbol / notation based Statements and Conclusions. The Data Sufficiency topic posed moderate questions. About 10 questions were asked on Critical Reasoning.

Topic No of Questions Difficulty Level
Puzzles (Circular Arrangement write Blood Relations, Linear Arrangements, Floor Arrangements, Distributions etc) 25 (5 Sets) Set Based Difficult – Very Difficult
Deductions ('do not follow' pattern) 5 Set Based Moderate
Input Output 5 Set Based Difficult
Data Sufficiency (2 Statements) 5 Set Based Moderate-Difficult
Critical Reasoning 10 Moderate-Difficult

English Language:

The pattern of this section was almost in line with what was expected. There were two RC passages with a total of ten questions per passage. The weightage given to questions on Synonyms/Antonyms in the passages was less, which is a deviation from the norm. The passages were too lengthy.

The questions asked on Para Jumbled can be termed as difficult. Grammar questions were quite easy to answer.

The cloze test passage that appeared in the exam (as reported by our student) puts the level of the passage as moderate.

Overall, this section can be rated as moderate.

Topic No of Questions Difficulty Level
Reading Comprehension 20 (2 Passages) Moderate
Para Jumbled Questions (6 Statements) 5 Difficult
Error Identification 5 Easy
Cloze test 5 Moderate
Phrase Replacement 5 Easy

General Awareness:

About half of the questions asked here were on Banking Awareness and Indian Economy, the others were on Current Affairs. Students report this section as easy.

Computer Knowledge:

There were 20 questions on Computers, and they dealt with MS Office, Networking, Operating system, Internet, Computer Architecture etc. Only about 2-3 questions were found to be difficult by students.

Personality Test:

After the actual online examination was conducted, an online Personality Test was also conducted. The duration of the test was 45 minutes. This test was divided into two parts – Part I with 76 questions and Part II with 60 questions. The time duration for answering the questions in both parts was 45 minutes. For all the questions the five choices were the same – Agree, Strongly Agree, Disagree, Strongly Disagree and Neutral/Neither Agree nor Disagree.

This test was not compulsory. Students were able to submit the test even before the stipulated time of 45 minutes.

IBPS RRB PO IV (Online Exam held in Sep 2015)

It has been reported that the Online IBPS RRB PO CWE IV examination held in September 2015 was relatively difficult than the one held in 2014.

The snap shot of the exam is given below.

Duration of Exam 120 Minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 40 Q's
Reasoning Ability 40 Q's
English Language 40 Q's
General Awareness 40 Q's
Computer Knowledge 40 Q's
Total 200 Q's

The analysis as reported by our students, is given below.

Quantitative Aptitude:

According to the feedback received from our students who appeared for this exam, this section can be rated as moderate - difficult and time-consuming.

The questions on DI reportedly ranged from easy to moderate.

The individual questions in this section were based on topics on age, time and distance, time and work, averages, profit and loss, partnership, mensuration, and simple and compound interest. Though not direct ones, students commented that the questions were tricky and a thorough knowledge of concepts was essential in order to solve them.

There were no questions on Permutations / Combinations / Probability, whereas questions on Quadratic Comparisons were present.

Overall, this section can be rated as moderate to difficult.

Topic No of Questions
Data Interpretation 15
Series 5
Individual Questions (Age, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Mensuration, Profit & Loss, Partnership , Simple and Compound Interest) 15

In almost all the slots, the distribution of questions across various topics remained the same.

Reasoning:

This section has been given a 'Moderate' tag.

The emphasis here was on puzzles. There were 15 questions on puzzles. There were 5 questions each on deductions, symbol / notation based conclusions and Statements & Assumptions. There were questions from topics like Coding- Decoding, Blood relations,Direction sense etc.

Topic No of Questions
Deductions (Syllogism) 5
Symbol-Notation based conclusions 5
Puzzles 15
Statements & Assumptions 5
Individual questions (Coding - Decoding, Blood Relations, Direction Sense) 10

In almost all the slots, the distribution of questions across various topics remained the same.

English Language:

The pattern of this section was almost in line with what was expected. There were 15 questions on Reading Comprehension. The close test had 10 blanks. There were 5 questions each on Error Identification, PFQ and FIB. Overall, this section can be rated as moderate.

Topic No of Questions
Para Jumbled Questions 5
Error Identification 5
Cloze test 10
FIBs 5

In almost all the slots, the distribution of questions across various topics remained the same.

General Awareness:

The questions asked on Current Affairs were more than the questions asked on Banking Awareness and Indian Economy. The other questions were based on Capitals, Movies, Sports, Books & Authors, Science & Technology.

There were questions from stock GK also. Students have reported this section as moderate.

Computer Knowledge:

There were 40 questions on Computers, and they dealt with topics like MS Office, Networking, Operating system, Internet, Computer Architecture etc. This section has been rated as easy.

SBI PO Prelim 2015 Exam Analysis - 20th & 21st June

SBI has announced new recruitment process for PO's from 2015 on wards. The selection will be done in a three phase manner - Preliminary Examination (Phase I), Main Examination (Phase II) and GD Interview (Phase III) .

The first ever Preliminary Examination was conducted by SBI on 20th June 2015. The other dates on which the Preliminary Examination is scheduled are 21st June, 27th June and 28th June 2015.

Snapshot of the Exam:

 Duration of Exam 60 Minutes Quantitative Aptitude 35 Questions Reasoning Ability 35 Questions English Language 30 Questions Total Questions 100

No of choices per question – 5
Negative Marking – 0.25 of the marks assigned to the questions

The analysis of the above mentioned session, as reported by our students, is given below.

Quantitative Aptitude:

According to the feedback received from our students who appeared for this exam, this section can be rated as moderate. The 10 questions on DI were straight forward and quite easy. The questions on number series and approximations reportedly ranged from easy to moderate. The individual questions in this section were based on topics of ages, time and distance, time and work, mixtures, profit and loss, partnership, percentages, simple interest, probability and mensuration. Though not direct questions, students commented that they were tricky and a complete knowledge of concepts was mandatory in order to solve them. Questions on Quadratic Comparisons were calculation based and time consuming.

Topic No of Questions
Data Interpretation (5Qs on Line Graph and 5Qs on Table) 10
Number Series (Missing Number) 5
Approximations 5
Individual Questions (Ratio, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Mensuration, Mixtures, Probability, Profit & Loss, Simple and Compound Interest) 10

Reasoning:

This section has been given an 'Easy' tag. Out of the 35 questions asked in this section, 33 were set based and only two were individual questions. The emphasis here was on puzzles, which were easy to tackle. There were 15 questions on puzzles – 5 each on Circular, Floor and Linear arrangements. Questions were also asked from topics of Deductions (Syllogisms), Symbol-Notation based conclusions, Coding – Decoding, Blood Relations and Direction Sense. The topic -wise split, as reported by our students, is as given below.

Topic No of Questions Difficulty Level
Circular Arrangement (wrt Blood Relations) 5 Set Based Moderate
Floor Arrangement (Linear) 5 Set Based Easy - Moderate
Linear Arrangement 5 Set Based Easy
Deductions (Syllogism) 5 Set based Easy
Blood Relations 3 Set Based Moderate
Coding Decoding 5 Set Based Easy
Symbol-Notation Based Conclusions 5 Set Based Moderate
Direction Sense 2 Individual Easy

English Language:

The English section comprised 30 questions, the break-up of which is as follows. This section was of moderate difficulty level.

Topic No of Questions Difficulty Level