Analysis of IBPS PO Prelims - 3rd Oct 2020(Slot 1)

The analysis of the IBPS PO 2020 Prelim exam held on the 3rd of October 2020 (Slot 1) has been presented below.

Snapshot of the Exam:

Test Area No. of questions Duration
Quantitative Aptitude 35 Questions 20 Mins
Reasoning Ability 35 Questions 20 Mins
English Language 30 Questions 20 Mins
Total no. of Questions 100 Qs 60 Mins

No of choices per question – 5

Negative marking: 0.25 of the marks assigned to each question

As per feedback received from our students who appeared for this exam, the exam can be rated as easy to moderate.

The section wise analysis of the above-mentioned session, as reported by our students, is given below:

Quantitative Aptitude:

This section can be rated as easy to moderate. No new question types / pattern of questions was asked in this slot of the exam.

There was no question on Number Series, Data Sufficiency and Data Comparison.

There were twelve questions (3 sets) on Data Interpretation (five questions each on Line graph, Table and two questions on Caselet). Questions on line graph were easy while questions on table were calculation based and were moderate in nature. There were five questions each on Approximations and Quadratic Comparisons. Questions on Quadratic comparisons and Approximations were easy to solve.

Individual questions were thirteen in number. These were a combination of easy, moderate, and difficult ones. These questions were based on Ages, Ratio, Profit & Loss, Mensuration, Mixtures & Alligations, Time and Work, Time & Distance, Simple & Compound Interest etc...

A student could, therefore, have solved around 22-24 questions in 20 minutes, if he chose judiciously.

Topic No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Data Interpretation (3 sets. Line graph, Table and Caselet) 12 Easy to Mod
Approximations 5 Easy
Quadratic Comparisons 5 Easy
Individual Questions: 13 Easy to Moderate

Reasoning:

This section has been given an 'Easy to Moderate' tag.

There were twenty one questions on Puzzles (Linear Arrangement ( 8 persons facing North and South), Distribution –(6 persons – 3 months and 2 dates + 6 cities), Circular Arrangement + Distribution ( 6 Persons; 6 fruits), Comparisons (6 persons), Designation bases (9 persons; 9 designations)), which were of easy to moderate level of difficulty. There were four questions each on Coding – Decoding and Symbols and Notations. These questions on Coding-Decoding were moderate and on Symbols-Notations were easy to solve. There were three questions on Syllogisms (Only a few model) which were moderate in nature.

About 26-28 questions could possibly be solved in 20 minutes. The topic -wise split, as reported by our students, is as given below.

Topic No of Qs Difficulty Level
Symbol and Notations 4 Easy
Coding – Decoding (NEW) 4 Moderate
Blood Relations 1 Easy
Syllogisms / Deductions (Only a few) 3 Moderate
Miscellaneous (Pairs of digits, Letter Arrangement) 2 Easy
Puzzles
Linear Arrangement (8 persons facing North and South) 5 Moderate
Circular Arrangement + Distribution (6 Persons; 6 fruits) 3 Easy
Distribution – (6 persons – 3 months and 2 dates + 6 cities) 4 Moderate
Comparisons (6 persons) 4 Easy to Moderate
Designation bases (9 persons; 9 designations 5 Easy

English Language:

This section has been tagged as 'Easy to Moderate’ by our students.

• The lone Reading Comprehension passage was conventional in its presentation, and comprised of 8 questions, of which two were vocab questions, one on sentence replacement and one was based on FIB. The passage was based on ‘Education and business startup’.
• There were five questions each on
• Phrase Replacement (Which of the phrases given below each sentence should REPLACE THE PHRASE IN BOLD to make it grammatically correct? If the sentence is correct as it is given and no correction is required, mark (5), ‘No correction required’, as the answer)
• Sentence Rearrangement (A statement has been divided into five segments, each of which is denoted by (A), (B), (C), (D) and (E). Rearrange all the segments to form a coherent statement)
• Cloze Test
• There were three questions on Word Interchange. (One sentence with three words in bold was given, and the aspirant was expected to rearrange/interchange the given words to form a grammatically meaningful sentence. This model was earlier present in IBPS RRB Office Assistant 2019 Main exam.)
• There were fours questions on Fill in the blank (Single blank).

Thus, about 21-23 questions could possibly be solved in 20 minutes in the English section. The break-up of the questions is as follows:

Topic No of Questions
Reading Comprehension 8
Cloze Test 5
Phrase Replacement 5
Sentence Rearrangement 5
Word Interchange (One sentence with three words in bold was given, and the aspirant was expected to rearrange/interchange the given words to form a grammatically meaningful sentence.
This model was earlier present in IBPS RRB Office Assistant 2019 Main exam.)
3
FIB (Single Blank) 4

Overall, the paper was a combination of easy, moderate questions across all the three sections and can hence be rated as 'Easy to Moderate'.

Good Attempts:

Test Area Good Attempts
Quantitative Aptitude 22 - 24
Reasoning Ability 26 - 28
English Language 21 - 23
Overall 69 - 75