IBPS PO Mains Exam Review – 18/11/2018

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IBPS PO Mains Exam Review – 18/11/2018

IBPS PO Mains exam were held today. For almost 3500 posts over 50000 aspirants have appeared for the mains exam. The exam was was of total 200 marks consisting of 155 questions. The exam was difficult.

The exam pattern of the exam was

S.No. Name of Tests(Objective) No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
2 English Language 35 40 40 minutes
3 Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
4 General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
Total 155 200 3 Hours
Descriptive Writing Test 2 25 30 minutes
  • Descriptive Test: The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with 25 marks is a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay)

Section-wise Analysis

Subject Good Attempt Time
Reasoning and Computer Aptitude 14-17 60
English Language 15-18 40
Data Analysis & Interpretation 8-12 45
General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness 23-26 35
Total 60-73 180


English Language (Easy-Moderate)

Topic No. of Questions Level
Reading Comprehension 21 Moderate- Difficult
Cloze Test (New Pattern) 10 Difficult
Sentence rearrangement 4 Moderate
Total 35 Difficult

Reasoning (Difficult)

Topics No. of Questions Level
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement 23 Difficult
Machine Input Output 03 Moderate
Coding Decoding 3 Moderate
Logical Reasoning 10 Difficult
Alphabets 1 Moderate
Miscellaneous 5 Moderate- Difficult
Total 35 Diffcult


Quantitative Aptitude (Very Difficult, Time Consuming)

Topic No. of Questions Level
Data Interpretation
1) Radar
2) Caselet
3) Line and Tabular DI
18 Difficult – Lengthy
Missing Number Series 05 Moderate
New Pattern Number Series 03 Moderate- Difficult
Data Sufficiency 5 Lengthy
Arithmetic Word Problems (Profit and Loss, Problem on Ages, SI & CI etc) 06 Difficult
Total 35 Difficult


General Awareness:

This was the most scoring section of the exam. Most of the current affairs questions was from past 3 months and there very few static and banking questions.

Descriptive Test

This section carried 25 marks with a time limit of 30 minutes. Candidates had to choose from given 5 options  to write an essay and a letter.

Essay Writing:

1) Fake-News
2) Magazines and Journals have switched to digital media
3) Does India needs a universal health care system
4) Advantages of learning foreign languages.
Letter Writing
1) Write a letter to the editor on types of pollution and how to reduce it.
2) Write a letter to your neighbor thanking them for their help in the hour of need.