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IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Analysis, Review 2017: 02nd Dec - Shift 2

IBPS Clerk Prelims Analysis: Overall  

IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Analysis, Review 2017: 02nd Dec - Shift 2


The preliminary exam for IBPS Clerk was conducted online and had 100 questions for 60 minutes. Candidates have to manage those 60 minutes themselves while dealing with three sections- Reasoning Ability (35 Ques), Numerical Ability (35 Ques), and English Language (30 Ques). 

SubjectGood AttemptTime (in min.)
English Language14-1715
Reasoning Ability28-3220
Numerical Ability22-2625
Total77-8260

English Language (Moderate-Difficult)

The level of English Language was Moderate-Difficult. The topic of reading comprehension was based on "the menace Pollution is and its impact on human health". There were no questions related to the vocabulary with Reading Comprehension. The Error Detection questions were of a new pattern where candidates were asked to find the part in the sentence that does not have any error. There were questions of (single) Fill in the blank where two words would fit one blank and candidate had to choose among given set of words and identify the two words that would fill in the blank appropriately.
TopicNo. of QuestionLevel
Reading Comprehension5Moderate
Single Filler - New Pattern5Moderate-Difficult
Error Detection 8Moderate
Phrase Replacement12Moderate-Difficult
Total30Moderate-Difficult

Numerical Ability (Easy-Moderate)

The level of Numerical Ability section was Easy-Moderate. The number of questions from arithmetic (word problems) was significantly high as 10 out of 35 questions were from the arithmetic portion There was only 1 set of DI:
  • Tabular 
TopicsNo. of QuestionLevel
Tabular DI5Moderate
Simplification15Easy-Moderate
Number Series (Missing)5Easy-Moderate
Average1Easy
Profit & Loss1Easy
Simple Interest and Compound Interest1Easy
Discount1Easy
Problem on Ages1Easy
Ratio and Proportion1Easy
Time and Work1Moderate
Boat and Stream1Moderate
Miscellaneous 2Easy
Total35Easy-Moderate


    Reasoning Ability (Easy)

    There were 2 sets of puzzles and Seating Arrangement which are given below:-
    • Month Based (8 persons, 1 variable)
    • Circular (Towards the center) - 1 Variable
    TopicsNo. of QuestionsLevel
    Order and Ranking2Easy
    Puzzles and Seating Arrangement10Moderate
    Numerical Series5Easy
    Alphabet based2Easy
    Inequality5Easy
    Syllogism4Easy
    Alphabet Series5Easy
    Direction Sense 2 Easy
    Total35Easy

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