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IBPS Clerk Analysis - 2017

The IBPS Clerk 2017 exam will be conducted on two levels- preliminary exam and mains. IBPS‘s Clerk recruitment is the much-expected opportunity for every banking contender. With the IBPS Prelims exam, the achievement of your goal is now near at hand. The paper had 3 sections, 5 options per question. As per the notification, one mark was allotted for each correct answer and a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer. The difficulty of this exam can be rated at Moderate.

Section wise break-up:

S.N Sections No of Questions Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 60 mins
2 Reasoning Ability 35 35
3 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
Total 100 100

The exam was conducted on 2nd, 3rd, 9th & 10th December, 2017. The exam was conducted in 3 different slots on each of these dates.

Subject Good Attempts Time (in min.)
Verbal Ability 15-18 15
Logical Reasoning 27-30 20
Arithmetic (Quantitative Ability) 22-26 25
Total 74-80 60

Verbal Ability

Overall this section was of moderate difficulty level; however some questions were quite easy. IBPS surprised the aspirants this time by offering “New Pattern - Fill in the Blank” questions, some of which were tough to answer.

The best approach to maximize the scores in this section should have been to attempt the easy error detection questions first and then think of attempting the Reading Comprehension. Some questions in the passage were analytical and were tough to crack. Some questions in the Verbal Ability section were warped, however, that didn’t make the section very tough to crack.

TOPIC Number of Questions Question type Level of Difficulty
Reading Comprehension 5
  • There were no synonym and antonym questions
  • No passage in any slot was story-based. Most passages were seen revolving around Science and Geography
Fill in the Blanks – New Pattern 5
  • Single fillers were asked
  • More than one word could be filled in a sentence since options were like -- (i) & (ii), (ii) & (iii) and so on.
Moderate - Difficult
Error Detection 8
  • New Pattern Questions were asked.
  • 1 part of the sentence was fixed and there were errors in 3 parts and 1 part had no error in it. Students had to identify the part which had no error in it.
Easy - Moderate
Sentence improvement 12 Questions were based on the old pattern [Phrase replacement], where a phrase of the sentence, given in bold had to be replaced from the given options. Moderate - Difficult

Logical Reasoning

This section in IBPS Clerk Prelims 2017 was fairly easy to solve. There were sets of puzzles and Seating Arrangement which are mentioned below. This section didn’t offer any surprises or new patterns.

TOPIC Number of Questions Question type Level of Difficulty
Direction Test 4 Four questions based on a passage Easy
Inequality 3 Simple inequality questions based on old  patterns Easy
Syllogism 3 Old pattern Syllogisms (No reverse syllogisms) Easy
Coding- Decoding 4 Old pattern question Easy
Order & Ranking 3 3 questions on a set ( Equating marks of a class) Easy
Numeric Series 4 4 linked questions on a set (Number and Symbol given ) Moderate
Alphabetic Series 4 4 linked questions on a given word Moderate
Puzzles & Seating Arrangement 10 Questions like Circular Arrangement, Linear Arrangement and Matrix Arrangement were asked. Moderate

Arithmetic (Quantitative Ability)

This section of IBPS Clerk Prelims – 2017 was of easy to moderate level. The number of questions from Arithmetic (word problems) was high and kept changing with every shift. Compared to last year, lesser questions from DI were asked in this section. Simplifications, as usual, had the highest number of questions.

The detailed topic – wise break up has been provided below.

TOPIC Number of Questions Question type Level of Difficulty
Number Series 5 Find the missing term of the series…( 15, 6.5, 5, 5.5, ……, 18.75) Easy-Moderate
DI 5 DI set on table Easy
Simplifications 15 More questions on “BODMAS” and square roots Easy to moderate
Average 1 All questions of arithmetic were on basic concepts and formula but some questions were calculative. Moderate
Profit & Loss 1
Percentage 1
Time , Speed & Distance 1
Mensuration 1
Time & Work 2
Problem on ages 1
Ratio & Proportion 1
Simple & Compound Interest 1

The exam analysis of IBPS Clerk Prelims will help candidates to get an insight into the type of questions asked in this exam and will help freshers in preparing for the next year’s IBPS clerk examination. IMS wishes all the aspirants best of luck while they prepare for the IBPS MAINS examination.


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