- Syndicate Bank Admission Test (PGDBF) 2014 Exam Analysis
The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducted online examination, for the admission of Probationary Officers/Management Trainee in Syndicate Bank- Manipal University’s Post Graduate Diploma in Banking & Finance across the country on December 27, 2014.
There were 200 questions in the paper, which had to be answered in 2 hours. There were four sections viz., Reasoning, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and General Awareness with special reference to Banking Industry. All the sections, except for the section on English Language, were available bilingually, that is, both in English and in Hindi. Each question had 5 options. One-fourth or 0.25 marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
The pattern of the test was as follows:
Total Questions Max. Marks Level of Difficulty Good Attempts Good Score Approximate Time Taken (In Minutes) Reasoning 50 50 Moderate 29-32 24-27 35 minutes English Language 50 50 Easy-Moderate 28-30 22-25 25 minutes Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 Moderate – High 25-27 20-22 40 minutes General Awareness 50 50 Moderate 22-25 18-20 20 minutes Total 200 200 115-122 90-105 120
Subject General OBC SC ST Reasoning (out of 50) 10-13 7-9 7-9 7-9 English Language (out of 40) 9-11 4-6 4-6 4-6 Quantitative Aptitude (out of 50) 8-11 5-7 5-7 5-7 General Awareness (out of 40) 9-12 7-8 7-8 7-8 Overall cutoff on total score (Out of 200) 71-75 62-68 60-64 35-38
The details of the individual sections are given below:
This section primarily saw questions that were moderate in terms of difficulty. A student should have attempted at least 28-32 questions. Some of the questions were time consuming. There were questions on Sitting Arrangements (Linear), Directions, CR, Input-Output, Mathematical Inequality, Sitting Arrangements (Circular) and Syllogisms.
Topic Number of questions Sitting Arrangements (Linear) 13 (5+5+3) Directions 1 CR 4 (3+1) Input-Output 6 Mathematical Inequality 6 Coding-Decoding 6 (5+1) Sitting Arrangements (Circular) 6 Blood-Relation 2 Syllogisms 6
The overall difficulty level of this section was easy. There were questions on Para Jumbles, Sentence Correction, RC, FIB, Spelling and Cloze Test. The cloze test was a difficult read, the words to be filled in the blanks were not very easy. RC’s had 3 vocab based questions. In order to save time, one could have attempted only the vocab based questions and not read the whole passage.
Topic Number of questions Reading Comprehensions 10 (1 set) Para jumbles 5 Cloze Test 10 Sentence Correction 5 Spell Check 5 FIB 5 Spot the error 10
This section saw pretty difficult questions. The questions were based on Comparing Quantity, Work and Time, Mixtures and Allegations, DS, Puzzle, Percentage, DI-Table, Pie Chart and Line Graph, Time, Speed & Distance, Geometry, Mensuration, Number Series (Odd One Out), Simple and Compound Interest and Algebraic Equation.
Topic Number of questions Comparison of Variables 5 Series 5 Data Sufficiency 5 Ages 1 Percentage 3 Data Interpretation – Pie Chart + Table 5 Data Interpretation – Line Graph 5 Data Interpretation – Table 5 Data Interpretation – Case Let 5 Mensuration 1 Simple/Compound Interest 1 Partnership 1 Time, Speed and Distance (boats & streams) 1 Approximation 5 Geometric Progression Based 1 Linear Equation Based 1
In general, the difficulty level of this section was moderate. This section saw a mix of questions from Current Affairs and Banking. A lot of questions that comprised current affairs were based on
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