Today was the first day of IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam 2017. It has been held in four time slots2 each in morning and evening. The exam will span over a period of one week, ending on December 10, 2017. A total of 100 questions had to be answered in 60 minutes. All the other sections, except the English Language section, were available bilingually, that is, in both English and Hindi. Each correct answer will fetch 1 mark while each incorrect answer will reduce the score by 0.25.
The detailed breakup of IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam 2017 is as follows:
Topic 
Number of questions 
Level of Difficulty 
AR (Circular Seating Arrangement) 
5 
EasyModerate 
AR (Linear Seating Arrangement  
5 
EasyModerate 
AR (Data Arrangement  Floor Arrangement 8 floors  1 variable) 
5 
EasyModerate 
Mathematical Inequalities (Not coded  straight forward) 
3 
Easy 
Ranking Arrangement 
2 
Easy 
Alphabet Series 
5 
Easy 
Number based puzzle (5 three digit numbers were given) 
5 
Easy 
Letters based (Gap between the letters of the word  same as dictionary) 
1 
Easy 
Arrangement of letters of a word in dictionary order (How many letters stay same?) 
1 
Easy 
Syllogism (Old Pattern) 
3 
Easy 
There were three sets of five questions each from circular sitting arrangement, linear arrangement in a single row and floor arrangement. Syllogism questions reappeared after a gap of two years. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy.
Topic  Number of questions 
Level of Difficulty 
Data Interpretation (Table based) 
5 
EasyModerate 
Simplification/Approximation 
10 
Easy 
Number Series (Series Completion) 
5 
Easy 
SI/CI 
2 
Easy 
Profit, Loss and Discount 
1 
Easy 
Time & Work 
2 
Moderate 
Ratio and Proportion 
1 
Easy 
Age based 
1 
Easy 
Percentage 
1 
Easy 
Mensuration 
1 
Easy 
Mixture/Alligation 
1 

Time, Speed and Distance  Boat and Stream 
1 
Moderate 
Partnership 
1 
Easy 
Average 
1 
Easy 
Miscellaneous (Arithmetic based) 
2 
Easy 
There was 1 set of five questions from Data Interpretation (table based). Furthermore, the questions on Number Series were a little tricky. Questions based on Arithmetic were primarily from Time and work, Ratio, SI & CI, Percentages, Ages, Profit, Loss & Discount, etc. The overall difficulty level of this section was easy to moderate.Â
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