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IBPS PO/MT (Online) 2014 Exam Analysis

  • IBPS CWE RRB (Officer Scale 1) 2014 Exam Analysis

    The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducted online examination, for the recruitment of Probationary Officers/Management Trainee across the country on the October 11, 2014. There were 200 questions in the paper, which had to be answered in 2 hours. There were five sections in all - Reasoning, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness with special reference to Banking Industry, and Computer Knowledge. All the sections except 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:
  • Section Total Questions Max. Marks Level of Difficulty Good Attempts Good Score Approximate Time Taken (In Minutes)
    Reasoning 50 50 Moderate 28-32 24-27 30 minutes
    English Language 40 40 Easy 26-30 22-25 25 minutes
    Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 Moderate – High 23-25 20-22 40 minutes
    General Awareness 40 40 Moderate 22-25 16-20 15 minutes
    Computer Knowledge 20 20 Easy 13-15 11-12 10 minutes
    Total 200 200   120-130 95-110 120

  • Expected Cutoffs -
    Subject General OBC SC ST
    Reasoning (out of 50) 10-13 6-9 6-9 6-9
    English Language (out of 40) 6-9 3-6 3-6 3-6
    Quantitative Aptitude (out of 50) 6-9 4-6 4-6 4-6
    General Awareness (out of 40) 8-11 6-8 6-8 6-8
    Computer Knowledge (out of 20) 7-10 5-7 5-7 5-7
    Overall cutoff on total score (Out of 200) 61-70 60-68 59-64 32-38

    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 Data Sufficiency, Sitting Arrangements (Linear), Directions, CR, Input-Output, Mathematical Inequality, Statement-Conclusions, Sitting Arrangements (Circular) and Syllogisms. One of the CRs was based on Modi’s girl child education scheme.

    Topic Number of questions
    DS 5
    Sitting Arrangements (Linear) 4
    Directions 2
    CR 12 (4 sets)
    Input-Output 6
    Mathematical Inequality 6
    Statement-Conclusions 3
    Sitting Arrangements (Circular) 7
    Syllogisms 5

    English Language
    The overall difficulty level of this section was easy. There were questions on Para jumbles, Sentence Correction, RC and Cloze Test. Although the cloze test was a difficult read, the words to be filled in the blank were very quiet easy. RC’s had a lot of 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 20 (2 sets)
    Para jumbles 5
    Cloze Test 10
    Sentence Correction 5

    Quantitative Aptitude
    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, Algebraic Equation.

    Topic Number of questions
    Comparison of Variables 5
    Mixtures and Allegations 1
    Data Sufficiency 5
    Miscellaneous 1
    Percentage 1
    Data Interpretation - Pie Chart 5
    Data Interpretation - Line Graph 5
    Data Interpretation – Table 7
    Number Series (Odd One Out) 5
    Data Interpretation – Case Let 5
    Mensuration 1
    Simple/Compound Interest 4
    Work & Time 2
    Time, Speed and Distance 2
    Geometry 1

    General Awareness  
    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 Modi’s Cabinet, his recent visits and his newly introduced schemes.

    Computer Knowledge
    This section comprised questions of easy difficulty level based on basic knowledge of computers. The main areas from which questions were asked are: Windows, Networking, Hardware and Software.

    Disclaimer: All information on cut-offs, analysis, answer key and scores are based on independent analysis and evaluation made by Career Launcher. We do not take responsibility for any decision that might be taken, based on this information. 

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