Dear MockBankers,

The D-day for which you all have been working hard was today.  We hope all of you have performed your best in the exam today. In this post we bring to you the analysis for IBPS PO Mains exam.

IBPS PO Mains exam started today. As we all know this year IBPS changed the recruitment process by including Prelims and Mains Exam which means this is the first time aspirants were competing for various bank jobs in this exam through two papers. In essence IBPS PO exam was conducted in similar fashion as the  SBI PO exam.IBPS-Logo

The Pattern followed in the first ever IBPS PO Mains Exam is as follows:

200 Questions, 200 Marks, 2 Hours

  • English Language (40 questions, 40 marks)
  • Quantitative Aptitude (50 questions, 50 marks)
  • Reasoning (50 questions, 50 marks)
  • General Awareness (40 questions, 40 marks)
  • Computer Knowledge (20 questions, 20 marks)

We present here the detailed section wise exam Analysis of IBPS PO Prelims Exam.


Overall, the exam was moderate to difficult. It was difficult due to some sections of the exam. A good attempts in this exam is expected to be  80 – 102 questions with expected cut off to be 70 to 85. 


English section was easy to moderate in the exam. A breakdown of the questions within reasoning section is as follows.

  • Reading Comprehension : 20
  • Cloze Test: 5
  • Parajumbles: 5
  • Sentence Correction:5
  • Miscellaneous  :5

Quantitative Aptitude:
As expected this section was difficult. It was also time consuming in nature. A breakdown of the different topics from which the questions were asked in this section are:

  • Profit Loss, Time, Speed & Distance, Mixture, Age : 10
  • Series : 10
  • Data Sufficiency: 4
  • Data Interpretation: 21
  • Miscellaneous: 10


Reasoning section was difficult and aspirants who had practiced them a lot are likely to have done better at this section. A breakdown of the questions within reasoning section is as follows.

  • Coding Decoding : 5
  • Puzzle: 20
  • Logical Reasoning: 5
  • Syllogism :5
  • Seating Arrangement :5
  • Miscellaneous  :10

General Awareness:
Overall, the GA section was easy with majority of the questions from Current affairs and Banking. A good performance here would have required a thorough study of newspaper and bank news over the last 6 months to 1 year.

Computer Knowledge:

Computer Knowledge section was easy to moderate and was a good scoring section of the exam. A good performance here will add to overall marks in the exam.

How was your exam? How many questions did you attempt? Please let us know in comments section.