IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis

IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis 2019: IBPS PO Mains Exam was conducted today i.e on 30th November 2019. There are 4252 vacancies to be filled in for Probationary Officers. The Mains paper is tougher than the Prelims exam. In the duration of 3 hour, you have to attempt 155 Qs worth of 200 marks. Read this article to analyse your paper and know the difficulty level. Find the IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis 2019 so that you get familiar with all the questions asked, difficulty level, etc.


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IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis 2019 with Questions Asked – Check Here!

div>IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis 2019: IBPS PO Mains 2019 exam had two parts; first was the objective test of 200 marks which had 4 sections Data Analysis and Interpretation, English Language, Reasoning and Computer, and General Awareness(with special reference to banking) for a duration of 3 hours and each section had its allotted time limit. The second was a descriptive test of 30 minutes which had Letter and Essay writing collectively for 25 marks. The level of Today’s exam was very difficult and lengthy. Out of all the sections, Data interpretation and analysis was most time taking and calculative, and there were many new pattern based question in the English Section however they were do-able if one reads the directions carefully.

Exam Pattern Of IBPS PO Mains

Before going to the IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis 2018 let’s have a look on the exam pattern of IBPS PO Mains Exam. The Main Online Examination (objective type) will consist of total 155 questions & you have to complete it in 3 hours.

Name of test No. of Questions/ Max. Marks Time Allotted
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45/ 60 60 minutes
English Language 35/ 40 40 minutes
Data Analysis and Interpretation 35/60 45 minutes
General, Economy/Banking Awareness 40/ 40 35 minutes
Total 155/200 180 minutes

IBPS PO Mains  – Descriptive Test

The descriptive paper will be of 30 minutes duration with 25 marks assigned to the test of English Language. You will be tested on Letter Writing & Essay. You will be needed to secure passing marks to qualify the Descriptive Test, to be decided by the Bank.

NOTE: There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis 30th Nov 2019: Key Highlights

1. Level of Exam – The level of difficult

2. Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude – Difficult

3. Data Interpretation & Analysis – Very Difficult

4. English Language – Moderate to difficult

5. Banking/Economy/Financial Awareness – Moderate

6. Toughest Section- Data Interpretation & Analysis

7. Easiest Section – General Awareness

IBPS PO Mains Exam Review 2019: Data Interpretation & Analysis

Number of questions: 35

Level: Very Difficult

S. no. Topics asked Number of questions asked Difficulty Level
1 Data Interpretation 25 Very DIfficult
2 Probability 3 Very DIfficult
3 Number Series 1 Very DIfficult
4 Caselet Time and Work 3 DIfficult
5 Caselet Population 5 DIfficult

Details of the topic

1. Data Interpretation

There were 4 sets of data interpretation. 5 questions were asked from each set.

  • Caselete- Population-based
  • Double Bar Graph-
  • Double table missing was given.
  • Time and work-based caselet: based on X and Y value.
  • Pie chart- Z1 Z2 Z3 Z4, 4 segments, 1st degree was given, and condition-based relations were given.
  • Probability-based questions were asked- 3 question,

IBPS PO Mains Exam Review 2019: Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude

Number of questions: 45

Level: Difficult

S. no. Topics asked Number of questions asked Difficulty Level
1 Puzzles & Seating Arrangement 20 Moderate to difficult
2 Syllogism 2 Moderate to difficult
3 Inequality 3 Moderate
4 Input-Output 3 Moderate
5 Coding-Decoding 3 Moderate
6 Blood relation+ Linear arrangement 4-5 Moderate to difficult
7 Direction Distance 3-4 Moderate
8 Word-based 1 Moderate

Details of the topic

1. Puzzles & Seating Arrangement

  • 4-5 Questions- Circular arrangement- 7 people
  • 4-5 Questions – Storey/Building puzzle
  • 4-5 Question – Blood relation+ Linear arrangement

2. Syllogism- 1 conclusion 3 was given and 3 statements in 5 options were given, asked to find correct set of statements.

3. Inequality- 3

4. Coding-Decoding: Related to books and number of pages

5. Direction Distance- coded form, lengthy

6. Letter arrangement in alphabetical form- 1 Ques

7. Coding-Decoding based on phrases, coding till 4th steps.

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IBPS PO Mains Exam Review 2019: English Language

Number of questions: 35

Level: Moderate to difficult

S. no. Topics asked Number of questions asked Difficulty Level
1 Reading Comprehension 16-18 Moderate to difficult
2 Word Replacement 3-4 Moderate
3 Parajumble 5 Moderate
4 Error spotting 3-4 Moderate
6. Word Exchange 4-5 Moderate to difficult

Details of the topic

  • Reading Comprehension- Impact of gadgets like laptops and smartphones on work pressure, Happiness over GDP, Work culture affecting personal lives of people in Britain and Australia, importance of taking a break during work hours.
  • Error spotting- 3 sentences, each divided into 4 parts. Find the correct parts in the given sentences
  • Word Exchange- 2 sentences with 3 words highlighted in each. Inter sentence exchange of words was required.
  • Parajumble- 4 sentences. Each sentence was jumbled. After rearranh=ging each sentence (4 Qs), the candidate had to find the odd sentence (5th Q).

IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis 2019: General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness

Number of questions: 40

Level: Moderate

  • Most of the questions were from past 3 months (most current affairs were of October month, 1-2 questions from July, 2-3 from September)
  • There were very few questions from Banking and static awareness section
  • Most of the questions were from Current affairs only.

IBPS PO Mains Exam Descriptive Test Exam Analysis 2019

Number of Questions – 2

Level – Moderate

1. Letter writing (to write letter on any one of the given 3)

  1. Formal: Letter to a bank, regarding the refund of extra EMI deducted.
  2. Formal: Letter to a government organization regarding providing better facilities to old age people.
  3. Informal letter to a cousin telling about the benefits of taking a part-time job at a college.

2. Essay Writing (to write an essay on any one of the given 4)

  • Pros and cons of a 4-day working week policy
  • Impact of social media on Society
  • Ethical banking
  • FDI in the manufacturing sector

IBPS PO Mains Exam Review 2019: Good Attempts

Section Good Attempts
Data Interpretation & Analysis 7-9
Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 16-18
English Language 21-23
General/Economy/Financial Awareness – 23-26
Overall Good Attempts 70+


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IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis 18th November 2018

th="238">Name of Section Difficulty Level Good Attempts Reasoning & Computer Aptitude Difficult 15-19 General/Economy/Banking Awareness Moderate 22-24 English Language Difficult 12-17 Data Analysis & Interpretation Difficult 07-11  Total Difficult 56 – 71

IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis 18th November 2018 – Objective Section

IBPS PO – Reasoning & Computer Aptitude

The level of reasoning was difficult. There were NO questions about computer aptitude. Following were the questions of puzzles and seating arrangement:
  • Triangular Seating Arrangement, 6 people and their pets
  • Rectangular Seating Arrangement, direction, and distances were also given
  • Linear seating arrangement with an uncertain number of people
In the reasoning ability section of this year’s IBPS PO Mains, there were numerous short puzzles having 1 or 2 question each. A major portion of this section was filled with questions of puzzles and data sufficiency.
The questions were:
Topic No. of Questions Level
Sitting Arrangement and Puzzles
Machine Input Output

3 Moderate-Difficult
Coding Decoding
Logical Reasoning
Moderate- Difficult
45 Difficult

IBPS PO – General/Economy/Banking Awareness

  • Question based on Current Affairs & News from the months of May to November 2018.

IBPS PO – English Language

This section packed in a punch for all the aspirants who appeared in this examination. There were many new types of questions. Clearly, this year’s IBPS PO Mains has set a new trend for English Language section to bring up the importance of reading and analytical ability. Till now candidates were used to dealing with a single big passage accompanied by a set of 5-7 questions as Reading Comprehension for this section in bank exams but in IBPS PO Mains 2018 there were many short passages having 2-3 questions each. As per the review shared with us by the students who have appeared for this exam, there were around 5 to 6 short RCs and the topic Reading Comprehension had a major portion of around 20 questions out of a total of 35 in the English Language Section. All the passages were based on economy-related articles.

The cloze test and sentence rearrangement questions in this exam were also of a different pattern. It is important that candidates invest time in reading the directions very carefully because although the questions were of a different pattern but were do-able if you understand the direction given.

Topic No. of Questions Level
Reading Comprehension 21 Moderate-Difficult
Cloze Test (New Pattern) 10 Difficult
Sentence Rearrangement 4 Difficult
Total 35 Difficult

IBPS PO – Data Analysis & Interpretation

The level of data analysis and interpretation was difficult. There were many shorts sets of DIs and many questions of Data Sufficiency. Each short caselet type DI had a set of statements with some data and 1 or 2 questions each and along with short DIs there were also following types of main DIs:
  • Radar
  • Caselet
  • Line and Tabular DI

The number series were also of a different pattern wherein a question a series was given for reference and a candidate had to identify the logic from the given series and had to complete another series given in the question along with finding the (n)th term.

There was also a twist in the arithmetic word problem questions. A question had some data and accompanied by a set of questions numbered- (a), (b), (c).. and candidates had to solve those and identify that a solution can be found for which among those given questions.
The questions were:
Topic No. of Questions Level
Data Interpretation 18 Difficult- Lengthy
Data Sufficiency 5 Lengthy
New Pattern Number Series 3 Moderate-Difficult
LCM, HCF 1 Moderate-Difficult
Mensuration 1 Moderate-Difficult
Time and Work 1 Moderate-Difficult
Speed Time and Distance 1 Moderate-Difficult
Miscellaneous- Arithmetic Word Problems 5 Difficult-Lengthy
Total 35 Difficult-Lengthy


IBPS PO Analysis 18th November 2018 – Descriptive Section

IBPS PO – Letter Writing

Write any one of the following (Word Limit : 150) –

  • Write to the branch manager complaining about insufficient funds in the ATM.
  • Write to the Newspaper Editor highlighting importance of education to people about RTI.

IBPS PO – Decriptive Writing

Write any one of the following (Word Limit : 150) –

  • Write a letter to the editor on types of pollution and how to reduce it.
  • Write a letter to your neighbour thanking them for their help in the hour of need.
  • Write a letter to favourite writer praising his/her recently published book.
  • Write a letter to the Municipal Commissioner to bring to the notice the illegal encroachment by hawkers and
    request to put an end to it.
  • Write a letter to the Bank Manager to assign a separate counter for a senior citizen.

Write any one of the following (Word Limit : 150) –

  • Does India needs a universal Health Care’s System?
  • What is Fake news? How to Identify and avoid them?
  • Pros & Cons of a NOTA while voting in an election.
  • Advantages of learning foreign languages.
  • Magazines and Journals have switched to digital media
  • Does India needs a universal health care system
  • Advantages of learning foreign languages.

To know about the IBPS PO expected cut off 2018, click the link below.

IBPS PO Expected Cut Off

What happens after you clear IBPS PO exam? 

  • In the IBPS PO exam, you will be required to score a minimum overall cut off in both Prelims and Mains exams and a minimum cutoff for each of the sections in the exam.
  • Only the score of the Main examination and the score of the interview (combined) will be considered for Final Merit Listing in the recruitment process.
  • Candidates are shortlisted on the basis of their performance in the interview process and the number of Vacancies available in the Participating Organization.
  • The issuance of appointment letter including the terms and conditions, verification formalities, joining date etc. is done by the participating organization and is considered final.
  • Once you receive your offer of appointment, you can start working as a PO for a probationary period of two years and based on your performance you will be given a permanent position.

IBPS PO Exam: Participating Banks

IBPS PO Participating Banks details are given below check details. After successfully qualified in IBPS PO Exam CWE & Interview participants will be shortlisted for allotment process behalf of their gaining score in PO MT Recruitment process.

Allahabad BankAndhra Bank

Bank of Baroda

Bank of India

Bank of Maharashtra

Canara Bank

Central Bank of India

Corporation Bank

Dena Bank

Punjab & Sind Bank Indian Bank

Indian Overseas BankOriental Bank of Commerce

Punjab National Bank

Vijaya Bank

Syndicate Bank

UCO Bank

Union Bank of India

United Bank of India

Other financial institution