IBPS PO 2015 – Details about the paper pattern, structure, difficulty level

Sunday, October 4th, 2015


Given below is the feedback about the IBPS PO 2015 paper that we got from one of our students. We thought it will be beneficial to share it with our other students.

The IBPS PO Paper was moderate and well balanced.
  • RC – I left out the RC portion. But managed to get a glance of it. The passage was quite longer than that of the Mocks, so I didn’t even try to read it. I think I saw a question which was inferential based.
    Questions like “Which of the following statement regarding the passage is NOT TRUE” were also there.
  • Antonym/Synonym – These were good. Some words were common, whose meaning , if known, could easily be answered. Some words like, jaunt, confused me a bit, but I got an idea of the meaning from the context.
  • Cloze Test – It was more or less easy. There weren’t many similar meaning words.
  • Gap Filling – It was also simple. Nothing much complicated or difficult was there. Most of them simpler than Mocks questions.
  • PJ – I did not attempt this. But one thing I can say is that the jumbled sentences had connectors like however, therefore. I thought it was bit risky so I didn’t go for it.
  • Error Correction – I’m not very sure of this section. However, the errors I reckoned to be true were very subtle. Subject – verb agreement error mainly.
  • Puzzle – I kept all the puzzles to solve in the end. There were total Three Puzzles (2×5 +1×3).
    • One of the puzzles was Circular arrangement along with a blood relation. The question something like this : There are 8 people A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H sitting around a circular table. Each of them are at equal distance from each other and are related to D. And it went on like this. It was quite big and was bit complicated. I did not attempt this.
    • Another puzzle was quite simple ( 3 questions). It was something like this : Six showrooms, R,S,T,U,V,W, sold different number of cars on a particular day. R sold more cars than T. V sold less cars that T but more than S and W. R did not sell the highest number of cars. And S did not sell the least number of cars. The highest number of cars was sold was 34. T or V (I don’t remember this part accurately. It was either T or V. I forgot what was given in the questions) sold 11 cars less than U.And then 3 questions followed. Who sold second highest number of cars. How many cars could T possibly sell. and then there was another question relating to the least seller.
    • The third puzzle was sitting arrangement in row wise fashion. Two rows each having either 5 or 6 members ( Again I don’t remember exactly) with one row facing north and another south. This also I could not attempt and I think this was solvable within time but got Caught up with the circular puzzle.
  • Inequalities – Nothing surprising was here. The method you taught was, I think, the key to solve these questions. None of the questions took more than 30-45 secs( max.) The questions were only conclusion based. Which of the conclusions are true. And there were not more that 2-3 conclusions to consider.Questions like definitely true, definitely, false, maybe true were NOT asked. However, solving those questions in the mocks really really helped.
  • Syllogism – These were also quite good. Concluding statements like “At least some are true” were there. Again, Mocks really helped here.
  • Coding Decoding – It was like what we solved in mocks. But here one thing that really helped was the way statements were placed.
  • Other than these one question of blood relation came.
P.S. :  Statement-Assumptions, Statement- Inference, Statement-Course of Action, Cause – Effect type questions were not there.
  • DI – Only one set (of 5 questions) came in DI. And I did not attempt it.
  • Approximation – These questions were pretty straightforward. Questions involving only add-subtract were there. There was only question that had square root and division together. sqrt(1224) / 6.904 + something.
  • Quadratic – Straightforward Questions. Did not involve any decimal coefficients. One important thing was that the option number kept changing. For one question option 1 was X>Y for the next question the first option changed to X<Y or X>=Y.
  • Problem Sums :
    • One age related question was there. The present age of H is the same as the age of G six years back. Three years the ratio of the age of H and G is 5 : 7. Find the present age of H.
    • One probability question was there. A bag contains 6 red balls, 4 yellow balls and 2 green balls. A ball is taken out. What is the probability that the ball is either a red red ball or a yellow ball. (I’m not sure about the numbers)
    • One question from mixture was there. I wasn’t comfortable with the topic so did not attempt it.

I hope this helps more students do better in the IBPS PO Exam in the coming days.

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