IBPS PO Mains 2017 paper analysis of November 26 exam

IBPS PO Mains 2017 paper analysis

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) Mains paper for the recruitment of probationary officers was conducted today.

 About IBPS PO Mains 2017:

The exam was for 200 marks and candidates had three hours to answer all questions. The paper was divided into four sections with questions on:

  •  Reasoning and Computer Aptitude (60 marks)
  • General/Economy/Banking Awareness (40 marks)
  • English Language (35 marks)
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation (35 marks)
  • The Descriptive Writing section had one question on letter writing and one on essay writing

IBPS PO Mains 2017 section-wise exam paper analysis:

The overall paper was of moderate to difficult level. The Reasoning section was difficult, Data analysis and Interpretation was moderate, English was moderate to difficult and General Economy and Banking Awareness section was moderate.


  • The questions on critical reasoning, direction sense and analytical reasoning followed a new pattern
  • On the other hand, blood relations were coded. Coding decoding questions were again of a new type with alphabetic strings
  • There were 8 questions from Critical Reasoning, 5 from Coding Decoding (new type), 4 from Linear Arrangement
  • Overall, this section was tough and brought few surprises for the candidates


  • This section again brought in new types of questions with new patterns in everything except Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze test and Fill in the Banks came as a combination of one pair or a group of pair of words
  • There were 10 questions from RC, 7 from Cloze test, 4 from Synonym and Antonym, 3 each from Error Spotting and Para Jumbles
  • Overall, this section was moderate to tough

Data Analysis and Interpretation:

  • Questions from Data sufficiency and Data comparison were of new type. Both had 5 questions each
  • There were new questions on Geometry, Polynomials and Algebra as well. Data Interpretation had 15 questions
  • Overall, this section was of moderate level

This year, IBPS PO Mains brought in many new and different types of questions in each section and it will be interesting to know how the candidates performed and what the cut offs will be.