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IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2020

Author : Palak Khanna

Updated On : April 3, 2023


The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection is conducting the Preliminary examination on October 3, 10, and 11, 2020. This year, through IBPS PO Recruitment, more than 1417 probationary officer vacancies will be filled.  Here is the brief IBPS PO Exam Analysis 2020 for all shifts explaining the difficulty level of the exam.

  • Candidates must remember that scoring above the IBPS PO Cut Off will increase the chances of getting shortlisted for the mains exam.

IBPS PO Live Updates (Shift-wise)

January 06, 2021: Second Day of IBS PO Prelims Re-Exam

As per the feedback received from students, the exam was easy to moderate level of difficulty. Check the detailed shift 1 analysis to know section-wise questions asked and good attempts. 

Check IBPS PO Shift 1 Prelims Re-Exam Analysis

October 03, 10:15 am: Students say the exam was Easy. The exam was doable with 90% accuracy.

Students could attempt most of the sections and questions with approximately 90% accuracy. The exam was very easy as mentioned by the students. The user interface was similar to the previous year.

[Check IBPS PO Shift 1 Analysis and Questions Asked

October 03, 10:00 am: The students have started coming out of the center

The exam for Shift 1 is over, all the students have to submit the final documents and move out of the center. The students are being sent out maintaining the norms of social distancing.

October 03, 08:30 am: The students entry for Shift 1 is closed now

Students had to reach the exam center before 8:30 am to appear for the Shift 1 exam. All the students were sent inside maximum until 08:30 am.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2020

The preliminary exam of IBPS PO is scheduled in three shifts each day. This is an online mode of exam conducted for 100 marks. It is the first stage of shortlisting candidates for further stages. It is mandatory for scoring above the cut off in order to be eligible for the next stage.

IBPS PO Shift 1 Exam Analysis 2020 IBPS PO Shift 2 Exam Analysis 2020
IBPS PO Shift 3 Exam Analysis 2020 IBPS PO Shift 4 Exam Analysis 2020

IBPS PO Exam Analysis 2020

As the exam is conducted in three shifts each day, we provide the individual analysis and also an overview analysis. Here is the brief explanation on each day IBPS PO Pre Exam Analysis, however, candidates can click on the respective shift-wise analysis links provided above and know a detailed review of the exam.

  • The first day first shift was the easiest. Students were able to attempt all questions.
  • English was the easiest as per students feedback.
  • Most of the questions were asked from solved papers and mock tests.
Date of Exam Shift1 Shift 2 Shift 3
Difficulty Level No. of Good Attempt Difficulty Level No.of Good Attempt Difficulty Level No. of Good Attempts
October 3, 2020 Easy to Moderate 74-78 Easy to Moderate 77-80 Easy to Moderate 76-80
October 10, 2020
October 11, 2020
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IBPS PO Shift Timings 2020

The IBPS PO Prelims Exam will be conducted in three shifts. check out the below table to know the IBPS PO shift Timings for prelims exam.

IBPS PO Exam Exam Timings
Shift 1 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Shift 2 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Shift 3 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Shift 4 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM

Advantages of IBPS PO Exam Prelims Analysis 2020

If you are wondering about how can IBPS PO 2020 Exam Analysis help in cracking the exam, then check out the below points:

  • Through the IBPS PO 2020 Exam Analysis, students can know the difficulty level of the exam,
  • Know the subject-wise number of questions asked in the IBPS PO Exam.
  • Also, know the number of good attempts for each section.
  • Candidates can get an idea about the cut off marks.
  • Check the previous year IBPS PO Pre Exam Analysis also to know the trend in setting up the paper and difficulty level. 

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern 2020

Have a look at the below IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2020 for prelims exam. There are three sections i.e., Reasoning, Quantitative, and English Language involved in the exam. 

Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
English Language 30 30 20 minutes
Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 60 minutes or 1 Hour
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IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis 2019

The review for the Mains test will be updated once the first shift is over. Keep tabs of this post to know more about the mains exam. 

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  • Marks scored in the Mains test will be considered for final selection.
  • Candidates will have to clear the Sectional Cut Off as well as the overall cut off to enter the next stage of the exam. 
  • IBPS PO Mains Analysis will give an insight about the cut off marks. 
  • Go through the IBPS PO Preparation Tips for mains test to form the right strategy for the test. 
  • As each shift gets over, we will update the IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis 2019 in this post.

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IBPS PO Mains Paper Analysis 2019 for Shift 1

Here is the overall IBPS PO Mains Analysis. Go through the below table to know the overall difficulty level and the number of good attempts.

  • As per the review received by students, the overall difficulty level fo the paper was Moderate to Difficult
  • 10-15 questions appeared from Banking Awareness
  • 6-7 questions from Logical Reasoning was asked
Section Number of Questions Marks Difficulty Level Number of Good Attempts
English Language 35 40 Moderate 15-19
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 35 60 Easy to Moderate 10-15
Data Analysis & Interpretation 45 60 Moderate 20-25
General Awareness 40 40 Easy to Moderate 19-25
Total 155 200 Moderate 70-80
Descriptive Test (English Letter Writing & Essay) 2 25 Moderate -

IBPS PO Exam Analysis 2019 for Prelims

IBPS PO Recruitment 2019 has officially commenced. The Prelims CWE (Common Written Exam) has been successfully conducted on 19th October & 12th October 2019. The IBPS PO Exam Analysis 2019 has provided the difficulty level, questions asked of the IBPS Prelims Exam.

  • Expected IBPS PO Cut Off 2019 for the Prelims Exam is 64-68 for General Candidates.
  • As per the IBPS PO Prelims Exam Review, the exam was a bit more challenging on 19th October as compared to the 12th October Prelims Exam
  • The IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2019 exam has concluded that the exam is easier than the last year.
  • IBPS Prelims exam tests candidates on the English Language, Numerical/Quantitative Ability & Reasoning Ability.
  • IBPS PO Prelims Exam Duration- The exam is conducted for 60 Minutes.
  • Total Questions: A total of 100 questions are asked in this phase.
  • IBPS Bank PO Negative Marking- For each incorrect answer there is a markdown of 0.25 marks.
  • Sectional Cut Off– Candidates must clear the sectional cut off in the Prelims exam to be eligible for Mains CWE (Common Written Examination).
  • Aspirants appearing for the exam in upcoming shifts should make use of the IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis to know the expected questions in the paper.
  • The English Section on 19th October 2019 was "Easy to Moderate".
  • Reasoning Section was the most scoring section in the Shift 1 Paper. With the right preparation, Reasoning ability section can be very scoring.
  • Quantitative Aptitude was the most challenging section of the exam.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis for Prelims - 19th October 2019

  • The IBPS PO Prelims Shift 4 Exam (Final Shift) has been successfully conducted on 19th October 2019.
  • Check the Questions asked, difficulty level and the complete IBPS PO Prelims Exam Review 2019.
  • The Probationary Officer Prelims was conducted in 4 shifts and on 2 days.
Subject Shift 4 Shift 3 Shift 2 Shift 1
English Language 28-29 28-29 25-28 25-28
Reasoning Ability 24-26 22-24 20-21 27-30
Quantitative Aptitude 17-19 15-16 15-18 18-19
Total 69-74 65-69 60-67 70-77

IBPS PO Prelims Analysis Review -12th October 2019 

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection has conducted the exam in three shifts on 12th October 2019. 

  • As per the IBPS PO Pre Exam Review, the shift 3 paper was more difficult than the Shift 1 & 2 Exam. 
  • Quantitative aptitude continues to be a bit challenging in the prelims examination. 
  • The shift 1 was slightly difficult but most of the questions were doable.
  • Shift 2 was the easiest and students could attempt all the questions.

IBPS PO Prelims Good Attempts for Shift 3 Exam has been mentioned in the table below-

Subject Shift 3 Shift 2 Shift 1
English Language 26-28 25-27 23-25
Reasoning Ability 21-23 28-32 27-31
Quantitative Aptitude 17-20 18-20 19-22
Total 64-71 71-79 69-78

IBPS PO Exam Analysis for Prelims 2018

The previous year IBPS PO Analysis can help in understanding which sections are asked most & what was the exam's level of difficulty last year. 

The Overall Good attempts and IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2018 has been mentioned in the following table 

Sections Good Attempts Difficulty Level
Reasoning Aptitude 19-23 Easy to Moderate
English Language 17-21 Easy to Moderate
Quantitative Aptitude 16-18 Moderate
Total Marks: 100 52-62 Moderate

IBPS PO Exam Analysis for Reasoning 

Reasoning section during 2018 Prelims exam was of Moderate level difficulty.

Most Questions were asked from Puzzles and Seating Arrangement, Coding-Decoding & Direction Sense.

Topics No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement 15 Moderate
Coding-Decoding 5 Easy-Moderate
Direction sense 3 Moderate
Inequality 5 Easy-Moderate
Alphabet 1 Easy-Moderate
Comparison Based Questions 2 Moderate
Miscellaneous 4 Moderate
Total 35 Moderate

Quantitative/Numerical Ability Analysis 

As per the IBPS PO Prelims Analysis, this section was of Medium level difficulty for many students however some students felt it difficult & time-consuming. 

Following table displays, the number of questions asked in each section

Topic No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Data Interpretation (Line Graph, Bar Graph) 11 Moderate
Quadratic Equation 6 Easy-Moderate
Wrong Number Series 6 Moderate
Miscellaneous (Profit and Loss, SI & CI etc) 12 Moderate
Total 35 Moderate

IBPS PO English Language Analysis 

This section was of Easy to Medium Level difficulty. Reading Comprehension & Error detection was the most asked topics in the exam. 

Topic No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Reading Comprehension  7 Easy to Moderate
Error Detection  7 Moderate
Filler 5 Easy to Moderate
Cloze Test 6 Easy to Moderate
Sentence Improvement 5 Easy to Moderate
Total 30 Moderate

Frequently Asked Questions

The IBPS Bank PO Exam is of Moderate level difficulty with high competition.
IBPS PO Prelims exam is conducted for 1 Hour and the Mains Exam is conducted for 3 Hours & 30 minutes.
The basic salary for IBPS Probationary Officer (PO) is Rs 23,700, this is not including the allowances and other perks that a PO enjoys in working for public sector banks.
The Difficulty level of SBI PO Exam is a bit more than that of IBPS PO as more number of students appear for the SBI PO paper hence the competition is higher.
The Expected cut off for the ibps po prelims exam is 62 for General Category. The Cut Off marks are calculated on the basis of number of vacancies, number of students appearing for the exam and the difficulty level of the paper.
You can go through this post to know the important topics in the examination. Follow these 4 preparation points - 

1) Practice with as many Mock Tests as possible.

2) Make use of the previous Year Question Papers to understand the difficulty level of the paper.

3) Go through the Important topics for the IBPS PO Exam mentioned in this post.

4) Remember all banking/finance related information in the country and learn all the finance related revisions made in the country in recent times.

Yes, along with the Online Objective Test, the IBPS PO Mains examination also tests candidates in their Letter/Essay Writing skills through the Offline Descriptive test which is conducted for a duration of 30 minutes. 
Yes, the final stage in the IBPS PO Examination is Interview where candidates are tested on their general presentation and banking knowledge. 
Yes, there is sectional cut off in the IBPS PO Preliminary Examination. Candidates will have to clear the sectional as well as the overall cut off in the IBPS PO Prelims examination. 
The Prelims IBPS PO Exam will be conducted on 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th October 2019, the mains exam will be conducted on 30th November 2019.
The IBPS PO Analysis for Prelims & Mains Exam will cover the difficulty level of the paper, good attempts in all shifts and the expected questions/topics in the upcoming shifts and days of the exam. 
The IBPS PO Result 2019 for Prelims is expected to be declared in November 2019.
As per the IBPS PO Exam Analysis, the sectional cut off for prelims will be as follows - 

1) English - 10 Marks

2) Logical Reasoning - 11.50 

3) Quantitative Aptitude/Math - 9

Candidates must take the following documents to the examination center during the day of the exam-

1) Admit Card

2) Photo id proof - Original & photocopy (Licence/Aadhar Card/Passport/Voter id Card e.t.c)

3) Passport sized photograph  

Quantitative Aptitude section usually has the lowest Cut Off in the IBPS PO Prelims Paper and is considered to be the most challenging in the examination.


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