IBPS PO Exam Analysis Mains 2020 | Check Section-Wise Analysis

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has conducted the IBPS PO MAINS exam for the recruitment of Probationary officers for various banks. The exam was conducted on 4th Feb 2021 across India. Oliveboard is bringing you IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis 2020 for a better understanding of the questions paper, its pattern, and types of questions asked. Check here the detailed section-wise IBPS PO Exam Analysis 2020 of all slots to know the types and difficulty level of questions asked in the exam.

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IBPS PO Exam Analysis 2020 – Mains Exam Pattern

Before we jump to the IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis lets have a look at the IBPS PO Mains Exam pattern quickly. The main Examination has 2 parts – Objective and Descriptive.

IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern 2020

Name of testNo. of QuestionsMax. MarksTime Allotted
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude456060 minutes
English Language354040 minutes
Data Analysis and Interpretation356045 minutes
General, Economy/Banking Awareness404035 minutes
Total155200180 minutes
English Language (Letter Writing & Essay)22530 minutes

Penalty for Wrong Answers:

0.25 marks will be deducted for every question attempted wrong by a candidate in both IBPS PO 2020 Preliminary Exam and IBPS PO 2020 Mains Exam. There will be no deduction of marks for a question left blank/unattempted by a candidate.

Section wise Analysis – IBPS PO Mains 2020

Order of sections in IBPS PO Mains 2020 was – Reasoning, GA, English, Quant

Overall Difficulty Level of IBPS PO Mains are as follows

  • Quant – Moderate
  • English – Easy
  • GA – Easy
  • Reasoning – Moderate

Reasoning & Computer Aptitude

The puzzles in the reasoning section were based on the topics mentioned below and was moderate overall. There were 45 questions and 12-15 would be a good attempt.

  • Classification
  • Selection-Based
  • Linear Seating Arrangement
  • Parallel Row 10 persons
  • Circular Arrangement – Data Sufficiency
  • Distance-Based
TopicsNumber of Questions
Puzzles30
Input Output4
Data Sufficiency3
Direction Sense2
Individual Analytical Reasoning 2
Critical Reasoning4
Total45

English Language

The overall level of English Language section was also moderate, There were 3 reading comprehensions with random distribution of questions and topics on Econonic survey, Fishery, and Water crisis.

TopicsNumber of Questions
RC (AI/Water Crisis)12
Word Replacement 4
Double Fillers 4
Para jumbles2
Starters and connectors3
Cloze Test4
Phrase replacement3
Misc3
Total35

Data Analysis and Interpretation

This section had pie chart (double pie chat), 2 caselet (3+4 questions), table DI (calculative) and data sufficiency questions. Here is a summarized table –

TopicsNumber of Questions
Data Interpretation & Caselets31
Wrong Number Series2
Quantity Comparison2

General, Economy/Banking Awareness

Few of the GA questions asked were –

  • 67th Grand Master in Chess?
  • In which state did Ola start scooter services recently?
  • SBM Bank is based out of which country?
  • Author of Lockdown Legends
  • Head of Jury of International Film festival?
  • SBI Launched a card with a multinational company JCB. The company is based out of which country?
  • Largest floating solar energy park?
  • ATP Winner?
  • Social Impact bond is launched in collaboration with?
  • Which country sends the maximum number of educated migrants to OECD?
  • Trust Exercise Book – Author
  • Which bank launched Signature Visa Debit Card for its HNA individuals?
  • Theme of NRI Day?
  • Imibile app
  • DAK Pay
  • Pradham Mantri Rojgar Yogna Amount Allocated?
  • Which country is set to launch wooden satellite?
  • FX4U
  • Sri Guru Ram Das International Airport
  • Atmanirbhar Women Scheme is launched by which bank?
  • Which is true for neo bank?

English Language Descriptive (Letter Writing & Essay)

The topic for descriptive exam was based on the following happenings –

  • Essay – Work from home related, Inflation – Cost of Living
  • Letter – Reject Loan Application, Replacement of Electronic Gadget, To an editor about increased use of texting apps.

What After IBPS PO Mains!

IBPS PO 2020 Interview Process

Candidates who qualify the Mains Exam are finally called for the Interview Process by IBPS. The Interview Process will constitute of 100 marks and the minimum marks for qualifying this round will be 40% which is reduced to 35% for candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC/PWD categories.

Final Selection

The final selection of the candidate to the post of Probationary Officer will be made by taking into consideration the cumulative score of Mains Exam and the interview Process. The weightage of both these phases of examination will be in the ratio 80:20 respectively. A merit list will be generated after the Interview Process of IBPS PO 2020 Exam has been conducted. Candidates who make it to the list will be thus offered the joining letter by the Bank of their choice.

IBPS PO Exam Analysis 2020 – Prelims Exam Pattern

The IBPS RRB PO Prelims contains 3 sections namely English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability.

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Note: There will be a 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 the corrected score.

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IBPS PO 2020 Prelims Exam Analysis | Day 3 (11 October 2020)

IBPS PO 2020 Prelims Exam Analysis | Shift 3 and Shift 4

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IBPS PO 2020 Prelims Exam Analysis | Shift 2

Overall Difficulty Level: Moderate

Reasoning Ability:

  • Syllogism: 5  questions
  • Order and Ranking Puzzle : 5 questions
  • Linear Uncertain and Unidirectional Seating Arrangement: 5 questions
  • Floor Based Puzzle (6 people, colour, places): 5 questions
  • Circular seating arrangement (8 people, bidirectional): 5 questions
  • Inequality (Missing relationship): 4 questions
  • Blood relations: 2-3 questions
  • Word (forward backward): 1 question
  • Miscellaneous: 2 questions

English Language

  • Reading Comprehension (Critical thinking): 8-10 questions
  • Double fillers: 5 question
  • Sentence Correction: 4-5 questions
  • Word Exchange: 4 question
  • Error Spotting: 5 questions
  • Word Swap: 4 questions

Numerical Ability

  • Quadratic Equation: 5 questions
  • Missing number series: 5 questions
  • Pie Chart: 5 questions
  • Bar Chart: 5 questions
  • Caselet DI: 5 questions
  • Arithmetic: 10 questions

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IBPS PO 2020 Prelims Exam Analysis | Shift 1

Overall Difficulty Level: Moderate

Reasoning Ability:

  • Box based Puzzle (9 box): 5 questions
  • Row based Puzzle: 5 questions
  • Flat & Floor Based Puzzle: 5 questions
  • Age Based Puzzle: 5 questions
  • Syllogism: 5  questions
  • Coding Decoding: 5 questions
  • Word arrangement: 1 question
  • Order and Ranking: 4 questions

English Language

  • Reading Comprehension: 7 questions
  • Cloze Test: 5 questions
  • Sentence Improvement: 3 questions
  • Error Detection: 5 questions
  • Word Swap: 5 questions
  • Sentence Correction: 5 questions

Numerical Ability

  • Quadratic Equation: 5 questions
  • Approximation: 5 questions
  • Pie Chart: 6 questions
  • Tabular DI: 6 questions
  • Caselet DI: 6 questions
  • Arithmetic: 7 questions

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IBPS PO 2020 Prelims Exam Analysis | Day 2 (10 October 2020)

IBPS PO 2020 Prelims Exam Analysis | Shift 4

Overall Difficulty Level: Moderate

Numerical Ability:

  • Pie Chart (French Language in Schools): 5 questions
  • Tabular DI- Monday to Friday (Ratio of Choco Vanilla sale): 5 questions
  • Caselet DI: 5 questions
  • Quadratic Equation: 5 questions
  • Approximation: 5 questions
  • Arithmetic Word Problems: 10 questions

Reasoning Ability:

  • Classification puzzle: 5 questions
  • Month-based puzzle (Exam-date variables): 5 questions
  • Linear arrangement: 5 questions
  • Uncertain puzzle- 13 people in linear: 5 questions
  • Direction: 4 questions
  • Coding (Normal): 1 question
  • Number Arrangement: 1 question
  • Word Formation: 1 question
  • Syllogism: 4 questions
  • Inequality: 4 questions

English Language:

Reading Comprehension: 8-10 questions
Error Detection: 5 questions
Sentence Rearrangement: 5 questions
Double Fillers: 2-3questions
Word Rearrangement: 5 questions

IBPS PO 2020 Prelims Exam Analysis | Shift 3

Overall Difficulty Level: Moderate

Numerical Ability:

  • Pie Chart: 5 questions
  • Caselet DI: 5 questions
  • Tabular DI: 5 questions
  • Approximation: 5 questions
  • Missing Number Series: 5 questions
  • Arithmetic Word Problems: 10 questions

English Language:

  • Reading Comprehension: 8 questions
  • Error Detection (Sentence Correction): 5 questions
  • Sentence Rearrangement: 4-5 questions
  • Cloze Test: 4-5 questions
  • Sentence Improvement: 3-4 questions
  • Word Rearrangement: 4-5 questions

Reasoning Ability:

  • Circular Arrangement- In & Out: 5 questions
  • Straight line puzzle- North facing: 5 questions
  • Age based puzzle in Month & year: 5 questions
  • Comparison puzzle- Box-based: 5 questions
  • Direction: 1 question
  • Blood Relations: 1 question
  • Alphabetical puzzle: 1 question
  • Chinese Coding: 5 questions
  • Syllogism: 5 questions
  • Word ( PERFORMING): 1 questions
  • Pairing (MERCHANT): 1 questions

IBPS PO 2020 Prelims Exam Analysis | Shift 2

Overall Difficulty Level: Moderate

English Language:

  • Reading Comprehension: 8 questions
  • Fillers: 5 questions
  • Para Jumble: 5 questions
  • Word Swap: 5-6 questions
  • Errors: 6 questions

Numerical Aptitude

  • Bar Graph: 5 questions
  • Line Graph: 5 questions
  • Caselet DI: 5 questions
  • Quadratic Equation: 5 questions
  • Missing Series: 5 questions
  • Arithmetic Word Problems: 10 questions

Reasoning Ability

  • Puzzles and Seating Arrangement: 20 questions
  • Directions: 3 questions
  • Blood Relations: 3 questions
  • Inequality: 3 questions
  • Coding-Decoding (New pattern): 1 question
  • Order & Sequence: 1 question
  • Miscellaneous: 4 questions

IBPS PO 2020 Prelims Exam Analysis | Shift 1

Overall Difficulty Level: Moderate

Reasoning Ability:

  • Straight Line Puzzle (8 persons): 5 questions
  • Seating Puzzle: 5 questions
  • Flat & Floor Based Puzzle: 5 questions
  • Box Based Puzzle: 5 questions
  • Syllogism: 4  questions
  • Inequality: 4 questions
  • Directions: 3 questions
  • Blood Relations: 3 questions
  • Alphabet: 1 questions

English Language

  • Reading Comprehension: 7-8 questions
  • Cloze Test: 3 questions
  • Idioms: 3 questions
  • Error Detection: 5 questions
  • Rearrangement: 6 questions
  • Miscellaneous: 5-6 questions

Numerical Ability

  • Quadratic Equation: 5 questions
  • Wrong No Series: 5 questions
  • Pie Chart (No of books): 5 questions
  • Tabular DI: 5 questions
  • Caselet DI: 5 questions
  • Arithmetic: 10 questions

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IBPS PO 2020 Prelims Exam Analysis | Day 1 (3 October 2020)

IBPS PO 2020 Prelims Exam Analysis | Shift 4

Overall Difficulty Level: Moderate

Reasoning Ability

Difficulty Level: Moderate

  • Square seating arrangement: 5 questions
  • Linear seating arrangement all facing north (weight of those persons was also given): 5 questions
  • Floor and Flat based puzzle- 4 floor, 2 flats: 5 questions
  • box puzzle with color: 5 questions
  • Coding-Decoding: 5 questions
  • Syllogism: 5 questions
  • Order and Ranking based: 3 questions
  • Number Based: 1 questions
  • Alphabet Pairing: 1 questions

English Language

Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate

  • Reading Comprehension: 7 questions
  • Fillers: 5 questions
  • Error Detection: 5 questions
  • Word Replacement: 5 questions
  • Sentence Rearrangement: 5 questions
  • Phrase Replacement: 3 questions

Numerical Ability

Difficulty Level: Moderate

  • Caselet DI: 5 questions
  • Line Graph: 5 questions
  • Tabular DI: 5 questions
  • Wrong Number Series: 5 questions
  • Approximation: 5 questions
  • Arithmetic Word Problems: 10 questions

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IBPS PO 2020 Prelims Exam Analysis | Shift 3

Overall Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate

Numerical Ability

  • Caselet DI: 5 questions
  • Line Graph: 5 questions
  • Tabular DI: 5 questions
  • Wrong Number Series: 5 questions
  • Approximation: 5 questions
  • Arithmetic Word Problems: 10 questions

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English Language

  • Reading Comprehension (passage on the theme of mental issues faced by people due to COVID lockdown) 7 questions
  • Sentence Rearrangement: 5 questions
  • Error Detection: 7 questions
  • Word Replacement: 5 questions
  • Cloze Test: 6 questions

Reasoning Ability

  • Circular Seating Arrangement: 5 questions
  • Linear Seating Arrangement: 5 questions
  • Order and Ranking based- 9 people: 5 questions
  • Day based puzzle-people attending play from Mon to Sat: 5 questions
  •  Coding-Decoding: 5 questions
  • Syllogism: 4 questions
  • Alphabet based- meaningful word: 1 question
  • Number Based (odd-even): 1 question
  • Odd one out- letter based: 1 question
  • Order and Ranking (height based arrangement): 3 questions 

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IBPS PO 2020 Prelims Exam Analysis | Shift 2

Overall Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate

Numerical Ability

Difficulty Level: Moderate

  • Missing No Series: 5 questions
  • Quadratic Equation: 5 questions
  • Line Graph DI: 5 questions
  • Table Based DI: 5 questions
  • Caselet Table Based: 5 questions
  • Arithmetic: 10 questions

English Language

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

  • Cloze Test: 7 questions
  • Reading Comprehension: 8 questions
  • Error Detection: 5 questions
  • Word Swap: 5 questions
  • Fillers: 5 questions

Reasoning Ability

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

  • Parallel Row Based Puzzle: 5 questions
  • Uncertain Puzzle (Linear Puzzle): 5 questions
  • Month Based Puzzle: 5 questions
  • 6 person/ Consecutive Days Based Puzzle: 5 questions
  • Directions: 3 questions
  • Blood Relations: 3 questions
  • Inequality: 4 questions
  • Order & Sequence: 1 question
  • Miscellaneous: 4 questions

IBPS PO 2020 Prelims Exam Analysis | Shift 1

Overall Difficulty Level: Easy-Moderate

English Language

Difficulty Level: Easy

  • Reading Comprehension (Education & Technology-Based): 8-10 questions
  • Single Sentence Arrangement: 4 questions
  • Phrase Replacement: 3 questions
  • Error: 5 questions
  • Word Interchange: 3 questions
  • Cloze Test: 5-7 questions

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Numerical Ability

Difficulty Level: Easy-Moderate

  • Quadratic Equation: 5 questions
  • Approximation: 5 questions
  • Caselet DI: 2 marks
  • Line Graph: 5 questions
  • Bar Graph: 5 questions
  • Miscellaneous (Percentage, Age, Time & Work, Boats & Streams): 13 questions

Reasoning Ability

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

  • Designation Based Puzzle (9 people): 5 questions
  • Circular Arrangement (8 people): 5 questions
  • 8 Person Single Row Puzzle: 5 questions
  • Syllogism: 3-4 questions
  • Inequality: 2-3 questions
  • Chinese Coding: 5 questions
  • Comparison Based: 3 questions
  • Miscellaneous: 5-6 questions

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