IBPS SO Previous Year Exam Analysis – Prelims Exam 2020, 2019

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducts the Specialist Officer Exam for the posts of IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer; Rajbhasha Adhikari and Law Officer. In this blog, Oliveboard is providing the detailed section-wise IBPS SO Previous year Exam Analysis.  It covers the IBPS SO 2020 and before Exam analysis for the Prelims Paper. In this blog-post, we will be covering the list of topics that were asked and also the number of questions being asked around those topics for the sections of English Language, Reasoning Ability and Quantitative Aptitude.

IBPS SO Exam Analysis  – All Shifts Prelims | 26 December 2020

Quantitative Aptitude (For the Post of IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer) – Prelims Exam analysis

The IBPS SO Exam analysis for Quant section asked in the Shift 1 Prelims exam is as follows:

This section stood at around an easy to moderate level. Questions asked from Data Interpretation were in a good number and rest were from topics like Quadratic Equation, Data Sufficiency, Word Problems, etc.

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

TopicsQuestions – Shift 1Questions – Shift 2
Data Interpretation (Table | Bar)1013
Caselet55
Approximation55
Missing Number Series55
Arithmetic17-1815-16
Data Sufficiency2-34
Quadratic Equation53-4

Reasoning Ability – IBPS SO Prelims Analysis

This section stood at around moderate level. Maximum number of Questions were asked from Puzzles and rest were equally divided among the left topics i.e. Syllogism, Logical Reasoning, Coding-Decoding, Inequality, etc.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

TopicQue. – Shift 1Que. – Shift 2
Puzzle & Seating Arrang.2520
Data sufficiency25
Syllog55
Input-Output55
Coded Inequality55
Direction Sense32
Blood Relation13
Logocal Reasoning3
Order ranking1
Misc5

English Language – IBPS SO Prelims Analysis

This section stood at a moderate level as compared to other sections. English section comprised of as usual reading comprehension, cloze test, Fillers, etc.

Difficulty Level: Moderate | Easy

TopicsQue. – Shift 1Que. – Shift 2
RC – COVID | AI & Internet15 to 1718
Cloze test55
Word replacement55
Error spotting | Correct Detection55
Sentence Correction47-8
Para jumbles55
Fill in the blanks55
Vocab3-4

This was all from us in this blog, IBPS SO Exam Analysis for 26 December 2020. Stay tuned with Oliveboard for exam related information.

IBPS SO Exam Previous Year Analysis for Prelims

The first shift of the IBPS SO exam is now over and the overall difficulty level of this shift was moderate.

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Quantitative Aptitude (For the Post of IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer)

This section stood at around an easy to moderate level. Questions asked from Data Interpretation were in a good number and rest were from topics like Quadratic Equation, Data Sufficiency, Word Problems, etc.

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

  • Data Interpretation: 15 Questions
  • Quadratic Equation: 5 Questions
  • Data Sufficiency: 5 Questions
  • Miscellaneous and Word Problems: 25 Questions

Reasoning Ability

This section stood at around moderate level. Maximum number of Questions were asked from Puzzles and rest were equally divided among the left topics i.e. Syllogism, Logical Reasoning, Coding-Decoding, Inequality, etc.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

  • Puzzles and Seating Arrangement: 20 Questions
  • Logical Reasoning: 5 Questions
  • Coding-Decoding: 5 Questions
  • Inequality: 5 Questions
  • Syllogism: 3-4 Questions
  • Blood Relation: 4 Questions
  • Alphabet-based: 2-3 Questions
  • Direction Sense: 2 Questions
  • Miscellaneous: 2 Questions

English Language

This section stood at a moderate level as compared to other sections. English section comprised of as usual reading comprehension, cloze test, Fillers, etc.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

  • Reading Comprehension: 10-12 Questions
  • Error Detection: 2 Questions
  • Sentence Connectors: 5 Questions
  • Para jumbles: 5 Questions
  • Word Replacement: 5 Questions
  • Cloze Test: 5 Questions
  • Match The Column: 5 Questions
  • Double Fillers: 5 Questions
  • Miscellaneous: 4-6 Questions

IBPS SO Previous Year Exam Analysis  – 2019 (Shift 1)

1. IBPS SO Exam Analysis 2019 – Quantitative Aptitude

Level of Difficulty – Easy to Moderate

Traditional Questions were asked of easy to moderate level. No new type questions were seen in this shift.

Types of Questions Asked

  • Data Interpretation (Pie Chart based, Line Graph-based, Tabular Based, Caselet Based) – 20 Questions 
  • Data Sufficiency – 5 Questions 
  • Quadratic Equations – 5 Questions 
  • Quantity Comparison (Q1 & Q2) – 5 Questions 
  • Wrong Number Series – 5 Questions 
  • Arithmetic Word Based Problems – 10 Questions

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2. IBPS SO Prev Year Exam Analysis 2019 – Reasoning Ability

Level of Difficulty – Easy to Moderate

Mostly traditional type questions were seen. Logical Reasoning questions were a bit tricky, otherwise, the reasoning paper was on the easier side.

Types of Questions Asked 

For Agriculture Field Officer

  • Alphabet based question – 1 Question (Word – IMPOSE)
  • Blood Relations – 5 Questions 
  • Machine Input-Output – 5 Questions 
  • Direction Sense – 4 Questions 
  • Inequality – 6 Questions 
  • Logical Reasoning (Assumption, Arguments, Cause & Effect) – 3 Questions 
  • Syllogisms – 5 Questions 
  • Seating Arrangements (8 persons square sitting arrangement) – 5 Questions 
  • Puzzle (6 persons and their posts) – 5 Questions 
  • Puzzle (7 Persons having 3 gadgets) – 5 Questions 
  • Linear Seating Arrangement (People facing North and South) – 5 Questions
  • Miscellaneous – 2 Questions

For Rajbhasha Adhikari

  • Seating Arrangement & Puzzles – 20 Questions
  • Coding-Decoding – 5 Questions
  • Blood Relations – 5 Questions
  • Directions Sense – 4 Questions
  • Logical Reasoning – 3 Questions
  • Inequality – 5 Questions
  • Miscellaneous – 4 Questions

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3. IBPS SO Exam Analysis 2019 – English Language

Level of Difficulty – Easy to Moderate

No sentence rearrangement questions were seen. RCs were given maximum importance with 20 questions from 2 Rcs.

Types of Questions Asked

For AFO (Agriculture Field Officer)

  • Reading Comprehension – 20 Questions
  • Cloze Test – 5 Questions
  • Sentence Rearrangement (Para-jumbles) – 5 Questions
  • Error Detection – 5 Questions
  • Starters (Fillers) – 5 Questions
  • Miscellaneous questions – 10 Questions

For Rajbhasha Adhikari 

  • Reading Comprehension (On the topic of Entrepreneurship) – 10 Questions 
  • Sentence Rearrangement (Para-jumbles) – 5 Questions
  • Cloze Test – 7 Questions 
  • Connectors – 5 Questions 
  • Correct Word Usage – 8 Questions
  • Error Detection – 8 Questions 
  • Word Replacement (Word Swap) – 7 Questions

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IBPS SO Previous Year Exam Analysis – 2019 (Shift 2)

For IT Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer

1. IBPS SO Exam Analysis 2019 – Quantitative Aptitude

Level of Difficulty – Easy to Moderate

  • Data Interpretation (Tabular) – 4 Questions
  • Data Interpretation (Bar graph) – 6 Questions
  • Data Interpretation (Pie-chart) – 6 Questions
  • Data Interpretation (Caselet) – 5 Questions
  • Approximations – 6 Questions
  • Wrong number series – 6 Questions
  • Quantity comparison (Q1 & Q2) – 3 Questions
  • Miscellaneous (Arithmetic Word Problems) – 14 Questions

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2. IBPS SO Exam Analysis 2019 – Reasoning Ability

Level of Difficulty – Easy to Moderate

  • Puzzles & Seating Arrangement – 29 Questions
  • Critical Reasoning (Logical Reasoning) – 3 Questions
  • Syllogisms – 3 Questions
  • Two statements Data Sufficiency – 3 Questions
  • Inequality – 4 Questions
  • Coding-decoding – 5 Questions
  • Miscellaneous – 3 Questions

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3. IBPS SO Exam Analysis 2019 – English Language

Level of Difficulty – Easy to Moderate

  • Error Detection – 8 Questions
  • Para Jumbles (Sentence Rearrangement) – 5 Questions
  • Reading Comprehension – 16 Questions
  • Fill in the blanks (Fillers)- 5 Questions
  • Phrase Replacement – 5 Questions
  • Match the Following – 4 Questions
  • Correct order of words – 5 Questions
  • Antonyms/Synonyms – 1 Questions
  • Fill in the Blank in passage (Cloze Test) – 1 Questions

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