30 October 2016

SBI SO 2016: Online Form Fill Up Reminder – Hurry Up!

SBI (State Bank of India)  has released the notification for the post of Specialist Officer.  Tomorrow is the last day of Online Registr... thumbnail 1 summary
SBI (State Bank of India) has released the notification for the post of Specialist Officer. Tomorrow is the last day of Online Registration. Those candidates who have not applied for the exam till now, please apply now to avoid server failure or problem.
Here is the link to Apply Online – 
Important Dates – 
Starting Date for Online Registration – 4th October 2016
Last Date for Online Registration – 31st October 2016
Date of Online Exam – 25th November 2016

29 October 2016 - Current Affairs

India wins first ever international team roller skating medal India has won its first-ever medal in an international roller skating r... thumbnail 1 summary

India wins first ever international team roller skating medal

  • India has won its first-ever medal in an international roller skating racing event at the ongoing Asian Championships in Lishui,China.
  • The trio of Dhanush Babu, Vikram Ingale and Nikhilesh Tabhane have won the bronze in the 3,000-meter team relay event.
  • The final was contested amongst five teams, with South Korea (gold), China ( second) and India narrowly pipping Chinese Taipei to the third position.
  • This is the first time in India’s two decade competitive roller skating history, that a medal has been secured in a racing event.

Sports Ministry recognizes new boxing federation

  • Sports Minister Vijay Goel has granted recognition to Boxing Federation of India (BFI) as National Sports Federation for Boxing.
  • The recognition to the BFI will give a big boost to the boxers for their preparation for the Tokyo Olympics and other major international competitions.
  • There has been no National Sports Federation for Boxing since 2012.

Japan’s Prince Mikasa, world’s oldest royal passes away

  • Japanese Prince Mikasa passed away at the age of 100.
  • Mikasa was born on 2nd December, 1915 and was the brother of the current Emperor Akihito’s father and wartime emperor Hirohito.
  • He was the oldest imperial family member in the world.

Delhi Govt. to set up air treatment system to deal with air pollution in city

  • The Delhi State PWD Minister Satyendra Jain has announced a three-tier air treatment system to deal with rising air pollution in the city ahead of Diwali.
  • The government in collaboration with National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) and IIT (Bombay) set up the entire system within 45 days.
  • This is for the first time that the city administration has taken such steps to bring down rising air pollution in the city.

Railway Minister launches a new train service between Anand Vihar to Ballia

  • Railway minister Suresh Prabhu has launched a new train service through video conferencing between Anand Vihar to Ballia in Uttar Pradesh.
  • It will run weekly between these two destinations.
  • It was a long pending demand of the Ballia people to introduce a direct train between Ballia and Delhi.

Fix minimum wage for unskilled agricultural labor in C-class towns in central sphere

  • The Union govt. has decided to fix the minimum wage for unskilled agricultural labour in C-class towns in central sphere at 350 rupees per day to be effective from 1st November.
  • At present, agriculture workers in the central sphere are paid as per the rates prescribed under the national floor level minimum wage (160 rupees per day).
  • At present, the states are free to fix wages for various category of workers as there is no benchmark minimum wage which is applicable across the country.
  • After the amendment, the states will have to maintain a benchmark minimum wage fixed by the Center.

Microsoft launches India’s first Cyber-security Engagement Center in Delhi

  • Microsoft has launched its first full-scale Cyber-security Engagement Center (CSEC) in Delhi.
  • It is first-of-its-kind Cyber-security Center in India and overall 7th in the world after Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Singapore, Berlin and Washington DC.
  • It will bring together Microsoft capabilities to foster deeper Cyber-security collaborations with public and private sector organisations.

Country’s Forex Reserves rises by USD 1 billion to USD 367.14 billion

  • Country’s Forex Reserves rose by USD 1 billion to USD 367.14 billion for the last week ended (21st Oct)on the back of the increase in the core currency assets.
  • According to The Reserve Bank Foreign Currency Assets (FCAs) a major component of the overall reserves, increased by USD 1.015 billion to USD 341.923 billion.
  • Gold reserves remained steady at USD 21.406 billion.
  • The special drawing rights with the International Monetary Fund declined by USD 5.4 million to USD 1.463 billion.

28 October 2016 - Current Affairs

28th October National Ayurveda Day  The Ministry of AYUSH will observe National Ayurveda Day on 28th October on the occasion of Dhanv... thumbnail 1 summary

28th October National Ayurveda Day 

The Ministry of AYUSH will observe National Ayurveda Day on 28th October on the occasion of Dhanvantari Divas

Government approves the establishment of National Academic Depository.

  • The decision aims at bringing another dimension and enhancement of the vision of Digital India.
  • The NAD would be operationalised by NSDL Database Management Limited (NDML) and CDSL Ventures, Limited (CVL) – two of the wholly owned subsidiaries of the Depositories registered under Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Act, 1992.

RBI has allowed Startups to raise up to $3 million of External Commercial Borrowings in a financial year for a period of 3 years.

The decision aims at giving a boost to innovation and promoting the job opportunities in the country.

Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar awarded Sakharov Prize 2016.

The Two Yazidi women, who escaped sexual enslavement by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Iraq, have won Europe’s top human rights award, the Sakharov prize.

World Bank appoints first adviser to handle LGBTI Discrimination.

The step aims at solidifying the bank’s efforts to research and curb discrimination against LGBT people across the 136 countries where its offices are present.

China orders a national census on the sources of pollution.

The decision aims to bring down the high pollution level affecting several of its main cities.

The first woman who conquered Mount Everest Junko Tabei passes away.

She was the japanese mountaineer and the first woman to ascend all Seven Summits by climbing the highest peak on every continent.

Goa’s First Woman Chief Minister Shashikala Kakodkar Dies At 81

Shashikala Kakodkar is a prominent leader of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), a political party based in Goa, India, that espouses the cause of the Bahujan Samaj.

Happy & Prosperous Diwali - A Complete History of Diwali

The word "Diwali" derives from the Sanskrit word "Deepavali" -- Deepa meaning light and Avali, meaning a row. It me... thumbnail 1 summary
The word "Diwali" derives from the Sanskrit word "Deepavali" -- Deepa meaning light and Avali, meaning a row. It means a row of lights and indeed illumination forms its main attraction. Every home - lowly or mightily - the hut of the poor or the mansion of the rich - is alight with the orange glow of twinkling diyas-small earthen lamps - to welcome Lakshmi, Goddess of wealth and prosperity. Multi-colored Rangoli (the design of the background of this page is of rangoli, also people drawn with rice flour on the grounds into their house, rangoli)designs, floral decorations and fireworks lend picturesness and grandeur to this festival which heralds joy, mirth and happiness in the ensuring year.

This festival is celebrated on a grand scale in almost all the regions of India and is looked upon mainly as the beginning of New Year. As such the blessings of Lakshmi, the celestial consort of Lord Vishnu are invoked with prayers. This Diwali which leads us into Truth and Light is celebrated on a nation-wide scale on Naraka chathurthasi day just on the dawn of Ammavaasa during the Hindu month of Aippasi Month in Tamil Language(Aaso/Aasvayuja/Asvina Months in Hindi language)(September/October) every year. It symbolizes that age-old culture of our country which teaches us to vanquish ignorance that subdues humanity and to drive away darkness that engulfs the light of knowledge. 

Diwali, the festival of lights even to-day in this modern world projects the rich and glorious past of our country and teaches us to uphold the true values of life. Deepavali is very enthusiastically celebrated for five continuous days and each day has its significance with a number of myths, legends and beliefs. 

The First day is called DHANTERAS or DHANTRAYODASHI which falls on the thirteenth day of the month of Kartik. The word "Dhan" means wealth. As such this day of the five-day Diwali festival has a great importance for the rich mercantile community of Western India. Houses and Business premises are renovated and decorated. Entrances are made colorful with lovely traditional motifs of Rangoli designs to welcome the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. To indicate her long-awaited arrival, small footprints are drawn with rice flour and vermilion powder all over the houses. Lamps are kept burning all through the nights. Believing this day to be auspicious women purchase some gold or silver or at least one or two new utensils. "Lakshmi-Puja" is performed in the evenings when tiny diyas of clay are lighted to drive away the shadows of evil spirits. "Bhajans"-devotional songs- in praise of Goddess Laxmi are sung and "Naivedya" of traditional sweets is offered to the Goddess. 

The SECOND day is called NARKA-CHATURDASHI or CHOTI DIWALI which falls on the fourteenth day of the month of Kartik. Legend is about King Bali of the nether world mighty power had become a threat to the gods. In order to curb his powers Lord Vishnu in the guise of a Batu Waman- a small boy- visited him and begged him to give him only that much land which he could cover with his three steps. Known for his philanthropy King Bali proudly granted him his wish. That very moment that small boy transformed himself into the all-powerful Lord Vishnu. With his first step Lord Vishnu covered the entire heaven and with the second step the earth and asked Bali where to keep his third step. Bali offered his head. Putting his foot on his head Vishnu pushed him down to the underworld. At the same time for his generosity Lord Vishnu gave him the lamp of knowledge and allowed him to return to earth once a year to light millions of lamps to dispel the darkness and ignorance and spread the radiance of love and wisdom. This Narakachaturdashi day therefore is dedicated to lights and prayers heralding a future full of joy and laughter. 

The THIRD day of the festival of Diwali is the most important day of LAKSHMI-PUJA which is entirely devoted to the propitiation of Goddess Lakshmi. 

The FOURTH day is PADWA or VARSHAPRATIPADA which marks the coronation of King Vikramaditya and Vikaram-Samvat was started from this Padwa day. Govardhan-Puja is also performed in the North on this day. As per Vishnu-Puran the people of Gokul used to celebrate a festival in honour of Lord Indira and worshiped him after the end of every monsoon season but one particular year the young Krishna stopped them from offering prayers to Lord Indra who in terrific anger sent a deluge to submerge Gokul. But Krishna saved his Gokul by lifting up the Govardhan mountain and holding it over the people as an umbrella. Govardhan is a small hillock in Braj, near Mathura and on this day of Diwali people of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar build cowdung, hillocks, decorate them with flowers and then worship them. 

The FIFTH and final day of Diwali Festival is known by the name of "BHAYYA-DUJ." As the legend goes Yamraj, the God of Death visited his sister Yami on this particular day. She put the auspicious tilak on his forehead, garlanded him and led him with special dishes and both of them together ate the sweets, talked and enjoyed themselves to their heart's content, while parting Yamraj gave her a special gift as a token of his love and in return Yami also gave him a lovely gift which she had made with her own hands. That day Yamraj announced that anyone who receives tilak from his sister will never be thrown. That is why this day of Bhayyaduj is also known by the name of "YAMA-DWITIYA" Since then this day is being observed as a symbol of love between sisters and brothers. It became also imperative for the brother to go to his sister's house to celebrate Bhayyaduj.

28 October 2016

GK Quiz for Banking | IBPS | RRB | RBI -18

1. The govt has given in-principle nod to disinvestment and strategic sale of PSUs and the methods and valuation for PSUs up for sale ... thumbnail 1 summary

1. The govt has given in-principle nod to disinvestment and strategic sale of PSUs and the methods and valuation for PSUs up for sale would be examined by DIPAM which stands for
1) Disinvestment of Investment and Public Asset Management
2) Development of Investment and Public Asset Management
3) Derivation of Investment and Public Asset Management
4) Department of Investment and Public Asset Management
5) None of these
2. Mehmood Akhtar, who was caught by Delhi Police with sensitive defence documents, recently, is a staff of the High Commission of
1) Bangladesh
2) Afghanistan
3) Pakistan
4) Iran
5) Maldives
3. The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has appointed who among the following as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO)?
1) Kelly Fairweather
2) Jason McCracken
3) Gordie Howe
4) Bobby Hull
5) None of these
4. India and which of the following countries recently signed three agreements in the areas of double taxation avoidance, food security and sports?
1) Australia
2) UK
3) Sweden
4) New Zealand
5) Denmark
5. Who among the following has authored the book “The Sellout” for which he has won the Man Booker Prize 2016?
1) Deborah Levy
2) Graeme Macrae Burnet
3) Madeleine Thien
4) Amanda Foreman
5) Paul Beatty
6. What is India’s ranking on the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2016?
1) 142nd
2) 99th
3) 108th
4) 87th
5) 76th
7. The Doing Business Report, where India presently ranks a poor 130th among 190 countries, is prepared by
1) IMF
2) World Bank
3) ADB
4) Federal Reserve
5) WTO
8. The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is observed every year on
1) 17 Oct
2) 21 Oct
3) 24 Oct
4) 27 Oct
5) 31 Oct
9. The High Court of which of the following states has ordered a complete ban on the sale of whitener in the state?
1) Bihar
2) Kerala
3) Nagaland
4) Gujarat
5) Uttarakhand
10. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) recently declined to fund the $14-bn Diamer- Bhasha dam situated in which of the following countries?
1) Syria
2) Yemen
3) North Korea
4) Pakistan
5) Afghanistan

27 October 2016

27 October 2016 - Current Affairs

Sunil Bharti Mittal elected as GSMA Chairman Founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises Sunil Mittal has been elected as GSMA (Gl... thumbnail 1 summary

Sunil Bharti Mittal elected as GSMA Chairman

  • Founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises Sunil Mittal has been elected as GSMA (Global System Mobile Association) Chairman for a two-year period from January 2017.
  • GSMA Chairman Jon Fredrik Baksaas will step down from the Board at the end of the year.
  • Mittal becomes the first Indian to be elected as GSMA Chairman.
  • GSMA represents nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators, as well as more than 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem.

Karnal Singh appointed as chief of Enforcement Directorate

  • Senior IPS officer of Union territories cadre Karnal Singh (1984-batch) has appointed as the chief of Enforcement Directorate(ED).
  • The Appointments Committee of Cabinet has approved the appointment of Singh as ED till 31 August 2017 (superannuation date).
  • Singh is holding the additional charge of ED chief since August last year.
  • The Directorate General of Economic Enforcement is a law enforcement agency and economic intelligence agency responsible for enforcing economic laws and fighting economic crime in India.
  • It is a part of the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance.

Ajay M. Gondane appointed as High Commissioner to Australia

  • Additional Secretary (Political) in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Dr. Ajay M. Gondane (Indian Foreign Service-1985 Batch) has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Australia.
  • Dr. Gondane has previously served as High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea and as Deputy Consul General of India in New York.

Legendary Kashmiri singer Raj Begum passes away

  • Legendary Kashmiri singer Raj Begum (89-year) has passed away in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir.
  • Begum was one of the most recognized female singers and known as “Nightingale of Kashmir” in the Kashmir Valley.
  • She had rendered thousands of songs from Radio Kashmir in Srinagar and in live concerts at other places in India and abroad.

Women employees can now file sexual harassment complaints online

  • The women employees of the Central government will soon be able to file sexual harassment complaints online.
  • Any woman employee of the government can file a complaint directly to the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
  • An inter-ministerial committee will be constituted to review the status of thecomplaints.
  • The forum will ensure that all Internal Complaints Committee heads are imparted training on how to resolve such complaints.

Haryana to observe 2017 as Garib Kalyan Varsh

  • Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal has announced that 2017 observe as the “Garib Kalyan Varsh”.
  • During this period of Garib Kalyan Varsh, the government would lay emphasis on the welfare of poor people and generate employment opportunities for the youth.
  • Haryana was carved out of Punjab on 1st November 1966 on a linguistic basis.

Justice Reddy committee on OROP submits report

  • Today, the Judicial committee on One Rank One Pension (OROP) submitted its report to the Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar.
  • Earlier, the Central Government had appointed the committee under the Chairmanship of retired Justice L Narasimha Reddy to look into the anomalies, if any, arising out of the implementation of OROP.
  • The judicial committee had held hearings at around 20 cities/towns across the country and interacted with cross sections of Ex-Servicemen as well as their associations.
  • The committee also received 704 representations from individuals and various Ex-Servicemen associations and had held extensive interactions with all stakeholders before submitting its report.

PM to address 172 newly-inducted IAS officers

  • Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has interacted with 172 newly-inducted IAS officers in New Delhi.
  • Mr. Modi has addressed the valedictory session of the Assistant Secretaries (IAS-2014 batch).
  • This is the second batch of IAS Officers to have commenced their career with a stint in the Central Government.
  • The officers started working as Assistant Secretaries in 58 Central government departments from August this year after their training at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie.
  • They were assigned important desks related to policy and flagship programmes of the concerned ministries and departments during their three-month posting.

9 athletes caught for Beijing doping

The International Olympic Committee announced the decisions that nine more athletes were retroactively disqualified from the 2008 Beijing Olympics after failing retests of their doping samples.
  • Athletes whose stored samples came back positive after being retested with improved methods.
  • Four athletes were stripped of silver medals and two of bronze medals in weightlifting, wrestling and women’s steeplechase.
  • Stripped of silver medals were freestyle wrestlers Soslan Tigiev (Uzbekistan), Taimuraz Tigiyev (Kazakhstan), Olha Korobka (Ukraine) and Andrei Rybakov (Belarus).
  • The IOC stripped Beijing bronze medals from steeplechaser Ekaterina Volkova (Russian) and Anastasia Novikova (Belarus).
  • The IOC recorded a total of 98 positive cases in recent resting of samples from Beijingand the 2012 London Olympics.

New Zealand beat India by 19 runs in fourth ODI at Ranchi

New Zealand defeated India by 19 runs in the fourth Cricket ODI at Ranchi.
Chasing a modest target of 261, India were all out for 241 in 48.4 overs.
Earlier, the visitors scored 260 for 7 in the stipulated 50 overs.,Martin Guptill was top scorer with 72 runs.
The 5-match ODI series is now levelled 2-2.

26 October 2016 - Current Affairs

Paul Beatty wins Man Booker prize 2016 Paul Beatty has become the first US author to win the Man Booker Prize. He won the award for ... thumbnail 1 summary

Paul Beatty wins Man Booker prize 2016

  • Paul Beatty has become the first US author to win the Man Booker Prize.
  • He won the award for his racial satire, ‘The Sellout’ at a ceremony in London’s Guildhall.
  • The novel tells the story of a young black man who tries to reinstate slavery and racial segregation in a suburb of Los Angeles. Amanda Foreman, Chair of the Judges, said the book managed to eviscerate every social taboo.
  • The Booker Prize is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel, written in the English language and published in the UK.
  • The winner of the Man Booker Prize is generally assured of international renown and success.
  • The prize is of great significance for the book trade.

AIR’s entry on dwindling tiger habitats wins ABU award

  • All India Radio (AIR) has won the first prize in the Community Service Announcement category of the prestigious Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) awards for this year.
  • AIR’s entry (Diary of a Tiger) was declared the winner at a glittering award ceremony held in Bali, Indonesia, on the sidelines of ongoing 53rd ABU General Assembly and Associated Meetings.
  • The selected programme is an 89-second spot in Hindi on the dwindling forests and gradually decreasing habitat of tigers.
  • The award includes a trophy, certificate and cash prize of US Dollars 2000.

G Balakrishna crowned Mr. Asia

  • Bengaluru-based water tanker driver G Balakrishna (25-year) has won the Mr. Asia titleat the 5th Phil-Asia bodybuilding championships in the Philippines.
  • Earlier, Balakrishna has won Mr. Universe Under-24 junior contest in 2013 in Germanyand Mr. Universe title in the same category at the world championship in Athens in 2014.

PM Narendra Modi launches Urja Ganga in Varanasi

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone of highly ambitious gas pipeline project Urja Ganga in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
  • The gas pipeline project aims to provide piped cooking (PNG) gas to residents of the eastern region of the country and CNG gas for the vehicles.
  • It envisages laying a 2,050-km pipeline connecting Jagdishpur (UP) to Haldia (West Bengal) by 2018.

India ranks 130th in World Bank’s ease of doing business Index

  • India has moved a place up but is still 130th in the World Bank’s ease of doing the business ranking for 2017.
  • The marginal improvement came on the back of slight improvement in four indicators (getting electricity, enforcing contracts, trading across borders and registering property).
  • The report examines regulations that enhance or constrain business activity, assesses 190 countries and ranks them according to the impacts of their regulatory environmenton business.
  • New Zealand has been ranked the top country in the world (up one place).

Brazil World Cup hero Carlos Alberto passes away

  • Brazilian football great Carlos Alberto (72-year) has passed away due to the heart attack.
  • Alberto had scored one of the greatest goals in FIFA World Cup history while captaining Brazil to glory in 1970 final against Italy in Mexico.
  • He earned the nickname ‘The Captain‘ for his leadership qualities.

Indo-Sri Lanka Joint Military Exercise Mitra Shakti 2016 begins

  • The fourth edition of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Military Exercise Mitra Shakti 2016 has begun at Sinha Regimental Centre in Ambepussa, Sri Lanka.
  • The exercise will continue till 6th November 2016.
  • The main focus of the joint exercise is to enhance inter-operability while carrying outCounter Insurgency (CI)/Counter Terrorism (CT) operations under the United Nations Mandate.
The previous exercise with the Sri Lankan Army was successfully conducted at Pune in India.

FIH appoints Jason McCracken as Chief Executive Officer

  • The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has appointed New Zealand’s Jason McCracken as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
  • He will replace Kelly Fairweather, who is leaving for the International Tennis Federationafter six years in the role.
  • McCracken has served as an Olympic and World Cup umpire, FIH committee member and technical official for over 20 years.
  • The International Hockey Federation is the international governing body of field hockeyand indoor field hockey.

SBI Clerk Exam 2016 : Junior Associates - Final Result out

SBI (State Bank of India) has declared the final result of Junior Associates (Customer Support & Sales) And Junior Agricultural Ass... thumbnail 1 summary

SBI (State Bank of India) has declared the final result of Junior Associates (Customer Support & Sales) And Junior Agricultural Associates in Clerical Cadre in State Bank Of India . Selected candidates can check the result from the link given below: 

No.of Vacancies: 10,726

Main Examination held on 25th & 26th June, 2016

Overall Complete Analysis of IBPS PO Pre Exam 2016 - All Slots 16th-Oct, 22-Oct, 23-Oct, 27-Oct 2016

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IBPS PO Pre Exam 2016 is over Today, It was the fourth & final day where IBPS has conducted the Preliminary exam for the post of Probationary Officers (PO).

The exam is being conducted in 4 slots on various shifts i.e 9 am, 11.30 am, 2 pm, 4.30 pm. Most of you have appeared for the same. The overall level of today’s exam was of moderate level.

The pattern of the exam is as follows:
Below is the detail analysis of all the sections

I. English Language (30 Qs)
Level – Moderate 

1. Reading Comprehension –
  • 1st slot – RC – 7 Questions (Moderate) (Based on Mexico & U.S. GDP)
  • 2nd slot – RC – 7 Questions (Moderate) (Based on Economy)
  • 3rd slot – RC – 7 Questions (Moderate) (Based on Economy)
  • 4th slot – RC – 7 Questions (Moderate) (Based on Economy)
2. Cloze test – 8 Questions (Moderate) (Based on the Economy of China)
3. Parajumble – 5 Questions (Moderate) (Based on Technology in Education System)
4. Spotting Error – 10 Qs (Moderate)
Note: No Antonym – Synonyms & Fillers were asked.

II. Reasoning Ability (35 Qs)
Level – Moderate

1. Puzzle (floor based) – 5 Qs – (Moderate) 
2. Arrangement / Puzzle – 
  • Seating arrangement (circular)- 5 Qs (Moderate)
  • Linear arrangement – 5 Qs (8 persons facing both North South Direction) (Moderate)
3. Inequality (Direct)- 5 Qs (Easy)
4. Syllogism – 5 Qs (Easy)
5. Rest Miscellaneous – 10 Qs (Easy to Moderate) (Blood Relation, Direction, etc)
Note: No Coding-Decoding Questions were asked

III. Quantitative Aptitude (35 Qs)
Level – Moderate

1. Number Series – 5 Qs (Moderate)
1st Slot:- 
  • (a) 7, 6, 8, 15, 44, ?
  • (b) 16, 25, 42, ?, 66, 96
  • (c) 4, 6, 9, 34, ?
  • (d) 7, 6, 9.9, 14.5, 23.7, ?
  • (e) 9, 5, 4, 7.5, 13,?

2. Data Interpretation –
  • 1st slot – 2 set (10 Qs) – (Easy to Moderate) (Line graph and Tabular graph – colleges with the total number of students and total number of female students)
  • 2nd slot – 2 set (10 Qs) – (Easy to Moderate) (Line and Tabular graphs)
  • 3rd slot – (2 Sets) – (10 Qs) (Easy to Moderate) (Line graph – based on percentage and Tabular graph)
  • 4th slot – (2 Sets) – (10 Qs) (Easy to Moderate) (Line graph and Tabular graphs)
Note: No Missing DI

3. Approximation – 5 Qs (Easy)
4. Quadratic Equation – 5 Qs (Easy)
5. Miscellaneous – 10 Qs (Moderate)

Some topics – Age, Probability (Based on number of rotten eggs), Partnership, Profit & Loss, Average, Boats & Stream, Compound/Simple Interest, Time & Work, etc.

Do’s & Don’t
Please plan sectional timing properly & attempt the exam in following sequence, you can follow your own strategies also…

1. Quant – 20 min 
2. Reasoning : 25 mins
3. English Lang – 15 min

1. English Section
English was quite moderate, with Reading Comprehension & typical Parajumble question. Rest of the questions like Cloze test were moderate. Don’t start section with Parajumble question. You can easily attempt 15 – 18 questions with good accuracy.

2. Quantitative Aptitude
This section was of easy to moderate level. Quadratic Equation questions was easy to moderate, try to attempt these questions first to clear the sectional cutoff.

The Number series questions was of moderate level, you can attempt 5 questions. Some Miscellaneous questions was of moderate & time consuming, so don’t waste time on these question. You can easily attempt 20 – 22 question in this section. 

3. Reasoning Section 
This time the level of the Reasoning section was of moderate level. There were 3 puzzle, mostly puzzle was of moderate and time consuming. To clear the sectional cutoff of this section, don’t start with puzzle questions. You can start questions with Inequality, Blood relation, etc. Try to attempt questions with 100% accuracy. If you can manage to attempt 15 -20 questions, you can easily clear the section cutoff of this section.

Good Attempts IBPS PO 2016

  • 1. English Language – 15 – 18
  • 2. Reasoning Ability – 20 – 22
  • 3. Quantitative Aptitude – 20 – 22

Expected Section-wise Cut off IBPS PO 2016

1. English Section – 5 – 6
2. Reasoning – 8 – 9
3. Quantitative Aptitude – 8 – 9

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IBPS PO VI Pre Exam Analysis & Expected Cutoff – 27th October 2016 (Slot- 4)

The Preliminary phase of the IBPS PO/MT VI Exam had started from 16th October 2016. The Fourth & the final set of the exam is schedul... thumbnail 1 summary
The Preliminary phase of the IBPS PO/MT VI Exam had started from 16th October 2016. The Fourth & the final set of the exam is scheduled today. The fourth and the last shift of this year Exam is over now We are now going to provide you the analysis of this slot of the exam.

IBPS PO 2016 Prelims Exam Pattern

Before we begin our detailed exam review of IBPS PO Prelims, we would like to list out the exam pattern for the first time readers.

No Of Questions
Total Marks
English Language
Composite time of 1 hour
Quantitative Aptitude
Reasoning Ability

The candidates will have to qualify in all the three sections separately. They will have to secure the sectional and overall cutoff as well to qualify the exam.

The level of the exam was Moderate.

Below is the detail analysis of all the sections –

1. English Language (30 Qs)
Level – Moderate
  • (i) Reading Comprehension – 7 Questions – (Moderate) (Based on Economy)
  • (ii) Cloze Test – 8 Questions (Easy) (Based on Economy of China)
  • (iii) Spotting Error/ Sentence Correction – 10 Questions (Moderate)
  • (iv) Para jumbles – 5 Questions (Moderate)
Note:- No Synonym Antonym questions were asked.
2. Reasoning Ability (35 Qs)
Level – Moderate
  1. Puzzle (floor based) – 5 Qs – (Moderate)
  2. Seating arrangement (circular)- 5 Qs facing inward outward
  3. Linear Seating Arrangement – 5 Qs – 8 persons facing north & south
  4. Inequality (Direct)- 5 Qs (Easy)
  5. Direction – 3 Qs (Easy t0 moderate)
  6. Blood Relation – 3 Qs (Moderate) 
  7. Syllogism – 5 Qs (Easy)
  8. Rest Miscellaneous
3. Quantitative Aptitude (35 Qs)
Level – Moderate
  1. Number Series – 5 Qs (Moderate)
  2. Data Interpretation (2 Sets) – 10 Questions (Easy to Moderate) (Line graph and Tabular graph – colleges with the total number of students and total number of female students)
  3. Approximation – 5 Qs (Easy)
  4. Quadratic Equation – 5 Qs (Easy)
  5. Miscellaneous – 10 Qs (Moderate)
Note: No Missing DI
Miscellaneous questions include – Age, Probability, Partnership, Profit Loss, Average, Boats & Stream, Compound/Simple Interest, Time & Work, etc.

Good Attempts
  • 1. English Language – 20 – 22
  • 2. Reasoning Ability – 18 – 20
  • 3. Quantitative Aptitude – 20 – 22

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India Emerges a Major Gainer - BRICS SUMMIT 2016

This article on BRICS Summit covers a wide spectrum of characteristics of BRICS grouping which will not only enhance your knowledge but wi... thumbnail 1 summary
This article on BRICS Summit covers a wide spectrum of characteristics of BRICS grouping which will not only enhance your knowledge but will also help you to have a proper understanding of the current working scenario of the BRICS nations. 

India Emerges a Major Gainer 
The eighth plenary summit of the emerging-market bloc of BRICS concluded in Goa. It helped consolidate past institutional progress and chart out a sustained path of economic revival. The core theme of the Summit was “Building Responsive, Inclusive and Collective Solutions”.
The term BRICs was first coined by Goldman Sachs economist Jim O’Neill in 2001 in their Global Economics Paper, “The World Needs Better Economic BRICs” where the acronym BRICs stood for a grouping of the countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China which were all deemed to be at a similar stage of newly advanced economic development. The grouping of the four member countries was finally formalised during the first meeting of BRIC Foreign Ministers on the margins of the United nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York in 2006.

The first BRIC Summit was held in Yekaterinburg, Russia, on 16 June 2009. It was later agreed to expand BRIC into BRICS with the inclusion of South Africa at the BRIC Foreign Ministers’ meeting in New York in Sep 2010. The deepest rationale behind forming a group was to address the financial as well as social needs of these large populous countries individually and collectively, which were mainly ignored by the western foreign states. BRICS together constitutes 43 per cent of the world population, having 30 per cent of the world GDP and 17 per cent share in the world trade.

BRICS cooperation has two pillars – consultation on issues of mutual interest through meetings of Leaders as well as of Ministers of Finance, Trade, Health, Education, Agriculture, Communication, Labour, etc and practical cooperation in a number of areas through meetings of Working Groups/Senior Officials. Regular annual summits as well as meetings of Leaders on the margins of G20 Summits are held.

The BRICS meetings provide a platform to identify and address global challenges and co-ordinate their actions within and outside global institutions. The small size of the group helps in shaping the discussions at the summit. The Indian approach towards its BRICS Chairmanship was captured by ‘IIIIC or I4C’ which stands for....

(i)   Institution building to further deepen, sustain and institutionalise BRICS cooperation;

(ii)  Implementation of the decisions from previous Summits;

(iii) Integrating the existing cooperation mechanisms;

(iv) Innovation, ie new cooperation mechanisms; and

(v)  Continuation of mutually agreed existing BRICS cooperation mechanisms.

The footprint of Intra-BRICS Engagement has expanded over time to include large areas of economic activity. The scope of the member countries of BRICS nation partnership today stretches from agriculture to industry and innovation; trade to tourism; environment to energy; films to football; skill development to smart cities; and from fighting corruption and money laundering to securing our societies. In order to shape and steer the BRICS agenda, several sectoral meetings/activities were hosted across various cities in the country, which apart from being innovative also served the purpose of branding India globally. Over fifty meetings and events at the Ministerial, Senior Officials, Working Groups, Technical and Track-II levels, were successfully conducted during India’s BRICS Chairmanship through the year.

A decade-old partnership of the member countries has produced strong benefits of cooperation in the field of economic advancement. The establishment of New Development Bank (NDB) and the Contingency Reserve Arrangement (CRA) are indeed signature achievements. It not only contributes greatly to the global economy and strengthens the international financial architecture but the operationalisation of BRICS CRA has strengthened the global financial safety net as well. In order to further strengthen the global governance architecture experts have explored the possibility of setting up an independent BRICS Rating Agency based on market-oriented principles. This rating mechanism will grant autonomy from speculative attacks of Wall Street and other global financial entities that undermine economic stability in BRICS. The induction of the NDB amidst WB, ECB and IMF, which are largely West-dominated, seems that BRICS intends to balance out this preponderance in international monetary arena as well.

On a global scale the five BRICS leaders welcomed the G20 Action Plan on the 2030 Agenda adopted during the Hangzhou Summit and committed themselves to its implementation. In the Goa Declaration, the member countries also urged developed countries to honour their commitment to earmark 0.7 per cent of gross national income for official development assistance to developing countries. Apart from this, the bloc also welcomed the Paris Agreement and urged countries to implement it.

In the wake of the recent terrorist attack at Uri in J&K and as part of a common practice, India invited the member Countries belonging to the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) group to strengthen co-operation in combating international terrorism at the bilateral and international levels and to explore connectivity and business opportunities with South Asian and Southeast Asian countries. The member countries of the BRICS–BIMSTEC were seen raising voice unequivocally against terrorism and condemned it in all its forms and manifestations. The group also reaffirmed to their commitment to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) International Standards on Combating Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism and called for swift, effective and universal implementation of FATF Consolidated Strategy on Combating Terrorist Financing.

At the end of the two-day BRICS summit, India was seen as a major gainer, for it signed several pacts in multiple sectors worth Rs 39,000 cr with Russia and engaged in dialogues with the member countries. Besides, India was also able to seek support against terror from all member countries. The assembling of the BRICS leader in Goa is cognisant of the fact that the group wants nothing less than a revamped world order. The Summit came to an end after China offered to take the rotating chair of the influential bloc.