Institute of Banking and Personnel Selection (IBPS) has continued the clerical recruitment process by conducting IBPS Clerk Prelims today. IBPS has conducted IBPS Clerk Prelims exam today in various examination centres spread all over the country.

Today’s initial shift (December, 3) has come to an end and the candidates are now coming out of their respective centres. Let us look into 3rd December (Shift 1) IBPS Clerk Prelims exam and analyse each and every section in detail. After summing up exam analysis, we will also share the expected sectional and overall cut-off for IBPS Clerk Prelims 2016.

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IBPS Clerk Exam Analysis 3rd Dec (Shift 3)

Continuing our series, this article entails IBPS Clerk Exam Analysis, Paper Review and Level of Difficulty of each section asked in today’s preliminary examination i.e 3 December 2016 (Shif 3).

Before we begin our paper review, lets get some basics out first. As we all know, the exam was composed of 3 sections i.e. Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability and English Language. The exam pattern in details is as follows.

Section NameNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
English Language3030
Numerical Ability3535
Reasoning Ability3535

The total time was 1 hour i.e. 60 minutes. Hence, Speed, Accuracy and Planning is surely needed to have good number of attempts with maximum accuracy. As of today, IBPS Clerk Prelims paper’s overall Level of difficulty was Easy to Moderate.

Proceeding further into detailed IBPS Clerk Exam Analysis with Prelims section-wise paper review of each topic asked in today’s shift,we get-

IBPS Clerk Exam Analysis for English Language Section

  • Good Attempts: 15-18 Questions
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy
The topic-wise review and distribution is as follows.
  • Reading Comprehension- 10 Questions ( Story based) Synonyms & Antonyms & 1 idiom asked.
  • Cloze Test- 10 Questions 
  • Spotting the errors – 10 Questions (Moderate)
Most candidates secured marks in this section by solving Cloze Test questions. A good attempt in this section would be 15-18 questions.

IBPS Clerk Exam Analysis for Reasoning Ability Section

  • Good Attempts: 19-23 Questions
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
The topic-wise review and distribution is as follows.
  • Inequality – 5 Questions (easy)
  • Linear Arrangement 8 people facing North – 5 Questions
  • Linear Arrangement 8 people – Two parallel rows ( 4-4 in each row) – 5 Questions
  • Circular Arrangement 8 people facing Center – 5 Questions
  • Alphabetical Series – 5 Questions
  • Alphanumeric symbol series – 5 Questions
  • Miscellaneous – 5 Questions (Blood Relation,Coding-decoding,word formation..etc)
Note : No Syllogism was asked.

Reasoning Section has followed the same pattern again as we can see that Puzzles and Siting arrangement topics occupied a major portion of questions. A good attempt in this section would be 19-23 questions.

IBPS Clerk Exam Analysis for Quantitative Aptitude Section

  • Good Attempts: 18-20 Questions
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
The topic-wise review and distribution is as follows.
  • Number Series – 5 Questions (easy)
  • Simplification/Approximation –15 Questions (easy)
  • Data Interpretation (1 Sets) – 5 Questions [ Tabular DI ] 
  • Miscellaneous Questions – 10 Questions (Moderate) Age, Probability, Partnership, Profit Loss, Average, Boats & Stream, Compound/Simple Interest, Ratio and Proportion, Percentage, Time & Work, etc.
The misc. questions consists of Simple and Compound Interest, Time Speed and Distance, Profit and Loss, Time and Work, Averages, Ratio, Mensuration etc. DI Questions were major score point in this paper. A good attempt in this section would be 18-20 questions


We conclude our section-wise IBPS Clerk Exam Analysis for 3rd December Shift 2 here.

Expected IBPS Clerk Cut off 2016

For IBPS Clerk Prelims Examination, there will be both sectional and overall cutoff. The cutoff marks usually vary according to a number of factors, like
  • Number of vacancies
  • Total number of applicants
  • Level of Difficulty of the paper
Keeping in mind all the factors and the analysis of 3rd December paper, here is the expected sectional and overall cut-off for IBPS Clerk Prelims 2016.

Sectional IBPS Clerk Prelims Cut off 2016 (Expected)

Section NameTotal MarksGeneralOBCSC/STPWD
Reasoning Ability3512-1410-128-105-7
English Language3010-127-96-83-5
Quantitative Aptitude359-1110-127-93-5

Overall IBPS Clerk Prelims Cut off 2016 (Expected)

 GEN 52-55
 OBC 45-48
 SC 32-35
 ST 28-34
There were only marginal changes, which ultimately did not affect the expected cutoff score generated previously. Hence, the cutoff margin remains the same.
We hope this article on IBPS Clerk Exam Analysis and Prelims Expected Cutoff 2016 for 3rd December Shift-2 helps you understand the paper better. We will be back soon with our next analysis and detailed paper review. Till then, go through:
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