IBPS RRB PO Mains Exam Analysis 5 November 2017 (Slot 1)

IBPS RRB PO Mains Exam Analysis 5 November 2017

The Mains Exam of IBPS RRB Officer Scale-I was conducted today in a single shift. Go through this IBPS RRB PO Mains Exam Analysis 2017 to know all about the section-wise difficulty level as well as questions asked in this exam. We have also shared the pattern changes as well as good attempts in this IBPS RRB PO Mains Exam Analysis 5 November 2017


As you are aware IBPS conducted the prelims exam on 9th, 10th & 16th September 2017, across various exam centers in different cities. IBPS will conduct the Office Assistant Mains examination on 12 November 2017. First let’s have a look at the syllabus of IBPS RRB Mains.

IBPS RRB Officer Scale 1 Mains Exam Pattern 2017

The exam consist of total 200 Questions for 2 hours duration. Also there is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.
  1. Reasoning – 40 Questions – 50 Marks
  2. Quantitative Aptitude – 40 Questions – 50 Marks
  3. General Awareness – 40 Questions – 40 Marks
  4. English/Hindi Language – 40 Questions – 40 Marks
  5. Computer Knowledge 40 Questions – 20 Marks

IBPS RRB PO Mains Overall Exam Analysis

Major Changes introduced in the IBPS RRB PO Mains 2017
  • The pattern of English Language was completely changed. 
  • The level of Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability section was difficult.

Overall the exam was of a Moderate- Difficult Level

The level of Numerical Ability and Reasoning was a surprise to many students, and G.A and Computers were a sigh of relief Lets have a look on good attempt
Name of the Section Number of Good Attempts
Quantitative Aptitude 18 - 20 Questions
Reasoning Ability 20 - 22 Questions
English/ Hindi Language 18 - 20 Questions
General Awareness 30 - 32 Questions
Computer Knowledge 28 - 30 Questions
Overall Good Attempts 110 - 115 Questions


This section had 40 questions for 50 marks. The level of Numerical Ability was very difficult and there were 4 sets of Data Interpretation Questions. Each set of DI had questions from various chapters like percentage, average, ratio, partnership etc, which made it difficult for students to complete a set of DI in less time, thus many found Data Interpretation sets to be very calculative and difficult. Following were the types of DI:
  • Pie Chart ( do-able, and relatively moderate in comparison to other DI sets) 
  • Bar Graph 
  • Caselet 
  • Tabular 
The questions of Data Sufficiency were also difficult to approach in limited time as they were from advanced maths. 
TopicNo. of QuestionsLevel
Data Interpretation20Very Difficult
Wrong Number Series5Difficult
 Data Sufficency5Very Difficult
Mixture and Allegation1Moderate
Time and Work1Moderate
Ratio and Proportion1Moderate - Difficult
Partnership1Moderate - Difficult
Boat and Stream1Moderate - Difficult
Miscellaneous4Moderate - Difficult


This section had 40 questions for 50 marks. The level of Hindi Language section was moderate and as Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning were of a difficult level, students have tried to gain marks by increasing attempts in Hindi, Computers and GA. There was one Reading Comprehension consisting 10 questions which included 5 vocab based questions of antonym and synonym.

TopicNo. of QuestionsLevel
Reading Comprehension गद्यांश 10Moderate
वाक्य में त्रुटी5Moderate
Cloze Test10Easy
Sentence Rearrangement5Moderate
Word Usage5Moderate
Vocab Based (Errors)5Moderate


Pattern of English Language section was changed across all the questions asked in this section. 
  • There were 2 questions from Reading Comprehension. 
    • One was a normal article while the other was paragraph based. 
    • Topic of one of the RC was Economic breakdown (after England's BREXIT) and Inflation. 
  • The pattern of Cloze test was varied. Sentences which would fill the given blank of the passage aptly had to be identified. 
  • The pattern of Filler based question was also varied. Some sentences were given containing 3 blanks followed by 3 options and the students had to identify if the given options were in the correct sequence for the blanks or not. 
  • Idiom based filler questions were also asked. 
  • Sentence improvement questions were asked, where an interrogative sentence was given and students had to identify the correct assertive sentence, without changing the actual meaning of the sentence. 


The level of reasoning was Difficult. Puzzles and Seating Arrangement sets were hard to crack and many students struggled to attempt more in this section as Machine Input Output questions set was also of a difficult level. Following were the types of puzzles asked:
  • Square Seating Arrangement (2 Variable) 
  • Allocation Based Puzzle (5 Variable) 
  • Scheduling (Month) Based Puzzle 
  • Linear Seating Arrangement (3 Variable) 
The questions were:
No. of Questions
Sitting Arrangement and Puzzles 
Data Sufficiency (2 statement)
Machine Input-Output
Logical (Statement- Assumption)
Direction Sense4Moderate


Most of the questions were from 
  • Banking, Static and Current Affairs. 
  • There were also few questions from Basic Banking Awareness and 
  • the questions asked from static were based on those Cities which were Recently in News. 
The current affairs questions were mainly from the 
  • News & Events of September and October Month.


The level of this section was very basic most of the questions were from basics of Software, Internet, Network etc.

Note: Only recommendation for aspirants who are yet to attempt UIIC Exam in the upcoming days/shifts would be – “AVOID NEGATIVE MARKING”.

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