IBPS Clerk 2016 Prelims Paper Analysis

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Apr 3, 2017

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IBPS Clerk 2016 Prelims were conducted on November 26 and 27, 2016. The candidates who qualify the prelims will be eligible to apply for IBPS Clerk Mains. Candidates who appeared for the exam on both the days did not find the exam difficult. Questions in English Language and Reasoning Ability section were of moderate difficulty level. Only a few questions from the Quantitative Ability section were difficult. Those who get 70 or more than 70 answers correct can qualify for the Main Examination.

The other 2 sessions of the exam will be conducted on December 3 and 4, 2016. The exam is to be conducted in more than 90 exam centers in India. Approximately 24 lac students will be appearing for the exam. IBPS (Institute of Banking and Personnel Selection) has invited applications for 19,243 Clerical Cadre posts in 19 participating banks. The exam conducted on Nov 26 and 27 was of one hour, and the question paper was divided into 3 sections. Each section had 30-35 questions.

IBPS Clerk 2016 Prelims Paper Analysis

IBPS Clerk 2016 Prelims question paper consisted of 100 multiple choice questions, in which 35 questions each were from Reasoning ability and Numerical ability while 30 questions were from English Language. Each question carried one mark, and for every wrong answer 0.25 marks will be deducted.

IBPS Clerk 2016 Prelims Paper Analysis (Nov 26, 2016)

On November 26, the question papers of all the slots were easy, students who had prepared according to the IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern and Syllabus thoroughly can expect a good result. Many candidates were even able to attempt all the questions due to the moderate level of the examination. The topics from which the questions were asked in each section are as follows:

  • One seating arrangement
  • 2 puzzle questions in Reasoning section
  • Simplification, Number series, Data Interpretation from the Quants Section
  • No fillers were asked in the English Section
  • Questions from Data interpretation were quite challenging

The following graph can help candidates judge their performance in IBPS Clerk 2016 Prelims on November 26, 2016:

IBPS Clerk 2016 Paper Analysis

Section Good Attempts Time (in minutes)
English Language 17-20 10
Reasoning Ability 21-24 25
Quantitative Ability 15-18 25

A total of 57-65 questions attempted in 60 minutes can help candidates achieve a satisfying result in IBPS Clerk 2016 Prelims.

IBPS Clerk 2016 Prelims Paper Analysis (Nov 27, 2016)

On November 27, candidates felt reasoning ability and English Language sections were easy while the quantitative ability section was a bit tough. IBPS Clerk 2016 Prelims of both the days were of moderate difficulty level. So, there are 70-75% chances that most of the candidates will qualify for the main examination of IBPS Clerk 2016. Following are some of the highlights of the IBPS Clerk question paper of November 27, 2016:

Reasoning Ability English Language Quantitative Ability
Puzzles Reading Comprehension Data Interpretation
Inequality Cloze Test Simplification
Sitting Arrangement Error Detection Number Series
Series --  Language Problems

The graph below shows the certainty of qualifying the prelims of the candidates who completed a total of 60-63 questions in 60 minutes:

IBPS Clerk 2016 Paper Analysis 1

Section Good Attempts Time (in minutes)
English Language 14-18 10
Reasoning Ability 17-20 25
Quantitative Ability 15-18 25

It can be said, the candidates who get approximately 70-75 questions correct can qualify for the next round as per the difficulty level of the exam. The question paper of prelims IBPS Clerk 2016 had following topics:

Reasoning Ability No. of questions Quantitative Ability No. of questions
Inequality 5 Simplification 10
Direction 2 Number Series 5
Blood Relation 1 Approximation 5
Syllogism 5 D.I Bar graph 5
Alphabetic Series 5 - -
Elemental Series 5 - -
Linear Arrangement 5 - -
Sitting Arrangement 5 - -

Note: Language problems which include Profit and Loss, Average, Boats and Streams, CI/SI, Time and Work, Average, Ratio and Proportion, Partnership and Percentage etc. are some of the other topics from which nearly 15 questions were asked in IBPS Clerk 2016 Prelims.

What comes next after IBPS Clerk Prelims?

After this, two more slots remain to appear for IBPS Clerk 2016 Prelims which will be conducted on December 3 and 4, 2016. Completion of prelims will determine the cutoff of IBPS Clerk Prelims, in which the candidates who score minimum cutoff marks will be able to give the IBPS Clerk 2016 Mains. The IBPS Clerk Result will be declared in the second week of December and the Mains are scheduled to be conducted on December 31, 2016 and January 1, 2017. There will be no interview for the clerical posts and the provisional allotments to the participating banks will be done in the month of April 2017.

IBPS Clerk 2016 Expected Cutoff - Prelims

Considering the level of difficulty of the exam, overall cutoff of IBPS Clerk 2016 Prelims is expected to be high. The other factors that affect the cutoff of IBPS Clerk 2016 can be number of candidates participating in the exam. The table below indicates the expected sectional cutoff of this year based on previous year cutoff trends:


Section General OBC SC/ST
English 10-12 7-9 6-8
Reasoning Ability 12-14 10-12 8-10
Quantitative Ability 9-11 10-12 7-9
Total 45-56 38-50 20-40

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.