IBPS SO Prelims Exam Analysis, Review 2018: 30th December- Shift 1

IBPS has conducted its online examination for the post of Specialist Officers (SO) Prelims today, and the first shift is over now. This Computer Based Test was conducted by IBPS to select candidates for the Specialist Officers posts, who will be further appointed as SO in the various Banks. After IBPS SO Prelims 2018 Shift-I is over, aspirants who will be appearing in the next banking exams must be eager to know about the Examination’s level, types of questions asked, all of which can help them to appear in the same.

This article will give you the opportunity to analyze the IBPS SO Prelims question asked in the English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability. After critical analysis and review given by candidates who have appeared for the first shift, we would say that this year’s IBPS SO Prelims Shift-1 examination was of Moderate level.

IBPS SO Prelims Analysis: Overall 

The Online Examination constituted of an objective test which had three sections namely English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability and there were 50 questions for 50 marks in Reasoning, 50 questions for 50 marks in Quantitative Aptitude and 50 questions for 25 marks in the English Language. The objective test had 40 minutes in each section.

Subjects Good Attempts
Reasoning 29-35
Quantitative Aptitude 22-28
English Language 29-32
Overall 100-110

Reasoning (Moderate )
There were 4 sets of puzzles and Seating Arrangement which are given below:-

  • Linear (Single line)
  • Month Based puzzle with Cities- 3 Variables
  • Square Seating Arrangement
  • Parallel Rows based Puzzle
Topic No. of Questions Level
Puzzle and Seating Arrangement 18 Moderate
Syllogism 04 Moderate
Inequality 05 Moderate
Data Sufficiency 05 Moderate
Coding Decoding 04 Moderate
Machine Input Output 05 Moderate
Order and Ranking 02 Moderate
Logical Reasoning 03 Moderate
Alphabet Based 01 Moderate
Blood Relation 03 Moderate
Total 50 Moderate

Quantitative Aptitude (Moderate)

There were 3 sets of data interpretation, following were the types of DI:

  • Line Graph
  • Pie Chart
  • Caselet
Topic No. of Questions Level
Data Interpretation 15 Easy-Moderate
Quantity1, Quantity2 05 Moderate
Missing Number Series  05 Easy-Moderate
Approximation 05 Easy-Moderate
Miscellaneous Word Problems 15 Moderate
Data Sufficiency 05 Moderate
Total 50 Moderate


English Language (Moderate)
The level of this section was moderate in comparison with the rest of the examination. There were 2 sets of reading comprehensions, one was based on e-commerce and the other one was based on millennials and jobs. They also included around 4 vocabulary based questions of synonyms and antonyms. 
Topic No. of Questions Level
Reading Comprehension 12 Moderate 
Close Test 05 Easy-Moderate
Para Jumbles 05 Moderate
Phrase Replacement 05 Moderate
Double Fillers 05 Moderate
Error Detection 05 Moderate
Starters 05 Moderate
Word Usage 05 Moderate
Miscellaneous 03 Moderate
Total 50 Moderate
All the best for Result!!

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