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IBPS PO 2020 Prelims is slated to be held on October 3, 2020. There are only 15 days left for your preparation. Now it’s a now or never situation for IBPS PO aspirants. Whatever preparation you have done until now will be put to test. You have to carefully use these 15 days to evaluate your preparation and make it better. Take a Free Mock Test of IBPS PO 2020 Prelims and check your preparation level. You will also get to know your All India Rank which will brief you on your rank amidst all the aspirants.

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If while doing your preparation, you get bored, remind yourself that there is going to be intense competition for these 1,417 vacancies. It’s only your understanding of the concepts & practice which will lead you ahead of your competitors. So start understanding the usage of tricks & shortcuts and start using them which will improve your score. In this article, we will be analyzing IBPS PO Prelims Previous Years’ papers. Based on the analysis we will try to predict the expected topics from which questions will be asked in IBPS PO 2020 Prelims.

IBPS PO Prelims, October 12 2019 – 1st Shift Analysis

IBPS PO Prelims 2019 English Language Section Analysis

TopicNos of Questions Asked
Error Detection6
Word swap5
Reading Comprehension7 – 8
Cloze Test6
Single Filers1
Sentence Correction4 – 5
TOTAL30

IBPS PO Prelims 2019 Quantitative Aptitude Section Analysis

Surprisingly, there were no Numbers series questions.

TopicNos of Questions Asked
Data Interpretation (Pie+Tabular, Bar Graph, Caselet DI)15
Quadratic Equations5
Approximation5
Miscellaneous Word Problems10
TOTAL35

IBPS PO Prelims 2019 Reasoning Ability Section Analysis

Unlike SBI PO Prelims exam, there were no Syllogisms questions asked in this shift of IBPS PO Prelims exam.

TopicNos of Questions Asked
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement— Linear Seating Arrangement (North facing with Ages)— Box Based Puzzle (7 Boxes)— Square Seating Arrangement (4 sitting facing the centre and 4 sitting facing away from the centre)— Month Based Puzzle20
Coding-Decoding (Normal)5
Blood Relation (Set based family tree)3
Inequalities5
Number Pair questions2
TOTAL35

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IBPS PO Prelims October 12 2019 – 2nd Shift Analysis

IBPS PO Prelims 2019 English Language Section Analysis

TopicNos of Questions Asked
Word Replacement2
Reading Comprehension9
Cloze Test5
Single word Filers3
Sentence Correction5
Error Detection6
TOTAL30

IBPS PO Prelims 2019 Quantitative Aptitude Section Analysis

Unlike last shift there were missing numbers series questions in this one. No simplification/approximation questions were there. However, there were only 2 DI sets and no caselet was there.

TopicNos of Questions Asked
Data Interpretation (Tabular DI and Line Graph)10
Quadratic Equations5
Missing Number Series6
Miscellaneous Word Problems14
TOTAL35

IBPS PO Prelims 2019 Reasoning Ability Section Analysis

Unlike last shift there were Syllogisms questions. However, there were no Inequalities questions.

TopicNo. of Questions Asked
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement— Parallel Rows Seating Arrangement (14 persons)— Floor Based Puzzle (9 floors)— Circular Seating Arrangement (6 persons with colour)— Month Based Puzzle20
Blood Relation (Set based family tree)4
Order and Ranking3
Syllogisms5
Direction Sense Test3
TOTAL35

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IBPS PO Prelims October 12 2019 – 3rd Shift Analysis

IBPS PO Prelims 2019 English Language Section Analysis

Unlike last two shifts there were Parajumbles questions in this shift.

TopicNo. of Questions Asked
Parajumbles (Seven Sentences – Sentence ‘D’ was fixed)5
Reading Comprehension9
Word Replacement6
Single word Filers5
Error Detection5
TOTAL30

IBPS PO Prelims 2019 Quantitative Aptitude Section Analysis

There was a caselet in this shift.

TopicNo. of Questions Asked
Data Interpretation (Caselet, Tabular DI and Bar Graph)15
Approximation5
Missing Number Series5
Miscellaneous Word Problems10
TOTAL35

IBPS PO Prelims 2019 Reasoning Ability Section Analysis

There was a caselet in this shift. Only and Only Few Syllogisms Questions appeared in this shift.

TopicNo. of Questions Asked
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement— Linear Seating Arrangement (9 persons North/South facing)— Floor Based Puzzle (10 persons – Five Floors – 2 Persons on each floor)— Circular Seating Arrangement (6 persons with age)— Grid Matrix Based Puzzle (5 Persons – Days – Country – Movies)20
Direction Sense Test3
Miscellaneous (Alphabet and Numbers Based series questions)2
Syllogisms (Only and Only few based)5
Coding Decoding (Normal)5
TOTAL35

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IBPS PO Prelims October 12 2019 – 4th Shift Analysis

IBPS PO Prelims 2019 English Language Section Analysis

Unlike the previous shifts there were Match the column type questions in this shift.

TopicNo. of Questions Asked
Cloze Test6
Reading Comprehension7
Match the column (Sentence completion type)3
Single word Filers5
Phrase Replacement5
Error Detection (Sentence Based)4
TOTAL30

IBPS PO Prelims 2019 Quantitative Aptitude Section Analysis

There was no caselet in this shift.

TopicNo. of Questions Asked
Data Interpretation (Tabular DI, Pie-chart)12
Quadratic Equations6
Missing Number Series6
Miscellaneous Word Problems11
TOTAL35

IBPS PO Prelims 2019 Reasoning Ability Section Analysis

The number of puzzles and arrangements were lesser than previous shifts. The section was easier due to presence of all three Syllogisms, Inequalities and Coding Decoding.

TopicNo. of Questions Asked
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement— Box Based Puzzle (with Colours variable)— Square Based Arrangement (8 persons – Four facing inside and four outside)— Parallel Seating Arrangement (7 persons in each of the two rows)15
Blood Relations3
Inequalities3-4
Syllogisms (Only and Only few based)5
Coding Decoding (Normal)5
Miscellaneous3-4
TOTAL35

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IBPS PO Prelims October 19 2019 – 1st Shift Analysis

IBPS PO Prelims 2019 English Language Section Analysis

TopicNos of Questions Asked
Reading Comprehension (including Synonyms and Antonyms)8
Word Replacement5
Parajumbles (Set based)5
Error Detection5
Single Fillers5
Phrase Correction2
TOTAL30

IBPS PO Prelims 2019 Quantitative Aptitude Section Analysis

The Quantitative Aptitude section was on the moderate side as a few questions were a bit calculative. However, Quadratic Equations Comparison and Simplification questions came to the relief of the students. Surprisingly there were no Numbers Series Questions

TopicNos of Questions Asked
Data Interpretation (Double Pie-chart, Bar Graph and Caselet)15
Quadratic Equations Comparison6
Approximation6
Word Problems8
TOTAL35

IBPS PO Prelims 2019 Reasoning Section Analysis

The Reasoning section was easy-moderate. There were no Syllogisms questions.

TopicNos of Questions Asked
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement— Linear Seating Arrangement (6 Persons facing North likes chocolate)— Square Seating Arrangement (4 sitting facing the centre and 4 sitting facing away from the centre)— Scheduling Puzzle— Grid Matrix Puzzle20
Coding-Decoding (Normal)5
Blood Relation (Set based family tree)3
Inequalities5
Alphabet based questions2
TOTAL35

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IBPS PO Prelims October 19 2019 – 2nd Shift Analysis

IBPS PO Prelims 2019 English Language Section Analysis

TopicNos of Questions Asked
Reading Comprehension (including Synonyms and Antonyms)7
Cloze Passage5
Error Detection (Identifying grammatically correct/incorrect sentences)5
Spelling/Inappropriate words in a sentence5
Single Fillers3
Phrase Correction5
TOTAL30

IBPS PO Prelims 2019 Quantitative Aptitude Section Analysis

There were no Simplification/Approximation questions. Surprisingly for the first time in this year’s IBPS PO exam, Data Sufficiency Questions appeared.

TopicNos of Questions Asked
Data Interpretation (Pie-chart and Table)11
Quadratic Equations Comparison6
Data Sufficiency2
Wrong Numbers Series6
Word Problems10
TOTAL35

IBPS PO Prelims 2019 Reasoning Section Analysis

The puzzles were slightly lengthy.

TopicNos of Questions Asked
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement— Circular Seating Arrangement (6 Persons facing the centre with one variable)— Linear Seating Arrangement (Unknown number of persons)— Parallel Row Seating Arrangement (14 persons sitting in two rows)— Floor Based Puzzle (9 Floors)— Scheduling Puzzle24
Syllogisms (Only and Only Few Type)4
Blood Relation (Set based family tree)3
Miscellaneous4
TOTAL35

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IBPS PO Prelims October 19 2019 – 3rd Shift Analysis

IBPS PO Prelims 2019 Quantitative Aptitude Section Analysis

TopicNos of Questions Asked
Data Interpretation–Pie Chart–Tabular Data10
Quadratic Equation6
Missing No. Series6
Miscellaneous Word Problems13
Total35

IBPS PO Prelims 2019 English Language Analysis

TopicNos of Questions Asked
Sentence Rearrangement5
Reading Comprehension- There were 3 questions related to Synonym/Antonym. The topic was related to a study on organizations’ employees10
Single Fillers5
Phrase Replacement5
Error Detection (Single)5
Total30

IBPS PO Prelims 2019 Reasoning Analysis

TopicNos of Questions Asked
Puzzles & Sitting Rearrangement–Vertical Sitting Arrangement of 6 people preferring 5 colours (5 questions)–Puzzle with 6 people having different months of birth (5 questions)–Sitting Arrangement (5 questions)20
Syllogism5
Inequalities5
Blood Relations3
Alphanumeric Series2
Total35

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IBPS PO Prelims October 19 2019 – 4th Shift Analysis

IBPS PO Prelims 2019 Quantitive Aptitude Analysis

TopicNos of Questions Asked
Missing No. Series5
Quadratic Equation5
Data Interpretation (3 Sets)–Tabular Data–Bar Graph15
Word Problems (Age Problem, Time & Work, Time, Speed & Distance)10
Total35

IBPS PO Prelims 2019 Reasoning Analysis

TopicNos of Questions Asked
Syllogism (Only & Few type questions)5
Puzzles & Seating Arrangement–Circular Seating Arrangement of 6 people (Age-based)–Direction based Puzzle10
Inequalities5
Blood Relations3
Substitution based Coding-decoding5
Miscellaneous6
Alphabetical Rearrangement1
Total35

IBPS PO Prelims 2019 English Language Analysis

Unlike the previous shifts, there were no sentence arrangement questions. Match the Columns questions were seen newly in this shift. Below are the topics.

TopicNos of Questions Asked
Reading Comprehension was based on astronauts’ nutrition; 1 question was on the author’s style; 1 question was on synonym7
Cloze Test6
Match the Column4
Error Detection5
Phrase Replacement3
Single Fillers5
Total30

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IBPS PO 2019 Prelims- Observation on Different Sections of Different Shifts

We have made our observation for different sections of different shifts of different days which we are putting below.

DayShiftSectionComment
October 12, 2019Shift IQuantitative AptitudeSurprisingly, there were no Numbers series questions
October 12, 2019Shift IReasoningThere were no Syllogisms questions
October 12, 2019Shift IIQuantitative AptitudeUnlike last shift there were missing numbers series questions in this one. No simplification/ approximation questions were there. However, there were only 2 DI sets and no caselet was there.
October 12, 2019Shift IIReasoningUnlike last shift there were Syllogisms questions. However, there were no Inequalities questions.
October 12, 2019Shift IIIEnglish LanguageUnlike last two shifts there were Parajumbles questions in this shift.
October 12, 2019Shift IIIQuantitative AptitudeThere was a caselet in this shift.
October 12, 2019Shift IIIReasoningThere was a caselet in this shift. Only and Only Few Syllogisms Questions appeared in this shift.
October 12, 2019Shift IVEnglish LanguageUnlike the previous shifts there were Match the column type questions in this shift.
October 12, 2019Shift IVQuantitative AptitudeThere was no caselet in this shift.
October 12, 2019ReasoningThe number of puzzles and arrangements were lesser than previous shifts. The section was easier due to presence of all three Syllogisms, Inequalities and Coding Decoding.
October 19, 2019Shift IQuantitative AptitudeQuadratic Equations Comparison and Simplification questions came to the relief of the students. Surprisingly there were no Numbers Series Questions
October 19, 2019Shift IReasoningThere were no Syllogisms questions
October 19, 2019Shift IIQuantitative AptitudeThere were no Simplification/Approximation questions. Surprisingly for the first time in this year’s IBPS PO exam, Data Sufficiency Questions appeared.
October 19, 2019Shift IIReasoningThe puzzles were slightly lengthy.
October 19, 2019Shift IVEnglish LanguageUnlike the previous shifts, there were no sentence arrangement questions. Match the Columns questions were seen newly in this shift today.

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Based on these comments, you can clearly see that the different sections in different shifts are completely predictable and at times some topics are asked whereas some topics are skipped. It’s very unpredictable to say which topic will appear in which section. But there are some topics which are really important and have appeared in most of the shifts. If you prepare these topics well, your chances of scoring good marks become very high. In the below analysis, we try to find out those important topics of IBPS PO 2020 Prelims. 

We are now compiling the data to provide you with the number of questions asked from different topics of the 3 sections. Let’s have a look at the number of questions in the English language which were asked in different shifts.

Number of Questions from Different English Language Topics

English Language TopicNumber of Questions asked in IBPS PO Prelims 2019
Error Detection46
Word Swap18
Reading Comprehension65
Cloze Test28
Single Fillers32
Sentence Correction9
Para jumbles15
Match the Columns7
Phrase Replacement20

Important English Language Topics

  1. Reading Comprehension– It’s obvious that Reading Comprehension holds the most important part of the English Language section. It’s been asked in all the shifts last year and most likely it will be asked in all the shifts this year as well. If you prepare this section well, 7-9 questions’ marks are all yours. Start solving a reading comprehension passage on a daily basis starting now and properly analyze the questions which you have answered incorrectly. Reading The Hindu Editorial Vocab on a daily basis will improve your word power as well.
  2. Error Detection– The second most important topic is error detection. The better you know the grammar rules, the more you can score in this section. To keep revising different rules, practice is the best tool. As you practice a number of questions, you will recall the rules in your mind. And don’t forget to review the questions which either you have answered incorrectly or you have skipped. Read the detailed explanation of those questions and try to memorize the rules.
  3. Fillers & Cloze Test– These are the topics where practice coupled with a good word power can help you score good marks.

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Number of Questions from Different Quantitative Aptitude Topics

Quantitative Aptitude TopicNumber of Questions asked in IBPS PO Prelims 2019
Data Interpretation93
Quadratic Equation39
Approximation16
Word Problems86
Number Series34
Data Sufficiency2

Important Quantitative Aptitude Topics

  1. Data Interpretation- DI is undoubtedly the most important topic in the quantitative aptitude section. It has appeared in all the shifts of all the days when the exam was conducted last year. To get ahead in this topic, start practicing 2-3 DI sets from today until the day of the exam. Also, be aware of different types of charts & graphs including the new ones like radar graph, funnel based DI etc. If your preparation is proper, these 10 marks are all yours. Remember: not all DI sets are difficult; you just need to figure out the easy one & secure their marks.
  2. Quadratic Equations- This is another set of questions which look difficult but by practice, you can solve these questions quickly. At times, the questions are so easy that you can even solve them in your mind. Practice a lot of questions on this topic but give them a try after you are done with the easy questions of Simplification & Approximation and Number Series.
  3. Number Series- This is one topic for which there is no rule. The question can be formed using any combination of arithmetical operators. You need to solve a lot of questions to gain mastery on this topic. Read these tips to improve your performance in these questions. Easy number series questions should be attempted first.

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Number of Questions from Different Reasoning Topics

Reasoning TopicNumber of Questions asked in IBPS PO Prelims 2019
Puzzles & Seating Arrangement149
Coding-decoding25
Blood Relation22
Inequalities23
Number Pair Questions2
Order & Ranking3
Syllogism29
Direction Sense6
Alphabet and Numbers Based series7
Miscellaneous14

Important Reasoning Topics

  1. Puzzles & Seating Arrangement- You must have noticed that like DI, questions from Puzzles & Seating Arrangement were asked in all the shifts. So to stay ahead of a majority of the aspirants, ensure that you do enough practice on this topic. Also be aware of different kinds of seating arrangement & puzzles like circular seating arrangement, box based puzzle etc.
  2. Syllogism- This is a topic of moderate level difficulty which you should attempt once you are done with all the easy questions. You can either solve the questions using Venn-diagram or you may memorize the rules. Now-days questions based on only & few based syllogism questions are also asked. Make sure that you are updated with the concepts. Here’s a PDF to help you out with Only & Few based syllogism questions.
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  3. Coding-decoding- This is another set of questions which has frequently appeared in different shifts of IBPS PO Prelims last year. This year also, there is a probability of it appearing in different shifts. This may seem easy-moderate but with enough practice, you can secure the marks of all the coding-decoding questions. You should attempt these questions first along with Alphabet and Numbers Based series and Direction sense questions. Read Coding-decoding tips here.

Based on the volume of questions from different topics, you can easily understand the topics which are important from IBPS PO 2020 Prelims point of view. We hope that this article is going to be useful in your preparation.

Wishing you good luck with your preparation!

 

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