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IBPS PO MAINS 2015 Exam Analysis AND Expected Cut-off

IBPS PO MAINS 2015 Exam Analysis AND Expected Cut-off

Overview:  As we all know, IBPS has changed the recruitment process this year by including Prelims and Mains Exams which means this is the first time aspirants were competing for various bank jobs in this exam through two papers. In essence, IBPS PO Exam was conducted in similar fashion as the SBI PO exam. The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has conducted the IBPS CWE PO/MT MAINS Examination in two shifts on 31st of October 2015. The Exam was scheduled to be conducted in morning and afternoon sessions. Questions were almost of same difficulty level in both the shifts. The IBPS PO MAINS Exam was given by the candidates who got qualified in the PRELIMS Examination conducted earlier by IBPS.


IBPS PO MAINS 2015 Exam Section-wise analysis:  Those who participated in IBPS PO MAINS Exam are eager to know the sectional and overall expected cut-off marks.


This was quite surprising and proved to be one of the difficult and time taking sections in the MAINS Exam. Candidates have wasted a lot of time in this section. There were no questions from Inequalities and Miscellaneous sections. Infact, the questions were a bit unorganized. The sets/puzzles were not very simple and were time-taking. Further, questions based on assumption were somewhat subjective in nature. After considering all the positive and negative aspects of the section, we can conclude that people who have attempted it patiently will be able to clear the cut-off.

A breakdown of the questions within reasoning section is as follows:

Topic No. of Questions
Syllogism (Based on not follow) 5
Input-Output 5
Puzzles (In/Out, Floor, Circular, & Linear arrangement) 15
Sitting Arrangement 10
Logical Reasoning 5
Data Sufficiency 5
Miscellaneous 5


Quantitative Aptitude was again tough as it was used to be in all the banking Exams. The most surprising fact in this section was the absence of Quadratic Equations. If it would have been in the exam, then a student could have done more number of questions in this section. In this section, we can say that apart from the absence of quadratic equations, there was nothing that was not anticipated.

A breakdown of the different topics from which the questions were asked in this section is:

Topic No. of Questions
Data Interpretation 20
Number Series 5
Data Sufficiency 5
Language Problems (Profit Loss, Average, Boats & Stream, CI/SI, Time & Work, Average, Ratio & Proportion, Percentage, etc.) 15
Miscellaneous 5


This section was a bit easier and it remained almost similar as it was in all the previous banking exams. The only change was the decrease in the number of Cloze Test. If we talk about the Reading Comprehensions, they were doable. The antonyms and synonyms were easy too. Error Detection was doable too. Summarizing it, we can say that it was not that tough as it was used to be previous exams.

A breakdown of the questions within reasoning section is as follows:

Topic No. of Questions
Reading Comprehension 20
Cloze Test 5
Re-arrangement 5
Error Detection 5
Miscellaneous 5


This was the life saver section for everyone who has appeared for the MAINS Exam. The questions were quite direct and were easy to answer. The composition of this section was dominated by Current Affairs. Current affairs questions were mainly related to appointments, awards, committees, book & authors. Overall, the GA section was easy with majority of the questions from Current affairs and banking.

GK & Banking Questions asked in IBPS PO 2015 Mains Exam – 1st Slot (Morning Session)

Banks designated as Domestic Systemically Important Banks (D-SIBs) by RBI – SBI & ICICI
Winner of Physics Nobel Prize – Takaaki Kajita & Arthur B. McDonald
Which of the following is not a payment bank?
Currency of Egypt – Egyptian Pound
Winner of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award – Sania Mirza
Capital of Syria – Damascus
‘Kissan Vikas Patra’ Minimum Lock-in-Period – 2 years and 6 months.
Good governance day – 25 December
Sushma Swaraj is from which Lok Sabha constituency – Vidisha (MP)
Book, ‘Dare to do’ is by – Kiran Bedi
Indian Bank headquarter – Chennai
Where is Buxa – West Bengal
IBRD Headquarter – Washington D.C.
Housing for all by – 2022
First Micro finance institute that converted into a bank – Bandhan Bank
Shishu, Kishore, Tarun comes under scheme – Mudra Bank scheme
NHB is the subsidiary of – RBI
Bharat Ratna in 1954 was given to C.V Raman, Rajagopalchari and ? – Radhakrishnan
Payment bank validity – 18 months
Banking Ombudsman appointed by – RBI
First Solar Court inaugurated in which state – Jharkhand
RBI’s panel to convert UCB’s into— Small finance bank
Mundra bank is subsidiary of – SIDBI
BBPS is system full form – Bharat Bill Payment System
Frank Tyson was a cricketer from country – England
Head of Bank Board Bureau? –Secretary, Dept. of Financial services
Scheme for education loan launched by Govt. – Vidya Lakshmi
Basel committee
Exports insured by
DSIB banks
Pangong Lake in which state
IBA Headquarter
CEO of Punjab National Bank
Second Largest Bank in India


Computer Knowledge section was easy to moderate and was a good scoring section of the exam. A good performance here will add to overall marks in the exam. Some questions were quite technical but if one have concentrated on basics, and then he would have scored sufficient.

A breakdown of the questions within reasoning section is as follows:

Topic No. of Questions
Hardware 2
Ms Office 4
Operating System 3
Microsoft Window 2
Virus 1
Internet 4
Networking 2


Let us now talk about the minimum number of questions that candidates should have attempted to secure their chances of clearing IBPS PO 2015 Mains and get selected for interview-round. Based on the types of questions and the difficulty level of the test, candidates should ideally have attempted around 95 to 110 out of total 200 questions (to be on the safe side). With around 90% accuracy, candidates would then easily cross the overall cut-off. (Do note that fewer attempts would also be sufficient to clear the cut-off, especially if the candidate has higher accuracy.) So, we can conclude that the difficulty level of this exam was slightly higher than last year’s IBPS PO CWE written test.

Section-wise Cut-off –

1 Reasoning Ability 7-9
2 Quantitative Aptitude 9-11
3 English Language 9-11
4 General Awareness 12-14
5 Computer Section 10-12

Overall Expected Cut-off Marks For Each Category—

1 General Category 75-85
2 OBC Category 70-77
3 SC Category 64-67
4 ST Category 53-55
5 HI 35
6 OC 53
7 VI 50

Overall, the MAINS Exam was moderate to difficult. It was difficult due to some sections of the exam. A good attempt in this exam is expected to be 95 – 110 questions with overall expected cut off to be 75 to 85.

If we talk about the overall paper of IBPS PO MAINS, it was moderate to difficult but yes this time the pattern of exam was somewhat changed by IBPS. It removed some questions like quadratic equations, inequalities in reasoning section, etc.

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