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IBPS PO Prelims 2017 Cut off

Last Updated - October 18, 2017

IBPS has conducted the first phase of its IBPS PO Prelims 2017 on October 7, 8, 14 & 15, 2017. The exam seeks to fill in around 3562 vacancies in the post of Probationary Officer at 20 participating banks. No candidate reported IBPS PO 2017 was easy. Go through this analysis to know the level of difficulty:

  • Reasoning Comprehension asked on October 14th were based on following topics like Doctors Medicine, World Health Organization, Economic growth of Myanmar.
  • Cloze test was not included this this year in English section.
  • Data Interpretation questions were calculative and time consuming.
  • Overall difficulty level of IBPS PO Prelims was slightly difficult as compared to last year.
  • This year, IBPS PO cut off will be on par with previous years and lie in between 70-80.
  • Questions were direct and formula based.
  • There were no questions from Quadratic Equations and Cloze Test.
  • There were no questions from Syllogism in this shift (October 7 – Slot 2).
  • The pattern of the questions in English Language section was changed especially error detection based questions.
  • All candidates clearing Mains exam will be shortlisted for IBPS PO Selection Process comprising interview in January 2018.
  • Minimum qualifying marks for IBPS PO Interview will not be less than 40 % (35 % for SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD).

IBPS PO Prelims 2017 Expected Cut off

  • IBPS will release sectional and overall cut off score. 
  • Candidate should secure subject-wise as well as category-wise cut off score for participating in next stage. 
  • IBPS PO Cut off 2017 for allotment will be released in April 2018.

Process for Calculating IBPS PO 2017 total score –

Total score in IBPS PO 2017 Prelims = Scores obtained in English Language + Reasoning Ability + Quantitative Aptitude

IBPS PO 2017 Sectional Cut off for Prelims

SectionsMaximum MarksSC/ST/OBC/PWDGeneral
English Language 304-56-8
Reasoning Ability356-79-10
Quantitative Aptitude355-68-10

IBPS PO 2017 Overall Cut off for Prelims 

CategoryPrelims Cut off (Out of 100)

Previous Year’s IBPS PO Cut off

Here are the previous years cut off for IBPS PO Exam. Go through the 2016 & 2015 year cut off & analyse the increasing trend in the IBPS Exam.

IBPS PO Prelims Cut off 2016

Sectional Cut off

ibps po sectional cut off 2016

SectionsMaximum MarksSC/ST/OBC/PWDGeneral
English Language3004.5007.00
Reasoning Ability3505.5008.50
Quantitative Aptitude3505.2508.25

Overall Cut off

ibps po prelims overall cut off 2016

CategoryPrelims Cut off (Out of 100)

IBPS PO Prelims Cut off 2015

In 2015 IBPS has introduced the the prelims phase for the first time. Here are the cut off marks.

ibps po prelims cut off 2015

CategoryEnglish LanguageReasoning AbilityQuantitative AptitudeOverall

IBPS PO Cut off 2015 – Mains

After final marks in each section and total marks are calculated. Cut offs are applied at 2 stages.

  1. On scores in individual test (section).
  2. On total score.

You need to clear all the individual cut off marks and total cut off marks for selection. Here are the overall Mains cutoff marks for total score:

ibps po mains overall cut off 2015

CategoryOverall Cut off (Out of 200)

IBPS PO Mains Sectional Cut off 2015

Following are the cut off marks for various categories in each section:

ibps po mains sectional cut off 2015

SectionMaximum MarksSC/OBCST/PWDGeneral
English Language4009.5005.2512.50
Computer Knowledge201108.7512.25
General Awareness4010.2505.0013.75
Quantitative Aptitude5008.7505.2511

Section-wise Analysis of IBPS PO Prelims 2017

English Language (Moderate – Difficult)

  • The topic of reading comprehension was related to financial literacy in worldwide.
  • There were 4-5 questions of Antonyms and Synonyms with the passage.
  • Although it may seem that the error detection questions were totally from a new pattern.
TopicsNumber of QuestionsDifficulty level
Reading Comprehension10Moderate – Difficult
Phrase Replacement + Error Detection (new pattern)20Difficult
Total30Moderate - Difficult

Reasoning Ability (Moderate)

There were 4 puzzles and seating arrangement which are given below:

  1. Linear
  2. Circular seating arrangement (2 variables)
  3. Persons and months
  4. Floor (3 variables)
TopicsNumber of QuestionsDifficulty level
Coding Decoding5Moderate
Direction sense2Moderate
Puzzles and seating arrangement20Moderate
Blood Relation1Moderate
Order and ranking1Moderate
Alphabets1Easy – Moderate

Quantitative Aptitude (Moderate - Difficult)

  • For the first and second shifts, the pattern of Quantitative Aptitude questions asked was quite similar.
  • In third shift there were questions of Quadratic Equation in Quant Section instead of Number Series.
  • The level of quantitative aptitude section was Moderate.
  • If you are yet to appear for IBPS exam, the first and most basic tip to help you clear quantitative aptitude section's cut off is that you should work on your calculation speed.
  • Data interpretation and discount topics were tough while questions from time and work, age problems, profit and loss, compound interest and average topics were of moderate level.
TopicsNumber of QuestionsDifficulty level
Number Series5Moderate
Data Interpretation12Moderate – Difficult
Profit & loss2Moderate
Compound Interest1Moderate
Problem on Ages1Moderate
Ratio and Proportion1Moderate
Time and work1Moderate – Difficult
Boat and Stream1Moderate
Mixture and Allegation2Moderate – Difficult
Total35Moderate – Difficult



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