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IPPB Recruitment 2017: Paper Analysis

Last Updated - May 09, 2017

With over 650 vacancies announced for the post of Officer Scale I under IPPB, this exam was conducted on January 7 & 8, 2017. The exam was scheduled in 4 shifts (8 am, 10:30 am, 1 pm & 3:30 pm) on both the days. First slot was conducted from 9:00 - 10:00 am on January 7, 2017. The exam was held in online mode and had to be completed in an hour duration. You can read here about the IPPB Preliminary 2017 Exam Analysis. Overall the test takers found IPPB preliminary exam of easy to moderate level with English section being the toughest one. 

There were 3 sections as discussed in the IPPB Scale I Officers Exam Pattern with a total of 100 questions. The total questions comprised of quantitative aptitude (35 questions), Verbal Ability (30 questions) and Reasoning Ability (35 questions). 

SectionNumber of Questions
English Language30 Questions
Reasoning Ability35 Questions
Quantitative Aptitude35 Questions

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IPPB Preliminary Exam: English Language

The level of difficulty for English Section was Moderate. Out of 30 questions 20 questions were of moderate level. Rest 10 were easy to attempt. On an average it took 15-20 minutes in solving this section as per majority of test takers.

IPPB Preliminary English Language Analysis

TopicQuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Reading Comprehension10 Questions (Passage was based on British Economy) (Synonyms and Antonyms were asked - Struggling, Generous, Like)Easy
Cloze Test10 Questions (China Pollution)Moderate
Spotting Errors10 QuestionsModerate

IPPB Preliminary Exam: Reasoning Ability

The Questions in Logical Reasoning was of easy to moderate level. However there were some lengthy questions from various topics such as Syllogisms and Circular Arrangements. The Other Major Topics that covered IPPB Reasoning Ability Section were Coding-Decoding, Inequalities, Direction Distance, Puzzle Test, Linear Arrangement, Order & Ranking and other miscellaneous questions.

IPPB Pre Reasoning Analysis

TopicQuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Circular Arrangement5 Questions (8 people facing out)Easy to Moderate
Linear Arrangement5 Questions (10 people in single row, 5 facing North & 5 South)Easy to Moderate
Ordering & Ranking (Floor Based) 5 Questions (8 people, 8 floors)Easy to Moderate
Syllogisms5 Questions (No nuts are pastry, Some pastry are cake, some cake are toffee. All toffee are donuts.)Moderate
Inequalities5 Questions C=F, R>=CB>WEasy
Coding Decoding (in Fictitious Language) 5 Questions (Sentence Coding)Easy
Blood Relations2 QuestionsEasy to Moderate
Directions & Distances2 QuestionsEasy
Alphabet & Word Test / Arrangement & Pattern of Alphabets1 QuestionEasy

IPPB Preliminary Exam: Quantitative Aptitude

The level of questions asked in the section varied from easy to moderate. The sections which covered the majority of IPPB PO 2016 paper were Number Series, Approximation (Calculation Based), data interpretation and quadratic Equations. Analysis of IPPB PO Quantitative Aptitude on the basis of Questions from various topics are mentioned below-

IPPB Pre 2016 Quant Analysis

TopicQuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Data Interpretation 5 Questions (Line Graph)Easy to Moderate
Data Interpretation 5 Questions (Table, Percentage based)Moderate
Number Series5 QuestionsEasy to Moderate
Simplification & Approximation5 QuestionsEasy
Quadratic Equations 5 QuestionsEasy
Miscellaneous10 QuestionsModerate



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