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IBPS Clerk Paper Analysis Prelims – December 3 and 4, 2016

Last Updated - April 03, 2017

IBPS Clerk 2016 Prelims were conducted on November 26, 27 and December 3, 4 2016. The prelims conducted on December 3 and 4 in candidates’ opinion, were moderately difficult. The reasoning ability section and English Language were easy while quantitative analysis section had some difficult questions. The exam had problems on Ages, Pipes and Cisterns, Mixture Allegation, Partnership etc. The candidates were advised not to guess the answer as there was negative marking.

The exam is conducted by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection for clerical cadre post in 19 participating banks. The candidates who qualify the prelims will be able to appear for IBPS Clerk 2016 Mains.

IBPS Clerk Paper Analysis – December 3 and 4, 2016

If a candidate has attempted 70-75 questions and gets 65-67 questions correct, there is a fair chance of qualifying the prelims of IBPS Clerk 2016. The graph below explains the prelims of IBPS Clerk and what no. of attempts will help the candidates qualifying marks:

IBPS Clerk 2016 Paper Analysis


Reasoning Ability Section – IBPS Clerk 2016 Prelims

Reasoning Ability Section was not very difficult in all the sessions of IBPS Clerk prelims, candidates were able to answer most of the questions correctly. The table below gives an idea of the difficulty level and the topics of the section on December 3, 2016:

TopicNo. of QuestionsDifficulty Level




Sitting Arrangement



Linear Arrangement

2 sets

One easy, one moderate

Alphanumeric series



Miscellaneous (Blood Relation, Distance, Direction)



Quantitative Ability Section – IBPS Clerk 2016 Prelims

The quantitative ability section was a bit tough as compared to the other two sections. The questions were mostly from the topics like Ages, Pipes and Cisterns, Partnership, Profit and Loss, Boats and Streams etc. The table below shows the difficulty level of the section:

TopicNo. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Number Series5Moderate
Data Interpretation1 set – 5 questions ( Tabular Graph)Moderate
Miscellaneous10 questionsEasy
Quadratic EquationNot Asked-

English Language Section – IBPS Clerk 2016 Prelims

The English Language section is the most scoring section as the questions asked on the prelim exam days were easy and candidates did not face problem in answering and completing the section in time.

TopicNo. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Reading Comprehension10Easy
Title of Reading comprehension1Moderate
Synonyms and Antonyms10Easy
Cloze Test10Easy
Error Spotting10Easy

IBPS Clerk 2016 Cutoff

IBPS Clerk 2016 Cutoff will be released after the declaration of the results of IBPS Clerk 2016 Prelims. The cutoff is released in two categories – Sectional and Overall. The expected cutoff for the year is given below as per previous cutoff trends:

State/UTSCSTOBCUn Reserved
Andaman & NicobarNANA60.3870.13
Andhra Pradesh79.2575.6380.1387.5
Arunachal PradeshNA54.5NA71.38
Assam74.8867 0076.6384.88



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