Learning for IBPS-PO from Analysis of SBI-PO Mains 2015

SBI PO Mains was conducted on 26th July, 2015, in different centres across India. PrepLadder experts have thoroughly analyzed the exam paper and will now be discussing the following with IBPS-PO Exam aspirants of 2015:

  • Clarification about difference in Exam Pattern.
  • What was asked in SBI – PO Mains?
  • What can you learn from this for IBPS PO?

Difference In Exam Pattern of SBI-PO and IBPS-PO Mains

In SBI PO Mains the examination consisted of the following:


Total number of Questions

Reasoning Ability


General Awareness/Computers/Marketing


Data Analysis and Interpretation


English Language




Whereas, in IBPS PO 2015 the exam would consist of the following:


Total number of Questions

Reasoning Ability

General Awareness 40
Computers 20
Quantitative Ability 50

English Language

Total 200

SBI Mains 2015 was held in two parts, i.e., the Objective and Descriptive whereas In IBPS PO Mains we will just have the Objective paper and there will be NO Descriptive paper.

In SBI PO Mains, quantitative ability included questions from Data Analysis & Interpretation, whereas, in IBPS PO Mains questions are expected from all topics of Quantitative Ability.

Also Read: Predicted Exam Pattern of IBPS-PO Prelims 

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What was asked in SBI PO Mains?

Here is a section wise analysis of SBI PO 2015 Mains.

1. English Section Analysis:

This section had easy to moderate level of questions. The number of questions from each of the topics:

Sentence Improvement – 5 questions

Fill in the Blanks – 5 questions 

Reading Comprehension – 10 questions each from 2 passages

Error Spotting – 5 questions

Para jumbles – 5 questions

Cloze test – 10 questions

The difficulty level of reading comprehension questions was moderate to difficult and the 2 passages were quite lengthy. Cloze test questions were difficult in nature. Rest the level of difficulty of Error Spotting, Para jumbles and fill in the blanks questions was easy to moderate.

2. Reasoning Ability Section Analysis

This section had moderate to difficult level of questions. This section had questions mainly based on Matrix Arrangement, Input –Output, Sitting Arrangement, and Circular Arrangement. No. of questions from each topic-

Sitting arrangement based on Blood Relations – 6 questions

Input Output – 7 questions

Coding- Decoding – 1 question

 Assertion - Reason – 1 question

Syllogisms – 5 questions

Matrix – 7 questions

Strong weak argument – 2 questions

Critical Reasoning – 1 question

Mathematical Inequality – 5 questions

Circular Arrangement  - 6 questions

Inference  - 3 questions

Data sufficiency – 5 questions

Course of action – 1 question

The reasoning ability had maximum questions based on Matrix Arrangement, Input –Output, Sitting Arrangement and Circular Arrangement. The set based on Circular Arrangement was very difficult. Questions based on Input – Output were also very difficult. Questions on data sufficiency were moderate difficulty wise. Verbal logic was easy and one new type of Question on sitting arrangement based on blood relations was also seen, the level of which was moderate difficulty wise.

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3. Data Interpretation section analysis 

In this section there was a focus on all type of questions from Data Interpretation. The overall difficulty level of this section was difficult. No. of questions from each topic –

Probability, Permutation & Combination – 5 questions

Table chart – 5 questions

Pie chart – 1 question

Line Graph – 5 questions

Number series – 5 questions

Data Sufficiency – 5 questions

Language DI – 5 questions

Quadratic – 5 questions

There were questions on Probability, Bar Charts, Pie Charts, Table & Mixed chart, Permutation & Combination, Data Sufficiency etc. The level of difficulty of this section was difficult. This section was also calculative and lengthy.

4. General Awareness/Computer/Marketing

The questions in this section were different from the traditional questions, which usually form a part of banking exams. No. of questions from each topic –

Marketing – 9 questions

Computers - 13 questions

General Awareness – 28 questions 

Under General Awareness there were topics like – 

Polity – 1 question

Personality – 2 questions

International affairs – 6 questions

Sports - 2 questions

Banking awareness – 10 questions

Geography – 4 questions

Important days – 1 question

Films – 1 question

Misc – 1 question

The questions based on marketing & General Awareness were moderate difficulty wise while questions from computers section were easy to answer.

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What can you learn from this for IBPS PO 2015?

  • Questions for IBPS PO 2015 are expected to be on similar lines as were seen in SBI-PO 2015.
  • Do not wait for the result of Prelims. Prepare for mains from the starting.
  • Do not skip any topic from any of the sections enlisted above. They are expected to hold similar importance in IBPS-PO Mains.
  • In English language you should focus on lengthy passages. Practice to increase your reading and comprehending speed.
  • In reasoning section focus more on questions from Input-output, Sitting arrangement , Matrix, Mathematical ability, Circular Arrangement, Data Sufficiency and Syllogisms.
  • In quantitative section you can be asked sufficient number of questions from Data Interpretation & analysis, so focus maximum on DI questions.
  • Expect questions which are a combination of 2 topics. Eg. combination of blood relations and seating arrangement, number system and data sufficiency, etc.
  • In computers and General Awareness sections increase try and read on diverse topics to improve your attempt and accuracy.

Try enough IBPS-PO mock tests to get well acquainted with the latest exam pattern. Do not take IBPS-PO exam lightly.

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