IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Review & Expected Cutoff [Detail Analysis]

We are providing IBPS clerk prelims exam review & expected cutoff in this web page. The IBPS Clerk 2016 recruitment was notified in the month of August to fill 19243 vacancies in Indian govt banks. Approximately 8 – 10 lakh candidates are expected to appear for online test during these days. Therefore preliminary exams were scheduled on multiple dates – November 26, 27 & December 3, 4, 2016.

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After exam every candidates is waiting for IBPS clerk prelims exam review and expected cutoffs. So we are detailed clerk prelims exam review & excepted cutoff scores. This reviews & expected cutoff are Based on candidate’s feedback.

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IBPS Clerk Prelims 2016 Exam is being conducted for recruitment of clerk jobs in 20 public sector banks of India. As part of selection process, two stage examination processes involving preliminary & main exams are held. We are also provided IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam ProcessIBPS Clerk Salary StructureIBPS Clerk Exam Pattern.

IBPS Clerk prelims Review: Time Consuming but Easy

Clerical prelims exam pattern had 100 questions under 3 sections – Numerical Ability, English Language & Reasoning Ability.


Candidates must 100 questions in 60 minutes for a total of 100 marks. Each correct answer carries 1 mark & for each wrong option, 0.25 will be reduced as negative mark.

Pattern of IBPS clerk preliminary test is framed in such a way that it tests your ability to answer a question with maximum accuracy in minimum time.

A vast majority of participants who took their exams on November 26 & 27 are terming tests as easy. Now lets us see how they performed in each section.

Now, here is review of complete paper.


Numerical Ability: Level of difficulty: Easy | Questions: 30

Candidates, who are good at numbers & remember shortcuts, formula, concept etc., will find it easy to complete this section. Questions were from:

  • Simplification.
  • Number series.
  • Data Interpretation.
  • Simple/ Compound Interest.
  • Profit & Loss.
  • Time/ Work, Boats/ Streams.
  • Averages.
  • Partnership.
  • Age related problem.

Safe no of attempts: 16 – 22

With December 3rd & 4th exams pending, there is a chance for IBPS to change the question pattern slightly OR increase the difficulty level to maintain competitiveness.


English Language: There were 30 questions in this section. Difficulty Level: Easy

Questions were from following topics:

  • Reading Comprehension.
  • Cloze Test.
  • Sentence formation.
  • Spotting errors.
  • Synonyms/ Antonyms.

Some people felt error spotting questions and sentence formation were confusing to understand. Comprehension passages which usually consume time was infect quite easy.

Safe number of attempts: 12 to 20


Reasoning Ability: Difficulty Level: Moderate | Questions: 30

This section is often regarded as tough but this being clerical exam, questions were not very tricky as expected. See topics from which questions were asked:

  • Inequality.
  • Series (Number/ Alphabetical).
  • Puzzles.
  • Direction Sense.
  • Coding & Decoding.
  • Arrangement (Sitting/ Linear/ Row).

We were told that reasoning part was easy too & all those who have prepared well could complete it in 15 – 20 minutes.

Safe no of attempts: 15 to 23



IBPS Clerk Expected Cutoffs

What will be expected cutoffs of IBPS clerk prelims 2016 exam could be the next big thought now.

Cutoffs would be fixed state-wise since clerk vacancies differ for every state. So it is depending on number of jobs allotted for a particular state, qualifying marks will change.

Sectional Cutoffs: Candidates must pass in each section by scoring the individual cutoff scores fixed by IBPS. Based on your feedback, we are providing sectional cutoffs might be:

  • Reasoning: 8 – 12
  • English: 7 – 9
  • Numerical Ability: 5 – 8

Total Cutoffs: We expect that the ibps clerk prelims 2016 expected cutoffs could be 42 – 50 for general category & for other categories (OBC/ SC/ ST) it could be slightly lower than this figure.


Question : Can I Start Preparing for Mains?

Answer: You should starting for IBPS Clerk mains if you are confident of clearing the prelims.

We know how tough was IBPS PO main exam & the same might happen with IBPS clerk mains too. Therefore, it’s always better to start early.

Updated: November 28, 2016 — 4:47 pm

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