IBPS SO Prelims 2020: Exam Analysis and Cut-Offs at ixamBee!


The IBPS SO exam 2021-22 notification is expected any day now. To help you start your preparation comfortably, we have  put together the IBPS SO Prelims 2020 exam analysis for you. 

Take a look at the subject-wise analysis below to understand how many questions you can roughly expect per topic and which topics need more of your time and attention. 

IBPS SO Prelims Exam

In the Prelims exam, candidates will be assessed on 3 subjects for their aptitude test. They are:

  1. Reasoning 
  2. English Language
  3. Quantitative Aptitude

Please note: For Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari, Quantitative Aptitude test will be replaced by a test of General Awareness with special focus on the Banking Sector. 

Take a look at the complete IBPS SO Syllabus.

IBPS SO Prelims 2020 Exam Analysis

Reasoning Aptitude

TopicsNo. of QuestionsLevel
Seating Arrangement 10Moderate
Puzzles 10Moderate
Data Sufficiency4Moderate
Coded Inequality3Easy- Moderate
Syllogism5Easy- Moderate
Blood Relation1Easy
Input Output5Easy
Misc.7Easy- Moderate
Assumptions based2Moderate
Total50Easy- Moderate

For Reasoning, 10 questions each were asked on Puzzles and Seating Arrangement Questions. This is hardly surprising because we always ask our students to focus their attention toward solving Puzzles and Seating Arrangement questions daily as these many questions are expected every year from these 2 topics. 

The Seating Arrangement questions were based on circular and dual arrangement sitting. The puzzles were based on floors and scheduling. In all, the standard of assessment was easy-moderate. 

English Language

TopicsNo. of QuestionsLevel
Reading Comprehension20Easy to Moderate
Error Detection10Easy
Sentence Correction5Easy to Moderate
Cloze test5Easy to Moderate
Word Replacement5Easy to Moderate

For the English language test, as you can see from the table above, the questions were quite evenly spread out from all the topics. The highest number of questions, i.e, 20, were assessed from the passage that was provided. The overall level of assessment was easy. 

So, if you prepare well for the English test, you can score quite well. 

Quantitative Aptitude

For Quantitative Aptitude, as is always the case, the highest number of questions (15) were based on Data Interpretation. These DI questions were based on pie-charts, tables and Caselets. 20 questions were based on Arithmetic Word Problems from topics like Profit & Loss, Time & Work, Simple & Compound Interest and such. 

The overall level of examination was easy-moderate. 

TopicsNo. of QuestionsLevel
Quadratic Equation5Easy- Moderate
Data Interpretation15Easy- Moderate
Data Sufficiency5Moderate
Arithmetic Word Problem20Moderate

As you can make out, it is of paramount importance that you practice Data Interpretation problems daily. Moreover, ‘Arithmetic Word Problems’ are a very scoring topic and you should not leave out any topic during your preparation.

IBPS SO Prelims 2020 Cut-off

Section-wise Cut-off

Take a look at the cut-off for each subject in the table below. The highest cut-off mark across all subjects was for the Reasoning test at 13.50 for the General category. 

English Language9.506.75
General Awareness/ Quantitative Aptitude11.507.50

Category-wise Cut-off

CategoryCut-off Mark

The highest cut-off mark across all categories was 81.50 for the unreserved group. The lowest cut-off mark was 28.13 for those with hearing impairment. 

IBPS SO Previous Years’ Papers

When you’re looking at the exam analysis, it is always a good idea to also look at the previous years’ papers as you go along. 

IBPS SO (Rajbhasha/Law Officer) Previous Year Paper

IBPS SO (IT/HR/AFO/Marketing) Prelims Previous Year Papers

With the exam analysis at your disposal, we hope you now have a fair idea of what you may expect in the IBPS SO Prelims examination. And now that you have a fair idea of what you will face, there is no reason for any delay in beginning your preparation. 

If you need any help with your preparation, do take a look at ixamBee’s IBPS SO Prelims Exclusive Course

Good luck!

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