IBPS Clerk Prelims 2015: Exam Review & Expected Cutoffs

ibps clerk prelims exam 2015 reviewThe IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam 2015 is being conducted for the recruitment of clerk posts in 20 public sectors India.For the first time, a two stage examination process was introduced from this year that involved a preliminary & main exam.If you were searching to know the exam difficulty level, here is the clerk prelims exam review & excepted cutoff scores.


The IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam 2015 was scheduled to be conducted on multiple dates – December 5, 6, 12 & 13th.Approximately 8 – 10 lakh candidates are expected to appear for the online test during the these days.


Despite the massive floods in Chennai & nearby areas, IBPS did not announce anything about the clerical exams on their website.Apart this incident, exams were held in all centres as planned.


Clerk Exam Review - Easy or Difficult?

Candidates had 100 questions under 3 sections – English, Numerical Ability & Reasoning Ability.


They have to solve 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.

The 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 Dec 5, 6, 12 & 13 are terming the tests as easy.Now lets us see how they performed in each section.


UPDATE: IBPS Clerk Prelims Results have been announced.From what we know, many candidates with 45+ attempts are successful.


Now lets look at the review of the complete paper.


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

There was questions from the following topics:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze Test
  • Sentence formation
  • Spot the errors
  • Parajumbles

The comprehension passages that usually consume time was infact quite easy.Some felt the cloze test, error spotting & sentence formation were confusing but doable.


Safe number of attempts: 15 to 20


Reasoning Ability: Questions: 30 | Difficulty Level: Moderate

This is often considered to be tough but this being clerical exam, questions were not that tough as expected.See the topics from which questions were asked:

  • Inequality
  • Coding & Decoding
  • Arrangement (Sitting/ Linear/ Row)
  • Series (Number/ Alphabetical)
  • Blood relations
  • Ranking (puzzle form)
  • Direction Sense

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


Safe no of attempts: 11 to 18


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

All those who are good at numbers & remember the 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
  • Averages
  • Partnership
  • Age related problem

Safe no of attempts: 14 to 19


With one more weekend exam pending, there is a chance for IBPS to change the question pattern slightly OR increase the difficulty level to maintain competitiveness.


IBPS Clerk Expected Cutoffs

What will be the cutoffs of IBPS clerk prelims 2015 exam could be the next big thought in all your minds now.


Most probably, there could be only a common cutoff for all states at this level.State-wise cutoffs could be implemented for the main exams.

Going by that logic, the ibps clerk prelims 2015 expected cutoffs could be in the range of 42 – 50 for general.For other categories it could be slightly lower than this figure.

As you know there shall be individual cutoff scores on each section as well which would be normally within 15.


Can I Start Preparing for Mains?

You should.We know how tough was IBPS PO main exam & the same might happen with IBPS clerk mains too.Therefore you should begin practicing for the clerk mains from now.


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How was your performance.Mention your attempts in the comments to discuss.

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