IBPS PO Mains 2016 Exam Analysis – 20th November

Dear Aspirants,

Today IBPS has conducted the Online Mains Examination for the Recruitment of Probationary Officers and In this Article we are providing you the Detailed Analysis of IBPS PO Mains Exam 2016.


This year IBPS PO Mains 2016 Exam Conducts only in 1 shift as many candidates are failed in Prelims Examination and therefore this time number of candidates shortlisted for Mains exam are very less as compare to previous year.


Exam Pattern of IBPS PO Mains 2016 Exam:



The overall LEVEL of the Paper was DIFFICULT. Out of the Five sections asked, Difficulty level was mainly due to the REASONING and ENGLISH part .

QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE was Moderate to difficult. Computer and GA part was Moderate.


I. English Language  (Level – Tough)

Reading Comprehension – 2 Sets

Note : NO cloze Test and Parajumble was asked.

 Synonym / Antonym Questions – 5 Questions [ stasis , pique , prodigy ]

Sentence Improvement – 5 Questions

Identifying the correct sentence among the given options – 5 Questions

Para Completion – 5 Questions


Passage asked :

Informal businesses typically sell legal goods and services. They include everyone from Italian restaurateurs who do not issue receipts, Ukraine’s ubiquitous street vendors selling fruit and vegetables and Indian households who pay their servants cash-in-hand. World Bank data suggest that informality is expanding. Over the past decade the world’s working-age population has been growing faster than the number of people officially employed, implying that there are more and more people in jobs outside the mainstream.

Is that so bad? Informal workers might otherwise have no job and even harder lives. When famine struck North Korea in the 1990s, millions broke the law by selling smuggled food. Plucky entrepreneurs who operate beyond the grasp of venal bureaucrats should surely be celebrated. Robert Neuwirth, an author, refers to Lagos’s largest rubbish dump as a “business incubator”, such is the enterprise that flourishes there. Much informal activity is also tolerated in practice. Nobody expects teenagers with the odd baby-sitting gig to set up limited companies with audited accounts.

But large-scale informality has malign effects. A paper from Friedrich Schneider of Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria, suggests that the tax loss from informality in the European Union was about €450 billion in 2011, or 4% of GDP—money the region’s indebted governments would find handy. And if every country in the world reduced its informal economy by 10% of GDP, back-of-the-envelope calculations suggest that they would garner $1 trillion or so extra in tax each year. For comparison, economists reckon that roughly $200 billion of tax is lost each year because of crafty use of tax havens.

Informal workers also get a bad deal. They earn no pension and may be paid on average half as much as formal employees. Wages are low in part because informal firms are less productive than formal ones. They are also smaller—expanding can mean catching the eye of officialdom and is hard to do without bank loans, which require proper book-keeping. In poor countries the average formal firm employs 126 people, compared with just four for informal ones, according to Rafael La Porta of Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and Andrei Shleifer of Harvard University.


II. Reasoning  (Level – Tough)


Syllogism :  (Tricky) – Find Statement from conclusion

Logical Reasoning :  Based on Statement assumption, selection procedure based

Floor puzzle – 5 Questions  (10 people living on 4 different floors. 2 were unoccupied.)

Linear Arrangement Puzzle  – (6-6 parallel row with blood relation )

Puzzle : Based on 9 people who belonged to 3 different departments

Coding decoding – 5 Question (different pattern)


Example of coding decoding question asked :

@#%* =different symbols were assigned to different starting character of words
for example –  #5s= farms
5= f+a+r+m+s
#= f

For example – the word is “Shine”

There are five alphabets,therefore numeral five(5).

“Shine” ends with E. So,it will be 5E . Symbol can be determined by the pattern given.


Question of coding decoding : 

Give solution for problem – #N8   #R3  %M7   @E4

Pure fruit sell great  –   @T5   %E4   *L4   #S6

Pet sensed ghostly farm  –   #M4  *D6   @Y7  %T3

Spa guards picked flake  –   %D6  @S6  #E5  *A3


Puzzle Asked :

J,K,L,M,S,T,U and V are eight employees of an organization and they will attend a meeting in the four months (March, June, October & November). The meeting held in each month on 13th and 22nd date. Only two meetings held in a month.
No person can attend the meeting after L. M does not attend the meeting in the month of 31 days. S and U attends meeting after M on date 22nd of different months, while J & k attends before M and K attends after J in the same month. V does not attend the meeting in the month in which either S attends or L attends.


III. Quantitative Aptitude :  (Level – Moderate to Tough)

Approximation : 5 Questions

Data Interpretation (3 sets)

1 Missing DI (tabular)  – based on Partnership Concept

1  PI chart –  Based on 2 product brands A, B sold on different shops.

1 based on graph – Based on number of visitors in 2 different theaters in different months


Number Series – 5 Questions ( based on odd one out )

Data Sufficiency – 10 questions

Miscellaneous – 10 Questions


Number Series asked :

  1. 33, 39, 56, 85 ,127 ,128 ,254
  2. 7, 9, 21, 67, 275, 1317, 8233
  3. 7, 4, 5, 9, 21, 52.5, 160.5
  4. 13, 27, 45, 117, 333, 981, 2925
  5. 36, 15, 45, 113, 243, 465


IV. General Awareness (Banking + Economy) Level – Moderate 

The level of the General Awareness & Banking questions was of moderate level.


V. Computer KnowledgeLevel –  Moderate 


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