IBPS PO Prelims Exam 3rd Shift Analysis 3 Oct 2020: Question Asked, Difficulty Level

By Akshay Khandelwal|Updated : October 3rd, 2020

IBPS PO Prelims Exam 3rd Shift Analysis 3rd October 2020: IBPS has successfully conducted the 3rd shift of today's IBPS PO Prelims exam. IBPS PO exams are scheduled to be held on 3rd, 10th, and 11th October 2020. Each day there are going to be 4 shifts of the IBPS PO Prelims exam and in all these shifts lakhs of students will appear in the exam. At BYJU'S Exam Prep, we are providing you with the IBPS PO 3rd Shift exam analysis 2020 of today's Prelims exam held from 2 PM to 3 PM. 

As we writing this article the IBPS PO Prelims Shift 3 has now over and all the aspirants who are appearing in the IBPS PO Exam 2020 want to know the difficulty level of the IBPS PO 2020 questions paper, the accurate breakup of all the three shifts, and a most importantly new type of questions asked in IBPS PO prelims exam.

In this article, we are going to do the accurate and detailed review of the IBPS PO Prelims Exam 2020. Under the IBPS PO Prelims analysis 2020, we are going to discuss the type of questions asked in the paper, difficulty level, the number of questions asked from a particular topic, any changes in the trend and pattern of exam, IBPS PO expected cut off, etc.


Now that we know the benefits of the exam analysis, let's now discuss the IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis Shift 3 in detail:

IBPS PO Prelims Exam 2020: Exam Time

ShiftReporting TimeStart of Examination
Shift-18:00 AM9 AM -10 AM
Shift-210:30 AM11:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Shift-31:00 PM2 PM- 3 PM
Shift-43:30 PM4:30 PM- 5:30 PM

IBPS PO Prelims Exam 2020: Exam Centre Guidelines

  1. Students appearing in the IBPS PO Prelims exam are required to wear a mask during the examination. 
  2. Candidates can carry a personal transparent water bottle, personal hand sanitizer (50 ml), gloves & a simple pen inside the exam centre of IBPS PO.
  3. An applicant must have installed Arogya-Setu app on his/her smartphone and that app should show his/her COVID 19 risk profile.
  4. At the exam centre, the registration of the applicants will be done with the help of photo capture.
  5. In the exam hall, two separate dropbox will be provided for the rough sheets and call letters. Students are required to drop these in their designated boxes. 

IBPS PO Prelims Exam 3rd Shift Analysis 2020: Key Highlights

  • In the IBPS Probationary Officer Prelims Exam candidates are required to attempt 100 questions in 60 minutes. 
  • There are three sections in the exam, they are
    • Reasoning Ability
    • Quantitative Aptitude
    • English Language
  • In IBPS PO Prelims exam there is the sectional timer of 20 minutes for each section.  
  • In the English section, there are 30 questions and in both reasoning and quant section, there are 35 questions each. 
  • The sequence of the sections in the IBPS PO Prelims Shift 3 was as follows:
    1. English Ability
    2. Quantitative Aptitude
    3. Reasoning Ability

IBPS PO 3rd Shift Exam Analysis 2020: Difficulty Level

The overall level of the IBPS PO Prelims Exam Shift 3 was easy to moderate. Among the three-section, English was the easiest and scoring. Check the complete breakup of each section and overall good attempts below.

Section Name

Difficulty Level

Overall Level of the exam

Quantitative Aptitude

Moderate and calculativeModerate

Reasoning Ability


English Language


IBPS PO Prelims Exam 3rd Shift Review: 3rd October 2020

1. IBPS PO Prelims Review (Shift 3): Reasoning Ability

Level: Moderate

The following topics were asked in the Reasoning section of this exam:

Topic Name

Number of questions

Topic Details

Puzzles and Seating Arrangement

  • Circular puzzle, facing inside-6 people, liking colours
  • Linear Puzzle, bi-direction, 8 people, 4 facing north, 4 facing south.
  • Tabular Puzzle, 9 people given.
  • Scheduling based (Time slot is given)


  •  Level: Easy
  • Only and a few types
  • Three questions were asked.


  • Chinese type coding-decoding was asked.
  • Questions were easy.

Order and ranking

  •  Height based questions
  • Level: Easy to moderate


  • Reliasable- 1, 3, 8 and 10th word use to make a meaningful word.
  • FREQUENT- forward and backward
  • Odd one out
  • A number was given where 1 was added to even and 2 was subtracted to odd numbers.

2. IBPS PO Prelims Review (Shift 3): Quantitative Aptitude

Level: Moderate

Numerical Ability Section consisted of the following topics -

Topic Name

Number of questions

Topic Details


  • Questions were based on basic BODMAS rule.
  • Easy and doable.

Wrong Number Series

  • 5 questions on wrong number series.
  • Standard type.
  • Easy to moderate level.

Data Interpretation

  • Caselet DI- Easy (based on ven diagram, incoming and outgoing call)
  • Line chart DI (total number of questions given, Total number of questions attempted and appeared)
  • Tabular DI- CALCULATIVE )Based on percentage and ratio)- Difficult

Miscellaneous (Arithmetic)

  • Questions were asked from topics like Simple & Compound Interest, Mixtures, Percentages, Ages, Partnerships, Time Speed & Distance, Alligation, Averages, Time & Work, Profit & Loss, Mensuration etc. 

3. IBPS PO Prelims Review (Shift 3): English Language

Level: Moderate

English Language section comprises of topics mentioned below -

Topic Name

Number of questions

Topic Details

Reading Comprehension

  • RC was based on the topic of Pandemic.
  • Three vocab based questions.
  • One word was ACUTE (Synonym)
  • Inclined- Opposite 
  • Wake- Synonym.

Cloze Test

  •  It was doable and easy.
  • Based on Time Management

Sentence Rearrangement

  • 5 questions were asked on this topic.

Word Exchange

  • Questions were easy and less time consuming
  • set of five questions were asked.

Error Spotting

  •  Questions asked were easy.
  • Five options were given out of which one sentence has an error.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam 2020 (Shift 3): Good Attempts


Good Attempts

Quantitative Aptitude


Reasoning Ability


English Language


Overall Good Attempts 


FAQs for IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis, Shift 3:

The following are the most common frequently asked questions for IBPS Probationary Officer Prelims Exam 2020.

Q. What was the total time allotted for the IBPS PO Prelims Shift 3 exam?

Ans: The total time allotted for the exam is 60 minutes.

Q. Is there a sectional timer in the IBPS PO prelims exam 2020?

Ans: Yes, there was a sectional timer of 20 minutes for each section.

Q. Was I allowed to switch between the sections during the exam?

Ans: No, candidates are not allowed to switch between sections during the exam.

Q. Is wearing gloves mandatory for IBPS PO Prelims Exam?

Ans. No, a candidate may choose to wear the gloves during the exam but they are not compulsory. 

Q. I do not have a smartphone thus do not have Aarogya Setu app, how can I appear in the exam?

Ans: If you do not have Aarogya Setu app then you can submit the self-declaration form along with the admit card.

Q. How many sections are there in IBPS PO Prelims Exam 2020?

Ans: There are 3 section is the exam, they are:

  1. Reasoning ability
  2. Quantitative aptitude
  3. English language

Q. Does the marks obtain in the IBPS PO Prelims exam consider in the calculation of merit list?

Ans: Not, IBPS PO Prelims exam is qualifying in nature and its marks does not consider into the calculation of merit list. 

Do share any question that you remember in the comment box!!

This is all about the IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2020, Shift 3 of 3rd October 2020.


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