The preliminary exam is only qualifying in nature and marks scored by a candidate in this exam have no bearing whatsoever on the final result. However, a candidate must qualify the preliminary test in order to be eligible for the Main examination.
The cut offs generally lie in the same range as previous year cut off with a spike or decrease of a few marks based on how tough or easy the exam was.
In Prelims exam, there are three sections - English Language, Reasoning Ability, and Quantitative Ability. In 2016, the cut off marks for English Language section was 4.50 for SC/ST/OBC/PwD and 7.00 for general candidates. For reasoning ability section, cut off was 5.50 for SC/ST/OBC/PwD and 8.50 for general candidates. For Quantitative Aptitude section, the cut off was 5.25 for SC/ST/OBC/PwD and 8.25 for general candidates.
The category-wise cut off for IBPS PO 2016 Prelim exam is given below:
General - 47.50
OBC - 46.50
SC - 40.00
ST - 31.25
OC - 32.75
VI - 31.50
HI - 18.00
As per the rules, a candidate has to score section-wise cut off marks as well as overall category-wise cut off marks to be called for the Main exam.
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