Best Luck For IBPS RRB Pre – 2017 : Last Minute 8 Important Tips


Before we move to that, a clear idea of the structure of the exam is a must. The IBPS RRB Officer Scale 1 exam pattern will consist of the following –

Name of Test Medium of Exam Number of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
Reasoning Ability Hindi/ English 40 40 Composite time of 45 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude Hindi/ English 40 40
Total 80 80

Before you appear for IBPS RRB exam, take proper note of following –

1. Effective Time Management is a must to clear the exam. Do not try to solve each and every question. Select the questions you solve first carefully, keeping in mind your stronger areas. Try to first attempt the questions which are less time-consuming.

2. Speed and Accuracy are other important parameters that will help you clear this IBPS RRB exam. Make sure you maintain proper speed while solving the questions since the beginning.

3. Please keep in mind that there is Negative Marking of ¼ marks per question for each Wrong Answer.

4. Remember IBPS RRB prelims exam is just Qualifying in nature. The marks scored in this phase will not be included in the final merit list. Take a look at the IBPS RRB Selection process for more details.

5. Candidates are required to obtain a minimum score in each section to clear the Sectional Cut-Off and also a minimum total score to clear the Overall Cutoff in the online test to be shortlisted for the IBPS RRB mains phase. Take a look at last year’s IBPS RRB cut off for a better idea of how much you need to score.

6. Tips for Reasoning Ability section:

  • A total of 40 questions will be asked on this topic. Try to finish this topic within 20 minutes so that you have sufficient time for the other section as well.
  • Try to attempt the following topics first in this section –
    (a) Inequality
    (b) Syllogism
    (c) Coding – Decoding
    (d) Some miscellaneous questions like blood relations etc.
    (e) After you are done with these questions, you can go for puzzles/ seating arrangement or the remaining questions if the time permits.

7. Tips for Quantitative Aptitude Section:

  • 40 questions would be asked from this topic.
  • Try to devote at least 25 minutes for this section since this part is calculative.
  • Try to attempt the following topics first in this section –
    (a) Number Series
    (b) Simplification/ Approximation
    (c) Quadratic Equations
    (d) Data Interpretation (Ratio and Average based questions)
    (e) After you are done with these topics, you can move on to the miscellaneous questions if there still is time.
  • Do not spend more than a minute or two on any particular question. If you have even a little doubt on the question, it would be advisable to move on to the next and come back to it if the time permits.

8. Major Do’s and Don’t for the IBPS RRB Officer Scale I Exam –

  • Do not panic once the exam starts. Stay calm and start with the section you are most confident about.
  • Do read the questions properly first.
  • Do attempt the questions in the time you have assigned to each section and try not to spend more time than that.
  • Do make sure that you attempt 50 plus questions.
  • Do not spend too much time on any one question.
  • Do not use guesswork.
  • Do not forget to take along the photograph (same as that on the admit card) and Xerox as well as the original ID proof with you.

All the best for your exams.

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