IBPS RRB 2020 Paper Analysis and Section-wise Analysis

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Oct 20, 2020

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IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) is going to conduct IBPS RRB Exam for recruiting Group A Officers (Scale I, II and III) and Group B Office Assistants in various participating RRBs across the country from August 1 – 16, 2020. Check Exam Dates 

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  • IBPS RRB exam is a two tier entrance examination i.e. Preliminary and Main followed by Interview round.
  • Preliminary exam is conducted only for those candidates who are applying for Officer Scale I and Office Assistants.
  • Candidates who are applying for Officers Scale II and III will have to appear only for Single Online exam and Interview.
  • Candidates qualifying in the Preliminary exam would be shortlisted to appear in the next stages i.e., IBPS RRB Main. Check Cutoff

Importance of IBPS RRB 2020 Paper Analysis

IBPS RRB Paper Analysis is undoubtedly important for every student who wishes to appear for IBPS RRB Exam. Through IBPS RRB Paper Analysis one can know whether candidates found a particular section easy or tough during common written exam. Every section of the paper is analyzed, how much time candidates took to complete every individual section of RRB Exam. Which section needs a faster speed and which needs a deeper thinking, is all calculated through IBPS RRB Paper Analysis. Through paper analysis of IBPS RRB, a student can prepare his/her preparation strategy very easily.

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IBPS RRB Paper Analysis 2019

According to IBPS RRB Exam 2019, the good attempt in exam was 140-150 questions. The overall paper had moderate difficulty level. Out of all the sections of RRB exam, Quantitative section was comparatively more calculative and a bit tricky than the other sections. The Reasoning section was of moderate level, English Language/Hindi Language was easy, General Awareness section was moderate and Computer section was marked easy as always.

Given below is IBPS RRB subject wise paper analysis:

Section Total Number of MCQs Maximum Marks Difficulty Level Positive Attempts Time Consumed
Reasoning 40 Questions 50 Marks Moderate 28-35 35 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 40 Questions 50 Marks Difficult 25-30 40 minutes
General Awareness 40 Questions 40 Marks Moderate 26-31 10 minutes
English/Hindi Language 40 Questions 40 Marks Easy 25-30 25 minutes
Computer Knowledge 40 Questions 20 Marks Easy 31-37 10 minutes
Total 200 Questions 200 Marks Moderate 135-155 120 minutes

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The following pie chart shows the approximate percentage of level of difficulty of questions asked in IBPS RRB exam 2019.

IBPS RRB Paper Analysis

Section-wise IBPS RRB 2019 Paper Analysis

Section 1: Reasoning

The reasoning section in IBPS RRB 2019 had a bit of high level questions. There were a total of 40 questions asked in reasoning section. The questions framed through this topic were usually about blood relations, verbal reasoning, mathematical operations, odd one out, alphabet test, classification, syllogism, causes and effects, coding-decoding, analysis, decision making, sitting arrangements, statement and conclusion, word formation, puzzle, assertion and reasoning, series.

Candidates found that this section needs thorough preparation particularly with the sitting arrangement/puzzles questions. It is advised not to spend too much time on one single question and move ahead to next one. Students roughly took 35-40 minutes to solve 40 questions of the reasoning section.

Topic Number of Questions
Syllogisms 05 Questions
Seating Arrangement 05 Questions
Inequality 05 Questions
Floor Puzzle 05 Questions
Linear Arrangement (Parallel) 05 Questions
Blood Relations 03 Questions
Numerical Series 02 Questions
Miscellaneous: Coding-Decoding, Direction Sense 10 Questions

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Section 2: English Language

In RRB exam, there is an option for opting either for English or Hindi as a language in proficiency test. Language test was of moderate to high level. Total 40 questions were asked that carried 40 marks. Usually topics in this section were of comprehension passage, idioms and phrases, jumbled sentence, synonyms antonyms, fill in the blanks, spelling check, spot the error in a sentence and one word substitution.

Jumbled sentences were rather time-consuming and confusing for those who hadn’t practiced much of them. So, it is advised to practice more for jumbled sentences. One is advised not to spend much time reading comprehension passages rather to answer them by applying tricks.

Topic Number of Questions
Reading Comprehension (Based on a short story) 10 Questions
Sentence Correction 05 Questions
Para Jumble 05 Questions
Cloze Test 10 Questions
Fillers 05 Questions
Sentence Improvement 05 Questions

Go through the IBPS RRB Sectional Tests to know more about the Exam pattern 

Section 3: Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative Aptitude of IBPS Exam 2019 was considered to be of high-level difficulty. This section had 40 questions. Questions here were based on number system, Decimal Fractions, LCM-HCF, number series, Simple/Compound Interest, time, distance and speed, partnership, time and work, percentage, profit and loss, permutation and combination and data interpretation.

Such questions need fast calculation speed. And to achieve that speed one has to practice a lot.

Topic Number of Questions
Series 05 Questions
Simplification 15 Questions
Data Interpretation 05 Questions
Miscellaneous: P&L, SI, CI, Speed and Distance, Mixture & Allegations, Age, Time and Work and Mensuration 15 Questions

Section 4: General Awareness

One can score really well in General Awareness section of IBPS RRB exam  but under the condition that you are well aware of the current affairs. One who is not having ample knowledge of what is going on around the world finds this section very difficult to attempt. This was the section that has the ability to get you past the barrier of cut-off.

To ace in this section, all you need is to have a good knowledge of current affairs of the recent past. Some questions are also based on Static GK as well. So it is suggested to all the students to go through the current affairs very well and try to remember the facts.

Section 5: Computer Knowledge

The computer section remains to be the easiest one and students always manage to perform well in this section of RRB exam. This section had a total 40 questions for 20 marks.

30 to 35 questions were of very easy level and a candidate could easily attempt all of them without taking much time. A few questions were bit tricky but could be guessed if one has the knowledge of basics of computer. This section basically tests the basic knowledge of computer operating system, MS Office, software and hardware, basic knowledge of Internet and networking system. This section is pretty scoring that comes without much of a practice.


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