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IBPS RRB 2021 Syllabus (Section Wise), Important Topics and Exam Pattern

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Jan 19, 2021

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Institute of Banking Personnel and Selection determines the exam pattern and syllabus for IBPS RRB Exam. The syllabus is based on 5 subjects. They are Reasoning Ability, Numerical Ability/ Quantitative Aptitude, English/Hindi language, Computer Awareness and General knowledge. 

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  • The difficulty level of Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude sections is equivalent to that of higher secondary level.
  • Candidates can choose any language from English and Hindi as per their choice.
  • Computer Awareness tests candidates’ basic operational ability required in banking job.
  • General knowledge includes current affairs and static Gk related to banking and finance sector. 
  • The only difference in Officer Scale-I and Office Assistant syllabus is that in the former Quantitative Aptitude is asked whereas in the latter Numerical Ability is asked. Quantitative Aptitude is advanced and tougher version of Numerical Ability. Check IBPS RRB 2020 Vacancies   
Before moving to the section-wise syllabus for prelims and mains paper, candidates must check the exam pattern for both Office Assistant and officer Scale-I posts. 

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IBPS RRB 2020 Exam Pattern

IBPS RRB Exam is conducted in online mode only having objective type questions in both Hindi and English Languages. There is a provision of negative marking for all the wrong attempts made by a candidate. The paper pattern for Preliminary and Mains Examination is described below:

IBPS RRB Preliminary Exam Pattern

IBPS conducts preliminary exam for Office Assistant and Officer scale-I posts only. For both the posts the paper pattern is similar. In IBPS RRB Preliminary Examination, a total of 80 questions are asked from 2 sections. Number of questions from each section is 40. The total time allotted to solve these 80 questions is 45 minutes. The only difference is in the syllabus. The syllabus for preliminary exam of both the posts are given below:

Office Assistant: The Paper of Office Assistant has 40 questions each from Numerical Ability and Reasoning Ability.

Officer Scale-I: The Paper of Officer Scale I also has 40 questions each from Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability.     

IBPS RRB Main Exam

Candidates need to obtain minimum IBPS RRB Cut off in both the subjects to clear the preliminary exam. In IBPS RRB Mains Examination, a total of 200 questions are asked from 5 sections. Number of questions from each section is 40. The total time allotted to solve these 200 questions is 2 hours.The syllabus for Mains exam of Office Assistant and Officer Scale-I is given below:

Office Assistant: The Paper has five sections- Numerical Ability, Reasoning Ability, English/Hindi Language, Computer Awareness and General Knowledge.

Officer Scale-I: The Paper has five sections- Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, English/Hindi Language, Computer Awareness and General Knowledge.

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IBPS RRB 2020 Section-Wise Syllabus

A candidate should be aware of IBPS RRB 2020 Syllabus in order to prepare well for the common written exam. According to the IBPS RRB 2020 Exam Pattern, questions are asked from different topics and sections in the exam. IBPS RRB Syllabus covers all the important topics of each section.

Questions in IBPS RRB are set from total 5 sections-Reasoning, Numerical Ability/Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness, Computer Knowledge, English Language/ Hindi Language. It is up to the choice of a candidate as he/she can attempt all the sections either in English or Hindi except English and Hindi language paper. A candidate must go through IBPS RRB Syllabus before starting their preparation for IBPS RRB Exam:

IBPS RRB 2020 Numerical Ability Syllabus

In the following table, Numerical Ability Syllabus is mentioned:

Numerical Ability Topics Numerical Ability Topics Numerical Ability Topics
LCM and HCF Ratios Percentage
Factoring Age Profit and Loss
Missing Numbers Average Prices and Expenditure Problems
Simple and Compound Interest Time and Work Mensuration
Volume Time and Distance Fractions
Series Completion -- --

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IBPS RRB 2020 Reasoning Ability Syllabus

In the given below table, IBPS RRB syllabus for Reasoning Ability section is mentioned:

Reasoning Topics Reasoning Topics Reasoning Topics
Seating Arrangement Input-Output Assertion and reason
Logical Reasoning Alphanumeric Series Figure Series
Tabulation Puzzles Ranking Word Formation
Coding-Decoding Direction Statement and Conclusion
Inequalities Alphabet Test Statement and assumption
Blood Relations Data Insufficiency Statement and Argument
Syllogism Analogy Statement and action’s courses
Decision making Odd one out Passage and conclusions
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IBPS RRB 2020 Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus

Quantitative Aptitude syllabus for IBPS RRB exam is represented in the following table:

Quantitative Aptitude Topics Quantitative Aptitude Topics Quantitative Aptitude Topics
Data interpretation Percentage Simple and compound Interest
Permutations and combinations Average Sequence and Series
Probability Profit and Loss Bar Graphs
Sequence and series Work and Time Line Graphs
Simplification Time and Distance Mixed Graphs
Number System Mixtures and Allegations Case Study
Ration and Proportion Surds and Indices Pie Charts

IBPS RRB 2020 English/ Hindi Language Syllabus

A candidate can choose only one language from English or Hindi Language section in IBPS RRB exam. In the following table, the syllabus for English Language and Hindi Language is represented:

English Language Topics English Language Topics Hindi Language Topics
Cloze Test Antonyms Gadyansh (Paragraph)
Reading Comprehension Multiple Meanings Vartani
Fill in the blanks Error Spotting Alankar
Paragraph Completion Double blanks in a sentence Muhavre
Sentence Correction Phrase substitution Vyakaran
Para Jumbles Fill in the blanks with suitable words Vipritarthak Shabd
Miscellaneous Mistakes Samanarthak Shabd
Synonyms Vocabulary

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IBPS RRB 2020 General Awareness Syllabus

In the following table, General Awareness syllabus is mentioned:

General Awareness Topics General Awareness Topics General Awareness Topics
Current affairs (Last 6 months) Roles of RBI Micro Finance
Banking Awareness Budget Basics Base Rate
Indian Financial System Current Union Budget Negotiable Instruments
History and structure of Indian Banking International Organizations Credit Rating Agencies
Indian Economy Financial Institutions Teaser Rates and Current Bank Rates
Regulatory Bodies Indian Constitution GAAR and UNO
RBI, SEBI, IRDA, PFRDA, FSDC, FMC Government Schemes Important Dates and Abbreviation
History of RBI Monetary and Credit policies Marketing
Functions of RBI Concepts like BASEL Awards and Honors Sports

IBPS RRB 2020 Computer Knowledge Syllabus

Computer Knowledge syllabus is represented in the given below table:

Computer Knowledge Topics Computer Knowledge Topics Computer Knowledge Topics
Concept of Internet Communication (Basic Intro) MS Windows and MS Office
History of Computers Operating System Networking
Database Management System Security Tools LAN and WAN
Hardware Viruses Shortcuts
History and working of Internet Hackers Computer Abbreviations
Applications Number System

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