IBPS RRB Officers Scale I Mains Exam Analysis

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Dec 12, 2016

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The Main exam for IBPS RRB for the Officer Scale I posts concluded on December 11, 2016. The overall exam was moderate and hence the cutoff is expected to go a little higher this year. The cutoff, though, will be different for different states depending upon the number of vacancies.

The exam was conducted in online mode. The paper consisted of 5 sections and questions were asked in both Hindi and English. The duration of exam also varies.

The result for the exam conducted on December 11 is expected to be out by the end of December. The Main exam for the post of Office Assistants at RRBs will be conducted on December 18, 2016.

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IBPS RRB Main Officer Scale I Paper Analysis

Before we delve deeper into exam paper analysis for IBPS RRB Main exam, it is important to throw some light on the pattern followed for the exam. The Main exam for IBPS RRB Officer Scale I is of 2 hours and consists of 200 questions distributed over 5 sections. In case of a wrong answer, 1/4th of the marks allotted to that question is deducted.

Sections Number of questions Maximum Marks
Reasoning 40 50
Quantitative Aptitude 40 50
General Awareness 40 40
English Language/Hindi Language 40 40
Computer Knowledge 40 20
Total 200 200

This year the exam was deemed moderate. The mode of examination was both Hindi and English except for the language section and candidates could choose their preferred language. The difficulty level of different sections in the test paper if explained below:

Section Difficulty Level Good Attempt (no. of questions)
Reasoning Tough 16-20
Quantitative Aptitude Tough 14-18
General Awareness Easy to Moderate 18-24
English Language Moderate 15-20
Hindi Language Moderate 15-19
Computer Knowledge Moderate 20-25

Quantitative Aptitude Analysis

The Quantitative Aptitude section was moderate to difficult. Out of 40 questions, there were only 10 questions which fell in the easy to moderate category. There were three questions from data interpretation – pie chart, bar graph, and missing DI.

Topic-wise distribution of questions and there difficulty-level is given below:

Topic No. of Questions Level
Series 5 Moderate
Quadratic Equation 5 Easy to Moderate
Data Interpretation 15 Moderate to Difficult
Other (Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Time and work, Average, etc.) 15 Moderate to Difficult
Total 40 Moderate to difficult

Reasoning Ability Analysis

The reasoning ability section was moderate to difficult. There were a total of 4 puzzles. Questions from seating arrangement and puzzles made up for 50% questions in this section.

Topic No. of Questions Level
Syllogism 6 Moderate
Seating arrangement 10 Moderate
Puzzles 10 Moderate
Coding-Decoding 1 Moderate
Logical 8 Moderate
Alphabet Series 3 Moderate
Miscellaneous 2 Moderate
Total 40 Moderate

General Awareness and Computer Awareness Analysis

General Awareness section was easy to moderate. The questions were mainly from current affairs and banking related. Some of the topics covered were Asian Games 2018, APEC Summit 2016, Kabbadi World Cup etc.

Computer Awareness section was also easy. Any candidate aware with the basics of computer knowledge would have been able to attempt 20-25 questions easily and accurately.

English Language Analysis

English section was a little difficult than the Hindi language section. There were 2 reading comprehension questions in this section.

Topic-wise distribution for English language section is given below:

Topics No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Reading Comprehension 15 Moderate
Sentence Fillers 5 Moderate to Difficult
Para-Jumbled 5 Moderate to Difficult
Errors 5 Easy to Moderate
Cloze Test 10 Easy to Moderate
Total 40 Moderate

Hindi Language Analysis

Comparative to other sections, Hindi language was the easiest. Maximum questions were asked from Reading Comprehension and Cloze test.

Topic-wise distribution of questions and there difficulty-level is given below:

Topic No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Reading Comprehension 10 Moderate
Wrong Word 5 Easy to Moderate
Para-Jumbled 5 Easy to Moderate
Errors 5 Easy to Moderate
Cloze Test 10 Easy to Moderate
Odd One Out 5 Easy to Moderate
Total 40 Easy to Moderate

All in all the paper was moderate to difficult with easy questions scattered throughout. A total attempt of 135-145 questions can be termed as a good attempt. Accuracy highly matters when it comes to IBPS RRB exam. So a candidate with a 95% accuracy and a total attempt in the range of 140 questions can hope for selection in the Main exam.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.