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The release of IBPS RRB Notification must have brought a smile to banking aspirants. After all, in the tense environment of COVID-19 pandemic, it was only IBPS RRB Notification which has been released with 8,400+ vacancies. These vacancies are huge in number and bring a lot of opportunities to banking aspirants. The importance of government jobs has undoubtedly increased as a lot of private jobs got affected because of the lockdowns caused by COVID-19. The importance of job-security of government jobs has further increased in aspirants’ mind. It’s because of this why we are stressing on the fact that there are 3,800 vacancies of RRB Officer Scale I which are extremely good opportunities for you.

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A Detailed Analysis of RRB PO Prelims of 2019 & 2018

In this article, we will be analysing the Prelims exams of previous years and will be analysing which topics are expected this year. The IBPS RRB PO 2020 Prelims exact dates are not yet and it is mentioned in the official notification that the Prelims can be conducted anytime in the month of September/October 2020. Well! There is just 1 month left for Septemeber and you should put all your efforts towards your preparation. Please note that RRB Officer Scale I Prelims is a speed-based exam and you really need to be quick & accurate to clear it. At this point in time, most of your concepts should have been cleared and you should start solving questions with a time-limit.

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Let’s have a look at the detailed section-wise topic-wise analysis of RRB PO Prelims conducted in 2019 & 2018. This will also help us do an analysis on what topics were repeatedly asked. This analysis will help us answer the question on which topics to expect in the upcoming exam of RRB PO 2020 Prelims which will be conducted in September/October 2020.

IBPS RRB PO 2019 Prelims: Shift I Analysis

Reasoning 

TopicNo. of Questions
Puzzles●  Seating Arrangement (Square – In/Out – 8 persons)●  Seating Arrangement (Linear- North/South facing – 8 persons)●  Month and Date Based Puzzle (5 Months and 2 Dates) – 10 Persons●  Age based Puzzle (Years in which different people were born)20
Blood Relations3
Inequalities5
Coding-decoding (Normal)5
Miscellaneous4-5
Order and Ranking2-3
Total40

Quantitative Aptitude

TopicNo. of Questions
Puzzles●  Bar Graph●  Table11
Number Series (Missing)6
Equations Comparison (Quadratic)6
Data Sufficiency (Two statements based)5
Word Problems (Averages, Profit and Loss, Compound Interest, Time and Work, Partnership etc.)12
Total40

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IBPS RRB PO 2019 Prelims: Shift II Analysis

Reasoning

This section was easy to moderate.

TopicNo. of Questions
Puzzles●  Seating Arrangement (Circular – In/Out – 8 persons)●  Seating Arrangement (Linear- North facing – 9 persons)●  Seating Arrangement (Linear – Unknown number of persons)●  Month Based Puzzle (4 Months and 2 Dates)  – 8 Persons●  Floor based Puzzle (6 persons with age as a variable)24
Blood Relations3
Syllogisms (Only Few Type also)5
Direction Sense Test3
Miscellaneous (Alphabet based)2
Order and Ranking3
Total40

Quantitative Aptitude

TopicNo. of Questions
Puzzles●  Table●  Caselet●  Line Graph15
Number Series (Missing)5
Equations Comparison (Quadratic)5
Word Problems (Boats and Streams, Ages, Compound Interest, Time and Work, Partnership etc.)15
Total40

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IBPS RRB PO 2019 Prelims: Shift III Analysis

Reasoning

This section was easy to moderate.

TopicNo. of Questions
Puzzles●  Seating Arrangement (Two Parallel Rows – 6 persons in each row)●  Seating Arrangement (Square- inside and outside – 8 persons)●  Seating Arrangement (Linear – Unknown number of persons)●  Month Based Puzzle (9 months)  – 9 Persons●  Box based Puzzle (11 boxes)20
Blood Relations2
Syllogisms5
Inequalities5
Coding Decoding5
Miscellaneous (Alphabet and numbers based)3
Total40

Quantitative Aptitude

TopicNo. of Questions
Puzzles●  Table●  Caselet●  Line Graph17
Number Series (Missing)7
Approximation6
Word Problems (Pipes and Cisterns, Ages, Compound Interest, Time and Work, Ratio and Proportion etc.)10
Total40

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IBPS RRB PO 2019 Prelims: Shift IV Analysis

Reasoning 

TopicNo. of Questions
Puzzles●  Seating Arrangement (Linear – 8 persons facing north and south)●  Floor based Puzzle (8 persons on 4 floors)●  Day based Puzzle (7 events organized on 7 days)●  Box based Puzzle (11 boxes)20
Blood Relations3
Syllogisms (Only Few type)5
Direction Sense3
Coding Decoding5
Miscellaneous (Alphabet and numbers based)4
Total40

Quantitative Aptitude

TopicNo. of Questions
Puzzles●  Table●  Caselet●  Bar Graph15
Number Series (Wrong)6-7
Approximation6
Word Problems (Pipes and Cisterns, Ages, Compound Interest, Time and Work, Ratio and Proportion etc.)12-13
Total40

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IBPS RRB PO 2018 Prelims: Shift I Analysis

Reasoning 

TopicNo. of Questions
PuzzlesA linear puzzle where 14 persons were supposed to be arrangedA puzzle of seating arrangement (circular) with a total of 8 peopleA puzzle involving days and movies where movies of different slots need to be arrangedA puzzle of sitting arrangement (linear) with a total of 24 peopleA puzzle to compare heightsA puzzle based on box27
Blood Relations3
Syllogisms5
Number Series1
Direction Sense3
Alphabetical Series1
Total40

Quantitative Aptitude

TopicNo. of Questions
Data InterpretationA caselet where data related to the number of persons in a union was givenA bar graph with the number of tigers in different years and parksA line graph where the data of 2 stores- one each of kids and adults were given15
Quadratic Equations5
Wrong Number Series5
Miscellaneous Word Problems (age-based, percentage, profit & loss, time and work, probability, partnership, time, speed & distance)15
Total40

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Questions from the above topics were asked in RRB Officer Scale I Prelims in the years 2019 & 2018. It can be clearly seen that a number of important topics have been repeated multiple times. Topics which have been asked multiple times are obviously important and you should not miss out practising them. In fact, a couple of topics are there in every shift of the exam. Let’s have a look at the below table where the number of topics asked in Reasoning & Quantitative Aptitude has been analysed.

Number of Questions asked from Different Topics of Reasoning (Total of 5 Shifts)

TopicNumber of Questions
Seating Arrangement/ Puzzles111
Blood Relations14
Inequalities10
Coding-Decoding15
Order & Ranking6
Miscrellaneous4
Syllogism20
Direction Sense9
Alphanumeric/Alphabet/Number based series11

Number of Questions asked from Different Topics of Quantitative Aptitude (Total of 5 Shifts)

TopicNumber of Questions
Data Interpretation73
Number Series(Missing/Wrong)29
Quadratic Equations Comparison16
Data Sufficiency5
Miscellaneous Word Problems (Averages, Profit and Loss, Compound Interest, Time and Work, Partnership, Boats and Streams, Age Related, Pipes and Cisterns, Ratio and Proportion etc.)65
Approximation12

Now that we have done the section-wise topic-wise analysis, let’s have a look at which topics can be expected in the Reasoning & Quantitative Aptitude sections of RRB PO Prelims 2020.

What to Expect in the Reasoning section for RRB Officer Scale I 2020 Prelims?

Seating Arrangement/ Puzzles

This topic has appeared in all the shifts of RRB PO Prelims and hence hold the maximum importance in this exam. Aspirants who are thinking to clear RRB PO Prelims simply can’t afford to miss this topic. Although a lot of aspirants are afraid of questions on seating arrangement/puzzles, we sincerely advise them to get the concept cleared and solve a number of questions to get more clarity. Use this PDF on Seating Arrangement/Puzzles for Tips, Examples & Questions for Practice.

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Syllogism

The next important topic is syllogism. Questions from this topic has appeared in multiple shifts. This is considered a moderate topic from the difficulty point of view but once you have understood the concept & rules properly you can answer the questions quickly & with accuracy. Use this PDF for rules & concepts. Also, it’s been observed that now-days ‘Only & Few’ Syllogism questions are asked more frequently. We have covered the rules, concept, examples & questions for practice of Only & Few Syllogism questions in this PDF.

Coding-Decoding

Questions on Coding-decoding are also easy to moderate in terms of difficulty. Once you have understood the basic concepts and have done enough practice, you should be able to answer the questions in less time. Also, in the exam lookout for the easy & moderate coding-decoding questions, solve them first and then if time is left, try solving the difficult questions. Check out tips on coding-decoding here.

Blood Relations

Compared to Puzzles/Seating Arrangement & Syllogism, Blood Relations is considered an easy topic. Practice at least 100 questions on this topic and you will be good to go. Also, here are some rules, tips & tricks with the help of which you can answer blood relations questions quickly.

What to Expect in the Quantitative Aptitude section for RRB Officer Scale I 2020 Prelims?

Data Interpretation

At least 10-11 questions of Data Interpretation have been continuously asked in each shift of RRB Officer Scale I Prelims. These questions look difficult to some aspirants but it again depends on your understanding and the practice you do beforehand. Ensure that you are comfortable with different kinds of tables/charts viz. Charts and Graphs: Line Graph, Bar Graph, Pie Chart; Tabular; Caselet; Mixed DI etc. Use this PDF to get Tips on Data Interpretation and for Questions for Practice.

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Wrong/Missing Number Series

This is an easy topic but it doesn’t work on any given formula. The best trick to get mastery on number series is practice. Practice at least 100 number series questions and you will get a hang of how to solve them. We also have a PDF which have some bonus tips as well as questions for practice on number series.

Quadratic Equations Comparison

While the word quadratic equation make the topic sound difficult, it actually is an easy topic. Once you are thorough with the concept of solving quadratic equations, you can answer these questions in no time. If you have practised enough, you can even answer some questions mentally. Use this PDF to understand how to solve Quadratic Equations Comparison mentally.

Approximation

This is an easy topic and actually you should attempt these questions first in the exam. But don’t spend more than 1 minute on a question. You need to revise the concept of BODMAS and practice a lot of questions of approximation. Here’s a PDF having the tips & tricks to help you solve approximation questions quickly & with accuracy. It has some questions for practice as well.

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This is all from us in this article. Start preparing on these topics and success will definitely be yours. Also, keep practising mock tests to ensure that your preparation is going in the right direction. Wishing you good luck with your preparation.

 

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